Weird Dream

Top 10 Weird Dreams We had in 2024 (And What They Mean)

Our subconscious plays an important role in our brain function, but when we sleep, it seizes the opportunity for creatively showing us our spiritual pathway through often bizarre dreams. These strange occurrences are typically designed to make us question our reality and to challenge our more concrete thoughts during our waking hours. If you have ever woken from a dream and thought “that was a bit strange”, but have been unable to decipher what your subconscious was trying to tell you, then you are in the right place.

Here are the top 10 weirdest dreams that we and our readers have shared over the past year. It is with courage and vulnerability that we do share these very personal dream themes and we hope that you gain some insight if the same situation ever occurs in your life.

The Weird Dream in Black and White

To begin with, a common weird dream that occurs is the dreaming in black and white instead of color.

Dreaming in color is like having a wild imagination. These dreams are usually full of details and feel very real. People who often dream in color might be really creative. They might be good at coming up with new ideas, seeing things in a different way, or connecting things that don’t seem related. Each color in their dreams adds a bit more to the story, making it richer and more interesting.

But what about black and white dreams? Well, these dreams might mean that the dreamer is more of a logical thinker. They like to solve problems step by step and prefer clear answers over vague ideas. Their dreams might not have colors, but that doesn’t mean they’re not creative. They just show their creativity in a different way. They might be really good at things like critical thinking and solving problems.

emotional intensity

Dreaming in color is often linked to a higher degree of emotional intensity or sensitivity. This is because colors in dreams are thought to represent emotions, with each color carrying its own unique emotional significance.

For example, red mean anger or love, and blue mean sadness or calmness. So, if someone often dreams in color, they might be feeling a lot of different emotions in their daily life. They might be really in touch with their feelings and not afraid to show them.

The Black and White Dream

On the other hand, black and white dreams might mean that the dreamer is more calm and balanced when it comes to their feelings. They like to think about their feelings and understand them, rather than just feeling them. Their dreams don’t have colors, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings. They might just handle their feelings in a more calm and controlled way.

A study conducted by psychologist Eva Murzyn found that during the mid-20th century, people, particularly those who grew up with black-and-white television, reported dreaming mostly in black and white. 

This was especially true for older individuals who had access only to black-and-white media during their formative years. Interestingly, as color television became more prevalent, there was a corresponding increase in the number of people reporting color dreams.

This suggests that the media environment a person is exposed to during childhood can significantly influence the color of their dreams (Murzyn, 2008).

What percentage of people dream in color?

Studies conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh show that about 80-85% of people report dreaming in color. 

They found that the majority of dream reports from students included at least one color term. The frequency of color in dreams was found to be higher in students than in older adults, suggesting that the frequency of color dreams can decrease with age (Schredl, M., et al., 2011).

dream in color vs black and white

Common Questions about dreaming in Black and White

Is it rare to dream in color?

No, it’s not rare to dream in color. In fact, the majority of people report dreaming in color. However, the vividness and variety of colors in dreams can vary greatly among individuals.

Does a blind person dream in color?

The ability of a blind person to dream in color depends on whether they were born blind or became blind later in life. Those who were born blind or lost their sight at a very young age do not dream in color because they have never seen colors. However, those who became blind later in life can still dream in color based on their visual memories.

Do dogs dream in black and white?

While it’s clear that dogs do dream, the question of whether they dream in color is still a subject of debate among scientists. Dogs are not completely colorblind but see a reduced color spectrum compared to humans. However, it’s challenging to determine whether these color perceptions carry over into their dreams.

The Weird Dream of the Death of a Family Member

I felt an overwhelming sadness the morning that I awoke from this dream. My partner had died and I was left consoling my two young boys while trying to figure out how we would cope without their mother. I don’t know how I arrived at the wake, but knew that the funeral had passed and I needed to move forwards in my life without my significant other. I rolled over and held her as I listened to the breath from her body comforting me that she was still here. But why did I dream this and what is the meaning from dreaming of the death of a family member?

Dreaming of the death of a family member

The Emotional Context of the Dream

Before we delve into the symbolism and interpretation of dreams about the death of a family member, it’s crucial to understand the emotional context in which these dreams often arise. Such dreams can stir a profound well of emotions within us, ranging from grief and sadness to confusion and even relief.

