If you’ve been dreaming of trees and would like to get a clear biblical meaning of trees in dreams, you have come to the right place.
The most challenging thing about dreaming of trees has nothing to do with the meaning of such dream imagery or symbolism.
Instead, the big challenge is that a lot of people who dream of trees tend to dismiss these nighttime visions.
They’re thinking to themselves, “Since I’m dreaming about something that I probably see every single day, my dream probably doesn’t mean much of anything. After all, these are just trees.”
If this is your line of thinking, welcome to the club.
This is the main reason so many people refuse to whip out their dream journal and write their dream trees.
Unless the trees have something weird or unusual about them, most people completely forget or ignore their tree dreams.
This really is too bad because if you’ve been dreaming of trees repeatedly over several nights, your subconscious is trying to tell you very important messages.
What do trees represent?
In Job 14:79, the Bible says, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”
If the main focus of your dream is a tree, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you key themes regarding your life’s direction, your personal strength, and your ability to grow.
All of these, of course, are aspects of your overall spiritual state.
You cannot fully grow if you’re not in the right spiritual place.
You cannot fully embrace or even be aware of the material blessings and personal abundance flowing through your life if your spiritual wallet is too small.
This is why it’s really important to understand your spiritual state.
Because if you want a better relationship with your family or you want a happy family and a better future, you have to have the right mental and spiritual wallet for it.
What if I told you that the universe is trying to bless you every single second?
But the problem is your mental or spiritual wallet is so small, you only get and store a tiny fraction of the blessings you could otherwise be enjoying.
The general dream meaning of trees
The general meaning of trees involve our personal strengths, as well as our awareness of our weaknesses.
Please remember that even the strongest tree can and does give way when the right storm comes to town.
Everybody has his match.
And the problem is that so many of us are so sold on our own personal strength that this has become a weakness.
The real mark of strength is to know your limitations, which brings me to personal values.
Believe it or not, the part of the tree that you see out of the ground is just a tiny fraction of the different parts that make up that tree.
Most of that tree is in its root network and most of a tree’s roots are hidden.
And this is why it’s really important to understand that for us to be strong, our values have to be the right values.
We have to place our hopes in the right things.
We also have to desire the right things.
Trees also symbolize our relationship with our fears.
When you enter a forest of trees, it can easily become very gloomy and dark inside.
In many cases, you don’t even notice it.
Each step you take into a forest, it gets darker and darker and before you know it, things just come to ahead and you’re confused and a sense of panic comes over you.
You instantly think of retracing your steps.
That’s how quickly trees can overcome you and the same applies to your fears.
Because fears don’t start out as fear.
They start out as questions or in many cases, they start out as seemingly clear directions or clear instructions.
You’re under this impression that you’ve got everything figured out but as you live your life and you take one step after another, you eventually find yourself painted into a corner and you’re trying to look for signs of an exit.
These are the key general themes the trees represent in dreams.
What does a palm tree in dreams mean?
If the main type of tree in your dream is a palm tree, please understand that this has a very strong biblical connotation.
Before Jesus was executed and died for humanity’s sins on the cross on Calvary, he was greeted during passover celebrations by a crowd waving palm leaves.
When you see palm trees, your subconscious is trying to send you signals regarding your ability to achieve victory after suffering, loss and confusion.
In this context, boundaries can also represent fertility.
Maybe you and your partner are trying to have children, but in most cases, this fertility involves a richer and more fulfilling relationship because you have let go of your initial false impressions and unrealistic demands on each other.
When it comes to personal finance, palm trees can also represent wealth.
But don’t get too excited.
You know you’re really wealthy when you feel that you can truly savor and enjoy your money.
You’re not worrying about it, you’re not thinking of getting more, nor are you obsessing about hanging on to every penny that you already have.
Instead, you are aware of the flow of value through your life and it is precisely the sense of flow that makes you feel wealthy.
