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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!

  14. I dream that me and my bf we’re going to Knott’s and that then a lot of shooters took over the park and we all had to hide I felt so scared in the dream they started by just shooting random shots at everyone I felt one and I felt something hurting in my body then we had to hide and play a game and do what the shooters said if not done right then they would kill you , it was awful just the night before we had planned to go to the Knott’s park in real life but now Im scared .

    • This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. This dream is a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. You are aware of recent shootings and other violent events. Enjoy your time with your partner, and ensure that your strengthen your relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Ayva!

  15. Hello, I had a dream that I was inside the guy’s car I’m talking to(dating) taking my things, I was sitting down trying to get my backpacks and stuff and he was outside by my door, trying to help and waiting for me. We were in the city, there was small stores, and then the car windows were slightly open and someone sticked their arm inside the car through the window and tried shooting at us, they tried to shot at me first, because I think I was closer to them and then they missed, it was a guy, he was a stranger, maybe someone the guy I’m dating knows? I didn’t know who he was. Then, after he missed he started running but noticed he missed so he came back and, again, he shot at me but I was facing the door so he shot me in the back of my head or neck, I knew he had shot me but I didn’t feel pain, I was scared and didn’t want him to shoot at the guy I’m talking to. The guy I’m talking to was about to react and help me but then the guy shot at him too because now he wanted to shot him too because he knew him and Then, the guy who tried shooting at us got inside the car with another guy trying to leave, they said they did it because as revenge because of something that happened 6 years ago between them all and including the guy im talking to and that they were back, they tried leaving and then I stood up asking for help, I was yelling so they could help the guy I’m talking to(dating) and so they could help me too. I couldn’t call or do anything because my stuff was left inside the car and so was his stuff. I tried asking an asian worker in this restaurant for help and he didn’t want to help and I showed him my date was bleeding and then he told me to tell someone else, so i tried asking others and I wanted to call the 911 and my dad so bad because I knew they’d help me, my dad is a radiologist so he knows about everything. I was trying to ask someone else for a phone and this dude showed up and told me they could let me borrow a phone and gave me a knife, then another guy appeared trying to tell me stuff and maybe challenge me to use the knife and I kept walking even though I wasn’t walking right, I was limping and I was trying to convince him to let me borrow it or leave me alone because I needed to get help and he wouldn’t let me go and run and do whatever I could do to help my date. These last guys knew the other guys too. They were all part of a gang or something but I wasn’t sure. Then, I woke up terrified.

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. You are aware of recent shootings and other violent events. Strengthen your relationship with your current partner by spending additional time with him in person. You will find that these dreams will diminish as you continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Erin!

  16. I just had a dream where I was sitting in my car, someone opened my car door & shot me in the chest. My ex was in the car, I tried to drive away but I was trying to hold my chest to keep the blood from flowing out. My ex somehow ended up in the driver’s seat to take me to the hospital & they were going the wrong way. The more I tried to talk, the more the blood would flow out. I remember feeling the shot, the pain, the devastation, the frustration of not getting to the hospital soon enough.

    • Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. The feelings that you had in your dream are manifestations of your awareness of the pain that other people experience. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring positive energy toward you and throughout the world. Have a great day, Javier!

  17. I had a dream about being trapped in a house with few housemates i don’t even know.I was hiding at the balcony where I saw a girl escaping through the grills and telling me to do the same but I was too afraid of the hight and watched her going through the roofs.I get caught after that.
    Someone handed me a gun and all gathered around me.Without saying a word i put a bullet straight through my head.
    I saw blood spurring gently through my weak and thin head all over a white marbled floor as if there were a beautiful waterfall only the water that flowed from it was blood red.
    It felt beautiful and sarene.
    Was supposed to be a nightmare,but didn’t feel any pain rather I felt at peace.

    The next moment I’m not dead and I escaped through that balcony like that girl did.
    Again I get caught at the road checking and brought to a shelter like place where there were children playing.
    I found out that no matter how many times I escape from one place to another in that whole village or die trying i won’t be able to go anywhere or even be dead also.
    Seemed like it’s a recurring cycle of a situation that I somehow gotten myself into without knowing,wanting or dreaming about it.

