What does it mean if I’m crying in my dream?

Last night’s dream circle had a theme; it was vulnerability.  And of course, I woke up this morning feeling very vulnerable.  I couldn’t remember any of my dreams, which left me feeling all the more at sea with regard to how to approach my morning practice.  After meditation, I found myself feeling even more deeply the sadness that humanity can bring with it and I found myself crying those tears that come when we feel exposed and, well, vulnerable.  So here is my dream dictionary term for Crying from Dream Sight coming from Llewellyn Press in February 2011.


Universal Landscape:  Emotional expression and cleansing.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you crying in the dream or were you watching someone cry?  If it was someone else, did you know them?  Did you comfort them?  Did anyone (or anything) comfort you?  Could you feel yourself crying?

Personal Focus:  It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul.  In the spirit of that saying, crying washes the windows of our souls.  It cleans and lubricates them so they can see more clearly and easily.  Water represents emotion and tears are the fluid expression of our deepest emotions as squeezed out by the body.  Just as crying in life is an involuntary expression of deep feelings, the same can be said about crying in a dream.

Often people report the sensations of crying when dreaming; that it is felt as acutely as it is in the waking state.  The interpretation is generally very literal, though the Dreaming Lens will provide some focus for how to understand and utilize the emotionality that is being expressed.

If you are crying in a dream, then you are likely in some sort of mourning or expression of grief.  If someone else is crying, then a character aspect that lives within you is involved in a powerful emotional process.  If this is the case, then use the character who is crying to have a deeper understanding about what part of your personality is undergoing a shift.  Tears of sadness connect to loss.  Tears of joy connect with gain and could indicate getting to the other side of a challenging transition.

The more acutely you can feel the physicality of crying upon waking, the closer to consciousness the wound is.  The level of disconsolation you feel may give you an idea of the intensity of the hurt you are cleansing.  Remember that in your dreams, just as in life, crying is a healthy and powerful way of processing grief and facilitating transition and transformation.

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98 Responses to What does it mean if I’m crying in my dream?

  1. faith September 21, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I saw two of my friends together in a supermarket, after seeing them I cried because I was thinking that my other friend came for a vacation without calling me. what does this mean? Thank you.

  2. Ogke September 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I crying in my dream as one of my lover died in my dream l cry for her because l love her so much but as l wake up that morning l saw her love message entre into my phone number what is the meaning and what would l do

  3. Ogke September 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I crying in my dream dat one of my lover wife died in my drae and as l wake up dat morning is her text mesage dat entre my phone as l wake up what is d meaning

  4. shelby November 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    This dream is actually a three partner because I would wake up and go back to sleep returning to the same drescape. I am in jail and so is my partner although he has more freedom then me. In this dream he leaves me for someone else with no better reason then she is better. I am sitting in a chair there is a women councillor and a bunch of women circled around me and I am uncontrollable sobbing just gushing overflowing with tears of sadness and loneliness. For the entire dream I am cying like this no matter what’s going on. Whether I’m confronting him unable to understand why or sitting in my bunk full of sadness and loneliness or in a group of women I am crying. At one point in the dream a fight or riot breaks out…. And along with surviving I also want to escape. I’m running through a garage or large hanger and m confronted by my once partner and am filled with so many emotions I go after him and at one point wanted to kill him as a way of releasing all the sadness that has built into anger. In the end I woke up feeling sad and vulnerable

  5. tarun December 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Last night i see my self cryng in my drams aftr seeng my grandfather and my mom(late)and i was regret that m not able to give support to my grandpaa dts way i was cryng in drms wat does it means

  6. Yojana December 19, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    I dreamed a boy from my class who doesn’t talk more with girls but we have chatted a few times and askes me for notes(we dont talk except that face to face) he was crying then i didnt console him but i was in the spot where he usually sits in real life and i started crying too for no reason and told every1 i m crying due to headache!wat could this mean?

  7. serene December 23, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    I am serene from Philippines, last night i had a very exhausting dream. In my dream i was crying in front of my mother and elder sister but its not clear why i am crying so sadly as if my whole life is like a tragic movie.And i wake up not knowing the whole story of my dream…what does it mean?

