I dream about paths, roads, bridges, and stairs. A lot. I am in motion – going somewhere or leaving somewhere. Often in haste. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with others. Usually there is some searching for someone or something involved. I often wake tired because it’s been a busy night. I’ve been traveling.
Dreams are a journey inward, so it’s no surprise that empaths and highly sensitive people would have an active dream life. We are working out the emotions of the day in full technicolor (although, sometimes I dream in black and white, too). And our dreams are vivid dreams. The setting may be surreal, but it feels very real at the moment. The people may be known or unknown, but we feel connected in some way to everyone that enters. The emotions evoked in the dream are strong. They will often stay with us in our waking lives.
So if we are traveling a lot in our dreams, what does it mean? Climbing stairs, crossing bridges, searching for the right road, finding the buried path? Add your own? A cursory search of dream meanings tells us this:
To walk through an open path in your dream signifies clarity of thought and peace of mind. It also symbolizes your progress. To see a blocked or windy path in your dream denotes that you need to give serious attention to the direction you are heading in life. (dreammoods.com)
A smooth, straight highway signifies inner peace, while a winding, bumpy road reflects emotional distress/disharmony. (dreammoods.com)
As in waking life, a bridge in dreams can be a point of connection – linking two places or things. It may also be a way to cross over an obstacle, like a river. Consider what the bridge is connecting and what it is traversing. (dreamscloud.com)
Stairs To dream that you are walking up a flight of stairs indicate that you are achieving a higher level of understanding. You are making progress into your spiritual, emotional or material journey. The dream is also analogous to material and thoughts that are coming to the surface. (dreammoods.com)
Paths, roads, bridges, and stairs in our dreams are all about connection. Connection with others, and connection with our deepest selves. We can literally explore through these symbols. Our unbridled unconscious is showing us the way. We are forever travelers.