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Dream Interpretation Crossing a Bridge

Dream interpretation Crossing a Bridge! Have you ever had a dream about crossing a bridge? If so, please share it.

Dream Interpretation Crossing a Bridge

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I recently had a dream about crossing a bridge. Therefore, I began looking for online sources of: Dream Interpretation: Crossing a Bridge. I’m happy to say that I found a few. Following, please find a few dream interpretations of this symbol. I’ve included links to the original article under the excerpt. In some cases, the original article also includes a sample “crossing a bridge” dream interpretation.

In summary, I’d say that my understanding of this symbol: Crossing a Bridge, is that it signifies a time in your life when you’re contemplating or have made a decision to make a change in your life. These tend to be large changes, such as quitting a job, rather than smaller decisions such as choosing one outfit over another.

Dream Interpretation Crossing a Bridge

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Here are the dream interpretations I found online followed by my Crossing a Bridge dream and my interpretation of it.

By the way, I often consult the dream dictionaries for the meaning of dream symbols on the following websites, and encourage you to do so also when interpreting your dreams. In addition, I’ve only quoted a part of the whole section on crossing bridge dreams on these sites, so you might want to click on the link below the excerpt to read more.

Remember, though, in the end, your dream will be about your life and what’s happening in your life. Therefore, you often have the “crossing a bridge” dream just after you’ve made the decision. Often, the dream will tell you your emotional reaction to the decision and also whether you will succeed, and if not, why not.

Crossing a bridge dreams can also relate to relationships in your life (the bridge connects you with someone else) and transitions you’re going through(the bridge is taking you from one place to another).

If you’d like my suggestions for what your “crossing a bridge” dream might mean, please ask for my interpretation. Also, if possible and it’s responsive to you, tell me a bit of what’s going on in your life right now. Following, please find some interpretations from online:

Bridge 
To dream that you are crossing a bridge signifies an important decision or a critical junction in your life. . . If the bridge is over water, then it suggests that your transition will be an emotional one. If you fall off the bridge and into the water, then the dream indicates that you are letting your emotions hold you back and prevent you from moving forward.

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Bridge

The bridge often has the significance of crossing or moving from one phase of life, activity or emphasis to another. . . It can also depict connection between yourself and another person, a relationship, a link between self and opportunity, yourself and change in life.

Dream Interpretation Crossing a BridgeBroken bridge: A break in a relationship or connection. To drive off into space suggests a totally unexpected and emotional difficult situation. This is also a warning to watch out for difficulties ahead.

Dream Dictionary

When you dream of crossing a bridge, it can easily indicate a number of things are going to change in your life. This may include changing jobs, place of residence, or even romantic partners. In general, if you were able to cross the bridge easily, and it was in good condition, then you can look forward to positive changes in your life. 

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 By the way, if you’re curious about my dream: In my dream, the sky was a beautiful blue color. The very high bridge was made of scaffolding and I was climbing easily over it. The bridge crossed a river, way down below me, that glowed like a ribbon of blue among green vegetation.

In interpreting my dream, I know that for me, based on previous dreams I’ve had and their meaning, a sky of a beautiful blue color means the dream is “true blue.” The very high bridge could mean something of a high spiritual nature or something that, because it’s so high, is difficult to cross or to do. Because the river below is blue (true blue again) and the whole scene is calm, including the beautiful blue sky, the new thing I’m undertaking is not causing me any emotional trauma. Green vegetation usually means healthy growth.

So next, I look to my waking life. What does this dream remind me of in my life? Well, I’m studying something new, which is quite difficult (the high bridge) and fits with the symbol of a bridge made of scaffolding that I have to climb over. In other words, the bridge is in the process of construction, just as I’m building this new skill I’m studying. Because I see healthy growth (the green vegetation) and because of the calm blue sky and water, I feel assured that my decision to begin this course of study is a good one for me. In fact, this new information I’m studying is making great changes in my life, which fits with the “crossing a bridge” dream symbolism.

For an interesting story about the power of a dream, you might enjoy my book When We Were Gods. In it I recount how my life totally changed when I dreamed about a stranger and saw him the next day in real life. He ended up being my husband, and we’ve been married for 20 years now. He is literally the “Man of my Dreams.”This dream started a series of circumstances, because after we married, I became pregnant, miscarried, and started gaining weight at a phenomenal rate. I went to a hypnotherapist to lose weight. When she put me in deep hypnosis, I not only connected with previous lifetimes that contributed to my present problems with overweight, but also the fabulous world of Atlantis.

Carol Chapman
 

CarolChapman is an author and inspirational speaker. She speaks at weekend retreats,day-long events, and half-day programs. Her seminars are not onlyinformative and transformational but also fun and entertaining. They ofteninclude participatory workshops and visual aids, such as videos andphotographs. She specializes in dream interpretation, reincarnation, andAtlantis, and is the author of When WeWere Gods, Arrival of the Gods in Egypt, and Have Your Heart’s Desire.

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Angela - August 16, 2017

Hello,
I had a dream that I was driving my car and had 1 of my 3 sons in the backseat. Note- I’ve had this dream many times before and it’s always the same location. So im driving and then start to cross over a flimsy wooden bridge that has no sides and the water is level with the bridge. I’m thinking “Wow, how am I navigating on top of this water right now!? As I should be sinking and I don’t understand why I’m able to drive on top of it bc the weight of my car should be making us sink down” Then as we are rounding a curve we dip down into the water but come right back up. It looks like it’s fall time (which is my favorite season) and everything is in an light orange shade, like looking through an orangish colored filter. I look back at my son and smile as to show him it’s ok and I’m not afraid so he doesn’t get scared bc the water is so high. And I’m not scared but just very aware that water is too high but I’m also amazed and in awe that we are navigating over it almost as if we are floating on the water. Then we finally get over the flimsy wooden bridge and continue on like normal.

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Veronica - August 6, 2017

Hello- Last night I dreamed I was walking down a very dark road and it led me to a river with a bridge. There was a man standing on the bridge. I could see both my Grandmothers and my Godmother on the other side of the bridge. When I tried to cross he stopped me and told me I couldn’t cross. He said this was the “Bridge of Limbo” and I was supposed to stay on this side. I told him I was going to the other side and nothing was going to stop me! He explained I could go but it was his job to try and not let me cross. He jumped at me and I ran through him! He disappeared! I ran up to my Grandmother and asked her why she was over there. She said she had fallen asleep and woken up on the other side of the bridge…then I woke up. I can’t stop crying thinking about this dream….

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Nikki - July 27, 2017

Hi Carol and thank you for your interest in dreams…i love dreams even though majority of mine come across as nightmares…tuesday night I dreamed I was crossing an asphalt bridge that was over the ocean. There were no sides on the bridge, so it looked like a road…there were huge trees on the right side of the bridge that were rooted in the ocean. I noticed the large trees falling over towards the bridge and the bridge began to be submerged into the blue green water…i quickly maneuvered a turn with traffic coming towards me without driving off of the bridge. I stepped on the gas and was driving as fast as I could before waking

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Victoria - July 8, 2017

Hi I just had the Crossing a broken cemented bridge dream An my mom was driving the bus and once we came to the broken spot in the bridge we drove right into the water luckily another boat saw us An saved us An was suppose to be taking us to the other part of the bridge but we never made it we just swam An swam An climbed different parts of the new boat it seemed to never end An the whole time I was making sure my mom was ok bc I didn’t know she could swim but she could An the last time right as we were getting to the bridge she passed away now lately we have been having issues I’ve been laid off still trying to take care of my household so I don’t have to move back home with her An I feel like with school An daycare she won’t help me out with daycare or watch my child so I won’t have to pay for it because I don’t have a job or extra income coming in just the government An child support no help at all what would u say

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maddy - June 27, 2017

Hi Carol!
I had a dream last night and i was crossing a bridge,and the bridge was made of wood and kept together by ropes. There was water under the bridge ,but the water level and the bridge were almost even. The bridge was extremely shaky and unstable. The weather was dark sky’s but not raining. I was walking on the bridge and i was holding on the rope at the beginning and i almost fell in but i caught myself but then i just jumped in the water.

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Rachel - June 11, 2017

Hi! I don’t dream often, but there are a couple dreams that I have that are recurring. I have had them over the last several years. Maybe each one once a year give or take for each dream. One is at night and I’m approaching a very tall narrow bridge. I am afraid and I’m also afraid of heights, but I must cross it because it’s the only way home. When I get to the top and look down is a steep water slide. The ending is always foggy but I believe slide down without a problem. The second, is being in an elevator that gets stuck but is roatating sideways and in all directions. The third, and most frightening is that I’m in an old haunted mansion or hotel. I’ve only had this dream maybe three times but each time it seems the same and its a longer dream. The look of the hotel is the same, red and gold decor and the characters seem to be the same, like a buttler or concierge Ect.. It’s seems that I arrive and leave with someone. But there are times when Im going through rooms alone trying to get out. There is a particular room in the house where there is a spirit. Seems like a child. It seems like I can feel the spirit in reality and in the dream at the same time. It’s very scary. It’s a very haunting dream. I seem to always make it out of the mansion but when I awake I’m very shaken and emotional, maybe even crying…so strange! Thank you!

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Anuj - June 6, 2017

Hi Carol,I had a dream of large broken bridge which I intended to cross. The gap was quite large around 100-200 m but I still took leap when I realised I wouldn’t make it. Then someone shoots a rope and arrow and I safely sail down on that single rope, sliding to the land beneath. What does it mean?

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MD - May 30, 2017

Hi Carol,
I had a dream last night that I was in a care with my dead aunt and my second but older cousin we decided to go out for a fun day and started to cross this bridge while on the bridge tide rose and the water was extremely rough with the tides just rolling in. We were shouting I was in the backseat but I had the wheel in my hand and steering was very hard, it became too much for us to bear and we were thrown from the car I jumped and landed on dry land but my dead aunt and cousin was taken in with the tide. What does this mean?? I am soooo confused!

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KDS - May 30, 2017

Hi Carol,
I recently had a dream that I was walking upwards on a high bridge. There was a rope along the side to help me hold on since it was kinda steep. Once I reached what I thought was the top the bridge leveled off and changed from a steep climb to large sections that were broken & in various directions. The only way I could continue to cross was to jump from one section to another. In addition to the broken pieces there were waves crashing against it & over the sides of the bridge. I was terrified because the weather was stormy and I could see how far I had to go to get to the other side. I wanted to just quit and turn back, but something inside kept pushing me forward. Finally I gathered myself, closed my eyes, and started running really fast to get to the end of the bridge. It got really dark, but thenroute suddenly I was through and ran into this man I didn’t recognize. I was fascinated about how soft his face was & kept touching his cheek. It was so smooth like nothing I’d ever seen before.

I will add that I am married (22 years) to a man I’ve known since high school (34 yrs). We have had lots of issues over the years and struggling with poor communication seems to be the main issue. Our problems are not a matter of breaking us up, but I have expressed my feelings of disconnect & ongoing disappointed in our relationship. In addition to the marital challenges I lost my job last year, and have been feeling lost/stuck unable to move forward. I consider myself a spiritual person, but not that too has left me with feelings of disconnect & confusion about my path & purpose in life. Thanks in advance for any assistance & clarity you can bring!

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Joanna - May 28, 2017

Hi I just had a dream today where our family and children were in the car, don’t remember seeing my baby though only my two oldest. My husband was driving our car on the freeway and we had to cross over a cemented bridge. There was also a freeway underneath. Just like the bridges from big cities where multiple freeways cross over each other….well all of a sudden we hear a boom, can’t remember if fire and smoke followed….The bridge in front of us was collapsing and I remember my husband hitting on the breaks as we were sliding down to an undetermined destination, I could only see darkness as the cars slide down. All of a sudden I told him to drive off the bridge so we could land on the freeway under us and he did. As soon as we landed we got off of the car grabbed our kids and ran. A little girl that I know was also with us and we left her with her mother that we saw as we were running. We were all safe in the end but in big fear.

I don’t know if this dream is related to my relationship with my husband…..or a family road trip we are planning to take in Mexico in a few days. Our relationship has been a roller coaster over the past year and we’ve gone through about separating but our love and wanting to be with each other besides our differences is stronger. But I feel we are both tired of trying. I am having trust issues with him and he is tired of it. I’ve been thinking about our trip too much lately as well because our trip is making me fell anxious due to the fact it’s getting dangerous to travel to Mexico. I’m afraid we will get robbed or god forbid something worse. I have a bad feeling about this trip I don’t know why. My thoughts are also on our relationship throughout this trip I don’t want us to fight, I just wanted to have a memorial fun family trip. Can you please help me interpret this dream.

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Danielle - May 12, 2017

I had a dream about a week ago of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. My husband and I were in scar driving across it. I remember the bridge being red and knowing that I was on this bridge. The ocean was around us and beautiful blue in color. There were other cars in front of us. One thing that stood out to me though was the bridge was one way. I was looking ahead and could see a big beautiful city. The things that stood out to me were the color of the bridge, the blue waters, the one way bridge and I remembered thinking once we get there there’s no going back and also of course the big beautiful city. We are in ministry and I felt like we were going to new territory what’s your take on this?

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LC - May 9, 2017

Hi, Carol! I had a dream of crossing a broken cemented bridge. I dont know if it was broken because of a typhoon, butit neededto be fixed. Climbed on it evading some damage or a long hole but I was able to cross anyway. I saw also water, as if there is a flood. After I have crossed it, I went home and saw my husband lying and sleeping beside a spilled milk.

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    Carol Chapman - May 13, 2017

    Dear LC, thanks for the dream. Crossing a bridge dream can refer to a decision or to a relationship. In your case, I believe this dream refers to both a relationship and decision. The relationship part has to do with the bridge in the dream symbolically connecting two people together.

    So, I’m assuming something has happened between you and the person you’re in a relationship with. Since your husband turns up in the dream, it could be him. In your dream, you said that the bridge could be broken because of a typhoon. In a dream, a typhoon or huge storm often refers to an emotional storm. In addition, the flood often symbolizes being flooded with emotion. Has there been an emotional storm in your relationship lately?

    Now that we’ve dealt with the relationship part of the symbolism of crossing a bridge, let’s go on to the decision part of it. In the dream, you decided that the bridge needed to be fixed. You are so determined in this decision that, in the dream, you cross the bridge evading a long hole in it and some damage. If this were my dream, I’d feel encouraged that my decision to fix the relationship issue would occur, because, in the dream, I made it across the bridge.

    By the way, the bridge in your dream is “cemented,” because that’s how you see your relationship–so solid that it’s cemented together–until this incident broke it apart.

    The bridge has a long hole in it. Do you know that in the four years since I posted the Crossing a Bridge article, I never before received a bridge-crossing dream with a hole in the bridge. But this month, for the first time, I have have received not one, but two dreams with a bridge that had a hole in it. The other one was posted on May 3rd. I believe the hole refers to a hole or something missing that you haven’t thought of in the decision you’ve made.

    It may be that a hint of what the “hole” may be turns up at the end of your dream. At that time, you see your husband lying and sleeping beside spilled milk. You know that saying that goes something like, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk”? It means that you can’t fix something once it has already happened. Basically, the only thing you can do is clean things up.

    If this were my dream, I’d feel encouraged, because you make it across the bridge. However, I’d look at whatever happened that caused your emotional storm, because it’s over and done with. All you can do now is clean things up.

    Does any of this resonate with what’s going on in your life?

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Sarah - May 9, 2017

I’ve had a dream twice where I have to cross a flyover with a very busy road underneath it, the flyover is really high and I’m very scared and then in my dream the only way I can cross the flyover is if I walk over it. So I walk, terrified, over the flyover looking down at all the cars below, and then I climb down a really long ladder and I wake up.

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Sam - May 7, 2017

Hi Carol
Last nite I dreamt about driving in my car with my wife and son (8yrs) over a bridge. I don’t remember seeing my daughter (2 yrs) in the car.
It was night time and I was driving up the big bridge.
Suddenly I saw the bridge was incomplete and I had to jam the brakes.
I just stopped the car before we would fall down.
I looked down and there was no water but it was deep.
I aND my wife started to push back the car when I woke up…
Can u please help me understand the meaning.
Best regards.

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Joalyn - April 27, 2017

I had a dream last night that I was chasing someone in the bridge. Then at the middle of the bridge there’s like a small hole on it but I continue to walk through the bridge… I just carefully avoided the hole and it was successful. After that I proceed to kind of running a little bit to catch up whoever it is I was chasing. And then I woke up. What’s the meaning of my dream? Pls help. Thank you.

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    Carol Chapman - May 3, 2017

    Hi Joalyn, Thanks for submitting your dream. Let me tell you what your dream would mean to me if it was my dream: I’ve decided (the bridge) to go after something (chasing someone). However, there’s a small problem or something missing (the small hole) in the middle of of my decision to go after this thing. Nonetheless, by carefully avoiding the small problem, I can be successful. The little problem may mean that reaching my goal will require doing some catching up (having to run a bit to catch up).

    Does this resonate with you? Did you make a decision to go after something recently? If so, it might help to go over your plan to see what you may have overlooked that will slow you down a bit.

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Tina - April 21, 2017

I dreamed that I was crossing a very high narrow bridge over water and the bridge was getting longer and I was scare it was going to get dark and I wouldn’t be able to see where to step. I prayed God please let me make it to the other side and I did make it, when I got to the end it was green grass and I jumped into it and was safe and so thankful.

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    Carol Chapman - April 26, 2017

    Hi Tina, Lovely dream, because not only did you make it to the other side, but at the end, there was green grass (usually green grass means healthy growth). In addition, you feel safe and thankful. So, what’s happening in you life that feels scary and as if you can’t get to where you want to be? If this were my dream, I’d feel encouraged that I was going to make it. Also, since you prayed for God’s help in the dream, and that made the difference, I wonder if praying for God’s help when you’re awake will help with whatever you’re dealing with. By the way, that your dream was a high dream, could point to high ideals.

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Monica - April 21, 2017

Hi Carol. I don’t dream often, but the last 2 days I been waking up from weird different dreams. I was driving with my mom going over a large bridge, and all of the sudden I could see a lot of thundering and lighting. All of the sudden I see people that where working on the bridge holding wires, and screaming run run. So I looked at the mother and all of the sudden we are both in motorcycles mine is a little mopped and hers a regular one. But mine would not star and I was desperately trying as I see the lighting is getting worse. I woke up scared and wondering the meaning of the dream. This is the second day in a row I have a dream with mother in it, I hope you can help me
Thank you for your time

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    Carol Chapman - April 26, 2017

    Hi Monica, Thanks for your interesting dream. Since you’ve dreamed about your Mother twice in a row, I’d think the dream either had something to do with her or, it had to do with something she represents–a personality quality of hers, or the raw symbol of what mother means. Mother often represents strong female characteristics such as intuition.

    The thunder and lightning feel like a similar symbol to the motorcycle. They both denote power. Of course, your dream is about your life. Therefore, I don’t know what’s going on in your life. However, crossing the bridge often means you’ve made an important decision. Because mother in the dream has the more powerful motorcycle, if it were my dream, I’d wonder if the mother (symbol or in real life) might be overpowering me, or something important to me.

    When the people working on the bridge (the part of you undertaking this decision) say, “run, run,” in your dream, did they mean to run off the bridge or run across the bridge? That might be where the meaning of this dream lies. If “run, run” means to run away from the bridge, if it were my dream, I’d reconsider whatever I was contemplating doing the day before I had the dream. If “run, run” meant to cross the bridge, I’d go ahead with whatever I had decided. Does any of this remind you of something in your life? It would likely be something you had decided the day before you had the dream.

