If you’ve ever had a roller coaster dream, you probably thought that your nighttime vision was exciting, fun, and pleasant. You probably didn’t feel this need to get to the bottom of your roller coaster dream meaning.
In fact, you may have even considered it a nice little break from your day-to-day struggles and concerns.
Be that as it may, a lot of people quickly forget about their roller coaster dream because, for the most part, it seems like a welcome break.
There is nothing like a little bit of thrill, suspense, and possible danger as a distraction from the more mundane things that we have to concern ourselves with.
But if you were to quickly forget about your roller coaster dream or fail to look into its meaning, you’re going to be the one losing out.
Your subconscious, it turns out, is trying to communicate very important issues regarding your sense of control and how much power you actually have over your life.
The General Meaning of Dreams About Roller Coasters
Whether you are seeing a roller coaster as the primary focus of your dream or you see yourself riding on one, your subconscious is trying to send you important messages regarding the following themes.
When you are on a roller coaster, you are necessarily not in control.
There’s no steering wheel as well as no control mechanism on the dashboard in front of you.
Instead, you’re just in one of the cars strung together, going up and down and all around steel or wooden track at very high rates of speed.
It goes without saying that when you are going on a roller coaster ride, what makes it so fun and thrilling is the chance that something could go wrong.
People miss out on this because if you go on an amusement park ride that involves high speeds, what makes it exciting is that there is a risk of things going out of control.
You don’t want to talk about it because it makes you sound like a crazy person.
But that’s precisely what makes these types of rides fun!
There is a line that you cross that you are no longer in control of.
It is no longer business as usual.
You are in the hands of something else entirely, and that’s what makes it so thrilling.
There’s a part of us that we don’t talk about that involves some sort of death wish.
At the very least, it involves a loss of control.
So when you see yourself on a roller coaster, this loss of control is not necessarily a bad thing because, at the end of the day, you do have to lose control.
This is when you go from well laid out and well described and planned out blueprints and frameworks towards a goal and simply choose to act in faith.
There are many ways to describe this.
Some people call it the leap of faith.
Others define it as simply trusting in yourself.
Regardless of the label you put on it, you’re not in control.
You just decide to go through with it, and let your dreams guide you.
Of course, you are still going to have input, and you’re going to have some input on how your journey plays out.
But at the end of the day, you are going on a ride, and there has to be a lot of trust involved.
This is not a bad thing.
This is actually how life plays out.
Because in our society and our day and age, we place a high premium on control.
We think that as long as we can describe everything and plan everything out, we have absolute and total control over it.
This is a mental illusion intended to give us some sort of emotional balance.
But in reality, you have to trust.
There’s a lot of gray areas out there, and beyond those are completely black.
You can’t see in front of you.
But that’s what life is!
If we can predict with 100% certainty that we will get the outcome that we are looking for, I would submit that life is not worth living.
It is this uncertainty and this fear factor that makes life so exciting.
So don’t frame your decision-making process or how you view the future or how you view your control over your life as a simple binary case of loss of control or full control.
Start thinking differently.
Your subconscious is pointing you to a different path.
There is an alternative called trust.
How much information do you need before you can say, “I can now move on with trust?”
This differs from person to person.
But at the end of the day, if you want to actually live your life, you have to take that leap of faith because you cannot fully know everything.
There’s no one piece of information that once you wrap your head around it, will explain everything and guarantee the result that you’re looking for.
If only that thing existed, but it doesn’t!
So life is made up of a series of leaps of faith.
But the key to landing successfully on your feet on a whole other level is trust, and trust is one of those things that you build over time.
There are a lot of heartbreaks, a lot of false leads, a lot of twists and turns, and yes disappointments along the way.
But as long as you trust yourself and your ability to learn from your mistakes, eventually, your leaps of faith will get you to where you need to go.
You just have to trust in the process.
This is what the roller coaster dream is all about because it is a contained loss of control for entertainment purposes.
Well, your life can definitely be entertaining, but focus on the trust involved.
At some points, it might seem that things are going so fast and things are changing so quickly that you really can’t make sense of things.
That’s when your values shine through.
As long as you are led by your highest values and you trust in them completely, things have a way of working out.
What Does It Mean to Buy Tickets to a Roller Coaster in Your Dream?
When the main focus of your roller coaster dream is the ticket purchasing process, pay close attention.
Your subconscious is giving you clues as to how you handle commitment.
When you look at the roller coaster going up and down and often in loops, you can sense the excitement because the people are screaming their heads off.
