Dream Dictionary: Eyes

Eyes, like dreams, have been described as the window to our soul.  We will often use eyes in metaphors to judge a person’s character finding them attractive or untrustworthy.  When we say “I could see it in their eyes” we may be describing someone who was frightened or up to no good.  You may be someone who views eyes as an important characteristic in an ideal or future mate.

So what do eyes  mean in your dreams?

If your attention is drawn towards another person’s eyes in your dream, it’s worth considering what it was about the eyes that got your attention.  If someone had only one eye (who usually has two) or their eyes were shut it may be that you feel someone around you is not seeing a situation as they should or only giving half their attention to something important.  You may be frustrated with a friend or family member who refuses to see how someone else is hurting them or letting them down.

If you are looking at your own eyes, pay attention to how healthy they look.  Eyes that are shining can suggest a positive mood, you may be seeing life very clearly and have a clear view of where you’re going.  Eyes which look dull and lifeless can help you acknowledge how you’re feeling about some aspect of your life and areas where you may need to take positive action.  If you notice one eye is shut, your left eye closed can mean you’re viewing life creatively but not logically.  If you’re right eye is closed, you may be maintaining a logical outlook but missing out on your ability to see things expressively or creatively.

If you’re not not able to open your eyes in your dream or what you can see is blurry, it may be that at the time of the dream you are unable to see something clearly.  Perhaps you want to know the outcome of a situation or what a person is going to do next; this symbol reminds you that some things are not meant to be seen.

An eye in the middle of the forehead could refer to the Third Eye Chakra or “all seeing eye” offering you some insight regarding your intuition.  Again, if the eye is open you may be able to start viewing a particular scenario with profound clarity.  If the third eye is closed, you may have been confusing intuition with paranoia – what you know with what you think you know – and so may need to embrace a more spiritual aspect to your life.  Start with a short meditation focusing on your breathing to help you focus your thoughts in a healthy way so you can start to trust your instincts again.

In various cultures, the Eye will have further symbolic reference like the Eye of Horus.

Published by Delphi Ellis

Therapeutic counsellor, well-being trainer and author working with grief and mental health, helping people get their sparkle back. Explores dreams on telly. Avid tea drinker. © Delphi Ellis - Helping You Sparkle™ 2006 - 21

One thought on “Dream Dictionary: Eyes

  1. I had a dream that I was with a group of people and when looking at them they looked normal (two eyes), but after taking a picture of them as a group… in the photo a few of them had only one eye in the center – but no one could see it in the picture except me. So strange…

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