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What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Younger Self?

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While most of your dreams are of your current self, you may sometimes have a dream when you are your younger self. This can be disconcerting because you are not sure what it means. There is obviously a reason why your subconscious mind chose to have your younger self appear in the dream, but it is not always easy to figure out the deeper significance. Depending on the circumstances, there can be a number of reasons why you might have this a dream about your younger self.

seeing yourself younger in a dream

In most cases, have a dream about your younger self is a sign that you have knowledge from the past that needs to be better understood. Most likely, this past information is something that is causing friction in your current life. Your mind may be trying to understand something that happened in your past and how it effects your current life.

Often, this type of dream is a way of your subconscious to show a better way of being. It may be gradually nudging you toward a better life. You are going back to that time because something formative happened. There is a memory that you have to address or something that needs to be better understood.

To figure out what is going on, you should look at what happened between that time in your life and today. Think of that version of yourself. What was going on in your life at that time? How did you feel and what did you think? What was troubling you? Did you make a mistake that you are having trouble forgetting or getting over?

The dream about your younger self might not be just focused on the past experience. It could relate to something that happened just a few weeks ago. Perhaps there was a situation that made you feel the same way now as the past version of you felt. How do you feel about that event? Is there any parallel between the past version of you and yourself now?

dreams of being younger

Are You Hiding Something?

When people undergo traumatic experiences, it is common for their subconscious to hide the memories. You may not think of what happened for months or years afterward. A sudden visit from an old friend or a dream about a past memory may suddenly bring up all of these thoughts. The dream about your younger self may be a sign that these traumatic memories and negative feelings are reemerging in your mind. You have to address them before you can start to move on. You have basically opened up Pandora’s Box for feelings, so now you have to find a way to sort through the emotions that have been released from the box.

If this is the reason why you have a dream about your younger self, then your goal should be to make peace with the past. You have to work through these feelings and understand those feelings that make you vulnerable. It is only by finding peace with these feelings that you can become the best person that you can be.

What If the Dreams Keep Happening?

If you have a dream about your younger self once, it is always possible that it is just a random coincidence. Your subconscious mind stores all of your memories, thoughts and experiences. From time to time, these different experiences are bound to reemerge in your dreams. A single dream about your younger self could just be random, so it is important not to read too much into it.

If you keep having the same dreams over and over again, then it is because your subconscious mind is trying to tell you something. It is trying to nudge you into sorting through the feelings and experiences of your past. You have the potential to move on in life and become a better person. To actually move on, you have to learn how these experiences affected you and come to terms with them. It is only through making peace with your past that you can really start to live in your present.

Dream Symbols of Children

Seeing children in your dreams can have a number of different meanings. We will go through the most common symbols and interpretations.

You as a Child: This could represent your true self and your soul when it was an unspoiled part of nature. It shows your soul as worthy of bottomless love. It may also show a childhood experience that you have to come to terms with.

New Beginnings: Depending on what happens in the dream, it could show a potential for a new beginning. It may represent a new start for your psyche or a reconciliation with past forces.

Children With Divine Auras: If a child in the dream has a divine aura, it represents the transcendent ability of the show. It shows that there are opposing forces within you like compassion and intellect that must work together to reach your ultimate fulfillment.

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  1. I seen my younger self at around the age of 5-6 years old , my younger self looked happy and singing with his class mates on a trip out with school, my mam was thier and she pointed to my older self and then to my younger self as if to say go and introduce your self, my younger self looked at me and smiled at my self now at 38 years old, I went to walk up to my younger and introduce my self and just as I went to say hello I woke up. What does it mean?

    • Perhaps the dream is your subconscious reflecting on how far you have come in life. From the sound of it, your younger self seems quite happy with the person you have become and what you have accomplished in life.

  2. I’m 15 years old. I had dream where I woke up in the dream on the couch and my younger self at like around 6 or 7 came up to me and just started to smile at me. It was a very moving smile. I was sad and happy. And just a few seconds later in the dream, I woke up and I just started to cry and now a few weeks later I never forgot that dream. I usually forget a lot of them, but this one stayed with me.

