If you have been dreaming of toilet images or any type of accessory related to water closets, it’s very easy to forgive for feeling disgusted.
After all, most people would rather not think, much less talk about, toilets.
There’s just something about this part of our bathroom equipment that makes us uneasy.
Of course, a lot of things going on the toilet can be smelly and messy and involve stuff you’d rather not talk about.
Be that as it may, toilets are indispensable pieces of household equipment.
If your toilet gets clogged or breaks down, you best believe your quality of life will suffer.
This is the tension people experience when they see themselves dreaming of toilet images.
On the one hand, those nighttime visions involve symbols and images of things they’d rather not think about.
On the other hand, they also realize just how crucial toilets are.
Keep this tension in mind when trying to get to the bottom of the meaning of dreaming of toilet images.
The Dream Meaning of Seeing Yourself on a Toilet
If you see yourself sitting on the toilet as the central focus of your dream, please understand that your subconscious is not predicting some sort of cholera or diarrhea issue.
This is not a prophetic dream.
This is good news.
After all, who wants to spend hours on the toilet?
With that out of the way, this dream image usually involves the process of getting rid of negative emotions and unwanted personal traits.
You’re trying to purge yourself of habits, both mental and physical, that you know are holding you back.
In Biblical terms, this involves moving on from your human limitation and claiming the limitless possibility and power a relationship with Christ brings.
2 Corinthians 3:18 teaches us that:
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” (ESV)
Put simply, regardless of how weak, limited, and broken you feel, if you just focus on the Lord, He will transform you.
Thanks to His grace and generosity, He will give you the strength to move on.
That’s how you feel transformed.
Unfortunately, a lot of people try live new lives while hanging on to their old habits and mindsets.
It’s like trying to put new wine into old wineskins.
It’s simply not going to happen.
But they try again and again, and they meet with the same disappointment.
If you want real change, you have to let the Lord transform you.
Put in secular terms, if you truly want to move on, then you have to change your mindset and belief system.
You can’t hang on.
You can’t dwell on the past.
You cannot define yourself based on the mistakes you made in the past.
You must look forward with the optimism you can muster.
The Symbolic Meaning of Using a Toilet
In Deuteronomy 23:12–13, the Bible teaches us:
“You shall also have a place allocated outside the camp, so that you may go outside to relieve yourself, and you shall have a spade among your tools….” (NASB)
In other words, when you are dealing with old mindsets or negative ways of looking at the world, you have to realize that you have to put them into the right place.
You cannot live with your negativity.
Put in a vulgar way, you cannot shit where you eat! Not only does it stink, but it is bad for your health!
There is always a place for everything, and the Bible says that you have to put the dirty stuff and do your daily routine when it comes to bowel movements and other bodily functions outside the camp.
You might be thinking that this is common sense.
You can easily be forgiven for thinking that way, but most people do not do this.
They enter a new relationship, and it seems like everything is brand new.
The other person is very exhilarating.
They bring a lot to the table, and here you are, dragging the crap from your past relationships into your new one.
You hold this person up and compare him or her to your past relationships.
Not only is this unfair, but you end up sabotaging yourself!
If you want to let go of negativity, you have to go past the desire to do so.
Sadly, a lot of people fall for this trap because the moment they imagine themselves letting go of negativity or finding themselves “committing” to let go of the past, they get emotionally pumped up.
They confuse this surge in dopamine with actually doing something about how they handle negativity.
Well, feeling like you’ve done something is completely different from actually doing it.
This is why it’s really important to know the place where you’re going to put your negative emotions and thoughts.
Everything must have a place.
Know where everything goes.
But if you are mentally sloppy and you just pile everything together, don’t be all that shocked when you find yourself struggling, unable to let go, unable to move on, unable to get the energy you need to live out a new tomorrow.
This is not rocket science.
You’ve robbed yourself of the mental, emotional, and psychological resources that you need to move on.
Put everything in its right place.