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Kelly - April 21, 2017

Hi, it’s almost ten years and I continue to dream about bridges. Each year is different. But it’s seems that no matter what I find it challaging to cross the other side. The bridge is massive and beautiful but when Im trying to run across the other side it always opening and Im holding on the dear life on the very top. Im in the clouds very high up in the sky and I look down. But I wait for it to either fall back down or I just fall into the water.

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    Carol Chapman - April 26, 2017

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for posting your dream. Of course, your dream is about you and your life. But, if it were my dream, I’d look back in my life to almost ten years ago to see what had started in my life at that time. It could be a relationship, a job, a move, etc.

    Although most “crossing bridge” dreams are about making a decision, many are also about relations. The bridge connects one thing with another, usually one person with another. Therefore, again, if it were my dream, I’d assume that in those ten years, my relationship with someone or something would be on and then off–the bridge opening. At those times, you may feel elated (high up in the sky) and then fall in the water (emotional reaction–water usually means emotions). Does that resonate with you? Is there a relationship in your life that is like that–on and off, exciting and then an emotional letdown–and it started about 10 years ago?

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Stephane - April 4, 2017

I had a dream that I was taking someone to school and had to cross a bridge because the school was on the other side. We got to the bridge and it was flooded on the other side, I couldn’t see it but there was a line to cross. I wanted to leave but I couldn’t turn around because of the people behind me. While we waited I could see the water below and saw someone riding a big blade of a windmill, on the other side was an amusement park and people were riding rides and having fun. I had the cats with me ( in waking life I have taken in 3 stray cats and already had 2) one was a kitten that needed his bottle. I was upset it seemed to be taking a long time. Then when it was time, I lost my keys, but they were in my pocket the whole time, I finally found them. I decided to just cross the bridge and make the loop drive up to the next town and cross and drive back home. The bridge was located in my home town so it was familiar to me. In waking life I want to leave this town, and might have an opportunity to do so, waiting on the federal hiring freeze to lift to find out, however I have been offered a position here that is on call. We are here because of my husbands job, it’s like being a military spouse I have to give up my life to follow him around. The job would be going back to a place I considered my home and my daughter lives there. I have not been able to find work here, except that on call job, and now my husband wants to leave.

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    Carol Chapman - April 7, 2017

    Hi Stephane, Thanks for posting your dream. And also thanks for describing the situation in your life at this time. You have many significant symbols in this dream. For example, dreaming about a school can suggest that you’ll be learning something or that you’re in a learning situation now. Similarly, if I dreamed about losing my keys and then discovered I’d had them in my pocket all along, it’d mean to me that I “had the key,” or would soon learn about something I didn’t realize I knew all along.

    Remember, this is your dream, and its trying to tell you something. Therefore, when I suggest something, check in to see if “yes” it resonates with you, or “no” it doesn’t. If what I suggest doesn’t resonate with you, then see what comes up in your mind as the “real” answer.

    You have two more interesting symbols that can relate to each other. First, that it’s flooded on the other side of the bridge. My guess is that this refers to being “flooded” with emotion, since water often symbolizes emotion. Then, in relationship to your emotion, you have the windmill, which deals with your mind and your thoughts. My first idea is that your mind is going around and around on this issue. So, at this point, you’re flooded with emotion and your thoughts are going around and around, unable to make a decision. All this sounds like the frustration you’ve been feeling.

    However, the windmill also symbolizes a wonderful transformation of wind (or mind) power into useful energy. For example, traditionally windmills were used to mill grain. Nowadays, they’re used to create electricity. Was it a traditional Dutch-type of windmill or a huge modern windmill? In any case, it represents a transformation of sorts, which is similar to the symbols of learning something and discovering you have the keys to something you thought you’d lost.

    If this were my dream, I’d feel encouraged, since the dream seems to be saying that you have many resources within you to transform the situation you find yourself in, into a satisfactory solution for you.

    In the dream, you make the decision to “just cross the bridge.” I love it, since a “crossing a bridge” dream usually refers to making a decision. Because you decide to cross the bridge, at some level within you, you’ve found the resolution to your dilemma. Only you know what it is, since it’s been hidden in your pocket (within you) all along. Does any of this resonate with you?

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      Stephanie - April 8, 2017

      Flooded with emotion, yes , that makes a lot of sense.. also feeling stuck at the moment or actually for the past few years, there is no forward movement and it seems my path back home is blocked so I can’t get back home. I hope it means that there is a chance that I will get to move forward now. The school might be my husband going back to school, he will be taking an intense program soon , as well as the one he is in now. Both can be done anywhere. I might have the chance at a great job back where I consider home, or the last place I felt like home, if I do I would have to move there, and we would live apart. but my life would be mine again, not following someone else everywhere, seemingly chasing rainbows across the country. . After 2 years of applying for jobs, I was offered an on call position, responding to disasters with FEMA, however as hard as it was I turned that down. It was hard not accepting since my life is always so unpredictable, maybe we don’t get out of this place and that was my only chance at an income, I just don’t know. I think the key is a huge clue. At one time after reading and watching the secret, at the time I was facing eviction, jobless, I put it to practice and got a job and a new apartment, everything just fell into place. I recently started watching videos of that nature on youtube about manifesting your own life. My hesitation on doing that is, is that Gods will for our lives? The windmill was just one of those very large blades on the new modern windmills you see popping up everywhere. I feel that was there for a reason as well. So interesting, I guess time will tell. Maybe I should just trust the path I am on. My dreams have always told me of my moves though. When I first moved to San Antonio, I had a dream showing a map of a big X on San Antonio with a line drawn straight west , there was a curve in the map, like a harbor and 2 islands off the coast. That was San Diego, crossing over the Coronado bridge I could see clearly the 2 islands off the coast. Then the move here was foretold in dreams as well. Anyway I am rambling, lol , Thank you so much what you said did resonate with me.

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        Carol Chapman - April 8, 2017

        I love how you put together the key in your dream with the key in The Secret. This illustrates how what matters in interpreting a dream is what the symbol means to the dreamer. Wonderful! I feel happy to see that you always dream ahead of time where you’re going next. Thanks for getting back to me with your feedback.

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C Davis - March 21, 2017

I just woke up from a nap covered in sweat, shaking and panicked. I had a series of nightmares that ranged from suicide to being raped. But the last one perplexes me the most. I was in a car driving on a steep white bridge made out of stairs. It was only as wide as the car with no railings but it was like a never ending roller coaster. Over 100 feet below me was water and aside from the orange glow of the sunset, all I could see was towns of people that I had no way of reaching. The bridge never ended, I just woke up.

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    Carol Chapman - March 22, 2017

    Yikes! Nightmares ranging from suicide to being raped! Help! But those don’t perplex you as much as the bridge dream!?! OK, first, if it was my dream, I’d wonder about what I ate before I had my nap. Do you know that indigestion can cause nightmares? Second, do you know that dreams in sequence are often about the same thing? That brings me back to an indigestion nightmare. Did you have a pizza with hot peppers before you slept?

    OK, just in case we’re not talking indigestion here, what were you doing before your nap? What’s happening in your life now? Your dreams have to do with your life and what’s going on in it. Are you in a situation that causes great emotional ups and downs (the roller coaster in your dream)? Do you feel as if you’re in an emotionally very precarious situation (no railings)? Are you going through a big change in your life (sunset i.e. end of one day so another can start, suicide, i.e. death of the old you, bridge i.e. crossing from one thing to something new)?

    If you are going through a big difficult change (bridge is made of stairs, is steep, and way high up), i.e. someone could have died, you might be changing jobs, moving somewhere new, preparing to go to a different school, about to take exams, getting married, divorced, etc., the dream could be telling you that you’re terrified (awoke in a panic) because you don’t know what to expect (the bridge doesn’t end) and you fear you won’t have your usual support network (no way of reaching the towns of people).

    As you’re reading my suggestions, does anything resonate? The most hopeful symbol in the dream? A white bridge. White is a spiritual color. It can represent purity, renewal, marriage (are you getting married?), and good luck. If it was my dream, because the bridge is white, I would feel encouraged that whatever I was going through, even though I consciously didn’t know where it was going to end, it would be just fine. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.

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      C Davis - March 22, 2017

      A group of nightmares like this isn’t unusual for me. I’ve had them as long as I can remember but they do get more vivid when I’m stressed, which is often. I didn’t eat before the nap but I was extremely tired.

      This week is the 4 year anniversary of my dads death (we were best friends), my husband and I have been having marital trouble, nothing serious, financial problems, withdrawal from an anxiety medication, the list goes on. It’s been a rough month.

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        Carol Chapman - March 22, 2017

        Thanks for clarifying. The bridge dream makes sense, doesn’t it? You have had a rough month. Sorry to hear it. I have a close relative who also often has nightmares. However, take heart, because, in my opinion, something within you expresses encouragement, because the bridge in your dream is white.

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Carrie - February 17, 2017

First, I wanted to say how wonderful it is that you’re taking the time to answer everyone here. In my experience these dreams can cause a bit of anxiety, so it’s comforting to have someone help sort out their meaning. In my current situation I have a daughter who is planning to go away for college in a year, my 10 yr old son has special needs (behavioral and sensory), and my husband was diagnosed with heart failure last year. He suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 32. We’re both 38 right now. Honestly I’m scared and sad every day, but I have a family who relies on me so I keep it in check as much as possible.

I’ve always been very nightmare-prone, always recurring ones with slight changes (different place, different circumstances, etc. but same theme or disaster.) When I was a kid it was fires that destroyed my family home, falling, and physical violence towards loved ones. It was awful. As an adult I’ve had recurring apocalyptic dreams about tsunamis and turbulent oceans threatening to flood the town where I’m standing. Many times they feel like the ocean will swallow the world. I have other assorted nightmares too, but besides my frequent plane crash dreams these are the most insistent.

The last year or so I’ve been having a weird bridge dream. Some elements change but it’s always an impossibly tall, winding bridge of very modern construction. Many times it’s over an ocean or massive body of calm water. I’m always with someone who is driving, but I’m terrified to get on that bridge because I know we’ll die. The driver varies from strangers to family members, but they’re always excited to drive over the bridge and usually tease me about my fear. I feel very out of control and horrified but I can’t get out of the car. As we go along the bridge becomes more perilous and much like a roller coaster with no track rails until finally the road gets to be too narrow for a car and the side rails disappear. Gravity and the thin road finally take over and we end up plummeting to the road or ocean far below us and I wake up as we’re falling.

I think I get some of it. I’m guessing the out of control feeling is relating to the fear and helplessness I have of my husband’s health and our uncertain future. Not sure about the rest though. I’d be very grateful if you could help me figure it out.

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    carolchapman - February 20, 2017

    Dear Carrie, Thanks so much for posting your dream, and especially for describing your circumstances at this time. First, I want to say that I admire that you can still think so clearly given all that you’re dealing with.

    OK, your bridge-crossing recurring nightmares. Let’s start with the bridge crossing symbol. Assuming you’ve read my post on dreams about crossing a bridge, you probably know that these dreams are about making a decision, which can be a conscious or unconscious decision. In your case, given the overwhelming challenges you’re dealing with, I would guess your decision is something like, “Even though I’m sad and scared everyday, I’m keeping my emotions in check and am determined to be there for my family.” So, that could be the metaphorical name of the bridge you’re traveling in your dreams–my best guess.

    Does that resonate? If it doesn’t resonate, did something come up in your mind, as in, “No, she’s got it wrong–it’s really about this . . .” Please use my suggestions and examples only as beginning points for your own understanding of your own dream. In the end, it’s your dream, your life, and meant for you to get an “ah hah” so you can do something in your conscious life to improve your life.

    Don’t worry if you don’t get an understanding right away. Your subconscious mind takes its own sweet time. For example, your understanding may come suddenly a couple of weeks later while cleaning up after a meal. In addition, you may have another dream or two containing more information to help in your interpretation of these recurring dreams. The crossing-bridge dreams themselves may change. That’s because, now that you’ve started the process of interpreting your dreams by thinking about them, writing them down, and considering my ideas, you’re setting up a dialogue between your conscious and unconscious minds. Basically, you’re telling your recurring dreams that you notice them, and you’re willing to work with them.

    In addition, since this is your dream, you know better than I do what it’s about. As you said: “the out of control feeling is relating to the fear and helplessness I have of my husband’s health and our uncertain future.” That certainly resonates with me, given the circumstances of your life and that you started to have the crossing-bridge dreams a year ago, which is when your husband was diagnosed with heart failure.

    So, let’s see if I can help you to interpret more of your dream. For me, the significant symbol is that you are NOT the driver of your car. Someone else is always. In dreams, your car often represents your body. In effect, your dream is saying that you are not in control of your life, which, of course, is absolutely accurate–there’s so much going on that all you can do is react to it and try to hold on as best you can.

    However, since you keep having these dreams, in my opinion, your inner guidance wants you to notice that you’re not in the driver’s seat. To begin, your dreams may simply be your subconscious mind processing the actual circumstances in your conscious life while you’re sleeping. Also, as you’ve noted, because you’ve tended to have nightmarish dreams throughout your life, these dreams may just be more of the same. It’s not unusual for some people, often creative, sensitive people, to have recurrent nightmares.

    Nonetheless, since there’s the scary element of never getting across the bridge and plummeting down into the road or water below, it might be worth looking at the symbol of not being in the driver’s seat. Especially because of the car symbolizing your body. The dream might be saying that something in your life seems to be very difficult for your body.

    Therefore, let’s consider that the dream is saying that you need to take some control in your life for the sake of possibly your own health (your body). Unfortunately, it may seem to you as if you couldn’t possibly find any way of controlling anything, given the circumstances of your life. Nonetheless, is there something you could do that would make you feel as if you have more control? For example, I know a woman in a similar situation as yours, who decided to take one evening a week for herself. I think she hired a sitter and went to a music rehearsal. In addition, amazingly, one weekend per month she would stay at a friend’s house to get away from it all. She said she really needed it. Don’t think that I’m suggesting you do exactly what she did. I’m just giving you an example of another caregiver’s way of taking care of herself in an unavoidable situation.

    Here’s another important symbol in your dream. You fall off the bridge and you’re plummeting down to the road or water below. Do you know that water often represents emotions in dreams? You said that even though you’re (understandably) sad and scared, you’ve managed to keep your emotions in check. Tell me if this resonates: Could it be that you fear that you’re going to plummet into your emotions? That you won’t be able to keep them in check? If that resonates, perhaps the thing you could do for yourself would be to get some support where you could release your emotions–it could be a therapist, a caregiver group, or even your husband.

    I remember that when my mother was very, very sick, and at the same time, my daughter was leaving for college, and my first book was being published (all of it very overwhelming for me), I managed to keep my emotions in check but only by walking for hours in freezing snow. Actually, it was the therapist at the hospital who suggested I turn to my mother for comfort. That didn’t make sense to me since she was the one who was sick. However, the therapist reminded me that my mother had been my support throughout my life and that she was still there for me. As it turned out, it helped to let out some of my sorrow on my mother’s shoulder. She also felt as if she could still be useful. Perhaps, if you let some of your emotion out, you will feel as if things aren’t so overwhelming. I don’t know–it’s your dream, and I’m just giving you suggestions based on the dream symbols, your life, and experiences I’ve had.

    You also mentioned that you’ve been nightmare-prone your whole life and referenced dreams in which it felt as if the ocean would swallow the world. There’s the water symbol representing emotions again. Dreams in which water feels overwhelming often refer to daytime fears that your emotions could totally overwhelm you and your world. Is there some way of safely releasing some of your pent-up feelings? For example, one of my girlfriends, while going through a gut-wrenching divorce, used to make time for herself once her children were asleep, to let out the sobs. She told me that it helped to lay on her stomach on the floor to relieve the physical pain in her gut.

    By the way, I personally grieved terribly when each of my three children went away to college. Fortunately, a man I worked with told me ahead of time how devastated he was when his only child went to college. Therefore, a head’s up, just in case someone hasn’t already mentioned it to you, given that your daughter will soon be going away to college. As you’ve intimated, this is likely adding to your emotional burdens.

    Before I close, going back to how you mentioned that you’ve had nightmares your whole life. As I said, some dream interpreters believe a person who struggles with nightmares is simply a sensitive person processing their daytime life in their dreams. Creative people also deal with nightmares. Would a creative outlet help with those intense emotions?

    By the way, I’m making these suggestions, because I believe it’s important to do something, to make some kind of change, as a result of receiving dreams that catch your attention. In my opinion, your dreams (all of our dreams) give you more information than your conscious mind knows with the purpose of improving your waking life. Your dreams can only send you the message. You have to do something with the message.

    I hope I’ve given you something that can help with your recurring crossing-bridge nightmares. Please let me know if something here has helped with your understanding of your dreams. You might want to share what you’ve decided to change. Do you have any questions? Thanks so much for contacting me.

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      Carrie - February 23, 2017

      Thank you so much for the detailed and thoughtful response. So much of what you said made a lot of sense — I was kind of mentally kicking myself for not seeing some of it before! I think the name of the bridge is accurate. I didn’t think of it representing my fears before, but now it seems obvious. And until now I didn’t realize my terrible tsunami and other ocean-related dreams began soon after my husband’s heart attack. I didn’t mention it before, but the cardiologist told me if I hadn’t called the ambulance for him when I did that he would’ve died. He estimated that five more minutes would’ve killed him. I’ve always felt a lot of guilt over that because he was so young and prone to exaggerating his colds and general aches that at first I wanted to just drive him to the hospital myself. At the time he was just feeling a wrenching pain in his arm, and we thought he’d pulled something in his sleep. The chest pain came while I was on the phone with 911. It turned out the attack had been building since the day before and he’d worked through it all day, moving furniture and appliances, until it peaked the next morning. I was being praised for getting him help when I did, when a heart attack seemed impossible, but my hesitation could’ve killed him. So I was also feeling guilty, along with all the expected fears and other emotions that come with almost losing him. Now all the horrible ocean dreams make perfect sense. It’s a relief to understand them better.

      I would definitely agree that I’m a sensitive person, and I’m also a very creative one as well. Writing helps, and I made a promise to myself to do more creative writing this year. I can’t really talk to my husband about my fears and sadness very often because he tends to send him into a spiral. He’s having an extremely difficult time dealing with all of this and our insurance doesn’t cover therapy. I’ve made the mistake of trying to talk to him about it before and I can’t put him through it again. It’s heartbreaking. We’ve been together since 11th grade and I can’t imagine growing old with anyone else but him. I feel life we’ve been cheated. I’ve been pretty isolated due to our circumstances, and though I do have one very good friend who was a psych major, she tends to get a little TOO involved at times. So I’m thinking maybe journaling would be the most helpful solution.

      As for my daughter going to college, she has chosen an art school three hours south of us in a larger town with much higher crime than the little tourist town we live in. So there’s definite anxiety there, mixed with the sadness. You also mentioned the car representing my body. I wonder if it not only represents my life and the chaos and uncertainty surrounding it, but also my actual body — my health. I’ve been having a lot of anxiety for a mix of obvious reasons, but also because I’ve let my own health decline. I’m too worried about taking care of my family to take care of myself, which of course is stupid because I won’t be much help to them if I’m not healthy. I’ve known for a while that I need to take charge of my health; not only am I out of shape and overweight, but I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neuropathy and high blood pressure. When I get stressed out or upset I get a burning sensation in my chest, which the doctor says is because of my weight. It’s very unsettling, especially now that any illusions I once had about relatively young people having heart problems have been thoroughly shattered. By unsettling I really mean scary as heck. Burning and twisting sensations in the chest get your attention. I have to take control of my health. Finally, something I actually CAN control.

