Sue has been an online writer for over eight years. She is a mother, social worker, writer, and dream interpreter.
Chakras and Dreams
Our dreams can reveal a number of things to us: how we feel, what we are thinking, what needs our attention, possible solutions to a problem we are facing, etc. Dreams have many purposes in our lives and these purposes range from processing the emotional residue of the day to fulfilling our quest toward spiritual enlightenment. One function of our dreams can reveal our energy and information related to chakras.
What are Chakras?
Chakras are the body's energy centers. They are believed to be shaped like spinning wheels or funnels. The overall goal is to bring the chakras into alignment and achieve overall energy balance. The balanced energy would affect us not only physically, but emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
In many ways, considering chakras as we explore dreams allows us to view our dreams in a more wholistic way. Our dreams are often layered- a symbol could have multiple meanings all relating to the dreamer. The concept of chakras compliments this layering of meanings in our dreams because each chakra has a layered influence on a person's overall being.
While we search for the meaning of our dreams, we may find that identifying symbols associated with specific chakras to enrich our overall understanding of our dreams and, most importantly, ourselves.
What are Chakras?
Your dreams could reflect if your chakras are:
Let's begin to explore each chakra and how it may relate to your dreams. Considering the meanings of colors in your dreams may add additional insight. Since our dreams tend to reflect the higher chakras, we will begin from the top to bottom.
7th Chakra: Crown or Sahasrara
Isn't this chakra just divine?
This chakra is located at the crown or top of head and typically associated with the color purple or white. It associated with spirituality, the connection with our high selves, spiritual knowledge and your ability to connect to spiritual messages.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra would relate to the top of your head, the top of someone else's head or even an animal's head, a crown, a hat, and objects that stand out in either the color purple or white.
Examples of dreams:
- Dreaming of an injury to the top of the head may relate to blockages at this chakra.
- Dreaming of a beautiful string attached to someone's head may relate to activating this chakra.
- One dreamer shared a dream of finding a magical egg. She was able to open the over top and discovered it had a beam of light. She used this magical egg flashlight to shed light onto her path so she can get home. Once she related the egg and this light to the crown chakra, she had better insight into her dream.
6ixth Chakra: Third-eye or Ajna
The third-eye chakra is located on one's forehead/brow and is associated with the color indigo. This chakra is associated with one's ability to have insight, psychic abilities, intuition, imagination and dreams.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra may include the color indigo and relate to the forehead, an eye, or the mind.
Examples of dreams:
- Dreaming of a psychic or being psychic
- Dreaming of crystal balls
- Dreaming of having a third eye
- One dreamer shared a dream that involved having an ear in the middle of her forehead. She gained greater insight into the meaning of her dream when she considered how this could relate to this chakra. She recognized the dream's message as a need to listen to her intuition.
- Another dreamer shared a dream that involved having only 1 eye where her third eye chakra would be located. She not only associated this with having a myopic view of her situation, but she also associated it with having an unbalanced chakra and decided to make adjustments to her life and her thinking to better support her intuition and dreams.
Fifth Chakra: Throat or Vishudda
The throat chakra is located at the throat and is associated with the color blue. This chakra is associated with creativity and personal expression.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra may relate to the color blue, the neck, the throat, speaking or writing, and objects associated with the neck such as a necklace or scarf. This symbol can be well-hidden in objects such as the neck of a bottle.
Example of dreams:
- Dreaming of a frog, especially a blue one, may relate to having a "frog in one's throat" or difficulty expressing oneself.
- Dreaming of a necklace that is too tight may relate to constrictions or blockages in this area.
- One dreamer shared a dream that involved a singing necklace from the Little Mermaid. She reported her dream as relating to her throat chakra opening and fully expressing herself.
Eighth Chakra: High Heart or Thymic Chakra
Although not considered one of the main 7 chakras, I find the high heart chakra references in dreams often and believe it can be useful if included on this list.
