If you find yourself in your dream focusing on yourself biting on your cheek or biting on your tongue, the practical meaning is obvious. You’re not serious.
Different Perspectives on Biting Cheeks or Tongue
But if you’re wondering about the spiritual meaning of biting the tongue or the spiritual meaning of biting the cheek, it’s a little bit more complicated.
The Scientific View of Biting the Cheek or Tongue
From a scientific viewpoint, biting the tongue or cheek can be an indication that you have anxiety problems.
If you do this habitually, you respond to external pressures by placing pressure on your cheek and your tongue. It’s your way of trying to gain some control over situations that are essentially out of your hands.
This happens instinctively.
Oftentimes, you just need to feel triggered or sense some sort of tension, and you’re automatically biting your cheek or biting your tongue.
The Spiritual View of Biting the Cheek or Tongue
From a spiritual perspective, biting the cheek or the tongue can indicate holding back what you really think.
Depending on how you do it, it can be quite uncomfortable. So, your real self is having a tough time giving the other person or telling the world a piece of your mind.
Sometimes, we can end up biting our cheek or our tongue while we are chewing, eating, or excitedly talking.
If you see this happening a lot in your dreams, pay careful attention because your subconscious is telling about how you handle invisible pressures in your life.
I understand that’s a weird phrase, “invisible pressures,” but a lot of the times, we come up with all sorts of coping mechanisms for things that we’re not fully aware of.
It’s easy to point to past childhood trauma.
Maybe your parents split up when you were young or you had an abusive step-parent or possibly you got bullied in school.
Those kinds of traumas are easy to identify. They happen in a specific place within a definite time period.
Invisible trauma, on the other hand, can involve either coping mechanisms that those clear and definite incidents triggered or they can come from a wide variety of sources.
You can’t quite put your finger on them, but they’re weighing you down. This is what makes these types of pressures so problematic.
It’s like you’re trying to box with ghosts. You don’t know where to start because you don’t know where they are.
What Does Frequent Cheek Biting in Your Dreams Mean Spiritually?
If you find yourself focusing on the fact that you’re biting your cheek in your dreams several times during your nighttime vision, this might indicate faulty coping mechanisms.
You Have Mental Health Issues
An uncharitable way to put it is that you’re having mental health issues.
A lot of people have a tough time coming to grips with this so they would rather dismiss their habits as harmless tics or just things that they use to cope.
But in reality, if you feel stuck in a certain thought pattern that you know is harmful and prevents you from growing, you have mental health issues.
This doesn’t mean that there’s something fundamentally wrong with you that makes you less attractive. You have to look at health from a holistic perspective.
Health is not just something that you can physically see. Health also involves how you look at the world and whether it puts you in a better position to handle reality as it exists.
But if you’re dealing with invisible pressures or you are in denial about your mental and emotional health issues, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
You Have Personality Issues
This is also true when it comes to personality issues. Maybe you have OCD when it comes to certain areas of your life.
This all has a spiritual meaning in the sense that you are trying to present one image to the world while suffering the discomfort of your own making in your inner world.
Here you are — trying to put a brave front but you’re biting your tongue or biting your cheek.
All this anxiety and inner personality conflict are bound to bubble up and none of this is good for your spiritual state.
Your Spirituality Goes Beyond Belief
A lot of people automatically think that spirituality and religion are one and the same. No, they’re not!
Spirituality is much broader than religion and belief. Spirituality can involve your intuition and how much you trust the uncontrollable, unseen, and less than fully formed part of your total being.
These two need to be understood, acknowledged, and ultimately embraced because if you are not fully accepting of who you are, both inside and outside, you’re going to be incomplete.
And the way you deal with other people as well as the way lead your life and make choices will always come back through this sense of unease.
All of them flow from the fact that you’re not fully complete. You’re not living a life of integrity.
Now, usually, when people talk about integrity, they’re talking about being able to tell the truth.
But the thing is you’re telling a lie to yourself because there’s a part of yourself that you’re constantly denying.
Anxiety Is a Spiritual Symptom
One of the things that people don’t understand about our spiritual side in terms of our intuition, imagination, resourcefulness, and other unformed and harder to explain aspects of our total persona is that they are “as real” as our physical bodies, emotions, and personalities.
The mind-body connection has been long established, and an added layer to this is your spiritual state.