      I apologize for this response being all over the place. I just want to close by saying thank you so very much. Your insight has been incredibly helpful! It was so generous of you to help me through this. I’ve had doom and disaster dreams for so long that I hardly bother trying to find meaning in them anymore, but now I see that’s a mistake. The only way to conquer them is to unravel them because they really are trying to tell you something. It’s amazing how the human mind works.

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        Carol Chapman - February 23, 2017

        Dearest Carrie, Thanks for the compliments. I’m so very happy that I could be of help. Just remember, that the wisdom came from you, in your dream. Isn’t that amazing! That there’s this well of information within you–and it knows you so well!!! Yes, it’s absolutely amazing how the human mind works. By the way, I’m a normal weight now but, coincidentally, I also very occasionally have those terrible burning pains in my chest. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, so don’t take what I say as professional advice, however, I’ve found it helps not to overeat or, surprisingly, not to mix meat with starches like rice and cake in the same meal. As a result, I only eat vegetables with meat and have fruit and plain nuts for desert. Don’t know if that’ll help, but I would have felt guilty if I hadn’t mentioned it. Speaking of guilt, yes, there are so many things that I could have done better also. I once had a dream in which “The Voice” said, “Isn’t it about time you forgave yourself!” You and me both. One of the downsides of being human–imperfection. Journaling sounds great–you express yourself beautifully.

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    Darielle - March 17, 2017

    I keep having the same recurring dream of being on a Rollercoaster or seeing people like family on the Rollercoaster with me. Im having Fun And Then It Turns Scary Thr Path is always badly broken and I Always Think Omg And The Rollercoaster Goes Fast And We Spind Around And Someone Always Dies. My Little Brother Died In The Last One. I feel paralyzed in my sleep I can’t move I see everything I’m really scared and all my dreams basically all over water everything is based over a body of water I will have a dream about helicopters and someone dying over a body of water what does this mean help please.

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      Carol Chapman - March 17, 2017

      Hi Darielle, Thanks for posting your dream. I realize you posted your dream in reply to Carrie. Nonetheless, I, Carol, am going to assume that when you asked, “What does this mean help please,” you’re OK with receiving my dream interpretation suggestions.

      To begin, although you didn’t say what’s going on in your life at this time, I’m going to assume your family members are not flying helicopters in a war zone and being shot down over water because, in that case, the dream could be about real things.

      However, I’m going to assume the images in your dream as symbolic. As a result, the dream does NOT mean you will be paralyzed or that family members will die, as scary and real as the dreams seem. Rest assured that many people have these very common symbols in their dreams, included the feelings of fear.

      First, I guess that you’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster, not only because of the rollercoaster, but also because of the water, which symbolizes emotion. So, what’s going on in your life that’s causing these fears you’re experiencing (the emotional rollercoaster)? Can you remember what was happening just before these recurring dreams started? Likely, that’s what the dreams are about.

      Second, you’re on a path, which usually symbolizes your path in life. But, the path is broken, often symbolizing difficulties you’re going through.

      Third, loved ones die in your dreams, which can mean your relationship with the person dies, NOT that they die. Sometimes, when loved ones die in dreams, the loved one can symbolize a quality in you that you are not expressing that is symbolically dying. For example, what does your Little Brother mean to you? A loving person? A hard worker? Someone you can trust? Whatever he means to you can be a clue to what, in you, you fear you may not be honoring.

      Why did your subconscious choose to put the helicopter in your dream? Likely, because the wisdom within you is suggesting that you “get above” the situation and take a wider view of it.

      Is that helpful? To summarize, ask yourself,
      * What was happening right before these recurring dreams started?
      * Are you on an emotional rollercoaster? Why?
      * What difficulties are you facing in your life now?
      * Could those difficulties emotionally distance you from loved ones?
      * If you could get above the difficulties and take a wider view of the situation, could you reconnect with some quality within you that would help you through these difficulties?

      Thanks again for posting your dream. I appreciate your sharing this intense recurring dream. Hope my suggestions are helpful.

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Ashley Kay - February 13, 2017

Hi Carol,
In my dream, I was in a large city riding in a somewhat futuristic mode on transportation – like riding in a one person pod on a roller coaster. I’m heading to meet my friends for a yoga class and I start to wonder if I took the right route because I start heading in the route toward the ocean. I know that if I go over the ocean, it’s going to take me a long time to get back and I’ll be late so right as I reach the part where there is no tunnel, only the long red metal tracks leading over a calm, cerulean ocean and clear skies, I open my pod to see if there’s any way I can get on the other side to go back. As I stand, I realize how high up I am – maybe a mile high. The wind is fierce and it starts to pull me over the left side. I fought hard to keep myself on a platform, but the wind was so strong. At that moment, my thoughts were, “The wind is so strong, I’m definitely going to fall. What’s the best way I can fall without dieing?” First, I thought about making myself pass out so the fall wouldn’t hurt then I thought about gliding because the wind was so strong, I could work with it to the point that I was almost running on top of the water. I was just going over the edge, but I never actually fell before I woke up. I noticed that I didn’t jerk awake which surprised me. Can you help interpret this for me?

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    carolchapman - February 22, 2017

    Hi Ashley Kay, Very interesting dream, and also a bit amusing when I visualize the futuristic pod on its mile-high red roller coaster track, heading away from the large city and toward the ocean. Whew! Now, that’s a different kind of bridge! I also enjoyed another delightful detail in your dream in that you incorporated wind as well as water in the symbols. Usually a cross-the-bridge dream has to do with water, and therefore, the dreamer’s emotions. Because you’ve also got air–fierce and strong wind–your dream also addresses your mind and your thoughts. So, there you have it! What’s going on in your life that has your mind in a turmoil? Are you thinking about something, worrying about something, around and around and around? Is it something to do with your yoga class or your friends? If it was my dream, I’d wonder if my dream was telling me that my fierce thoughts could lead to some angry (red tracks–red often refers to anger) in the future (future mode of transportation). Why were you a mile high? My guess: to get a wider view of the situation. Makes sense? Not? Please get back to me, I’m interested to know your ideas.

    I enjoyed considering the kind of mind you must have that you would be, in your dream, thinking about ways of working with falling off the bridge so you wouldn’t die. For example, you said that you could pass out or glide on the wind (“go with” whatever is going on in your waking life instead of obsessing about it?), or could run on the water.

    Here’s a thought, sometimes the word “high” in a dream refers to high values such as spiritual values. This coincides with “running on top of the water,” since Jesus walked on the water. Does this apply to you? If so, is the message, “Have faith?” By the way, you don’t have to be religious to use symbols in your dreams from religious texts. Our culture is imbued with sayings from the texts of many religions.

    Finally, why is “yoga” in your dream? Is this about your actual class and what’s going on in it? Or, does yoga symbolize something? If so, what does it mean to you? Health, flexibility, strength, feeling good about your body? Only you know, but I’m curious. Therefore, if it’s responsive to you, please comment about what you think your dream was about after reading my suggestions. Thanks for posting your intriguing dream.

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      Ashley Kay - February 22, 2017

      You’re so delightfully insightful! Haha! There are 3 things in my life causing me turmoil – the first is my dad’s health which is something that I have no control over so I tend to go with the flow on that situation because I’ve been dealing with it for years. The 2nd is my job, but I’m not as concerned about it (unfortunately) as the 3rd – LOVE.

      I got divorced 3 years ago from my first love after 12 years (together since I was 19) and it was heartbreaking. I’m back in the dating world and it’s overwhelming (vast ocean of unforeseen future). I think everyone has something to offer, but once I start dating someone consistently, I think about the relationship so much that I destroy it. As my best friend likes to say, “it’s like you’re handed this pretty flower and then you start picking off all of the imperfections until it’s pedal-less & dead!” I’ve been trying to assess my obsession with making sure I never end up with someone that will take me for granted again. I’m trying to do better about not picking it apart, but the more I try, the worse I make it because I’m STILL in the act of obsessing about it (the wind perhaps). If I simply went with the flow (walking on water), things would pan out much more smoothly for me, but it’s difficult for me to talk myself out of being scared. It doesn’t help I’m getting to the age that I want children – fine time now that I’m divorced… UGH! The bridge being a mile high probably correlates with how BIG of an issue it is to me because it consumes my daily thoughts.

      I am a spiritual being and do believe that having faith about getting through something is important. The mind can make or break you depending on how you view the world. I’ve seen people get through some incredibly dark times in their life with the right attitude. This one particular part of my life – love – is not one I seem to be handling well and I’m embarrassed by it.
      As for the yoga in my dream, I think it is directly related to how I feel after hot yoga. I feel empowered and strong-minded and I wish I could do it every morning before I did anything else. Hot yoga makes you feel like you’ve sweat out all of the CRAP that consumes you in your daily life and it makes you feel like you can start over.

      I really appreciate your perspective on this! It does provide insight on how much I’m allowing my emotions to consume me in the roller coaster of life!

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        Carol Chapman - February 22, 2017

        Dearest Ashley Kay, Wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for sharing what’s going on with you. I feel happy to know that the effort I put into thinking about and intuiting your situation has been helpful. All I can say is, LOVE is probably the hardest one for us all. As far as having children goes, fortunately, the Universe is with you on that one–go forth and multiply, and all that. Here’s something that’s helped me, just keep saying, “Thank you,” about your life whatever it may be, whenever the obsessive thoughts come up. Good luck and I’ll keep a good thought for you.

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Bianca - February 12, 2017

Hi Carol… I fell asleep thinking that a love interest that I seem to have a connection with would be attracted to my sister who is one year younger. I had decided to let him choose as my sister is flashy, rich and beautiful and I am well off and attractive but not as flashy. When I fell asleep, I was crossing a high city bridge over ocean water. The start of the journey was easy and ocean water very blue and clear came up to the level of the railing and I saw 3 huge dolphins swim so close to me going in the opposite direction from where I waa walking in synchrony. They were so close and huge that I could reach out and touch the nearest one. After they swam past, the water rose on the bridge as if it was going to flood and I held onto the railing to balance myself and was able to kick as if swimming as I went along the bridge while holding onto the railing. The water in the dream was as I like it … the clear blue waters of Caribbean oceans. The mood and feeling was in wonder and a “what was that” tone. I was a tiny bit scared but not so scared that I’d turn back or was frightened or overwhelmed.

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    Bianca - February 12, 2017

    The water seemed to come in like a slow rolling and calm tsunami. There was no wind, it was a calm day and I was the only one on the bridge heading towards a large city on the scale of NYC. Even though there was a LOT of water (especially on my right where the dolphins swam and where the railing was), I could see through it and it was clear blue water.

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    Carol Chapman - February 23, 2017

    Hi Bianca, Thanks for the lovely dream. To begin, I know that beautiful Caribbean water and love it too. In your description of the dream, you mention that the water’s clear blue a couple of times. Often blue represents “true blue,” in other words, the truth, so let’s consider that your dream is telling you the truth. Next, let’s look at what this truth may be. Remember, though, that I’m going to give you suggestions of what the symbols mean. In the end, since it’s your dream and your life, you will know what it means. As you’re reading my suggestions, you may get feelings that, “No, that’s not right, it’s really this,” or, “Yes, that makes sense.” In other words, use my suggestions as starting off points for your own inner wisdom to come through.

    OK, let’s get to the dolphins, such a lovely symbol of harmony and beauty. They’re on your right, often meaning that something’s “right” or correct, agreeing with the “truth” of the blue water. There are three dolphins–three is often a spiritual number (the Trinity), especially with the dolphins swimming in synchronicity, coupled with the clear blue waters you love, and the feeling of being in wonder. By the way, you don’t have to be a religious person to have spiritual symbols in your dreams.

    But, here is where the dream changes. You are going toward the large city (often symbolizing your social life), you can almost touch the dolphins (spiritual symbol), but after you pass them, the water begins rising almost like a swelling tsunami. No wind (wind equals the mind, therefore no mental angst). However, the water, which usually symbolizes emotion, rises so high that you have to hold onto the railing and swim. In this case, your emotions seem to be almost overflowing the bridge (your decision). You’re flooded by it. You’re almost overcome by it, but manage to hold on.

    OK, so what does this mean? Is the water flooding because emotionally, it was a difficult decision to make? Or that, in your sleep, you’re processing that if your love interest is interested in your sister rather than you, the emotions might be overwhelming, but you’ll “hold on” and “swim” with it? This doesn’t mean it will happen, only that you’re processing the bit of fear you have. Or, is it something else?

    In my opinion, it’s significant that you’re going in the opposite direction from the three dolphins (your spiritual symbol) towards the city (your social life). Why does everything change then? Was there more to your decision–something like that it doesn’t matter who he chooses, because you have a large social life and someone else will come along? Or, that it’ll be OK, because you can lose yourself in your social life?

    Or, is there something else going on in our life? With the water flooding, even though its such beautiful water and you love it, could it refer to your creative abilities? Creative people often struggle with the ocean in their dreams and can feel overwhelmed by the creative impulses welling up from their subconscious. I don’t know. I do know that the water (your emotions) started rising like a gentle tsunami after you passed the dolphins and that you were going in the opposite direction to them. What do you think?

    Something else just came to me. Do you need to change your direction? Perhaps you’re going in the opposite direction to the dolphins in your dream, because the dream is saying you’re looking for solace in the wrong direction. Instead of going towards your social life, a better direction would be towards the spiritual. Does that resonate? I’d love to know. You might know immediately now that you’ve seen the symbols. Thanks again for posting this lovely, spiritually-based dream.

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David - January 8, 2017

Ok I’m ready what the meaning is of crossing a bridge,but I need a little more understanding.
In my dream I was walking across a what looked like a newly built wooden bridge the bridge was over a lake .the wind was blowing and it was raining not overly hard rain but not drizzle either.as I got about halfway I stopped and neeld down.hoping for the rain to stop then I looked over and seen the water was moving hard and fast so I got up and finished walking.I kept thinking to myself that there used be another bridge.as I got to the end of the bridge there was a brand new park dry clean green and it said John eagle park.when I looked around I seen the old bridge that I was thinking about and it was over grown and falling apart.
I don’t remember to much more after that I woke up and the park name just kinda stayed with me

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    Carol Chapman - February 23, 2017

    Hi David, Thanks for posting your unique crossing-bridge dream. It’s unique because it has two bridges: one newly built, the other old, overgrown and falling apart. They’re two bridges, but they’re going to the same place: The John Eagle Park, which was important for you to remember.

    In my opinion, a lot of the meaning of this dream hinges on what the eagle means to you. Is it a symbol of patriotism, freedom, power, a lasting relationship (they mate for life), are you a birdwatcher?

    You might be surprised to learn that the eagle in a dream often symbolizes love. Does this make sense to you, given what’s going on in your life? OK, just in case that’s so, my guess is that a while ago, you fell in love, but it didn’t work out or became old and stale–the old overgrown, falling apart bridge. Now, you’re starting a new love–the newly built wooden bridge.

    The eagle could also symbolize a striving to better yourself, since eagles fly so high, but for now, I’m going with love. If I’m totally wrong about the dream being about love, nonetheless, it’s likely about something you undertook once before and are undertaking again now.

    Next, what’s happening on the new bridge? The wind is blowing–wind is about mind, you might be worried or thinking a lot this new development. It’s raining. Rain can be about sadness or cleansing. I’m going with emotional and/or spiritual cleansing, because you kneel down, an emotionally cleansing action–to show humility, very important in a person’s life and especially in love. The water in the lake is moving hard and fast. Since water symbolizes emotion, you’re feeling strong emotions.

    The great thing is that you make it across to the other side, where the rain stops. The sadness or the emotional cleansing is over. And, another great thing, on the other side, it’s not only dry, but also green. Green is a wonderful symbol for health, vitality and personal growth.

    I don’t know what you’re going through in your life, but if this were my dream, I’d feel really encouraged that everything’s going to end up very well. So, I’m curious. What is going on in your life? Is it about love? Or what? Thanks again for posting your interesting, unique, and encouraging dream.

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Josephine - December 14, 2016

Hi Carol,

Last night I had a weird dream with different sceneries but all connected. In one I was walking barefoot in a supermarket and the final scenery involved crossing a wooden bridge.

On my way back from the supermarket (I wasn’t barefoot anymore), I’m walking down a pavement on a main heading back home. I hear my aunt and sister calling out my name saying they had been trying to get hold of me on my mobile phone. My aunt and sister are on the raised ground but I am on the lower ground of the same road. I want to get closer to them and talk further but in order to do that I have to cross a bridge. The bridge is made of two logs and the water (like a stream) beneath is similar to the one you described in your dream but there is a hint of grey in it too. Initially, I’m worried about crossing the bridge because it doesn’t look safe. However, I decide to pick up the courage and just do it. I reach the other side and my aunt tells me that they have been looking for me and “we are waiting for the others here too”. That’s when I wake up, calm and relaxed but bothered by what the dream meant.

Just to add, I and my family are going through a lot at the moment: homelessness, my sister who was in the dream has been asked by her husband for a divorce, i lost a very well paying job and my mum has been diagnosed with athritis, all within a short space of 6 months.

Please help me interpret my dream.

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    Carol Chapman - February 24, 2017

    Hi Josephine, Thanks for posting your very hopeful dream. Thanks also for describing the current circumstances in your life, since your dream is addressing these difficulties you and your family are presently going through. However, in my opinion, your dream is saying that things will be getting better for you. Why do I say that? Because there are five symbols in your dream pointing to hopeful outcomes.

    First, the supermarket. Just think of the word, “super,” and how good that makes you feel. Well, this is a market that is super. In dreams, a supermarket often symbolizes the ability to get what you want, whatever it may be. Second, you start out walking barefoot, a symbol of vulnerability. However, you end up with shoes on: your circumstances have improved. Third, you make it across the bridge, even though you feel uneasy at first. Fourth, by crossing the bridge, which takes courage, you end up on higher ground, indicating an improvement. Finally, you wake up feeling calm and relaxed, indicating that by the end of your dream, you are no longer anxious. Some all-knowing part of you, expressing in your dream, is not all that worried about your circumstances. Or anyway, if it were my dream, I would feel encouraged.

    OK, so let’s look at some of the bridge-crossing symbols. In this case, the bridge, although it doesn’t appear to be safe and looks rather primitive, nonetheless, it gets you from where you are now to a better place (higher ground). Because you make it across the bridge, you’re now in a different place than you were at the beginning, similar to going through the supermarket.

    Why are your aunt and sister in the dream? Often the people in our dreams are symbols also, Since they’re on higher ground, and since you are going toward them, plus they call you on your mobile phone–receiving a call in a dream often means a hopeful message–they represent something you admire. In this case, what is it about your sister and your aunt that you admire? How are they helpful to you? What attitude do they carry that helps you out?

    On the other hand, sometimes people in your dream are not symbolic. In that case, for example, perhaps your aunt or sister are good people to consult for advise about where to apply for work.

    Why does your aunt say, “We are waiting for the others here, too?” Well, this goes back to the symbolic meaning of your aunt being in the dream. What is it about your aunt that is helpful? My guess is that this quality would be helpful for everyone to adopt while going through this difficult time in your family’s life.

    Well, Josephine, as I’ve often said before, this is your dream, and it’s about your life. Hopefully, my suggestions have sparked an “ah-hah” in you to help you understand the dream. Please get back to me and ask me questions or let me know your reactions to my suggestions. Thanks again for posting your dream.