When you dream of a family member’s death, the emotions you experience within the dream can mirror your waking-life feelings about that person. Whether it’s a beloved parent, a cherished sibling, or a distant relative, the dreamer’s relationship with the deceased family member plays a significant role in shaping the dream’s emotional landscape. These dreams can be particularly poignant if the family member has passed away in real life. They may serve as a way for the dreamer’s subconscious to process unresolved emotions, reminisce about cherished memories, or find closure after a loss.

Unpacking the Symbolism

In the realm of dreams, symbolism is the language through which our subconscious communicates with us. Dreams of a family member’s death are rich in symbolism, and each element within the dream carries a unique message. As we embark on our journey to decode these dreams, let’s explore the layers of symbolism they may contain:

The Family Member:

  • The identity of the deceased family member holds profound significance in dream interpretation. Is it a close family member, such as a parent, sibling, or child, who appears in the dream? The presence of this person often reflects the areas of your life or emotions that are most deeply affected.

Circumstances of Death:

  • Within the dream, consider the circumstances surrounding the family member’s death. Was it a peaceful passing, a sudden tragedy, or a more mysterious occurrence? These circumstances can provide valuable insights into the dream’s meaning. A peaceful death might symbolize closure, while a tragic death could signify unresolved issues or emotions.

Emotional Response:

  • Pay close attention to the emotions you experience during the dream. Are you overwhelmed by grief, shock, relief, or a mixture of feelings? Emotions in dreams often serve as clues to your waking-life emotions or internal conflicts. The intensity of your emotional response can offer valuable guidance.

Dream Setting:

  • The location and setting of the dream can carry significant symbolism. For instance, dreaming of a family member’s death in a familiar family home might represent comfort and security. In contrast, an unfamiliar or chaotic setting could signify uncertainty or change in your life. Analyzing the dream’s setting can unveil hidden messages.

Other Dream Elements:

  • Take note of any other symbols, objects, colors, or actions that stand out in the dream. These elements may provide additional layers of meaning and context. For instance, a recurring object or a particular color could hold personal significance that guides your interpretation.

Frequency and Recurrence:

  • Consider whether this dream is a one-time occurrence or if it recurs with some regularity. Frequent or recurring dreams about a family member’s death may signal a persistent issue or emotion in your waking life that demands attention. They act as persistent messages from your subconscious.

As we navigate the labyrinth of dream symbolism, it’s essential to remember that dream interpretation is subjective. The meanings you uncover should resonate with your own experiences and emotions. In the following section, we’ll explore the potential triggers and influences behind these dreams, shedding light on why they occur in the first place.

Dreaming of the death of a family member

Spiritual Interpretation and Guidance

Spiritual and psychological perspectives offer profound insights into the meanings of our dreams. When it comes to dreams of a family member’s death, several interpretations can shed light on their spiritual significance:

Transformation and Change: Many spiritual interpretations view dreams of death as symbols of transformation and change. Just as physical death marks the end of one life phase and the beginning of another, dreams of death may signify your readiness to undergo a personal transformation. It’s an invitation from your subconscious to embrace change and growth.

Letting Go and Resolution: Dreams of a deceased family member can serve as a powerful metaphor for letting go and finding resolution. If your dream includes a sense of closure or healing, it may indicate that you are finally releasing emotions or conflicts associated with that family member. I once had this experience with my grandfather after his death with a comforting dream spending a couple of hours in his workshop with him.

Ancestral Connection: In some spiritual beliefs, dreams about deceased family members are seen as a connection to one’s ancestors. It’s a reminder of the legacy, wisdom, and guidance that our ancestors offer. Such dreams may encourage you to seek wisdom from your family’s heritage.

Messages from the Beyond: Some individuals believe that dreams of deceased loved ones are actual messages from the spiritual realm. These dreams can offer comfort, guidance, or reassurance. Pay attention to any specific messages or conversations you have with the deceased family member in your dream.

Reconciliation and Healing: Dreams can be a safe space for emotional reconciliation and healing. If you’ve had unresolved conflicts or regrets regarding a family member, a dream of their death may signify your subconscious attempt to find closure and peace.

Intuition and Inner Guidance: Trust your intuition when interpreting these dreams. Your inner wisdom often knows the true significance of the dream. Reflect on how the dream feels to you and what emotions it stirs within.

