Have you ever had a dream of school? Being in school? Or going to school?
Many of us have at one time or another. As listed in my top 25 dream symbols school is one of the common dream themes we understand as a group. The dream symbol is usually the background theme of a dream and can be an action symbol (learning) when interpreting your dream. This can be your level of learning (school) of thought. Pay attention to what grade level you are attending in the dream, as this is an indication as to what level you are operating at in regards to a particular situation. School can also be a negative aspect of feeling indoctrinated. A school is considered a building as in school house or school building (duh?) and buildings represent our various states of consciousness, awareness, associations and general belief system. The type of building in your dream points out a particular state of consciousness in your dream.
In general, school pertains to learning or opportunity for knowledge, growth experience, expansion of consciousness or mind improvement. Level or type of school would indicate your level of learning. i.e. kindergarten, grade school, high school, college. College, University and Graduate School are places of higher academia, specialized and or more focused training, advanced learning and training. These are places of exchange of ideas, trying new things, and also these are places of social and cultural concepts and changes.
Perhaps you have had a dream of being in a particular class or classroom, this could indicate that there is room for further learning on a particular subject. Were there any books or anything written on the chalk board or maybe decorations that could point you to what the subject is. Was there a specific teacher there? What do you associate that teacher with (if you had her/him in the past)? If the teacher is a friend or parent or relative this teacher characterizes someone in your life that is capable of teaching something important. Think of what that teacher represents to you. Maybe play the association game or the first three thoughts that come to mind when you think of that person. These can all help disifer the dream message.
Having school work is a reminder to us that we must keep working hard and applying ourselves if we want to learn.
If you are attending school right now and dream of being at a lower level or higher level than you are in your waking life, this is like others dreaming of their workplace. It would indicate your level of knowledge or behaviour in a particular area. Maybe you are acting like a pre-schooler or are you smarter than a fifth grader? Or it’s all elementary my dear. Again, as I always say interpreting your dreams takes time and you must look at all things as a puzzle that fit together to understand the message.
Dreaming of taking tests and/or examinations are about knowing the truth. This dream symbol/meaning has to do with self esteem and confidence or lack of it. Being prepared or not, making the grade or not, measuring up to other people’s expectations or fear of not being good enough. The most important test of our lives is knowing our own goals, standards, hopes and wishes. Being crystal clear about what you want in life and standing up for what you believe and living YOUR own life on YOUR terms.
For further insight into the area where you feel you are being tested in, look at what the test was on in your dream. It is normal to dream of being tested, taking a test etc occasionally because it challenges us to work better at goals we are trying to achieve. However, to dream of tests often or repeatedly point to a lack of confidence in ourselves or not measuring up to other peoples imposed standards on us. Both indicate a need to heal yourself, improve your self confidence and start listening to and follow through what you KNOW to be true for you and not others imposed expectations of you. Having a low self esteem is much of the cause of our failure or fear of failure. Having these dreams of tests and being tested repeatedly is a message from your soul telling/showing us where we need to work on and heal ourselves.
Let’s look closer at types of dream tests and their possible meanings:
Fear of Failure: This fear is one most of us are familiar with in one way or another. The dreams of being not prepared is showing us just how we really feel about ourselves. Lacking confidence and being afraid. Many of us fear that we will not measure up the expectations or standards imposed by our family, spouse, friends, or boss. The test dream can point this out if we are not consciously aware of this feeling or are side stepping it and not dealing with it. Remember, what YOUR goals are not other peoples goals for you, YOUR expectations and standards not other people is a test of your self confidence and ability to live YOUR life for you. When you do this life opens up and meets you and supports you in all ways.
Being Unprepared for a Test: This dream is pointing out to your feelings of being unprepared or incapable of handling a circumstance you are in or life in general. Many dream of unpreparedness include missing the bus or ride to the test/school, or losing your books, pens or not being able to find the classroom where you are to take the test. When you have these dreams think about what you are not willing to take or deal with currently. Because having this dream of unpreparedness is showing you just that.
Spiritual Tests: These types of dream tests are basically in a calm, pretty and serene. Mostly outside or in a temple, place of worship-church or cathedral type background setting. These dreams are very occasional and you may not remember the dream completely, only parts like an initiation or angels or a spiritual or mentor being around you. The feelings upon waking and throughout the dream will be mostly feelings of peace, devotion, love and joy.
A more in depth look at the meaning of baby and baby actions expanded from my Top 25 Common Dream Symbols.
Babies in dream can have several different meanings but usually a baby represents: a new idea, new concept or new project that you have given birth to; A responsibility you have now accepted, a personal project or thing to do. It’s your ‘baby’. For example your baby could be a creative idea you have and plan to show the world such as draw, paint, put into music, or starting a business, new job or new project. Something that is yours alone, that you have birthed. Be a proud parent and display your baby to the world!
A baby: Can represent aspects of you being or acting like a baby, immature, innocent, a new personality trait coming out or starting to be visible in you.
Feeding a baby: You are feeding and nourishing your project. Watching it grow and mature seeing progression. Could also be you encouraging or nourishing the child part of yourself which if it is a brat is not good!
Dead Baby: To dream of a dead baby or dying baby is not a pleasant dream but keep in mind this is not a real baby it is a representation of an important project, job, idea or creative endeavor that you have let die or dropped accidentally. This dream could be pointing out to you that whatever this baby represented it would be wise for you to take care and not let your ideas die or sacrifice your ideas or projects for the sake of someone or something else. This is something many of us do to ourselves often (think of others before ourselves) could point out that you have allowed another person or situation to take away your hopes and ideas to the point of you letting it, the ‘baby’ die.
Bathing a Baby: Points to you making a fresh start, cleaning up messes and correcting mistakes you have made. Wash away the negative (dirty) stuff and starting new.
Dropping a Baby: Can be pointing out to you that you have dropped a valuable project or idea or hope. Take heed to this dream and consider what the baby represents. You may want to reconsider the action you are about to take in “dropping” it.
Killing a baby: This dream is asking you to look at what you are doing in waking life and is it really worth sacrificing your ‘baby’? Is it worth the cost?
Losing a baby: Losing your important and precious ideas, or losing hope in relation to something valuable to you
A lot of babies: Could be pointing out too many responsibilities, options, goals, or even problems or opinions for you to deal with.
Twin Babies: Can represent two equally valuable projects or ideas or goals.
I hope that these meanings can help you in your dream interpretations. As always, I remind you to ask yourself first what a symbol means to you the dreamer before consulting a dream dictionary. A good thing about dream dictionaries is that they can lead you or prompt you to meaning if you are stuck on something. Sometimes by even not agreeing with a meaning you can define what it does mean to you!