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Charlie B - October 3, 2016

Ive been up all morning searching for the base meaning of a dream I had lastnight (and awkwardly the same dream a few years back). Although I cant remember the exact details of the dream from years ago I still remember the major key points. Okay, so the dream from years ago I remember traveling with my sister (in cars) however we end up taking two different directions but meeting back up once again. But before we meet back up again I had to cross this chaotic bridge filled with people. Some people were fishing, others were talking in groups, kids were running free , etc . Then there was me scared asf to cross the bridge due its heights (I cant rememeber exactly how I crossed the bridge but I did cross because i remember telling my sister once I met back up with her and she asked why did I take that way – she never goes that way because the bridge.) So that was that ! Now in recent times (lastnight dream) pretty darn similar to the before. Traveling with my sister and yet again our paths are split and Im at this EXACT SAME BRIDGE AGAIN its filled with people as if its some sort of shopping center and Im looking down at the water because the height of bridge had me a little uneased about crossing. However, I didnt want to stand upright and walk it because im terrified of heights I began to climb it (like rock climbing) ensuring that I wouldnt fall however a man came to help me ( and although thus man had no image or voice I KNOOOOOWWWW it was a man that helped me stand up right and actually ealk the bridge with comfort) he ensured me that it wasnt there to do any harm but to help and he did ! He got me to the highest peak of the bridge (the part before it descends) and I walked the rest of it alone and up straight and unfearful I made it cross where I met back up with my sister and told her of my travels yet again she asked why I took that way when I couldve went some other direction.

So yeah thats it but one thing I noticed is the FIRST dream I didnt have any assists I just crossed alone probably in the rock climb position and then in lastnight dream there was a spiritual being with me ( my deepest gut keeps telling me it was God that was beside ) and although God could be a man/woman and considering the fact my dream had no image or voice the person who was assisting me had such a dominance feel (if that makes sense). And secondly, I notice how happy and relief I was that I actually crossed the bridge – & idk if that dealt with me being happy because I conquered or because I knew I would get to my sister. Shrugs (just hopong I can get some insight).

Thanks in advance.

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    Carol Chapman - February 24, 2017

    Hi Charlie B, Thanks for posting your unusual recurring dream. I say unusual, because you’ve had it only twice. Often recurring dreams go on and on. That’s because the situation that the dream represents is not being resolved. However, there’s been progress in your second dream, in that you now have a helper. He helps you to stand upright and to walk the bridge with comfort. That’s pretty amazing. Congratulations. And why shouldn’t God come to you in a dream? Many religious texts refer to God bringing help to people in their dreams. Why not you?

    So, what’s the issue the dream is addressing? That’s the big question. In both dreams, I love your bridge–that it’s more than just a bridge but also has people and activity on it. In the first dream, the activity is chaotic with many people, including people talking, fishing, and children running around. That’s important. Most of the time, when people dream of crossing a bridge, it’s just them crossing the bridge or someone in a car with them crossing the bridge. There may be other drivers or other walkers on a dream bridge, but seldom this kind of activity.

    Now, in your second dream, the activity on the bridge has become a shopping center. Is that correct? That’s pretty usual too, don’t you think? Bridges don’t usually swarm with people or have shopping centers on them. So, this is a clue. What do these symbols mean to you? Shopping is about commerce, making choices about what you do and don’t want. Fishing is often a spiritual symbol–the fisher of men. People talking, children running – sounds like a picnic. How do you feel about this? It seemed as if you felt perturbed about it in the dream. Is that right? Does it remind you of something? Is it about commerce? Do you have a business? Work in sales? Or is it about making choices? Or is it about your community?

    Remember, this is your dream. Therefore, the dream is about your life. I can make suggestions of what the symbols may mean. In addition, I can ask you questions, but in the end, these are only my suggestions and opinions. In the end, you will “know” what it means. That’s when you can work with the information in your dream to make improvements in your life or to help you understand a situation.

    In addition, both dreams have something to do with your sister. In real life, do you and your sister disagree on something? Is there something you argue about? To me, it appears that your decision to tackle the high bridge is important to you. By the way, often anything “high” in a dream refers to higher values, i.e. spiritual values. Do you and your sister disagree about spiritual values?

    Just thinking about all the people on both bridges. Are you more outgoing than your sister? Do you or do you not like crowds, activity, and chaos in your waking life?

    Or, is your sister merely a symbol of something in you? People you know in your dreams often symbolize aspects of the dreamer. After all, the dream is the dreamer’s. So, the dreaming mind chooses a person that exemplifies a certain characteristic in the dreamer. Do you have differing views about something within you? Is one view more like something your sister would believe? Is the other different from that? Is there something you can’t decide on?

    Whatever this issue is, it seems to me that it’s very important to you, since you have the dream about crossing this same bridge twice. And, you feel so good that you can walk confidently and without help after you reach the peak, plus, you feel so good that you made it across.

    Plus, it seems that whatever is different from your sister is the right thing to do, although it may be much more challenging. Nonetheless, it’s much more satisfying. And, you are proud of yourself once you accomplish it. I’m asking these questions to see if something pops up in your mind to solve the riddle of what, specifically, in your life this dream represents.

    How do all the people on the bridge and in the shopping center feel similar to something else in your life? What does it remind you of? I’ve love to know, and if it comes to you, please leave a comment under this. Or, leave a comment anyway, I’d appreciate knowing your reaction to what I’ve said. You might even have some more dreams on this same theme to help you understand what your psyche is working on.

    Thanks again for posting this interesting dream. I personally love the image of all the chaos on the bridge. It reminds me of the fishing pier at the beach.

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Michael - September 23, 2016

Hi’ I have this dream in our home town we this a mini sea port about 1 kilometer in long. In my dream the water is calm and some are swimming, I used to jump to the sea not to swim but to fly over sea water and surround the bridge after that I find out the bridge is broken at the center not totally broken as if some motor cyclist can cross over it. Regarding on what I saw and what is happening I stay calm and nothing serious about it, its like fine and okey for me.. Can you help me to find what is meaning of my dream I am so curious for I am facing this present a serious PROBLEM…

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Buqe - September 18, 2016

I dreamt that i was with this friend of mine and kept asking her to cross all these small bridges but then we both kept walking past them. Then we both got on a bus but sat away from each other to cross this big bridge and there was this stranger sitting next to me who saw that I was afraid of the bridge so he put his arm around me until the bus made it to the bottom of the bridge. I kept looking back at my friend to see if she was on the bus still.

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Yasmina Saad - September 7, 2016

I had a dream about a bridge… I recalled during my dream that it was the second time I was having this dream….

In this dream I was walking with two other people, a really fat man and another person I have no memory of. We were going somewhere beautiful (that was his house if I remember correctly) which was across a bridge…

During the talk, i remember we got to a point where I said to the fat man “You know what you are describing is really beautiful and I have been there but I remember that last time I had to cross a very awful bridge”. As I said these words… We got to the bridge in question. Basically we get to a point with a steep descent (you have to lay to go down, that’s how steep it is) and then there is the bridge… The bridge is less than a meter wide and there is no protections on the sides of the bridge… The bridge is also standing very very high, there was no image of what was under the bridge in my dream but the feeling was obvious that I would die if I fell from that bridge.

As I saw this sight, I stopped, paralysed, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t do it.

To my amazement, the people who were walking with me just went ahead and without saying a word, crossed the bridge, left and never turned back.

As I was contemplating the risks of crossing the bridge, a new group of people arrived… One hit me on the shoulder as he moved towards the bridge…. We slid so fast on that ramp that he jumped up into the air directly into the bridge and from there moved fast and excited to cross that bridge.

His friends were laughing and still next to me.

My thoughts were saying… How come some people are so excited crossing that bridge and I am paralysed scared.

In the end I woke up before crossing that bridge. I think I know exactly what this dream is telling me.

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    carolchapman - September 12, 2016

    Dear Yasmina Saad, I love it that you know exactly what the dream is telling you. That’s a wonderful example of how the best person to interpret a dream is the dreamer. After all, you know your life, your interests, your hopes and fears. You know what was happening the day before you had the dream.

    Furthermore, your dream post is a wonderful example of how the understanding of a dream often comes all at once. The dreamer gets this “Ah hah” about the dream meaning.

    Now, the next thing to do is to apply whatever it was that you learned from the dream. That this is a dream you’ve had before points to something ongoing in your life. Something within you wants you to make a change in your life–that’s what crossing bridge dreams are about–going from where you are in your life to somewhere else you want to be.

    By your dream, it appears that undertaking this change is something quite frightening for you. Therefore, if it was my dream, I’d do some little part of what your dream meaning is about.

    You don’t have to take on the whole thing. Just something little, a first step. You could do some research, talk to someone, something little like that. By doing so, you let your subconscious know you’re willing to move ahead. And, after you take this tiny little step, it will be easier to take the next one. Actually, in a way, you’ve already taken your first step since you’ve posted your dream here. Thanks again.

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Ramiel - August 23, 2016

Hello….I had a dream last night that a crazy man want me and my cousin to cross a half finished bridge with man-made construction soils underneath….so we tried to cross that bridge many times even though it’s not high enough, so we tried and tried but failed and also we are in hurry.Because this crazy man keeps bugging us when we are not crossing and we are telling we have errands to do. We kept tricking this mad man and also planning to cross to other road.after that we act on our plan by crossing the man- made mountains of construction soil(it mostly contains brown soils,blue rocks, and sands).we crossed it successfully. After that the crazy man chase us, so we run and run until we met this man with dog and help us. He blocked this crazy man with his dog and told us that if we didn’t notice the crazy man in first place….I shouted my thanks as we run and run to safety and told my cousin that we go home. PS: it’s really vivid and a good dream.

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    carolchapman - August 30, 2016

    Hi Ramiel, Thanks for sharing your interesting, vivid dream. Usually the people in your dreams represent you. Therefore, this crazy man in your dream likely refers to some crazy idea of yours. Anyway, if it were my dream, that’s what it would mean to me. It’s certainly a crazy idea to cross a half-finished bridge, isn’t it? My guess is that there’s something in your life that seems like a great scheme, but the idea is only half-formed, like the bridge in your dream. My guess is that the man-made construction material refers to something you’re building in your life. That it refers to construction likely means you’re making progress in your life. In my opinion, I agree with you. It is a good dream, because in the end, you and your cousin find help and are able to get home. What’s your cousin like in waking life? Something about your cousin, maybe something you really like about your cousin, seems to be something in you that you can depend on. Since people in your dreams usually refer to you, your dream points to two dynamic, helpful aspects of you: both the man with the dog (a powerful protective symbol) and your cousin. So, there’s something in you that will get you through whatever you’re working on in your life.

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Brandie - August 13, 2016

I had a dream last night with two other women with me. We were about to cross a long bridge with a large body of water underneath but there was a truck coming and the bridge lifted to let the truck pass. After the truck passed the drawbridge came back down into place. As we were crossing the bridge we noticed that the parts that lifts up wasn’t completely back into place as it should so I looked back to go back the way we came and noticed that end was the same way. I tried to make an attempt to make it across the bridge but it collapsed and I fell into the water but still on the bridge…It seemed so real when I hit the water.

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    carolchapman - August 20, 2016

    Hi Brandie, Thanks for posting your dream. Usually a dream about crossing a bridge has something to do with undertaking something new. Have you decided to take on something new lately? It may have something to do with the two other women with you, if they are actual women you know. If you know them, something about them may be a clue to the new thing you’ve undertaken. Not necessarily them, but something about them like their relationship to you, their interests, their character. If they are unknown women, then they usually symbolize unknown qualities of yourself. If they were unknown women, what were the two women like? These could be qualities in you that you didn’t know you possessed. Since a truck holds up your progress across the bridge, my guess is that your dream has something to do with your work, because trucks are used for work. In your dream, you’re stuck on the bridge–can’t go forward or back. You’re in transition–unable to complete whatever you’ve undertaken. Then, the bridge collapses. You can’t get across now. Or, can you? Even though you’re in the water, you’re still on the bridge. Bravo!!! You’re not giving up! Water usually symbolizes your emotions. The dream is saying you’re immersed in your emotions. That’s what’s holding you up. In your waking life, what are you on an emotional roller coaster about? Once you resolve the emotional issues, you’ll be able to proceed.

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Tony - August 8, 2016

I have a dream that keeps on occurring and its bothering me. The first time I had this dream I did not take it serious until I had it the second time. So on this dream I’m walking on a bridge but this bridge is not complete and there a huge river that runs bellow and its dirty! . The first time I had this dream I jumped in but it was hard to get across it because its long and muddy. The second time I went to the bridge again I looked at the water below and it scared me so I went back as I’m going back the bridge seems to be shaky and narrow so I laid on the bridge and crawled with my tummy to get back to land. The third time i was with people that I know from school we were in a line about to cross this bridge and I knew the bridge and how I feared it so I stood at the back of the line so I couldn’t see what was happening in front but most of us end up going back because we saw some people that took another route to get across then we went back well that’s when I woke up. I seriously need help with this one can anyone tell me the meaning of this dream?

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    carolchapman - August 20, 2016

    Hi Tony, Thanks for posting your dreams. I can see why this recurring dream symbol is bothering you. There’s a definite progression. If you were here in the room with me, I’d ask you a few questions. First, when did the first dream occur? Since dreams about crossing a bridge have to do with undertaking something you’ve decided to do, a clue to the meaning of the dream has to do with what you started or decided to do just before you had the dream. Do you remember what was going on in your life at the time? Furthermore, I assume that whatever started before the first dream has continued. Even if you didn’t actually start something, it could also refer to something you decided at that time and continue to want to do still. Second, are you in school now? I ask this second question, because, if you’re in school now, the dream likely has something to do with what’s going on in school. For example, if you’re in school, I’m wondering if getting to the other side of the bridge symbolically has to do with completing your studies and graduating. In addition, if you are in school now, who are these people you know from school? Are they helpful and friendly? Or boring and time-wasting? What to you feel about them? Like them? Fear them? Trust them? Or what? However, if you’re not in school now, then the school is also a common dream symbol. It often refers to learning something. It doesn’t have to be of a formal educational nature, but could be learning about parenting, working, a relationship, etc. In addition, what you’re learning likely refers to whatever it was you decided to take on just before you had your first dream. I realize I’m asking you a bunch of question. However, since it’s your dream, what’s happening in your waking life applies to the dream. Although dream symbols can have universal meanings, the way they’re used in a person’s dream are very personal based on the person’s life. I invite you to reply to me, if you’d like, by answering my questions. That might help you to understand the meaning of your recurring dreams. What you’re after in understanding your dreams is an “ah hah” moment when it comes together and makes sense to you. Answering my questions might help with the process.

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Manil - July 11, 2016

HI,

I have never seen real ocean in my life yet. But I was dreaming like I am walking on high feet long very long bridge and unable to see the end of other side of bridge. and I saw in dream that I am have thrown heavy metal on sky like boomerang size was too large as surfing kit and it was falling like zero gravity. And saw all around me and beneath of bridge is only clean green ocean… and sudden I find myself in dream that I am climbing down from bridge at other end.is this symptom of related to my life or its just a dream. Request you kindly guide. my Name is Manil Singh (single, age-38)and I live in New Delhi, India.

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    carolchapman - July 25, 2016

    Hi Manil, Thanks for submitting your dream. To begin, in response to your question, “is this symptom of related to my life or its just a dream,” in my opinion, most of our dreams contain symbols related to our lives. Occasionally, we may have dreams that are “just a dream,” meaning that we’re sorting through experiences we’ve had from the previous day without connecting them with our beliefs or experiences we’ve had earlier in our life. However, most of the time, our dreams are reviewing our previous days experiences with prior experiences and also making comments on those experiences. Therefore, concerning the dream you submitted, usually dreams about crossing a bridge have to do with decisions you’ve made or undertaking something that will change your life. Symbolically, the bridge takes you from the way your life is now to a new way your life will be. This may be a big change or a small change. Since your bridge is long and you’re walking on high feet, I suspect you’ve started something that will have a big effect on your life. Is there some change occurring in your life right now? Since you’re on a very long bridge, have you decided to start something, for example, to undertake an educational opportunity? A job? A relationship? that has a long-term effect? In the dream, you make it to the other side of this long bridge, even though, when you first started your journey, you couldn’t see the other side. That sounds encouraging to me, as if the dream is saying that even though the process you’ve just undertaken may seem like a very long process with no end in sight, nonetheless, there will come a time when you accomplish it. Now, about the boomerang. A boomerang is something that comes back to you when you throw it away. Therefore, the boomerang can symbolize that whatever you have started now, will reap rewards for you in the future. Perhaps, the boomerang also reminds you to consider that whatever you start now, will create results for good or bad. Water in a dreams usually represents emotions. In this case, even though you’ve never seen an ocean before, your water is vast and the color green. Oceans are usually not green. However, green often symbolizes health or even money. If it were my dream, since the water is not turbulent, it would mean that my feelings are in agreement with the new enterprise I’ve undertaken.

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      Manil - July 28, 2016

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you very much for your response. and I think I am quite gratified the way you explain.

      Regards,
      Manil

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Nicole M. - June 30, 2016

I had a dream last night that I was doing a car toward a bridge, my mother was a passenger. As we got into the bridge I was apparently driving very fast and my mother said I should probably slow down as there is a turn ahead. I approached the turn and the car seemed to fly off the bridge, it didn’t go through the guide rails, rather, it went over them. My mother was no longer in the car and I was ejected. I started floating up as the car went into the water. Then I started descending and dove into the water. The water was clear, I was able to see beautiful colored fish and coral below. I swam to the surface and then swam toward the bridge where I was able to climb onto the bridge where my mother was waiting. That would s as much as I remember. A bit of background, my husband, our kids, and I recently moved out of my mothers house and to a different state. I have a job but have been looking for a better one and recently applied for a few. We have been struggling financially since the move, but are determined to succeed.

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    carolchapman - July 3, 2016

    Hi Nichole M., Thanks for posting your dream and also the circumstances of your life right now. As you’ve probably surmised, the dream most likely has to do with your family’s recent move out of your mother’s house and to a different state. In my humble opinion, it appears that the dream is reminding you that you’re still in the process of making that change in your life (you haven’t yet crossed to the other side of the bridge). Nonetheless, from my point of view, the clear water, the fish, and the coral may be symbols of your eventual success. Fish can mean prosperity–in Feng Shui fish-scale patterns denote wealth. If nothing else, clear water and fish point to your emotional clarity and alignment with subconscious wishes. In other words, you are clear about this decision. Coral can represent friendship–all those little coral creatures jammed together. Maybe, when you were living with your mother, you were all jammed together? I wonder if the dream is reminding you that your friendship with your mother will continue wherever you are. In the dream, she’s waiting on the bridge. What do you think? Does that resonate? You didn’t say anything about your relationship with your mother, but it seems like your dreams might be addressing this.

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Nicole A. - June 23, 2016

Hi I had a dream last night it was a scary one. I never had one like this. I was at a gas station with my son and one of my daughters who’s 21 and my sons Dad whom I had abusive relationship with. They all got into my 21 year old daughters best friends car and I got into a car. We drove off I was following them. We got on like an underpass bridge but it high off ground it went straight and then went off to the left. I have Tourettes so I have a tic where I look to the right well I did it while driving then thought in my head I might crash so I looked back and saw them possibly turning left off bridge so I don’t know if they fell too and the bridge collapsed like pieces of the cement in huge chunks falling and the front off the car went falling with the bridge and I woke up. I’m an LPN waiting to hear back about a job I really want and I also gained a lot of weight since July and I’m having health issues. Please let me know what you think. Thank you.