Personal Growth and Self-Discovery: Ultimately, dreams of a family member’s death can be a catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery. They invite you to explore your inner world, confront buried emotions, and embark on a journey of self-awareness.

The Weird Dream of Psychic Abilities

If you have ever felt like you are in a situation that you may have dreamed previously (often called Deja vu), then you may have a greater sense then others. In addition, if you have dreams where you can clearly see the aura or energy of another person, this too may be nudging you towards exploring your psychic potential.

The Dream Causing Déjà Vu Experiences

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that feels eerily familiar, even though you know you’ve never been there before? It’s like a magical moment where time seems to collide, and you can’t help but wonder if there’s more to it. Although you can’t fully remember it, there is a nagging feeling that you have once dreamed about this exact moment and have now arrived. That’s called déjà vu, and it’s often associated with untapped psychic powers.

I remember a time when I walked into a new café, and everything from the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to the artwork on the walls seemed oddly familiar. It was like a glitch in the matrix, a fleeting sense of déjà vu that made me wonder if there’s something more to our perception of time and reality

Déjà vu occurs when you have a strong sensation that the present moment has already happened in the past. It’s like a fleeting glimpse into a parallel reality. People with psychic abilities often report experiencing déjà vu more frequently and intensely than others. When you have déjà vu, it could be a sign that your mind is tapping into your psychic potential which ultimately will stem from your dreams.


Dreaming of Seeing Energy or Aura’s

Auras are said to be the subtle energy fields that surround living beings, reflecting their emotional and energetic states. If you find yourself able to sense or perceive these energies and auras in a dream, it could be a sign that you possess untapped psychic powers.

Developing and exploring this sensitivity further in your waking life can open up a whole new level of understanding and connection with the world. It might help you perceive the emotional states of others, detect positive or negative energies in different environments, and even gain insights into people’s intentions and true character.

The Dream of Predicting Outcomes with Accuracy

One of the most intriguing signs that you may possess untapped psychic powers is your ability to predict outcomes with remarkable accuracy. It’s like having an internal compass that guides you toward the right path or foretells what is to come. This ability to foresee future events can be both fascinating and incredibly useful in your life. When you begin to have dreams of accurately predicting outcomes, it means that you have a heightened sense of intuition and a deeper connection with the energies of the universe. Your subconscious is pushing you in the direction to start testing this ability by demonstrating it in your dream.

Psychic individuals often receive glimpses of the future through various channels. For some, it may come in the form of vivid dreams or visions, where they see events unfold before they happen. Others may experience intuitive flashes or strong gut feelings that guide them toward making the right decisions. This ability has been observed throughout history and across different cultures. Ancient civilizations, such as the Mayans and the Egyptians, placed great importance on divination and prophecy, recognizing the existence of individuals with the power to see into the future.

So if you begin dreaming of being able to see the future, pay close attention in the real world and start making some guesses about what just might happen next to explore a potentially un-tapped resource.

Find Lost Objects

The Dream of Finding Misplaced Objects

Have you ever had a dream where you couldn’t find your favorite pen or your keys, and suddenly you had this ‘aha!’ moment and knew exactly where to look? This is not a common dream state and if you find yourself in one, then pay close attention to your own capabilities of intuition.

I remember a time when my sister misplaced her bracelet, and I had a very strong dream that it was hidden under her bed. So the next day, we checked, and there it was! It felt like a small victory, but it made me wonder if there’s something more to this knack for finding lost things.

Maybe we have this hidden ability to connect with objects and sense their energy, helping us locate them with ease. This knack for finding misplaced objects using our dreams as guides is a sign of your potential psychic powers. It’s like having an internal radar that guides you to the exact location of what you’re searching for.

Trust your instincts and dreams to let your psychic senses guide you when searching for lost items.

Dreaming of a Persons Character (and ulterior motive)

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone new, and you can’t explain why, but you just have this hunch about them? It’s like your inner alarm system giving you a signal. I remember meeting my friend’s new roommate, and although they seemed friendly, something didn’t quite sit right with me.

The I had a dream about them which revealed to me that they were stealing things from my room-mate. After discussing this weird dream with my roommate and following several weeks of observation, they found that this person was in fact stealing from the house and selling the items.

