Having a dream about being trapped can be a frightening experience! Many times these dreams will manifest when we are feeling stuck or are not sure of what we should do next in our lives.
What Does it Mean to Dream of Being Trapped?
If you dream that you are trapped and cannot escape this typically means that you feel emotionally trapped in some way during waking life and you are unsure of how to escape the situation.
Here are some of the things that can trigger us to have feelings of being stuck or trapped:
- Jobs and Careers we are not satisfied with
- Relationships that don't make us happy
- Overwhelming responsibilities and Obligations
- Making Commitments for Things We Don't Enjoy
If you have a dream where you are feeling stuck in a situation, it can be helpful to understand exactly what is happening in your current life that is making you feel unhappy or feeling blocked and stuck.
Sometimes these dreams can also surface as a way to help us heal from painful past events. For example, if you had an experience where you were trapped, this dream may be bring up the fear and other emotions from the event that happened.
If you do not have anything in your life currently that is unpleasant and you have not had any traumatic experiences you can remember, it is also possible that dreaming of being trapped could simply be a surfacing of emotions and negative energy you need to release.
Sometimes we have emotions we have buried deep in our subconscious, and the only way to truly heal from them is to let go and move on.
Dreaming of Other People Being Trapped
It is also possible you may have had dreams of friends or family members being trapped. These can be very frightening and vivid dreams that stay in our minds for a very long time.
Fortunately, most of these dreams are not necessarily predictive or precognitive in nature surrounding the actual events in the dream - however, it can be a message dream where someone on a soul level is asking for help. See our article on the many types of dreams for more information on how to know what type of dream this might be!
In most cases, dreaming of someone trapped could mean that there is a part of you that feels stuck or that some aspect of yourself is being dominated by something else. Remember to think of you dreams as a movie and the people in it as actors - that other person in the dream might be playing a character!
You may also feel like you are unable to take care of things in your daily regular life. If you are taking care of someone, you may feel like you are unable to keep up with the demands, or that it is becoming impossible to catch up on things.
In some instances, these types of dreams may be signaling to you that someone you know might need help, but they are not sure how to ask for this help. For example, you may dream of a friend who you haven't seen in awhile being trapped in a dream. This could mean the person is unable to ask for help, and it might not be a bad idea for you to check in on them.
Sometimes these dreams can also be a sign of soul loss or degeneration. When we experience difficult things in our life, it is possible that parts of our soul go missing or dormant. If you've ever heard someone say the expression, "a piece of my soul just died" when something happens, this is often a case where soul loss has happened. Fortunately, if soul loss is the case it is very possible to bring back soul fragments and return to being whole again.
Pay Attention to Other Dream Symbol Details
If this is a dream that is symbolic in nature, and you're not exactly sure why the dream is happening or what the dream is about, it can be helpful to look up the meanings of the other dream symbols.
Are You Trying to Escape From Emotions?
Many times one of the things that traps us most in life is our very own emotions. We often try to avoid our true feelings as much as possible, especially when these true feelings are negative or unpleasant to acknowledge.
Sometimes we feel like we are not allowed to express or experience our true feelings because they are not socially acceptable or others may judge us for them.
Being trapped in a dream very well might mean that you are trying to escape from your own feelings and have been avoiding them for too long.
This is where other dream symbols and events in the dream can give us some important clues about what the dream might be trying to tell us.
For example, if you have a dream about being trapped under water, it is likely that you are experiencing emotions and limiting beliefs that are holding you back in life. Water is a very emotional dream symbol to pay attention to!
Your negative emotions might be drowning your true potential and you are unable to escape negative events from your life until these emotions are fully acknowledged and released.
Are there other people in the dream?
If you dream you are being kidnapped or held hostage, this could signify there is something happening in your relationships or career where you feel like someone else is taking away your personal power and freedom.
Sometimes the people in our dreams come in like actors in a movie and performing as characters in a scene. If you dream someone is kidnapping you, and it is a person you do not know, it is very likely this is an aspect of yourself. Is there some part of yourself that you do not like? A part of yourself that is dominating another aspect more strongly?
Do you have any thoughts or questions about what it means to dream about being trapped? Share your experiences in the comments below!