Fleas Lice Parasites Worms

These can depict thoughts or sexual habits which are purely selfish or carry a health risk. In some dreams if you catch the parasites from another person they indicate a feeling your relationship with someone is parasitic.

Fleas can also suggest thoughts or feelings that sap resolves, energy, or ambition, and that detract from your sociability. Or they can be attitudes or beliefs or worries that draw strength from you, or even cause illness. They may be attitudes or feelings you have ‘caught’ from someone else through relationship of one form or another – perhaps in childhood or through watching films with negative messages.

A parasite can also be a fear, such as anxiety about illness that saps your health and well-being. Or it can point to weakness in you that leads to dependence in connection with sex, drugs or alcohol.

Dreaming of fleas or lice on the body can also suggest unclean habits, or parasitical relationships.

Lice, fleas, bugs, worms: Things said, thought or things done that make you feel uncomfortable or ashamed, or feelings that one is, or someone else is a parasite in a relationship.

While relaxing, a man saw a dark and frightening shape leave the region of his heart. The man had suffered an illness, and now felt a fear of weakness concerning his heart. The dark shape was the way his unconscious made a graphic image of his fear, and showed it sapping his energies like a parasite. Such fears can appear in dreams as a demon or incubus, and represent your own terrors, fears, thoughts and desires that are out of harmony with your own well-being. See: Fleas.

 Example: ‘I was practising relaxation and went into a dream state. I saw a dark shape attached to my body near my heart. I felt very frightened as I saw it. But as I watched it broke away and left me.’ John W.

John had experienced a heart attack, and the dark shape was an embodiment of his fears about his heart, sucking at his energy and wellbeing. In relaxing he was able to let go of these feelings. Because the dream process shows such internal processes in imagery, the fears are shown as an incubus or dark parasite, which falls away.

Large parasites such as worms are something that has got into you somehow, and is living on your energy. It helps to get rid of them by recognising what it is.

 Example: Now the whole pointless maggot situation arose again. It didn’t disturb me as it did in past sessions, but it was, if anything, stronger than before. Humans are just another eating, growing, dying, life form. Their intelligence doesn’t alter one whit the fact that they are simply a big germ, a parasite living on other life forms. We are predators like every other life form. We live on other life, and are part and parcel of the whole critter eat critter. I remembered Pauline apologising about feeding meat to her cats. She was trying to avoid recognising she was in no way different to a cat, killing its food, scavenging – what is shopping? What is devouring and shitting? Okay I accept that, but I needed to accept it more deeply.

Hey, that is hard to accept, but I’ve got to let it come, actually say it and admit it – I am a parasite. Not just a predator but a fucking parasite. I felt low and mean. I am a parasite. How, in what way? The view of mankind seen in Bideford came back. Men and women hiding from their own pointlessness, their own featureless existences, their life without any real meaning. They lived and ate, fucked, slept, and died. They laughed wept, but all without any overall direction or point to life. It was like my wife and I talking about working towards something. If one is not working together for something, even if it is to school the children, or go on a cruise, life can feel like an empty drudge.

A parasite? What sort of parasite? Ah yes, by continually destroying my body so I can be looked after. A parasite. If I keep failing, being in pain, then I will be cared for. And anyway, look at the parasitic way humans relate. They have compulsive built in sexual, social and physical needs that they satisfy wherever they can. They take from each other what they want. If they didn’t have those needs they wouldn’t live together as man and wife, child and parent, boss man and employee. Maggots – Parasite. I am a parasite. Something started to come up that I didn’t want to see. To secure my ends as a parasite in my relationship with my wife I was surreptitiously setting her against her children. Weren’t we all sucking like baby blind animals, pushing each other out of the way to get what we need? I could see it. I could feel it in myself and all around me. Suck, suck, push, push, and shove out of the way. Blindly, stealthily seek one’s own interests. Some babies died, some are pushed out of the nest. Its survival isn’t it?

That is a very clear explanation of what some maggot or parasite dreams are about.

Useful questions and hints:

What is it I feel sapping my energy and resolve?

What attitudes that are depleting me have I picked up from someone else?

Am I in some way being like a parasite in taking all and giving nothing back in life?

See Techniques for Exploring your DreamsThe power of HabitsSecrets of Power Dreaming


-Tanja 2018-03-02 12:01:19

Last night I dreamed visiting distant relative in his bedroom and huge amount of fleas (or similar black bugs) was all över the place. Jumping / flying from bad on the curtains and green roller blinds. I start to chase them and trying to open windows so they would fly out. Roller blinds and curtains is a in a way, and when I open windows partly I see it rains and rain is coming in the room, so fleas do not getting out… I wake then. What does it means? Thanx

-TJ 2017-09-10 21:09:54

In my dream I felt something on my right arm and when I looked down I had seen something wiggling just underneath my skin. I could feel it move and everything and I was trying to figure out how to get it out and by the time I looked back down at it, the parasite had grown, moved around faster and went back down into the tissue of my arm. My dreams are really out there at times (ranking up there with Steven King) and I also have night terrors so I feel everything that happens in my dreams and my body goes through the emotions. It’d be nice to know why I have my dreams at times. I e had them like this since 4 years old.