This is exactly the point in time in your life where you get a sense that you have “enough.”
A truly rich person will tell you that they “have enough” because there’s no magic number that goes with that statement. Instead, it’s a state of mind.
It’s a state of acceptance regarding the flow of blessings in your life.
A lot of people are under the impression that for them to be rich or wealthy, they have to hang on to their money.
This is completely ignorant of the truth.
A person who is standing who’s sitting on a pile of trillions of dollars is not rich if that money, which represents value, doesn’t flow in and out of other people’s lives.
It is precisely this sense of flow of money coming in, going out, and then coming in again that gives meaning to those otherwise useless green pieces of paper you call money.
When you see palm trees in your dream and these images have formed a central motif of your nighttime vision, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that your relationship with the concept of wealth is maturing.
Congratulations, you are finally beginning to wrap your head around what it truly means to be rich.
What do olive trees mean in dreams?
In the Bible, all of the trees are a constant motif.
Olive trees represent provision, family unity, and a sense of home.
In fact, when it comes to provision, olive oil is a food that sustains many biblical characters.
Olive oil represents God’s provision and endless mercy and grace.
For example, Psalm 52:8 says, “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.”
Can you see the sense of peace in that passage?
The Bible also talks about trees planted near flowing water.
Olive trees that are planted near a steady source of water give off fuller and tastier fruit.
They are not parched, their leaves are rich, and there’s just so much sustenance and nutrition flowing through the olive trees all the way from its roots, to its branches, to its leaves, and finally, to its flowers and fruit.
All told, olive tree dream motifs indicate family unity, family peace, and personal fertility.
Now, while this can be a symbol of possible children in the future, the more likely interpretation of olive trees in this context involves fertility in your relationships.
Do you have any friends that you just know one a first name basis and your relationship doesn’t get any deeper?
That’s the kind of friendship that could use a little bit more fertility.
Real friendships enrich your soul.
They are like streams of water flowing through an otherwise parched desert.
These springs of water give forth a riot of green life much like olive trees sprouting in the middle of nowhere.
This could be the type of fertility you should expect and work for in your friendships.
Pay close attention to what I just said.
You must work for this type of fertility.
A lot of people think that since they’re friends with somebody or a group of people, that it’s the other person’s responsibility to reach out and deepen their relationship.
If this is your line of thinking, you’ve got it wrong.
Friendships have always been two-way streets.
They take effort and sacrifice.
Both parties have to be involved.
It’s not just a one-way conversation.
If you want your friendships to truly enrich your life so that you can also enrich other people’s lives, then you have to put in the effort.
People go through ups and downs.
In many cases, they don’t want to call anybody.
They don’t want to talk to anybody.
These are precisely the moments you have to be a good friend.
And one of the hallmarks of being a great friend is to be persistent.
Many people would rather push you away because they’d like to be alone with their suffering and pain.
This is understandable, but if you’re a good friend, you keep asking, you keep knocking.
And when you’re there, you’re not ramming down “solutions” down their throat.
You’re not acting like some sort of know-it-all.
You’re just there in silence.
In many cases, allow yourself to cry with them.
And when they see your presence and they understand the depth of your commitment to the friendship, this helps make your relationship even more fertile.
What does it mean to dream of dead trees?
The biblical dream meaning of dead trees can be partly found in Job 14:74. “For there is hope for a tree: if it be cut down, it will sprout again, and its tender branch will not cease.”
Have you ever seen a big well-established tree cut down?
As long as there’s still a stump, you best believe that there will be green shoots coming out of that stump.
Depending on the species of the tree, those shoots can come up sooner rather than later.
The point I’m trying to make is that big trees with large, deep, and well-established root networks are going to put up a fight even if you cut them down and all that’s left is a stump.
And if you leave those shoots alone, pretty soon, that tree will make a comeback.
I’ve seen this happen many times before.
