Leeches are disgusting. Let’s just get that out of the way before we talk about any dream about leeches.
These animals are leathery. They look like worms, and if all of that isn’t bad enough, they suck blood.
No wonder most people are disgusted by leeches. If you have a dream about it, you might have woken up in a panic. You might have even checked your chest, your thighs, and other parts of your skin to see if these wormlike creatures are not sucking your blood.
The good news is when you dream about these creatures, it’s not a prophetic vision that you will encounter actual physical leeches in the near future.
General Dream Interpretation of Leeches
Dream interpretations from leeches involve your insecurity, lack of contentment, your fears, your concerns about the future as well as possible anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.
All of these involve, at some level or other, the impression that something is being sucked out of you. It could be your energy, your money, your attention, or simply your time or life essence. After all, time is the basic building block of life.
You can also be a leech on other people, and this can be reflected in your leech dreams. In this context, you’re beginning to develop a sneaking suspicion that you are that one toxic friend or family that is just constantly sucking out the energy or oxygen of any room you walk into. It sucks to be that guy, and you’re beginning to realize that you are that person.
The good news is you don’t have to continue to be that person nor do you have to continue to feel that a lot of your life energy is being sucked out of you.
What Do Leeches Mean in the Bible?
In Proverbs 30:15, King Solomon is talking about the constant need of the leech to give and give. He phrased it positively. In reality, leeches take, take, and take some more.
But in the Bible, it is framed as requesting of others to give.
Now, this is very interesting because the Bible teaches us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and help those who are unfortunate. This is how we reflect the character of Christ to the world around us.
But there’s a problem. The Bible is saying that these people keep asking to give, give, and give. The implication is obvious.
It’s never enough. The Bible is teaching us that we should not become people who keep demanding from others because we have lost sight of what is enough.
That’s not their fault. Our family members are already giving to us. Our friends are already providing and sustaining us.
The problem is it’s not enough, and when we reach that point, it’s not their problem. It’s ours.
The Bible teaches us that we must learn to know what is enough. Otherwise, we become leeches to others, and I’m not just talking about money. I’m talking about something more important like their attention, affection, energy, and most importantly time.
This of course ties into the Biblical sin of covetousness. Covetousness is only a sin because it is a reflection of our lack of contentment.
How Is Biblical Covetousness Related to Leeches?
One of the sins listed in the Ten Commandments is covetousness. You shouldn’t covet your neighbor’s wife or his property or anything that he has.
This reflects a leech-like mindset, where we focus on what is missing in our lives instead of being grateful for what we have. Covetousness creates a hunger that cannot be materially filled.
Why? It comes from a spiritual void. You cannot fill a spiritual hole with material things.
You’re hungry and you eat, eat, and eat but you still remain hungry. You are thirsty, and you drink, drink, and drink but you’re still parched.
It’s not just going to happen because you’re trying to fill a hole with something that wasn’t meant to fit.
Spiritual lack requires spiritual things. Material lack requires material things. Don’t confuse the two.
This is the center of the sin of covetousness. It seeks physical filling and fulfillment for an emotional absence or a spiritual gap or psychological unease.
It’s like needing oil but filling your need with water. It doesn’t make sense.
To dream about leeches in this context, our subconscious is telling us that we run the risk of being greedy for things the world or others cannot give us. It comes off as greedy, but it is a deep and profound lack.
We keep taking but we’re never complete. We keep eating and consuming, but we’re never satisfied.
How come? Only God as well as our own self-acceptance and ability to forgive ourselves can give us what we’re really looking for.
What Does It Mean to Dream About Parasites?
Not all parasites are leeches. Parasites can take many different forms. They can be bed bugs, fleas, head lice, tapeworm, and others.
But what do they have in common? They don’t produce their own food.
Instead, they rob somebody else of the food that it ingests or gathers or produces. Leeches form just one subgroup of the larger group of parasites.
So, when you’re dreaming about parasites, your subconscious is communicating with you the central theme of either you draining other people’s energy or you being drained of your energy. Either you see your own body covered by leeches and other parasites, or you see others suffering from a leech attack or some sort of parasitic infestation.
The common thread here is that there is some sort of unwilling transfer of energy. You feel heavy. You feel frustrated.
Believe it or not, a lot of people consider some of their close friends, family members, and even romantic partners as parasites. But they can’t shake them off because, either they’re unwilling to recognize the toxic relation, or they feel that there’s nothing better out there.
That’s why they feel drained and tired, and this goes on day after day. They are unwilling. They feel that they are being held against their own will.
The reality is they’re trapped by their own unwillingness to communicate, to negotiate, and to demand better of others and of themselves. In other words, they are their own worst prisoner.
