For Freud a ghost was a symbol of mother.
For Freud a ghost was a symbol of mother.
A ghost which feels solid: the dreamer is ‘touching’ aspects of their own mind or awareness existing beyond preconceived ideas and beliefs.
Example: ‘So frequently do I dream of the house and the town I lived in as a child, I wonder if I do indeed haunt the house by dreaming of it. I must tell you I believe that a traumatic incident, which happened when I was 20, is involved. I was playing the piano downstairs when I heard a gun fired. On searching I found my father lying dead upstairs in an attic. He had shot his brains out. I took the scene in, never to be forgotten, in one horrified moment’ (Barbara T). Some people believe that, because of such incidents as described, in their dreams the living haunt a place. Seeing a ghost while awake can still be considered as connected with the dream process.
See third example under husband.
See also hallucination.
The eene appearance of a ghost may point to an actual visitation from the astral plane of a dead relative or a stranger who invades yoifr consciousness at night.
A ghost is defined as a remnant of a person’s energy that remains connected to the physical world after he or she has died. Some metaphysicians theorize that a spirit can be stuck here due to unfinished business or an untimely death. There are scientists who explore the possibility of ghosts as bumps in the electromagnetic field of energy that can sometimes be perceived by people who are living. No matter what camp you fall into, a ghost is symbolic of something from your past that continues to have a presence in your consciousness long after the event or person that inspired it has passed. This can include memories, habitual patterns, and even obsessions.
If the ghost is someone you know who is not actually dead, use the character aspect technique to discover what qualities are traits that you have let go of but that may still arise in your behavior or thought patterns from time to time. Someone who has actually passed away can be considered in the same fashion, but might represent the impact he or she had on you in life, whether positive or negative. This image in a dream could point to a need to face the ghosts of your past in the form of old choices and behaviors that still haunt you with regret.
If you are frightened by a ghost, this could mean that mistakes in your past have “come back to haunt you.” It could also mean that intense pressure to do something against your principles could be put upon you by someone in a position of authority.
If the ghost is someone known to you who has passed on and who speaks to you, listen.
The message is important.
A shadowy shape – appears in a dream we may be alerted to our past states of being and ways of behaviour. We need to identify these and acknowledge that we have moved on.
If we dream of being haunted by a ghost we have probably not handled an emotional trauma well.
Dreaming Lens: Did you see a ghost in your dream? Were you the ghost? Were you in fear? Were you in danger? Was it the ghost of someone you knew? If so, was this someone who has passed or is currently living? What form or shape did the ghost take? Did you face it or run away? Did the ghost have a message for you?
Personal Focus: Most people consider ghosts through the context of whether they believe in them or not. The argument around their existence is irrelevant in the world of symbols. A ghost is defined as a remnant of a person’s energy that remains connected to the physical world after he or she has died. Some metaphysicians theorize that a spirit can be stuck here due to unfinished business or an untimely death. There are scientists who explore the possibility of ghosts as bumps in the electromagnetic field of energy that can sometimes be perceived by people who are living. No matter what camp you fall into, a ghost is symbolic of something from your past that continues to have a presence in your consciousness long after the event or person that inspired it has passed. This can include memories, habitual patterns, and even obsessions.
The three things to examine when ghosts appear in a dream is their identity, energetic quality, and their intention, if you know it. Who they are will lead you to the part of your personality that is being highlighted by your unconscious. How they appear reveals the power this experience is having on you. What they want will give you clues about the shift your unconscious mind is guiding you to consider.
If the ghost is someone you know who is not actually dead, use the Character Aspect technique to discover what qualities are traits that you have let go of, but that still arise in your behavior or thought patterns from time to time. Someone who has actually passed away can be considered in the same fashion, but might represent the impact they had on you in life, whether positive or negative.
The influence the ghost in your dream may have can be seen by the form and structure they take. An ethereal and insubstantial energy might point to less of a hold on you than something more grounded and solid. If the dream offers you any clues to the ghost’s intention or desire, add that in a literal fashion to expand your interpretation.
In many indigenous cultures, good fortune comes to a dreamer who faces a ghost and doesn’t flee. This image in a dream could point to a need to face the ghosts of your past in the form of old choices and behaviors that still haunt you with regret. Accepting the mistakes made earlier in life is crucial to emotional growth, and the ghosts of your youth will let you alone when you take on self-forgiveness.
Running from a ghost in fear may represent unwillingness to face certain inevitabilities. The notion that ghosts are souls who cannot transition to the next level of existence connects with resistance. Consider areas in your life where you are not letting go of something that no longer serves you, or where you are holding on to something or someone that truly may no longer exist in your life in a real way.
Depth Psychology: The ghost in a dream may sometimes warn us about our fantasies. It may also indicate that spiritual/emotional development is in progress, though we are unaware of it.
To see the ghost of someone you know often presages the death of that person though.
If a pregnant woman sees a ghost in her dream, it means that she will give birth to a son.
(Also see Mirage)
If these images appear continually and are frightening, seek professional advice.