The Biblical Meaning of Toilets in Relation to Your Emotions
On an emotional level, seeing a toilet in your dream can indicate a sense of vulnerability.
This is not a mystery.
If you’re looking for any one time when you feel very vulnerable, it probably involves those times when you are on the potty.
Let’s put it this way.
If somebody were to break down the door of your bathroom or collapse the bathroom stall, you would feel very vulnerable.
After all, you probably have your pants down, and it can pretty much do anything to you.
Given this reality, if you see yourself on a toilet in your dreams and you’re looking for some sort of central theme or motif, you might want to consider exploring your insecurity regarding certain issues.
Some people are embarrassed or insecure about money.
Others are insecure about their past.
In comparison, others feel really small when they compare themselves to certain people in their lives.
Whatever the case may be, all of us have something to be insecure about.
If you keep seeing a toilet in your dream, this can be an invitation or an opportunity for you to confront your sense of humiliation, smallness, or embarrassment.
This may be your chance to re-examine these elements in your life because they may be warping, harming, or distorting other areas of your life.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I have come across who are otherwise capable of living to their fullest potential.
They can be great singers, dancers, creators, and business people.
Regardless of their endeavor, they are capable of excelling in their chosen field.
But when I talked to them, I saw defeat in their eyes.
I get the sense that I’m with somebody who has settled for something far less than what they could otherwise claim from the Universe.
They have the skills, talents, abilities, and even desire for more.
But there they are, struggling with so little compared to what could have been.
These are precisely the people who need to let go of their fear of humiliation, embarrassment, or their old mindsets.
Maybe they stumbled in the past.
Maybe they’ve made mistakes?
But then again, which one of us hasn’t?
The big difference is that these people have allowed their past to define them.
When they think about themselves and their capacities and their ability to do things and make things happen, they always judge themselves based on their lowest point.
It is the measuring stick, if you will, that they hold up to their present reality.
And it is no surprise if a person does that that their dreams become small, warped, and even malignant.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many of these people have a grudge.
They can readily identify a person who they feel sabotaged their chances.
But if we’re completely honest with ourselves, the only person that can really get in the way when it comes to our personal success is ourselves.
Success really is all about giving yourself permission to rise above your self-imposed limits.
It’s all about you giving yourself permission.
And unfortunately, if you come across a person who doesn’t want to give themselves permission, it’s very easy for them to do that because they then replace the permission with blame, excuses, and justifications.
Now I’m not in any way, shape, or form saying that this applies across the board.
There are certain situations where you can be fully justified for thinking that things are unfair.
Maybe you got disabled.
Maybe there are certain special circumstances that have happened to you that have truly held you back.
But for the rest of us mortals, a lot of our struggles (if we’re completely honest with ourselves) are self-inflicted, and it all boils down to our unwillingness to give ourselves permission to move past our sense of embarrassment, humiliation, and shame.
If you keep defining yourself based on the lowest points of your life, the highest points that you are otherwise able to achieve with your skills, talents, abilities, and dreams become impossible.
What Does It Mean to Dream of a Dirty Toilet?
The Biblical meaning of a dirty toilet indicates that your enemy wants to use your body.
Put simply, The Enemy wants to use your instincts against you as well as your bodily needs.
All of us have drives.
We need to eat, drink, and sleep; and yes, sexuality is part of a normal set of human drives.
Unfortunately, we’re not living in a healthy way if there is an imbalance between these drives.
If the vast majority of the dopamine release in your life centers on sex, then that’s what you eventually will focus most of your attention on.
You start looking at everybody in a sexualized way.
The same goes for money, fame, or the need to be heard.
There has to be some sort of balance.
As the book of Ecclesiastes teaches us, there is always “a season for everything.”
Unfortunately, this sense of proportion and the proper time and place for everything quickly goes out the window for so many people.
They focus so much on what they feel that they need and that dopamine release that they experience when they realize that they got what they’re looking for becomes unavoidable.
