What Do Elevators Mean In Dreams?

by mlennox on September 21, 2010

Here’s an interesting twist on an elevator dream from Mark L.

I’m descending in an elevator, but I’m not IN the car, I’m on TOP of the car (on the outside) and can see the cables and counterbalance weights.

Elevators move us up and down within a building and therefore connect with the easy ability to move up and down within our consciousness.  Higher floors relate to higher thoughts, lower floors…well you get the picture.

This higher and lower consciousness idea connects to many images that relate to vantage point: A mountain top would offer a broad, expansive view of your world, whereas a hole in the ground would be pretty restricted.  This distinction of an elevator, however, is that is located inside of a building; a man-made construction that has limited boundaries and specific purpose.  In this way, a building is much more about a construct of thought or ideas you may have created for yourself and an elevator represents your ability to move freely within the different levels of thought that this particular “idea” may contain.

So, now let’s talk about Mark’s conundrum.  In his dream, his elevator moves easily up and down, stopping at all the various floors representing different ideas he’s built up for himself.  However, he can’t access any of them because he’s stuck on top of the elevator car, separated from the doors that provide the entrance to what’s available in this particular building.  Sure, he has a good sense of how things work and the mechanism BEHIND the ideas (cables and weights) but this dream is probably coming along when he can’t actually utilize the information he has to expand his life using the knowledge available to him.

I’ve included the term Elevator from my upcoming dream dictionary, Dream Sight, coming from Llewellyn Press in February 2011.

Elevator

Universal Landscape:  Rapid transition between levels of awareness.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you waiting for the elevator or already riding it?  Was your intended destination being reached?  Were you frightened or in danger?  Were you going sideways?  Were you stuck in an elevator?  Were you moving faster than what felt safe?  Who were you with?  Were you pushing the buttons or was someone else?

Personal Focus:  Elevators carry us from one floor to another at the push of a button.  The different levels they transport us to connect to various perspectives of our awareness.  We decide our destination on an elevator, aligning this symbol with the choices we make about what areas of our consciousness we are willing to investigate.  What happens in the elevator of our dreams may reveal how well this process is going in our daily lives.

The floors involved in a dream can hold significance.  In a general way, moving upward connects with higher, more sophisticated levels of thinking and moving downward indicates investigation of lower levels, past issues and behavior patters.  Moving downward can also align with visiting hidden or shadow material.

The actual floor number or numbers, if remembered, can be examined through the concepts of numerology for additional meaning (see Numbers).  If there are specific associations with the floors you visit or the building where the elevator is located, this should be factored strongly into your interpretation.

To be going up when down is desired may indicate a pressing need to operate with a higher insight than with which you are currently engaged.  Going down when up is anticipated may point to the need to uncover additional material hidden in the lower depths of your consciousness or your past.  Being stuck on an elevator is to be midway through a process or shift.  Your response to the lack of movement may reveal levels of impatience with your progress in some area of growth.

An elevator out of control is similar to a falling dream, but the added component of transition and choice must be considered.  While you may be falling, you have chosen to take the elevator in search for new information.  Going sideways is to be confused about the direction in which a current transformational shift may be taking you.  If the elevator is out of service, you may be stuck in some issue in your life.  Another possibility with a broken elevator is a need to stay where you are and not try and escape your current situation by rising above it or sinking to a lower level.

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