    • It is possible that the purpose of this dream was to influence you toward introspection. Reflections of ourselves within dreams often are signs that you can apply your past experiences to current issues that you are navigating in your life.

  3. I had a dream, I met my younger self maybe 5 and I was washing her (my) hair and just loving on her like a mother would, my younger self seemed pleased with my presence being around… I’ve been working on self love and to me this was just a confirmation that it’s been working.

    • Dreams about reflections of yourself are indications of your desire to look inward. Introspection will give you a better understanding of what you need to so. It is certain that this dream will guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times.

  4. I had a dream of me speaking with my younger self. I’m 21 now, my younger self was at least 5 or 6. She was happy but when I saw her I was in tears and giving her advice and just showing her I can be trusted. She wasn’t aware we were the same person nor did I tell her, I was just trying to gain her trust

    • Dreams about yourself are often reflections of your desire to look inward. Introspection will give you a greater understanding of the purpose behind this dream. You may feel that there is something that you need to do with your life at this time.

  5. I had a dream I saw my younger self. I quickly realized I was watching my younger self on a projector screen. I saw my younger self grinning from ear to ear but it didn’t seem like real happiness. I then saw than my younger self some how got a cut and her hand was bleeding and was surrounded by people. I think someone was trying to get my younger self to my mom.

    • It seems like you are looking back on a time in your life where you feel the need of protection and love. Perhaps you had this dream because you feel as if you need the same love and support in your waking life.

  6. I am 30 years old and had a dream i seen myself when i was 17 i was troubled as a teenager and so was this girl in my dream (me) and i was trying to help her escape that life and wanted to give her a better life and i kept saying to her you are me when i was younger you are me but she didnt comprehend what i was saying but she wanted my help its left me feeling emotional today?

    • Dreams about yourself are often manifestations of your desire to look inward. You are aware of your history, so you may benefit from introspection, as this will help you navigate your feelings. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate for the future.

  7. I dreamt of myself when I was 2-3 a group of women were present and they tried to make my younger self drink something(ligt green transparent medicine) from a syringe. My older and current self( 23) wouldn’t allow it (almost like I was protecting my younger self from something evil). What does this mean?

    • Perhaps your subconscious mind is trying to use your dreams to help you come to terms with death. Dying is a common fear for people, and some people try to come to terms with the death and accept it before it happens. It is also possible that the death in your dream just represents some kind of transition you are going through and that you need to accept rather than an actual death.

  8. i just dreamed of a past event where i stopped someone from being bullied then chased by wolves. it clicked to another place it said albany ny i was walking and. a figure was beside me it was myself in my teens i said who are you i am you. i was shaken i woke up i didnt know wth to do

    • Reflections of ourselves within dreams are often indications of of your desire to look inward. The wolves may be indications of your knowledge of stresses that you may have in your life. It seems that you should take this time for introspection, as this will help you better understand what course of action you should take in the future.

  9. I’m 30 years old. I had a dream last night that I revisited an old apartment my family lived in when I was in college. In the dream the back end of the house was partially burned down and There was a group of people outside participating in participating in what seems like aerobics. I saw myself as a 5-6 year old from a distance and instantly started sobbing uncontrollably. The more I looked at him the harder I cried. I woke up in the morning with my face covered in tears. Any ideas?

    • Within your dream, you saw a reflection of a younger version of yourself. Additionally, your family members appeared in this dream as well. The apartment may be a manifestation of your past. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will bring you many benefits in the future.

  10. I had a dream last night .. in our old house there was a child crying and i feel sad that it make me cry too, i hug here and i ask why she’s crying and she said she want to go, her ate left her and i told her when you left don’t forget me. She looked at me then the young girl looked so familiar.. and i realised it was me at my younger age around 5 or 6 yrs old. And i woke up and i still feel the pain like i was really crying..
    What does my dream means?

    • Your dream was about a reflection of yourself, and it is possible that her experiences were similar to your own. It is clear that this dream is meant to influence you to look inward. Through introspection, you will gain insight into the deeper meaning of this dream. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor the memory of your past self.

