If you have a plane crash dream, you fear that you have crashed or something bad happened to your business, or you have failed in some way. It’s perfectly natural to feel stressed about your plane crash dream meaning.
I’ve written previously about the meaning of airplanes in dreams.
For this post, I’m going to focus on one particular subtopic involving airplanes and airlines.
I am going to focus on a specific topic: Plane crash dream meaning.
If the main focus of your dream is not the plane itself, but the plane crashing, this is the post for you.
I’ve gone out of my way to write a specific post for the sub-type of airplane dream because it packs quite a bit of meaning.
It’s an inch wide, but it is miles deep.
The general meaning of a plane crash in a dream
If your subconscious goes out of its way to use the traumatizing image of an airplane crash to draw your attention to a life issue, you better pay attention.
Nothing grips our attention than the sense of impending doom, a plane crash brings to mind.
It doesn’t matter how busy you are in other areas of your life, or how distracted you are if you see a plane crash, you are going to stop in your tracks and be worried.
Your subconscious is trying to communicate to you regarding a part of yourself that you try to deny.
There is a part of you that expect things to be easy.
And if they’re not easy, you just want to give up.
You want to quit, you throw your hands up in the air and say “I’ve had it”.
Now a lot of people can relate to this.
But here’s where it gets disturbing.
Things you get so bad that you entertain suicide.
This is a very strong emotional part of your psyche that you’d rather not deal with.
So it remains hidden.
Don’t be surprised if things go wrong to the point where suicide is on the table.
It shouldn’t be an option at least for normal people, it is never an option.
But there’s a part of you that is prone to suicidal thoughts.
So you wall it off, and you deny it.
Your subconscious by using a plane crash dream image is trying to get you to pay attention to this part of your psyche.
It has to be picked apart.
But for that to happen, you must first acknowledge it.
You have to understand that the strongest emotion you can ever have is not anger, fear, love, or even surprise.
The strongest emotion you could ever have is denial because it creates its own anti-reality.
Black turns into white and vice versa.
Your subconscious is telling you, that you have to once and for all come to grips with your suicidal thoughts.
First acknowledged that they exist and second destroy them by picking apart the assumption that suicide is an option.
It is never an option.
There is always a way out.
There is always a tomorrow.
The second general meaning of a plane crash in dreams involves your ability to handle trouble
Believe it or not, the fact that you’re reading this means you have what it takes to handle whatever life throws your way.
But a lot of us come up with artificial lines that dictate our actions.
We labor under this false conception that there is a certain line that if my life reaches that line, I become paralyzed.
It is more than I can take.
It is the straw that breaks my personal camel’s back.
But this is a lie that you keep telling yourself because you don’t want the responsibility of living a life without such lines.
Because think about it, if you live a life with full control over what you’re going to deal with and adapt accordingly, there are no limits.
We’re gripped by fear.
We’re thinking, “Well, when the stuff hits the fan I won’t have what it takes to come out ahead”.
Stop telling yourself that lie.
The truth is, for you to even be alive is a victory in itself, it is a miracle that you celebrate every single day.
You could have easily given up, you could have easily taken the easy way out.
But there are some areas in your life that you keep pushing forward, you just are not aware of it because you assume that that’s just what you’re supposed to be doing.
Which is my main point.
You’re supposed to be living and living means pushing against the walls of your comfort zone every single moment, every single day, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
That’s what life is about.
And you have to increase your trouble tolerance.
You have to once and for all say to the universe, “Bring it on, I can handle it”.
The problem is you’d rather worry.
The third general meaning of a plane crash in dreams
A lot of people think that when they worry, they’re actually working on whatever it is that they’re worried about.
This is foolishness.
That’s like trying to make the storm go away by chewing gum.
There is no logical conclusion, but you trick yourself into thinking that you are doing something about the problem.
It is a waste.
Worrying is a waste of imagination.
If you want whatever it is that troubles you to go away, then work on it.
Pick it apart, piece by piece, focus on the things that you can solve and address now, and then work on the others, build on your successes scale up as you go.
In other words, treat it as just another problem that you are already handling successfully day to day.
