If you’ve been dreaming of kidnapping involving yourself or your loved ones, please understand that it’s not as horrific as it seems.
That may seem like small comfort because usually when people wake up from dreams about kidnapping, they swim in a pool of sweat and are overcome by worries.
As disturbing and emotionally gripping as these kidnapping dreams may appear on the surface, they actually speak to deeper issues in your life.
Thankfully, dreams about kidnapping and other dreams involving traumatic scenarios and images are not prophetic.
Generally speaking, just because you dream about being kidnapped or your loved one being kidnapped, doesn’t mean that this will come to pass.
Instead, your subconscious is using very gripping images to draw your attention to issues that you normally would overlook, or even pretend don’t exist.
The general meaning of dreams about kidnapping
Generally speaking, kidnapping dreams speak more to your spiritual nature.
By spiritual, I’m talking about a more encompassing label than just the part of you that is religious or philosophical.
By spiritual, we’re talking about your mindset, and your ability to organize reality based on what you choose to believe.
It is all a choice.
A lot of people think that their mindset is somehow seared into their DNA and there’s nothing they can do about it.
That is a lie.
Your life is a choice.
I know it’s hard to believe because a lot of people would not choose the life that they have consciously.
But they have no problem choosing that line of decisions that leads to their current lives.
You’re dealing with the consequences of your prior decisions.
It all begins with a choice.
When you dream about kidnapping your mind is trying to draw your attention in the most vivid way possible regarding this personal power of choice.
If not, a very dangerous situation will happen soon.
Something will threaten your sense of identity.
You need to be very careful because your world might just come crashing down not because somebody physically threatened you, but because a lot of the things that you assumed to be true aren’t so.
What does it mean to dream of a family member that was being kidnapped?
You have issues with this person.
You know that this person has certain habits that lead to toxic situations and less than productive lifestyles.
You feel that you know this person inside and out but they don’t want to hear from you.
They think you’re just a hater.
They think that you just don’t understand them.
Your subconscious is letting you know that this person is so hell-bent on pursuing their choice than their choices, that they are completely blind to the likely consequences of those choices.
It’s as if everybody can see the 800-pound elephant in the room, but the person whose neck it is hanging from is completely clueless.
You feel trapped.
You feel that you can see this disaster unwinding, playing out a mile away but there’s nothing you can do.
What your subconscious is telling you is that you need to keep trying.
Because the sooner you appeal to that person’s self-interest, and the more you try to play into what they think is true in an attempt to dismantle it, the faster that person’s recovery will be.
What does it mean to be the kidnapper in your dream?
If you find yourself in the distressing role of the kidnapper in your dream, this indicates that you have traits that make people unhappy.
I know this is hard to admit or realize.
We all have this tendency to believe that we’re okay, and if there are certain things that are not okay in our lives, it’s usually other people’s fault.
But the reality is that there are certain things that you do, and negative signals that you send out that make people unhappy.
At the very least you put them on edge, they can’t quite figure out what to do.
They definitely not comfortable enough to fully relax around you.
And I’m not talking about random strangers or even co-workers, I’m talking about people in your close circle of friends or even in your family.
They know you and that’s the problem.
Because you don’t know yourself enough to realize that you’re having a negative effect on people.
You may be thinking that you are just one of the most honest people in the world.
At some level, this is helpful.
But if it comes off as discouraging, undermining, and even malicious, it sooner or later poisons your relationships.
As you probably already know, those who are closest to us are also the ones that can hurt us the most.
Our guards are down.
We don’t put up defenses around these people and that’s why every single word can hurt.
So when you see yourself as the kidnapper in your dream, your subconscious is telling you something that your waking mind has either become blind to or just stubbornly refuses to acknowledge.
You have toxic habits, and it’s time to deal with them now before all your relationships start breaking down irreparably.
What does it mean to dream about being kidnapped multiple times?
If in the span of one dream, you see yourself being kidnapped several times or you see somebody else being kidnapped this indicates that you feel trapped regarding choices.
You feel that you keep making the same mistake over and over again but there’s nothing you can do about it.
For example, if you keep dating the same type of person, and hoping against hope that this relationship will pan out while the previous ones didn’t, you’re just fooling yourself.
As the old saying that’s often been attributed to Albert Einstein goes, “Insanity is defined by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time”.
If you want things to change, you have to change how you make decisions.
You have to change what you do.
These two go hand in hand.
You can’t just play the victim in your life and assume that everything that’s gone wrong is everybody else’s fault.
You have a role to play.
You are not the victim.
Nobody is, believe it or not.
What does it mean to see your lover kidnapped in your dreams?
