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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66 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. 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,

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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 .

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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