It made me realize that we can often sense things beyond what people show on the surface by interpreting our dream version of their character. People with untapped psychic powers often possess a strong sense of intuition about others’ true intentions and character so if you are dreaming about someone’s character, then perhaps explore the intuition in real life.

Dreaming of Your Un-Tapped Psychic Powers

Remember, these dream signs are not definitive proof of psychic powers on their own. However, if you resonate with several of these dreams, it’s worth exploring and developing your potential psychic abilities further. Trust yourself, embrace your unique gifts, and embark on a journey of self-discovery in the fascinating realm of psychic powers.


The Dream within a Dream within a Dream

If you have ever had a dream within a dream where you “woke” up just to find you are still dreaming, you would understand just how confusing this can be.

“Dreaming inside a dream” or “dreaming in a dream” refers to the experience of having a dream while already being in a dream state. In this extraordinary experience, the dreamer finds themselves inside one dream scenario and then transitions into another dream, creating a layered dream sequence.

You know how sometimes when you’re fast asleep, you start having a dream about something, let’s say you fall asleep and find yourself dreaming about visiting your grandparents’ home. In that dream, you go to their house and fall asleep again. And within that second dream, you have a completely different experience. This is an example of dreaming inside a dream.

One interpretation of dreaming inside a dream is that it signifies the vastness of the subconscious mind and its ability to create intricate dreamscapes. It highlights the complexity and depth of our inner thoughts, emotions, and desires. Each dream layer may represent different aspects of our psyche, providing insights into our subconscious motivations and unresolved conflicts.

Multidimensional Awareness Dream within a Dream

When we have a dream within a dream, it means our mind goes beyond the usual limits of time, space, and our senses. This connects to the idea that there are multiple dimensions or layers of existence beyond our physical reality. Our usual reality is like the tip of the iceberg, but dreaming inside a dream allows us to glimpse what lies beneath the surface. It’s as if there are hidden dimensions and realms that coexist alongside our physical world.

Now, this might sound a bit exhilarating, but it’s not just some far-fetched idea. Many spiritual traditions and beliefs actually embrace this concept of Multidimensional. Hindu philosophy for example, acknowledges the existence of different planes of reality beyond the physical realm. These dimensions are often described as Lokas or worlds, each with its own characteristics and beings. They may operate on different frequencies or vibrations that are beyond what we can normally perceive.

Time Dilation from the Dream within a Dream

When we dream inside a dream our perception of time gets all mixed up. It’s like the boundaries between past, present, and future are overlapping. In our regular waking lives, we tend to think of time as a straight line that moves from one moment to the next. But when we dream inside a dream, we experience time in a different way. A dream that feels like it lasted for hours or days may actually only take a few minutes in real time.

This shows us that time can be flexible and not as fixed as we think.

This idea of non-linear time connects with the concept of dreaming inside a dream because it challenges the way we understand reality. It suggests that time is not just a sequence of events, but a more fluid and interconnected experience. It’s like different moments from the past, present, and future can all happen at the same time.

Dream Within a Dream within a Dream: Biblical Perspective

The concept of a dreaming in a dream, or a multilayered dream, can draw parallels to the biblical story of Jacob’s ladder experience in Genesis 28:10-17, where Jacob saw a ladder extending from the earth to heaven, with angels ascending and descending on it.

This vision represents a connection between different realms, symbolizing divine communication and the interaction between the earthly and spiritual planes. Similarly, when we consider the idea of a dreaming in a dream, we can perceive a connection between different levels of consciousness and perception. Each dream layer represents a distinct reality or level of awareness, much like the rungs of Jacob’s ladder.

dream within a dream within a dream

Dreaming in a Dream: Islamic Interpretation

Dreaming inside a dream demonstrates the “qudrah”. In Islam, the concept of “qudrah” refers to the immense power and ability of Allah (God). When we talk about dreaming inside a dream, it highlights the notion that Allah has the power to create multiple dream realities within the subconscious mind of the dreamer.

Just like how Allah created the universe and everything within it, he also has the power to shape and control the experiences we have in our dreams. When we dream inside a dream, it signifies that Allah can create layers of dreams, each with its own unique storyline, characters, and events. This showcases also showcases his ability to manifest different realities within our own minds.

