About a week ago, a friend shared about an elevator dream she had. In the dream, she was not sure whether she was trying to get off the elevator or trying to close the elevator door so that she could go up, but a huge head of a black cobra was in the doorway, preventing her from doing anything. What do dreams with elevators in them mean?
Elevators usually move upwards or downwards, suggesting that you are either moving forward (up), or are regressing (down). My friend’s dream suggests that a deep fear within her is keeping her stuck at the moment, and that she has an opportunity to come to terms with the fear (represented by the snake) and to move forward.
My friend’s elevator dream reminded me of my own several years ago. It is also a synchronicity because it happened on the last morning of 2002, right before the New Year of 2003. (It is now almost the end of 2010.) I dreamt I was in an elevator that was spiraling upwards. I had been in a similar “stuck” situation for several months on end, and since March of that year, I had been practicing a special meditation and doing my best to follow through with my inner guidance because I wanted to get myself “unstuck.”
The following is a description of my dream, and an excerpt from a memoir of my reconnecting and awakening process:
“On the last morning of the year (2002), I dreamt that I was going up a skyscraper in an elevator. The elevator did not move in a straight line but went up and around the outside face of the building in a loose spiral that reminded me of the DNA helix. I pressed myself into a corner with my arms flat against the walls since I am seriously afraid of heights. I was with a man whom I did not recognize to be anyone in particular, though he definitely seemed familiar. We got off at the floor with the food court. The multitude of colorful food stands, which reminded me of Quinsey Market Colonnade in Boston, were abundant with assortments of fruits and vegetables, and even Polish kielbasa.
Together we walked into a brightly-lit diner where my companion tried to order a romantic Italian meal with wine and the works despite it being the wrong place for that–on the menu were dishes like gefilte fish soup. To me, it was clear what was or wasn’t on the menu, but my companion, insisting on Italian, began to argue with the waiter.
I felt awkward; I didn’t want to be there. And while my companion is fighting with the waiter, I’m thinking I really ought to get out of there–forget about the pasta–and get back on that elevator and continue spiraling upwards.
I awakened in high spirits and interpreted the dream to mean that I was on the right track, that I just needed to continue to cultivate that inner connection and not pay too much attention to all those things and events in my environment, in other words, to not get myself distracted by secondary life matters such as pasta or gefilte fish, or even men. After all, romance wasn’t even on the menu at the time.”–end of excerpt.
The “waiter” in my dream can be interpreted as God, the “menu” as divine plan, and “going up the elevator in a spiral” as ascending, as spiritual growth. Looking back, this dream was prophetic for me. The last several years I have been working diligently on my higher life purpose, and it wasn’t until later in the process that it became clear to me just how important it was to keep myself from getting distracted from my path.
Before I began my meditation (one that was particularly helpful for connecting me to my higher self) and followed through with my inner guidance, my dreams were not so vivid and clear. I noticed they became clearer and easier to interpret the more connected I became with my inner self.
I have a hunch many people will experience elevator dreams in the near future, as we are entering a time of unprecedented spiritual growth. (Activated by reconnecting and integrating with your higher self.) Having an elevator dream where you are going up in a spiral can be very confirming (and comforting), particularly during this time of difficult challenges.