Last night I dreamed I was locked in a building, and every door I opened led to another room with no way to escape.
If you’ve had similar dreams, you know how nightmarish they can become. Doors are important symbols in dreams and can have different meanings.
Unsurprisingly, being trapped in a dream echoes feeling trapped in waking life. Things happening in your life can leave you feeling frustrated. This disappointment can easily spill into your dreams, resulting in dreams filled with locked doors and mazes from which you can’t escape.
What Does A Dream Mean When You Can’t Get Out Of A Building?
If you dream you’re in a building, and you cannot find the exit, you could be struggling to find a way to express yourself in daily life. Also, when we struggle to reach our goals, we feel frustrated and defeated, which can manifest in dreams where we feel trapped.
People or events could force you to keep your creativity or thoughts silent. Or perhaps you have ended up in a situation where you feel there is no way to untangle yourself from events.
Your mind is filled with doors, but none allow you to flee the place where you are imprisoned.
No one likes to feel trapped by people or situations, but while your dream echoes this, there may be signs pointing to changes you can make to help you out of your situation.
Dreams About Not Being Able To Find An Exit (In General)
When you dream that you can find no exit, it usually points to a waking life situation that you can’t get out of and is causing you a lot of stress. That frustration and fear of being unable to find an exit is a metaphor for the events in your daily life.
Our dreaming psyche is processing the dissatisfaction we feel. It may tell you that you are going nowhere and must make changes to find that exit.
Your path leads you to a place where you cannot do what you want.
If you see an exit, but it’s locked, it could be that you know there are opportunities for you, but you’re not allowed them. Something stands in the way of your chance to grow and get into a better situation.
Dreaming Of Finding A Way Out (In General)
When you dream of finding a way out, you know that if you take the opportunities and chances offered, there’s the hope of escape.
Sometimes change and new prospects can feel overwhelming.
Your mind could view these scenarios as exit doors but lock them from you. But, unfortunately, fear can be the most significant thing standing in your way.
Symbols in your dreams can be especially significant here. For example, look at how the exit has been barred. These hints point to the steps you need to take in waking life to overcome your restrictions.
Closed doors may not only stop you from leaving, but they could prevent someone else from coming in to help you. Think about people in your life who you may be shutting out. Being more receptive to them will allow those dream doors to open.
Dream When You Enter A Building, and You Can’t Get Out
If you think of the building as a metaphor for something you have done, it could be that you started a project and now feel overwhelmed by it. When you set this goal, you might not have realized how much commitment or work was required.
Perhaps you were forced into the building in your dream, indicating that this was a goal or expectation someone else set on you.
Note what kind of building is in your dream, as this could lead you to pinpoint the root of your frustration. Remember that these are your symbols, so think about what the building might mean to you and what emotions they invoke.
- A prison may indicate that you feel trapped by harmful people around you.
- A shopping mall may show that you have over-extended yourself financially or are burdened with too much stuff.
- The stress is likely work-related if you’re trapped in an office building.
- A hospital could indicate health issues that are leaving you feeling hopeless.
- A house may point to a particular person or relationship that makes you feel confined.
Many of these dreams are related to your anxiety about a situation. First, however, pay attention to the emotions you feel while dreaming.
Perhaps you are excited about exploring or opening doors without fear. These emotions could hint at how you can change your perspective and look for opportunities.
Dreams About Being Lost In A Building And Can’t Find Your Way Out
Dreams like this suggest something might have happened to leave you feeling like you’ve lost your purpose in life. Or perhaps someone important to you has gone, and you feel abandoned without their presence.
Being lost makes us feel scared, bewildered, and abandoned. In dreams, these emotions reflect our feelings about situations in our daily lives.
Make a note of any people who might be in your dream:
- are you looking for someone in particular?
- What does the person represent for you?
Dream Of Trying To Escape A Building
It’s common to have dreams where you cannot escape a building. Being lost and trapped are significant dream markers that point to anxiety in everyday life. Dreaming of escape could symbolize opportunity or a warning that you are in an unsafe situation.
When you desperately seek a way to escape, you know that something in your waking life is adding to your feelings of being trapped. Of course, this can be an outside influence, but you can also be trapped by yourself and your own decisions.
Perhaps you feel stifled by a lack of creativity or moved into the wrong career.
List the things in your waking life that make you anxious or down, and see how they relate to your dream.
Trying to escape a building could mean that there are problems you are avoiding facing. So your dream reminds you that confronting your issues will help free you.
Escaping From A Collapsing Building In A Dream
Collapsing buildings could also indicate that significant changes are about to unfold. It would help if you took the opportunities these devastating changes offer. You can’t cower in the building as it falls, and you must take action!
I’d had dreams where my house was falling down, but I couldn’t escape. So I took this as a reminder to pay attention to my physical health and to make time for recovery. But, again, I was trying to evade a problem instead of facing it.
Parts of a house can also symbolize parts of the self. For example, if you are trapped in your home, it’s important to note if there are particular rooms you can’t escape from, as they could indicate the heart of the problem.
When you can’t escape from people or situations in your waking life, your psyche symbolizes this with a literal metaphor. For example, dreaming of being trapped in a building is a sign you need to make changes that either remove the obstacles or lower the pressure you are under.