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    carolchapman - June 28, 2016

    Hi Nicole, Thanks so much for submitting your dream, and also for including details about what’s going on in your life. Wow! There sure is a lot going on both in your life and in your dream. It all feels like a lot of overwhelm. So, let’s try to sort through the information in your dream to see if we can find something helpful from it. To begin, scary dreams are often warnings. That’s all. Although it seems like terrible things are happening, in a dream, these terrible things are usually meant to merely alert you to take note of something. Since you’re having health issues and have gained a lot of weight since July, the warning might have something to do with that–the need to make a lifestyle change. On the other hand, the scary feelings in your dream might just be the usual scary feelings you get when waiting to hear about a job you really want. One clue to the meaning of the dream might be the people in your dream. Often people refer to qualities of the person represented–not the person, just their qualities. For example, your ex-husband could represent abuse. If I understand your dream correctly, your car plunged over the bridge and the bridge collapsed. However, your daughter’s best friend’s car may have turned off the bridge. That means she may have made it across the bridge. If it were my dream, I’d look toward some quality of my daughter’s best friend for a hint of what the dream is trying to tell me. That quality might help you out now. This positive characteristic of hers might help you with everything you’re dealing with now. Not her, a quality of hers. Is there something about her you admire? Does this give you an idea that could help you out now?

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      Nicole - June 29, 2016

      Yes thank you very much. It makes sense. I want to be in shape like her and my daughter. And the other stuff makes sense too.

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Mary - June 22, 2016

I was hoping you could help me understand the meaning of my dream? I was driving down a familiar road in a semi truck feeling good and I started to speed up because I knew the road. It was a 2 lane road and I was driving a Semi truck. I cam around the bend and realized that I was going down hill straight for a bridge that was gone, completely missing. I tried to slam on the breaks but I was moving to fast and I began to hope that my momentum would carry me across the river to the other side. On the other side of the bridge the road started to climb back up a hill. It was like the missing bridge was in a valley. I woke up before I found out if I made it across.

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    carolchapman - June 23, 2016

    Hi Mary, Thanks for sending your dream. This is what I think your dream is about, but remember, it’s just my opinion. Also, I’d be interested in hearing from you to see if my opinion makes sense to you. Here it is: A crossing-a-bridge dream takes you from one known thing (the land), which is the situation you’re in right now. Then, you cross water, meaning there’s usually an emotional reaction to the change you want to make in your life. The bridge takes you to some new thing (the land on the other side) that will eventually be known and comfortable to you. Now, the interesting thing in your dream is that the land on both sides of the place where the bridge should be is a hill. So, what does a hill mean? Usually, some hard work, a difficulty to overcome. OK, so here comes my opinion: that you’re excited to undertake some new thing you want to do (that’s why you’re speeding up, in a hurtling semi, and you don’t even need a bridge) and want to get it done as fast as possible. However, the dream is reminding you that even once you accomplish what you want to do (getting to the other side), it’s still going to have its difficulties. Does that ring a bell for you based on what’s going on in your life?

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      Mary Peden - June 28, 2016

      Hi Carol, that sounds about right. I lost a job that I felt like was a solid opportunity. I was not happy there but financially speaking, it had a bright future. I am planning on going back to school this fall in hopes of finishing by Christmas. After completeing the program I plan to find a new job in the new field and I am extremely excited about it. You are right about things being difficult and I know that it will still be a challenge but I am sure that I will be able to meet it head on. Thanks for your help with my dream.

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Elizabeth - June 21, 2016

I would like to share my dream.

I dreamt that I was in a bus full of people that in my dream apparently I knew but I would not be able to tell you in real life who they were. We started to cross over this really big bridge which went across a large body of water. In my dream I stuck my head out the window and I remember feeling the warm sun on my face in the wind blowing in my hair. Member feelings so peaceful and then looking down and noticing and admiring how beautiful and clear the water was. I was able to see all the way to the bottom and it was nothing but sand in Clearwater but I also saw fish of all kinds swimming all over just enjoying the water. And then I look a little further to the right and swimming in the water was a big hippopotamus. And I remember saying to someone I thought hippos are freshwater why is this one in salt water. And then I woke up! The dream was so vivid and I have been thinking about it all day but it’s nothing but good positive things from my research do you have any thing you could add?

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    carolchapman - June 23, 2016

    Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for sharing your dream.

    To begin, when you encounter people you don’t know in your dreams, often this refers to aspects of yourself you aren’t familiar with . . . yet. It’s a good symbol, saying that you have hidden resources unknown to yourself. Therefore, since, as you said, so many of the symbols in your dream are positive, it could be that these unknown parts of yourself will help you out to fulfill the decision you’ve made. I assume you’ve undertaken something new as a result of a decision you’ve made. That often brings on a crossing-a-bridge dream. Do you know what the decision is? Also, unlike many crossing-a-bridge dreams, the water in your dream is not only calm, but so clear that you can see the sandy bottom and also fish and a hippo swimming in it. Since water usually symbolizes emotion, your dream seems to be saying that you have the emotional resources (those hidden qualities?) to carry through with your decision. In the dream, you emphasize salt rather than fresh water. That’s important. Again, salt is often a positive symbol denoting success. It’s like your dream is saying over and over again: Go ahead with it. You can do it! Does that make sense in light of what’s going on in your waking life? Funnily enough, if this were my dream, the bus and hippo would be symbols of overweight, since that’s something I struggle with. If that’s your situation also, I would say that whatever you’ve decided to undertake will be successful based on your dream.

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      Elizabeth - June 24, 2016

      Thank you Carol!
      Well, I have been wanting to leave my current job for many reasons. The most important is it’s become a VERY unhealthy environment. I figured the bridge and clear water, if pertaining to my job, are symbols of a good, smooth transition to a new job. I do know fish and hippos are both very good symbols in a dream … just how to interpret in my situation is confusing. I do have a little weight problem but I overcame it by losing 50lbs!
      So, back to my job, my decision is to leave a quickly as possible … just fining another job is the key issue right now.

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        carolchapman - June 28, 2016

        Hi again Elizabeth, Thanks for your quick reply to my questions. It makes sense that you’re in the middle of making a decision to leave your job, since crossing-bridge dreams are usually about making decisions. As I said earlier, based on the many positive symbols in your dream, your inner self appears to be encouraging you to go ahead with your decision. You mentioned the fish and the hippo in your dream. They are both animals that are very comfortable in the water, which often denotes emotions in a dream. Water can also symbolize the spiritual. Since the water in your dream is so clear, it could be illustrating spiritual resources. Since looking for work elsewhere can be hard work and a bit scary, perhaps the dreams is encouraging you to incorporate more spirituality in your life at this time. Fish can mean so many things in a dream, including truths about the self brought up from the subconscious. In yours, I think the important thing is that the water is clear and calm. Fish in salt water: Maybe your new job will provide a better salary since fish can mean abundance and salt too. Hippos are powerful. This could be you having more power in this situation than you realize. In the end, with understanding your dreams, you’re after an “Ah hah,” when you say, “That’s it! That’s what it’s about. It makes sense!” In other words, you can get an understanding of what your subconscious is trying to tell you in your dream without analyzing and understanding each symbol. Therefore, if you feel stuck on the meaning of the fish and hippo, go for interpreting the whole sense of what the dream is about. The important thing is to use the information in the dream to derive insights about your life and to move forward one step at a time. As you move forward step-by-step, you may receive more dreams that help you as you go. In my experience with my dreams, as I take a tiny step toward what I think the dream is trying to tell me, I often receive feedback in new dreams. Is this helpful?

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Amy - June 15, 2016

Hi Carol- since you seem to be great at responding to comments, I figure why not ask about my dream too! I just woke up from a dream where I was driving across a bridge by myself and somehow drove off it and starting falling towards the water. As I was falling in my car I realized that I had been driving in complete darkness, so of course I fell off since I couldn’t see anything. I couldn’t see the water below me but I knew it was there, and just remember trying to somehow pull myself against the seat to brace for impact, as well as trying to open a window that I could escape through. I woke up before hitting the water (or perhaps as the car hit the water). The transition meaning of a bridge in general makes sense as I just had a job interview, but I’m curious about the pitch black nature of the dream, etc.. Thanks!

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    carolchapman - June 16, 2016

    Hi Amy, Thanks for the compliment that I seem to be great at responding to comments. So, well, I better get to responding to yours! As with other people posting their dreams, I appreciate that you included the circumstances in your waking life–that you just had a job interview. Therefore, if the bridge represents the decision to go after this job, it makes sense that you wouldn’t have made it across the bridge in your dream. That’s because you don’t know yet if you’ll be offered the job. I would imagine that if you’d been offered the job and accepted the offer, you would have crossed the bridge in the dream. So, here you are in the dream, your subconscious processing your hopes and fears about whether you’ll get that job or not (get across the bridge). And, as you begin to drive over the bridge, you are engulfed with darkness. Interestingly, I’ve received a number of crossing-bridge dreams in which the dreamer is engulfed in darkness. This darkness symbol, if you look it up in online dream dictionaries, can sound quite ominous, about depression and lack of hope. However, in your case, I think the darkness symbol merely refers to “being in the dark” about whether you’ll get the job. If it were my dream, it’d be telling me to be patient since you’ll continue to be in the dark about the job opportunity until you actually hear whether or not you got the job. Does that resonate with you?

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Sue - June 9, 2016

Mich My Husband’ s dream was;
He was burying a Glade covered wine glassses under the sand under a wooden strongly bolted old bridge. Then he was building sand castle like totem faces on TOP of that buried wined glass one by one like a graveyard would look under a bridge His feeling was like, you are leaving your old self n coming undone. A mate whom recently destroyed all that my Husband had( in reality- his car, a small shed like house, his job as his a gardener, no car no job,) was somewhere around where he was under the bridge but not visible in the dream. Saying”what am going to do now, Mich?”!
Mich my Husband a few days scatched his dream n it’s so spooky looking at it. I would love to send that here for better interpretation of his dream so I could be on guard n help him. Much Love. Sue.

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    carolchapman - June 11, 2016

    Hi Sue, Thanks for writing with your husband’s dream. It is certainly quite involved. Probably it would help if your husband wrote in with it, since it was his dream and he would remember/explain the important things in it as he remembered them. Also, by writing it down, he might get a sense of what it meant to him.

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Scharnhorst - June 8, 2016

Here’s another one.

Several years ago, I met a woman on a hobby site. Over time, we developed an online acquaintance. I’m married and she was in a long-term relationship. One day, I got an email that her BF was cheating on her and the relationship was over. I was a shoulder to cry on. This was a significant change in the relationship and it made me a little nervous. I think my wife would have taken a dim view of that and I wasn’t looking for trouble so I started distancing myself. Keep in mind that I never met this woman, nor had we ever spoken directly.

We’d known each other a few years but as soon as I started backing out, I got a FB request from her. I told my wife about it and she said it was ok with her so I accepted. Within a week, I had this dream.

I dreamt she was in my area for some reason not related to me. We met and she asked if I knew where the place she wanted to go was. I said not specifically but I could get her close and her GPS could dial her in. She said she’d follow me. We took off and then I noticed she wasn’t behind me, anymore. I thought she must have taken the fork and we got separated. I knew where the road went so I raced ahead to be in place when she went by.

I was on the side of the road watching the traffic below me and waiting. It was broad daylight. When she didn’t go by, I decided to see if I could catch up to her and took the route the GPS would have taken her.

The next thing I remember was it was pitch black and I have no idea of exactly where I am. Then I realized I was on a dirt road. I’d gotten off the main highway, somehow. I could see lights off to the right so I knew where the highway was but there was a berm between the roads that kept me from getting there. I thought if I kept going that I’d be able to eventually get back to the road. I never thought about turning around.

After awhile I began to see lights in the distance. As I was trying to determine what they were, I felt the road surface change and I slammed on the brakes. When I got out of the car, the front wheels were halfway over the edge of a washed out bridge.

That’s when I woke up. I sent her an email asking if it was ok if we weren’t FB friends and she responded by blocking me. I haven’t heard from her in ~6 months.

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    carolchapman - June 8, 2016

    Talk about a decision not to pursue a situation: a washed out bridge. I love the imagery of the words, “washed out,” which can be used as a “wash out,” meaning “not a good idea.” There’s no way you want to go ahead with a being a FB friend with this woman. You made the decision and it was supported by your subconscious. In addition, there’s the imagery of getting off the main highway. Often the word, “high” as in “highway,” comes up in a dream to denote the “high road,” or the better way, especially in a spiritual, ethical sense. Note the contrast between the “high” way and the “dirt” road. Lights also represent the better way, as in “Light in darkness.” There are a number of symbols in your dream supporting your decision to disconnect from this woman, anyway, that’s what it’d mean to me if it were my dream. Thanks for sending it in.

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Traci - June 4, 2016

I had a dream that felt familiar… as if I had had the dream once before. I don’t remember every detail but what I do remember is crossing over a LARGE bridge, like unrealistically large, over a large body of water. I was not able to see anything in the distance, like a city or any kind of destination. It was chaotic on the bridge, and was raining and thunder and lightning very bad, and I remember being in a panic. I cant exactly remember but I think I was walking not driving. I don’t remember arriving anywhere. I am afraid of the changes I’m currently facing in life, I am typically very routine and big changes like I am going through give me anxiety. I am at a point where I need to make a decision for my best interest but don’t want to lose what I have because I am happy, and comfortable this way. I am wondering if that may be what my dream is signifying?

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    carolchapman - June 8, 2016

    Hi Traci, I appreciate that you described your current circumstances. I also like how you suggested a meaning for your dream. A while back, I remember reading how the psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, who did a lot of the original work on dream interpretation, would just listen to people and let them tell him what their dreams meant. Based on my understanding of dream symbols, I would agree with you. A bridge dream is about a decision. You know you have to make this decision, but it seems overwhelming–that unrealistically large bridge. In dreams, the air represents thinking, while the water represents emotion. If your dream were mine, that the turmoil is all in the air, with the electrical storm, would say to me that this huge decision is creating a lot of chaotic thinking. (By the way, understandably so.) The dream also seems to be saying that part of the confusion comes from not really knowing what’s going to happen–you can’t see your destination, the other side of the bridge, in the dream. In a way, for me anyway, there’s something reassuring about this. The fact is, when you make big changes in your life, you really don’t know how things are going to turn out. I wonder if your subconscious is trying to help you out by showing you that it’s OK to feel in turmoil since you don’t know what to expect. What do you think?

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Khairah - May 30, 2016

Hey Carol,
I had a dream that i was crossing like a thin wooden bridge. the shaky kind of ones, that aren’t well structured..
And on the other side was a church; However i am not a believer of christianity, i am in fact muslim; And as a member of my school, we go to church every friday morning.
In this dream, i was crossing the bridge. However the bridge inside the wooden planks began to fall. And as i fell, beneath my school mates were there.. but as i was falling i said i knew it, i knew the bridge would break.

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    Khairah - May 30, 2016

    And They caught me.

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      carolchapman - May 30, 2016

      Hi Khairah, I’m glad you remembered to add, “And They caught me,” to the rest of the dream you posted on my site, since I believe it will help you to understand your dream. It seems as if your dream is saying that the Friday morning visits to the church are creating a a shaky bridge (or connection) to a different religion than you grew up with. However, because, in the dream, you said that you knew the bridge would break, therefore, you don’t expect this connection to be permanent. How do you feel in your dream about this? It’s significant that when you fell, your school mates caught you. Your school mates provide a safety net for you. Perhaps talking with some of your school mates will help you to sort through your feelings about the challenges of being exposed to a different religion. What do you think?

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Kristen A - May 27, 2016

Hi, Carol.
I had this dream the other night. Myself and a few others had crossed this bridge and when I looked back after crossing it, I noticed it was starting to separate and I saw people panicking to crossover the bridge. Someone in my dream (i don’t remember who) but they tried to leap between the gaps to crossover onto my side. They jumped as right as they were about to fall I caught the person. I was holding the persons hand to keep them from falling and as i looked around, I had seen the the bridge falling apart, and water roaring all over the place. Piece by piece the bridge collapsed causing huge splashes. I looked back at the person to try and pull them up. Before I do though I woke up in a panic. What does this mean? It’s been racking my brain all day.

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    carolchapman - May 28, 2016

    Hi Kristen, Often, when you wake up from a dream in a panic, the dream is giving you a warning or a “heads up.” If this were my dream, it’d say to me to go ahead with whatever I’d decided the day(s) before I had the dream and don’t look back. There’s the sense that if you look back, there will be difficulties including emotional turmoil. I think it’d also say to me that you just can’t have it both ways–going ahead and staying behind. If you’re going ahead, keep going. Does this make sense based on what was going on with you the day(s) before the dream?

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      Kristen A - May 29, 2016

      Thank you carol, and yes it does make a lot of sense. I was battling with a decision for awhile on what path to take in life

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      petite - May 30, 2016

      Hi Carol,pls can u give me an insight about this dream. I had a dream I was scared to to go on a bridge. A friend asked me to go on the bridge but I started crying.

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        carolchapman - May 30, 2016

        Hi petite, Thanks for writing your dream. Even though your dream is short, I would imagine that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes in your life right now. What are you thinking of doing? It’s something you’re scared to do. Why are you scared to do it? Because it’s something you don’t really want? Or because it’s something you really want but are afraid to do? In my opinion, the meaning of the dream hinges on the friend. Is this a friend in real life? If so, is s/he really a friend who wants the best for you? Or is s/he someone who wants you to do something you don’t really want to do that will only benefit the “friend.” On the other hand, if the friend in your dream is not a friend in real life, then the unknown friend is a part of you that wants you to muster your courage and try this new thing. Hopefully, the dream will make sense after you consider these questions. Has this been helpful?

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April Mossman - May 27, 2016

Hi Carol, Can you please give me any insight into my dream? I had a crazy dream about an old wooden bridge and as I was crossing over the bridge it fell apart and I could not get back on the bridge. The bridge was there but there were barricades that I could not get through. I did end up getting to the other side through the water below into an unknown town but the person showing me across the bridge left me.

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    carolchapman - May 28, 2016

    Hi April, In this dream, you made it to the other side even though the bridge fell apart, you couldn’t get back on it, and there were barricades you couldn’t get through. You are undeterred in following through with whatever you decided the day before. Plus, you did it by going through the water, which often represents emotion. Furthermore, something unknown–the unknown town on the other side–is often some unknown quality in yourself. What were you thinking/feeling about the day before you had the dream? That’s what the dream is about–some decision you made. If this were my dream, it would say to me that whatever it was I decided the day before the dream, I was going to do it, even though it may be difficult and bring up all kinds of emotions. In addition, I might feel as if something I could depend upon left me, nonetheless, I’d find something new as a result of following through with the decision.

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Hannah - May 25, 2016

I’ve had a dream that has kept repeating Itself over and over again probably for about 8 years now. I would be walking on a bridge a never ending bridge and everything around me is dark there’s just nothing. I don’t know what this means but I would really like to know.

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    carolchapman - May 25, 2016

    Hi Hannah, What a deeply mysterious dream. And, it keeps recurring on top of it. Do you remember what was happening in your life 8 years ago when you first had the dream? What was your reaction to the dream when you woke up? Have you recently had the dream again? If so, what is happening in your life now? Is it similar to what was going on 8 years ago? How do you feel when you’re in the dream, on that never ending bridge in darkness? Resigned to your fate, terrified, angry? How do you feel when you wake up? In my opinion, your feelings will help to unravel the mystery. A bridge dream usually refers to some kind of a decision. Whether or not you make it to the other side often tells you whether or not you’ll fulfill whatever you’ve decided. Because you’re on a never ending bridge, is there something in your life that you feel you’ll never achieve? Or, is there something you don’t want to achieve? I’d be happy to hear back from you, especially about your feelings in the dream and when you wake up.

