If you ever had a dream of breaking glass, it’s perfectly understandable if you woke up concerned, after all, people have this natural negative reaction to the sound as well as the sight of breaking glass.
It’s as if we instinctively feel that something really bad is going to happen, at the very least, we or somebody else is going to get badly cut up.
But as troubling as this type of dream may seem, it actually has a very deep and rich multi-layered meaning.
The general meaning of breaking glass in dreams
Let’s face it, we all have ideas of the way the world should be.
As we live our lives, we come up with all sorts of expectations and assumptions regarding how things should work out.
We have this weird person, we also have this with certain situations, as well as certain concepts like love, success, marriage, that kind of thing.
But just as we’d have this tendency, we also go through a process of disappointment.
And it’s not a surprise that one of the general meanings of breaking glass in dreams involves your personal illusions being shattered.
A lot of the time this happens when there is a disconnect between the things that you hope for, and the things that you get.
Another general meaning of breaking glass indicates important decisions to be made, these decisions require a lot of thinking and also require objectivity.
Interestingly enough, most decisions that we make, tend to be impulsive and driven by emotions.
It is no surprise then to see that there is often a disconnect between the results that we expect and the results that we actually get.
A lot of this is due to how we made that decision but the problem is, we come in with all sorts of unrealistic or even flat-out false expectations.
Disappointment is sure to come.
The question is, how do you deal with this reality?
What does it mean to dream of breaking glass objects?
Like glass objects, we’re talking about glass cups, vases, and anything besides a mirror.
If you see yourself or somebody else in your dream breaking glass objects, this indicates that you are consciously or subconsciously breaking some sort of taboo.
A lot of people are very polite, so they’re not going to call you out on it, others are more upfront, whatever the case may be in your situation please understand that people value their privacy.
It doesn’t matter what culture they come from, there is a line that you do not cross.
And unfortunately, when you have a dream about breaking glass objects, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you have broken some sort of taboo.
The key here is to be more mindful of your action so you know where you stand.
What does it mean to see broken glass in your dream?
A glass that is cracked or even flats out shattered indicates that your subconscious is detecting that some sort of secret has either been exposed or will be exposed soon.
It causes a tremendous amount of anxiety on your part because you don’t want to be found out, you don’t want to feel embarrassed, and you don’t want to feel vulnerable because people know something about you that you’d rather keep hidden.
This can also work in the other direction, depending on the context of the broken glass this can indicate that you will learn something new about other people.
Maybe you have high regard for them and seeing them in this new light might make them look more realistic.
After all, in our lives, we meet many giants, and fortunately or unfortunately, most of them have feet of clay.
What does it mean to dream of a broken mirror?
If you’re looking at a mirror that you normally use as part of your vanity cabinet or part of your bathroom, this indicates that you have lost control of your ability to expect things and they turn out somewhat how you expect them.
A lot of people interpret this as a sign of bad luck because there is a sense that you have lost control, and there’s a sense of helplessness at some level but in reality, this is an invitation to learn from our failures and learn how to figure out why we’re disappointed and why our expectations were not met.
A lot of this is also an invitation to take ownership of certain situations in our lives so we can turn things around.
What does it mean to dream of a broken glass cup?
Your subconscious is trying to bring your attention to the fact that it’s able to connect the dots and it seems that whatever it is that you have been expecting to continue is going to break apart sooner than you think.
This could be your job, this could be some sort of financial arrangement that’s provided some security over the years, whatever the case may be, it seems that what you were expecting to continue is not going to continue.
In fact, it’s going to break down, and in many cases is either going to end or it’s going to go through a change that may not be all that comfortable for you.
If you see a broken glass cup in your dream, your subconscious is saying to you at the very least be prepared for the unexpected.
Because in many cases, it’s not really a total surprise, you can connect the dots.
In hindsight, you can piece things together, and it was probably staring at you right in the face for quite some time.
What does it mean to smash a glass in a dream?
If you see yourself smashing a glass object in the dream, this indicates that you are suffering from a deep and profound sense of frustration, which manifests itself in anger in certain situations.
You feel that things are just not working out in that one area of your life but you feel that you really can’t do anything about it.
You’re either too deep into it, or you’ve invested so much time and resources already.
Some people can’t get out of the tough situation even though they have the resources.
They feel that they will get embarrassed.
They fear humiliation more than the prospect of almost certain failure, so they feel stuck and this frustration just burns them deep down inside.
An alternative meaning to smashing a glass in your dream indicates a deep and profound sense of jealousy of other people’s achievements.
You can’t quite hang on to your own dreams and make them flower and it just puts you in the worst way possible when you hear about people you know achieving their dreams.
What does it mean to drink from a broken glass cup in your dream?
One of the most challenging things about working towards a goal is the false start.
This is a situation when things seem to work in your favor, the first part of the project is smooth, everything falls into place, and everything that you anticipated will happen turns out pretty much how you expected them.
But sooner or later, the smooth start runs into trouble, things slow down, or you get frustrated because it seems that after a certain point, nothing seems to go right.
If you’ve been paying attention to your life, you know that this is almost always the case.