The parasites that you see in your dreams can indicate and point to arrangements, situations, and assumptions in your life that you feel you can’t escape from.
But these are all illusions. You know what you should be doing. You know the answer deep down inside, but you don’t want to go through with it.
This is not a case of lacking options or answers. Let’s just get that out of the way.
Instead, this is a case of lack of courage. Know how to tell the difference.
Leeches Sucking on Your Body Weigh You Down
Just like with physical leeches, when you have psychic, emotional, financial, or relational leeches attached to your total persona, you feel heavy. But at the same time, you feel drained and hollow.
This is one of the most profound aspects of leech dreams. You need to pay attention.
When you have leech dreams or you’re dreaming about leeches, you need to figure this out because this is the linchpin of that kind of dream imagery.
Remember, your subconscious is not going to show you such vivid imagery if it’s not trying to convey a very important life lesson or issue to you.
The issue is you have some assumptions, beliefs, or even your own personal narrative that is draining your energy instead of empowering you.
Who you think you are and the personal story that you keep telling yourself about your personal history and identity must empower you. That’s how it’s supposed to work, but the problem is that it’s operating in the opposite direction.
What kind of narratives produce a heavy draining feeling? Well, you can look at yourself as some sort of victim.
Another option is to look at yourself as being the victim or the target of persecution of people you can’t control and people with more resources than you.
It can also indicate that you are carrying this heavy load from a past conflict with your parents. Maybe your parents didn’t plan to have you. Maybe you feel that you’re just like a walking and talking and living abortion, some sort of cosmic mistake.
Whatever the case may be, your waking life can be so much more effective and successful without these leeches. But as I’ve mentioned earlier, you feel like you can’t let go of them because they have formed such a crucial part of your identity for so long that you believe that there is no other option out there.
So instead of empowering you, these weigh you down. You know that you’re full of potential. You know how far you could go.
But you fail again and again, and you’re frustrated.
Your Waking Life Suffers from One Leech Attack After Another
A leech attack is never pretty. Imagine dozens if not hundreds of leeches crawling all over your body like bed bugs sucking out your blood. Even the very idea makes one’s stomach churn.
That’s how nasty it is. But it’s very easy to get disgusted by physical leeches and ignore psychic ones.
But let me tell you. Invisible, mental leeches are just as bad. In fact, they’re worse because they sneak under your skin.
You assume them, and before you know it, they become part of your personal narrative. You assume that they’re true, and that’s what makes them so dangerous.
Beware of these toxic beliefs like victimhood, a sense of persecution, or a feeling that a lot of your personal drama and conflicts are intractable and ultimately unsolvable.
Those are all in your head, and unfortunately, these toxic beliefs don’t just kill you in terms of your drive, ambition, and self-confidence, but they also poison the people around you.
Watch what you say. You’d be surprised if you’re that one toxic friend in the group or that negative uncle or aunt that can’t seem to encourage people.
Beware of twisted assumptions about your near future. A lot of people worry themselves sick about stuff in the near future that has yet to happen.
You have to understand this is because you’re worrying about something doesn’t mean it will happen. In fact, the worst that did happen is you’re worrying and it turns out that you didn’t have anything to worry about.
Ask yourself: “How many times has ‘the worst-case scenario’ ever happened to you?” If you’re like most normal people, the answer would be rarely.
The truth is when you have these dreams, they indicate a lack of mental and spiritual preparation for your life.
Does this mean that there is no hope? No! You can prepare starting today.
Don’t kick the can down the road. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t wait until things “feel right.”
Do it now! Prepare for the future because the more you’re mentally prepared, the fewer games you will play with yourself as far as your near future is concerned. This goes a long way in solving anxiety and depression.
What Does a Dream Leech Do?
One variation of leech dreams involves dream leeches. It’s as if you’re seeing a leech in your dream and it’s sucking blood and then your next vision is you’re struggling through life.
You’re feeling frustrated. You’re sad, angry, but you can’t quite put your finger on what is causing all of these.
Well, it can be traced to a deep and profound realization that you no longer have a dream.
Pretty sad, right?
You know you’ve hit rock bottom or close to it when the only thing that you can think about is to get to the next day. You’re no longer living your life based on your dreams or your sense of destiny.
Forget all of that! Instead, you just want to make sure that you get enough food to make it to the next day. Just like a leech, you go through your life on your belly — sad, pathetic, and ultimately powerless.
This is the ultimate image of a dream leech. It takes many different forms, but it operates the same way.
