Friday, May 29, 2009

Another "running on all-fours" dream

I'm not sure you could call this dream reoccurring, since it is never the same. Only one element remains each time, running on all-fours. I have been having dreams similar to this for ... I'd say at least six years, maybe more. I haven't kept an exact count. I do keep a dream journal. And since I'm fascinated with dreams, I do quite a bit of dream interpretation. This one has me stumped as far as interpreting, but I highly enjoy it every time:) Anyone out there care to give it a shot?

Here's last night's dream:

I was in the parking lot of my old high school. The old building has long since been torn down and a new one built on the same site. In this dream, construction was still going on. I had been walking around, not sure why. I remember needing to get inside before they closed.

I took off on all fours, running through the grass and clay. This is the first time in a dream like this that I've gotten my hands dirty. When I stopped in front of the door, obviously the girl inside looked at me funny. LOL I mean, I'd just been running full out like an animal across the grass. I held up my hand and said, "I need to wash my hands. Can you let me inside?"

She did. I washed my hands and she quickly locked me out. hahaha The next thing I know I'm in a mall. Don't remember ever being in this mall before, but it had nice carpet:) I couldn't seem to get where I wanted to go fast enough. So, in front of everyone I started running on all-fours again. I didn't get nearly as many strange looks as I'd expected.

Then, I woke up. The thing that always strikes me about these dreams is how good running like this feels on my hands. Always there is cool grass crunching underneath my palms, the wind in my face, and a sense of absolute freedom. It feels powerful, good, and free. I've never ran in a building before, until this dream. I enjoyed the carpet, but not nearly as much as wet grass.

If anyone has seen the new Wolverine movie, in my dreams I run exactly like Sabertooth. So, when I saw the movie, I didn't have to imagine what that would feel like, I know. Yes, my hair grows really fast and I do feel drawn to Wolverine. But that's beside the point.

Does anyone have any clue what this reoccurring element to my dreams, or this dream in particular might mean? Like I said, it's been going on for a long time.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I found your blog while looking for an answer to my own dreams of "running on all fours." I was interested that someone else was also having these dreams. I have finally found the answer to them. Type "dreams of running on all fours" into your search engine. It will return not only your blog but some pretty interesting sites about it.

Basically I am reading that this type of dream signifies that you are working through a great challenge in real life. You are going to achieve a difficult wish or goal. It's interesting because I sometimes have this dream where I am flying and when I land I run on all fours. Also have been known to run on all fours and then launch into flying.

I am also a writer. I am finishing up what I hope will be my first published novel. It is my dream to be a published author. I think the dream is spot on, because becoming a published author is a challenging wish. However, I am up to that challenge.

Also, I absolutely love the feeling of power in the dream of running. Don't you?

Anyway...google it and you will be surprised at the number of people reporting the same type of dream.

hetweed420 said...

A lot of people are having this dream. Its so creepy. I think I run on all fours once a night in my dreams and its pretty recent. I cant wait until I get over this challange and can actually start running upright again (even if it is in slow motion)

Brian said...

I have the dream too. Humanity is confined by what they know and not what they feel. We are animals and its intuitive to run this way. Those of us who do experience a primal strength and freedom others can't even dream of literally. We aren't a new type of species. Quite the opposite in fact. Very old indeed. Lycanthropy is more than a mental illness. It is a mentality and physical reality.

Anonymous said...

Yea it's like running on two legs in the dream world just aint quick enough so I 'take to primal instinct' running on all fours, I have to say there is quite a freedom felt thing going on whenever I have these dreams. I would strongly recommend to anyone experiencing these types of dreams to keep some sort of log or 'Dream Journal' remembering your dreams takes some skill, one way to start is as soon as you wake before you do anything, have your book ready to write anything at all you can remember from your dream. I found that bits randomly sometimes come to me throughout the day, but apparently reality and 'imagination' are processed in the same part of the brain so....

Checkout Robert Fludds, and research lucid dreams

Tracey H. Kitts said...

Great recommendations:) I also keep a dream journal, have for years. Not only does it help me analyze and re-live dreams like this, I get good ideas for books there too.

It amazes me how many hits this post continues to get:)

Anonymous said...

i too dream of running an all fours. i think it is becouse it ties to our primal instinct. they say we were all another kind of animal in a past life so mabey we are remembering things from our past life when were asleep. running upright feels slow and awkered but put your hands on the ground grab the earth and use it to pull yourself along and youll go really fast.

Anonymous said...

I had this same dream last night it felt natural apart from the very high jumps I was making I don't know if it means anything about a challange in my life or linked to my primal instincts but I had the same dream where I was on all fours attacking a band of hunters? Any ideas on that have searched a lot?