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Scharnhorst - May 13, 2016

When I was a little kid, 3-5, I had a dream that my mother and I were walking across a bridge in our town. While I’d often crossed it in a car, I’d never walked across it. Somehow, I fell in and began floating downstream. My mother rescued me.

I don’t remember exactly when this happened but my parents had a rocky marriage and divorced within a few years of when I would have had the dream. In the divorce, my father got custody.

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    carolchapman - May 25, 2016

    Hmmmm. It’s amazing how a significant dream stays with us even when we had the dream as early as 3 to 5 years old. This is one of those dreams that you can’t forget. I appreciate that you described your circumstances at the time. However, I don’t know if you would have preferred that your mother had gotten custody. Since you were floating in the water (emotion) and “down” stream, this had to be an extremely chaotic, emotionally difficult time in your life, as it probably would be for any child. It’s as if, in the dream, you anticipated their divorce and wanted to be with your mother. Anyway, if it were my dream, this would have been my reaction. Do you think that’s right? Would you have rather have been with your Mom? Did you still see her after the divorce? How has your relationship with her unfolded since then?

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      Scharnhorst - May 31, 2016

      Both my parents were alcoholics but my father was a functional one and did most of the caretaking. For a man to get custody of a child in the 1960s was unheard of. I think he had something on her.

      As for visitation, she did ok until I was ~8, when she dropped completely out of sight for about 5 years. She reappeared when I was in HS. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.

      She died when I was 18 from an apparent accidental overdose of pills and alcohol.

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Claudia - May 3, 2016

I had a dream lastnight that I was with a friend in a car, I was the one driving. In my dream I’m driving on a highway, I make a left and then I’m driving over a long bridge that crosses the ocean. It’s also raining in my dream witb thunder and lightning. I remember that in my dream I felt nervous I was not going to make it home on time.

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    carolchapman - May 25, 2016

    Hi Claudia, When you’re driving, you’re in control. Often a highway can refer to a higher more ethical or spiritual path. However, when you turn left in a dream, it can mean going the wrong (opposite to right) way, or into the past. A long bridge: a decision that to fulfill could take you a long time to accomplish. Water can represent emotions and/or the spiritual. Since you’re on a “high” way, in this case, the water might refer to the spiritual–the vastness, depth, and mystery of the spiritual. If you and I were sitting together talking about your dream, I’d ask you, “What are you contemplating doing that you feel nervous about not accomplishing in a timely manner?” Do you know? Thunder and lightning are in the air realm of thought. Are you worrying about a decision you’ve made recently? Whatever you’ve decided or contemplating deciding seems to have aspects to it that are worrying you. Perhaps you’ve made the wrong decision. Nonetheless, my guess is that your motives are of a higher spiritual nature. I’d be happy to hear from you whether any of this makes sense.

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Margaret - May 3, 2016

I had a dream that I was crossing a VERY high bridge and I was scared of falling so I was actually crawling over it. I was also afraid of dropping my purse so I was clinging to that as well. There were also airplanes flying overhead as I crawled over the bridge. It was so REAL that I woke up scared! What does this mean?

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    carolchapman - May 25, 2016

    Hi Margaret, Are you afraid of crossing high bridges in waking life? I ask, because many people are. If so, your dream could merely be reflecting your daytime fears. On the other hand, if you don’t have a fear of high bridges in waking life, often something “high” in a dream refers to a high ideal in a circumstance in your life. My guess is that whatever is going on in your life, it is presently quite difficult for you, and that you fear you won’t be able to manage it–that you woke up scared. However, you are determined to succeed (that you’re even crawling to fulfill whatever you’ve decided) or handle it the best you can. An interesting clue to the meaning of this dream is your fear about dropping your purse. This can refer to a change in your life that might even affect your financial circumstances. However, since there are airplanes flying overhead, or anyway, if this were my dream, the planes flying overhead would be encouraging to me that I’d be able to “rise above” my fears and succeed.

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E Bialza - April 1, 2016

I had a dream, just last night and it was so clear. I was walking into a good grassy area with trees around, you can imagine a snow white kind of forest place. I saw a river, the water is calm btw, and I saw a long, thin log that serves as a bridge from the other side, I held it and it was moving and that made me afraid to cross. I saw a “guard post” like at the other side of the bridge and a (good-looking) man went out and hold the edge of the log to secure my cross. I do not know why but I crossed the bridge, I even stood in the middle while I can feel it somehow shaky, still looking at the calm clear water. When I reach the end the man guided me as I landed at the other side. He smiled and a person (I dont know where he/she came from jumped to the river and I noticed that it was just ankle deep. The guy who helped me, looked at me and smiled and I woke up. do you have idea what could this possibly mean? Thank you

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    carolchapman - May 25, 2016

    Hi E Bialza, I found this dream to be interesting, because the water is calm. Since water represents the emotions, often the water in crossing bridge dreams is in turmoil. However, your emotions are “calm” and “clear.” Not only that, but you have a good-looking helper that holds your log bridge so you can cross safely. In many ways, this dream is reassuring. First, that the water is calm–nothing really to be afraid of, plus, you have a helper–often assurance of inner help, and finally, once you make it across, you discover there was nothing to be afraid of anyway–the water was only ankle deep. Grass and trees denote a sense of health and well-being. Snow, some fear. All in all, if this was my dream, it would encourage me to go ahead with whatever it was that I was deciding to do–that it will be easier that I expect. I’m interested in knowing: Is this how it turned out? That something you decided was easier to do than you expected?

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jared - March 21, 2016

I had a dream about a bridge going from the city I live in to my cousins but the people who built it decided to just make a ramp for most of it but when u cross it u have to be mashing the gas petal even when ur in the air or u will fall. I had the dream many times and I always made it across with no problem but one day my grandmother the one who was driving forgot to keep mashing the gas and we fell and then I woke up. when the dream started I felt neutral but when we started falling I was really scared.

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    carolchapman - May 3, 2016

    Hi Jared, interesting dream in that you’ve had the dream many times and that, in the past, you always made it across easily even though the bridge wasn’t really a proper bridge–just a ramp–as long as you mashed the gas. I wonder what aspect of your life that refers to? Can you guess what it may be about? What does it feel like? In any case, because you always made it across the previous times you’ve had this dream, the big difference this time is that you’re not driving. This time, it’s your grandmother. Uh oh, you’ve given control over to someone else–it may or may not actually be your grandmother, but could be something your grandmother represents like her opinions about something–and now you don’t make it across the bridge. And, the thing she doesn’t do that you always did when you make it across safely is that she doesn’t mash the gas–give it that extra oomph at the right time. Because you at first feel neutral, it’s as if you don’t at first realize the consequences of allowing someone else’s opinions or something else represented by your grandmother to influence you until you see the results–that you’re falling and don’t make it across the bridge. Often scary dreams like this don’t mean this is actually happening, it’s usually a warning–something to “wake you up.” In this case, my guess would be that the warning is about not going along with whatever you’re allowing to influence you.

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geraldine - March 14, 2016

Hi Carol, I had a dream yesterday march 13, 2016. In my dream I went out of the house and saw motorcyles lining up on the streets like they made the street a parking lot and then I ask someone what was going on. The person said that the river is about to overflow that is why they are securing their motorcycles, then I told my sister in my dream the situation but she didn’t react to it. The next thing I was standing at the foot of the bridge looking at the troubled waters. The color of the water is like a coffee with a creamer. Then as I was monitoring the height of the water I also started packing some clothes and I told my sister to start packing to but she just smile at me and said later. I was pissed off and kept saying that the water is rising upand it was then as my sister packed her clothes we both stand at the foot of the river together with several people I dont know then a rushing man came and ask us “what is your plan?” Then my sister said “we dont know” and bridge started to collapse it was to late for us to jump on the other side for safety so what we did we stand side by side, hold each others hand tightly and just close our eyes waiting as our feet touched the waters. But as we are about to plunge into it. I woke up and my heart is beating fast. I immediately prayed for what it meant.

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    carolchapman - May 3, 2016

    Hi Geraldine, I’m wondering: How do you feel about motorcycles? Like them? Fear them? I’m curious as to why they’re in this dream about rising emotion (the water rising). Also, were you pissed off with something in your life at this time? It doesn’t necessarily mean your sister, but something your sister represents, like perhaps not planning for things. Because I don’t really know what’s going on in your life–for example, could the “rushing” man be a “Russian” man (dreams sometimes like to play those kind of word games)–I’m going to tell you what this dream would mean to me if I had it. I’m assuming there’s something you really want to do (cross the bridge), but because of being angry about something, you haven’t acted quickly enough and the opportunity has passed. Anyway, that’s what the dream would mean to me if I had it. When I wake up from a dream with my heart pounding, I assume the dream is giving me a warning about something, perhaps, in this case, allowing my emotions to get in the way of making a plan to go after whatever it is that it’s important to me. Thanks so much for posting your dream. It’s full of all kinds of imagery and feeling.

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Loretta Ang - March 9, 2016

Hi,
on 8 March 2016, I dreamnt that I was on vacation.

There were approx about 8 passengers in a plane, the plane was not covered. The scenery was beautiful as if it was in a Mediterranean sort of place, we flew past and there was this old bridge, sturdy with big pebbles…we had to fly under the bridge.

I remembered everyone was thrilled & exhilarated…..after flying under the bridge, everyone was happy that we made it through. We were flying high and below was the deep blue sea.

It was sort of happy and thrilling ride…..I had been dreaming of travelling in my past few dreams….not sure if this coincides with my vacation in May, which is my first solo trip to Bali.

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    Hello, That’s something new! Flying under a bridge! That’s certainly one way of doing it. Nonetheless, here are the usual crossing-a-bridge dream symbols: The bridge, the water, the earth, and the sky. All of the symbols are clear and joyous showing the dreamer is secure about a change in the life. The bridge is old and sturdy–something you can depend on. This is also an example of one of the ways of interpreting your own dreams. The dreamer says that she’s not sure if this coincides with her upcoming first trip to Bali in May. For me, if a dream reminds me about something, it usually means that’s what the dream is about. Therefore, if it was my dream, it would mean that I could look forward to a joyous time during my vacation in Bali.

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Carolyn - March 3, 2016

I dream that the bridge became more and more narrow

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    For dream interpretation, it really helps to also describe some feelings experienced in the dream. For example, if it felt frightening to see the bridge becoming more and more narrow, it would mean that something would become more and more difficult to accomplish. However, if the dreamer felt hopeful that the bridge was becoming more and more narrow, it could mean that a decision with many options was becoming narrowed down to one option. Usually the dreamer’s emotions in the dreams help to clarify the meaning.

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Rose ann s jacinto - February 20, 2016

I dream crossing to bridge together with a person i’m not sure if its my brother or what. Im wearing old styles of dress im holding a lamp to light our way because it was so dark with nothing to see. No trees no plant anything. When were on the middle of the bridge we fall . On a very dark hole.. i dream it since when im a child i dont know what it mean. Please help me

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    Hm, I assume that this dream brings up fear–that it’s so dark and that in the middle of the bridge, you and your companion fall. Since there are no trees or plants or anything, that feels bleak as well. On the other hand, I find it significant that you have that lamp to light your way. What a beautiful symbol! All a person needs to banish the dark is one light! If I was talking to the dreamer in person, besides wanting to know how she felt in the dream (I’m assuming frightened, but that’s only my assumption), I’d also want to know what kind of old style of dress. How old? A style of dress from the dreamer’s childhood? Or a style of dress from olden times? Sometimes, when we dream we are wearing clothing from a time before our birth, that dream could be about a person’s previous lifetime. Therefore, since this has been a recurring dream since childhood, I wonder if it a memory of something that happened in another life. In that case, it sometimes helps to realize that whatever happened then is now over. You are no longer the person living that life. You’re living a new life now. On the other hand, if the dress is a style from the dreamer’s childhood, I would wonder if it had something to do with something that happened in the dreamer’s childhood. Whatever it is, it’s something that wants to be resolved since the dream is recurring. However, whatever wants to be resolved might not be something big, so don’t assume it’s a huge psychological issue. Sometimes, recurring dreams can even be about issues with diet. What’s helped me in the past with a recurring frightening dream is to, before bed, ask for the dream in different symbols.

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    Joanna - March 10, 2016

    I used to have a similar dream for years. I never fell into a hole but I was not able to cross the bridge for this reason or another.

    Very recently, that scheme has changed: the bridge was still very difficult to cross, it was narrow and under water, but I managed to go to to the other side.

    In my opinion, such dreams reflect a deep internal need to make a fundamental change in your life. When you find out what that change is about and you manage to make it or to do something that really moves you towards your true aim, the dream should change, too.

    When you are done with your life-altering change, the dream may disappear or maybe show that you can go to the other side without difficulties. I do not know it yet.

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      carolchapman - March 10, 2016

      Hi Joanna, thanks for sharing your recurring “crossing a bridge” dream in which, originally, you couldn’t make it across the bridge and now you can, albeit under water on a narrowed bridge. I feel happy because your opinion comes from personal experience and that you learned that “such dreams reflect a deep internal need to make a fundamental change in your life.” It’s as if the change in your recurring dream shows your progress with that issue. Because water often symbolizes emotion in dreams, I wonder if the fundamental change in your life required going forward in spite of strong, “still very difficult” emotions.

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        Joanna - March 10, 2016

        Dear Carol, I would not say that the change I meant required going forward in spite of strong and difficult emotions. I rather felt like being caught in a vicious circle so that even if I continuously tried to find the right track, I was getting lost easily or, more often, I was abandoning the trail because I doubted that it is the correct one. That produced a significant frustration and self-anger but in the same time did not result in a higher motivation to act because I did not find the change which I wanted to make to be of a supreme importance and I was never sure which way I should go. Now I think differently. That change which I mean was like a missing element which, before, affected my previous life and, consequently, will affect the future. It can be reduced to a reassessment of the emotional construction so, indeed, it was all about emotions but not those which made me go forward but rather those which did not let me move.

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          carolchapman - March 10, 2016

          Dear Joanna, Thanks for clarifying. Now it makes sense that in the dream(s) when you cross the bridge, you’re under the water–the emotions are keeping you under. Getting across the bridge in our dreams (making a change in our lives) often involves struggle and determination. I really appreciate your description of how you didn’t understand the supreme importance of the change you wanted to make until you made it. That is so encouraging! Thanks.

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Ben Brakman - December 29, 2015

in my dream, I was holding the hand of my girlfriend and crossing wooden brigde with her. suddenly the bridge broke and she fell into the water but I made it to the other side. A man asked me, “where is the lady”? I told him that I can’t find her.
Then the the man delved into to water to bring out a very young girl. The girl then grew up nicely and went closer to the man to thank him.

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    In this dream, the dreamer makes it to the other side of the bridge, but the girlfriend does not. Does this mean that their relationship is not going to last? As always, the dreamer knows best. What was happening in the dreamer’s life the days before the dream — especially in his relationship with his girlfriend? The dream could also be about something they are disagreeing about. He wants to go ahead with it. She doesn’t. A man appears in the dream. Usually a person in a dream that the dreamer does not know is a quality in the dreamer that the dreamer hasn’t developed yet. In this case, the man appears to be quite helpful. Perhaps this is a call for the dreamer to develop this unknown quality in himself. Diving into water can mean experiencing emotions since water often refers to our feelings.

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faelwen - December 12, 2015

Last night I had this dream that I am building a bridge and under that bridge there’s a houses.. I didn’t cross the bridge when it was finished though.. Then when I wake up I realized its all about my unrequited love for someone. Maybe its time for me to move on becoz obviously it is me who is trying to connect with him.

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    I love it when a person wakes up and knows what their dream is about. It’s like the dream awakened a understanding of a dilemma in the dreamer’s waking life. Also, I think our own interpretations of our own dreams are more accurate than someone else’s interpretation. Bravo!

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Cat - November 5, 2015

What does. My dream mean I had a dream I was on the middle of a bridge with my family and partners family and the whole thing calapposed

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    carolchapman - March 9, 2016

    Well, if it was my dream, I would wonder if some whole thing relating to myself and my partner’s family was going to collapse.

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Tracy - October 26, 2015

I dream I’m going across a familiar bridge when suddenly the bridge stops and there is vast amounts of water and no more bridge, I’m terrified. In the dream somewhere out of sight is my father, somehow he is always there when something bad happens, he is threatening. I wake up but sometimes the dream haunts me for days.

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Tracy, Eek! I’d be terrified too if the bridge suddenly stopped over vast amounts of water. Water in our dreams usually represents emotions, and in this dream, there’s lots of it, I assume emotions having to do with your father. Could it be that you’re processing your feelings for your father in your dream? Because the bridge ends, it’s as if you just can’t make a connection with him . . . or don’t want to. Since this bridge is familiar, it’s something that happens over and over again.

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Francesca Oddie - October 18, 2015

Hello

I dreamt I fell off a bridge but my camera caught on a bit of wood and I clung on to it.

Someone was on the phone and heard it all happen and told me to hold on, they were coming to get me.

It was over iced crevices.

I clung on, he told me I’d surprise myself.

It wasn’t me who fell off the bridge it was a man, saved by another man, I was watching!

And ideas?

🙂

Francesca

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    carolchapman - May 28, 2016

    Hi Francesca, Was this really a dream? It sounds more like a stream-of-consciousness story. If it was a dream, and the bridge was over ice crevices, there’s a lot o fear involved, except, the way you relate it, the fear doesn’t come through, so I’m a bit confused. Do you remember what was going on in your life at the time?

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steve hedrick - October 5, 2015

I,m at a major crossroads in my life and the other night I had a dream I was about to drive down a snow and icy road. The area was familiar and the road was straight and there was a bridge I had to cross up ahead. A huge gust of wind had just blown the vehicle in front me off the road just as I was about to began my drive. I was afraid and keep my car at a steady speed, on the right of me was a large open area with other drivers stuck and there a man standing outside his car that the front wheels were spinning and he could not go any further, I did not stop to help as fear I too may get stuck. I made it to the bridge but this large ship was coming up on it as I was crossing and I could see it had what looked like a huge build up of dirty or soot covered debris on top of it that rose above the bridge and I knew I had to get across before it struck. The debris hit the bridge after I had just gotten past it and I could feel pieces of it hit me but I made it across and the road ahead was clear. I then found myself in a strange area.

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Steve, this appears to be a very encouraging dream that in spite of your own fear (snow and ice), other obstacles, and that you can’t predict the future (found yourself in a strange area), you are determined (road is straight), and fulfill something you’ve decided to do. Is that how it turned out? Did you go ahead with whatever you had decided?

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Brit - October 4, 2015

This kind of doesnt answer my dream. I dream of the Mackinaw bridge, but it is in peices. I dream that im in the passangers seat with my family or friends and they begin to drive quickly and we have to jump from one peice to another. Either at the beginning, or the end, we plummet into the water. What could this mean?

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Brit, the Mackinaw Bridge is huge, isn’t it! Therefore, your dream is likely about something you’d like to do, but it seems huge to take on. In addition, you don’t really feel in control–in the dream, you’re not the driver of the car. Likely what’s holding you back is your feelings/worries since you plummet into the water (emotion). Does this make sense? Can you remember what was going on in your life when you had this dream?

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Jessica - September 30, 2015

Ok here is my dream I had last night could you please tell me what this could possibly mean. I was in a car with my daughter and my mother I was riding in the passenger seat and my daughter in the back seat and my mother driving. All of a sudden we are headed for the new bridge as everyone calls it in Memphis crossing over the Mississippi River. The bridge was turned on its side due to the big gust of wind that was in my dream. Then we started to go over the bridge and the bridge started to collaspe then we started falling and then I was on a balcony looking down into the Mississippi River and watching things explode under the water and then I woke up. Thank you in advance.

