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

  1. Joshua August 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    I cryed in my dream, I don’t know why. I saw a dog, he put his paw on my shoulder and looked at my eyes a certain way. Then I cryed, but I didn’t want to. What does that mean?

  2. daliah August 13, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    I had a dream that my boy friend takes his ex girlfriend on lunch for her birthday , an he Denys it in his in the dream but the girl didn’t deny it in the dream an I was so shocked in my dream it feel so real That I started to cry in my sleep an it feel so real until I wake to use the washroom, can u please tell what it is ?

  3. crostle August 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    A teacher made me cry in my dream and I felt hatred towards them what does that mean lol

  4. Anthony September 6, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    I had a dream of my coach, after football practice I walked up to his car and he was putting a young child inside.It was a child I’ve never seen before…I asked if that was his child, he took a long pause and said yes… It was like he was afraid or something was wrong…so I asked if he was okay he started crying and said…it’s just he died when he was one years old and we brought him back…it was unclear what happened after that but I gave him a hug and cried with him..then boom I woke up and it just seemed so real and now I’m not shure what it means or what to do…I looked up what it can mean if you cry or see someone crying in a dream but it lead me to this and I felt like sharing my story…does anyone know what this can possibly mean? I’m a 15 year old kid that’s curious and I just want to know if there was a meaning to this story/ dream…

  5. paula alexandra September 27, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    i crying in my dream really crying , and i see my relatives in my dream , in my dream my relative pass away , then I’m saying why she die she was the most beautiful girl, then i wake up and my eyes also have tears ,,,,, what is this dream means ????

  6. vivian mensah September 30, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    I always dream of crying by the time i wake up i see tears from my eyes which i never stop crying dont know why pls help me understand

  7. Sharifah October 19, 2016 at 1:54 am #

    About 2days ago i dream about this gut i think his about the same age as me in my dream he say that if he get to defeat me in running competition he want to date with me and then he win the running competition and then we start dating but one day in that dream some of his family member said that he has die in some kind of disease and leave me some note and when i read the note i cry and it feel so real when i wake up i feel sad for what i have dream…and today i dream the same think but different guy this guy is like rich but humble his not show his wealthy to others he come to me and say that he love me from the first sight and I’m his first and last love i was shocked at that time then the same think happen he die and one of his friends gave me a note when i read it he write his name and mine that he was sorry for leaving me alone because he has a cancer and ask me to not cry because he want me to be happy but i try so hard to not to cry but tears flow touching my cheeks and than i wake up and now i feel sad and i don’t know what does it mean that i dream almost the same kind of dream but a complete 2 different guy..can you explain to me what does it means because i don’t want to feel sad again when i wake up

  8. Amy October 30, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    I have before woken up from a dream crying, sometimes it does have to do with anything. I found this very helpfull because I was thinking, in my dream I fell to the ground and I played it off like it was nothing but then I fell again, afterwards I started crying and when I went to tell someone what happened they said they didn’t even see my fall (but honestly they didn’t even look bothers that I was obviously hurt and crying/upset) and i just wanted to say I think this was very helpful post.

  9. zharo November 4, 2016 at 2:13 am #

    I was crying in 3 dreams and they were all the in the same places.it was in a pitch black room .

    the first one I was sitting in a chair with a light switch above it but I was sitting there I had my hands kind of in front of my face but I saw tears fall down.

    In the second dream I was hugging my knees tight to my chest and I was crying it looked like I was in the corner of the darkness I stayed there until I woke up in real life.( I have sleeping problems)

    In the last dram I was searching in the darkness but hands come forth and hold my hand when I looked up I saw my friend. What does this mean?

  10. Zaradasht November 5, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    I had a dream i was in my old neighborhood, every time i would see some1 i knew i would start crying… the worst tho was when i met my childhood friend, when i saw him i huged him so fast and started shedding tears. Cuz i have been in the us for 10 years and i haven’t heared from him, i dont know if he still alive or what happened to him because of the war. im from syria btw. It just felt so real.

  11. April November 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    I had 2 dreams, separate nights, about my sister and mother. The first was my sister and she left with a man after we argued and I couldn’t find her. The second I got into a huge fight with my mom about big cockroaches and her eating my ice cream and she threatened to stab me. Both dreams I cried in but at the same time I had real tears as I was waking up and felt so tired and vulnerable after. What does this mean???

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