    That much i remember and want to know what meaning it helds if it has any?

    • Your dream is a reflection of recent shootings and other violent events. This dream may or may nor have a meaning other than that. However, it will certain be able to guide you in a positive direction. Ensure that this dream influences you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Nahar!

  18. I had a dream these girls I knew who were my friends but backstabbed me a lot were with this girl and she had a gun, she put it to my head and I was embracing the death to come bc I had no other choice and she shot me right in the brain but I didn’t die. There was a hole but I survived. She shot me in other places and I ran away. I tried to get so many people to help me (family and friends) but no one took it seriously and put their priorities over me dying (which I was, slowly)

    • Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. The lack of supportive may be a manifestation of your feelings that you need to rely on yourself. Have a great day, Tia!

  19. I had a dream these girls I knew who were my friends but backstabbed me a lot were with this girl and she had a gun, she put it to my head and I was embracing the death to come bc I had no other choice and she shot me right in the brain but I didn’t die. There was a hole but I survived. She shot me in other places and I ran away. I tried to get so many people to help me (family and friends) but no one took it seriously and put their priorities over me dying (which I was, slowly)

    • Your dream is a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. The lack of supportive may be a manifestation of your feelings that you need to rely on yourself. Have a great day, Anon!

    • Your dream may be a reflection of your knowledge of recent shootings. Your relationship with your brother has also manifested. You feel comfortable and secure with him. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will help bring positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Sarah!

  20. In my dream I was in a shooting for a movie somewhere in the mountain then somebody went to us and even my companions that time became weird like they have become my enemy so I tried to hide but a man shoot me at the back. I was playing dead but they still shoot me again and left me. When the morning came I stand up and seek for help at my phone but nobody is answering so I went downtown and see a friend I asked her if I have a shot in my back and she said no. We are on our way to the hospital when I touch my head and there was blood and after that I woke up.

    • The media that you consume has influenced this dream. You will find benefit in abstaining from watching violent and dramatic media. Your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events has also caused this dream to manifest. 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, Ellen!

  21. My dream was different I was walking with a girl who seemed innocent we couldn’t find a car I borrowed from which was later down the street crashed and 3 kids were victims sitting in the truck but the officer wouldn’t let me talk to them my dad came by and gave me my car keys and parked my car across the street I walked the girl to her car and made sure she was okay we saw a mother and a young girl sitting on the steps look at me scared but when I turned the girl had a gun in her hands pointed at my head. I wasn’t scared but I did talked to her and even got closer to her. I told her the cops were down the street and knew she was with me was she that stupid to pull the trigger. Then I tried snatching the gun and we fell to the floor and fought, I eventually one but I dragged her to the cops to be arrested and she had another gun and she was gonna kill me but I told her she was better than this. The look in her eyes were pain and lost. I still snatched the other gun & threatened to break her arm if she ever did that to anyone again but I wanted to know her name. I wanted to visit her in jail. I felt empathy. Then the cops told me these 4 kids were in it with her and I asked the kids if I could talk to them and this bitch girl said no rudely so I told her I was gonna say it anyways they were all better than this. When the cops were taking them away one of the kids handed me her two phones she told me to meet her in 2 days. I walked away & took them and headed to the car of the girl who pulled the gun on me and I grabbed my bag and her stuff and the cops pulled up saying it was a crime scene that I shouldn’t be there that there was bullet casings but she never shot me. I asked them if I could know her full name and because the brat wouldn’t tell me her last name but the girl cop was unsure. I woke up going back to my car with my stuff and her stuff. Wondering why I wasn’t scared.

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Your knowledge of recent shootings and other violent events manifested in your dream. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. 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, Claudy!

  22. I dreamt that my partner shot our dog in the back. I could see the bullet hole, but my dog was in no pain or bleeding, and there was no exit wound. I called the emergency, only for her to scoff at mine and reply, “do you really think we will try to save your dog?” For the rest of my dream, I seemed worried but my dog didn’t, like he didn’t feel any pain or notice, he acted like a happy, playful dog.

    • This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. You will find benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. If someone in your life has given you reason to feel unsafe around them, then avoid that person. You will find benefit in allowing the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, including animals. Have a great day, KB!

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