If your significant other is kidnapped in your dreams, your subconscious is telling you that either you are afraid of losing them, or you’re afraid of losing a certain level of intimacy in your relationship.
Believe it or not, a lot of people in relationships want to freeze their relationship.
A lot of us want to keep the same level of passion, excitement, and wonder when we started dating our current partner.
This is especially true for people who are married.
The problem with this mindset is that by hanging on to the past, you prevent your relationship from maturing.
Because as exciting and as awesome as the initial stages of your relationship may be, it is only when you fully discover each other that you become truly intimate with each other.
Real intimacy has little to do with sex.
It’s a crucial part, but it’s a minor part.
It has little to do with financial intimacy either, just sharing your cash is a great way to show each other’s trust, but it’s something more.
When you’re in a relationship, you are basically trying to grow into another person’s life and they’re trying to do the same to you.
You’re different people, you’re going to rub each other the wrong way.
There are just so many different opportunities for disagreement.
This is where the real maturity comes in.
This is where intimacy truly evolves.
But if you try to lock that out of your relationship by focusing on the fun stuff, then don’t be surprised if your relationship falls apart and you fall out of love with each other.
The person you fell in love with no longer exists, because that person has grown up, matured and they have the wrinkles to show for it and you have to.
So do yourself a big favor.
Don’t fall in love with the early stage of your relationship, don’t have this fixed picture of what love should be.
Love is always evolving just as you are growing.
What does it mean to escape being kidnapped in your dream?
On the surface, this is a positive sign because it comes with a tremendous sense of relief.
Whatever oppressive situation you think exists in your life, can be solved.
Oftentimes, it’s not solved by somebody showing up and being a knight in shining armor.
Instead, the solution is closer to home.
By simply being honest, and calling a spade a spade, you can go a long way in fixing whatever unsolvable problems you may have, But it takes a tremendous amount of honesty.
As you probably already know, the truth shall set you free, but before it does so, it often hurts your feelings.
In fact, you may get really angry.
But if you’re willing to go through this process, the solution is there.
And when you escape being kidnapped in a dream, your subconscious is telling you that the solution is always there.
You just have to grab it, you just have to have the moral and personal maturity to grab it.
This requires self-reliance.
Don’t wait for people in your past to step up and say sorry to you.
Don’t wait for other people in your life now to give you a helping hand.
You have to do it yourself because if you don’t love yourself enough to pull yourself up emotionally, nobody can.
What does it mean to dream that you were kidnapped and punished for the kidnapping?
This is a really weird variation of the kidnapping motif.
This indicates that you feel that a lot of what’s going on in your life is just unfair.
You feel that you’re the victim of a lot of these unfortunate situations, and at the end of the day, you’re the one who gets blamed.
You don’t know where to turn.
Well, the first thing you can do is to realize that you’re not a victim.
You are precisely in the situation you’re in because of the choices you have made in the past.
I know this is a bitter pill to swallow, but you need to swallow it anyway because if you don’t, the medicine is not going to help you.
Reality is the medicine here.
There is such a thing as objective truth and unfortunately, if you’ve been feeding yourself all sorts of self-serving lies and you use crutch after crutch, and excuse after excuse, don’t be all that surprised if you find yourself stuck.
The truth is you metaphorically were kidnapped but not by other people, nor by some sort of shadowy syndicate.
Instead, you kidnapped yourself because of these false ideas that you’ve been feeding yourself.
And the punishment that you’re feeling that seems so unjust and uncalled for, that’s just reality.
Because for every action, there is going to be a reaction, you can take that to the bank.
When you make certain decisions, don’t be all that shocked to see that there’s a predictable range of consequences for those choices.
You are reaping what you sow.
If you’re unhappy in any shape, or in any way with this message then you know what to do.
That’s right, you can make different choices.
What does a ransom note mean in your dream?
If the main focus of your dream involves reading a ransom note, and the kidnappers are asking for a big sum of money, this indicates that you are hesitant to make the necessary changes to start living the kind of life you know you’re capable of living.
It’s very easy for you to desire better things for yourself and your family.
Everybody can dream.
Dreaming is free.
What makes things expensive, as symbolized by the ransom notes, dollar demand is the amount of action and sacrifice required.
Now, most people can do a one-time big-time kind of move.
In other words, they can do the right thing at one time to produce all the right results with the right people and be done with it.
But life doesn’t work that way.
Most of the time, the road to whatever success you’re chasing involves one painful choice after another.
In fact, in many cases, you can even see the destination but you still have to do what you need to do day after day, week after week, month after month.
So when you see yourself reading a ransom note your subconscious is telling you, “Are you willing to make the sacrifice, or are you going to waste your life entertaining fanciful thoughts about what could have been or should have been or would have been”.
