I have been interpreting dreams for 11 years, and people around me often come to me with questions about what their dream could mean. Sometimes they are such strange or bizarre dreams that I am surprised and have no idea what such a thing could mean. A few days ago, a friend came to me asking what the dream of getting lost while walking could mean. And luckily for her, I’ve interpreted this dream several times, so I know what it means.
Since she is not the only person who asked me about this particular dream, I decided to write an article about it. So, what does it mean when you dream about getting lost while walking?
If I do not know other details of the dream, I often follow the symbols that dominate this dream, i.e., walking and getting lost.
Walking symbolizes freedom, movement, and progress. Walking is the single most used action in our dreams. It represents daily life and the physical world more than any other symbol. Therefore, it is likely that any other activity in your dream will have greater meaning if it occurs while you are walking.
On the other hand, getting lost in your dreams can symbolize feeling lost, confused, or alone. It can reflect your current waking life and give insight into the areas where you need clarity and guidance. Getting lost in a dream can also symbolize feeling out of control in waking life or feeling like you are headed in the wrong direction.
Combining these two dream symbols indicates that you may feel lost in your real life.
For example, it can mean that:
- you can’t make up your mind about something
- you don’t know what you want from life
- you don’t know what kind of partner you want
- you don’t know which direction to go
- you feel like you have no control over your life
- thoughts about the future cause you anxiety
- you have a good idea about, for example, a project, but you don’t know how to move forward
Now let’s look at a few scenarios.
Dream about not being able to find your way home
This type of dream could reflect your fear of being alone and not being loved. You may not feel accepted or loved, or something happened that changed your view of your home, family, and roots.
I knew a girl who confided in her strongly religious family that she was attracted to a person of the same gender. She had this type of dream several times a week, and I’m sure it was her subconscious showing her this dream as a symbol of not being accepted by her family and feeling like she’d lost her family.
Dream of being lost in a hospital
A hospital represents healing, safety, and security. It can symbolize the need for some type of healing or restoration in our lives. If you are lost in a hospital, it means that you cannot find a way to heal yourself (spiritually or mentally), or you are overwhelmed with so much information from all sides that you don’t know what to believe and what not to believe.
This dream could also indicate that you are experiencing some symptoms but are afraid to talk about it with others or contact your doctor. If it doesn’t concern your health, it might concern your safety. You may feel threatened but don’t know where to find help.
Dream of being lost in a forest
A forest in a dream can be a symbol of protection, sanctuary, serenity, and peace. It can also represent your intuition and mystical or spiritual qualities. The interpretation of this dream is similar to the interpretation of being lost in a hospital, only with the difference that it concerns your spiritual qualities and mental health rather than physical.
This dream could also mean you are not using your mental abilities enough. You probably know that your words and thoughts have the power to create your life, but you’re not using them. Or you are aware that doubts and negative thoughts worsen the quality of your life, but you use them anyway.
A forest is a place of peace and quiet, but there are more obstacles (trees, stones, etc.) than anywhere else. So it could mean that there are too many obstacles in your life that you either don’t want to or can’t overcome.
Dream about being lost in a big building
If you are dreaming about being lost in a big building, it could mean that you aren’t sure which direction to go or that you need to find your way out of a situation in your life. Apparently, this is some kind of situation that may seem hopeless or gives you a sense of limitation.
These are the dream interpretations of getting lost while walking or simply being lost. The interpretation of a dream changes with the context, such as the place, people, or animals, so it is important to pay attention to as many details as possible from your dream. Dreams about being lost do not always have a negative meaning; however, the context and other details can help you decipher the meaning of your dream and find out what your subconscious is trying to tell you.