The word dream has two apparently different meanings in our language. As well as being the unconscious stories that you create when you sleep, it also refers to your life’s hopes and aspirations. Although these seem to have no connection, your nightly adventures are constantly illuminating tangible ways of achieving your lifelong ambitions.

The easiest way to use your dreams is simply to start paying attention to them. They are overflowing with insights and answers that can help you in your everyday life. Even the scariest dream is only trying to help you resolve some frustration tension in your waking life so you can move on beyond it.

To help you get started on your dream adventures, here are the top ten dreams and brief explanations of their meanings.

1. Being chased

There is an issue in your waking life that you want to confront but are unsure how to do so. This issue is often a great opportunity for you to pursue a particular personal ambition. Although they may seem scary, your pursuers are actually bringing your attention to your unrealised talents in your own pursuit of fulfilment.

2. Teeth falling out

Your teeth symbolise how confident and powerful you feel, so some situation is causing your confidence to crumble in waking life. Rather than seeing this situation as something that will leave you powerless, just try calmly chewing over the facts and relish it as a challenge that you can really get your teeth into.

3. Unable to find a toilet

Toilets are what we use to cleanly respond to some of our most fundamental needs, so there is an issue in waking life where you are finding it a challenge to clearly express your own needs. This can often occur if you always spend your time looking after the needs of other people, rather than your own needs.

4. Naked in public

We choose our clothes to present a particular image to the people around us, so being naked in public suggests that there is a situation in waking life that is making you feel vulnerable and exposed. Although it might be potentially embarrassing, sometimes you just have to open up to others so they can see your real talents.

5. Unprepared for an exam

Exams are how we judge our ability to perform, so this indicates that you are critically examining your own performance in waking life. Rather than immersing yourself in endless self examination, the real test of your character is being able to accept your talents by celebrating your knowledge and achievements, instead of constantly judging them.

6. Flying

Being able to fly suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down in waking life. Although you may regard this feeling of liberation as just luck or coincidence, it is usually because you have managed to make a weighty decision or risen above the limitations of a heavy responsibility.

7. Falling

Feeling yourself falling in a dream indicates that you are hanging on too tightly to a particular situation in waking life, and need to relax and let go of it. Rather than being so concerned about losing control, sometimes you just have to trust in yourself and others by allowing everything to fall naturally into place.

8. Out of control vehicle

The vehicle represents your ability to make consistent progress towards a specific objective, so in waking life, you may feel that you don’t have enough control over your road to success. Instead of trying to over control the situation, relax your grip and allow your fundamental instincts and drives to steer the best path for you.

9. Finding an unused room

The rooms in a house represent different aspects of your character, so finding an unused room suggests that you’re discovering a talent that you were previously unaware of. The more time that you spend exploring your dormant talents, the more likely that you will find other doors opening for you in waking life.

10. Being late

Being late suggests you feel that you’re losing the opportunity to experience some sort of fulfilment in your waking life. This may be because you’ve been involving yourself in busy and sometimes meaningless activity, rather than committing to meaningful action. Until you commit to a decision, you will always find yourself hesitating and using your time ineffectively.