The Meaning of Bread in a Dream

What does it mean to dream of bread?
What does it mean to dream of bread?

Advent Calendar Day 8: Bread

Welcome to the eighth day of the Dream Well advent calendar! (Sorry it is a bit late, but don’t worry, day 9 will follow shortly after so we will keep on schedule!)  Today we are looking at dreams of bread.  This may be a dream of bread baking, of eating bread, receiving it or sharing it with another.

Bread is a very basic symbol, and is common amongst many different cultures and religions.  As in life, bread in dreams can represent nourishment and sustenance.  If we dream of bread, this is often a symbol that something we really need is readily available to us.  In waking life, the nourishment we seek may not be simply food, but may be more abstract things such as emotional support, understanding, creative outlets or even more spiritual concerns.  To dream of bread may symbolise that our basic needs of love and and support are being, or about to be met.

Bread in dreams can also symbolise the basic requirements we have on the material level, to be fed, clothed  and sheltered.  We can look for how the bread appears in the dream to understand if we are looking at life with an approach or abundance or scarcity.  To dream of losing bread, of it spoiling or being stolen is a sign that we are not having our basic needs met in waking life, and we may wish to consider getting “back to basics” in taking care of ourselves.

On the other hand, a dream of breaking bread with someone, of sharing bread or receiving it are all profoundly wonderful symbols that our most essential needs are being catered to.  To share bread can symbolise that we have more than enough of what we need in life, and are able to give freely, for we are living with abundance.  A sense of abundance does not mean that we have lots of “stuff” – possessions, money etc, but just that all of our needs are met with some to spare.  Abundance is a joyous state, where we are able to give, confident that it does not meaning losing anything essential, that what we give is never truly lost, for it returns, even if in other forms.  In this way, bread can symbolise the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and rebirth.  Bread comes from the harvesting of wheat, so when bread appears in dreams it may indicate the completion of a certain cycle of life-stage, and the beginning of another.  Receiving bread in a dream can be a symbol of your higher Self, even Spirit Guide or Divine messenger offering you a gift that will not only keep you alive, but also nourish your very soul.  Whenever you are offered a gift in a dream, you should always accept it graciously, even if you do not fully understand the significance or purpose oft he gift.

Bread is used in many cultures to highlight the relationship between the nourishment of the body and the nourishment of the soul.  This relationship means that dreams of bread can often have a profoundly spiritual nature.  But bread can symbolise procreation, and therefore creativity and growth.  We use the phrase “bun in the oven” for being pregnant.  If you dream of baking bread, it may symbolise a new child, new creative project or something you wish to nurture and help “rise.”

Bread dreams encourage us to look at our basic needs, and where they are being met of not.  Bread in dreams ask us to consider what sustains and nurtures, what helps us grow, and to return our focus to that which is essential to our physical and spiritual wellbeing.

You may also be interested in the meaning of food and eating in dreams, feasts and banquets in dreams, new clothes in dreams, being pregnant in a dream, death and dying in dreams

What is it that sustains and nourishes you?
What is it that sustains and nourishes you?

 

 

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23 Comments

  1. Very rich. I am also mindful of the possible indication of suffering, or the need to work for our nourishment, since we have to grind the wheat to make bread.

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  2. thank you for this great explanation! I received a dream for a friend who has Cancer. In the dream I was picking out something to tribute or give to her on her Cancer care website. I selected a fancy loaf of bread. Which is not even an option, for you can only give money donations to help her cancer fight….I asked in the dream why would I give her bread?? The Lord replied in my dream to me by saying “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE” and then I woke up.
    I have been interceding for her greatly in prayer and I am very encouraged by this dream!

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  3. I had a very strange dream last night… So I am 11 and I’m going to middle school this year (Middle grade starts in 7th grade in my district unlike many schools) and I had a dream I was going to middle school. The middle school didn’t look anything like the middle school I’m actually going to, but dream me didn’t notice that. Around lunch time, I realized I didn’t pack my lunch or bring any lunch money with me, but for some reason we decided to go to QuikTrip (It’s basically a gas station). I didn’t buy anything since I didn’t have any money, instead I was just watching everyone and looking around, although I wasn’t really paying attention in my dream at that moment (things around me looked blurry and unfocused, like I was in my own imagination, and the whole part of being in there was pretty short because of that). When we were walking out, I noticed a big lump in my pocket. I took the lump out and realized it was a round piece of bread and I took a bite out of it. Then I thought in my dream, “Wait a minute… I didn’t buy anything, at least I don’t remember buying bread…” and I came up with the conclusion that I accidentally stole bread and got away with it. Things were pretty normal for the rest of the dream, going to different classes, etc. although I felt confused for the rest of the dream (I accidentally walked in the wrong class and then I played a unicorn in a play).

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  4. I dreamed of bread. A nice loaf in the shape of a big muffin. My brother was holding it, so I asked to taste it. I was a nice golden brown with sesame seeds baked on top. A knife appeared and I took a slice of the side of it. The knife cut very easily through the loaf. I ate what was sliced of and told my brother that the bread was very good and sweet.
    He then with his hand grabbed chunks out of the loaf. I told him that the bread was for everybody and that what he did was not right. I did not chase him.

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  5. This was amazing and hit home in so many ways! I had a dream that I was buying bread with a friend of mine that has past away 3 years ago. A psychic told me a while back that he watches over me and is sad that I feel lonely but will be bringing love into my life soon. I was also told that he would be reincarnated in my life as well. Last night I was struggling with my partner and we have been struggling for a while in our relationship so when I fell asleep I was overwhelmed to see my old friend in my dream. Thank you so much for this article. After reading this I feel it confirms what I have known and have been told for quite some time.

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  6. This was amazing and hit home in so many ways! I had a dream that I was buying bread with a friend of mine that has past away 3 years ago. A psychic told me a while back that he watches over me and is sad that I feel lonely but will be bringing love into my life soon. I was also told that he would be reincarnated in my life as well. Last night I was struggling with my partner and we have been struggling for a while in our relationship so when I fell asleep I was overwhelmed to see my old friend in my dream. Thank you so much for this article. After reading this I feel it confirms what I have known and have been told for quite some time.

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  7. I dreamt in meditation of a white slice of bread perfectly formed – After reading all these comments I have concluded that my message is that I have all the basics I require at the moment to move ahead. Thank you. I often receive messages in meditation- and like all dreams the messages can mean different things to each of us.Thank you

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  8. In my dream I’m eating a bowl full of bread crumbs it’s delicious but not enough to sustain me. At the center of the table is a basket of bread. But I refuse to eat it until I finish the crumbs. I am even determined to eat slowly and savor each bite.

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  9. Lastnight i received a very long and beautiful loaf of bread from a child.a little girl to be exact.having read the possible meanings ill be waiting to see what takes place.

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  10. I dreamed I was putting buttered bread in the toaster. It seemed like it was a rushed decision but like maybe it would come out alright. But obviously, you’re supposed to butter it after it’s done toasting. I didn’t seem to have time, tho.
    My situation in waking life is that I moved 3 states away from ANYONE I knew, to start over and have solitude so I could focus on myself and find and develop my passion. But my “friend”/roommate lied about his intentions for inviting me to do that here….hes controlling and abusive so I must leave before I’m ready. Before I accomplish my goal. Does that sound like it about encapsulates the situation or could it be indicating something else I’m overlooking?
    I feel like I’m doing the right thing by leaving asap. It’s rushed but necessary, as the situation is escalating, and with it, so is the possible danger.

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