People don’t think much about their bus dreams because it’s like passing by a mall where everyday details are common. We don’t train our mental spotlight on these details when we dream. But if you experience a fairly rare dream where your mental focus is on the bus itself for the duration of your dream, then this bus dream meaning post is for you.
The bus in your dream’s context brings many interpretations to the table, depending on its details.
The General Symbolic Meaning of A Bus in A Dream
Most vehicles symbolize our subconscious minds’ awareness that certain things in our lives are changing. More specifically, focusing on a bus in your dream can mean that you’re going places. It also can reveal that you’re about to receive good news. Maybe you’ve been working on something or applying yourself, and you will learn about good developments soon enough.
Another meaning to the all-too-familiar bus image in dreams involves responsibility for your family. Your subconscious is reminding you that you may have been neglecting your family and that it’s important to take care of them financially, physically, and emotionally. This brings me to the more nuanced interpretation involving reconnection with loved ones.
It’s possible to live in the same place as your loved ones and not connect. It’s as if you’re a group of strangers forced to share a space. Your subconscious is telling you that this doesn’t have to continue. It’s telling you that you can have deep relationships with the ones you love the most, and it’s high time you reconnect with them in a profound way.
Depending on what’s going on with the bus in your dream, it might represent your subconscious urging you to persevere more. Perhaps you’re going through some changes, and you don’t know what to do next. Maybe there’s a cloud of confusion hanging over different areas of your life. Hang on, and things will fall into place.
This brings me to the last interpretation of this symbol: the removal of blockages. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’ve given everything we have, but it’s not good enough. We fail repeatedly, and it’s tempting to give up. In truth, the reason things aren’t working out is not you’re not trying hard enough. The reason is there is a blockage somewhere.
You can get different results if you are aware of this and do things differently with the same effort level.
What Does A Bus Represent?
In broad terms, a bus represents mobility. It is, after all, a motor vehicle that takes us from point A to point B. The bus also represents everyday life, given that almost everyone has to ride a bus every day. You will miss it when it’s gone, but since everybody has to live with the reality it represents, it’s easy to become blind to it. It’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
A bus can represent progress since it can transport you from your house to someplace you’ve never been before. When you see a bus in the middle of a rainstorm, it can indicate perseverance and the concentration of valuable resources. In other words, be thankful for what you have because you will miss it when it’s gone.
Finally, the enclosed space in a bus, as comfortable and reassuring as it might be, symbolizes the invitation of our subconscious to value our connections.
What Is the Meaning of Riding in An Empty Bus?
If you’re riding in an empty bus, your subconscious indicates that you will experience upward mobility soon. You should resist the temptation to feel lonely. Have you ever noticed that successful people are often lonely at the top? This is not because there’s a shortage of people who want to be at the top. You know that’s not true because everybody wants to be on top.
The reality is that most people are unwilling to pay the price. The ultimate price is that the journey to success changes you inside and out. Most people don’t want to go that far, so we filter ourselves. Most of us will be left at the bottom, some will be at the midway, others will go farther up, and only one will reach the summit.
When you see yourself riding an empty bus, it tells you that you will have upward mobility because you’re willing to sacrifice. You’re willing to make the change, and you are open to the possibility of upliftment, improvement, and positive change. In this context, you start looking at the journey as a form of a pleasurable travel. Imagine that.
One of the reasons why many people are stuck at the bottom of the hill of success is they look at the journey as unnecessarily harsh and unpleasant. No wonder many of us fall back. It doesn’t have to be that way. Picking apart problems and solving them and being knocked by challenges and setbacks can be fun and adventurous.
Even the risk of losing a lot of money and being embarrassed has an element of thrill to it. Those who swim gleefully through such waters can make it through. This is how they learn from their journey and scale-up. The seemingly endless sacrifices changed them for the better.
What Does It Mean to See A Bus Dropping You Off In Your Dream?
In this context, a bus represents a pleasant surprise. It’s not a complete surprise, though, because you’ve done something to trigger a chain of events. For example, if you’re looking to get into Harvard Law School, you may experience the pleasant surprise of getting accepted, but the necessary action is something you already know. You can’t get into law school if you don’t apply.
Regardless, when a bus dropping you off is the focus of your dream, expect things to change the course of your life for the better. Pat yourself on the back because you triggered that change. Whatever you did, you planted the seed of change.
What Does Riding in A Luxury Bus Mean?
Finding yourself riding in a luxury bus with padded cushions, nice TVs, and wood panels can mean that your life is a protected space. It is cozy. Many people want to be in the same place as you, but it’s only possible because of your family. Either your parents laid the foundation or are there for encouragement and support. As you face an uphill struggle proving yourself to the rest of the world, it would be nice to have a spot where you are not judged and are readily welcomed.
This is your home. Through this dream, your subconscious is telling you that you need to take care of your family because they are your home. The world may not understand you and may even hate you, but some people don’t ask questions because they accept you for who you are. You take care of these people by understanding their love language.
Some people show they care by giving small gifts; others do things for you, while others still encourage you or show affection. Whatever way they express their love, understand their love language and reciprocate it. Also, treat everyone in your home the same way because that is the core of your strength. Not only is your home a great place to return to after battling the rest of the world on your way up, but it is also a source of comfort if you fail no matter what you do.
Take care of that home because you only have one.
What Does A Speeding Bus Going Through A Pedestrian Crossing Mean?
This is a complicated sequence because it’s all about living in fantasy. You have all these ideas of how your life should be, and your subconscious is telling you to slow down. You might think you’re making a lot of progress, and it’s easy to get motivated as you have momentum. Slow down. You may be so focused on the future that you blow line after line, boundary after boundary, that you should have been paying attention to.