  11. I had a dream where I was in a hallway. It was a rather long one with blank walls and floors, I had felt something grab ahold of my left hand so I looked down and to my surprise found my younger self (about 6-7) holding my hand with a concerned look. Before I could say anything I saw my 4th-grade math teacher (who died from cancer a year ago) walking down the hallway right beside me without saying anything. My younger self then pulled me into a classroom where all the children in there’s faces were blank, she then pointed at 2 doors across the classroom and while sobbing she looked at me and said, ” I don’t know which one to go through! ” and continued sobbing. I’m curious as to what this means.

    • This dream seems to be a reflection of various aspects of your life. The hallways and door could be signs of your uncertainty about the future. You may be aware that there is a change that may be coming into your life, and you may not know what to do. The presence of your younger self should influence you to take this time to look inward, as this will help you better understand what you should do.

  12. I have a dream of my younger self 5-6 yrs old I’m now 28. In my dream i see a younger version of me but the kid me has no face all blur and dark even the whole place is dark and me, I was lying on tge sofa taking a nap and saw me younger self with no face and he keeps on reahing his hands to me like he wants me to go with him.. This dream keeps happening for over a year.. Can I please know what is the meaning of my dream?

    • The dream may reflect the fact that you are looking back at yourself and trying to understand where you have gone in life. Interestingly, the fact that the younger face is dark seems to show a stronger focus on who you used to be. Perhaps you are trying to understand where you have gone since you were that younger self and if you like all of the steps you have taken to reach where you are now in life.

  13. I had a dream where my younger self (baby 2-3 years old) was walking down stairs alone and my older self (me now in my twenties) ran down and picked baby up before she fell down. Then hugged and kissed baby. Wondering what this could mean? As it felt more like a nightmare and I woke up startled.

    • This dream may be a reflection of your distant memories. Of course, it is also possible that your relationship with your sister may be related to the experiences within this dream. Dreams that hold reflections of ourselves are often signs of our desire for introspection, so take this opportunity to look inward. This will help you understand the purpose of this dream.

  14. Hi! Had a dream last night that I met my younger self at some kind of festival/fete alongside my parents. I’m 28, female; my younger self was around 9/10, male and also blind. Everyone loved my younger self and I was full of energy/vivacity for life despite my disabilities. The (family and friends around us) were insistent that we met each other and went on an adventure to a show together, climbing through obstacles together to do so. I felt a mixture of proud and totally weirded out by meeting my younger, (male) self, especially as they were so full of life and I’m far more withdrawn/I hold back more in life currently…

    This is a super interesting thread, I wonder what your take on this dream is?

    • Dreams about reflections of ourselves are often indications that we should look inward. It is possible that this male version of yourself was a manifestation of your feelings regarding your past. There may be many reasons for why your younger self was male within the dream, such as curiosity or certain aspects of your character. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you understand the purpose of your dream.

  15. I’m not talking to my father.
    And i had a dream yesterday where i was a child again arround 3 years or 4 years old and i was in his office where he works as a lawyer and he was looking at a picture of his deceased father, but he lost the picture of his father and he also was looking for it in his office. I was playing in my father office, and i was happy arround him, but he was not paying attention to me, he would tell me to play away, also while he was looking at his father picture, he kind of lost it too. This is so weird, but overall i was happy in the dream because myself was free of anger or deception.

    • You are not speaking with your father, and this may be due to various reasons. The anger and deception that you were free of within the dream was mentioned, which may indicate that those feels are related to the reasons for why you are not speaking with him. Allow the experiences that happened during your waking life to influence your behaviors. If you feel that your dream may be able to provide you insights, then take this time to consider the meaning of your presence in his office.

  16. I am 17 and i had a dream that i saw my younger self 6-8 years old and all my siblings younger too playing on a park, i was on a swing by myself and i always have dreams in this same place near the ocean on a sort of cliff, although it doesn’t exist in real life and if it does I’ve never been there, i was on the other swing with my younger self and although I don’t remember much of what was said, i know we talked for a while she was very smiley, cute and happy, like pure happy, not a worry in the world, i showed her how i dress now and she kinda giggled, she asked a question about her future and (17 year old me) told her that “i can’t answer that because this dream will collapse and i won’t be able to talk to you anymore” i am prone to having strange dreams, I have my whole life but this was the strangest and most interesting one yet.