-Samantha B. 2016-11-24 19:57:04

I keep having dreams about fleas on my feet. There’s always only two, and I flick off the first one before noticing the other. Before these dreams I had dreams about maggots in my toe (Listen, I have a huge fear of maggots. Theyre repulsive abominations.) Now most recently I had a dream about lice, but like the fleas there were only two and I flicked one away before noticing the other. There is occasionally one big black spider in my dreams. Sometimes in the flea dreams, sometimes in other dreams. I don’t even know.

-Karen Bolton 2016-02-27 22:01:52

Last night I dreamt my dog was running to me wimpering with some rat looking tiny raccoon riding on his back & large wolves snapping & chasing him. My Spouse of 27 years was watching me as I grabbed my little dog & began pulling really long wet, grayish black slimy parasitic worms from my Chihuahua’s back neck & head! I could actually see them forming lumps where I then pinched them up & pulled them out! OMG it was Soooo Gross. Please tell me what could my dream ( Nightmare) mean??

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-03-02 14:39:35

    Dear Karen – I believe that some dreams are “Soooo Gross” because they provoke us and stir us up so that we will (finally?) explore our inner world.
    The first thing to understand about your dream is that it is a reflection of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs (beliefs are not facts), fears, instincts, intuition etc. symbolised by the dog, the rat looking tiny raccoon, the wolves, your spouse and your dream figure.
    I cannot tell you what your dream means but I can help you explore “what lives in your inner world”.
    Your dream starts with your inner dog – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/dog/ – running to you, which I see as being aware that this part of you is in need of your help.
    To understand what your inner dog fears and feels you have to “Be that dog” and explore what arises; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Removing the worms – or maggots http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/maggot-maggots/ – shows the need to release yourself from repressed emotions that can cause tension in the back of your neck and your head. This tension may also cause headaches.
    Are you aware of your fears in your waking life; “large wolves snapping & chasing him”? If the answer is no, then your fear is an example of a repressed emotion.
    Practicing self-observation may help you to become aware of what is going on in your inner world – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/ – and LifeStream may help you to release what you have repressed so far; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/#Open
    Because your spouse is watching you in your dream, you might (also) want to ask him to help you explore your dream; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/peer-dream-group/
    Anna 🙂

-Yasmin 2015-10-28 13:38:50

so last night I had a dream that ticks and fleas had taken over my feet. I took my shoes off and the inside of my feet had started rotting and we’re completely dark with fleas and ticks. can you help me understand my dream better?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-11-06 8:02:21

    Dear Yasmin – Your dream shows that you are willing to look at what is going on in your inner world, which is a wonderful first step.
    The way I see your dream is that the ticks and fleas are a symbol of thoughts, feelings and/or habits that undermine your basic psychological support system; http://dreamhawk.com/news/avoiding-being-my-own-victim/
    Do you feel “rotten” about something?
    If you go back in the dream while you are awake what does it feel like to stand on feet that are rotten and dark with fleas and ticks? Can you walk easily?
    Do you perceive yourself in some way like a parasite in taking all and giving nothing back in life?
    It will take some inner work on your dream and observation in your waking life – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/ – to understand what does not work in your (inner) world at the moment and I trust that the links I provided can assist you in the process.
    Anna 🙂

-Rosanna 2015-04-17 2:29:29

Wow! Thank you so very much 🙂
Your analysis of the “flea” dreams has brought awareness to newly formed unhealthy habits I’ve developed. Now I can begin to heal.
~ Rosanna

-Reyna Espino 2015-03-15 8:38:42

The parasite in my dream was long and disgusting. My sister was taking a shower, and she started freaking out because one was forcing its way out of a hole in the faucet. I told her to pull it out. She did. It was slimy, and long, and had tons of legs. She threw it on the ground and I, like the big sister I am, attempted to kill it. It was terrifying. It kept feeling for me with all of its antennae. The dream ended when I couldn’t crush its head with a diamond, so I started trying to strangle it, and I fell back and dropped it. I was terrified. Please, I don’t know what this means. I can’t go back to sleep. Please help me.

    -Reyna Espino 2015-03-15 8:42:36

    I also remember a hole in the wall and seeing another, identical parasite making its way through. They were in the downstairs bathroom. The only one who every uses that bathtub is my 2-year-old puppy. I said something about them being after him.

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