Dream interpretation: End of the world

Many people dream of the end of the world and get really scared, assuming they’ve previewed a coming reality, but, of course, dreams are symbolic. Here’s a short one posted to the one-day dream forum last month, followed by my interpretation.

Dreams of aliens and the end of the world. What do they mean?“I’ve been having constant dreams about aliens arriving, and/or aliens influencing our lives. I see end of world, panic, spaceships. But when I wake up, it somehow gives me a sense of beginning.”

My interpretation

You are dreaming of the end of the world as you know it – some aspect of your own private world or being that is coming to an end. No wonder you wake up with a sense of a beginning. We can only grow and change in the world for the better by ending some things so new things can begin. End old attitudes, so new attitudes can begin. End old personal world perspectives so new ones can begin.

And those aliens? Easy – parts of your being that you have alienated are coming back on board. You mention panic, so your dream suggests that a panic situation in the past caused you to dissociate from certain feelings or emotions and send them into your personal outer space. Because things are changing in your world now, you’re confident enough to face the old sense of panic and integrate these feelings into your being as you step into the future a more confident, calm, (unpanicked) person. Congratulations!

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115 Responses to Dream interpretation: End of the world

  1. Jesse says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Last night I had a weird dream, I dreamt there was this thin man with brown skin and shoulder length straight black hair he was standing on a balcony surrounded by what appeared to be priest or clergy men, they all seemed quite excited to be there, the thin man with the long hair came up to a microphone and said I have been given the message by our Lord the earth will end in seven days and walked away, I started making my way towards him and noticed the sky turned gray and the wind picked up, that’s when I awoke. I was wondering if you could give me an insight to what this might mean. Thank you

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Jesse,

      The key thing to remember is that dreams reflect the last 24-48 hours of both your conscious and unconscious experiences (thoughts, feelings, beliefs that have come up for you, issues, questions, problems). Think back to the couple of days before your dream. There was a feeling of forthcoming change: end of the old, birth of the new.

      Jane Teresa

  2. nancy says:

    Last night I had a dream that the a meteorite hit on my birthday after my surprise b day party and that there were black dark clouds forming and we went into some safe house built for protection of some sort and the house was floating in air and we were in the sky and then I woke up ): didn’t finish the dream curious as to what you would think this means

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Nancy, Dreams reflect the last 24-48 hours. Were you ‘hit’ by something emotional or scary following a surprise? Do you tend to expect surprises to end badly? Do you try to escape mentally and emotionally when you feel unsafe? There are some big issues in your dream, and I suggest a consultation if you’re ready to look more deeply into your dream and get some help with how to handle a situation in your life where you feel unsafe.
      http://janeteresaanderson.com/consultations/
      Jane Teresa

  3. dymund says:

    I had a dream that the world was ending, one of the bible plagues had just happened and water had turned into blood I was trying to give my life to Christ so that I would know for sure I WAS going to go to heaven but I was also trying to make a memorable video for my son so he would remember me so that made me think it was only happening to me so confusing

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Dymund, Dreams reflect the last 24-48 hours, so look back over the couple of days before your dream to see what felt – to you – like it was coming to an end. In the dream you’re concerned about judgement: i) judged good enough to go to heaven, ii) judged well by your son. You were trying to make a good impression on both counts. Have you been concerned about making a good impression recently? Might you be too concerned with how others see you, rather than going about your life in a way that feels peaceful and good to yourself?
      Many blessings,
      Jane Teresa

  4. Robert Coccio says:

    I have consistent dreams of the world ending but never have any type of fear as if I was expecting it to happen . What does this mean? It’s been going on for years, way before I even acknowledged a possible end

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Robert,

      Since dreams reflect the previous 24-48 hours, and you say this dream has been going on “for years”, think back to the first time you had the dream as this is a clue to when the issue you’re dreaming about first began. I would have to look at the details of your dreams, but from what you say here you either have no fear of change (in your life – not an end-of-the-world scenario) or you have an expectation of change, as if “all things come to an end” or an “I told you so”.
      Begin by identifying what seemed to come to an end in your life (or what change came up for you) when you first had this dream.
      If you need help: http://janeteresaanderson.com/consultations/
      Many Blessings
      Jane Teresa

  5. karsen marley says:

    I had a dream a few nights ago about the end of the world. I was playing a video game with my friend Travis, then Travis my wife and I started walking back to our hotel. When we seen our car was being towed with my friend brandons car which is weird because he doesn’t have a car. So Erica and I go to the bar at the hotel to figure out what happened. Brandon was in handcuffs but didn’t get arrested. My other friend terry was arrested thought. So me and my wife went back to our room where I asked her if she talked the guy out of towing our car. She said she forgot so I ran outside to see that the tow truck had left our car on the far side of the parking lot. I turned around and started running back towards the hotel to get the keys to move to back when a little boy started running beside me. I had no idea who he was or anything but felt as though he was a sweet little boy. As I got close to he room I hear a jet really close so I looked to the sky and seen a jet right above me on fire spiraling it disappeared over a small hill and I waited to hear the explosion. Seconds later all this air came rushing past me towards the plane. My wife came running out and the air pressure just kept getting more intense. So I went to grab her and take her inside, when all the dirt on the ground started to fly straight into the air like it was going to form a tornado. As I tries to move i realized I couldn’t and my feet slowly started to levitate dirt consumed me and I couldn’t see my wife anymore, and the last thing I thought was this is really how it ends and I woke up instantly.

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Karsen,

      Thank you for contributing your dream. Of all the symbols in your dream, the one that stands out to me is the sweet little boy running beside you, which you notice just before the explosion. He most likely represents a sweet innocent aspect of yourself – quite vulnerable. When you don’t feel comfortable with your vulnerability, life can feel more challenging than it needs to be, and this is what your dream explores in a lot of interesting detail.

      Jane Teresa

      • kim says:

        I had a dream last night of large fish, shrimp and starfish falling from the sky. I called for mom to come out and she seen it as well as my daughter. then a light pink fish without scales fell and my mom caught it. I began to look up to the sky and saw the moon spinning downwards round and round, we ran into the house looked out of the window and the sky burst into flames. I called my girlfriend because she insisted that she left prior to this for food and told her I loved her. She told me she loved me then the phone disconnected. Suddenly, the redness from the sky passed over and my sister called my mother’s cell and asked to speak to me, I got on the phone expressing How scared I was from What just occurred she said she knew and it was OK and that she was on her way. She showed up to my mother’s house and my mother, daughter and I jumped in the car with her and drove away. Eventually. We were stuck in traffic bumper to bumper and my mom got out of the car. Then the moon reports and spun around again in a downward motion and my sister jumped out of the car as I unlatched my daughter seat belt and trailed behind her. Then I woke up. Please help me????

        • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

          Hi Kim,

          Thank you for sharing your end of the world dream. You’ve asked for help. If you’d like to book a consultation so I can help you with your dream, here’s how: http://janeteresaanderson.com/consultations/

          There’s a sense of feeling that everything’s upside down (fish normally live below ground level, not high in the sky), and falling down around you (the moon is falling). Dreams reflect the last couple of days, and help us to see how we really feel – unconsciously as well as consciously – about what is happening around us. This can give insight that helps us to understand ourselves better and helps us find better solutions to challenges we are facing.

          Many blessings,

          Jane Teresa

  6. Holly says:

    Last night I had a dream that the world was coming to an end, The moon got destroyed and the earth got knocked out of alignment, it was very scary, everyone was just waiting to die. Also there was a flood, me and my family had to find things to hang on to, it cleared up. and then we had to tie our selves down in the basement so we wouldn’t fly off the earth, the whole dream I was trying to hang on to my children, and save them somehow but I couldn’t. It was a very terrifying feeling.

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Thank you for contributing your end of world dream to this thread Holly. I hope you found the original article helpful in understanding the symbolism of your dream.
      Many blessings,
      Jane Teresa

  7. kelly millar says:

    hi, i had an end of the world dream, i wasnt scared, i just knew i was the only one who could save it. i remember the anti christ, a little boy around 7-10 years old, i remember knowing the only way to stop him was to inject him with a syringe i had been given, the floor concreate around us was cracking and flames were bursting up from underneath us, volcanos were erupting everywhere, i remember thinking, if the world is ending, why use fire, why not water and floods like last time with noah, i traveled far, trying to work around all the paniced people, but i didnt pannic, i saw my family, they were terrified, thats when i started to be scared. i finally caught up with the little boy, he was running beside me, we ran through a lake onto a grassy bank, fire all around us, and i tried to stab him with the needle, but the actor ray winston stopped me, and thats when i woke up. if were all dreaming of the end, does it mean the end is comming???

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Kelly, Thank you for contributing your dream. Firstly to answer your question: No, no matter how many people are dreaming of the end of the world it does not mean the end (of the world) is coming. Dreams seem so real – especially when your emotions run high with fear and panic – that it can be hard to stop and take a deep breath and remember that dreams are symbolic. These dreams usually mean that the dreamer FEELS like something in his or her life is ending, something that FEELS like the end of your personal world. It’s usually a good thing. Most young people have this dream at some time as they move into adulthood, or older people have it when their lives are about to drastically change (often for better). These are times when it can feel like the whole world – as you know it – is ending, because you are, in fact, moving into what feels like a whole new world (e.g. adulthood or a big change).