Your inner desire is to be free from worry.
But you’re going about this all wrong because the real way to make the worry go away is to work.
There are no two ways about it.
This is something that you cannot escape from.
The final general meaning of plane crashes in dreams is a new beginning
As terrible as it may seem, big disasters are necessary.
I know you’re probably thinking, “My mother passed away from painful cancer. How can you say that?”, “I lost my job, and now I can’t get another one. How can you say that?”.
Well, the truth is, just as a fire is often necessary to bring new life to a forest, disasters can clear away a lot of your emotional and mental clutter.
This is something that only somebody who has gone through such disasters can confidently say.
Because if you did not go through tough times, your number one instinct is to hang on to whatever you have but it turns out that it’s a tiny fraction of what you could have.
Do you see how this works?
Can you tell the forest from the trees just as a forest needs to go up and flame with its matching agony and pain so there will be a flush of new life?
The same goes for your mental and emotional clutter.
And oftentimes the only thing that will dislodge them is a tremendous amount of testing and pain.
Your subconscious is trying to communicate this fact to you because you’re hanging on to certain things in your life that you should be letting go of because you have better things coming your way.
Maybe it is a relationship that has hit a dead end, you’re growing but that person refuses to grow.
Maybe it’s your job, you’re hanging on to pennies when it turns out that there are thousands of dollars out there.
Whatever it is that you’re hanging on to, understand that you have more to gain by letting go.
Burn away all that clutter unless you’re willing to wait for life to do it for you.
And let me tell you, when life burns away our clutter, it is never pretty, nor is it comfortable.
It’s very painful.
So take charge.
Do it yourself.
Bring on that new beginning.
New beginnings in life
Your subconscious is telling you that there’s quite a bit of worrying going on and there is going to be some sort of discomfort.
The key here is to have the right attitude because your life is about to enter a new chapter.
It is a time to get excited.
It is a time of good news.
But for you to know that there’s good news, you must first be aware of it and for you to be aware of it, you have to have the right mindset.
It really boggles my mind to discover that a lot of people actually are surrounded by tremendous amounts of opportunities and good news.
But they wouldn’t know.
In fact, they’re the last to know because all they focus on is what is wrong with their lives.
They’re focused on the old solutions that don’t seem to work.
And there they are living in the midst of abundance, plenty, and opportunity.
What a shame.
Let go of what you’re afraid of and ask yourself, “Where is the opportunity in front of me?”, “How can I turn my current situation into something that pushes me forward or allows the best version of me to come out?”.
The troubling thing about depression is the forms that it takes that slip under people’s radar.
Usually, when we hear the term depression, we think about somebody who has a frown on his or her face and who looks like their personal batteries have been drained.
But what if you see somebody who seems like they’re on top of the world, they have a smile on their face, they’re zipping from point A to point B, they seem to have everything going on?
In reality, they’re running on empty, because they’re focused on a small narrow definition of what their ideal life should be.
And that’s all they have to go on and they draw a tremendous amount of energy out of that.
But once that is gone, or worse yet they burn out, they feel numb.
So they’re walking around like zombies, they still have a smile on their faces, and they’re still doing things.
But eventually, it all comes crashing down like an emotional and psychological House of Cards.
That is depression.
But sadly, in our culture here in the United States, we view that as perfectly acceptable.
That’s not going to go away anytime soon.
The social perception of “socially accepted” depression is not going to disappear overnight.
You’re going to have to step in and call a spade a spade.
If you’re going out of your way to keep yourself busy and mentally engaged, be strong and curious enough to ask why.
Look at what else is going on.
Look at what else you have to live from.
Pay attention to what I just say, I do not say “live for” because most of us can easily find that.
I’m talking about “live from”.
Where is your spiritual core?
Where is your source of emotional and psychological motivation and energy?
If you can’t come up with an answer, then you’re one step closer to realizing that you are depressed, and it’s okay.
Because far too many of us are.
The only thing is we’re depressed in a socially acceptable way.
Just right now you’re probably feeling shocked, decided no way this applies to me.
But let that go.
Get your ego out of the picture.