It’s a reminder that Allah is the ultimate Creator and has full control over the world of dreams.

Waking up in a Dream but Still Dreaming

Waking Up in a Dream

The phenomenon of waking up in a dream but still dreaming might suggest that you possess the ability to manipulate and shape dream environments consciously, functioning as a dream architect who can navigate and control the dream world. The idea of being a dream architect implies a heightened level of consciousness and control within the dream state.

As a dream architect, you have the freedom to unleash your imagination and creativity in the dream realm. This practice is called Lucid Dreaming

The concept of being a dream architect may also suggest that the way you shape and navigate dreams mirrors your approach to life. Just as you have the power to design dream environments, you may possess a similar inclination in your waking life to actively shape and create your reality. It reflects an innate ability to manifest your desires, make intentional choices, and transform your surroundings.

As a dream architect, there may be a sense of responsibility that comes with the power to shape dreams. It raises ethical considerations about the impact of your dream manipulations on yourself and others who may be part of your dream experiences. This makes you reflect on the possible outcomes and consequences of what you do in your dreams.

Weird Dreams in 2024 Wrap Up

We hope that you have enjoyed reading through and exploring our weird subconscious dreams and that you may have found a connection with some of the interpretations. Our dreams are a powerful way for us to channel guidance from the spiritual and listen to our inner voices when we need to explore un-tapped regions of our brains.

We always look forward to hearing from our readers, so if you have something that you want to share in your own dream experience, just get in touch with us through our Contacts page and we would be keen to learn about what your own experience is.

Weird Dream FAQ

1. What do strange dreams mean, and why do we have them?

Strange dreams can be our subconscious mind’s way of processing thoughts and emotions. They often reflect our inner world and can provide insights into unresolved feelings or experiences.

2. Why do I dream about flying or falling? What’s the interpretation?

Dreams of flying or falling might symbolize a desire for freedom or a fear of losing control in waking life. Flying dreams can represent a sense of liberation, while falling dreams may suggest anxiety or a lack of stability.

3. What does it mean if I dream about animals talking or acting human?

Dreams of talking animals can symbolize our connection with nature or tap into our instincts and emotions. They may also reflect the way we perceive certain traits or qualities in ourselves or others.

4. Why am I having recurring dreams about being unprepared for exams?

Recurring dreams of being unprepared for exams often relate to feelings of stress or pressure in our waking life. They may highlight a fear of failure or the need to face challenges head-on.

5. Is there a meaning behind dreams where I’m being chased or pursued?

Dreams of being chased may indicate a need to confront unresolved issues or emotions. It could be a signal to face fears or challenges that we’ve been avoiding.

6. What does it signify if I dream about losing teeth?

Dreams about losing teeth are commonly associated with concerns about appearance, communication, or a fear of powerlessness. They might reflect a sense of vulnerability or a need for self-expression.

7. Why do I dream about being in strange places or alternate realities?

Dreams of unfamiliar places or alternate realities might symbolize a desire for exploration, a need for change, or the discovery of untapped aspects of ourselves.

8. Is there a spiritual interpretation for dreams featuring deceased loved ones?

Dreams with departed loved ones can be comforting. Some believe they may be messages from the other side, offering guidance or reassurance. Others see them as a reflection of our ongoing emotional connection.

9. What does it mean if I dream about winning the lottery or sudden wealth?

Dreams of winning the lottery often symbolize desires for abundance, success, or a positive change in life. They may also prompt us to explore our attitudes towards wealth and prosperity.

10. Why do dreams sometimes feel so real, and can they predict the future?

Dreams feel real due to the brain’s immersive nature during sleep. While dreams might not predict the future, they can provide insights into our current mindset and emotions.

11. Is there significance to dreams with symbolic or unusual colors?

Colors in dreams can carry symbolic meanings. For instance, red may represent passion or intensity, while blue could symbolize calmness or clarity. Paying attention to colors may offer additional insights into dream interpretation.

12. Can I control my dreams, and is lucid dreaming a meaningful experience?

Lucid dreaming, where one becomes aware they are dreaming, can be a fascinating experience. While it may not have specific meanings, it allows for conscious exploration of the dream world, providing an opportunity for self-discovery and creative expression

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