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What Does It Mean When You Dream of Getting Shot by a Bullet and Didn’t Die?

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Being shot by a bullet is terrifying. Often, you wake up immediately after you die in a dream. In some cases, you do not always die from the bullet. Instead, you are forced to keep fighting through your injury or have to run away from the assailant. When you are finally able to wake up, you are left wondering what the bullet and your survival mean about your subconscious mind.

From what scientists and researchers can tell, dreams are a reflection of the subconscious mind. They include the thoughts, feelings and desires that you experience in your waking life. Because of this, each aspect of your dream may represent something unique about your waking world. It may show your desires, fears or current problems.

When it comes to being shot in a dream, the emotions involved are normally fear, anger and confusion. At the root of this dream is a sense of being victimized. You are being hurt at the hands of someone else, and the other person has an advantage. Their gun means that you are at risk as you run away or try to fight.

In a dream, a gun typically represents a sense of dominance or strength. It may also represent a fight for desire. Depending on your own experiences, a gun could also signify social status, a certain lifestyle or a career. Often, a gun represents a speedy response and defense. The true interpretation of this depends on the number of gunmen, the kind of gun and how serious the fight is.

If you are shot by a gunman that you cannot see, it generally means that you feel stricken or hurt by the words that other people say. Perhaps someone is gossiping behind your back and causing problems in your waking life. If you dream that you shoot someone else, it could mean that you are rejecting that person or an aspect of yourself. They may represent a certain feeling or attitude in your waking life. You shoot them in the dream because you want to reject that feeling within yourself.

When someone shoots you in the dream, it can also mean that you are trying to reject a certain part of yourself. Even the most emotionally balanced individuals have feelings or traits that they dislike within their mind. Being shot in the dream could mean that you are trying to reject that aspect of yourself. To figure out the trait that you are trying to reject, look at the type of person who is the gunmen. Do they represent a certain feeling or experience to you? If so, your mind may be trying to reject that thought or experience within yourself.

Bullets, Guns and More Interpretations

According to some dream interpreters, watching a bullet get shot in your dream means that there is a situation of hardship in your real life. You may feel attacked or you may feel like there is a significant level of competition in the real world. There may be other people making decisions in your life that you have no power over. You feel like your only option is to get shot because you cannot take control and determine your own future. Because of this, the dream may mean that you are in a situation where you lack the authority or power to make your own choices.

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The good news is that you were not harmed in the dream. This means that those individuals are not able to harm you in real life. While you feel attacked and powerless, you are ultimately unaffected by those individuals. You are still injured, but you have some power to take control and achieve your aims.

On its own, a gun generally shows a fight for survival. If you are being shot at by gang members, then it shows that you feel overwhelmed in your real life. You feel like everyone is united against you, and you are the minority struggling to make your case. This may show some of your major fears and frustrations.

If you are in a natural environment or at home, it typically shows your fight over familiar territory. It means that it is most likely a home, family or friend-related situation that is making you upset. In an urban environment or city, the same actions show a fight for survival for your social status, career position or financial status.

If you are hunting in the dream and get shot, it shows a fight for survival. Hunting an animal shows that you are trying to survive and be self-reliant. If you are shot during your hunt, it shows that you feel unable to survive on your own. As hard as you work, it seems impossible to keep your head above water.

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  1. This is simply an indication of the activity of the spirit of death which if not cancelled by prayers manifests not as physical death but failures in career and destiny.Meet ur pastor for prayers

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. We always appreciate when members of our community share their supportive comments. Please share more of your experiences and insights in the future. Have a great day, Benny!

    • What do you mean Benny? I had a dream I was shot twice but they missed and didn’t know they missed so I played dead and luckily they thought they killed me and left.. I don’t know what this means but it means something, what you are talking about the spirit of death that isn’t cancelled by prayers manifest in failures in careers and destiny???

      • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. We always appreciate when members of our community share their supportive comments. Have a great day, Jessa!

  2. Hi, I dreamed to being shot from a stranger wearing a mask, but before he shot me he dressed another mask, and, in all of this, I have been shot in place of someone else. Your article is very very helpful. But I wasn’t be able to decipher everything. I would be grateful if you could give me another little help more. Thanks

    • Your dream may be a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings. There may be a fear in your life that causes you to feel uncertain. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will ensure that you draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Gio!

  3. my son was shot in my dream by an army officer he waved at in that my dream but he didn’t die but was injured. so please I want to know the meaning .

