Don’t dream it, be it – Frank’n’Furter (The Rocky Horror Show)
A wise old teacher of ours once told us that we should always pay heed to our dreams and place as much stock in them as we do in the things that happen in the waking world.
Our dreams are, after all, our subconscious’s way of making sense of the day-to-day events that we find ourselves immersed in and sharing the way that our innermost thoughts, desires, and feelings cope with those things.
It was sage advice that we took it to heart then, and it’s an idea that we have clung to ever since.
While it may not always seem like it, every scenario that plays out in our minds while we’re sleeping has at least some relevance to the way our lives play out on a daily basis.
And even though we don’t all share the same ideas and beliefs, which means that most of the time or dreams are as varied as the grains of sand on all of the world beaches, one of the things that we all have in common is food, and our love of, and dependence on, it.
And when we dream about food, there is always some sort of common ground, and shared meaning, that can be uncovered and discovered. So, what does it mean when we dream about food?
Dreaming About Food
Food has always symbolized wealth and prosperity and has always been used as a means of communicating personal worth by the rich.
It’s something that, on a subconscious level we all know, which is why dreams about food can have many different and varied meanings.
The amount, type, and location of the food in our dreams can all be interpreted in vastly different ways, but the underlying meanings are usually the same.
The Opulent Feast
While the idea of a large and all-encompassing feast is usually seen as being indicative of change, and that happiness and joy through financial prosperity lie just over your personal horizon, especially if the food in your dream is laid out like a banquet.
But it can also be interpreted in other ways.
It could mean that family and friends are about to visit and that you’re looking forward to some sort of large-scale gathering or it could have a much deeper, and more alarming meaning.
Some oneirologists place great stock in the idea that the dream of a feast or a large table filled with food is your body’s way of warning you that you could be due to suffer a period of ill-health, and as such always advise you to see your Doctor if the feast becomes a regular, and repeated dream.
The Poisoned Apple
If you eat rotten or poisoned food in your dreams, rather than being indicative of sickness, it’s a warning that you need to adjust something in your life to restore some sort of balance.
Is there something that you know is bad for you that you haven’t been able to either control or acknowledge?
Maybe a relationship has gone sour, your behavior is affecting the way you interact with others or your career has reached a point where it is beginning to feel like a chore rather than something you enjoy.
This dream could be indicative of any of those things and is your subconscious’s way of reaching out to you and telling you that something needs to change in order for you to get on with your life and begin to move forward and become the person you should be.
Again, this is a dream that can be interpreted in a number of different ways.
If you find yourself eating alone in a dream, it is usually your mind’s way of preparing for a personal setback or warning you that some sort of misfortune is waiting for you just around the corner.
However, if you were enjoying the experience of dining alone in your dream, it can also be a way of preparing you for a positive career or personal change, and a way of preparing you for a period of great personal development and growth.
Dining In Company
If you dream about dining with company, this is always, without fail, positive.
Usually seen as being indicative of love, friendship, and emotional prosperity, it can also be seen as being indicative of beneficial personal and career changes and that you are about to enter into a period of constructive and productive personal change.
Bland and Tasteless Food
If you dream about continually eating food that either has no or little taste, it could be a reflection of your subconscious acknowledging something or someone that has caused you to be bitterly disappointed or feel let down.
And it could also symbolize a deeply held regret that you have either put off dealing with or haven’t been able to face up to.
This is your subconscious warning you that you need to address the issue in order to successfully move on with your life.
Savoring the Flavor
Conversely, if you dream about eating food that’s rich in flavor this is always seen as a sign that you’re about to enter a stage in your life that won’t be hampered by obstacles and obstructions and is a clear indication that if you harbor some long-held personal or career desire, then this is the time to embrace one or both of those things.
It’s incredibly rare that we ever encounter a time during which we are free to follow the path that we want to, which means that the only person you have to blame if you don’t act following this dream, is yourself.
The Stolen Meal
Seeing someone you know either take food from you or eating a meal that was supposed to be yours in a dream, is a warning from your subconscious that you either think or know, that someone close to you has betrayed your trust.
Again, it’s another dream that you need to act on as there’s a good chance that your mind will keep repeating the dream until you do.
Nobody likes confrontation, but sometimes it’s necessary if you want to move forward, and on with your life.
The Starvation Dream
If you find yourself dreaming about not having enough to eat, never being able to find enough to eat, or slowly starving, it’s an indication that something you desperately need to fulfill your personal or professional ambitions is missing.
Often, you’ll already be aware of what it is that you think is missing from your life, and this dream is your subconsciouses way of gently prodding you to remind you that you need to alter course and make sure that you pursue whatever if it is that you think is missing with a vengeance.
Sharing Is Caring
Dreaming about sharing your food with someone, or lots of people, that you know is also a dream that should be savored and enjoyed.
It’s a manifestation of your true nature and serves as a reminder that none of us are islands and that we all need others to flourish.
This dream signifies that you’ve accepted that fact and have found comfort in the support of your family and friends, and know that if you have a problem you can turn to your loved ones for support.
A Meal With The Deceased
Eating or sharing a meal with a deceased relative or friend in a dream isn’t as some people used to believe, an omen of misfortune.
In fact, it’s the opposite, as it means that you’ve accepted the loss of someone close to you and are being reminded of the good times and memories that you shared with that person.
It is, again, another dream that should be embraced and cherished.
To Dream Of Food…
While this is by no means a compressive list of the way that food can appear in your dreams and what it means when it does, we have attempted to explain some of its more common occurrences in the sleeping world.
Food dreams, while not always positive, should always be welcomed, and never ignored, as the one inner voice you can always depend on, is your own. And when it talks to you, even in your dreams, you should always listen.