Now deal with it and you will be able to enjoy a new beginning.
Otherwise, if you continue the way you’re continuing don’t be all that shocked when suicidal thoughts enter the picture.
This is how suicide blindsides a lot of people because they’re thinking, “No way. What do I think about ending it all until it does happen”.
Because your assumptions of how life should be and how you deal with challenges on a day-to-day basis serve to create your tolerance threshold for discomfort and emotional pain.
When you’re walking around numb because you’re depressed, even though you’re suffering in a socially acceptable way doesn’t mean you’re free from this.
Your tolerance level has shrunk to the point that suicidal thoughts can come in when the challenge becomes so hard and seemingly unsolvable.
Bad events happening around you
When you see a plane crash in your dream, your subconscious tells you that there are all these bad happenings taking place around you.
But are they really bad or are they a call to action?
Are they flat-out disasters or are they simply doorways to a better attitude?
It’s your choice.
Because if you keep defining things as either good or bad, disasters or blessings, you will remain exactly where you are.
You have to understand that your life’s journey is really all about character growth.
You’re born with nothing, you will die with nothing.
You’re not going to take that Lamborghini to the grave with you.
But you know what you do end up with, after all the ups and downs and twists and turns of life?
Take a wild guess.
You leave with your character.
This is why you have to frame every “bad happening” in terms of character growth.
Now, if you’re probably rolling your eyes you’re thinking “Yeah, right. I’ve heard that a million times before” and that’s precisely my point.
It is repeated again and again in many different ways in many different religious and spiritual traditions because it is true.
As the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there is fire”.
There’s a reason why people keep harping on that eternal topic again and again, throughout history.
Hang on to it.
Grab a hold of it, and let it be true in your life.
And you’d be surprised as to how much better your life would be if you look at it as a series of challenges that help you uncover, discover, reconnect and celebrate your real character.
Are you a victim of strong emotions?
We’d like to all frame ourselves as some sort of victor.
We write our own history that we take life by the scruff of the neck and we come out victorious.
To some extent that is true when it comes to our ability to reason.
But it isn’t true when it comes to our emotions.
In fact, it’s the precise opposite.
Seemingly in control people who would otherwise solve a problem, find themselves reduced to an emotional wreck.
Whenever they think of certain things, they can’t help but feel strong emotions.
Let’s try this.
Think about the family member that used to physically or even sexually abuse you.
What kind of emotions comes to your mind?
My point exactly.
If you’re not convinced, think about the bully that used to make your life hell.
What emotions come to mind?
I hope you get the point here.
There’s a difference between mentally picturing something or pulling a memory from your personnel storage banks in your mind and an emotional reaction.
They don’t have to go hand in hand.
Just as historical data doesn’t have to trigger you into anger and resentment, ideas and memories shouldn’t have the same effect.
But they do and this is the problem.
As capable and intelligent as you may be in many areas of your life, your emotions get in the way eventually and this is what keeps you from becoming the very best version of yourself.
Your plane crash dream meaning is really an invitation.
Let it crash, let it burn.
Get it all out.
And once you go through that emotional catharsis, hopefully, there is a final disconnect between the memory which will never go away because it’s supported by facts, and your emotional response.
The hope is that you will reach a point where you will say “Well this happened to me but it doesn’t define me”, and “I am who I am now because of who I choose to be”.
That is strength.
That is maturity.
Reconnect with your inner desires
In life, there are two types of people.
There are those who are driven by their desires.
These are people who wake up one day after reading all sorts of biographies of Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and whoever else inspires people.
They say to themselves at some point “If they can do it, I can do it too. I can go after my dreams”.
And they do.
Of course, they stumble and fail the first few times they try.
They run into people they shouldn’t trust, they go through ups and downs, and certain stretches of their journey to success.
It feels like it would drag on forever, but eventually, they make it.
But guess what?
This is the minority of Americans.
If the population of the United States was converted into some sort of pyramid, they will be near the top and they’re almost like the small triangle at the top.
These are proactive people.
Sadly, this is also the mindset we idolize as a society and trick ourselves into thinking “This is what we all should be”.