It sucks the power of your dreams to motivate you. It kills the purpose-giving power of your life’s vision and your sense of destiny. These of course end up damaging your sense of identity.
Let me be clear. A life without dreams is a life without meaning. You have to find the right motivation to wake up day after day and put up with the suffering of life. There has to be a good reason.
Sadly, filling your stomach or getting enough to drink, or having enough sex simply doesn’t fill the bill. You were put on Earth for a reason.
I know that sounds like a crazy idea right now, considering the fact that you are in the pit of your depression, anxiety, and sense of purposelessness.
But believe me. The difference between those who live up to their fullest potential and those who just muddle along through life, going from one accident to another, is a sense of purpose and you do have it.
The problem is you have all these invisible leeches that you hang on to that drain it from you. But you don’t have to continue this way.
Where does this come from? Keep reading.
Your Leech Dreams Suggest Fear of Change
As I’ve mentioned earlier, people hang on to their negative mindsets and unproductive spiritual states for a reason. We are not irrational, and that reason is fear of change.
We grow accustomed to how things are going. We’re not happy nor fulfilled, but we’d rather stick with the Devil we know than take a gamble on Heaven.
So, we put up with one leech attack after another, and we feel drained and unhappy. The problem is we can’t let go because of fear, unwillingness to change, and stubbornness.
If those aren’t bad enough, we also become easily addicted to our victim status and our sense of personal drama makes us feel, in a twisted way, that we’re the center of the universe.
The sad reality of victimhood mentality is that it robs you of your responsibility to change your world. It puts you in a situation where you’re dependent on the kindness and grace of other people to keep going.
Unfortunately, most people are so lazy, on a spiritual level, that they prefer to be victims because they know that the world is unfair, but they are unwilling to lift a finger to challenge it and twist it to their liking. Instead, they’d rather just sit back and take what the world has to offer in terms of making amends.
You’re not a victim. Seriously!
Because one of the worst effects of a victim mindset is that you get this sense of justification for your own victimization of other people. You’re using it to avoid responsibility and blame.
Other Meanings for the Leeches Covering You
Besides the fear of change, leeches that can cover you in your leech dreams can indicate excuses, justifications, rationalizations, and blame finding. All of this forms a toxic stew in which people have a hard time maturing.
When you come up with one excuse after another, you get into this mental state where you feel you cannot change because you’re not ready or you don’t have the resources or it’s not the right time.
Similarly, if you have developed a skill for finding one justification after another for not changing, you feel that it’s not necessary for you to change. Others have to change first before you.
At the end of the day, if you’re caught up in this storm of excuses, justifications, rationalizations, and blame finding, you are just sabotaging yourself. This is probably the worst way you can undermine your personal, spiritual, and psychological progress through life.
What Does a Dream of Killing Leeches Mean?
When you have a dream where you’re killing leeches by burning them or scraping them off and then stomping on them or grinding them, your subconscious is telling you that you’re making progress.
Now, depending on the intensity of the dream, this can be either just the beginning of awareness or an actual significant progression to healing.
Whatever the case may be, take what you can get. At the very least, when you see yourself dreaming of killing leeches, you are aware of the damage your attitude, mindset, and faulty personal narrative have on you and your loved ones.
You’re sick of it, much like an alcoholic finally getting a clue that he or she has a problem when they wake up with their face down in a toilet bowl full of vomit.
Talk about hitting rock bottom!
Whatever the case may be, a sense of awareness is filling your mind, and your subconscious is projecting these images of you killing or damaging parasites and leeches.
Now, as important as this may be, awareness is not enough. You have to resolve to break free. In other words, you have to decide to break free of the psychological and invisible leeches draining you and weighing you down.
The good news is your subconscious is already trying to energize you.
By showing you the emotionally gripping image of you killing leeches with your bare hands or with some sort of instrument. Images of killing leeches indicate an awakening sense of emotional urgency to take action.
Handling Your Personal Energy Drains Requires Self-Confidence
It’s one thing to say that you have a problem, and you have resolves to fix it. And it’s another thing entirely to actually go through with it.
To fix a problem, you must have self-confidence. Without self-confidence, whatever you do will eventually fail. Your actions are not based on anything solid.
Where does self-confidence come from? It comes from trusting yourself first.
Seeing leeches in dreams can be a good sign because, again, this can be a form of self-awareness, but it can also point to something deeper. It can indicate that you are beginning to reclaim your autonomy and are insisting on setting firm boundaries with people around you.
You are trying to set up a boundary between your past and your present. You’re setting a boundary between yourself and your relationships and what they can and cannot do as well as boundaries about who you think you are and who you can and cannot be.