People are thrilled.
You can’t wait to get on.
But there’s also that sense of danger, and that’s why you’re there.
You are buying your tickets and you are going through a process.
Your subconscious is trying to communicate to you about your level of commitment.
Trusting your life journey can make a lot of sense emotionally.
You may even think about it and analyze it backward and forwards, and bring yourself to the point where it all makes intellectual sense.
This is all well and good, and it’s absolutely necessary for it to make intellectual sense.
You are after all a reasoning and logical animal, but there’s something missing.
It’s the commitment that turns things that you are pumped up about in your head into things that you actually do.
When you see yourself buying tickets, this is a subconscious image of your willingness to actually commit.
Now here is where it gets a little tricky.
When people are starting businesses, for example, a lot of people confuse their definitions of taking action.
Some believe that as long as they’re watching YouTube videos and enrolling in online seminars and courses regarding certain types of online business, they’re actually taking action on their journey to becoming an entrepreneur.
That’s what a lot of marketers want you to believe.
But shelling out a few bucks for an online course ranging from $30 all the way to several thousand dollars is not taking action.
Do you know what is?
Using the information that you get from those courses, whether they are free or expensive, and actually implementing them.
I’m not talking about just buying stuff like domain names, merchant, and credit card processing accounts.
I’m not talking about that!
Instead, I’m talking about actually going out there and building a business, selling stuff, designing the product, positioning the product, pitching the product, putting up a sales page, analyzing the sales page, and beta testing the sales page.
Do you see how this works?
Apply this to all other areas of your life where you are pumped up to make a new choice or go in a new direction.
Maybe you’re changing your dating habits.
Previously, you would date only bums, guys with no prospects but have that dangerous edge to them — no education, nothin’,
Now, you’re leveling up to at least guys who make $150,000 a year or more.
Well, that shift in dating demographics requires planning, and yes, changes to your own personal lifestyle.
You have something to offer that end of the dating market.
Do you see how this works?
This applies to all areas of your life, especially your health and well-being.
You have to understand the power of commitment and you have to define it the right way.
Defining it in terms of spending money is not going to cut it.
That’s just one part of the equation.
What Does It Mean to Focus on the Scream of People on Roller Coasters?
If the main focus of your dream is seeing the screaming heads of the people on a roller coaster as they go on a loop, seemingly defying gravity, there’s a part of you that is feeling jealous of successful people.
By “successful” I’m not necessarily talking about people who became billionaires or millionaires for that matter.
I’m talking about people who actually translated the “hot ideas” that are bouncing around in their heads into something that you actually can see, hear, touch, taste, smell, and buy.
In other words, they went through the process, they committed, and they put up with all the slings and arrows of the long journey to success.
There will always be people who will tell you:
“You’re an idiot for thinking that.
There’s no way that’s gonna happen.”
or “You’re just wasting your time!
Why don’t we just go play basketball?
Or let’s play PlayStation 5.
Here you are pounding the weight of your computer, putting up a website, buying and selling services.
Nobody is going to buy that!
You’re not gonna make any money, or at least you’re not gonna make any real money.
Why don’t you just ditch that beer money and get a real job?”
I could go on and on.
These messages come from all corners.
Some of them are from people you thought you could trust.
At the end of the day, they didn’t really understand you.
Isn’t it interesting that those who are closest to us are also the ones who can cut us the most?
While you can put up with the worst insults from people you barely know, it cuts especially hard and the pain is exceptionally bitter when the same words come from your father, your mother, your lover, or your best friends.
Do you see how this works?
The resistance is always going to be there, and you know this.
That’s why in your dream, you focus on the screams and thrills of those on the journey.
These aren’t screams of fear.
They’re not making that sound because death is imminent.
No, they’re having the time of their lives!
And there’s part of you that is just green with envy because while you may have committed and you may have been pumped up by the journey, you’re still holding back.
You can’t quite pull the trigger all the way.
You can’t quite commit all the way to the point that you are willing to let everything go until you achieve great success.
There’s a famous story of an explorer who landed with five ships in a new territory.
They knew that the natives there had gold, but they’re gonna put up a fight.
So the commander told his lieutenants: “Burn all the ships, but hide one”
Because after all, they still need to go back to Spain.
So in front of all the troops, there’s this massive conflagration of ships in the distance.
Smokes were everywhere so it seemed like all the boats went up in flames.
The commander then told his shocked soldiers: “There’s only one way home. Victory or death.”