In fact, this is what we are.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
You also have to look at the rest of that pyramid.
From the base of that tiny triangle at the top, all the way to the wide base of the pyramid, and at the bottom sits the rest of the American population.
Take a wild guess about their mindset.
It’s the precise opposite, we are reactive.
I know I am. And how do reactive people operate?
Well, first, we know what we should be doing.
We shouldn’t be chasing our dreams, we should be dreaming big.
We should be doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to achieve our dreams.
This is how we turn things that bounced around in our heads called ideas into things that we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
In other words, this is how we turn dreams into reality.
We know that.
In fact, a lot of us buy all sorts of motivational books to reconnect with that fine.
But here’s the reality, most of us would not lift the finger to improve our lives until and unless things got so bad we feel that our backs are against the wall.
If you want to test this, just think back to when you turned in your assignments when you were in high school or college.
I can confidently say you are one of the many other students that waited until the last minute to turn in your assignment.
And guess what, welcome to the club.
The same goes for our relationships.
We only have that deep soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart talk regarding what has broken down in our relationship when it’s almost irretrievably ruined.
The same goes for our jobs.
When do you step on the gas as far as your productivity goes at your work?
That’s right when you hear that there will be performance evaluations coming soon.
But prior to that time, you didn’t give a damn.
You did what most every other American worker does.
You do the least amount of work without getting fired.
Now don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed.
This is the vast majority of people and I bring this all up to let you know that the plane crash dream meaning is giving you an invitation to shed the reactive mindset.
And this opportunity often comes in the form of a disaster.
It can take the shape of you losing your job or losing out on a promotion or your partner leaving you or you developing kidney stones or catching some horrible disease.
That is the opportunity.
And the challenge here is to overcome this emotional link that we have when we see certain things or experience certain things in our lives.
Ask yourself, “What is the universe trying to teach me here?”, “Who have I become?”, “Did I choose to be this person?”, “Who can I be?”, “Who else could I be?”, “What is that person like?”, “How would that person respond to this type of situation?”, “What does this person assume about the universe?”, “Where does this person end up?”.
These are questions of empowerment.
These are questions of meaning.
And unfortunately, if you are a reactive person like the vast majority of us these questions never enter your mind and that’s precisely why you basically go through disaster after disaster.
You only seem like disasters because you hang on to the old mindset.
Let me tell you nothing brings to mind the idea of failure than seeing a plane crash into a hillside, crash on an airport tarmac or crash into the ocean or some other body of water.
Something we fear.
But what if I told you that the key to happiness and success is to change your relationship with failure?
I know that phrasing sounds weird, relationship with failure?
As if failure is my girlfriend or boyfriend or husband or wife.
We all have a relationship with failure, we just don’t phrase it that way.
And our relationship with failure is almost always one of fear.
We try to run away from it.
Paradoxically enough, the more we fear failure, the more we invite disappointment into our lives.
Do you see how that works?
Have you ever experienced that you’re so afraid of failing that you ended up failing anyway?
This brings the time when I and my friends from graduate school started our first company.
We were so afraid that we would fail that it took longer than we thought to put up because we were always double-checking our steps, figuring out what other people are doing, and going back to the drawing board and changing things to “increase the chances of success”.
It goes without saying that our first venture failed.
We were blind to the fact that opportunities flash in and out of existence almost instantly.
Instead, we looked at it as some distant, faraway paradise.
It acted as our collective mental Shangri-La.
And we resolved to just make sure we take the right step by step to get to our destination, so we failed.
Thankfully, we had another venture after emerging from the ruins of that first effort, and this one had a better result.
What changed our attitude?
Instead of meticulously guaranteeing success with each and every step and overthinking things, we decided to go the other direction and fail quickly.
So we began with a tremendous amount of ideas, filtered them based on our logic and a little experience, and for whatever remained, we decided to give each item everything we had to see if it failed or succeeded, and if we needed to do it quickly.
This produced amazing results because when you choose to fail quickly, you learn quickly, you learn which route to go.
And then once you hit a fork in the road, you learn which one goes to a dead end and you retrace your steps and try again.
