Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Running (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge
Dreams about running deal with one of three things: being pursued, being in pursuit, or running just to be running. For the sake of simplicity I'll lump in running because we are late with being in pursuit of something (a perceived deadline) or if you prefer we can make that a fourth reason for dream running. When running in a dream we are running under stress or for the elation of the freedom of running.
Running can mean many things to the dreamer. In order to understand your own dream about running you might examine the reason you are running in the dream and what that situation has to do with anything in your waking life. Then you should consider how the running in the dream makes you feel. You might be scared, angry, or even having fun as you play a running game. Running in pursuit or being pursued would either usually relate to achieving something or avoiding something. Your own analysis can bring you closer to figuring out why you are running for either of these reasons.
If you are running just for the fun and exhilaration then you might be longing for a sense or freedom from some physically or emotionally constraining aspect of your life. When I am running in this manner in a dream I feel like I am younger and in terrific shape. I can do things in the dream that I cannot do in my actual life and I awaken from the dream feeling a sense of well-being and strength.
The negative effect of running in a dream might be rapid heartbeat, sweating, or nervousness. If this is a recurring event of your sleep then perhaps you should consult with your physician.
If you experience running in your dream, what is it in the dream that is happening during these episodes? Are you a runner in waking life? Is there a health or physical condition that prevents you from running in waking life?