(see Abyss, Bridge, Cage, Cliff, Dam, Gate, Hole)
Traffic jams (see Car): Taking a direction perceived as free from trouble, only to find the way blocked for some unknown reason. Usually this pertains to external circumstances that you cannot control, but find frustrating.
Walls or barriers: If walls can talk, what are yours telling you? Is it too soon to move forward, or is the wall a kind of test to overcome? Also note that walls can symbolize limitations that are imposed by family, friends, job, or culture.
Fence: This reveals perceived class restrictions and prohibitions. Alternatively, it you’re sitting on the fence, by all means make up your mind! Falling off a fence speaks of taking on a project that you are simply incapable of handling considering your other responsibilities right now.
To avoid being the proverbial Humptv Dumpty, carefully balance your schedule and duties before taking on anything else.
Consider who or what is causing the barrier you see in your dream. What part of your nature provides the best tool to remove that obstruction (the rational, intuitive, or emotional self)?
Is the obstacle natural or human made? Natural obstacles represent something that would happen to anyone approaching this same situation.
For example, a barrier reef standing between you and an island indicates everyday problems. Simply navigate around them so that you can rest in a safe haven. Conversely, human-made obstacles symbolize manufactured problems or delays. Such obstacles can be self-originated or caused by external forces.
Obstacles in life. Resistance to obstacles that need to be overcome.
The positive side of this symbol is that unknown obstacles are made clear and become conscious, which is the prerequisite to overcoming them.
The type of obstacle is important.
Something that gets in your way in a dream is a symbolic block to moving forward in your waking life. This is one of the most frequent dream images and has a very literal meaning associated with it. Life is often experienced as a function of facing the obstacles that we must traverse to get from where we are to where we desire to be. This is a daily struggle. Dreams often help us balance out our sense of frustration and despair as we face this particular challenge, which is an absolutely universal human experience. There are two elements to consider when making an interpretation of a dream of this kind: what is causing the obstacle, and what part of the body or type of movement is being blocked.
The more important of the two is how you are stuck.
If the feet or legs are involved, this connects to how you are moving through your life. Feet guide us in the direction we choose, so if you cannot walk, your dream is reflecting an inability to make a new choice or find your footing firmly on the ground you desire.
If the legs are more prominently blocked, then your direction might be clear, but your ability to move forward is being hindered.
If your arms are being impacted the most, such as with netting, webs, or ropes, then issues of capability are probably at play.
If this is the case, there may be some area in your life where your effectiveness, strength, or creative power is what is being blocked. Some dreams of this nature involve obstacles to the face where something is blocking your ability to see, hear, or use your voice effectively. When this occurs, look to a situation in your life where you are not able to be as expressive as you need to be.
The other crucial element is what is causing the obstacle. Some obstacles that often appear in dreams are nets, quicksand, sticky floors, ground that opens up, and heavy legs or feet.
If you can make an association to the stuff that is blocking you, add this to your interpretation.
What does it mean when you dream about Obstacles?
Dream about obstacles is a premonition for your easy going attitude toward a relationship. There are still some unresolved issues left hanging. Things are not going as smoothly as you would like it to. The dream indicates a laid back attitude. You need to acknowledge and express your pent up anger and feelings before they explode.
Obstacles dream is a warning alert for your lacking sense of self-worth. You are not measuring up to the expectations of others. You may be undergoing a readjustment period after experiencing some serious personal conflict or an end to a passionate affair. This dream is a portent for a person who you view as cold-blooded, fearful, or thick-skinned. There may be some failing situation.
You couldn’t be in a better position in your personal life. The time is ripe to thumb your nose at your demons for the last time. Complexes, guilt, and fears of all kinds are gone. It could even be that the radical “housecleaning” you’ll undertake will affect your professional career as you become aware of how much you’ve been underestimating yourself.
Dream about climbing obstacles indicates your attitudes toward a relationship. You may be devoting too much time to unimportant issues. You need to voice your opinions more strongly and make your views known. This dream stands for your carefree and laid back attitude. You are feeling left out, excluded and ignored.
Dream about obstacle course states punishment or suffering. Your current love interests are not measuring up to your ex boyfriend/girlfriend. You are feeling hollow or empty inside. It is a message for something that has been switched, changed or exchanged. Things may look insignificant and meaningless up close, but you need to stand back and consider the overall picture.
Dream about crossing an obstacle states despair, unpleasant changes, or some emotional breakdown. You are feeling slow and lethargic in your life. You need to let your guard down and learn to be more open and receptive. This signifies forgotten memories. You might get yourself into trouble.
Dream meaning of Obstacles
Dream about going through an obstacle course is unfortunately an admonition for disappointments and failures. You do not know what you want to do about something. Do not get too comfortable or too arrogant. It is an evidence for feelings of powerlessness, guilt and low self-esteem. You have invested time and energy into its development and it is paying off.
Dream about flying and overcoming obstacles is about your lack of freedom and limited abilities. There is an emotional situation or problem that you can no longer avoid. Do not give your desires in to temptation as they will be unfulfilling and unsatisfying. This dream sadly draws attention to your unfulfilled desires and wishes. Do not judge people according to their appearance.
Dream about water obstacle course is an omen for regrets and remorse. You are holding in a lot of negative emotions. You are lacking a sense of personal space. It is a portent for worldly issues. After a long period of struggle, you will overcome some difficulties in your life.
Dream about doing an obstacle course is an indication for someone or something is trying to get your attention. You are ready to rid yourself of your old ways and undergo a transformation. You may be too overexcited or hyperactive and need to relax. This is a hint for your emotions and cold or bitter feelings. You are having difficulties connecting to others or you are unable to get your thoughts across in an effective way.
Dream about running an obstacle course signifies an aspect of your relationship with a person is not growing or maturing. You need to be reassured and taken care of. You are being overly pushy with your advice. Your dream is a sign for a freer, less encumbered relationship. Perhaps you feel that you are being overlooked and feel that your voice is not being heard.
To dream of an obstacle in your path represents feelings of being unable to make progress or move forward in a situation until a problem has been dealt with. Feeling thwarted. Feelings about needing to overcome something. Negatively, you may be experiencing self-doubt. Feeling the potential to lose an opportunity or important chance. A fear of losing out on something. Frustrations.
Alternatively, experiencing obstacles in a dream may reflect your feelings about other people intentionally making your life harder than it needs to be.
To dream of overcoming represents your ability to use your skills to cope with a problem you felt was thwarting you.