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Jessica, For me, the most telling part of this dream is that your mother is driving, not you. Plus, your daughter appears to be the “backseat” driver. Therefore, as far as some decision you’re contemplating, it’s not coming from you but either from your mother and daughter or from beliefs you’re carrying from them. Perhaps you feel pressure from the both of them or from their way of seeing things (the gust of wind). Since the bridge is called the “new bridge,” I wonder if you’re contemplating doing something new, but, you’re not in the driver’s seat. Explosions under the water sound like emotional explosions to me. Do you remember if you were contemplating doing something new at this time?

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Louise - September 23, 2015

Hi I recently asked my partner to leave for of a number of reasons. A very difficult decision. It was a kick for both of us and we are still in touch, I still love him and we are hoping to eventually have a life together.

Last night I dreamed about fretting about building a bridge over dark sludgy water to get to a beauty spot a little way away. I didn’t actually manage to build the bridge in the dream and remember thinking this was happening while I was awake, like it was real. It was very frustrating because I was desperate to get to the beauty spot

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Louise, I just realized that I didn’t get back to you about your dream. Thanks for describing your dream and also for explaining what was going on in your life at the time. I’m wondering how things turned out. If this was my dream, it’d be telling me that what’d I’d decided to do likely wouldn’t get me to what I wanted. Is that what happened?

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David Gourley - September 16, 2015

My dream is that it’s dark an no moon I’m on a endless road only a few inches of the water and something is following me I can’t see it and it makes me keep walking iv had this dream hundreds of time all my life I can’t figure out what it means there is nothing online about it plz help

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi David, sorry I didn’t get back to you about this dream when you posted it. There was a lot going on in my life at the time. Nonetheless, your dream is interesting, because I recently received a recurring dream from someone else that is very similar to yours–an endless bridge in darkness. Please take a look at Hannah’s dream, posted on May 25, 2016. Perhaps you’d like to leave Hannah a comment. You might be able to help each other out to unravel your very mysterious dreams. Yours is different in that something is following you. To begin, if this were my dream, whenever I dream about an unknown something, it’s usually a part of myself that I haven’t acknowledged yet. That’s OK. We all have unknown parts of ourselves that we either haven’t noticed before or don’t want to admit to. This unknown part of yourself (whatever it is–what comes to mind?–it doesn’t have to be anything big–our subconscious minds can be concerned about little things too) keeps you plodding onward. Is the road a few inches off the water? Water is emotion. If so, this unknown part of yourself is very close to your feelings. Does this ring a bell for you? I hope this was helpful.

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Lisa - September 8, 2015

Last night I dreamt of a bridge over the sea,the bridge was of the type that opened and closed to let boats through,it was green with arches,and railings on the sides of it.I travelled in a car with my mum and deceased father,suddenly the bridge opened and some cars fell into the drop,I remember my father telling me to get out of the car and then I felt and saw myself clinging with him to the railings on the left high up.He shouted we need to close the bridge ?,I remember looking behind to the shore and my young son pushing a large red button in a shop called Boots the Chemist,the bridge lowered and I began walking forward.Interestingly my first job when I was 16 was working for this firm in the goods in department.Feeling unsure what to do with my life at the moment as feel so many people rely on me.

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    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Lisa, in your dream, I like that you ended up walking forward. Therefore, I assume that while you had this dream, on the subconscious level you were working out what you needed to do next considering that so many people rely on you. I suspect that at some deep inner level, you’d made your decision of what to do since the bridge lowered so you could get across to the other side. Is that what happened? Did you make a decision and go forward? My guess would be that you decided to take a job. Did you?

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Andrea - September 1, 2015

Last night i had a very emotional discussion with my boyfriend as he explained to me he loved me but knew distance and lack of communication due to our attending of different schools would only increase and make our relationship more difficult. I went on to dream of a few family members and myself crossing a long bridge over water that led to a huge city with tall buildings. The sky was dark grey and stormy and all i could hear were police sirens coming from the city. Overall my destination seemed chaotic. The bridge soon started to collapse and i found myself lost in the water. Perhaps it had to do with the argument although my boyfriend was not present in the dream?

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    carolchapman - September 1, 2015

    I’m glad that you included some of what was going on in your waking life the day before the dream. That’s because often you’re processing the previous day’s events and your reactions to it during your dreams. Therefore, even though your boyfriend wasn’t in the dream, it’s very likely this dream is about that very emotional discussion you had with him about your relationship. To begin with, dreams with warning symbols in them, such as the police sirens and chaotic conditions, can refer to your fears rather than something that’s actually going to happen, so don’t take the dream literally. Also, the dream can be a warning, as if to say, if you continue this way, this will happen, for example, since you are lost in the water and water represents emotion, if you allow yourself to get lost in your emotions, you could jeopardize something. Next, let’s look at some of the symbols in the dream. Air usually represents your thoughts – dark grey and stormy. So, now, on to the bridge. This is a long bridge, which, if it were my dream, would mean a long process to get to something. Your family members are with you. Are these the family members that are supportive in your life? If so, they’re going to help you with this long process. Your bridge leads to a huge city with tall buildings. Often big cities represent our big hopes for a better life since big cities are where the big opportunities and big business occur–likely your hopes for the better life your education will bring you. A chaotic destination could mean changes over which you have no control. Let’s assume this is a fear-based warning dream. If it was my dream, that I became lost in the water (my emotions), would be telling me that getting lost in my emotions would make big changes in my life more difficult to handle.

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Bernadette - August 29, 2015

i recently made a move across the country from NY to Southern California and changed jobs, as well. My new job is very challenging and on many days in the last month and a half since I have been here, I have thought of going back to NY. but then a deeper part of me knows my spiritual self must preserve. Anyway, last night I dreamt I was walking across a wooden bridge in a Buddhist villag I thought to myself that I am not upset or angry. The Buddhist village was calm on both sides of the bridge. Everything was calm. I knew it was about the journey and not the destination. What more can you tell me?

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    carolchapman - September 1, 2015

    Thanks so much for including aspects of your waking life since dreams are often about what’s going on in our lives. Therefore, my guess is that the bridge in your dream represents the big change you’ve made by changing jobs and also moving from NY to southern California–two big changes. What a lovely symbol of the simple wooden bridge in a Buddhist village. Do you meditate? My intuitive reaction to the calm you described makes me think of meditation, which I practice daily. Or, perhaps you have another spiritual practice. In any case, if this was my dream, it would be telling me to use simple spiritual practices to help me through this transition. It’s like the dream was giving you some helpful suggestions for how to handle the inevitable challenges in adjusting to change (the bridge).

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Rose - August 27, 2015

Hi Carol, I had a dream that I was crossing a dilapidated bridge with a friend. The bridge was over rushing thrashing white water which we could see the whole way,I told my friend not to look at the water but to just look straight ahead to get across safely. We were very afraid but we did make it, not by standing but by sort of climbing across.

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    carolchapman - September 1, 2015

    Hi Rose, I love how, in the dream, you told your friend not to look at the water, but to look straight ahead. Since water represents emotion, and this water was rushing, thrashing, white water–definitely scary and treacherous–your dream told you how to handle your fears: basically, don’t concentrate on them. And, by doing so, you make it across. Was this a friend you don’t know in real life? If you don’t know the friend in your dream, this often refers to a positive aspect of yourself you didn’t know you possessed. If it’s a friend you know, then a character trait represented by this friend will help you through. Why is the bridge dilapidated? Maybe because it’s something you’ve wanted for a while, but you haven’t taken care of going after it. If it were my dream, it would be saying that it might take extra effort (climbing across), but you can depend on an undiscovered aspect of your character having to do with keeping fearful emotions out by focusing on your goal, to bring this change in your life.

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Subhendu Nayak - August 21, 2015

I saw, I was crossing a flooded bridge. But suddenly it broke down from the other end where I was crossing. But I managed myself and crossed it safely. I saw it early in the morning. Kindly suggest your comments on it.

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    carolchapman - June 3, 2016

    Hi Subhendu, If this was my dream, I’d be encouraged, because against all odds and emotional challenges–the bridge even broke–you followed through with something you wanted to do.

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jana canoy - August 13, 2015

Hello Madam,
my dream is crossing the brige with my daughter and we can doi it, another dream i saw the healthy baby and i carry the baby in my arms..

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    carolchapman - June 3, 2016

    Hi Jana, the important thing in your dream is that you make it across the bridge with your daughter. This may be your actual daughter or something important having to do with your daughter. In your other dream, if you have a baby, it’s about the baby being healthy and loved by you. Otherwise, dreaming of a baby often has to do with a beloved project you’re starting–you love it and it’s going to thrive. Good luck. Thanks for writing.

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Chris - August 2, 2015

Hi Carol,
I had a dream of a bridge that I can not forget.
It is at night everything is dark but, there is a bridge that I can cross. I am standing at one end of it. About half way down the bridge is a stairs to get off the bridge. Can not see anything under the bridge. No water or ground. Just a bridge that I am standing at. I want to cross but, I am scared to cross. I am wanting someone to help but, no one is there. So I just stare down the bridge, which has no ending. I keep thinking of the stairs half way down the bridge. The stairs are telling me that if I want to get off the bridge, I can. But where do the stairs go. So I just stand there staring down the bridge.
I had that dream 4 years ago. I keep thinking of it. I remember it like I just had the dream. I can not get it out of my head.

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Nightmare - July 27, 2015

I’m walking across an icy bridge it’s snowing and I took a bunch of money with me because at the other side of the bridge I’m supposed to buy hard drugs about halfway through walking across this bridge I somehow find myself dangling for dear life and for whatever reason I just cannot pull myself up from the side of this bridge so I notice two spots for me to put my feet but now my hands are getting weak and below me is slow moving icy water it’s very cold and there’s decent size chunks of ice maybe a 50 foot drop I’m terrified but I see off to the distance there’s a safety ladder to climb up I’m not sure what it leads to but I hope I can get to it climb it and yell for help so as I drop I hit my face loosening later I find out three teeth I drop to the icy water and start swimming like a mad man to this ladder I get to it and climb up it til I can’t climb any higher and a door opens and I jump into it where I’m I wouldn’t say arrested but detained for questioning because I’m frightened I admit Im going to buy drugs which doesn’t please the young man who has found me he gives me a rushed unfair sobriety test although I’m sober at this point and I fail he leaves a female police officer comes in and starts giving me a test as well when all of a sudden I see one of my h.s
Deans as a top looking cop walking I yell out his name “doc!!” He says oh crap grabs me while with another man and is the first person to kindly hear out my story after explaining what’s happened my teeth loosen more because I was mumbling and I pull out two teeth and he picks up a third n then I wake up wtf was this dream about? Haha

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Matt - July 26, 2015

I always fall.

It’s a long, narrow suspension bridge with rails.

I’m not scared of bridges or heights in real life or when I dream and start to cross the bridge but something always happens and I fall till I wake up.

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stacey - July 23, 2015

I had a dream where I had to cross a bridge high above water. I felt so scared to cross this bridge, I couldn’t look down at the water below. I had to cross this bridge to get somewhere, in the end authorities would not allow me to cross the bridge and I had to take a water taxi to get across the water to the other side. Please reply as I am having a lot of problems with bullying in my workplace and not sure if I am in the right relationship with my partner. Thank you in advance. Kind Regards Stacey

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Angel - July 10, 2015

Hi, I had a dream that my husband and i were driving in the rain in two seperate cars, i was following him as we approach the bidge a car gets in frount of me and i can quite see my husband there was no gard rails and a river under the bridge i remember being really worryed about my husband driving carefully so he dont fall over, right at the end of the other side of the bridge his car goes into the river i remember getting out of my car and histarically crying because and cant swim, then i see a guy come up out of the water with my husband in his arms i dont remember if i seen the guy get in the water or not i just remeber seeing him holding my husband and feeling humbled then i woke up can you please tell me what u think this means

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Taylor - July 8, 2015

I had a dream last night and very similar ones in the past. It was me trying to cross some sort of bridge however the bridge was mad out of material and I was terrified of falling into the gauge below me. In my dream I remember struggling trying all different ways to hold on and try to not fall off and to make it to the other side. I had an old good friend of mine coaching me through sort of just yelling at me saying to stop doing all the weird menouvers I was doing in order to try stay on this ‘bridge’. In the end I crossed the bridge and towards the end of crossing it it wasn’t too difficult. However I found it weird that The dream seemed to have started with me in the middle of the bridge. I’m having some troubled relationships in my life and after reading this I’m curious as to know what my dream may have been about and if it possibly links to the trouble I’m having in life.

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maria carminda s. valles - July 5, 2015

hi carol,
Can you tell me the meaning of my dream? I dreamed I was walking it seem a sunny day then in order to go to the other side of the road is to cross a beautiful long bridge. When I cross the bridge I saw my former work colleague who are both dead. The were sitting in a hammock and the place is like a garden with so many trees and seems like a park with green grasses beautifully landscape. They asked me to regarding how I am doing and I saidcto them I am okey. Then they asked me to apply a vacancy in our work place. I told them I don’t like but they won’t take my answer and they won’t let me go when I say “yes okey” but they vanished and then I wake up.. I apply the post and during the interview I feel crying ’cause I don’t like it on the first place (I just do it to give peace of the two souls, my two colleague) I was sent a letter that I was unsuccessful.. Please reply me through my email..

Thank you very much,

Minda

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Chelle - June 29, 2015

I dreamt of being fearful of crossing a bridge. The person with me is deceased but in my dream, he was alive and well. We did make it across.

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Daniel chalmers - June 6, 2015

After a hards day work we packed the van up and started to go home, we came to a step hill and i was on a bike waving in between cars was going at some speed, we ended up a bridge and missed the turning that was joint on to the bridge,stopped slowly to get my bearings and headed to that junction on the bridge about to start my journey again 5 police men came climbkng up the side so I looked to see what was happening, one police woman dragged me and a other poilce over the bridge! That’s when I woke up from my dream sweating

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Luzuko - May 19, 2015

Hi Carol,
My girlfriend dreamnt as if there was a bridge infront of her but as she was approaching the bridge the bridge went further and further whilst her intention was cross over to get to me on the otherside of the daughter. The strange part is that she had my daughter along with her but she is not the mother. They couldn’t cross the bridge and I should think they are still on the other side of bridge from where I was. Thank you Carol and hoping to here from you soon.

Regards,
Luzuko

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leigg - April 27, 2015

Hi,
My from started with my family wanting something for tea. I was on my way to the shop when I come to the bridge (which is a sort cut, I think) I have always usually been scared to cross the bridge before but decide it is time to go for it.
The bridge is enclosed like and American bridge and also a challenge which other people are doing, I have to go through these challenges myself to cross the bridge and stop to help someone and to pick something growing on the bridge that would go nice with my tea. At about this time I raise this beige is medieval and dangerous and I wonder why I just didn’t, the stick to he road. That is when I wake up.

I have had a similar dream before and have never crossed the bridge.

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Mia Ferguson - March 24, 2015

I’ve awaken and this weord dream I had was about someone getting jumped and I almost cried . My other dream was . . . yet strange , I had a dream that I was walking with my old childhood boyfriend and we came across this bridge that seemed like it used to hang , but it was on top of the water and it didn’t hang like it was suppose to . But me and him still crossed it . Honestly I was scared I was going to drown but I didnt we had to climb back up when we decided to come back but when we crossed back I climbed onto the path again It was my dear bestfriend instead of my ex boyfriend very weird .(The water was a dark blue and cold ) my ex was very guiding and on our way towards the bridge my mom called his phone . . . when we came back from the bridge (me and now ) my bestfriend I ran into her house and I went to use the restroom … Guess what happened next .. You will never guess !

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nadeen pakyntein - March 17, 2015

Hi carol… I dreamt that i was crossing a bridge with my mom. It was a huge river with fast running water. My mom crossed first,she did not want me to be late. As I walked behind her I felst scared looking at the river so I decided to look at her. I noticed the bridge was made of big hard rope. There was one side of the bridge that I could hold on to while crossing. On my left side,I noticed a huge mountain as i crossed. I was mesmerized by it but I decided to look forward as I was scares that I might not be able to cross. The bridge was long but I crossed quite fast without any problems. As I reached the end of the bridge, I saw a big pond on the left side of the end of the bridge. People were fishing leeches to eat. We walked ahead.
That is all I could remember.

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Michelle - February 7, 2015

I had this dream where i was crossing a bridge with other people, when i got to the middle part of the bridge it collapsed and i fell into the water. I was able to swim to the shore safely then i woke up.
This is the first time I ever had this dream.
What does this mean??

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Mary Elizabeth - January 8, 2015

I dreamed of driving onto a road than backing out and going instead over a bridge. I was driving a red sports car and in the dream I knew that it belonged to my son. ( who does not own a red sports car) The bridge was over water and when I reached the top of the bridge, it was night time and the car stopped working as far as lights etc but it was still moving and I had to navigate the car in the pitch black over the bridge. The fear woke me up.

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angie - November 22, 2014

Carol plz goodday. I dreamt of crossing a bridge this is twice now. The bridge was old and look broken not rrally good but i was trying to cross and the water looks scaring to me but at the middle way some one i dnt knw the face helped me cross over. And the other is me standing and suddenly d ground was taking me like an earthquake and i reach out to my elder sister she wouldnt but and unknown face brought me out. And finally i dreamt of walking on an untared water lug road came to the end and washed my legs. Pmz i do need meaning on dis dreams thanks so very much.

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winie - November 8, 2014

I dream driving a white car(bakki)and iwas with a baby on my hand the time iwas trying to cross the bridge but instead of crossing the bridge I fall down and I survive,didn’t see where the child end

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Ana - September 29, 2014

Hi! My dream was that i was crossing a bridge with the boy i’m chatting with, but bridge was on 3 levels and after we saw the third one i told him that i’m afraid to go there. after that we were standing on the bridge and freshet took him away and i was still standing there normally. Thank you

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Joanna - September 27, 2014

Hi Carol,

I never knew that there is someone interested in collecting dreams about crossing a bridge.

In my case, crossing a bridge is a leitmotif in my dreams. Each time I try to go to the other side but the river under the bridge does not allow me to do so. Either it floods the bridge or the other bank, or it destroys the bridge itself. This way or another the passage is not feasible.

I hope you find it interesting.

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jess - August 23, 2014

I had a dream that I was driving over a HUGE bridge that had no guard rails and had all kinds of big hills…I was terrified but drove over anyways…I was telling my boyfriend how careful I needed to be and as I looked at him I turned the wheel towards him and we fell off the bridge…we kept falling for a long time falling thru other bridges and I kept seeing cars…we never landed…we were screaming and scared…and then i woke up

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    Terry Cobb - March 15, 2015

    GOD tells us not to dabble is horoscopes and sorcererY and things of that nature reincarnation is also not a CHRISTIAN belief dreams on the other hand are given to us for to communicate he will use any soul he can. My dream is alot like yours I’m in a car knowing my destination I get side tracked and I think I break a guard rail over the bridge I go into the water I make the conscious mistake of letting the water get to the top of the windows before I even try In my mind to open a window to escape the fear of rushing water scares me and I wake up . The first thing I do is come to this sight and what it’s saying makes perfect sense. I’m in loan process to buy a new home and move away from family which has been treating me horribly with compleTe abandonement. I’ve had the reoccurring flying dreams my whole life.I dreamt and had many visions to help others through life situations. I saw my wife’s home when I was a little knew I would marry her when I was a kid. I used to tell all my friends and aunts the sex of the baby they were having some I told they were pregnant and it was supposed to be a secret so when I opened my mouth the girl thought my buddy told me ahead of time and the girl was mad at her man and I had to explain that I knew on my own. I saw a limo crash in my dreams woke up and heard the Red Wings had been hurt badly.I LIVE IN Detroit area the accident happened near my home.Whats wrong with me¿

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Jon - August 12, 2014

I have a reoccurring dream that I am crossing narrow, super high bridge. Like am terrified of heights but I do attempt to start crossing the narrow walkway that has no railings. Last night, on the bridge, was a horrific car crash and I told the propel that “I can’t save the world and be everyone’s hero”. Then I proceeded to exit the car and call 911 and walked over the bridge but I was terrified.
Help me on this one…

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Melissa - August 7, 2014

I had a dream last night that I was crossing a bridge in my car, but the bridge was flooded and more water was coming in. I am not sure if the bridge was unsteady or if it was the water. I kept telling myself to push through and I did. It almost felt like i placed my own hand on the trunk part of my car and pushed myself through the water….