When you’re biting your tongue or cheeks in your dream, you are torn with a sense of anxiety.
It seems like a localized part of your life because it’s just a small area of your cheek or it’s just your tongue. You’re hoping that the world wouldn’t notice.
But you’re always sending signals out to the Universe, and you have to understand that the quality of the resonance of the signals you send is affected by your total being.
It doesn’t just flow from the good decisions you make or the high-quality relationships you have. It also emanates from the unformed and hard to articulate parts of your total persona.
Letting Go Is the Best Way to Find Freedom
In real life, when people bite their tongue, they actually want to say something that may not be well received.
Maybe they wanted to say something that can easily be perceived as rude.
Maybe they want to point to an uncomfortable truth that people are basically just walking on eggshells around.
Similarly, when you bite your cheek, you’re inflicting pain on yourself to keep yourself in line. You’re holding yourself back from truly expressing yourself.
Maybe the problem is not that you shouldn’t talk or get some important truth across, but more on how you do it.
Please understand that the truth will always come out. This blog has many different posts on people suppressing their deep, inner truth, and the more they hold it in, the more the suppression damages them.
You have to find a way to come out of your shell and communicate what is true to you.
Unfortunately, we are so afraid of how our personal truths will be received that we’d rather suppress ourselves just so others can go on with their lives around us.
For the most part, this works because a lot of the time, these truths don’t really go to the heart of your relationship.
The big challenge is when you’re suppressing truths that are fundamental to your relationships, what do you do then?
Self-Awareness Is the First Step to Overcoming Invisible Pressures
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the invisible pressures that you feel come from a part of your spiritual persona that is hard to map. This is where you can borrow from astrophysicists who learned to “see” black holes.
By definition, black holes are invisible. After all, their gravity is so dense that even light cannot escape.
But they do send out x-rays, and astrophysicists have used x-ray footprints to determine the general location of black holes.
The same goes with your invisible pressures.
You don’t know where to start, but you can figure out their specific shape, kind, even intensity based on your range of emotions as well as the pattern of stimuli that you experience that tends to trigger them.
I know this is a handful, and this is why you need to be more self-aware.
This is not the kind of stuff that you pick up with your rational, waking mind with all its duties, responsibilities, and obligations.
Forget about it. That’s not gonna happen.
You are just so focused on so many things. It’s like you’re juggling and then throwing at a pitcher at the same time.
It’s not gonna happen without focus.
The Spiritual Meaning of Biting Your Cheeks
When you bite your cheeks, you’re basically trying to keep yourself from talking. You’re doing this because you’re trying to not hurt other people’s feelings.
There’s an old term for this. Sacrifice the tongue.
In fact, a lot of spiritual traditions in particular Christianity testify to the destructive power of the tongue. You can read in the epistle of James where the apostle James wonders about the tongue.
It’s so small, but it can cause so many fires. It seems so small, but it has so much force.
We are also implored to make sure what we say we believe in lines up with how we talk.
The spiritual meaning of biting your cheeks, in this context, indicates self-control.
But it doesn’t say silence.
You have to find a way to communicate the truth you are seeing without causing unnecessary discord. This can only happen when you look at your situation from the perspective of the person you’re trying to communicate with.
Biting Your Cheeks Means Putting Others First
Compassion is often defined as sharing somebody’s pain.
In the West, we can make all sorts of analogies regarding our own pain and what other people are going through. By doing this, we hope that we can draw some sort of parallel so we can feel their pain and be with them.
When you bite your cheek, don’t fall into the trap of just being silent for the sake of being silent. A lot of the time, people need to be cut for them to be free.
I know that’s an uncomfortable realization and people normally wouldn’t want to accept that kind of thing because who wants pain?
We all love pleasure and would love to run to it, but we tend to shy away from pain. That’s just part of the human condition.
Still, just as a baby needs to be cut from its umbilical cord, you not only have to know how to say that truth that you’re seeing but when to say it.
Regardless, your truth needs to be said.
Silence Is Not Always the Answer
When you see yourself biting your tongue or biting your cheek in your dream, keep in mind that this is not always the optimal way to go.
Find a way to say it. But the truth must come out.
Sadly, for the truth to set us free, it must often first upset us.
Bible Verses About Biting Your Tongue
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
– Proverbs 2:21
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
– Ephesians 4:29
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”
– Psalm 34:13
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
– Proverbs 17:28