This is the dream of deep dark places. The meaning of caves in a dream often relates to the deeper, darker aspects of our own psyche. We may experience this dream as a cave or series of caves, a well, dark underground tunnels, or even a basement that seems to go further underground than normal. Whatever the form this dark, unknown place appears as, when it does we can be pretty sure we are entering the realm of the unknown, moving beneath the surface and exploring our subconscious.
Caves and the Deeper Self
It is not unusual to dream of caves or the deep underground when going through any sort of learning or growth phase. The dark unknown can simply be a symbol of exploring something new, but it can often be a far more profound symbol of facing our “deeper” Self.
In our day to day lives, we are often distracted by the busyness of living, of external and material things. We worry about paying the bills, getting the kids to school, making sure we do our job well, what to wear, what to eat, where to go on vacation. It is rare that we find the time to pause, to think about why we are doing all his, what it’s all for.
Dreams of caves and deep underground places can be a sign of turning focus away from the outside and starting to think about what is really going on inside. This is an essential process if you are to come to know yourself properly, to understand why you do what you do, why you react to things in the way that you do, and what is behind your feelings.
Caves and Deep Emotions
Dreaming of caves may cause a variety of feelings. You may be surprised by what you thought was simply a door, well, or normal basement, only to discover unexpected depths. This may be a sign that you are beginning to discover unexpected depths in yourself.
You might feel afraid, nervous or anxious at this great dark unknown. Such feelings usually reflect the same fear, nervousness or anxiety that arises when considering exploring deep inside your own mind. If so far in life you haven’t often stopped to ask those “deep” kind of questions like “who am I?” and “what is my purpose?” then this can seem a bit scary to begin with.
The same can happen when first starting dream work. If you have thought for your entire life that dreams are inconsequential, just left over thoughts from a busy day with no real meaning, it can be a bit unnerving to realise that for years a part of you deep inside has been trying to send you messages!
And yet for other people, dreaming of caves can be exciting, even exhilarating. It can come as great relief, even a revelation to realise there is so much more deep inside, waiting to be explored and understood. The meaning of caves in a dream may be to explore your deeper feelings in order to understand them better.
Getting Lost in Caves
Sometimes in dreams you may get lost in a cave, unable to find your way forward or out again. The meaning of caves in a dream of this kind may reflect an inner sense of lacking direction. You may feel that you are at a crossroads in life and not sure where to go next. the very act of dreaming about cave then is an act of trying to explore your subconscious. Taking the time to be mindful when awake, and reflect upon you feelings with care and patience, may help reveal what your deepest self knows to be the best choice to make at this time.
Getting lost in a cave in your dream may also be a gently nudge from the subconscious to pay attention to your inner world. Chance are there is some valuable knowledge available to you, if you take the time to consider your deeper feelings and motivations.
Treasure in Caves
Whatever your initial emotional reaction to the caves in dreams, it is usually worth facing them bravely. It is often simply your own Self that you face. This is time to explore and the great mystery of who you really are, and who you can ultimately be.
It is no surprise that caves hold mysteries, but also treasures. The jewels and riches we hear about in stories waiting to be found in deep, dark caves can be symbolic of the wealth of wisdom and insight that can be gained from inner knowledge. If you dream of finding treasure, gold or amazing gems in a dark cave, you are likely to be discovering profound new insights about your self that can transform your life.
Caves and the Feminine Aspect
Caves are often considered to have a “feminine” aspect – that is they can represent feelings, intuition and receptivity. Caves can be compared with the womb, in being a place of creation and growth.
The meaning of caves in a dream symbolise your own potential, the parts of yourself that have not yet been “born” or come out of the dark (of subconscious) into the light (of conscious, waking self.) To dream of caves means there is a good chance you are exploring your own potential, and may be ready to start a new phase of personal evolution.
The Meaning of Caves in a Dream
Coming to know your subconscious better and connecting with a deeper sense of Self can be fulfilling and enriching on a personal level, but it can also be the start of something even more amazing. As you become aware of how all of humanity also shares this great dark deeper self, you may come to realise that through this place we are all connected. You are not alone. We all share a deeper, common connection. Beyond our subconscious is something that unites us.
And that is one of the most amazing realisations of all.