In fact, it becomes the central focus of their day-to-day activities.
It really is too bad!
When you find yourself in a situation where you eat, eat, and eat and are never full and are constantly hungry, you know there’s a problem.
The same goes with drinking and drinking and drinking, but your thirst never goes away.
This is a sure sign that The Enemy is using your body’s drives against you.
And at this point, you have a choice.
You can reassert control over your drives, or you can continue the dopamine feedback loop.
That’s just a fancy way of saying do whatever makes you feel good.
If you’re younger, you can easily be forgiven for giving in to the foolishness of doing whatever feels good.
But the boundary line between being a baby and an adult boils down to the willingness and ability to do what is hard, necessary, and even uncomfortable and painful today to get a pleasurable reward tomorrow.
What if I told you that in a long-term survey and study of successful people, those who are able to delay gratification and do hard things today in exchange for a reward sometime in the future are the ones who excel in their fields?
They’re also the ones that have longer marriages.
They are also the ones that tend to be happier, healthier, and enjoy more of the best that life has to offer.
None of these is easy because life is a struggle, and this is why discipline is crucial.
You have to beat your body.
To put it another way, you have to tame it.
I’m not saying that you should deny yourself and trick yourself into thinking that you don’t have drives.
No, I’m not saying that at all!
What I am saying is that you have to master your body.
You have to tell it that you are the boss.
Your frontal cortex must determine your decision-making.
Unfortunately, a lot of people let the lizard part or the limbic part of their brains take over their lives.
This is the part that gives in to fear or runs to pleasure.
This is the part that refuses to plan ahead and just takes whatever it can get in the here and now.
While there is a time and a place for everything, if you let your limbic system get the better of you, don’t be all that shocked if you find yourself consistently struggling.
I’m not just talking about struggling with finances.
I’m talking about it across the board.
When you look in the mirror, you look out of shape.
When you look at your relationships, they could do some help.
I’m talking about it across the board because you have to understand that discipline is crucial to any kind of contentment or happiness.
This is why you need to overcome The Enemy’s use of your body and its needs.
Your subconscious is trying to flash a red signal to your mind in the form of a dirty toilet dream image.
What Does It Mean to Dream of a Broken Toilet?
One of the most frustrating things one can experience is rushing to the toilet.
Maybe you can feel a big one coming on, and your stomach has been boiling.
Maybe you feel like you are unable to keep your bowels in one piece.
Things are just about to explode.
So you rush to the toilet, and when you sit down, you immediately notice that it’s broken.
While it can accept your “input,” it won’t flush.
If you’re unlucky, there’s already some stuff there, and whatever comes out of your body is just going to pile on stuff that is already in the toilet bowl.
Pretty messy and it sure is going to be quite a stinker!
I’m sure you’ve experienced this before, and you may even be laughing at the image.
You may be thinking about how inconvenient and uncomfortable it was.
Well, if you’ve been dreaming of this type of broken toilet imagery, your subconscious is telling you that you need to do something drastic to deal with how you’ve allowed negativity to take over certain areas of your life.
At the very least, you should pray more and allow Jesus more space in your life.
Let Him take you over.
Give His will a try.
Surrender more to Him.
If you don’t and you practice what a lot of Christians practice, which is “compartmentalized Christianity,” don’t be all that shocked to realize that there’s really not much space for Jesus in your life.
All you have are needs and wants and frustrations and struggles, but the answer to all of these questions is buried or hidden from your view.
And it’s not like The Enemy has done this to you or played some trick on you to make Jesus “invisible” in your life.
You did it to yourself!
When you see a broken toilet image in your dream as the central figure, please understand that your subconscious is crying for help.
Do not ignore this dream image.
This is a sure plea for help.
Sadly the way most people live their lives is that they are the last to know when disaster strikes.
They’re consistently shocked because they didn’t look out for the signs.
They didn’t bother to connect the dots.