What does it mean to see a family member kidnapped and the ransom demanded from you personally?
Ransom notes are usually very general, they basically focus on getting the money and will release this person.
This type of dream involves a specific ransom with a specific target: you.
If this is an image that you’re seeing your subconscious is telling you that people are looking up to you and depending on you in your family.
You have to make the necessary sacrifice to let go of certain habits or where she had crippling attitudes that may be keeping you from being a better use to these people.
The most obvious example of this situation is the breadwinner of the family.
I’m talking of course about the mother or the father.
But it can also be about the older brother or sister who was supposed to guide their siblings.
Every person in the family has a role and the problem is you’re not filling that role.
Now things are shaping up in such a way that there is going to be an opportunity often disguised as a problem where you can change to the point that you then be a positive influence on people in your family or close circle of friends.
What does it mean to dream that a family member is a kidnapper in your dream?
This indicates some mixed feelings regarding this person.
On the one hand, you really liked this person because they bring a lot to the table.
Maybe they make you laugh, maybe they make you feel welcome like you belong and maybe they help you feel good about yourself.
On the other hand, this person has some certain negative habits that cut you the wrong way.
You feel that you really can’t know this person as well as your best friend and it’s frustrating because you want to be in a deeper relationship with this person.
Again, this doesn’t have to be romantic.
But the truth is, the only person blocking this person off from having a deeper relationship with you is you.
The sad reality is that you’re putting this person in a box, you are assuming certain things about this person’s intentions that really have no basis in reality.
So when you feel all these negative vibes from this person, be very clear that it’s actually coming from that person
In many cases, it’s your reading of that person’s vibrations.
In reality, you don’t want them to get close, because you feel that they might figure you out and want to walk away.
You have issues that you need to work with.
And this is why your dream is using this family member as the kidnapper in your night vision, it’s trying to draw your attention to something serious.
What does it mean to get kidnapped, and be kept in a basement in your dream?
This is a warning sign to you to not open up completely to people you’re not sure of.
The basement represents fixed boundaries.
It represents frustration.
There are people that you cannot trust with your very sensitive personal information.
I know a lot of people have a tough time with this because usually when if you open up to somebody else that you don’t know all that well they reciprocate.
They share sensitive information as well and you feel that you know them a little bit better, just as they feel the same way about you.
This is how you build relationships.
The problem is you can’t do this with everybody.
Also, if you are toxic yourself, you’re just giving them ammunition that they can eventually use to fight your toxicity.
Do you see how this works?
Because a lot of people would like to frame this issue as aggressor and victim and guess who plays the victim?
All too predictable.
In reality, you may be the aggressor.
But when they blast you back with sensitive facts that you’ve shared with them, you feel victimized.
What’s wrong with this picture?
What does it mean to be kidnapped and kept hostage in a wooden cabin?
A wooden cabin in a secluded place indicates infidelity.
There’s a part of you that just wants to run away from your relationship.
Maybe it’s hit a dead end, maybe it’s boring, maybe you feel that it’s just part of our routine in your life, it’s just all too predictable.
You want to escape to somewhere unfamiliar, you want some sort of exotic excitement in your life.
A lot of people interpret this as a call to have an affair, or when it comes to work relationships, to quit your job and join a startup or found a startup.
This all makes sense on the surface.
But in reality, you’re just giving in to your sense of impatience.
You want it to be a dead end.
You don’t want to put into work.
You definitely don’t want to sacrifice and make certain compromises so the relationship can get up and go again.
You’d rather write it off as a failure.
But in reality, you’re just being impatient and you can’t afford to keep this attitude because if you are impatient in many other areas of your life, it’s only a matter of time before everything starts to crumble around you.
What does it mean to be kidnapped by an alien in your dream?
This indicates your fear for the future.
Either you’re agonizing about things from the past that you’ve then projected a future or more commonly, you think about stuff that has yet to happen.
You look at what’s going on in other people’s lives and you projected it into your life and you’re scared.
But the truth is simple, other people’s lives have little to do with your life.
Sure you may share the same patterns, but not all of them.
So it’s really important to focus on what you can do and what choices you have in this situation.
Most importantly, you have to always look at your ability to modify, change, or redirect your mindset.
What does it mean to dream about the government kidnapping you?
There’s a part of you that believes that other people are out to get you.
You think that just because the people at work talk amongst each other and you come up that they’re somehow talking behind your back.
This is not necessarily true.
Please understand that just because people come to the same conclusion doesn’t mean that they have conspired against you.
In many cases, it’s just an objective response to the signals that you are presenting to the universe.