When you see dead trees in your dream and it seems that your subconscious keeps repeating this motif again and again, night after night, you need to pay attention.
There are certain depressing situations and unhealthy influences in your life that are robbing you of your sense of possibility.
In fact, you may be thinking that there is some decay or lost opportunity in your life that you really can’t bring back.
You’re feeling helpless about these situations and if you’re not careful, you might even be thinking that there’s really no hope when it comes to certain areas of your life.
You give yourself the only option of just letting go.
The dead trees in your dream can indicate that while you have to let go of a certain stage in their relationship or a certain stage in your success or career journey, all hope is not lost.
Because as long as you’re learning from whatever detour you have to take or setbacks you have suffered, you can still make it.
It may take a little bit longer to get to where you want to go, but this doesn’t mean that you have to lose your vitality.
This doesn’t mean that you have to give up on a sense of renewal.
It definitely doesn’t mean that there is no transformation involved.
Because if anything, dead trees with shoots growing out of them are positive signs.
In many cases, you have to lose certain things or certain arrangements or even certain people in your life that you previously thought you can’t live without.
When you lose these influences, it feels like this massive weight has been taken off your shoulders.
In a lot of cases, you were reading or giving meaning to these people, situations and factors in a way that held you back.
So when they’re gone or their influence on you has diminished a lot, things become lighter.
The road ahead becomes more visible.
New things are possible again.
So don’t let these images of dead trees scare you.
They might just signal new growth and change that you may have been putting off for all this time.
They can also indicate new directions that you need to be pushed into.
Remember, most people live out their lives based on the things they feel that they “must do.”
We all have a list of things we must do.
But we also have a list of the things that we know we should do.
Which list do you think pushes our lives to the next level?
Which list do you think truly will enrich our lives?
Well, here’s a hint, it’s not a must-do list.
It’s always the should-do list.
This is a problem because we never have enough energy, motivation, or even focus to get started on our should-do list.
We’re always stuck on our must-do list.
Well, when you are confronted with a situation where you have to let go, you free up enough energy, mental space, and focus for you to revisit your should-do list and maybe reclassify some of those things onto your “must-do” list.
What does it mean to dream of completely dead trees?
In the previous section, I talked about previously majestic tall giant trees cut down into stumps, but these stumps have green growth on them.
Well, in this section I’m going to talk about the meaning of trees that are totally dead.
Their roots are dead, there are no green shoots, their barks are completely rundown or stripped off.
Based on all indications, the tree is completed that all of this left is a stump.
In this context, your subconscious is warning you about a common mental habit that people often fall into.
Would you knowingly and willfully handcuff yourself to a corpse?
I know that’s a very cringe-worthy image.
But I want you to zero in on that mental image because as crazy as that may sound, that is precisely what a lot of people do.
Maybe you’re even doing it.
You’re hanging on to the memory of somebody that hurt you.
Or you maybe are hanging on hope against hope that somebody else will love you because you had shared some emotional bond in the past.
In reality, you’re hanging on to a corpse.
What was done to you in the past was done to you by dead people.
Now, you may be thinking how can I say that?
Those people are still drawing breath, they’re still around.
You know that they’re still alive.
Well, I’m talking about the exact same people they were when they did what they did to you all those years ago.
You die every day.
The moment you grow or change a little bit, the old you dies.
So when you obsess about whatever happened to you, whatever abuse you suffered, or whatever embarrassment, shame or some other indignity was visited on you, you’re hanging on to the dead.
Do you think if you confront those people that you will get a satisfying sense of closure?
How can you?
That 12 year-old kid that embarrassed you in front of all those girls in middle school is now a middle-aged, fat bald guy, worried about his job and providing for his family.
That 13 year-old girl who was at the top of the social pecking order in your school and always made you feel miserable because she kept calling you ugly in front of other girls has moved on.
Maybe she’s twice divorced or packed on 500 pounds.
It doesn’t really matter, she’s dead.