  8. Vaishali S April 8, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I saw that a boy whom I have a crush left me somewhere, then I went through ladder including 4 steps. They were many dogs barking but not at me. When I turned behind I saw that one of the dog was hunting a deer and I was crying by looking at that deer. My eyes were filed with tears.

  9. Icon July 21, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    In my dream i saw my very good friend and he wants to marry another girl instead of me and i started crying what does that mean

  10. nora lee August 18, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    Lastnight I dreamt that I was crying bitterly. I cried over the loss of my deceased mother..I missed her soo much. By the time I woke up tears were flowing on my cheeks and I couldn’t help but continue crying. What does this particular dream mean?

  11. Elijah December 31, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    I cried in my dream but I dint not feel a healing sensation in fact I felt the opposite in my dream I cried because I was lonely. And when I woke up I felt that loneliness and that feeling made me cry in the real world. So what dose that mean.

  12. octavia March 2, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    I was crying in my dream about my teacher being mean to me and then I woke up and I was crying,

  13. Arnold March 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I dreamed I was crying over the death of my mother (April 2014) I was telling her how much I miss her and was crying uncontrollably. This after I attended a AA meeting with someone sharing their story, which was so similar to mine. Her story really lifted me to want to share mine hence I think this cleansing dream. (:-. Not sure but feels like something has been lifted from my soul someway.

  14. chidimma ibuchi May 18, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    I saw myself crying in dream inside markete last night missing someone

  15. chidimma ibuchi May 18, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    I saw myself inside markete in a dream crying for missing some one dat is staying with me

  16. Tushar Kant Saxena May 28, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    I saw me and my mother crying, I leaving for forever for some condition… She asked me not to leave otherwise she can’t live. I even got up crying today.

    When I slept in afternoon for some time I saw the girl whom I love, she came back to me said she made a mistake of leaving me but in the end she left me again, and I got up crying again.

  17. katherine September 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    I dont clearly remember my dreams but three night in a row i been woken up in tears by my significant other telling me bae stop crying whats wrong , and all i could remember in my dream is me cheating on my boyfriend with his bestfriend and the the other night i could only see my daughter and she was cying and i could see her but she couldnt hear me or see me and i was in tears and that was my whole dream what does that mean ? my other dreams i couldnt remember but even after i got woken up i was still crying and i couldnt stop .

  18. Shiva September 20, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I saw myself crying in dream for the reason noone in my family understands me and in the morning i started crying very hard because i can actually feel myself crying. Please tell me what does this mean? I feel like as if i am made to understand not to understood.

  19. Naj October 1, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    I cried in my dream last night because I saw lizards around and I really fear them in real life.

  20. cheridel lerum October 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    I was dreamed last night about im going back hom but nobodies there so im decide to wait my mother then I saw my self was cleaning in outside using the broomstick it was dirty in the playground then after that I saw the small and big one dog was eating the tissue like that and they was fighting then from a while I asked my self why my mother and my son was not back yet its going to night alredy then wat im waiting waiting then someone to coming im so happy and I called my mother but I cant she her face becoz its so dark then she told me like why you are come back,,, then I was trying to hug her but she was kicked my hand then I ask her why your alone where my son then she didnt amswering me im ask her agen wher my son until im crying so loud where is he where is my son I asking her again but she didnt replying me,,,,just im curcious can u tel me wat meaning of that pls,,, thanks

  21. Alexa October 25, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    I had a dream that i was crying asking my mother to get back together with my father who was 23 yrs dead and i saw my father wearing new pants color orange that i gave as a gift ti him…and there was a a woman who was selling fish and i saw my dead aunt force me to buy that fish and it was raining…please help me what is the meaning of my dream9

  22. pst henry October 26, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    emotional distress

  23. djmer November 7, 2015 at 2:57 am #

    I dream off so many things..that i dont really know why?
    then in my dream i’m crying deep & that crying it became very real till i shout then it will wake me up & and it was 8am in the morning,,,hmmppp what a nightmare

  24. Broken1 November 15, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    I had a dream where I was talking to my bf, and he turned his back on me mid conversation and kissed another girl right in front of me and I started crying so much I made a pool undermy feet so deep only I fell through and as I slowly drifted down I tried to swim up but at the same time I was still crying, the tears felt cold and broken and it seemed to wrap around me like a blanket and soon as I accepted my fate I let go of my last breath as the tear filled world around me grew dark until all I could see was my soul leaving my body. I let out one last tear and it hit the floor then I woke up holding my breath for so long my heart started hurting. I felt as if a big rock fell off my chest as I took a deep breath, when I laid back down my pillow was comoletly drenched in tears.

