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!
Last night, as I drifted off to sleep I repeated to myself an affirmation in order to have an answer to a question. This morning when I awoke an idea popped into my head and I am following it. What I would like to point out is that I did not dream the answer but by sleeping on the question it came while I was waking up and I quickly jotted it down. It was not at all what I was thinking it would be but as a good friend of mine recently said “you might not get to where you thought you were going but trust that when you get there you were meant to be there.” I like that because it means we must stay open to life.
We can have goals and dreams and plans but not hang on too tightly to them because God will always have something bigger and better than we humans can ask for or dream up. Which brings me back to the ideas that came from my dream time this morning; I am going to go ahead and follow the ideas and see where it takes me. The main thing I want to stress is not to over think it too much or dissect it and ask why? Just trust and have fun.
Affirmation: Divine Intelligence give me a definite lead on what my next step regarding_____(insert your query) in my dreams tonight.
Remember always relax, forgive, count your blessings and say your prayer of protection before sleeping.