We may not all like it, and for some people it has a greater or lesser importance, but money is a central theme in most of our lives and affects people on a personal and global scale.
In modern society it is money, or what we need to pay for with money, that drives our daily lives as we get up in the morning (or night for some) and go to work. We need money for nearly everything; food, clothes, bills – all before we can even think of earning extra money for luxuries. Money also drives business and the global economy to such a degree that many believe the world couldn’t function without it.
However, there is a flip-side to this… we often dream and wish for things that all the money in the world could not by, i.e. meaningful relationships, love, friendship and simple quality time spent with people we care about are all things you can’t put a price on. Also, money is of little use to us regarding our spiritual growth, and how we deal with grief and death. Money can be both everything to us and nothing, worthless.
Our subconscious dreaming mind will often see all of the above a lot more clearly than our rational waking mind with its day to day worries and anxieties. Of course, if you are very poor and living from day to day with genuine money problems, you may well have a lot of stress in your life and stress-related anxieties in your dreams – they may even manifest themselves as direct images of money-related matters in your dreams in some cases, but more often than not you will have stress-induced nightmares or bad dreams about losing control.
Usually when we dream literally about money it is connected with ones self-worth. So if you’re short of money in your dreams it may signify negative feelings about your self-worth, though it can also be a symptom of being ill or worried about getting sick and even death. This is not to say if you dream about running out of money that you’re going to die, just that it’s something you might be worried about or thinking about.
It was thought that if you dream of finding money or suddenly gaining large amounts of loot that it is a sign of good luck coming your way, though more modern dream interpretation would suggest it reflects your own wishes of gaining sudden wealth and may actually represent the complete opposite, that you’re subconsciously worried about losing your money. Perhaps you are spending too much money in the wrong places or on the wrong things?
To some money is connected with prowess and power, so seeking money and riches in your dreams can signify a need for power and control, or underlying feelings of lust or a need for love.
If you dream that you are giving your money away it can mean that you need to be more caring and sharing with your friends, family and/or other people. If you are giving money to someone in particular it means you need to pay them more attention as your subconscious has detected that you’re neglecting them. However, if you dream of your friends giving away money to people other than yourself it could mean that you are feeling unappreciated and neglected.
If you receive money from a stranger in your dreams, someone you’ve never met, it can mean that you need to go to someone other than your family or fiends to get help with boosting your self worth and self-esteem, someone that will broaden your spiritual horizons and help you look at life and yourself in a new light.
If you dream that someone dies and leaves you some money it could be that you wish to inherit some of their qualities, some aspects of their personality that you admire, either consciously or subconsciously.
Whatever your dream about money signifies, remember that it is a very powerful symbol because it is very powerful one in waking life that can be used for good and evil. The money itself has no moral code or conscience, its cause and effect resulting from what people do with it.