Dreaming of the apocalypse can be a distressing experience, and you may feel as though you’ve run a marathon when you wake up.
You might even have to reassure yourself that the world isn’t ending just yet, looking around your room to convince yourself that everything is actually fine.
This will sound crazy, but apocalypse dreams – no matter how terrifying – are a good sign for the future. Yes, it’s a sign that something is coming to an end, but this also makes way for a new beginning, or a whole new chapter in your life..
Most Common Causes of an Apocalypse Dream
Both the causes and the symbolism behind apocalypse dreams are connected, and usually, they are one and the same.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why you might dream of the apocalypse, and what it might mean for you on a personal level.
Your Waking Life is Full of Troubles
Dreaming of the apocalypse is common when you feel like the world is crashing down around you. Something is challenging the very fiber of your being, and you’re not sure that you measure up.
Something which you base your sense of security or self-confidence on has collapsed. This may be a job, the health of a loved one, a routine, financial security, or maybe you’ve broken ties with a relationship that used to help define you, but you’ve outgrown it.
If you think about a potential apocalypse, the root cause of this particular ‘what if’ tends to be the loss of one or all of these things. In a catastrophic situation, one or all of these can be threatened, so it’s natural for you to dream of an apocalypse.
You Long For A New Start
You’re sick of the way things are, of the predictable way you always seem to react to life’s challenges, or how every day feels the same.
You want something to eviscerate all the above. Something that means a brand-new start.
And while that might seem like a horrible thing to wish for, it’s human to want to start again occasionally, or wanting a different set of problems that seem easier than the ones you’ve got.
That doesn’t mean you want the world to end, but you want room for a new start somewhere in your life. This dream is common when you’re questioning your spiritual side, or your beliefs don’t quite match up to who you are anymore.
This is the start of a spiritual journey or revelation for you, if you’ll let it. Seek out that new path, whether that’s letting go of a job that doesn’t fulfil you, relationships you’ve both outgrown, or habits or ideals which no longer serve you.
Letting the Past Rule Your Present
You’ve been unable to let go of something in your past, and now it’s dictating every decision and behavior you show to others, whether you know it or not. These situations or thoughts are manifesting as an apocalyptic dream.
This is your subconscious’s way of telling you that the cause of this dream is preventing you from growing from new experiences, and transforming your life for the better.
If you have recurring apocalyptic dreams, it’s worth asking yourself if there’s anything you could do with letting go of. That might be a relationship, an outdated way of thinking, or something that cuts you to the core, and you haven’t processed it yet.
Dreaming of the apocalypse can also suggest that a change in your circumstances in the past has meant that you’re in a state of constant vigilance.
Something has knocked your sense of security, and you’re now on the lookout for the next bad thing to happen. While this can be useful, it can also be harmful, and you may need help in letting go of this.
You’re worried about the future, which is natural, as there’s a lot of uncertainty, and no guarantees.
An apocalypse dream often comes about when you feel as though you’re not capable of handling what life throws at you, especially if you’re hearing a constant stream of bleak or worrying news.
Constantly checking for updates, whether that’s in the news or within your social circle, can do more harm than good, as it gives dreams like this fuel, and it can also be creating a shorter attention span than what you need.
It may be worth limiting your screen time or the amount of times you check for updates each day, as this small trick can make a huge difference to your day. Combine this with some mindfulness techniques, and you’ll soon find these apocalypse dreams becoming less frequent.
You’re in a Transitional Stage in Your Life
Dreaming of the apocalypse can also come about when you feel you’re not ready for something to happen.
Usually, this is a big life change that you’re aware of before it happens, or these feelings emerge as it happens.
Examples include moving somewhere entirely new, starting a brand-new job or career path, or a new relationship or stage in a relationship.
Uncertainty surrounding all of these pivotal points in life is natural, and having a dream of an apocalypse, where similar emotions of trying to adjust to something large and life-changing would occur.
This dream is simply a way for your subconscious mind to give these emotions an outlet, and what would feel like the ground dropping beneath your feet more than an apocalypse?
Other Things to Consider
Apocalypse dreams can be stressful to say the least, but that doesn’t mean they are what’s to come in the future.
More likely, your subconscious is giving you somewhere where you can drop emotions which are threatening to overwhelm you, and in order to do that, it needs to create a similar scenario for you to act out these emotions.
There are some other things to think about. What exactly happened in your dream? Did the world end in it, or was it already ending?
Ruined cities can indicate a change in your ideals, while abandoned airports, train stations, or bus stations suggest that there’s something holding you back from moving forward.