If you find yourself dancing in your dream, you can easily be forgiven for thinking that this is just a typical, positive, happy dream, which, in turn, is forgettable. Not surprisingly, most people don’t fully get to understand their dancing dream meaning.
Most of the time, we have positive or neutral dreams, and we tend to forget them.
What do we hang on to?
We hang on to traumatic, disturbing, or even haunting dreams.
Still, it’s a good idea to get to analyze for a dancing dream meaning.
This can yield important clues or even guidance in your day-to-day life.
The general meaning of dancing in dreams
A dancing dream meaning ultimately centers on positivity.
It points to the times that you are happy in a sustained way.
It can also bring back to mind joyful events in your life.
When you see yourself dancing in your dream, you are moving with freedom.
You’re not scared.
You’re not worried about what will happen next.
You definitely are not agonizing over the past.
You are doing something that you need to do more often, which is to live for the present moment.
When your mind is focused on the present moment, you actually get in touch with your real superpower.
Your ability to just be.
Unfortunately, this is one superpower that so many people too quickly forget.
Too many of us fall into the very common mistake and belief that if we worry about the future that somehow, we will control it.
Please understand that there’s a big difference between planning for the future, preparing things that we can anticipate and foresee, and worrying.
Avoid the mental poison of worrying
Worrying is a waste of imagination just as it is a form of mental poison.
Think about it, you are running scenarios backwards and forwards in your mind that drain a tremendous amount of emotional energy, and these things don’t come to pass.
You’re not any better prepared for what will happen next because this exercise is primarily emotional.
It makes just as much sense as trying to control the weather by chewing gum.
There’s no logical connection.
Please understand that you can minimize the risk of the future through research, planning, goal setting, and certain types of insurance.
But at a certain point, you have to know when to let go.
You have to emotionally disengage.
Worrying, on the other hand, doesn’t involve any real work.
It definitely doesn’t involve actual resources devoted to preparing for a future situation.
Instead, you’re just putting yourself through emotional torture, playing out one worst-case scenario after another.
This is a form of mental poison that you so eagerly drink.
Don’t do it.
It makes you a more toxic person and it also steals your joy.
How many times have you achieved great things in your life only to feel less than happy or fulfilled?
You spend all of this time worrying about what could happen.
By the time good things do happen, the victory seems shallow.
You’re so focused on its temporary nature or your fleeting enjoyment of it that you don’t really let it fully sink in.
What a shame.
What does it mean to dream about dancing with children?
If your dreams involve you dancing with little kids, this indicates that the inner child in you is reclaiming its sense of freedom.
So many of us feel that we are caught in this bargain with the devil: For us to mature, we must first turn our back on our inner child.
In fact, some of us eagerly do this.
We say to ourselves, “I’m a mature adult now because I have no child-like qualities in me. I’m all adult.”
Is that really something to be congratulated for?
Is that really something to look forward to?
You have to understand the power of your inner child.
It’s the power to see the world as fresh with no set boundaries and no fixed definitions.
Everything is up in the air.
There’s pure chaos, which can then be formed through imagination and a sense of possibility.
In this world, everything is an adventure.
You give all of that up to be an adult, to live in a world where everything could be measured, reduced to equations, and sliced and diced.
But as you probably already know, you can only explain so much of the world using that mindset.
We pay a big price turning our back on our childlike nature.
Indeed, Jesus Christ said in the bible, unless you become like these children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
There is something about the trust, innocence, and sense of anticipation that a child has, which is important to their relationship with reality.
Adults, on the other hand, do a lot of filtering before they focus on what to trust and what to believe.
That’s why they miss so much of the important details of life.
We end up settling for crumbs.
Another power of the inner child involves anticipation.
How many times have you planned a great trip to Europe or Mexico and by the time you got there, it doesn’t feel as awesome?
You still have a good time, but it’s not as life changing as you would’ve hoped or imagined.
What happened was you lost your sense of anticipation.
That’s why it’s just another item to check off on your life’s to-do list.
By the time you get there, you’re getting ready for the next item and then the item after that.
Before you know it, it’s time to put you in a box and place you six feet under the ground.
That is the adult life.
When you see yourself dancing with children, your subconscious is trying to reconnect you with the earlier version of yourself, the version of yourself that looks forward to Christmas in the middle of February.
Christmas just ended and you are already anticipating Christmas.
That is what makes Christmas so awesome.
It’s not so much the gifts themselves.
It’s not so much the presents that your relatives give you.
It’s looking forward to it.
This sense of emotional preparation is what makes it so bright, happy, joyful, and life fulfilling.
We lose that when we become adults.
Your subconscious, by showing you dancing with kids, is highlighting the importance of you reconnecting with the inner child in you.
What does it mean to dream about a dance competition?