Any incite??? thanks please email me

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Kristen - July 26, 2014

Hi, Carol.
I had this dream the other night. Myself and a few others had crossed this bridge and when I looked back after crossing it, I noticed it was starting to separate and I saw people panicking to crossover the bridge. Someone in my dream (i don’t remember who) but they tried to leap between the gaps to crossover onto my side. They jumped as right as they were about to fall I caught the person. I was holding the persons hand to keep them from falling and as i looked around, I had seen the the bridge falling apart, and water roaring all over the place. Piece by piece the bridge collapsed causing huge splashes. I looked back at the person to try and pull them up. Before I do though I woke up in a panic. What does this mean? It’s been racking my brain all day.

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Hayward - July 2, 2014

Initially in the dream I approached the bridge which was slightly narrow and run down that was over water “black water”.However wa scared to cross due to all the water and the distance of the bridge which appeard short but somehow I knew it was long. I then came back to th ebridge but this time was not afraid to cross and did cross the bridge.
Another part of the dream I was being chased by a man who initailly tried to hit me with a hammer but missed but later tried to shoot me with a nail gun it was crazy in a sense as I could not run that fast, Ithought about flying but could not he sort of cornered me but I woke up.
Another part of the dreams that night was there were two cats laying on a shelf in my home with fleas next to the cats was this huge pile of fece.
My wife was standing the bathroom naked as she had just vomited every where I could see the vomit.
It was a crazy night of dreams but I truly feel there was somethinmg to these dreams do you have any idea what they mean.

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sarah - June 11, 2014

I have had recurring dreams through out my life about crossing bridges with flooded waters, in other dreams I dremt I was falling or driven off the bridge. The most recent types of dreams I’ve been having is me swimming in tanks with sharks above or around me. Very scary! I used to dream about riding on roller coasters that wasn’t working properly and I was riding them knowing I was in danger. Scary.

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Stephanie - June 10, 2014

My dream is of a bridge but it’s a bit more complex than this. I’m on a concrete bridge with high support bars and the bridge is never ending and repeats, I’m with my fiancée and we’re walking and walking and we stop to rest here and there and in the dream I feel such overwhelming anxiety and heartache, my fiancée seems unaffected and is just on for the walk not seemingly upset. And over certain parts as we walk there’s darkness and freezing cold rain just pouring relentlessly from the sky. Other places are sunny even if by pale light. This dream had me wake to tears and I can’t seem to forget it.

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    BETTA - May 29, 2017

    GOOD EVENING!! I HAD A DREAM LASTNITE, THAT MY HUSBAND AND I WERE RIDING OVER A BRIDGE, WHEN A BIG, BIG WAVE AS HIGH AS THE BRIDGE LANDED ON / OVER US. MY HUSBAND CONTINUED TO DRIVE AND CONTROL THE WHEEL / CAR , AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED. PLEASE HELP ME WITH MY DREAM.

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Maryanna - May 31, 2014

I’ve been having a reoccurring dream for a couple of years now. Possibly longer. It’s always exactly the same.

I don’t know how I get in the car but I get in a car, usually with other people, the car is nice, weather is nice, the bridge is nice, looks brand new, but very long, I can never see the other end. And I’m always crying and begging not to go over the bridge but the other people always say it’s fine. So we go, and everything is fine although I’m terrified inside and then all of the sudden there’s a huge 90 degree drop in the bridge, and I always wake up as soon as we start going down the bridge. I wake up scared, feeling helpless, like a bad nightmare. I’ve never made it to the end, and I never really know where I’m going on the otherside. I feel as though I know in my dream but I can never remember when I wake up.

I’m scared of boats and waterslides at the waterpark so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. But I live in Florida, a couple miles from the beach but I won’t go out on a boat, won’t go on a cruise, nothing. I’m scared that something will happen so far out and we’ll have no help. I’d rather stay firmly on the ground (lol). So this may have some meaning? I also went airborne on a waterslide once and never did it again after that and the drop in the bridge is exactly like a waterslide. So I don’t know if any of this has meaning but the dream is scary and happens sometimes 3 nights a week to sometimes once every few months. It seems so random.

Thank you for any insight!

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Jenn - May 5, 2014

I had a dream my mom was setting up these betty boop ceramics that looked like a train and she was telling me to go pick up my Grand mom i began driving and had to cross a bridge with beautiful lights… ( the strange thing is my grand mother passed away in 2012 but she use to be a card reader and i remember her telling me i was going to take a trip across the water )

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Sunny - April 22, 2014

Hi Carol. I am really glad that I found your page. I am troubled by this dream I had.
I driving a rental car, I think I was on an errand. Anyway, all of a sudden I found myself driving on a land bridge it was short but it was over a big pit. The thing is, I was aware of having driven over it before, except now the road was narrower and there was fire in the pit. I was terrified, I felt that I would lose control of my car, so I pulled over. As I pulled over that a red sports car went around me and got across just fine, I was still scared so I got out of the car and tried to cross it on foot but I was slipping and was terrified to fall because I caught a glimpse of how deep this pit was. There was a big mound of dirt in between my lane and the one going in the opposite direction so I was leaning or holding on to it because my legs were shaky. A red suv or family car coming from the opposite direction was coming fast and when they saw me I was half on their lane and half on mine they tried to avoid me so they then swerved completely on to my lane, and crashed. I tried to run to them and try to save them but I couldn’t get there fast enough and the car began to slip into the pit! I was panicking just then another car came, a black one and also crashed. I was trying to get back to my car to call the emergency services when I woke up.

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David - April 19, 2014

I dreamed I was crossing a high, very narrow, but sturdy bridge. There was no barrier on either side, and I was crossing very rapidly without any sort of vehicle. It was scary, yet at the same time, exhilarating. I awakened before reaching the other side.

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stacey - March 14, 2014

I have a recurring dream that basically consists of me being on a bridge, usually one that I drive over on a regular basis in real life, getting about half way then noticing the bridge is submerged in water (flooded). I always end up in the water attempting to swim the rest of the way across. I don’t recall ever feeling fear or anxiety and I never remember ever actually reaching the other side. In my dream, I always feel like it’s a very familiar thing to me like, oh here we go again type of familiar. The dream just kind of dissipates without conclusion.

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    carolchapman - March 14, 2014

    Hi Stacey, Thanks for sharing your dream. Did you see that movie Groundhog Day? You dream sounds similar in that you keep going through the same situation over and over again: Oh here we go again. Is there something in your life that feels similar? I liked that you included your feelings–that you don’t feel fear or anxiety. It’s significant that the feelings are different than what you’d expect after the bridge becomes flooded and even though you try to swim across you don’t make it. Water is usually feelings. You can’t achieve what you want (getting across the bridge), perhaps your feelings hold you back, but you’re OK with it. That the dream recurs usually means that whatever it is, it’s bothering you. Since the dream is about the dreamer, only you know what this recurring frustration is. It’s almost as if you’ve become complacent about it. Or, maybe it’s something you want to do and have accepted that you won’t or can’t. Does any of this resonate?

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      stacey - March 15, 2014

      Thanks for your response! The only thing I can think of is that it may be related to my current financial situation. It must bother me more than I realize or more than I allow myself to consciously feel. Thank you again for your insight!

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sarah - March 2, 2014

I have had a couple dreams about bridges the first I come to a bridge in a car and its blocked by an accident as a paramedic approches my car a plane comes by and crashes into the bridge and everyone dies in the other I get deflected off my original route and come to a railroad bridge that has been blown up but I try to cross anyway once I get to the middle a train comes and crashes once again killing me and everyone else

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Christine - February 27, 2014

I had a dream of me and my family members crossing many bridges. We were trying to get somewhere . There was lots of snow. And the rivers under the many bridges were frozen. But we all made it passed every bridge. I believe there were about ten or so. But each bridge looked to be in good condition and we passed each as a team

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    carolchapman - March 11, 2014

    Snow and frozen conditions often refer to fear–frozen action, inhibitions. The family could symbolize a work group, a sports group or some other kind of group that feels like a family, or, of course, an actual family. When I’m looking at my own dreams, I first look to the feelings. In this dream, in spite of the snow and frozen conditions (fear, inhibitions), the group works as a team and passes over many bridges. Therefore, if this was my dream, I’d feel really encouraged that even though there were many decisions and transitions to make to get to somewhere, I (with my group) was going to make it to wherever I wanted to be. In this case, since the dream is about the dreamer, “somewhere” would be something the dreamer wants. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a place. For example, it could be a resolution to a challenge, as in to “be in a good place.” Another encouraging symbol is that the bridges are in good conditions. This is going to work out in spite of the fear.

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      Laura Shelton - March 14, 2014

      I have this dream often. We all seem to be laughing even through the ice storm and we all make it across. I never get to see what’s on the other side though. 🙁

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        carolchapman - March 14, 2014

        Hi Laura, I have some questions: When you say, “We all seem to be laughing,” and “we all make it across,” do you know who “we” is? Friends? Family? Or, are these unknown people? It makes a difference. Here’s a related but slightly different question: Since you have this dream often, are “we” always the same, or do they change? A dream that recurs often is especially interesting and significant. I’m curious, and I look forward to hearing from you.
        Carol

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          Laura Shelton - March 14, 2014

          I feel like I know these people in my dream but I can never recall who they are when I wake up, so I don’t know if it’s the same people but there is an emotional connection with them in the dreams though. I have this dream about once a week for about a month now.

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            Laura Shelton - March 14, 2014

            Also the snow is thick and always tries to make me fall by piling up on my stomach while my feet and hands are holding on to the side and I hold on with all my might. Then it calms I wiggle hard to remove snow and get back on bridge and slide on my belly to the end following everyone

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              carolchapman - March 14, 2014

              I giggled at the image of you sliding on your belly to follow everyone and make it to the end. It reminded me of that wonderful movie, March of the Penguins, in which penguins slide on the snow into the ocean. For me, that the snow is thick would mean how strong my fears are. Since the storm calms, I would imagine there was wind, which usually has to do with a swirling mental frame of mind. I’m happy to see that the storm calms (your mind calms) and you are able to wiggle free of the fear. Do you know what this new thing in your life is? You must have quite a determined personality to hold on with all your might. I wonder if, now that we’ve looked at these recurring dreams of yours, if you’ll have a dream tonight that will help explain what it’s about. That something happens.

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            carolchapman - March 14, 2014

            Hi Laura, Thanks for getting back to me and answering my question about the “we.” The reason I asked is because when the people in your dream are people you haven’t met before, they’re usually qualities or talents you have, but you aren’t yet aware of them. If so, and you’ve been having this dream once a week for about a month now, I would imagine that these qualities are surfacing and helping you out to take on something new or to express something new in your life. Is there something going on that is new? Are you taking a class, seeing yourself differently? Really wanting to do something? If this was my dream, I’d feel encouraged that I’d be able to do something that seems quite scary (the snow), but I can do it, because you get across the bridge, even though you don’t see what’s on the other side in the dream.

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Christine - February 27, 2014

I had a dream of me and my family members crossing many bridges. We were trying to get somewhere . There was lots of snow. And the rivers under the many bridges were frozen. But we all made it passed every bridge. I believe there were about ten or so. But each bridge looked to be in good condition

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Nick Jude - February 11, 2014

The thing about dreams is that their meanings are personal to the dreamer. Dream dictionary sites, such as Dream Authority, should be used as a guide so you might read into your own…

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    carolchapman - February 16, 2014

    Yes, Nick, I agree, the meanings of dreams are personal to the dreamer. For example, at my recent talk in The Villages, Florida, on Secrets of a Psychic, I gave the example of dreaming about a bee. For some people, dreaming of a bee could refer to their lives being busy (busy bee). On the other hand, for someone concerned with the environment or farming, dreaming about a bee would signify their concerns about the declining honey bee population. Thanks for your comment. When I’m looking for dream interpretations, I will also look to Dream Authority in the future when I’m doing research on various dream symbols.

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Henycryll Cruz - January 3, 2014

I dream of crossing a bridge made of plastic pipes. It seems it’s like an overpass coz underneath was a road. A guy friend crossed first and asking me to follow. I was hesitant to cross because there’s nothing I could hold on to but after checking a handle appeared. As I was crossing I saw missing pipes on my way but I just ignored it and continued. As I reached the end my friend was there letting me hold her daughter. And as i walk down the stairs to hold her daughter, the daughter stepped on my feet and i stopped going down until I woke-up.

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    carolchapman - February 16, 2014

    Well, what an unusual bridge – made of plastic pipes, eh? There is so much in this dream, isn’t there? The road underneath. You’re crossing over that road with the bridge. What is that road? The path you’ve been on? Since dreaming of crossing a bridge usually has to do with making some kind of a decision, I wonder if your dream has something to do with your relationship with the “guy friend.” It seems as if the relationship you’re considering doesn’t have a lot for you “hold on to,” but “a handle appeared.” I wonder if you don’t have the security you need but it appears. In my humble opinion, there’s no way I can really know what your dream is about since I’m not you and dreams are about the dreamer. However, if it was my dream, that there were missing pipes, i.e., missing parts of the bridge, it would make me think that perhaps information you’d like to have is missing as far as making your decision. Nonetheless, you do make the decision to follow this guy friend across the bridge – to go with him. Now, it’s interesting that your destination on the other side of the bridge involves your friend and her little daughter and you’re “allowed” to hold the daughter. Is this a daughter for you? This is your destination. I don’t know you or your situation, and remember, dreams are about the dreamer, but I wonder if it was my dream, it would seem that I was contemplating having a relationship and having children. Feet as a dream symbol often mean understanding. You’re not understanding something? Definitely an interesting dream full of all kinds of symbols.

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      henycryll - February 19, 2014

      Thank you,Carol for your reply regarding my dreams. Most of your interpretations are correct. The dreams are really all about the dreamer, and I’ve decided already on what has to be done. Again, thank you and God Bless!

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Danielle - December 14, 2013

I keep dreaming of a bridge. Either it is long like thousands of miles long or it is high into the clouds high it’s always daunting and nearly impossible to cross just by height or distance alone so I always find another way to where I’m going such as a boat or something. There is always a lot of traffic on the bridge too. I can see the water and it is always beautiful bright blue with good weather but I have anxiety in my sleep at the thought of being on the bridge the anxiety doesn’t pass until I find a way around the bridge.

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    carolchapman - February 27, 2014

    Here’s a dream about something that the dreamer encounters over and over again. It feels daunting and anxiety-provoking. She decides to go around it or use some other way of crossing the water. I wonder what it is. Of course, only the dreamer knows, since dreams are about the dreamer. It could be that this is something presented to the dreamer over and over again, is a good cause for anxiety, and it’s a good idea to go around it. For example, it could be an opportunity for advancement that will take the dreamer into a paper-pushing job and away from what she loves to do. On the other hand, it could be something the dreamer would love to take advantage of but appears to be too daunting. She feels inadequate to take it on, so she decides to take a boat instead of the bridge–to do something else. For example, going back to the idea of a job advancement, it may seem as if she couldn’t handle the promotion. Maybe, if she tried it, it wouldn’t seem as difficult. However, dreams that recur over and over again often point to something deeper than something to do with a job. It could be about taking some kind of emotional risk, especially since the dream includes water, which often symbolizes feelings. Maybe it’s about leaving home or leaving a relationship. But the water is beautiful and the weather good. It’s scary but not awful. Maybe it’s something like taking out a loan to buy a house. Scary but good. I used to have a recurring dream. Unfortunately, I had no idea what the dream was about. Before bed, I asked to have the dream symbols differently. Then, I had another dream with a different symbol. As a result, I could understand the dream better. It could also be, because the weather is good and the water a beautiful bright blue, and because she always finds a way around it, maybe she is just anxious about heights. When I dream about a beautiful blue color, it usually means the dream is “true blue” and telling me the truth about a situation.

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Sarah Beck - November 15, 2013

I am at one side of the bridge over the River Severn in Worcester, my birth city, with my mother-in-law, with whom I currently share a house, with her son, my partner, and also more recently my brother-in-law. She wants us to go across the bridge but the water in the river is frighteningly turbulent, been lifted up and slapped down repeatedly, and I tell her no, if we go across then it is likely that the river will destroy the bridge and there is no coming back. I explain that at the other side of the river there will be no family and friends and without that there is no real point in life. Thanks Carol.

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    carolchapman - March 14, 2014

    Dear Sarah, Thanks for submitting your dream. I realize it’s been a while since you posted this comment. However, it might be fortuitous. Often if you look back at a dream you can understand it more easily. Therefore, I’m wondering, when you look at this dream now, after the passage of time, does it make sense to you? Usually water symbolizes emotion and since the water in your dream is frighteningly turbulent, something you are contemplating doing–it might be something your mother-in-law wants you to do or it might be something that she symbolizes–elicits turbulent emotions. When you use the words, “slapped down repeatedly,” it makes me wonder if some idea of yours or something important to you has been “slapped down repeatedly.” Also, I wonder if, since your brother-in-law has started living in the house with everyone if his presence has made adjustments difficult. There’s a lot going on in this dream. Unfortunately, we can’t get together and talk about it. It might also be that whatever was going on at that time, or even the day before you had this dream, has been resolved and you can’t even remember what it was. On the other hand, by the emotions you were feeling in the dream, I would imagine that at that time you were really under a lot of distress. Maybe, whatever happened, turned out to be better than it seemed, that is to say, not as bad as “no coming back” and “no family and friends” and “no real point in life.” If this was my dream, it might have occurred after something touched off a lot of emotion in me. Whatever it was in your life, I hope it’s been resolved or that it merely represented something that set off your emotions the previous day rather than something ongoing. However, since it refers to your birth city, I wonder if it was something quite fundamental for you. Please let me know. Carol

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Loan - October 12, 2013

I Carol. Please let me know whats is my dream about. I dream I walk on the bridge no too far and the wind kept blowing, it hard to walk there’s no handle to hold on. I looked down the water is black. I m so afraid that im going to fall, because the bridge kept moving. So I turn back.

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    carolchapman - February 27, 2014

    Here’s a dream about something really frightening to the dreamer and with good reason. The wind, which often symbolizes thoughts, are whipping around, there’s nothing to hold onto that would make the dreamer feel secure to make this decision. The water, which often symbolizes emotion, is black, a foreboding color. On top of it, the bridge keeps moving. Yikes! I’d be afraid I was going to fall too. I’d turn back. If this was my dream, I’d take a look at my life and see what’s going on that is swimming around in my mind that I can’t get a hold on it, something scary. Some part of me would be telling me to turn around, don’t do it. If I was pondering making some kind of change in my life, I wouldn’t do it.

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robert - August 16, 2013

thank-you carol, my dream had me being pulled( waterski) style behind a car and going over 2 bridges, and i felt like i had no control over direction…a little unnerving but your interpretations make sense.

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