    • Your dream may be a reflection of various memories and influences. You are aware of the risks of war and conflict. The recent shootings may have caused this dream to manifest as well. The injury may be a sign that something has changed in his life. Share your kindness and compassion with him at all times. Have a great day, Chinelo!

  4. I dreamed being chased and I was jumping apartment building and even wooded areas I was shot by a stranger and was holding the wound from preventing more bleeding !

    • Dreams about being chased are often signs that there is something in your life that you are running away from. If you have similar dreams in the future, then attempt to speak with the person or things that is chasing you. The shot may be a sign that you are aware of the recent shootings. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Slafka!

  5. I had a dream where I was in a mall store looking around in the Louis Vuitton store and suddenly a random guy was there I forgot why I was telling him to leave then as he walked away I chased him to fight him then he pulls out a gun and shoots me. I had the ability in my dream to remove them by squeezing them out and my wounds healed. The second time I go for him again and he pulls another gun I run to the other door and hid with other two people but he shot through the door making him miss then he comes in and shoots me muiple times point blank in my stomach and and right arm. He left but I did the same thing where I removed the bullets then they healed but still feel the pain my arm was weak. The guy in the same room as me was a doctor and he was helping me but I felt like I was gonna die then I woke up from the dream my right arm was hurting and my stomach hurt so much. What does that mean

    • Your dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. The shootings may be a sign that you are aware of the recent shootings. The pain that you experienced during your waking life may be a reflection of the strength of this dream. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Anon!

  6. Hi I just had a dream that my ex came home from jail and I was visiting our old neighborhood to see him and he wind up messing with my current fiance’s ex and I wind up getting shot by a blind man because she said I was the one and in the dream he apologized and said he could not see I was shot in the right rib via chest area I felt it but it seem not to really have a effect I didnt lose alot of blood nor did I die also someone else was shot in the dream too please tell me what does this mean I dont understand it .

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Your relationship with your ex manifested in this dream as well. You are aware of the recent shootings, and these may be reflected in your dreams as well. The wounds may be signs of things that have harmed you emotionally. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Nicole!

  7. I was having sex with s girl who had a genital problem, seemed flaky, i asked her about it she got upset, stood up, spit on my head, a man came in said i disrespected his girl , i moved and he shot me multiple times, i was still alive i raced upwards grabbing him bending his finger backwards and ultimately stabbing him. I ran out the door through the streets hopping over a fence while chased by a car. Add i entered a building i went through a series of doors until i came goin a man preparing to kill me with some kind of torturing scythe and a special set of armor that protected him from the blades when i grabbed it first and unsuccessfully tried to hit him with it. I broke out of a side door and ran into two dogs about to be activated to kill me, i quickly stabbed both animals with the scythe before it could happen, somehow i ran yo my home, and as i thought to leave because i was in danger they might show up at my home a gang of men were just outside and that’s when i think i bbn panicked enough to wake up, wth does ak that mean. Also i should mention almost every character in this was black, except one guy with scythe.im a white dude

    • This sounds like a rather traumatic dream to have. The first part seems to reflect a worry that something will go wrong with whatever relationship you are about to try out or you won’t e able to find the right person. The next part shows a fear of some outside force hurting you, but you conquer that fear by conquering that person in the dream. The rest of the dream seems to show a similar worry about the dangers of the outside world and an inability to control the forces that are at work outside of yourself. The fact that you confront this danger in the dream seems to bode well for your ability to confront dangers and obstacles in your waking life.

  8. I had a dream of helping a child and his family. Somehow, I learned that the wife was having problems with her husband (who looked like that guy in the “Altered States” movie), that he was coming and was violent. He would not hurt them – but – for some reason, he wanted to hurt me.

    She tried to lock the door but the lock was practically useless. She also said that he would break down the door anyway. Again, she indicated that he would not hurt them – but – did not seem to be too worried about my welfare – even though I had just helped her child!

    I climbed out of a 2nd story window to stand on a ledge – hoping that he would look around the flat, not find me and leave. I peeked through the window to see if he were gone – after which – he shot me with a rifle. I looked down and saw blood from my abdomen.

    Somehow, I was able to get to the first floor. He ran out of bullets so, he was chasing me with an Ax. Anyone who was in his way, he chopped with the Ax – even a small boy. He was far behind me but, I woke up. Now I am looking for answers

    • Your dream is a reflection of the various influences in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. You are aware of the violent events and shootings that occur in the world today. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Jana!

