Chasm, Dream Interpretation

Feelings about death, sex, the unconscious or the unknown. See abyss; valley. See also falling.

To see a chasm or large hole can imply something is void in our life. It can also infer the dreamer is faced with a choice.

We are faced by the unconscious, the void. In developing spiritually there is often a sense of having to go down into the depths to reach understanding.

Psychological / emotional perspective: We are being confronted by unknown or perhaps unrecognized negative elements in our own make-up; we have no previous experience by which to judge our actions or reactions.

Material aspects: When we dream of a chasm or large hole, we are usually being made conscious of situations that contain an element of the unknown, or are in some way risky. We are going to have to make decisions as to whether to face the risk or withdraw. You might like to consult the entries for cave, cliff, hole and void.

If you dream about a canyon, you will have quarrels with someone - maybe parents or a boss - about money matters. You should also put off any shopping decisions for a few days.

Unexpected difficulty has suddenly appeared.

1- When we dream of a chasm or large hole, we are usually being made conscious of situations that contain some element of the unknown, or are in some way risky.

We are going to have to make decisions one way or another.

2- We are being confronted by unknown or perhaps unrecognised negative elements in our own make-up; we have no previous experience by which to judge our actions or reactions.

3- We are faced by the Unconscious, the Void.

Chasm | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Chasm

My Dream Interpretation

Dreaming of an abyss or chasm represents feelings of emptiness and frustration. Something you have devoting time to is not worth the effort.... My Dream Interpretation

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

A change, but often with much vulnerability; an obstacle, usually of a feeling nature, to overcome. Maybe fear or uncertainty causes us to be unable to make the change, so we dream of a bridge giving way. Such changes often are to do with major life junctures, such as from youth to adulthood, prepuberty to adolescence, single to married, young to middle age. Sometimes it can be a trial or test such as initiation. Crossing a river or chasm: feelings about death. See bridge; river; road; individuation. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

1- To dream of crossing a road is recognising the possibility of danger, fear or uncertainty. We are perhaps pitting ourselves against the majority, or something that is bigger than us.

2- We may encounter something we cannot control, and which may control us.

To be crossing a field shows we could have a false sense of security, or may need to bring our feelings out into the open.

3- Crossing a river or chasm often depicts death, not necessarily a physical death but possibly spiritual change.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Crossing a river or chasm often depicts death. This is not necessarily a physical death but possibly spiritual change of some kind.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Usually we live on the surface of our mind. In sleep we dive down deeper but lose our sense of self.

If we maintain some awareness in these deeps of the mind, it is somewhat like snorkelling in deep sea; we realise what immense and unbelievable depths lie beneath us. Dreams often portray this as depth—a hole, deep water, a chasm; space; our non-verbal life in the womb, or early childhood, which is remembered as patterns of feeling reaction rather than verbal utterance. In the depths we may find gems, skeletons, archaeological objects, and these relate to the memory of our evolutionary past, fam­ily influences we carry within us unknown. Deep cuts: sug­gests a hurt which penetrates us; or emotions which affect us powerfully. Idioms: in deep water, in the deep end; deeply troubled; deeply hurt. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: To divide into parts signifies creating manageable portions, perhaps breaking down a series of actions to understand them better. Crossing a divide is similar to crossing a chasm: we must face our own fears.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Some dream researchers suggest falling is one of the main themes in dreams. In the sample used for this book, the words fall, falls, fell, falling occur 72 times in 1,000 dreams.

The words find, finds, finding, found occur 297 times. And the words connected with looking and seeing occur 1,077 times.

During our development or growth we ‘fall’ from our mother’s womb when ripe; being dropped by a parent must be our earliest sense of insecurity; we fall many times as we learn to stand and walk; as we explore our boundaries in running, climbing, jumping and riding, falling is a big danger, at times it could mean death. Out of this we create the ways falling is used in dreams.

Example: ‘I am sitting in a high window box facing out­wards, with my son and a friend of his on my left. I feel very scared of falling and ask my son and his friend to climb back into the building. I feel too scared to move until they shift’ (Trevor N). At the time of the dream Trevor was working, for the first time in his life, as a full-time freelance journalist. His wife was out of work and his frequency of sales low enough to cause them to be running out of money.

The building behind him in the dream felt like a place he had worked nine to five —security. Falling was failure, getting in debt, dropping into the feelings of self doubt and being incapable.

In general, then, falling represents loss of confidence; threat to usual sources of security such as relationship, source of money, social image, beliefs; tension. Sometimes it is loss of social grace; losing face, moral failure—falling into tempta­tion; coming down to earth from a too lofty attitude, sexual surrender.

Example: ‘I was on a road which led up to the hospital I was put in at three. I felt a sense of an awful past as I looked at the road. Then I was standing on the edge of a precipice or cliff. My wife was about four yards away near the road. I stepped in an area of soft earth. It gave beneath my weight and I sank up to my waist. I realised the cliff edge was unsta­ble and the whole area would fall. I was sinking and shouting to my wife to help me. She was gaily walking about and made light of my call for help. I cried out again. Still she ignored me. I shouted again for her help. She took no notice and I sank deeper, the ground gave way and I fell to my death’ (Barry 1). Through being put in a hospital at three without his mother, Barry had a deep seated fear that any woman he loved could desen him. His fall is the loss of any sense of bonding between him and his wife out of this fear. His death is the dying of his feeling of love and relationship, and the pain it causes. Understanding these fears, Barry was able to leave them behind in later dreams and in life.

By learning to meet our insecurities (perhaps by using the last question in dream processing) we can dare more in life. This is in essence the same as meeting the fear of falling off our bike as we learn to ride.

If we never master the fear we cannot ride. Therefore some dreams take falling into realms beyond fear.

The following examples illustrate this.

Example: ‘Near where I stood in the school gymnasium was a diving board, about 20 ft off the ground. Girls were learning to dive off the board and land flat on their back on the floor.

If they landed flat they didn’t hurt themselves—like falling backwards standing up’ (Barry I).

The school is where we learn. Once we learn to fall ‘flat on our back’, i.e. fail, without being devastated or ‘hurt’ by it, we can be more cre­ative. Going fast to an edge and falling: could mean overwork and danger of breakdown of health.

Example: ‘As I prayed I realised I could fly. I lifted off the ground about 3 feet and found I could completely relax while going higher or falling back down. So it was like free fall. I went into a wonderful surrendered relaxation. My whole body sagging, floating in space. It was a very deep meditative expe­rience (Sarah D). Sarah has found an attitude which enables her to soar/dare or fall/fail without being so afraid of being hurt or dying emotionally. This gives a form of freedom many people never experience. This does not arise from denying or suppressing fears.

Seeing things fall: sense of danger or change in regard to what is represented. Person falling: wish to be rid of them, or anxiety in regard to what they represent; end of a relationship. Child, son falling: see baby; son and daughter under family. House falling down, personal stress; illness; personal change and growth due to letting old habits and attitudes crumble. Example: ‘I was standing outside my mother’s house to the right.

The ground in front had fallen away.

The house was about to cave in. I felt no fear or horror. Instead I was think­ing about new beginnings and the possibility of a new house’ (Helen B). Helen is here becoming more independent and leaving behind attitudes and dependency. See house; abyss; chasm. See also flying. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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