If you’re a toxic person, don’t be surprised if other people think you’re toxic.
And I’m not talking about one or two people, I’m talking about a lot of people because there is such a thing as objective reality.
The real issue with dreams involving government kidnappings, or any other conspiratorial kidnapping scenario, is your conception of yourself.
Make sure it’s grounded in reality, and make sure that it can be verified and measured based on how other people react to it.
There’s an old saying, “If you get kicked out of one bar, it’s probably the bars fault. If you get kicked out of two bars, it’s probably still the bars fault. But if you get kicked out of 100 bars, it’s probably your fault”.
Do you see how this works?
It’s one thing for a couple of people to have an ax to grind with you.
But if it seems that everybody you come across eventually begins to hate you, then there’s something that you’re doing that you need to pay attention to.
What does it mean to dream of kidnapping a child in your dream?
This is a sign that your sense of innocence is under threat.
A lot of people might think that this is a bad thing.
But the truth is our sense of innocence often is a crutch for our stubbornness.
We look at ourselves as these hapless child victims when in reality, we refuse childish ways and mindset, we refuse to grow up.
We all at some level or other have Peter Pan locked inside us and it’s not a good thing.
We have to grow up.
And if you see yourself kidnapping a child in your dream, your subconscious is telling you there are certain parts of your total persona that have refused to grow up.
You have gone through so many different challenges with different people in different contexts and there has been very little progress as far as your personal maturity goes.
Don’t wait until a disaster happens in your life for you to finally step up and turn your back on these childish ideas of who you are, who you can be, and where you can and cannot go.
What does it mean to dream of being kidnapped and killed in a dream?
This is actually a very positive sign.
Your subconscious is showing you that there is a release possible and the ultimate release is to be killed because the one that was kidnapped needs to die.
I know this sounds harsh, but we’re talking about your old mindset.
We’re talking about your stubbornness, your pride, your irrational fear.
We’re talking about the toxic traits that you may have and unproductive coping mechanisms that may have made sense in the past but are completely inadequate and even counterproductive today.
That’s what we’re talking about and that needs to go.
And your subconscious is showing this projection of you being kidnapped and being done in by your captors.
Maybe the ransom didn’t come through, or they were just being sadistic.
Whatever the case may be, you’re dead.
And this is the good news because it’s not you who is dead.
It’s not you, the person who’s full of potential, the person who still has the sense of possibility inside him or her.
I’m talking about the old you.
I’m talking about the person who’s stuck in the past, the person who wants to cling desperately to old ways of doing things when present reality demands something new.
Do you see how this works?
Do you see how the image of you dead in your dream is actually a sign of pending victory.
So allow this emotional urgency that you’re feeling right now to push you to make the necessary hard choices to let go of your past self.
What does it mean to dream about a child being kidnapped and killed?
This indicates that somebody is stealing your joy.
You feel depressed but at the same time, you feel relieved.
Somebody can see through you, somebody can see that there are parts of you that refuse to grow up and they are targeting that.
A lot of people may think, “I don’t need this toxicity”.
Well, the truth is, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Different people who don’t know each other are not going to react the same way to you unless there’s something going on.
This inner child that you’re trying to protect, is not doing you any favors.
It is a child of the past.
It may have made sense in the past but not today.
Let it go.
Let it die.
What does it mean to see a baby being abducted in your dream?
When you see a baby abducted in your dream, this form of kidnapping indicates your fears that your hopes, wishes, and dreams are being stolen from right under you.
I’m not talking about trademark ideas or copyright claims or any other type of intellectual
property, I’m talking about something more basic.
Human beings have all sorts of hopes, wishes, and dreams.
This is what makes us special.
But very few of us turn these ideas that are often floating in our heads into a reality that you can see, touch, taste, hear, and smell.
It’s not because we’re all incapable.
In fact, most of us are more than capable.
Instead, we let our present circumstances give us excuse after excuse and justification after justification not to lift a finger to turn these hopes, wishes, and dreams into reality.
This is the cold hard truth.
And when you dream about a baby being kidnapped, your subconscious is telling you that you are robbing yourself of your ability to turn these passions and dreams into reality.
What does it mean to dream about someone kidnapping your parents?
Your subconscious is detecting that a lot of your hang-ups regarding your parents are finally beginning to be resolved.
You may be finally waking up to the reality that the older you get, the smarter your parents get.
In other words, their advice starts to make sense because now you can see reality for what it is.
So it’s really important to understand that there is such a thing as wisdom.
And what was true in the past is still true today.
There is such a thing as classical truth by wise people and it is a good idea to listen because this stuff is not going to go away.
It’s going to continue to make sense long into the future.
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.