The task connected with these dream images is often to find a better understanding and a more creative use of your intellectual powers.
According to Freud, they appear most often as women (in a white nightgown).
Folklore: Times of troubles are ahead.
If you were frightened by the ghost or it spoke to you, this is a warning that some powerful pressure will be put on you to join in a scheme or activity which is against your principles. Resist the temptation with all your strength, and if necessary get help from a trusted friend or adviser.
If you dreamed of being a ghost, this symbolizes a feeling of disconnection from life and society. This dream may be a calling for you to move on and abandon your outdated modes of thinking and behavior, and make a positive change in attitude.
2. Unidentiﬁed but upsetting memory.
3. Need for emotional sustenance of some sort.
If the ghost talks to you, be alert for deception by a trusted friend.
If the ghost is someone you recognize, such as a deceased family member, then they may be trying to send you a message, or teach you something.
See Prophetic Dreams and Integration Dreams.
2- We may be resurrecting old memories or feelings in order to understand our own actions. By putting ourselves in touch with what is dead and gone we can take appropriate action in the here and now.
3- If a ghost appears in a dream we may be alerted to our past states of being in which case we should try to identify these, and acknowledge that we have moved on.
To see the ghost of a dead friend, foretells that you will make a long journey with an unpleasant companion, and suffer disappointments.
For a ghost to speak to you, you will be decoyed into the hands of enemies.
For a woman, this is a prognostication of widowhood and deception.
To see an angel or a ghost appear in the sky, denotes the loss of kindred and misfortunes.
To see a female ghost on your right in the sky and a male on your left, both of pleasing countenance, signifies a quick rise from obscurity to fame, but the honor and position will be filled only for a short space, as death will be a visitor and will bear you off.
To see a female ghost in long, clinging robes floating calmly through the sky, indicates that you will make progression in scientific studies and acquire wealth almost miraculously, but there will be an under note of sadness in your life.
To dream that you see the ghost of a living relative or friend, denotes that you are in danger of some friend’s malice, and you are warned to carefully keep your affairs under personal supervision.
If the ghost appears to be haggard, it may be the intimation of the early death of that friend.
See Death, Dead.
It is advisable to face these fears because, often, no one but yourself is provoking that they have such terrifying image, evocative of anxiety states. In many cases, ghosts represent inner world forces that you reject.
Dreaming of a white beautiful-faced ghost provides comfort and love for the dreamer. In contrast, a black and dirty one predicts pain and betrayal. Being chased by ghost expresses grief and sorrow.
If the ghost simply appeared in your dream, it is an omen of general good luck; how ever, if you were frightened by it or it spoke to you, it is a warning that some powerful pressure will be brought to bear on you to join in a scheme or activity which is against your principles.
Resist the temptation with all the strength you can muster, and if necessary get help from a trusted friend or adviser.
Something that has changed or doesn’t exist any longer (such as a former relationship or former job).
A scary ghost can represent a fear about something in your life, or it can be an indication that you were having a Toxic Dream.
See also: Dead Body; Monster; Zombie
If you want to understand the significance of dreaming about ghosts, you need to look at how they behaved in your dream. Whilst most ghosts are invisible and silent, some ghosts are noisy and throw things around; these could represent your lack of control regarding things that are happening around you in waking life. Ghosts may interact with you in dreams, but often they will not do it directly. You may feel comforted by their appearance in your dream; you may feel stressed or afraid. They may be strangers, friends, relatives or famous people that have died—your relationship to them or how you feel about them will affect what they mean in your dream—for instance the ghost may be a nagging relative who is still very much alive, but casts a shadow over your life and is always trying to push you one way or another.
At times, ghosts represent those things that are unattainable or fleeting. If, however, the ghost feels solid, you may be touching aspects of your own mind or awareness that exist beyond your own preconceived ideas and beliefs. Ghosts of living people in your dream have nothing to do with the possibility of their death in the near future; such dreams suggest, rather, a sense of their thoughts or presence haunting you. Or perhaps you are haunted by desire for them or have unexpressed feelings about them. Alternatively, and particularly if you shrank from the ghost in your dream, could the specter have represented someone whom you once wronged, a ghost from the past that is still haunting your conscience despite your conscious efforts to push it to the back of your mind?
apparition, of an: recriminations against your lover’s unpredictable behavior.
dead relative, of a: temptation of the al uring sides of evil doers.
robber, of a: wil be decoyed into the hands of evildoers.
being frightened by a: expect troubles ahead in your exceedingly happy marriage.
disappearing: look behind reality to your shadow qualities.
dressed in black: great sorrow is ahead for you, unless the past is dealt with.
white: big consolation for your dangerous il usions.
frightening a: that something is no longer attainable; keep affairs closely supervised.
ghouls robbing graves: hopes are stolen from you; take them back.
having no fear of: wil pul through difficulties that others wil not notice.
hobgoblin: an overindulgence in overrich spicy foods.
of a: immediate mobilization against il wil of those who plot against you.
speaking to you: a dead relative returns to advise you that you are in danger of malice.