    • It is clear that this dream is a manifestation of your desire to look inward. You have an understanding about how dreams work, and your statement to her is reflected within that statement. It is possible that you had a similar dream when you were younger, and this could be you experiencing that dream from your current perspective. Ensure that your dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor your past self and may cause these dreams to appear more often in the future.

  17. Im 11 years old and i dreamed of myself riding a bike about 4 to 6 yrs old i was sad but i ran to him/my younger self and i hugged him i also dreamt of being in a church and praying in it when a miracle happened

    • dreams about reflections of ourselves are often signs that we should look inward. Consider your experiences at that time in your life and apply those memories to your current situation. It is clear that you cared for your past self within your dream, which is a sign of your positive energy. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will honor your past self, and it will help to draw positive people and energy into your life.

  18. I am 11 years old and I had a dream my friends and I were playing in the woods. I was about 5-6 and when I woke up I started crying uncontrollably. This happened only this morning and I’m still breaking into tears when ever I think about it.

    • It seems that your emotional reaction to your dream is based on something in your life, rather than the experiences within your dreams. You may want to take this time to nourish your relationship with your friends. If you find that you have these negative emotions due you to your dreams, then be certain to look inward. Introspection will give you a better understanding of the purpose of these dreams.

  19. I had a dream where I was in a street I am familiar with. I walked around then I realized that there are changes. I don’t know but my dream quickly shifts from one moment to another. While riding a vehicle, I saw my old classmates obviously standing in front of another school. Then I was placed inside my old school. It was quiet ( it was really really quiet happened at that time). I realized that I was in my 12 year old self but 17 year old present mind . Walking around again, seeing the windows of rooms that seemingly remniscent from the past. But then I cried. I cried because I thought I was back in the position where my family times are difficult. And my classmates’ lives are different from mine. Then there is some fantasy element: In order to go back to the present, I have to look for my stuff related to the present. It didn’t work. Then i woke up remembering it.

    • This dream seems to be a manifestation of your past, even if particular aspects of it were inaccurate. You are aware of the difficulties of your past, so you may find that this dream is a manifestation of those aspect of your life. You may want to take this time to consider this dream, as introspection will provide you with greater insight. It is certain that there is a personal element to this dream that will help you understand the underlying purpose of its manifestation.

  20. I just had a dream that I’m babysitting my younger self and I’m aware in my dream that I’m doing that and I even say in the dream “it’s hard babysitting your younger self” as if that would be normal in the real world she’s telling me to help and do things with her and I listen cause she’s a little kid but it was fun but kind of stressing, what could it mean?

    • This dream may be a reflection of your desire to look inward. Certain aspects of this dream may provide you insights regarding its purpose. Take this time for introspection, as this will help you understand what this dream may mean to you. Look back on your life, and consider how you can behave that will ensure that you honor the memory of your past self.

  21. I had a dream that I went to my old primary school with a bunch of friends and we were going there to meet our childhood selves as I guess we had travelled back to the past or something.. got there and my mini me was off school so I couldn’t meet her. I got really peeved watching everyone else getting to meet themselves so I just decided to go towards my house n somehow convince My mum that I was me from the future & to let me meet her, which I did!! So I was trying to give my little self advice on not being so scared all the time & tell her she’s not automatically in the wrong or bad just because she’s little and cos she’s me. But then it changed and she became my daughter in a big weird apartment building and her dad was an alcoholic that was trying to come take her. He was rich & powerful so the police were gonna let him, so I was running away with her and some other guy who was helping us. We got in a taxi but the police were stopping every car that had a young child in and sending them back round the block for the dad to look in & see if it was us.. so we got out and I dressed up as an old lady in a big shawl and hid my lil girl under it and got the bus instead. We were heading for a friends house to hide out & then I woke up. I’ve been advised I may be looking to re-integrate with my younger self

    • You have been advised to consider your past, so it is clear that you have an accurate understanding of this dream. Every experience and character within your dream may represent something from your past. With this in mind, take this time for introspection, as this will give you greater insight into the purpose of this dream.

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