When your subconscious shows up this image of you, surrounded by or seeing dead trees with absolutely no signs of life, this indicates an unhealthy subconscious obsession with a dead past.
The past is the past.
Whatever injury you think you may have suffered can only be fixed by how you choose to respond today.
If you think about it, there is really no other option.
It’s not like you can jump inside a time machine and change the material facts that make up that memory.
That memory is gone.
It just seems so oppressive today and it seems so heavy precisely because you keep dwelling upon it.
And if you are really honest with yourself, the reason why it seems so heavy, toxic and overpowering is because you’re reading into it your insecurities and sense of inadequacy today.
Let it go.
I know this is easier said than done, but there is no point in obsessing about those stumps of memories because there’s no green shoots.
The roots are dead.
They are relics of the past.
Let them go.
What does it mean to see a fig tree in your dream?
Jesus said in the Bible that He saw a fig tree that is full of radiant, green, vivid leaves.
Obviously, this was a very healthy fig tree.
Leaves were wide, it took up a lot of space, and it was the peak of health.
Everything looked good.
But there’s only one problem that Jesus noticed.
It had no fruit.
So the fig tree was cut and died.
The point behind that message is that we have a relationship with the Supreme Being that sustains all life on this planet.
We are part of this abundant flow of life and grace.
And because we’re part of this flow, we gain all the nutrients that we need to flourish.
But if we keep such sustenance to ourselves and we brag about how good we have it, we’re not really fulfilling our mission here on earth.
Every single person that has ever been born has a destiny.
Don’t forget for a second that your life has no meaning.
You were put on earth for a reason.
You have a mission and that mission is all about sharing blessings and abundance with the rest of the universe.
Be part of the flow.
But unfortunately, you’re just like the fig tree in Jesus’ story.
We absorb the universe’s blessings, but neglect to be part of the flow.
We look at everything that exists and the sustaining power behind it, and we ask ourselves, “What’s in it for me? What do I get out of this?”
And the inquiry goes no further than that.
This really is a shame.
Because just like that fig tree that Jesus saw and was frustrated with, if your life doesn’t bear fruit and if your life doesn’t pass on blessings to those around you, then you’re just taking up space just like that fig tree.
It sucks up so much nutrients and sunlight, and it has amazing leaves, but all of this green growth was just for its selfish personal glory.
It doesn’t pass on the blessing to others in the form of fruit.
There will come a time when the Being that created all of us will inspect us for our fruit.
But prior to that time, we also are being judged by how well we pass on blessings, how well we witness to others and sustain and support others.
When you see a fig tree in your dream and it is the repeating central focus of your dream, think about whether you are a blessing to others.
Think about whether you help others.
Think about whether you are a force for good or you are a force that holds people back. The good news is there is still time to change.
If you’re the type of person who gives praise sparingly because you feel that every time you praise somebody, something has been taken away from you, there is still time to change.
If you think that there’s only a limited amount of money in the world and if you give other people opportunities that you’ll necessarily become poor, remember that there’s still time to change.
Real wealth, real spiritual growth, and real happiness can only come from becoming part of the flow.
Blessings come in, blessings go out.
Value comes in, value goes out.
You can’t be a person who says to himself, “Well, I’m just making minimum wage so I’m just gonna put in minimum effort.”
You will become that fig tree because you want to maximize what you absorb from the universe while minimizing to a trickle or better yet, absolute zero, the value you give out just like that fig tree.
Please understand that there will be a price to pay.
We are all expected to bear fruit.
What does it mean to plant trees in your dream?
If you see yourself planting a tree in your dream, pay close attention to the location.
If you’re planting a tree near water, this indicates that you are embarking on a new project that has a high chance of succeeding.
That water represents motivation.
It represents emotional energy.
Please understand that even the best laid out plans with all the fancy numbers and heavy-duty analytics behind it will still fail if there is no focus and periodic bursts of passion.