The high heart chakra is located by the thymus gland or just above the heart on the breast bone. This chakra is associated with turquoise, pink and white. Sometimes referred to as the seat of the soul, this chakra is associated with empathy, joy, peace, serenity, unconditional love, forgiveness, and balanced emotions. This love is associated with having a love that extends beyond ourselves and and close loved ones to all of humanity and Earth.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra could involve the colors turquoise, pink or white and relate to a human chest, a chest/box, the heart, the lungs and clothing or objects in this location.
Example of dreams:
- Dreaming of difficulty breathing
- Dreaming of a heart
- One dreamer shared a dream that involved finding pink and turquoise conversation hearts. She made the association to this chakra and believed her dream's message involved speaking her heart.
Fourth Chakra: Heart or Anahata
The heart chakra is located by the heart and is associated with the color green. This chakra relates to compassion, self-love, and relating.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra may relate to the color green, the heart, the center of the chest, and the center of an object.
Examples of Dreams:
- Dreaming there is a hole in one's shirt where this chakra would be located.
- Dreaming of being stabbed or other injury to heart.
- One dreamer shared that after a break up, she dreamt her heart turned to lead, became heavy and weighed her down to the bottom of an ocean. She found the reference to her heartbreak obvious but when she also considered chakras, she was able to also identify how shielding and closing her heart due to this emotional pain has left her closed off causing her to plunge deeper into sadness and depression.
Third Chakra: Solar Plexus or Naval Chakra or Manipura
The solar plexus is located by the navel and is associated with the color yellow. Often referred to as the seat of emotions, this chakra is associated with our personal power in the world and refers to mental activities, intellect and our will.
Dream symbol and images associated with this chakra could involve the color yellow, the stomach, the GI tract, the center of objects, the sun, lemons, and articles of clothing located at this point of the body.
Example of Dreams:
- Dreaming of yellow light emitting from one's body
- Dreaming of being called "yellow" or a coward
- One dreamer shared a dream that involved realizing others were throwing rotten lemons at her after a performance. Since she would expect rotten tomatoes, she looked deeper into the symbol and found greater insight when considering how her self-confidence and insecurities were reflected in the dream.
Second Chakra: Sacral or Svadishthana
The sacral chakra is located just below the navel and is associated with the color orange. This chakra refers to emotions, creativity, sexuality and reproduction.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra may include the color orange, oranges, the pelvic area, articles of clothing in this area such as belts.
Example of dreams:
- Dreaming of an orange belt that is too tight may relate to feeling restricted or blocked in this area.
- Dreaming of an orange light illuminating everything in the dream may relate to overactivity.
- One woman entering menopause shared a dream that involved attempting to stop people from plucking all of the oranges off of orange trees she found in her yard. She later related her dream to her feelings associated with this stage in her life and its impact on her ability to reproduce.
First Chakra: Root or Muladara
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the color red. This charka grounds us in the physical world and refers to our sense of safety, survival, grounding and nourishment.
Dream symbols and images associated with this chakra may relate to the color red, roots, the earth, dirt, and the bottom of objects.
Examples of dreams:
- Dreaming of growing roots into the ground.
- Dreaming of growing a tail
- Dreaming of blood
What Do Your Dreams Mean?
Dreams can have layered, intricate meanings. Chakras and energy represent one layer of meaning. It is important not to limit oneself to just one meaning. Our unconscious minds are amazing and creative. One symbol may have significant meanings for us psychologically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, interpersonally, and even cosmically.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 05, 2016:
I never thought of this before. Your explanation of the multiple levels of dreams opens up a whole new way of interpreting dreams.
When I think about it now, and relate the chakras to various things I remember from recent dreams, I can see that I've been missing some of the meanings of my dreams by not considering associations of hidden levels.
manatita44 from london on February 19, 2016:
Nice Hub! I like Deepak's approach to speaking of the Chakras, and you expressed your ideas well. . Great!