Possession is a common theme within dreams, but this does not make it any less unnerving when you experience it for yourself. We have no control over what our brains are going to conjure up while we’re in a REM state, which is equally as terrifying as being possessed by something in our dreams.
However, we cannot simply refuse to dream or go to sleep – we have no control over these factors of our lives. So, the next best thing is to find out what it means to dream about being possessed so that we’re not so frightened by it.
We know that is easier said than done, but if you are more clued up as to why you’re experiencing the dream, you might be more prepared for it and be able to deal with it without as much hassle. Below we’ll look into the meaning of dreams in which you’re possessed.
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What is possession?
Possession, in the sense of the supernatural, refers to when something else is owning your body and mind. For example, a demon can possess your body and therefore remove all of your inhibitions and control over your movements.
To put it simply, being possessed by something that is not yourself is simply terrifying. Once you’ve awoken and come to terms with the fact that you are in control of yourself once more, you should attempt to figure out why you’ve experienced this dream.
If you’ve dreamed about being possessed, chances are that you won’t want to experience the same dream, twice. Luckily, the theme of possession in dreams is rather common and therefore easy to interpret.
Interpreting the dream can help you find the root of the issue, and allow you to fix it to prevent the dream from having to be experienced again.
Types of dreams about possession
You being possessed
Dreaming about possession strips you of the control over your body, which is perhaps the scariest part. This dream can simply be down to feelings of worry and anxiety over not having control over something in your life, such as a grade or a medical result.
If you’re waiting on a consensus that you cannot change, the lack of control can make your brain feel as though it’s being overtaken by the answer that you’re waiting for. Similarly, being possessed in your dream could mean that you’re being consumed by negative feelings of worry, guilt, or fear.
The fact that you cannot do anything about the possession further worries you and starts you on a downward spiral into anxiety. If you have a dream like this one, you should work to calming your emotions and giving in to the uncertainty of the situation. Take your mind off of your lack of control and accept the fact that you have to wait for a result.
Once you succumb to the uncertainty, you’ll be able to relax a little and wait out the consensus without trying to control it. This will ease your fear and anxiety and reduce the likelihood of this dream reoccurring.
You fighting possession
If you’re fighting something that’s trying to possess you, you might interpret this into you not wanting to give something the control over you. You might see this as dangerous and worrying, and you’re not wrong! It is difficult to allow someone the control over your mind or body.
If you dream of fighting possession, you might need to determine whether or not you can prevent someone from taking over control of your body. For example, if you’re fighting the possession of a baby in your dream, this might reflect your worries of falling pregnant in real life.
To prevent this dream from reoccurring, you can take the necessary steps to prevent you from getting pregnant. Doing this will allow you to assume control over your body again and therefore stop you from dreaming about fighting possession.
Successfully fighting the worries in real life can ease your anxiety during your dreams. Not allowing the pregnancy to take control of your life will extinguish the feeling of being possessed.
Alternatively, you can learn to take control over the dream yourself, exerting control over your subconscious and these unwanted elements within it.
Someone else being possessed
If someone else is being possessed in your dream, you might not have any control over what you’re seeing. For example, if you see that your partner is being possessed and you cannot do anything to stop it, you’ll feel hopeless and completely useless.
This might indicate that negative thoughts or energy are overcoming you or someone else in your life that you cannot stop. It could also mean that you’re worried about someone in your life not being authentic to themselves.
If you see this in your dream, might we suggest that you try and get your friend or family member help if they need it. You should talk to them about your fears and see if they agree or disagree with you. If they agree and say that they aren’t in control, you might want to work with them to overcome this together.
Dreaming that someone else is being possessed is more common in empathetic people who care about the people in their lives. Helping someone overcome their emotions that are possessing them can help both of you to stop worrying about their lives.
However, if you do share with someone your concerns about them and they don’t agree that they have no control over something, it is not much you can do about the dream. Unfortunately, you cannot help someone who is struggling when they don’t notice the problem yet.
If this happens, you’ll need to be patient and wait for them to come to terms with it by themselves. You might find yourself dreaming about them being possessed multiple times before you can do anything about it.
The only thing that you can do is to try and ease your fears about their lack of control. Sometimes their reassurance that they are in control of their lives can be enough to ease your worries, but other times you’ll have to accept that just it’s not your demon to face.