Because every project is made up of human beings and there has to be enough focus to push that idea through.
And if you set up your project in the wrong way, where you just focus on the numbers or focus on the money, but you don’t really focus on how you can create a self-sustaining system that will keep you and your team members motivated, there’s a good chance your project will fail.
It may not happen overnight, but eventually, you will run out of steam and guess what?
It’s on you.
You didn’t have enough foresight.
Well, the good news is that when you plant trees, you’re absolutely in control of where you planted.
Take that responsibility seriously.
While it’s true that you’re going to be leaning on the internal life-sustaining mechanisms of that tree, where you place it plays a big role in how well that tree turns out.
Nothing in life is automatic.
You have a lot more say over the direction of your life than you give yourself credit for.
What does it mean to dream of a tree falling and its branches are all dried?
As the book of Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything, everything has a season.
When you see a tree falling and its branches are dried, there’s a good chance that that tree is, for the most part, dead.
Instead of running away from this image, steer clear of the falling tree, but stay close.
This is an invitation for education.
This is an invitation for moral courage.
Because at a certain level, that falling dead tree symbolizes death.
And when people come into contact with even the suggestion of death, they clam up.
They automatically assume this is the worst thing that could happen and they automatically refuse to learn.
Loss, just like gain, can teach you important lessons about your life, your life direction, how you choose to live your life, and how you deal with loss.
Death is not necessarily a bad thing.
What makes it a bad thing is your attitude.
Loss is not the end of the game.
In fact, in many cases, it can be the beginning of a deeper understanding of what you truly have.
Just as the empty space inside a pot makes that pot useful, think about the empty spaces in your life.
Without those empty spaces, your life would be less meaningful or less enjoyable.
Sadly, so many people have programmed themselves into thinking that the only things of value in life are the things that exist, things that are there, things that are tangible.
This is not true.
When you look at the void spaces and in between the things that exist, those also give value.
Let me be more blunt.
For you to appreciate life, you must first appreciate death.
Because if for whatever reason, we wake up the next day and know that we are immortal, life will instantly become meaningless.
When you take away the sting of death, the eternal life that you are left with becomes less meaningful.
You take it for granted. In many cases, it’s very easy to develop a disrespectful attitude.
You become wasteful, sloppy, even reckless.
What does it mean to dream of a talking tree?
If a tree starts to talk to you in your dream, don’t freak out.
It is actually one of the most powerful dreams you can ever have because trees have long lives.
Tree trunks are actually time capsules of a certain location and certain environment over an extended period of time.
If you were to take a tree and cut it down and just look at its trunk, you’ll see the tree rings.
Some rings are nice and fat, this indicates that there was a lot of water and nutrients during that year.
That’s a good year.
But some rings are thin and dark or discolored, those are hard years, possibly years of drought, famine, and struggle.
If you understand this concept, then you can see how trees can “talk to you.”
They can talk to you in your dream imagery in the form of verbal signals and verbal sounds, but they can also talk through their rings.
Still, the message remains the same.
They’re talking from lived experience.
They’re talking from their life record.
If you see images of talking trees in your dream, your subconscious is trying to call you to action to stop and pay more attention to yourself.
Maybe you are going about things in a sloppy way because you feel like you’re a fish out of water in a certain area of your life.
Maybe you just went through a bad breakup with your significant other and you feel that you’re operating in a completely new territory.
You don’t know what to say, you don’t know how to act, you don’t even know what to do.
This is precisely the time that you need to listen to the “talking tree” in your subconsciousness and stop.
Pay attention to what you did in the past.
Take stock of what you did right, build on your successes.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Well, I’m such a big fuckup.
There’s no way I have any big successes in life.”
Well, think again.
Nobody has such an irredeemable failure that they can ever do anything right.
So it’s really important to stop, take stock of your life, and just dig deep.
And a lot of this has to do with listening to yourself or trusting yourself enough to listen.
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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.