And it’s nothing to be frustrated about because either you start out smoothly, and things get rough, and then they smooth out again or you start out very frustrated, because nothing seems to go right, and then things smooth out and then there’s going to be a period of challenges again, and then finally, you reach your destination.
The reason why you’re feeling upset, or irritated is because you’ve grown used to things being smooth.
The key here is to become emotionally ready for the ups and downs and twists and turns of the road to goal attainment.
That’s all it is.
Don’t get too comfortable, nor you should you get too desperate.
Because just as the bad times will end so will the good times.
So be ready to roll with the punches.
What is the ancient meaning of glass in dreams?
When it comes to ancient literature, and ancient spirituality, glass represents truth.
It is transparent, you can see right through it which is very different from substances that hide the true nature of the thing that you’re looking at.
Given this quality, if we use ancient sources for dream interpretation when you see a glass that is fully intact, your dream is trying to communicate to your deep and profound to come up with personal insight.
It also speaks to your ability to achieve some form of spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.
What does it mean to mistakenly break a glass cup in your dream?
If it’s obvious that you made a mistake, or your hand slipped and you broke a cup as a result, this indicates that you may be stumbling upon certain new things that can lead to unexpected results.
You may be pleasantly surprised, or you might think that something that was initially small, insignificant, and ultimately forgettable might actually have a long-term impact on your life.
Have you ever made a small decision or something that you didn’t really think through and assumed that it wouldn’t have much of an impact?
In reality, it actually transformed your life’s trajectory for the better or for the worse.
People tend to make these types of decisions but it’s only in hindsight that we’re able to connect the dots, it’s only in hindsight that we’re able to see how one seemingly small choice actually meant the difference between the life you’re living now and the life that you could have been living.
If you’re having this kind of dream, pay close attention.
You may be reaching a personal sense of closure regarding certain past decisions.
This is actually a good sign.
What does it mean to eat broken glass in your dream?
This is an indication that your illusions have been shattered and it’s actually a good thing.
But it can only really be truly positive if you eat your pride.
I’m not talking about saying, “I was wrong in passing”.
You have to eat your pride.
You have to dwell on each word as you said “I was wrong” and then explain it to yourself.
Be clear as to what exactly you’re apologizing for.
Try to figure out how to approach things in such a way that it’s not going to happen again.
I know it hurts your ego, but this is actually a good thing because it means you’re growing.
What does it mean to hold broken glass in your dream?
In this contextual image, you’re looking at something that is already broken, but you’re not getting cut by it.
Maybe you have a glove, or maybe you’re using another object to hold it, you’re protected while you’re holding a broken piece of glass.
What this dream image is trying to get across is that while you may feel that you’re distancing yourself from something toxic and negative in your life, in reality, you need to change your attitude.
Because in reality, there’s really no distance, you are the toxicity you observe in other people.
Have you ever noticed that people who will make a big deal out of another person’s toxic personality traits tend to have those traits as well?
There is a saying in some parts of the world that “Thieves hate fellow thieves”.
When you meet somebody new and there’s something about them that rubs you the wrong way, pay close attention to your personality, chances are you will find that trait as well.
The reason why you have such a negative reaction is that you see yourself in them, they are the mirror and you are the broken piece of glass.
Do you how this works?
So when you try to hold the broke broken piece of glass in your dream by using a glove or some other object, you’re trying to create some mental and emotional distance between what you find so objectionable in other people and your picture of yourself in reality.
The reason why you are drawn to their negative traits is that you have that as well.
You may not you may express it in a different way or you may possess it at a different level, but it’s still there it’s drawing you.
So your subconscious is saying to you to use those people as mirrors to try to heal yourself.
Before you spend all this time, effort, and emotional energy, accusing others of being liars and cheaters, work on these issues in yourself beforehand.
What does it mean to stare at broken windows glass in your dream?
Be careful of how you judge others, chances are you are either suffering from the same issues or worse.
As the old saying goes “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
When you see a piece of broken window glass in your dream this indicates that you’re beginning to become aware of issues you may have that you instinctively react to when expressed by other people.
This is actually a good sign.
There’s a sense of growing awareness on your part because if you were to just go with your initial emotional reactions, people who know you can clearly see that you’re a hypocrite.
Here you are eagerly pointing the finger at other people completely blind to the fact that several fingers are pointing back at you.
What does it mean to dream of a broken glass door?
Glass doors usually represent trust.
They swing both ways.
They facilitate movement inside and out.
It takes trust in real life for emotional information to go in and out of our minds.
Maybe you’re reading somebody wrong in your life, maybe you are operating from the wrong premise.
Whatever the case may be, they will do something that will trigger an overreaction from you.
You may be thinking that what you did was right, but they are going to view that as a form of betrayal.
This reading can also apply to you.
You can be the one who’s feeling that they got backstabbed.
What your dream is trying to communicate to you is that you need to be more certain in judging people’s motivations.
Don’t automatically assume that if they did a certain thing, their motives can be clearly judged or detected just based on what they did.
Of course, there are limits to this.
If your girlfriend for example had sex with your friend behind your back, I think it would be safe to say what her motivations were.
But if it’s something that falls into a gray area, or is more ambiguous, then you should be ready to give people the benefit of the doubt.
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.