Umbilical Cord

Ties based on dependence rather than love or mutual interests. It can also refer to a strong tie to your mother, or to life in the womb.

There is another aspect of the umbilical cord though. It shows how we connect in a relationship. Pains in the area suggest anxieties about our connection with someone we love or depend on in some way. But the umbilical is also a symbol of flowing connection in love. It is the very life-line or survival cord.

This is particularly about your earliest dependence upon your mother or carer. It also relates directly to your skill or difficulty in moving toward independence. So in many dreams it would illustrate your connection and emotional ties of dependence or need with other people – or how you are moving toward independence.

Example: I was looking at my belly button. There was a good three inches of cord sticking out. The end of it was red and raw. Cassie A.

Cassie had been in a long dependent relationship which she had recently broken. She felt at the time of the dream she was having to stand alone and do things for herself. The end of her relationship felt like a ripping apart, and thus the sore cord.

See: navel. Particularly read the piece under active imagination about the umbilical connection loss.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Does this dream bring any awareness of my deep dependent need for a flow of life and love?

Is this illustrating move growth toward independence – if so how am I achieving it?

Does relationship enter into this dream, or does it link with relationship?

For a deeper understanding of this see Growing Up to Love and Beware of Love


-Jenjen 2018-06-18 14:51:47

My dream was about giving birth successfully after the umbilical cord is being cut. The assistant nurse didnt wanna cut it because she didnt know what she is doing but my doctor grabbed the cord and cut it and then the baby is born successfully with mother’s relief.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-06-21 12:19:33

    Jenjen – If this was an actual birth, it would not be a wise thing to do, because for a baby its lifeline would be cut, and unless the baby was immediately put to the breast it can cause difficulty.

    Example: The baby’s whole program was to receive, to be nourished, to draw into itself. And that level of my being was programmed to connect. As the sperm and ovum it had connected to the wall of the uterus. It had developed that connection in a life-giving way. It had maintained that connections via the placenta and the umbilical cord. Its whole existence was about connection and nourishment. Connection and being nourished. As I could see from what I was experiencing, that part of my being had never developed beyond that point. It was only now, through being connected, beginning the process of further development. Yet here was the foundation of my experience of connection with another being.

    But it seems to me your dream is about being able to break the emotional connection and dependence on your mother. Because you must remember it is also important to realise that every image, every scary thing, every person is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that everything, or person, is created out of your own memories and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. See

-Kiralea 2017-08-17 7:35:14

Hi I’m currently 5wks pregnant and had a dream about being pregnant and going to the toilet doing a poo and an umbilical cord flowed out I began crying and called for my mother in law to help

    -Tony Crisp 2017-08-21 10:38:44

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – and also which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – or


    Kiralea – The fact you were pooing shows that you were getting rid of a useless cord – because your body get rids of old cells as it build new organs.

    Our bodies renew themselves every day: stomach cells renew every five days; our skin cells are replaced every month; the skeleton is replaced every three months; the raw material of DNA is replaced every 6 weeks; our brain cells are completely new every year. The whole body is replaced every two years.
    Every cell in your body listens to your self-talk and out-pictures the results.

    So talk to your baby and tell it that the wonderful Life process is building its body with all the miraculous work that goes on and there is nothing to worry about. Bless it with your love.

-Paula 2016-12-11 5:11:52

In the dream I own a Rough Collie dog. She is very loving and affectionate. One morning when I go to wake her she has several puppies protruding from her body. I can’t free these puppies as their skin and hers are one. She is very distressed and I spend some time comforting her but in the end I decide she will need to be put to sleep. I wake up at this point crying in anguish.

-yass 2016-09-13 7:14:07

this is my dream: i was floating in a dark place, and i had a golden cord comming out of my belly button, it had the texture of a tree branch, suddenly something or someone was trying to cut the cord from my belly, i could not see it but i knew this thing was infront of me and i was afraid of it… so i was trying to go away while protecting my cord with my hands… then i woke up .. with the image of my golden cord cut… and i felt empty or worried.. btw i remember it being a golden cord, but maybe it was orange?.. it makes sence since its located in the navel.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-13 10:31:51

    Yass – You must realise that you were dreaming, and a dream is a complete mixture of our personality, with all its likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs and convictions, as well as a non-personality experience; a bodiless, formless being – like a hole without any forms in it. We enter this state in sleep, where we lose all awareness of being ourselves – a complete blank, darkness. and we are in the middle of the two while dreaming. And in dreaming we receive from our formless self impulses, signals, that are beyond our understanding, and so we translate them by putting images and actions to the formless signal. The images are from your own understanding.

    The golden cord coming out of your navel is a very old idea, or image, people used to make them feel less anxious when they got near to the bodiless state you were in when you floated in the darkness. To be able to enter that state you must have been thinking or trying to see beyond the world our physical senses show us. You then entered another level of knowing, which like dreaming is all in symbols. This level needs you to understand the symbols to pass on to the next level or stage of direct insight or knowing.

    You have done a wonderful thing by experience what you met in your dream, but it is still at the very beginning or your journey into a new life. If you wish to go further please read


-Baintlafatse Moganana 2015-12-03 7:07:31

I dreamt of .my one month son’s navel protruding and eating green apples falling from a tree

-Wendy 2015-05-24 11:07:57

Thank you this makes a lot of sense, also what you wrote under belly button dreams. I had a dream that I was pregnant and I was bleeding from my genitals, and my belly button. My umbilical cord started to come out and when I pulled it out it stopped short like a hose that has been cut. I begged my mother and my significant other to help me but they both ignored me as if I was complaining of the common cold. I cried and I screamed at them for not helping me. The next day, after confronting them, I found out that both of them had helped me and now they were upset at me for treating them the way I did. My partner left me, while my mom remained upset. It was a very disturbing dream. Is there a specific chakra I can meditate on concerning these subconscious feelings?

-Renae 2013-12-30 21:19:01

My dream behind when I’m lying on a hospital bed and I know I’ve given birth. It have no memory of it and have not seen the child. I’m given the umbilical cord to eat, I do. It’s salty and I don’t seem to have to chew and I’m not uncomfortable. The dream then moves on, I am never aware of anyone’s else or ever get to see the child.

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