It’s all about the velocity of knowledge.
That’s what it boils down to.
So instead of fearing failure in whatever area of your life, resolve to fail quickly.
This also applies to relationships.
Me and my wife, do this a lot and our relationship has improved.
Because it signifies to the other person.
This person is trying to truly know me, this person is truly trying to understand me and accept me fully and cater to me.
It’s a give and takes.
Compare this with walking on eggshells paralyzed that you will offend the other person and they indeed would leave you.
Instead, frequent failure leads to stronger bonds.
Of course, the only exception here is infidelity.
There are lines you cannot cross.
But other than that failing quickly because it leads to faster learning.
The velocity of knowledge is crucial.
In your airplane crash dream is trying to let you know that your fear of failure is a failure in itself.
Learn to embrace the unknown.
What does it mean to dream about a commercial airliner crashing?
Generally speaking, you may be thinking there’s really no difference in my airplane crash dream.
A plane is a plane regardless of who owns it and what type of plane it is, and it crashed.
This is something to worry about.
This is something to be troubled by.
Well, if the main focus of your dream is the fact that it’s a commercial airplane and there are people in it this indicates a sense of urgency.
Your subconscious is telling you to move quickly because there are people relying on you.
If you have a family, it’s easy to see who is going to be depending on you, but if you’re single, it’s going to be a little bit harder.
But the truth is, regardless of whether you have a family to support or you’re a single person, there are people relying on you.
If you’re a solo entrepreneur, for example, and you are paralyzed by fear regarding the options in front of you as far as your business growth is concerned, the people relying on you are the ones that you stand to benefit if you succeed.
They don’t know you.
They don’t even know your service or business exists.
But you best believe that they would appreciate you if you deliver value to their lives.
If you fail to make it through this test, then the opportunity to serve those people and the realities that your success will trigger like a chain reaction is gone forever.
That is also part of reality.
This is called an opportunity cost.
Your failing costs the universe.
This is why it’s really important for you to fail quickly and then find the successful route out so that you can then connect with those who would benefit from you.
If this all seems theoretical to you, let’s go with a thought experiment.
What if Steve Jobs decided to stay at Hewlett Packard?
He didn’t decide to start his own company, he just decided to stay at a lower-level job.
What do you think will happen?
Well, if we knew alternate histories and our subconscious is wide enough to understand this interconnection of different possibilities, we would be sad.
Because we had missed out on the value that Steve Jobs’s Ipad, iPod, iPhones, Macs, and other gadgets brought to the world.
Even if you use a Samsung, you’re still benefited because that’s a product of a reaction to the innovations of Steve Jobs and Apple Computer.
Do you see how this works?
You see how we’re all interrelated and how opportunity costs work?
People are depending on you.
You’re not alone.
You have an impact.
You are important.
So stop treating yourself with such importance.
Move with a sense of urgency.
What does it mean to dream about your loved one falling from an airplane?
If you happen to look up in the sky in your dream, and a plane somehow cracks open you can see the distinct face of your loved one falling from the sky.
This is an indication that you are on a subconscious level or feeling that you’ve let down your family.
Maybe you quit school.
Maybe you couldn’t get that job that everybody was expecting you to get.
Maybe you’re divorced or you moved away from your kids.
Please understand that this dream has less to do with your loved ones.
It has more to do with your sense of regret.
One of the worst emotions to ever feel in anyone’s life is regret.
It’s one thing to feel anger, sadness, depression, pain, or fear, but it’s another to feel regret because it eats away at you.
It’s kind of like emotional cancer.
At first, it’s just an annoyance, on most days you can probably ignore it.
But pretty soon it gets heavier and heavier until it seeps into your bones.
By the time it fully runs its course, it paralyzes you because everywhere you turn you are reminded of your personal failure.
And you can’t shake it off because it has become your identity.
That’s how dangerous this emotion is.
Your subconscious is showing you through the image of your relative or family member falling out of a plane.
You have to deal with regret.
But here’s a spoiler.
The worst way to deal with regret is denial.
It’s better to have tried and failed than to have regrets about not having tried.
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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.