If you find yourself in a Hollywood-like movie scenario where you’re in a dance competition, it can be just your subconscious entertaining this fanciful idea and you just exercising your imagination in a fun way.
Instead of being another face in the crowd, now you are the center of attention.
You can see how your efforts make the crowd roar with approval, laughter, or excitement.
But there’s also another way to read this dream.
You may be fixating about the Facebook timeline of your friends and family.
It seems that when they post an update, their lives seem to be so much more interesting than yours.
Here you are, slaving away at some cubicle in a stucco building out there in the middle of suburban America, and here’s your cousin, Roy, travelling the world, taking all sorts of breathtaking photos of amazing people, natural landscapes, and tall building.
Pay careful attention to the emotional payload you assign to content that you consume off social media.
Please understand what’s really going on here.
You are comparing your day to day frustrations with highlights of those people’s lives.
That is not a fair competition.
You will lose that contest time and time again, guaranteed.
So instead of looking at life as a competition, focus on your day to day existence that you can celebrate.
Focus on the things that you could scale up and look forward to.
Focus on the things that can excite the little child in you to, again, imagine an amazing world in the future or to reimagine the world that you’re in right now.
What does it mean to watch other people dance in a dream?
If the main focus of your dream seems to be one of perspective where the big focus is on the fact that other people are dancing and not you, this may indicate a call by your subconscious for a greater sense of self-discovery.
There’s a part of you that is convinced that you will never ever be the center of the show called your life.
Other people will always be the center.
First, it starts off as your parents.
Next, it’s your boss or your employers.
Then next is your life partner and then your kids, and so on and so forth.
You feel that you’re watching a movie, and it’s a one-way street.
It’s a movie about your life, and you see your image moving around on the screen, but you were never consulted about the script, nor can you change it.
All you can do is lay back, keep your eyes open, and let the film play out.
Do you sense this level of passivity in your life?
Your subconscious is calling you to action for self-discovery.
The truth is everything that plays out there happens because of your decisions.
Don’t fall for this self-deluded lie that you are somehow powerless and that your life is just playing out according to some script that you didn’t write nor control.
That is a lie.
The more you believe that lie, the more you die inside, and you will become more passive because your life is the effect and your thoughts are the causes.
Here’s the good news: You control your thoughts.
Do yourself a big favor.
Discover yourself and you will discover one of your superpowers, which is the ability to turn the things that are bouncing around in your head to things that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
That’s how you become, slowly but surely, the master of your own reality.
The alternative, frankly, sucks.
The alternative is to imagine yourself as some sort of victim.
Maybe you didn’t grow up with the right parents.
Maybe you grew up in the wrong country.
Maybe you didn’t have enough money.
Maybe you didn’t have this.
Maybe you didn’t have that.
If we were to play this game, the list of disadvantages that you can point to to explain why you’re not living your best life now is quite endless.
The only limit, really, is imagination.
So, why not turn your imagination towards the goals of discovery?
What does it mean to dance passionately in your dream?
This is one of the trickiest dream symbols to interpret because it can get really spiritual, and it can also get very sensual.
Let’s start with the physical part.
When you’re dancing passionately with a partner or alone, you feel no inhibitions.
You feel that you are at one with the universe , and this means total abandonment and freedom.
This is the part of you that is untamed.
This is the part of you who can best be summarized by John Lennon’s famous song, Imagine.
When John Lennon said, “Imagine there is no heaven. It’s easy when you try. Only earth below us. Above us, only sky.” he’s not necessarily talking about atheism.
Instead, he’s talking about the human ability to come up with concepts that order our reality.
If you believe that there is no heaven, you will live a certain way.
If you believe that there is a heaven, you will live another way.
The same applies to many everyday concepts that we have.
That may not necessarily be reducible into easy to prove formulas and equations in physics, but still have an actual effect on us.
Concepts like justice, property, moral purity.
I think you get the picture.
When you are dancing with abandon in your dream, much like the scene of King David in the bible because he is so happy that he knows God, you reclaim your power over reality because let’s be honest, a lot of people view reality as some sort of prison.
It’s as if you’re back in kindergarten and you’re supposed to color a drawing, but you can’t manage to color inside the lines.
Your teacher keeps telling you, “Color within the lines.” but do you really have to?
That’s what you’re up against.
When your subconscious is trying to communicate to you through this metaphor, you have the power to shape your own reality to reimagine things that you think were unmovable.
Again, it’s like in the Bible when Adam and Eve said “We’re naked, so we don’t want to see you, Lord! We’re embarrassed! We’re ashamed!”
God said, “Who told you? Who told you?!”
That’s one of the most troubling questions in the bible if you think about it deeply enough.
Who told you you have to live in a personal prison where you feel that you can and can not go somewhere, you can and can not be something else?
The way you look at your money, the way you look at your education, the way you look at your resources, those are part of the answers to “Who told you?”