      You obviously saw the film Noah, as Ray Winston is in it. I loved the film, did you? Your dreaming mind may have borrowed the symbolism of the movie to represent what feels like your own life changing. What happened for you when you were 7-10 years old, or 7-10 years ago?

      Many blessings,
      Jane Teresa

  8. Tury says:

    I’ve been dreaming of the end of the world for the last 2 nights. The first we (the U.S) got invaded by Russians. And we ran for our life’s and I got shot multiple times but didn’t die I just kept going. They wer coming towards me but instead of running away I was running towards them the whole time but they would not follow me they would just shoot me (and it felt real) not my family who was running with me. The 2nd night of my nightmare my family and I were just lounging around and all of a sudden 7 bright explosions lit up the sky extremely bright and that was my whole dream it seemed like it took all night for those 7 explosions to happen till I woke up. But the explosions were blinding and I knew it was the end of the world in this drem also. Please help me understand what these dreams could mean!

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Tury,

      Thank you for contributing your dream. Begin by remembering that dreams reflect the last 1-2 days, so look back over those couple of days to see what felt ‘explosive’ to you. Did you feel angry, like you could explode, or did you sense anger around you? Dreams are symbolic, but numbers tend to be accurate. Think about that number 7: are there 7 people in your family, or have there been 7 angry explosions around you, or is something finishing in 7 days/weeks/months?

      I hope this helps. To go deeply and professionally into your dream you’d need to book a proper consultation.

      Jane Teresa

  9. Shiela Mae says:

    I was in the hospital room as I am the one who look for my grandfather as he was hospitalized and then I fell asleep.

    The dream was I am in the middle of the sea with an office mate, In a dream there is a bridge that made up of cloth and it starts from the 4th floor down to first floor.

    When we reach first floor using that bridge cloth that made of link pants, my officemate and I sat down and waded in the water the irony is the rings that are in my fingers are started losing up (a couple ring gave by my bf ko, my other ring and one ring with diamond that which I never had), when I dip my fingers into the water, the rings are started to losing up and I am trying to grip on them but it loosens when it touches the water. My dream is ended when I am asking for help.

    What do you think the interpretations of that weird dream.

    It bothers me and hope you can help me.

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Shiela,

      Your dream is about getting more in touch with an emotional issue around a sense of loss or letting go. Sometimes it’s good to let go (to loosen our grip, to release, to surrender, to ask for help) so that we can allow better things/feelings into our life. Letting go can still be tough of course. Other times we become aware that we are losing touch with something important – something we value – and we realise we need to take action to get back in touch with what we are losing. For now, you need to judge which it is. In a dream consultation we would spend an hour going deeply into your dream and exactly how it relates to what’s going on in your life, and that’s when I can be more specific.

      Many blessings,
      Jane Teresa

  10. Allen Stepp says:

    Well in my apocalyptic nightmare there were mega tsunamis super cyclones and at the end of it I dreamed that the sun engulfed our planet it was so scary and seems so real wat does it mean

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Allen, Thank you for contributing your end of the world dream. As you will know from reading the original blog post, these dreams reflect your feelings – conscious or unconscious – during the couple of days before your dream, feelings about your (personal) world changing. Sometimes we don’t acknowledge our feelings, and this gets in the way of us making good decisions, or responding to life in better ways, ways that open good things up for us rather than close them down. Knowing our fears helps us to understand why we act in the way we do. Your dreams can give you this powerful insight. Book a consultation if you’d like help with this.
      Many blessings,
      Jane Teresa

  11. Adriana says:

    My end of the world dream was weird! From what i could remember it was night time already and i think my sister went to work. I looked outside and i noticed explosions all over i knew it was the end of the world so i went inside and i told my mom i cant let my sister be out there with this going on i dont want to be away from her if were going to die. I told her to tell her husband to go pick her up and im guessing he did . But i didnt see her in my dream anymore! I saw my mom, her husband, my baby and my babys grandparents from his dad’s side and i remember they(my mom & my son grandparents) were arguing about my son . I was more focused on how the world was coming an end and i was telling them i dont want my baby to suffer. The weird thing about my dream was that it became daytime and it was like the world was normal. Night time came around and thats when the world was a disaster.

    • Jane Teresa Anderson says:

      Hi Adriana, Thank you for contributing your dream to this thread. From your dream, I imagine you feel as if you can cope with challenges in your life during the day, but not once nighttime descends. That’s a normal human tendency, isn’t it, to worry more about ‘what’s coming to an end in our lives’ during the night hours, and to have a different perspective during the day? What new things or attitudes do you want to bring into your life? How can you do this? When are you clearer about this: at night or during the day?
      Many blessings
      Jane Teresa

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