  25. Kimberly November 16, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    Lately ive been having dreams about the sadness and rough patchess of my childhood. Mostly about about my mom’s passing, the house i was torn away from and the abuse. In this dream my dearest childhood friend was outside my old elementry school with an adult blonde lady. All of my classmates including my older brother were sitting outside on the background. She said that the lady was going to help her with her studies. They went inside and then i remember seeing the lady being abused by her partner. Later the lady comes out with my mother. But not judt one , as we all watched thousands of my mother came charging at us. I broke down in despair over the thought of seeing the mothwe i cany even remember. But she looked so dark and dangerous. So all i did was run. Ehen i saw my btother he looked eben worse than i did. We ran to the nearest friends house.thats when i found out that my friend had been mudered i broke down into a histerical vrying session. I was balling do hard i couldnt even breath even after i awoke.r

  26. Alina November 23, 2015 at 5:34 am #

    last two days i saw myself in my dreams and i’m crying continously in my 1st dream i saw my aunts babies were died and i’m crying and in my 2nd dream i saw that my mom has an affair with another guy and i feel very bad for my dad and then suddenly i started crying so tell me what does it means ??

  27. Ellenium November 23, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Last night,I dreamed about my (otp loveteam) M & L were dancing in a stage.Smiling and sharing glances at each other,I feel really amazingly happy for them.But suddenly,L was lost and someone replaced him and kissed M.Sadly,M responded the kiss.I was in total shock and cried furiously mess…..
    I don’t want that to happen in real life T^T

  28. Beautykitty308 November 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    I once dreamt that I was searching for my dad and two of my friends said, “look over there!” And I turned to my right and there was a huge lake there. I started to cry and shout out I’m so happy, even though I don’t really know why I was happy. I think it was because my dad likes to go fishing and the lake reminded me of him and that was the only part of him I could find. Can someone please help me determine what this dream means, please?

  29. Lhelia November 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    I dream that im crying because my wedding cancelled due to payments to the arrangers

  30. regina December 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    I was crying in my dreams while hugging my mother. I really feel the hurt when i started hugging my mom…My mom too was crying.

  31. ming December 19, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    i was crying in my dream but also in real life. I dreamed of my father, we are fighting and i was yelling at him. i dont know, i just woke up crying.

  32. ABISAH JOHNSON December 20, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    I dream this night and i was crying severely that my family are suffering of hardwork,porverty and disintergration among my siblings.
    I wake up and still crying,even all my pillo wet with by my tears.
    Please what does it mean?.

  33. sara January 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

    had a dream of my dead hamster he was running around then jumped into a box and bumped his head the funny thing is and i know its going to sound weird i saw a bump forming on his head when i held him he felt like he was shaved and his fur was growing back was strange and all i know i was literally crying my eyes out i lost him a year ago and hes buried in my garden but my crying was like a flood wouldnt stop

  34. sara January 7, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    had a dream of my dead hamster he was running around then jumped into a box and bumped his head the funny thing is and i know its going to sound weird i saw a bump forming on his head when i held him he felt like he was shaved and his fur was growing back was strange and all i know i was literally crying my eyes out i lost him a year ago and hes buried in my garden but my crying was like a flood wouldnt stop

  35. Reagan January 31, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    my son sobbs in sleep. Is it healthy?

  36. mlennox January 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    While it is impossible for me to make any professional assessment of your son’s experience, there is nothing inherently unhealthy indicated by emotional expression in the dream state. You must look to his waking state to ask questions about his emotional well being.

  37. Paddy February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    I had a dream were I was crying uncontrollable because I had seen that all my family, including me were going to die. Kinda like Final Destination, which is most likely the cause of this dream. However, I haven’t watched that film in a long time. So yeah.

