Your movement through life, your ageing process, your search for meaning and new experience. It can also suggest a way of keeping away from extended relationships, lasting and therefore confronting relationship.

This is about what you are doing and where you are going with or in your life – thus your destiny or direction in life. The travel dream shows the direction or process of your personal growth at time of dream. It can also be about the movement of life through the ageing process.

Each of us is immersed in a ‘river’ of constant change. If you think about it you have been carried, pushed, impelled by this current as you were moved through babyhood, childhood, teenage and adulthood. It is the current if Life. This current then carries us on through old and through gates of death. All the time we are faced by decisions, and each decision directs us on a different path, helping to create our future. And this force of growth and change. and is fought like hell by many as we are afraid of such changes, especially getting old and facing death

Example: During the sixty years of seeking the wild wondrous beasts of the mind and spirit I dared my own inner adventure. But I also travelled with other people as an ordinary person, not a therapist, sharing their experience of fear and wonder as they unveiled and set loose their fountain of perception. I have travelled countless dream pathways, traversed the timeless with those using awareness enhancing drugs, and wrestled with the vitality of the body as people mimed and shouted their deepest intuitions through movement, dance and voice.

In dreams or in waking life we can sometimes travel as a manifestation of inner power. “As an example I was flying across the German countryside where I was living, curled up with my knees to my chest, looking down at the countryside beneath me. I noticed as I passed over the rural countryside what looked like radiations emerging from several places; they were a bit like ripples on the surface of water when a stone has been thrown into it. But these ripples were three dimensional, and I wondered it they were emerging from people, perhaps praying. Then I was over the sea and saw many ships below, but suddenly I was standing in our sitting room at home in London. It was such an astonishing experience I stood in shock looking down at my body, feeling it and trying to understand.” See Out of body experience 

Travelling without goal: Having no aim in life; confused about direction; taking life as it comes.

Going on holiday: Moving toward giving yourself more free time; growth toward allowing yourself to fulfill your needs instead of always considering other people.

Travelling to an island: Becoming more independent; isolating one’self.

Travelling alone: Independence; loneliness.

Travelling to far or mysterious country: Trying to find one’s way through the strange mists of the mind and memory, to realise parts of childhood experience that are important, but now seem far off.

Travelling with others: Involvement with others; relationship; social relationships; how you compare yourself with others; what feelings and attitudes influence you. See: Railway; Boat; Road; Aeroplane.

See Travel; Archetype of the Night Journey; Archetype of the Search for Self


-lisa 2016-04-27 1:51:24

Hej Tony Crisp

I dreamt a very strange thing not long ago and im not sure if it is actually a dream considered travel or something else even?

I really really hope you will help me with figuring out what it means because im kind of afraid especially of the fact that i dont make it out in time at first..almost like im going to miss my chance or such on im going to be too late and i dont even know what it please

I was first sleeping in a train with a blanket on me going from where my parents live to where i study. Now this is a typical trip for me that lasts about 2 hours usually, but in the dream i had put the train seats together and was sleeping so it was like a bed. Then the ticket inspector comes yet i try to search for my ticket and get up to check my huge travel bag. Once he sees that its such a big bag im checking he says “il come check it on my way back” but he never comes again. Instead i suddenly see that the seats are now laced like actual four seats and on the other 3 there are 3 guys sitting from my childhood school, 1 whom i went in class with since like 1st grade and the other 2 like for 1 year since 8th grade. I am speaking to them about what im studying and such when the speaker says we are reaching our destination all suddenly and i hurry up to stand and search for that ticket inspector. I see him close to the door but instead its like in my head in the dream im not sure that its him so i go the opposite site to check all the train if there should be another one (and i could just have walked out without getting my ticket checked since it was his problem and no one in real life is going to search just to get it checked). Anyway suddenly i see my 3 friends on the way out and i hurry grabbing my little shoulder bag, travel bag and jacket heading out but even though i was right behind them suddenly i hear the doors close and panick thinking im not getting out in time and i dont know where the trains next stop is and that im alone and its dark, however suddenly in the dream im standing at the train station and its very dark. I dont know how i made it out but i kind of must have done it. Not sure if i took a train back from that station, but its like it skips that part and its late and dark and im standing there outside all of a sudden.

Then suddenly while im walking some african guy bumps into me and he doesnt even seem sorry, almost like it was on purpose. After i ignore it and keep walking another african looking guy bumps into me and this time he tries to pull my money away and rips the baknotes in half . I was going to use these banknotes for the short bustrip to my little flat. Suddenly im floating in the air trying to rip them out of his hands.( I dont even know why there are so many africans all of a sudden or why its empty and secluded since its usually a lively station and there arent that many immigrants let alone africas since most immigrants are just middle easterns or south europeans there.) But then when i finally get away from that guy trying to rip my money away out of my hands suddenly again also before i make it inside where im trying to head to the bus area another guy also african grabs my arm and this time isnt just bumping into me or taking my money. I try telling him to let go and kind of try ticking him to let me go, like telling him if he lets go i will believe him and wont run away or such. What is strange is that im half floating in the air half flying now again, and what is even more strange is that he lets go although he can see i can kind of am going to soar.

