Color Meanings in Dreams
Meanings Behind Dreaming in Colors
Color meanings in dreams can be very telling about what's going on in the deepest waters that stir within us.
If you're reading this page, odds are you have a genuine curiosity and interest in dream meanings. You've likely already got a good grip on the concept of dreams reflecting deeper meaning in your life experience.
Adding color meanings to dream interpretation adds another layer of understanding. For example, if we're dreaming of lizards, the color of the lizard will indicate another facet to our dream interpretation.
Another example of color meanings in dreams: Some people dream of auras, and these impressions often lead to real-time solutions. I'm thinking of a friend of mine who continually dreamed about her partner having glowing red auras around her hands. To my friend, this meant her partner would be taking the next step in her healing practice. The very next week, her partner was offered a lucrative position in a holistic healing center.
In this instance, the color red was a very specific detail in her dream interpretation. My friend associates heat felt in the hands when conducting (hands on) healing. To her, the color red was a cue her partner's healing practice would 'heat up' and it meant her healing abilities would be activated.
What about those of you who don't dream in color? No worries. If your dreams are in black and white (grayscale) this is meaningful too (and I discuss that at the end of this page).
Here are a few personal thoughts on color meanings in dreams. As always, only mentally take what appeals to you, and ditch the rest.
Your dream meanings are unique to you. No one can accurately pin-point the deeper message of a dream but you. Dreams are intensely personal - it only makes sense that you are your best interpreter.
Color Meanings in Dreams
Dreaming of red is about activation, physicality, passion and intensity. In the chakras red is the root, it's a primitive energy that expresses itself in terms of survival and prime instinct. Consider the deep blood red that runs through our veins. Life-affirming, flowing, and activating our energy on a very base, physical level. Red is the root that runs through our psyche. It speaks to us of dormant power. Consider fire. It requires an igniting action. The capability of fire is all around us, but it takes a spark to release the power. I particularly love the symbolism of volcanoes when contemplating color meanings in dreams. The red hot energy is always there, just under the surface. What provokes that heat into resurfacing is key.
Helpful questions to ask if you see red in your dreams:
- What needs activating in your life?
- What physical (body, material) conditions need your attention?
- Are your basic, primary needs being met?
- Is stagnation disallowing reproduction?
- Is it time to reconnect with nature?
- Are you in an environment that allows you to ignite your passions?
Orange in dreams is a sign of equalization, balance and temperance. Orange stands stoically between the raging initiations of red, and the themes awareness/realizations of yellow. It is not entirely physical and not completely mental. Orange is the fulcrum and our perception the teeter-totter. When we dream in oranges, we are asked to consider what is in-balance (or need of balance) in our lives. Orange offers messages of harmony and contentment too - often achieved through a specific (sometimes lengthy) cycle of time. Orange also asks us to build up our immunities, freshen up our routines and engage in practices that enhance our daily lives. On a personal note, I think of pumpkins when my clients tell me they've dreamed in orange. Pumpkins speak to me of manifestation - from tilling soil, to planting seed, to tending the plant, and then harvesting. In other words, actions over a period of time lead to specific results.
Color meanings of orange in dreams offers questions like:
- What needs balancing in your life?
- How can I temper my obsessions yet still remain creatively productive?
- What kind of results are my actions, over time, going to yield?
- Am I approaching my life in a creative way?
- How can I incorporate more creativity and play in my daily life?
- What's my idea of satisfaction, contentment, completion?
Yellow color meanings in dreams radiates themes of centralization, focus, awareness and reminds us of our role as humans within the context of the whole. Consider the yellow tones of the sun, and how central this star is to our existence. Consider the center (solar plexus) chakra which is also yellow and governs our will and even our sense of identity. Some of the first flowers to burst out of a long dormancy are yellow (dandelions, daffodils), this screams to me about awakening - resurfacing - becoming aware (maybe for the first time) of the larger picture of life. Yellow is the color of intelligent design, and when we dream in yellow it reflects a special kind of clarity. Yellow is a bright idea, and an epiphany on a grand scale. When we dream of yellow, our deeper consciousness is paving the way (yellow brick road?) to a path of higher understanding and mystical awareness. Yellow centralizes our energetic focus so that we may intensify our presence. That intensity then radiates outward - just as the light of the sun does. Effectually, dreaming of yellow indicates a time of intelligent reflection in which we are influencing the world around us in amazing ways.
Questions prompted from color meanings of yellow in dreams:
- What perceived barriers do I have that prohibit my greatest view?
- What core belief do I express that puts me in the best advantage?
- How am I influencing others?
- What is my guiding light, and how can I remain illuminated?
- What can I do to gain more clarity?
- What steps can I take to nurture my creative awareness?
Color meanings of green in dreams often point us in the direction of growth, healing, love, giving, and inspiration. Green corresponds with the heart chakra, which governs passion, love and healing. The Anahata is associated with the element of air, and so we see a different kind of love than what we experience in the primal red hues. Green is symbolic of communicating care on a subtle, energetic level. When we dream of green, we are imbued with a magical ability to transfer knowledge by unorthodox means. Green facilitates growth, love and healing by mental stimulation. Greeks believed intelligence came from the heart. This combined with the green of the heart chakra talks to us about emotional intelligence and communicating with an open heart. I realize I'm being vague here, this kind of ethereal communication isn't easily identified. However, we can look to mother nature for help in explanation. She speaks in viridian tongue - communicating a sea of burgeoning growth - all expressed by the color green. When we dream of green we're experiencing levels of healing and growth that are subtle. It's time to concentrate on the areas of our lives that need to flourish. Once we hone in, and begin to express our identification on an emotional (heart) level, our growth will be exponential and immense.
Questions prompted from color meanings of green in dreams:
- If your life were a lawn, what would it look like?
