What Does It Mean When I Fly In My Dreams?

Someone recently asked about flying dreams in which they can fly and use their arms as wings.  Flying is the third most common universal dream image, right behind falling and being chased.  I am fond of saying that flying in a dream is the most fun you can have while still remaining asleep.  I am including the term below from my upcoming dream dictionary, Dream Sight, coming from Llewellyn Press in February 2011.


Universal Landscape:  Ascension; rising above mundane life.

Dreaming Lens:  Are you attempting to fly in the dream, or are you flying effortlessly through the air?  Do you jump off after several steps or do you simply lift off?  Where are you flying to or from?  Are you alone?  Are you with others?  What are you flying over?  Are you joyful or fearful?

Personal Focus:  This is one of the most common universal dream images.  One of the most delightful aspects of dreaming, this cross-cultural symbol means that you are rising above everything that is on the ground.  Since this can be a wonderful sensation, it is often associated with intense feelings of a positive nature.  A flying dream could indicate strong feelings of freedom and bliss, which can represent moving toward a higher state of awareness or connection with spirit.  It can also provide a broader perspective on your life by virtue of giving you a higher vantage point.

However, it should not be overlooked that this very experience can be used as a defense by the unconscious.  When this dream appears, it begs the following question:  Is there anything that is being avoided or overlooked by rising above the conflict or simply not being grounded in reality?

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18 Responses to What Does It Mean When I Fly In My Dreams?

  1. Ansula Basumatary October 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    I fly in my dreams. what is the numerical number of this dreams?

  2. Hector December 10, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    I love dreaming

  3. mlennox December 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    So do I!!

  4. Konrad ------ Darnok December 23, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    Greetings, i would like to share something with you in my dreams, but i can control it too. i can see myself coming up from my body in my sleep. i can walk as normal. but i can control myself to climb something and then jump off it so my stomach nearly touches the floor when i jump and fall and then i fly. but i have been learning to control my flying for a couple years now. and i use to wake up in random places like my school or the place i use to do kickboxing not far from me. but now… i wake up in my own house, for example yesterday –22/12/2014– i went down my stairs climbed my fence and jumped of and flew. i was fully conscious and aware of my dream and i knew i was flying and i knew i could control myself i could feel my energy flowing into my arms, as i spread them like a birds wings and after i wake up. it dosn’t go away i can still feel the power and energy deep within my arms like i can jump in reality and fly. i looked very stupid jumping up and down in my back garden many times. but i believe i can experience flight although i know its humanly impossible i just wish i could experience it in reality. but because i cant i go to sleep knowing i will fly and i can control myself i have many times visited my friends houses and saw them sleeping in my dreams could this be some kind of soul awakening? i really enjoy going to sleep knowing that i will fly again. i just thought i would share my experience with you as i found this page looking through my abilities, my whole family has gifts and i do to, simple human minds could not understand.

    Also i hope you are a person who really believes in these types of things and is not a person that is pretending to understand superior processes to earn money and such.

  5. Richard anderson May 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I had a dream where I was flying away fromy house where paranormal activity was occurring and problems with my parents. I flew away freely and saw my ex girlfriend with a new guy and said to her “I’m finally flying” she replied “me too” I was tgen approached by a woman who might have represented The ghost or my mother who was trying to talk me into going back inside. While she was below me it was harder to fly. I studied your book and now teach your methods to my loved ones but I’m having trouble with this one for some reason.

  6. RoseMary May 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    In my dream I’m using my mind to help me to fly and I’m flying thru this building which s being shown to me as an apartment and I’m flying to check it out from ceiling to floor close to the end iI’m very happy I love it and excited and tell them I’ll take it. Then I start flying to the window area and can’t see out of it and say thats ok I’ll clean it before I move in it. Then turn next to the window is an extra door I try to open it then say the heck with it and start to fly off when something grabs me. Then my phone woke me up out of the dream. But I found that I wasnt the only one in y dream flying there were others.with me.

  7. angelica October 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    always dreaming that i am flying since when i was kid… i dont know why always dreaming this..

