An island is a powerful image in a dream. You may have dreamed of a lush island, with strange bird calls and unrecognizable animals just out of sight.
Or, you dreamed of an island with sand as white as marble, and a sea as blue and clear as any holiday advert you’ve ever seen.
Maybe you dreamed of a rocky beach shouldered by a forest, and watched the sun rise above a torrent of clouds.
Dreaming about an island – depending on the feelings that surfaced during this dream – is usually a call to change something in your life. You are very unhappy with the way things are going, or you don’t mind how life is right now, but you know it could be better.
What does an Island Mean in a Dream?
Think back to where your island dream started. An island in your dream has a myriad of meanings, and if your dream supplied you with a reason for being there, this can inform the meaning behind your dream.
Did you know why you were on this island? Were you stranded? Shipwrecked? Did you travel there purposefully? These reasons can point to how you feel in the present, or the actions you will take in the future.
Think about the shape of the island. Could you see where it ended? How far the land stretched? This indicates that you’ll see different paths open up before you in waking life.
You’ll be able to make an informed decision as to which is right for you.
In your dream, if you couldn’t see the size of the island, or you only saw part of the island, this can suggest that you will face a lot of uncertainty in the future.
If you dreamed of being on an island, but you didn’t feel lonely, or isolated, this is a good sign.
If you felt empowered by being in your own company, or relieved that no one could judge you on the island, this indicates that you have a great level of self-confidence, and you find comfort and pride in being independent.
It can reflect waking life where you feel you can handle anything, but people or your responsibilities are getting in the way of your goals.
You know you can do anything – you’ve proved that in the past, but you don’t always get the time to be able to work on what you want out of life.
This dream indicates that you’re thinking about making a big change in your life, or one will be coming soon. You want more time to be able to shape your life into something you’ve always dreamed of, so you’ll adapt things accordingly.
Maybe someone’s got too much of a say in your life, and presides over every decision you make, and you want to take back control of your life.
Your dream is giving you an outlet, a way to explore how you would feel with more freedom, more room to breathe. Where will you get more room than an island to yourself?
It’s common to dream of an island as an escape from everything. Your dream is about being present, not worrying about the past or the future. Really seeing things as they are, noticing the little things around you.
You want to reconnect with yourself, with feeling alive and being grounded.
This dream is your subconscious telling you that you need some time for yourself. You need to replenish your energy. This doesn’t mean you have to book the first holiday you see – but take a couple of minutes for yourself. Do something that will relax you.
Did you feel relaxed upon waking from this dream? This is an indication that you definitely need a break, and if you find yourself looking for excuses not to take one, you need one more than you think.
Have you heard the phrase “No man is an island”? It might surprise you to know that a man called John Donne wrote this line as part of an essay called “Meditation 17”, in 1623, during a period of illness. The poem suggested that being aware or connected to other people’s pain makes you both more resilient.
If you felt sad, lonely, or alienated in your dream of being on an island, your dream is telling you that you’ve become too isolated from others.
This dream can be giving you an outlet wherein you can be honest with yourself about how lonely you feel, or how anxious you are, emotions which you might be ignoring in waking life.
Do you feel like you would be better off on your own? Have you isolated yourself in order to protect yourself from something?
This is a misguided defence mechanism, and it will only hold you back in the future, and prevent you from having meaningful connections with people.
The Detailed Meaning Behind Your Island Dream
Dreaming of being stranded on an island suggests that you feel trapped or that no one in life can help you in a situation that you’re really struggling with. If you failed to do something in this island dream which seemed vital, this is mirroring your emotions in waking life.
It’s a good idea to question where the worst sense of struggle is coming from in your waking life. What’s causing you the most stress? Can you change it yourself? Is it worth asking for help? Do you need help outside your support network?
This dream isn’t all negative, however. Dreaming of being stranded on an island can also point to a wealth of confidence or independence.
It’s also a warning sign that you should watch these feelings don’t turn into arrogance, where you will misread a situation. It may cost you.
Dreaming of a vacation on an island signifies that you need to take yourself away from the problems in your life, at least for a short while. Your energy and resilience is depleted.
You may have been trying to convince yourself that a break is exactly what you don’t need. After all, you’ve faced tougher things before. So why is it a challenge now?
Sometimes, there’s no reason why. It’s worth remembering that you’re not a machine. There isn’t always a clear sense of cause and effect.
You should always listen to your instincts. If you feel tired, and pushing through it will only make it worse, it’s time to recharge.
Dreaming of travelling to an island suggests that you need to withdraw from the problems life is plaguing you with, in order to energize yourself, reassert any boundaries that need it, and to regain perspective.
Sometimes the only way to think objectively is to take a step back from everything for a minute, and view it from a different angle. Your subconscious mind is telling you to take a break.
Maybe you’ve recognized a shift in your priorities, of what you want, and what you really need. Perhaps a current situation has highlighted something different, something you would benefit from.
Dreaming of a frozen island indicates a loss of control, or power, over your own life. A frigid, icy island, isolated from the rest of the world sounds bleak, lonely, and stuck.
Is part of your life stagnating? Have you lost sight of what you originally set out to do? Or, do you no longer want what you originally planned?
The conditions of this island are reflecting on how you feel frozen, unable to move forward with your life, and alienated from others.
It’s worth considering trying things a different way. What can you change that will make these negative feelings invalid?
Is there a relationship that’s making everything harder? Has someone taken control of your life, and you want to change at least some of their decisions? It’s your life, after all.
Dreaming of an island surrounded by water sounds obvious, but the state of the water in your dream can lend further insight into how you are feeling.
If your dream was focused on the water, this dream is telling you to pay attention to how you feel. There might be some underlying issues or feelings that will hold you back from living your best life in the future.
If the water was calm and clear, this reflects how you feel in control, and fully present in the moment – or that’s how you want to live. How can you make that happen?
Murky water that hides jagged rocks in your island dream indicates a fear of the future, or impending problems which you can’t predict.
It might be your own fear or your behavior which will leave you unable to recognize a good opportunity or a kind gesture when it appears.
Choppy water, or high, violent waves beating against the island indicates an uncertainty which could turn paralytic if left unchecked. It also suggests that you’re holding onto a lot of negative emotion.
A dream where you watch a sunrise reflects how you’re looking forward to the future. You’re excited for new opportunities and relationships that may come into your life.
Dreaming of watching the sunset suggests something is ending in your life, but it will open up a new path for you.
Feelings You May Have Experienced During Your Island Dream
Serenity. Loneliness. Calm. Happiness. Nostalgia. Wistfulness. Free. Confined. Trapped. You’ve escaped from the worries of your life. Independent. Isolated. Confidence. Withdrawal. Sanctuary. Relaxation.
Positive Changes Are Coming, If
- You didn’t feel lonely
- You looked toward the horizon with hope or admiration
- You wake from this dream relaxed
- The water surrounding the island was calm and clear