- How could you improve you lawn's health, appearance, longevity?
- How am I communicating my love to others effectively?
- Am I aware of my own needs and meeting them?
- What other methods of communication can I develop?
- What if wellness was programmed in my DNA? How can I tap into that inherent health?
The color meanings of blue in dreams point to thoughts, ideas, dreams and the ability to convey them. I've got a lot of artists as clients, and overwhelmingly, these brilliant minds feel, think and dream predominantly in hues of blue. I believe it's because their prime motivation is to effectively convey their visions to the world. These artists find purpose in expressing their ideas through remarkably profound (and creative) methods. That's what the color blue asks us to do. Consider the skies overhead. This atmosphere is symbolic of vast, endless opportunities for discovery, renewal and expression. As humans, our attempt to define, project, perceive and share this vastness is innate. We've got to take it all in, process, and then tell everybody we know about it (art, music, literature, even social media are all testimonies to our need to share our perceptions creatively). So, when we dream in swirling blue hues, it's often a sign of our ability to tap into the vast mysteries of life. That's step one. The other step our blue dreams ask of us it to interpret these mysteries and share them with our environment. Blue dreams remind us that opinions and perceptions can be run on a neuro-network...a path of interchange and exchange.
Blue color meanings in dreams might ask questions like:
- If I suspended judgment, how would I describe my environment?
- What's my ideal of tranquility?
- How can I more effectively communicate what I'm feeling?
- Am I aware of my own immortality ?
- What's my idea of "flying high" and how can I connect with that feeling more often?
- What ideas can I share that can potentially change the world for the better?
Indigo color meanings in dreams are about psychic tuning, contacting the ephemeral, and connecting with spiritual vision. Indigo goes deep, real deep. Therefore, deep minds will dream in indigo as a message that indeed, there is no end to the proverbial rabbit hole experienced by Alice in her Wonderland. Indigo is the wonderland, and once submerged in the oceanic waves of extrasensory perception, there is no limit to the non-linear knowledge that can be obtained. It sounds heavy because it is. Dreaming in indigo marks the consciousness' ability to dive far deeper than what daily reality holds. If you're dreaming of indigo, next time make a conscious (lucid) effort to dive even deeper, push the limits - and you will find there is no end to the startling revelations available to your perception. Indigo dreams are initiations into a world where common rules and conventionalism will not apply. Consider the deepest, darkest depths of the Marianas trench - far deeper than this is the capacity of the psychic mind. Dive in, there's endless treasures to be found in the dreamy realm of indigo.
Indigo color meanings in dreams ask us:
- How far can I move into my deepest presence/awareness/consciousness?
- How fully can I trust in the things I see with non-physical eyes?
- What are my beliefs around extrasensory perception?
- What's my viewpoint on reality? How can I shift that if I want?
- What purpose do my dreams and visions serve?
- Where is my power?
Color meanings of violet dreams indicate divinity, peace, tranquility and enlightenment. I hesitate to even use that word "enlightenment" because it's tossed around so haphazardly. We're talking about a devout presence of knowingness in violet hued dreams. It's as if higher wisdom is a personality of its own, and it presence is standing within your body - thinking - knowing - watching - independently yet separately. It's a sensational experience, and violet dreams are a glimpse inside that kind of awareness-phenomenon. Violet is about blossoming and opening up to new, unconventional experiences. It's chakra is the crown, and is depicted as a thousand-petal lotus unfurling its luscious body to drink in all the sensations available to it. And, the key is everything is available for the lotus sensory organ to devour. Violet dreams mark the union of the soul with body, mind and divine consciousness. With this kind of conjugation comes bliss, satisfaction, and rest. These are fleeting moments...swim in them loosely for as long as you can. The more we swim in violet energies, the more we'll experience this lucid presence of knowing. So, if you have violet dreams, appreciate every square inch of them, because they are a real gift from the divine source.
Violet color meanings in dreams ask us:
- How can I become more fully aware of the watcher within?
- How can I experience life more fully?
- What is my highest intent for life, and are my actions aligned with that intent?
- Is peace a state of mind? State of being? What are my beliefs about peace?
- Do I have to earn contentment and tranquility?
- What is my relationship with this present moment - this now?
I hope you have enjoyed these color meanings in dreams. Moreover, I hope this brief guide to dreaming of colors offers you helpful, new insight into how to dig into the deeper meaning of dreams.
Meaning of Dreaming in Black and White
Dreaming in black and white indicates a heavy reliance on structure, uniformity and order. Black and white dreams point to a distinct separation between reality and fantasy. Some of my colleagues encourage integration of right and left-mind behaviors when they learn their clients dream only in black and white. I'm not sure I agree. I'm more inclined to explore the shadows, and values in the black and white and mine the meaning from that landscape rather than learn another method of dream expression.
Black and white dreams can offer crystalline perspectives. They offer fewer distractions so the purity of meaning can be more easily sought. Furthermore, black and white dreams offer a crisp, clean beauty that is incredibly remarkable to the exploring mind.
I notice I have black and white dreams when my inner awareness needs me to recognize the facts about the situation. No fluff, no baloney. Black and white dreams give me a "newspaper" understanding of the events playing out in my present life. They are extremely easy for me to interpret. Straight forward, chronological, and orderly.
These are just some thoughts wrought from my own dream-color experiences.
I would encourage you to explore the realm of color meanings, as well as black and white meanings in your dreams and discover your own understanding of this facet of deeper interpretation.
Check out other color meanings in the on-site links offered at the end of this page. As always, thanks for reading!
I hope you have enjoyed browsing through these dreamy colors. For similar articles, be sure to check out the links on this page. Thanks for reading, and keep dreaming!
May all your your dreams be wildly colorful.
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An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time, and mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
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