  9. Hey I dreamt I was over a friend house helping put groceries up and I saw one of my friends sitting on a stool in the kitchen watching while me an my girlfriend put groceries up, he was playing with a gun but was aiming it towards the floor and it went off, I didn’t notice anything else besides the gun going off until I looked down an realized I had been shot in my chest, I pulled the bullet out an patched it up myself, he had shot me by mistake, please tell me the meaning of this

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Your social and emotional relationships have manifested in this dream. You are aware of the recent shootings and other violent events. You are aware that your friend would not harm you on purpose. Allow this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you great benefit. Have a great day, Dontavious!

  10. I had a dream where me and my sister were walking down to the bus stop, we stood there and waited for the bus to come. When the bus pulled up, my sister got on the bus but when I read the sign of the bus number, it said something else but I can’t remember, something to indicate that it was harmful.The bus driver had a silver gun in his lap. I ran from the bus and the bus driver chased me all around the area, and eventually tracked me down and shot me, I didn’t die but i was wounded and limping from the pain. At one point in the dream, I knew I was dreaming and I asked myself when was I going to wake up? I only knew I was dreaming because at one moment in the dream, it looked like a video game screen. I’ve also read a lot about shootings, I listen to a ton of modern rap music and one of my favorite rappers got shot and murdered over the summer, which had a big impact on me, causing sadness and crying for about a month. I really want to know why i had this dream because it bothers me so much.

    • Your dreams are reflections of a variety of influences in your life. Your knowledge of shootings and the death of an artist likely caused this dream to manifest. Allow this dream to guide you to focus on positive influences. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will reduce the frequency of similar dreams from occurring. Have a great day, King!

  11. I dream that my husband was driving me in our car when suddenly a group of men hanging out the street shot both of us in the car while passing them. While i noticed my hisband was dying i tried to move over the driver’s seat to drive away from the men as fast as possible but couldnt find the strength to do so. I kept getting weaker until i died as well. What does this kind of dream means?

    • This dream is a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings. The media that you consume may have also manifested in this dream. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring positive energy and people into your life. Have a great day, Tay!

  12. I dreamt I was dated this guy for 1 day. N I brought him to the house in my room were laying on the floor n started to talk to each other n i asked him his name m then kissed. I asked him so what do u do for a living n he said nothing. He said I live that rough life n I said oh do u want to get to know jesus? He then got a gun and shot himself in the head I ran out the house n the cops where running towards the house n as I was coming back in the house his family members were there but when I looked over he was still alive due to his chest going in and out. Then i told his family he is still alive n then he heard my voice n he shot at me n i ran out the house again. I realized he shot me in my head in the back, i asked my sis to shave my hair off and as she did the fire ignited and started to get through my whole body my sis pushed me to a fire hydrant to go under water to remove the fire from my body I was on the ground in the holy spirit telling Jesus! Jesus Jesus. Then I awoke out of dream.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your person spiritual beliefs and your knowledge of society. You are aware that there is pain and suffering. Your behaviors in your dream were reflections of your desires to support those in need. Allow this dream to influence you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. Have a great day, Vanessa!

  13. I had a dream where I was at my old elementary school where some gunmen were holding the students and me hostage at the gym. I don’t know why but I decided to leave the gym while no one was looking. As I exited the gym and ran in the field, a gunman chased after me. he caught up with me and I fell in the grass. He was on top of me and held a gun to my face. I was pleading to him to not shoot me. I did see his face. It was a total stranger. Ultimately, after what seemed a matter of seconds, he shot me in the stomach. He went back inside but seeing that si did not die instantly, he came back and hold the gun again to my face. I put my hand up pleading again. he shot me on the right hand and left. I managed to call 911 on my phone. I did not dare to see the wound on my stomach or my hand. Upon the arrival of the ambulance, the paramedics said I wasn’t in grave danger. apparently I had a bulletproof vest on me, and it managed to stop the bullet from killing me. Secondly, the bullet in my hand was stuck in there and did not spill any blood. There was just a red spot in my hand, and when I asked if someone could retrieve the bullet from my hand, they just shrugged and said it was ok for it to be in there. It posed no great danger. I did not feel any discomfort in my hand, it was just as if the bullet wasn’t there. the bulletproof vest, I discovered, was put in me without my knowledge by a total stranger. Why or when did I have a bulletproof vest put on me ? I do not know. anyways that’s what I dreamed. Could you help me decipher this ? Thank you.

    • Your dream was a reflection of your knowledge of school shootings. The media that you consume likely manifested in this dream as well. The bulletproof vest was a reflection of your desire to be safe and secure. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring positive energy toward you. Have a great day, Anon!

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