When a catastrophe finally happens, they are so shocked, and they keep telling themselves:
“Why didn’t people tell me?
How come I didn’t see this coming?”
Of course, this is a rhetorical question because if they are truly self-aware, they would know that this was in the offing.
This is not a surprise.
The signs are already there.
In fact in many cases, it has been there for years.
They just didn’t bother to look.
Please understand that when you see a broken toilet in your dreams, this is a call to action.
It’s also an opportunity for you to do some mental house cleaning.
Maybe you are racked with guilt.
Perhaps you are struggling with shame.
If you’re like most people, a lot of your mental space is probably taken up by some form of regret.
Just like a broken toilet can accumulate a lot of filthy, nasty, smelly stuff, your mind can become cluttered.
And unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there.
When you fill your mind with emotional clutter like regret, shame, and guilt, every piece of “clutter” takes up energy.
It takes energy to rationalize things.
It takes quite a bit of work to come up with a comforting story that we tell ourselves, so we don’t see the reality that we need to confront.
And it is no surprise then that a lot of traditions almost universally interpret the image of a broken toilet as bad luck.
But in this case, it’s not bad luck imposed on you by some external power like the Devil.
Instead, it’s bad luck that you yourself have brought into your life because of your refusal to deal with things.
What Does It Mean to See Somebody Else Struggling With a Clogged Toilet?
It’s one thing to hassle with a broken toilet.
It’s another thing entirely to see somebody else using a clogged toilet.
There are two interpretations of this dream image.
On the one hand, somebody else wants to dump their problem on top of yours.
It’s actually far more common than you think.
You may be thinking to yourself that you don’t have anybody in your life that is giving you problems, but you might want to broaden your point of view.
Do you have a friend that calls you whenever he or she is feeling down?
A lot of the times, these types of friends will call you when they feel like unloading the heavy emotional baggage that they are carrying.
But once they are done unloading, they never call you again until their next crisis.
If you’re a real friend, you probably wouldn’t mind.
After all, this is what friends are for.
But I hope you can also see the unfairness in all of this because they just want to unload.
They’re not looking for a solution.
They just want to be heard and let all this emotional trauma out with no regard for its impact on you.
Some people are natural emotional sponges.
I know I’m one of them.
If a friend of mine calls me in the middle of depression, I make sure to listen.
But whatever information they give me doesn’t just slide off the back of my mind like water sliding down the back of a duck.
Even if I try to help it, I end up absorbing some of that negative emotional energy.
It’s not unusual for friends of mine to call me with their heavy emotional loads.
And by the time the conversation is over, they’re feeling so much better, and here I am in quiet desperation.
I feel that I have had this heavy load put on my back, and I can’t talk to anybody about it.
I can’t share it, and I feel spent because, just like in life, if you have to carry a heavy load, it puts a strain on your muscles.
Physically doing that requires some sort of energy.
And when you have friends who just unload on you emotionally, the relationship becomes uneven.
So you have to speak up to these people.
You have to let them know that there are boundaries, and you also have to be proactive in how you internalize their information.
If you’re not careful, your desire to help others might end up burning you.
Now, here’s the key: It’s okay to help others, but don’t help others so much that you reach the point where you can’t help them anymore.
You burned yourself out!
It is very easy to get into that when you dream of somebody else struggling with a clogged toilet.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Throwing Unwanted Things in the Toilet?
If you’ve been in any kind of public toilet, you know that there’s gonna be a sign that says,
“Don’t throw these things in the toilet.”
That sign is there for a reason because if you disregard that sign, there’s a high chance that the toilet will clog or might even get permanently damaged.
The same applies when you dream of throwing unwanted things in the toilet.
There’s a fear of exposure.
Your subconscious is telling you that a lot of the things that you’ve been trying to avoid are going to blow up in your face, and you’re going to have to admit to certain things.
While a lot of us feel that we have nothing to hide, in reality, we have a tremendous fear of confessing our wrongs.