  38. Robert February 8, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    I just dreamed my father was about to die and then did die, I kept seeing people who for a moment or two looked like him , that for those moments I thought it was him, I remembered my Grandfather and saw a glimps of him in the past and other things of the past, music played in the back ground, almost a humming that sounded sweet and gentle I felt a profound sadness and loss and I wept to my self consistently without restraint, others about me sensed and saw my hurt and knew my reason of grief and showed due reverence and some prayed , my father is 81, he is in the nursing home and he is in the advance stages of dementia,He’s been there a few years now I thought I had accepted my loss when his mind left him but this all seems fresh and new like I’m loseing him again, there saying he hasn’t got long, days perhaps weeks? my dream was so profound I wonder if he has passed away this early morning, its 3:20 A.M. I sit in the silence of my house typing my thoughts, knowing God above is comforting me, and allowing me to fully comprehend my loss that has already occured or soon will
    and there is nothing I can do but accept what is or will soon be. I don’t want to cry but at this moment am fighting back my tears.

  39. gina February 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    i dreamt that i was beaten by my mum,i cried in the dream and woke up with tears in my eyes but continued crying for a while after that.this isn’t the first time..is it spiritual?

  40. Emmastry April 16, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    I had a wierd dream that i had two sister which i do but they looked different and that we where running from two white guys and that we were native americans…(i’m actually mexican-American)…then the two white guys surround me near the bathroom in a park. Then i started kicking and hitting the chubby white guy but with a weel chair infront of me. After he falls the skinny but strong white guy gets mad and grabs my two sisters. I run under a broken but huge watermelon i cover my face with it but my legs still show, i started crying my eyes out like really bad when he told one of my sisters to shot me. She was crying as well. I move a piece of watermelon closer to face so i wouldnt see her crying as she shot me. She gets an idea and shots the watermelon (i am still crying tho, really bad) after that i open my eyes and actual tears are falling out. Its looks like i was crying even when i was dreaming. Why was i a native american and why were those two women my sisiters?

  41. Keerthan May 1, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    This was a wierd dream … I was confronted by my teachers. They all where against me for no reason… I did no mistake. They never tried to understand me ,i cried very badly and later my teachers apologised for their mistake for not knowing the truth.

  42. Lenard May 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    I had a dream just now and awaken and think and search here for that dream. I had a live-in girlfriend and her name is Mary joy from Philippines. It’s one year exactly around this month that I make her hurt then I feel I miss her always after our broke up. I still got jealous and so angry spying on her Facebook with a new boyfriend and planning to say all the bad words to her during her birthday on June 11. But what I saw in my dream lately was, I was crying for her but she’s hugging me and say don’t worry. Everything will be fine. What does this mean? Is she gonna be back to me or not?

  43. Julien June 3, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    I was at some kind of art show when I realized my sister had been dead for a while. One of her paitings was there sitting for people to watch and I grabbed it and started to cry and cryed for so long and so hard it was painful. I lover her so much it was a really hard dream

  44. Maddie June 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Last night I had a dream where a guy in my school (that I don’t even talk to) had a death in his family… It was his brother and he had a TERRIBLE death… If I remember correctly i think there were drugs involved… Anyway my parents didn’t want me to know but i knew anyway… And they took me over to this guy’s house to help him coup with his brother’s death… He explained how his brother died and he was crying the whole time… He started walking into his house when i suddenly started bursting into tears and i cried his name and gave him a hug….

  45. Vivica June 14, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    I was crying with my ex and the father of my child over our relationship.

  46. Vivica June 14, 2016 at 7:57 am #

    I dream I was crying with my ex the father of my child over our relationship. What those these mean.

  47. karen June 22, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    I woke up and have tears in my eyes and mourn deeply! i remember that someone is trying to shoot me with a gun and i’m begging not to shoot me but he did shoot me, i got wounded and nobody help me. I keep on crying, mourning then I woke up with tears all over.

  48. nora July 8, 2016 at 4:11 am #

    Its not the dreams themselves that I find the problem, when I cry hard in a dream, I wake up to the realization that I am not actually breathing in reality, idk if I have trained myself to use hard crying in my dream as a trigger to awaken, but ive been doing this for as long as I can remember and the older I get the more it scares me. Do you think I should see a doctor? Or am I just crazy..

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