Ultimately, the answer comes back to yourself, but more specifically, what you choose to be reality because there’s an old Filipino saying: “If you want something, you will find a way. If you don’t want to do it, you will always find excuses.”
The same applies to your life.
When you see yourself with abandon like a madman or a crazy woman, your subconscious is actually trying to communicate something profound to you because all this time, you have safely believed that you can not draw outside the lines.
There’s some sort of rule that you can’t do it, so you don’t do it.
So, in reality, it’s self-imposed.
It’s a failure of imagination, and now, you’re blaming others, you’re blaming the past, you’re blaming the bully, you’re blaming your cousins, your siblings, and even your parents.
There’s nobody to blame if you choose to remain in prison and the key has been in your hand all along.
What does it mean to dance alone in your dream?
One of my favorite songs from the 1980s is Billy’s Idol’s Dancing with Myself.
Not only does it have a very infectious beat, but it also gets the point of a core question of existence.
Do we do the things that we do for others, or do we do it for ourselves, alone?
The good news is the question doesn’t have to be reduced to such polar opposites.
In fact, if you are, in any way, spiritually curious , you can realize that the concept of dancing has a deep spiritual resonance, in particular, in Hindu theology, Shiva, the dancing god.
The dance represents connection with life force, memory, and the essence of being.
It also encapsulates the delicate dance between being, being formed, living, breathing, and dying, getting sick, decaying, breaking down, rotting, and then being reborn again.
In essence, it’s a celebration of physical manifestation of the endless cycle of energy transfer that doesn’t just take place here on earth, but in the universe.
It also encapsulates vibrations that are both manifested in the physical but also left unmanifested in the form of sound.
When you’re dancing with yourself in your dream, this indicates that your subconscious is trying to communicate with you your power for self-reflection, which opens the gateway to claiming real personal power.
You have to understand that whatever it is you desire can be manifested if you know what you’re doing.
Now, part of you would always say, “That’s impossible. I live in a poor country and I’m a poor person. I have a poor background, I have poor parents, and I have poor skills. The list goes on and on.”
You have convinced yourself that somehow, someway, this is your reality.
But what if people who come from the exact same background didn’t believe in that and they believed in something else?
They believe in their ability to control their own circumstances and to take ownership of their lives and end up with way more power, privilege, and property than you can ever imagine.
Well, it’s happened many times before.
Li-Ka Shing of Hong Kong, Jack Ma of China, John Rockefeller of the United States.
In fact, the list is long.
What these people have in common is that they didn’t take no for an answer.
Who’s telling them “No” each step of the way? Not their parents, not some sort of state authority, and definitely not God.
It is them!
You are the one who puts limits on your life.
You are the one who looks at and corrupts religion as a form of control instead of seeing the power that it contains because it speaks universal truths to unleash you from your limits.
Can you imagine the power behind the teaching of, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.”?
In other words, for him to die means for us to live.
Can you even plumb the depths of the tremendous universal knowledge and power behind that?
This is what dancing alone communicates to you.
That’s why a lot of people would rather laugh it off.
A lot of people would rather assume that they can not possibly understand it.
But it manifests itself every single day in the lives of people.
So if you’re feeling so limited, please understand that you’re just a victim of your own imagination.
Those walls are only as real as you imagine them to be.
So just like John Lennon encourage his listeners in his famous song, it’s easy if you try.
The question is are you really trying?
Do you give yourself permission to try?
What does it mean to dream of dancing with naked women?
Whether you’re a woman having this dream or a man having this dream, it doesn’t really matter.
It’s too easy to dismiss this type of dream as just a precursor to a sex dream or a warning sign for possible lesbian fantasies if lesbianism threatens you somehow.
In reality, if you see dancing naked women, you’re focused on the women.
I’m not talking about their sexual appeal.
I’m talking about the fact that they’re women.
What has been the eternal meaning of the female?
Life, creation, the source of the formed.
For the form to materialize, it has to come from the unformed.
That’s our feminine side.
When your subconscious is showing you dancing with naked women, sit up and pay attention because maybe you have shut out your creative side or maybe you’ve tried to imprison it within a productive “matrix”.
An arrangement that makes you money and not much else.
Well, you’re creative for a reason.
A lot of those reasons have less to do with finances than with spiritual birth and rebirth.
If you really want to answer the question, “Am I living a worthwhile life? Does my life really mean anything?” you have to reconnect with the feminine side, the creative side of you.
It is the only side that can come up with the real answer.
I’m not saying that the male side, the control, logic, or reasoning side of you will only lie to you.
I’m not saying that at all!
But it can only show you the light.
It can only show you what you can readily make sense in your daily waking life.
For you to get the full answer, you have to also get in the dark side.
That is where the chaos, unformed, unspoken, and the eternal come in.
In other words, the female perspective and mystique locked within you.
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.