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Have you recently been chased in a dream?
On the one hand, you’re tucked up in bed safely, covered by a warm blanket with your head rested against a pillow….
On the other hand, in the realm of the dream, you may be running from your life. That’s a scary thought.
And it’s likely that you’ll want to know what’s going on.
What does it mean if you are being chased in a dream? Do you need to keep your guard up in everyday life? Or is your subconscious merely trying to give you a message?
Keep reading and you’ll discover:
What does it mean if you are being chased in a dream?
What does it mean when you dream about someone chasing you and trying to kill or hurt you?
What does it mean when you dream about running away from someone?
Dreams about being chased by police or soldiers
Dreams about being chased by animals
Dreams of being chased by a madman
Dreams about being chased but can’t run
Dreams about chasing someone
Spiritual meaning of being chased in a dream
Dream of being hunted down
1. What does it mean if you are being chased in a dream?
You may have heard of the ‘Fight or Flight’ instinct. (Sometimes referred to as ‘Fight or Flee.’)
When a human (or animal) is met with real danger, the subconscious takes over and you’ll either find yourself fighting it head-on, or running away as quickly as you can.
While dreaming, if you’re trying to run away, hide, outfox or outmaneuver your pursuer, then what do you think this tells you?
Your pursuer represents a problem that you’re not dealing with in the waking world. The problem can even be emotional.
For example, maybe you’re feeling an emotion, such as anger, and you’re trying to repress and avoid it, rather than getting to the bottom of it.
2. What does it mean when you dream about someone chasing you and trying to kill or hurt you?
What if your pursuer is attacking you and trying to cause serious harm?
In fact, these dreams are more common in women, who may feel physically vulnerable; especially in an urban environment.
The cause for such dreams it is often a result of the modern media. Beware of media channels that are always trying to magnify fears of violence and sexual assault.
Of course, it’s advisable to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to be safe in life. However, you shouldn’t have to live in fear.
3. What does it mean when you dream about running away from someone?
Before trying to figure out the meaning of running away from someone in your dream, it helps first to establish who it is you’re running away from and how you feel at the time.
Because, if you’re running away from someone in your dream then it’s likely that you’re running away from something in real life.
If your chaser is scary and menacing, then it can be that you’re trying to avoid an upsetting problem or an issue that’s been causing you a lot of anxiety and anger.
If, on the other hand, your the figure isn’t particularly threatening, then it’s more likely that you’re avoiding a responsibility that isn’t so urgent.
4. Dreams about being chased by police or soldiers
If you have a dream where someone is chasing you, it’s not unlikely that either police officers or soldiers are the ones coming after you.
Don’t panic though; it doesn’t merely mean that you’ve broken the law and are about to go to prison.
So, what can a police officer, or soldier represent?
In dream-world, these figures represent authority and discipline.
And, running away from them means you may need to keep better control of your behavior in the waking world.
Have you been behaving a little too reckless recently?
If so, a dream of this nature could be the little nudge that you need to get a bit more discipline into your life.
5. Dreams about being chased by animals
Whether it’s a grizzly bear, roaring lion or a pack of wolves, being hunted by an animal is something that connects to a primitive fear.
After all, before our society became ‘civilized,’ human beings had to be very cautious of predatory animals.
But what does it mean to dream about being chased by an animal?
Before we answer this question, we have to understand one thing,… Animals are wild! Unless you’re in a petting zoo, an animal that chases you is wild and unpredictable.
Therefore, if you’re dreaming about an animal chasing you, then it’s likely that you’ve been repressing a lot of anger.
You could say that you’re letting your emotions ‘run wild.’ If this is the case, then your subconscious may take these aggressive feelings and project them onto a wild animal.
While it can be challenging to address feelings of anger with a rational mind, a bit of meditation or exercise (a punching bag may be useful here) could be what’s needed to take you out of an aggressive state of mind and into a more productive one.
6. Dreams of being chased by a madman
Dreaming of being chased doesn’t always mean that you’re avoiding a ‘real’ problem in the outside world. Your pursuer can represent certain emotions, such as fear and anger.
In fact, the deeper the emotion is, the more violent your chasing madman is likely to be.
Maybe you’re taking all of your anger in life and projecting it onto this madman that’s coming after you.
If you are not dealing in real life with serious emotions like anger and fear, then you could expect that they’ll come back to you in the form of a dream.
7. Dreams about being chased but can’t run
As if things aren’t bad enough…
Someone is chasing you, and your ‘fight or flight’ mechanism kicks in.
Just as you get a burst of energy to escape, however, you find you can’t move. Your legs stop working and you find yourself unable to flee.
While dreaming of someone (or something) coming after you can represent a problem that you’re not dealing with in life, not being able to run away from it suggests that you feel helpless and unable to deal with it.
In other words, you feel stuck.
Your subconscious is telling you to get to the bottom of the problem at hand and try to come up with the resources needed to solve it.
8. Dreams about chasing someone
What if no one is pursuing you, but you’re chasing after someone else?
The tables have turned, and now you’re the one in control. But first, you’re probably wondering:
Does this mean you’re a maniac?
We hope not! The explanation is pretty impressive though.
This type of dream can mean one of two things:
You currently have a lot of ambition and drive. You’re actively going out and ‘getting after things,’ which is usually healthy. However, you may want to ask yourself whether what you’re chasing is harming other areas of your life.
You’re starting to fall behind in some area of your life. As a result, you find yourself having to play ‘catch-up.’
9. Spiritual meaning of being chased in a dream
Remember that most dreams shouldn’t be taken literally.
Of course, waking up in your bed after being chased in a dream doesn’t mean that you’re in imminent danger.
So, what do we mean when we talk about the spiritual meaning of your dream?
The question to ask yourself is “what does this dream represent, symbolically”?
While it’s likely that being chased means that you’re avoiding a problem in real life, there are a few other things you need to consider and ask yourself:
- What did your pursuer look like?
- How much distance was there between you?
- Did your pursuer catch up with you?
- How did you feel when you someone was chasing you?
Answering these questions and shedding a little light on the dream may help you to get a bit closer to the specific meaning of your dream and what your subconscious is trying to tell you.
10. Dream of being hunted down
What if your pursuer is stalking you and hunting you down?
If someone was stalking you in real life, then this type of dream could be a way of trying to help you deal with your previous trauma.
An what if you haven’t?
The most common explanation is that you’re ignoring a problem that won’t go away on its own.
No matter where you go, the problem is literally ‘hunting you down.’
If you want to avoid this type of dream and return to a more pleasant dream topic, you’re going to have to face up to things when you wake up and try and deal with the problems you’re facing in life.
So, the next time you dream about being chased by someone, try to ask yourself “what is it that I’m running away from”?
Try facing up to your pursuer. Find out who is chasing you and why is this person is after you.
Are you facing up to your problems in life? Or are you trying your best to avoid them?
Some problems are out of your control. Some are well within your control.
Your job is to do the following…
Tackle what you can handle. Getting on top of things in your life will yield a more pleasant night’s rest.
Get to grips with what you don’t have control over and try to accept it as a part of life. Talk to a close friend, family member, or someone about it to a fresh perspective.