What happens when a speeding bus goes through a pedestrian crossing in the real world? You don’t need me to remind you. Accidents can happen; people might get killed. The same goes for your dreams. Practice self-awareness to figure out when you go off on flights of fancy to pull yourself back and focus on the present.
What Does Riding in A Double-Decker Bus Mean?
If you dream about riding in a double-decker bus, your subconscious tells you that many people miss you. As you make your way through the world, you make friends. Some are closer to you than others, but what they have in common is they like you. And some of them miss you. Reconnect with these people. It should be easy, thanks to tools like Facebook.
Please make an effort to find them and let them know, in your little way, that you realize their importance. Riding in a double-decker bus is your mind’s way of reminding you that you’re not alone and some people miss you and see your value. So don’t waste time trying to be friends with people who don’t see your value. You already have a long trail of people who know your value; you only have to reconnect with them.
What Does It Mean to See A Bus Going In the Wrong Direction?
If you dream about people pointing at a bus going in the wrong direction or going through a one-way street, your subconscious is telling you to persevere more. It sounds counterintuitive, but the human mind can speak in contrast. Your subconscious is saying that you shouldn’t give up because your time will come. Even if many people say you’re mistaken or going against the grain, understand that your efforts will not be wasted.
As long as what you believe in is true, your strength of conviction will get you through, even if your bus sometimes goes in the wrong direction.
What Does It Mean to See Yourself Driving A Bus?
Pay attention when your mental and spiritual camera shifts from a bus going at speed on the road to the interior. Seeing yourself behind the bus’s wheels as you drive it, your subconscious is telling you a slightly different story. It’s telling you about blockages in your life that prevent you from getting the results you desire. You may think that you’ve given everything for your dreams, but nothing seems to work out.
If that is true, then your subconscious is saying that there’s a blockage because it’s not your fault. You’re not aware of the energy flow in that situation. Something is blocking you, or you’re unaware that what you think is 100% is actually 10% only. How come? Your doubting mind is sabotaging your good energy. Your assumptions of failure shoot down your expectations of a happy outcome.
You have to remove these blockages, and the way to do this is by practicing self-awareness. Try mindfulness or meditation to get there. You will soon reach a point where you can clearly describe your thoughts. This is how you grasp them and fully understand their consequences. Another form of blockage involves the energy that you give out. Did you know that there are people who can turn good people into backstabbers? Don’t be surprised if you’re one of them.
We have a way of doing things that can bring out the worst in people. The bad news is it’s not that obvious. We think we’re just doing our thing, speaking our minds, or simply contributing. But it turns out that we are appealing to the worst instincts of other people. What’s worse is we are blind to this because we like looking at ourselves as happy victims.
Beware of backstabbers, especially the ones you created.
Have Fun On Your Journey
When you see that bus in your dream, understand that it’s a metaphor for your life and the changes you go through. It is not a punishment; it is not an ordeal. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s fun to learn new things. You’ll have fun if you assume that there is an adventure out there. Compare this with people who look at life as a series of humiliations and hassles. They’re only in it for the big payoff, promotion, ideal job, or reward.
They are so focused on the reward that they lose sight of the idea of having fun while on their way to their destination.
This is tricky because it’s easy to focus on what’s going on on the bus when you’re on it. It’s also easy to get taken in by the scenery. But the truth is distractions are inside our heads. If we are operating with false assumptions and expectations, we are perpetually distracted. We might have arrived at our destination without even knowing it. We are that confused. So what happens next? The bus goes back to its original location, and you have to make the trip twice.
I know what I’m talking about. When I was living in Civic Center, San Francisco, I visited a friend in Marin County right across the Golden Gate Bridge. That was a long series of bus rides, and I was so distracted that I didn’t know the bus had reached my destination and was about to go back. Talk about a hassle. Be aware of your distractions.
Don’t Give Up Hope
Hope is where you wish to find it. Hope is something you give yourself based on what you choose to believe in. Unfortunately, many people are ground down by their perfectionism that they refuse to allow themselves to hope. That’s when you run into all sorts of problems. You can choose to be bored when you’re on a bus, and believe me, and it will be one hell of an ordeal as you get from one point to another.
But if you choose to enjoy your journey, you’ve reached your destination before you know it. The same goes for hope. If you define it so narrowly that everything has to fall into place, you’re robbing yourself of hope. It’s as simple as that. Don’t play that game with yourself. You can be your own worst enemy.
Listen More Than You Speak
It’s easy to strike up a conversation with friends or strangers while on a bus journey. I do this quite a bit. If you speak to impress people with what you know or try to put on a show, they will see through that, and it will poison your conversation. Please don’t do it. Choose to take them in. Everybody’s got a story so take them in. Be interested in what they are, where they’ve been, and what they’ve seen.
You only have two eyes. Other people look at the world differently, and this is a treasure trove of lived experiences that you can explore by having conversations. The best way to speak is to shut up and open your ears. People can tell if you’re truly listening if you ask them questions or repeat things they’ve said. A real bond can be created if this happens.
I’m not talking about creating a bond just because you want to sleep with the attractive man or woman you met on the bus or just because you want to strike a business deal with that man who has a crypto startup. I’m talking about something deeper. You want a bond with other humans because it reminds you that your time on earth is for something. You weren’t just born and died. There is a lot of meaning in your life in between.
Many people get tripped up by this dimension of bus dreams. They mistakenly believe that the reward is the destination. Wrong. The reward is the journey. When you look out the window and see the beautiful world, that is the reward. Conversations and sharing a space with others in a moment of eternity are rewards. I know these are mundane, commonplace, and all-too forgettable, but that makes these things precious.
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Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.