His soldiers fought like there was no tomorrow because there is no other option.
There’s no half-assing it.
There’s no “I tried!” or “I made it halfway!” or “I could’ve done this differently!”
Victory or death.
If you’re having a tough time improving your romantic life, losing weight, getting a job that you think is meaningful, or getting to the right school and making better grades, maybe you haven’t explored this binary option of victory or death.
Maybe you’ve just been giving yourself too much rope!
Please understand that if you give yourself so much slack with the extra rope you give yourself, you only manage to hang yourself because that’s how the human mind works.
We flock to pleasure and run away from pain.
Working towards anything worthwhile in this world requires discipline precisely because there is pain and discomfort involved.
When you’re feeling impatient because regardless of what you do on a day-to-day basis nothing seems to change, that’s pain!
You are thinking of the other things that you could be doing.
I remember when I just migrated to Southern California in the early 80s, I had a history teacher for 8th grade.
I will always remember his name, Mr. Stephen Gugas.
He was a Greek-American.
During the Vietnam War, he was drafted and because he was in college, he became a captain.
And it might seem like a very prestigious military title, but his job was simple.
There was a hill in Southern Vietnam, and every single night, the Viet Cong, which were the communist guerillas from the south, would always try to take that small hill.
Because once they get that hill, they can take another hill and from there, they can use artillery to pound the hell out of the American positions in the valley below.
That’s how strategic that seemingly small and insignificant hill was.
And Mr. Gugas told us that every single night, he could count several dozen Viet Cong just climbing up that hill, getting shot down with machine guns by the Americans, and they would do this night after night.
But they would make certain changes.
One night, they would attack from the right plank; then the next night, they would lob a few mortars before sending in wave after wave of guys.
And he told us that sometimes it got really hairy because, on some nights, they came close to taking that hill.
But they never did!
And what he said after all of this really stuck with me after all these decades.
“After seeing several nights of that, I knew they were going to win.
You cannot fight against that level of commitment.”
Can you have that level of commitment about anything in your life?
If you feel that you have let yourself down or you are gripped by self-pity, maybe it’s time to slap yourself awake and say:
“Well, did I really commit?
Was I like that VC who knew every single night, some of us are going to die, but we’re gonna take that hill?
Night after night, week after week, month after month, or for however long it takes?”
That is commitment!
So when you see yourself listening to the screams of people on the roller coaster, there’s a part of you that yearns to be one of them.
Only you can answer these questions:
• Are you going to be one of them?
• Is it going to be victory or death?
Of course, I’m not talking literally; I’m talking about the fact that you really only have one chance to live a meaningful life.
What Does It Mean to Dream of a Broken Roller Coaster?
When you see a roller coaster and there’s a big sign “Out of Commission,” it means that you may have given into fear to duck commitment issues.
This means that you need to make a change.
A lot of the time, people feel relief when things have broken down because they know they don’t have to try.
They know that they can kick the can yet again down the road.
Decision time has been postponed.
But let me tell you.
If you are working on a big project, let’s say going back to school or training for a new type of career, every time you postpone it, something else gets changed.
We’re not just talking about the start date of your project.
I’m also talking about your ability to learn.
I’m talking about the emotional space that you have for new information because you can only coast for so long based on the expertise and mastery that you have built so far.
And given the pace at which things change in the world, you will quickly find that your skills are now outmoded and outdated.
I’m not just talking about formal skills here like coding, data analysis, data management, or even medical and legal skills.
I’m also talking about your ability to cope, your ability to coordinate, and your ability to manage your time.
All of those start to suffer the more rope you give yourself until you eventually find yourself hanging because you’re not up to the task.
So don’t feel good when you see “Out of Commission” or “Out of Order.”
Those are warning signs.
Because the best you can do right now is to just jump in there, and just do it.
Your chances of getting swatted down and failing are quite high.
But so what?
Because the moment you take action and the moment things don’t work out, you have information with which to work and level up.
And then before you know it, you’re getting swatted down less and less, and when you do get knocked down, you bounce back quickly.
Eventually, you are no longer getting knocked down and you’re going level after level after level.
That’s the journey of life!
This applies to your relationships, this applies to how you process information, this applies to how you resolve issues from the past.
And this definitely applies to business, work, and school.
Stop postponing things.
Find the way.
So if you see in your dream a big roller coaster that says “Out of Commission,” look for a backup ride that involves the same thrills, chills, and spills.
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.