This is natural.
People think that when they admit that they are wrong, they are somehow smaller, weaker, or they’re somehow compromised.
They’re afraid that people would have a lower view of them.
But in reality, this is what makes you strong because you signal to people that you are a mature, responsible adult who is willing to accept responsibility for their mistakes.
That’s the only thing you can do, really, and it’s absolutely unnecessary and crucial for your personal maturity.
The Spiritual Meaning of a Toilet Seat Cover
It all depends on the state of the toilet seat. If the toilet seat remains closed when you know in your dream that you should lift it up and use the toilet properly, this indicates communication issues.
When you see a toilet seat cover somehow misused or blocked from practical use, this indicates your inability to express yourself effectively.
As Hebrew 10:35–36 teaches us:
“Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” (NIV)
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
You have to have confidence in expressing yourself because, given the way the world is, eventually, you will offend somebody at some point at some time.
That’s just the way things are.
So don’t let yourself be the victim of your unwillingness to express yourself.
Besides, expressing yourself is part of living.
You can’t just live the rest of your life paralyzed by fear of what other people would think.
I know it’s rough at first, especially if you’ve had bad experiences, but you will find solutions.
Eventually, you will overcome your fear of shame.
You have to understand that the moment you show yourself and express what you really feel, there will always be opportunities for shame, censure, and embarrassment.
These all go with the territory.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Urinating on a Toilet?
For females, urinating on a toilet is not a problem because that’s how they normally urinate.
But if you’re a man and you are urinating on a toilet instead of a urinal, this is an indication that your rigidity or lack of flexibility is working against you.
Think of a situation that you have a hard time dealing with, and think of the last few times you try something new.
In many cases, you probably can’t think of a time because you’ve always felt that you had to deal with those situations in certain people in certain circumstances a certain way.
The good news is there is no “magic bullet” solution to problems.
You have to deal with them as they arise.
These can involve different people, different circumstances, or different places.
But as long as you are willing to build on what you’ve experienced in the past and improvise, things will work out.
Sure, it may take a little bit to linger, but eventually, things will fall into place and stabilize.
What Does It Mean to Dream Of Pooping in a Clean Toilet?
If you experienced this specific toilet dream, it’s good news because your subconscious is telling you that as messy and as confusing as things may get from time to time, you will find solutions.
When it comes to your relationships, things will pan out regardless of initial conflicts or certain disagreements.
This image is especially positive when it comes to marriage because, despite whatever clashes you may have, your marriage is actually going well.
Those clashes or personality conflicts are actually growing pains of both of you living a more harmonious life, “growing” into each other.
What Is the Biblical Dream Meaning of Seeing Yourself Flush a Toilet?
Flushing indicates faith.
In particular, it indicates the willingness and the ability to start anew.
This is a big thing because a lot of people struggle in life because they feel that they have lost this ability.
When you flush a toilet in your dream, this means that you are letting go of the old, and you are opening your mind to becoming a new person.
In the Christian context, this is everything.
As 2 Corinthians 5:17 teaches:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (NKJV)
If you’re a Christian, hang on to this promise from the Bible because it is one of the most powerful promises the Bible contains.
So many of us fail to live successful, happy, and content lives because we have let the past weigh us down. Indeed, so many of us define ourselves by our sins.
If you have cheated on your significant other, you are more than an adulterer or a fornicator. If you have not told the truth so you can get ahead or get a deal in the past, you are more than a liar.
The same goes for taking stuff that isn’t yours.
I hope you get my point.
When you’re asked the typical person off the street who they are, I am sure they will give you their name or give you an impression of who they think they are, and these impressions usually have nothing to do with the bad things that they’ve done in the past.
If they’re doing that, what is stopping you?
Flush away the past!
If you say you’re a Christian, understand that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is the God of second, third, fourth, fifth, and infinite chances.
You have to understand that you’re dealing with an unlimited God with an unlimited ability to forgive, provide, protect, and love.
