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Dreams of being lost or having lost something are fairly common for me and, from what I've heard, for others as well. These can be mildly distressing to profoundly disturbing. Often the sense of loss will remain after awakening at which time I may consider whether the loss was real or even get up and look for something I may have dreamed about losing.
Many times the dream will be about losing money. In these cases, upon awakening, it may not be unusual for me to try to remember if I actually have lost money or worry about the possibility of having done so. The better dreams are those of finding money that I have lost. These dreams will also lead me to think about the possibility that there is money to be found somewhere. I have even woken up and looked somewhere a dream indicated there was money. I have never found any.
In other dreams I will have lost a thing or somebody. For the material objects the outcome is the same as the dreams of lost money. Frequently the lost objects are very odd things that seem valuable in the dream, but are absurd to think about in waking life. The dreams of losing people like my kids are always very upsetting. I can sometimes lie awake for a long time after having a dream like this trying to bring some kind of closure with a better ending, but feeling worry at the same time.
The most obvious symbolism that I can see going on with these dreams is a fear of loss. This may be the result of an insecurity I am feeling about that lost something of the dream. Perhaps I am afraid that I am in serious danger of losing something or somebody in a real or in a metaphorical sense.
Another interpretation may relate to something that has already happened that is actually or symbolically being played out in my dream story. Perhaps my mind is trying to gain understanding of the loss or merely replay the event for whatever purpose my mind may need.
The dreams of being lost will most often involve me going to an important meeting or event and losing my way. Most of the time in these dreams I become distracted by other activities or happenings and forget that I was going somewhere. Eventually I might remember my engagement, but by that time I am usually late or have missed it. At this time I may feel panic, disappointment, or resignation.
The symbolization of these dreams depends on the feeling I have in the end. The dream story probably represents my life or current life events in most cases. In other dreams of this nature the story may represent a fear of something that could happen if I am not ready for it or careful approaching it. If I am lost, I need to either find my way or improvise the situation to make the best of it. It's the way I actually do things in life and my dream life reflects this in the being lost dreams.
Dreams of losing things are typically troubling, but not always devastating. Dreams of being lost can cause distress, but allow recovery space for me that allows me to fix the situation and end up okay.
What have you lost in your dreams? How does losing things in dreams make you feel? Are you able to recover well when you become lost in a dream?