He lets go but what is strange is he doesnt have that look of like “she lied and got away” like how people usually would be angry if someone lied, but instead is having a sinister smirk. However i keep soaring in the air and end up flying all over the place considering which way are the busses so i can just follow the route to my little flat. In the end i see myself infront of my flat door in the dark searching for my keys, which means i must have flied in the air all the way to there and that with NO wings.

Thats how my dream ended and i woke up extremely scared and afraid for some reason although i actually made it to my flat, I dont know if i was totaly aware the next time i fell asleep right after that scare but i started seeing myself walking off the train with my friend this time and we were together when the first guy bumped into me and they started looking at him kind of like they new how the rest of the dream would go with other people trying to hinder my way and started asking me how i was getting home exactly. I dont know what or why i started having this second version all of a sudden where i felt i was more in control of how the dream went because firstly i knew what was happening, like it was the same first guy so i knew there would be 2 more, and secondly i had appearently made it out in time since my old friends were with me outside the train this time. Thirdly i just felt as if i had more control.

Can you please please tell me what you think this all means. Am i going to be too late for something? Im horribly worried

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-03 8:17:52

    Dear Lisa – A beautiful dream which reflects that you are doing fine on your inner journey into becoming independent from your parents; so there is nothing to worry about.
    What you meet on your journey are not unusual inner obstacles and they are part of the process.
    You start making the journey without too much awareness – you are about to sleep – which may also be reflected by covering yourself – your feelings – with a blanket.
    That is a way to protect yourself from difficult feelings when you move from where your parents live to where you study.
    The ticket inspector is like an inner authority that is checking if you have what it takes to make this inner journey. You do!!
    The huge bag may contain your personal skills and tools and it may take a while to recognize, accept and apply them; it is okay to uncover and develop your potential at your own pace.
    The fear to not make it in time, to miss opportunities, to not be able to deal instantly with (inner) obstacles that you did not expect etc. is something you can and are outgrowing, as your second dream reflects; “I was more in control of how the dream went because firstly I knew what was happening”.
    So just be patient with yourself and your process and trust that in time you will learn to feel more at ease with all the inner and outer changes and transformations.
    Flying suggests the desire to rise above things, to attain greater heights, to break free of limiting viewpoints or cultural norms. Freud explained all flying dreams as expressive of sexual desires, intercourse, or life in the womb, which in some cases is true. But flying also represents ambition, abstract thought, and rising above your fears.
    Flying, in a plane, or without it, can also symbolise attempts to gain a view of what lies ahead of you in the future, or your potential. From the air we can see ahead, and back. We quickly review where we are heading, and the possibilities of our possible directions.
    You are doing fine with your flying approach because you make it to your flat in an organized way; “However I keep soaring in the air and end up flying all over the place considering which way are the busses so I can just follow the route to my little flat.”
    Becoming independent from your parents may also mean that you are willing to explore your sexual feelings.
    In dreams of black people by white’s it often shows much freer sexuality or awareness of life’s urges.
    Although you may not be a teenager anymore, I suggest you also read
    If you feel like it you can make the journey from where your parents live to where you study as often as you want. Your second dream shows that repeating the dream is a helpful approach.
    So you imagine yourself back in the dream while you are awake and you could also explore with different approaches; like going to sleep under a blanket and staying awake without a blanket. Let whatever thoughts/feelings/images etc. arise.
    You could make a start to sort out your huge bag; that is like becoming aware of what beliefs, fears, habits, inner rules etc. you take with you from your parents, what do you want to keep, what do you want to let go and what do you feel like transforming into something that fits you better;
    You could explore what it feels like to find the ticket and show it to the ticket inspector etc.
    Another way to assist you on your inner journey could be to use
    Anna 🙂

      -lisa 2016-05-09 17:00:21

      Dear Anna

      Thank you alot for your reply. It does make a lot of sense when you mention all this considering where i am in life, studying having exams im unsure of and in fact keeping to wonder how everything will end up in the end.

      It made me better understand myself and what im subconciously dealing with in regards to this issue after getting your interpertation! Thank you so so much both to you and Tony for this homepage.

        -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-12 9:12:28

        Dear Lisa – Thank you for your feedback and for your appreciation of Tony’s Life Work; I will pass it on to him.
        I am glad that you are more aware now of your inner world and I wish you all the best with your (inner) journey.
        Anna 🙂

      -Amy 2018-02-16 9:06:17

      Wow what a great and insightful interpretation!!!

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