These are all important steps in reclaiming personal autonomy and, ultimately, power over your ability to shape your identity. By doing so, you remove leeches. Removing leeches frees up your energy and the influence of toxic people.
In many cases, other people are weighing you down because they themselves hate themselves.
Can You Be a Leech to Other People?
You bet! You can be a leech to other people.
This can take many different forms. One common way is a toxic form of self-confidence. When you exhibit this, it means you have actually become a greedy person.
Now, keep in mind that greedy in this context doesn’t necessarily involve money. It can be emotions as well as attention that sucks up other people’s time. Whatever the case, you want to be the center of their lives at least for that moment in time.
How would you know? Well, ask yourself these questions.
• Are you taking advantage of other people’s vulnerability?
• Are you constantly taking credit for team effort?
• Are you taking credit for the hard work of people who came before you?
If your answer is yes to any of these, then you’re probably a greedy person on a psychological level. You have become a leech to others.
Now, does this mean that there is no hope? Keep reading.
What Does It Mean to Dream of Leeches Applied to Your Skin?
Leeches have been used in a medicinal way. This involves applying leeches to the skin to draw blood. Leech application has a long history as some sort of medical therapy.
When you see yourself in your dream having leeches applied to you or you yourself intentionally putting leeches on your skin, this is a good sign. Your subconscious is indicating that you’re taking advantage of leech power to cleanse yourself of real-life energy drains and toxins.
It’s important to note this pairing: energy drains and toxins.
So, what does this mean? Well, the helical appearance of leeches applied indicates overcoming fear and a preference for real solutions.
This is a personal breakthrough because most of us have a tough time overcoming our fears. In fact, when we try to solve our problems and we’re fearful, we often make our problems even worse.
This can also indicate getting rid of the effect or the influence of overbearing parents. Now, this doesn’t mean that you don’t love your parents or you’re disrespecting them.
Instead, you’re drawing a healthy boundary between their toxic effects on you and your affection for them. There can be a happy compromise.
When you see your skin covered with leeches in a medicinal context, this can also indicate overcoming your obsession with your physical appearance or insecurities about your looks. This is especially true when it comes to women.
You have to understand that your youthful looks or youthful beauty do not define you. Your value exceeds your physical attractiveness.
Your blood indicates your energy. Free it from negative items and pollutants. Clear your emotional state and energy will flow again.
Leech Dreams Pave the Way for Emotional Detox
One of the most common ways we suffer from invisible leeches involves our emotional state.
Many people are slaves to their emotions. They only need to hear something or even think about a past memory, and they’re just triggered. Either they’re angry, sad, worried, upset, or anxious — you name it. It’s not a good look.
The good news is that you can master or learn to live with your emotions. Understand that you don’t have to be constantly triggered.
If you’re able to do this, you can reclaim your future. This will enable you to develop deeper relationships with family and friends.
Your mouth will only start uttering words of support, assurance, and encouragement. From being a toxic person and a negative source of energy, you become one of the good people that encourages, uplifts, and sustains those around you.
Don’t you want that?
If that isn’t enough, wait! There’s more!
When you clean the leeches in your life and you reestablish your ownership over your emotional state and the energy vibrations you send out to the Universe, you enjoy deeper sleep and become calm under pressure. This all combines to you making more money, being a more effective person, being worthy of respect, and most importantly becoming a more courageous person.
I can’t emphasize the last one enough because most of us are intimidated by stuff that we shouldn’t be fearful of. By going through emotional detox, you stop being scared and you start taking more control of your future.
This can indicate getting a better and more fulfilling job or starting a new business or a series of online businesses. Pretty soon, you get the impression that your best is yet to come, and it’s a whole wide-open world out there full of possibilities and opportunities.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
What Does It Mean When You Dream About Being Bitten by Parasites?
Dreaming of leeches reminds you that you should be taking care of yourself. If you dream of being bitten by parasites or leeches in this context, it means that you should practice self-care.
From your head to your feet, get rid of that draining feeling. Get rid of the impression that you’re draining other people’s energy.
The way to do this, of course, is to overcome your tendency to blame others, to find justifications for your behavior because you don’t want to change, or to simply stop constantly giving in to your fears.
Let the past push you forward instead of draining and weighing you down. Get rid of the illness of out-of-control covetousness.
And the way to do that is to change your assumptions. Be content with what you have. Focus on the value of who you are right now.
Stop trying to become another person because the truth is you won’t be happy when you believe that for you to be content, you have to necessarily become another person. Stop falling for that lie.
Instead, savor the power you have to appreciate who you are right now, and start building from what you have. All of this is impossible if you refuse to see the blessing of the present moment.
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.