Sadly, we have recreated God in our own image in our personal lives, and we all then worship a God that is pithy, small, and also eager to remind us of our past screwups and mistakes.
You are a new creature.
You are a new creation.
You are no longer bound by your sins if you embrace Christ and let his power work in your life to help you keep his commands.
Jesus said: “If you love me, keep My commandments.”
You are keeping His commandments not because you want to go to Heaven.
You’re keeping His law, not because you want some sort of defined payback.
You’re keeping it because you love Him, and you love Him because He loved you first.
While you were still a sinner wallowing in your sin, guilt, and shame, Jesus had already paid the price.
God emptied Himself in the form of the cross and gave everything that He had so that if we believe in Jesus, we will be saved.
We don’t have to die.
Hell is an option.
It has always been.
The problem is that we have tricked ourselves into thinking that we cannot qualify for Heaven because we’re not good enough.
The good news is that it has nothing to do with our own personal goodness.
Nobody qualifies for Heaven.
Nobody, out of their natural goodness, natural habits, tendencies, and mindsets, deserves to be in Heaven.
That’s in the Bible.
You can take that truth to the bank.
“All have …fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
It is also true that death is “the wages of sin.” (Romans 6:23).
But the good news is that Jesus already paid for your death.
He already suffered the pain, humiliation, and loss that we so richly deserve, so we can be saved.
We just need to claim Him in belief.
And when we claim Him truly, the Spirit fills us, and we are born again within, and that’s when we’re able to keep His commands.
That’s when we’re able to live holy lives.
You Are the Treasure
When I was a new Christian, I had a distorted understanding of Matthew 13:44–46, which is the Parable of the Hidden Treasure.
Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again and, in his joy, went and sold everything he had and bought that field.
When I was in my former faith as a Catholic and after I was baptized and born again and became a Christian, I hung on to the belief that it was I who bought the field.
It was I who found the treasure, and in my joy, I reburied the treasure and sold everything I had.
In my mind, Matthew 13:44 was all about me.
It is no surprise that I struggled with my faith.
The idea is if you find the truth, you are supposed to give everything up for the truth.
You are then to live in the truth.
Your life must be the truth.
Do you know how heavy that is?
Do you know much energy it would take to live a life of righteousness?
Instead of feeling born again, I felt that this was a heavy load because it was as if I was to play this role of the truth bearer to the Universe, and my faith suffered.
Only when did I realize that the man who found the treasure was Jesus, and He gave everything He had just so He could buy me, the hidden treasure in the field, did my spiritual life blossom again.
You, my friend, are the treasure.
You may be thinking that you have screwed up.
You have done certain things that are unforgivable or that you can’t forget.
But please always remember that Jesus gave everything He had just to retrieve you, the treasure, because you are a piece of gold.
You may feel that you have been covered by feces and slime and dirt because of all the things in the past and how other people dealt with you.
You may be struggling with past trauma of abuse and neglect.
You may be caught up in the seemingly intractable mesh of guilt.
But none of that matters!
Just as a piece of gold remains a piece of gold, even if you put it in the middle of a pile of cow dung, you are still a treasure despite your past, despite your habits today, despite what people think of you, and despite your hardships.
Always remember that you are the treasure, and Jesus is the one who found you and gave up everything for you.
And if you open your heart to that, your heart will be filled with love to the point that the Holy Spirit will give you the power to live a new life.
It is precisely n reflection of this reality that the Apostle Paul can write in his letter to the Galatians “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”
Are you struggling with porn?
Are you struggling with telling the truth?
Are you struggling with the past?
Are you struggling with your inability to forgive somebody else?
Are you struggling with your parents, your lover, or your children?
Please understand that Jesus is the answer.
He will give you the strength to live a life of joy, peace, and serenity regardless of what’s happening around you.
Your happiness, for once, will come from inside, not from outside.
It’s not going to come from people you can’t control or circumstances you have no way of shaping.
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.