  8. Melissa October 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I have a recurring dreams, that I am at my grandfather’s house in his backyard ” he still lives” and it’s night time and standing there watching this white mist pass by which seems peaceful and next thing I know I’m reaching for it and I grab it then my body starts to shoot towards the sky with an intense light so blinding and beautiful it makes me feel good, I’m flying so fast it’s unbelievable and the light is so bright, then all of a sudden it goes dark and I wake up, anyone figure what this is or means? I always feel as if I wanna keep going then I wake up. Its recurring for many years since I was a child.

  9. Parish January 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    I have been flying since I can remember different places every night, flying is the greatest gift a person can possess in life, I have visited many planets including Mars I have names for all of them . It takes less than 30 seconds from earth to Jupiter, sometimes I use my wings sometimes I fold it. I have seen the sky splits into two parts, I have tooched the stars. I need someone who can make movies with my story I have seen so many things….I need to tell someone. E-mail me parisshobi@gmail.com if you have any help. Thank you.

  10. Tina February 27, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    I Have the same dream, if I flap my wings I can get real high and can control how high or low I can go.. Love this dream

  11. Cutie August 5, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    I dream I’m flying. I am flying over many houses, neighborhoods, and sometimes I will stop and visit people I know. It feels real and natural. Sometimes I visit my schools from childhood. After some thought about this, I believe that my inner self (spirit) was looking, and searching for something. Also, trying to escape something. I have sought, and I have found, I have faced as well. Took a long time. 🙂

  12. Deklyn Newton August 24, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    I mean it was two years ago but I can still tell you what you were experiencing. Its called ‘astral travel’ look it up for more. I too can do this😊

  13. M. Munir September 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    I dreamed a lot of times as if I was flying sometime having troubles in flying sometime flying over mountains.
    This was a great fun to have though in dreams. Sometime when someone tried to catch me I started flying and the other person was only able to run for catching me. I think there is something very speacial hidden something worthy in this dream.
    Would like to know more of this kind of experience from u my friends.

  14. Jenny October 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Last time I had a very strange dream, I thought I should share, my dreams are usually VERY vivid and I could remember them so clear or not at all. Lastnight in my dream I found myself in a restroom looking at myself I looked the same just a little taller I realized that I was dreaming in my dream I was aware of what was happening and out of no where a girl appears in the mirror also she smiled at me then ran back once I turned around she was gone I only saw her through the mirror but the little girl in the mirror look exactly like me when I was younger my dream. Then slipped and I ended up in my old high school I was w like 3 friend I guess we were not supposed to be on campus so we ran and as I was the only one being chased I jumped and was able to fly I guess u would say but it was not effortless I was making myself fly I would use both legs and hands to keep me from falling and BEing able to go higher, it’s not the first time I’ve been able to control myself being in the air, it’s a really cool feeling because I’m not afraid at all.

  15. Ricki October 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    I have dreamt that I could fly since I was a kid. I don’the use my arms, I use m y mind. Not long ago, I realized I had not had these dreams for a very long time, maybe years, and all of sudden they are back, better and more delightful than ever. Although sometimes I cannot control how high I go and last night, for the first time that I can remember, as I finally defended I came through O- ring shaped clouds. Then I woke up but there was nothing scary about it, it was beautiful.

  16. joshua Pendergrass October 21, 2016 at 2:05 am #

    I was astonished to see that someone else has the same dream/experience as me,I to feel as I’m in control.im learning to slow my heart rate down in order to fly from a longer period of time.my wife usally wakes me up when I start to gain more control.i have saw my own body only twice.i usually jump out of a window n land on a small roof then as I jump down I take flight.sometimes I stop n realize I’m dreaming and I can do anything,it’s quite awesome.another time I jumped up 2 or 3 times flapping my arms like wings n slowly I gained height then shot down the St like superman thru turns n twist hills n slopes,it turned to winter during this dream,it thought I reached a colder climate somewhere. I could go on n on but I just wanted to Share some of my experience,have a great night

  17. neo v7 October 27, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    I just fly, no jumping. I can just take off from any postion to any height. Sometimes waist high, head level or any hight i choose and everybody alwasys watches me. Somtimes i practice matrix -like moves while they look but i dont realize im dreamin until i wake up. What does this mean?

  18. AzharCh November 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    I fly like Bird, with my hands, over the buildings, if some building is heigher, i flap my hand and i go more highr , but i am afraid of some one from groud, they are following me but i am flying and out of their reach …..