Tracey H. Kitts said...

I'm not sure about the attacking hunters part. Maybe you feel very strongly about protecting the innocent, like animals? It's only a guess. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am stunned. I jumped online to get an answer to what I thought was a crazy dream. Yet to my surprise I find that many other people have the same dream. Running on all fours. Feeling the ground scrunch up in the palms of my hands. My shoulder muscles tightening up as the power of my arms, pulling on the earth, launches me forward. The speed with which I can move is intoxicating. I vault over logs with ease and push off of trees and bounders for extra speed. It doesn't matter where I'm running or why; I just have to push myself to my limits, then go beyond. I don't know why I'm having these dreams but I cannot wait for another.

Anonymous said...

For many years now I been having the running on all fours.....but up to this day I yet to find an answer. I can tell you this much at first I thought wth but now I just know that Im leaning towards streingh & destination in my life. Its funny the was a time that I dislike wolf & now I can't get enough of them lol weird but true.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I run in my dreams, I always run on all fours, when I run on two legs it's like it's in slow motion and I'm being dragged back, but when I run on four legs, I run very fast, faster than normal, and there's this sort of feeling of power and freedom that comes with it. I've been having dreams where I run like this for around two years now.

Anonymous said...

It weird how many people have these dreams of runing on all four legs. I had two dreams where i run on all four legs, but the second one i am nude. In the dreams i am scared and i am trying to escape from someone whom wants to kidnap me and it always a man. I also seem to pul myself from the ground, in order to increase my speed and i do get to escape.

Steven McDaniel said...

I find that it is a primal desire to get in touch with ones animalistic desires such as exercise or changing your diet if it is unhealthy. If you smoke maybe slow down or quit. The primal need to live longer and survive is there. Plus the desire to travel to move on your own feet instead of being caged to a house or a car, but that is just my interpretation of it

Jqhaj Jahsh said...

I have had a dream like this but it took place on a grassy hill at night with a blue moon and dark blue sky across from me I could see this old man with white hair who was on a narrow muddy road which was down the hill, and he was holding a torch on his right hand and next to a horsecarriage I was of course on all fours and managed to see him while I was sprinting at incredible speeds like a cheetah, this of course made me feel like I was free and basically felt like what I dog feels when he sticks his head out of a window, maybe even better, but one thing is certain in this dream I felt free with no boundaries, but in real life I am stuck inside my house taking care of my sister every day nowhere to go no friends that can visit, but one day I will have this feeling of freedom and it will be AWESOME

Anonymous said...

I've been having these types of dreams for years and never bothered to look up what it meant till today. I’m so surprise to see so many people having these kind of dreams. Whenever I have these kinds of dreams I always get this feeling of freedom and power. In the dream it's mostly always night-time and they feel so real at times that it’s scary. I sometimes wake up remembering how the grass and trees smell like and how the atmosphere felt like in the dream, it’s really hard to explain. I normally start out in running on two legs for no good reason. I begin to feel the wind in my face and arms as I decide to go faster and use my hands to push myself forward and go really fast. Sometimes leaping in the air, running some more, and leaping again.

Anonymous said...

I just had this dream for the very first time last night. It was incredible. I know that I was in a hurry to get somewhere. I wasn't scared or anxious, I just wanted to get there as quickly as possible. (I think my destination was "home") It was a beautiful moonlit night. I believe it was in the town that I just moved to, 3 weeks ago. I was running on two legs in the empty street. The town is very hilly so I was running over hills and suddenly just launched into running on all fours. Although I didn't look at my arms and legs, it was obvious to me that I was no longer human because it would have felt awkward running that way with hands. The transition was incredibly smooth and I sped through town as some sort of canine or feline. I imagine a wolf or a mountain lion... Really one of the most awesome dreams I've ever had. I can't wait to sleep tonight!!

Lu said...

For me it's about running, escaping, and falling, the high jumps are amazing, and it's more impressive for me when it's a high fall because I don't think about it and i just jump, but I know I will land ok because i'm running in all fours, but as if I were a chimpance with all the strenght in my arms. So maybe for me it's about not being afraid, I know I tend to run away or hide from challenges.

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Anonymous said...

I too dream I'm running on all fours, grabbing the grass and earth going faster and faster! It's exciting to be able to run that fast...but the dream always stops and I can't figure out why I was running in the first place. Also I feel really awkward at the fact that I started running on all fours and can't figure out what made me do that. Then I awake. Seems so strange that I stop myself before I wake up.