Dreams of chase or pursuit are a common theme that can recur in a number of different dream scenarios. Learning to understand your dreams can help you unlock and interpret the messages your subconscious mind is sending to you.
We are all familiar with the instinct to flee a threatening situation, and this forms part of your conscious waking responses to life's challenges. But even if you are fully alert and awake in the face of a threat, it is actually your pre-conscious, most primitive part of the brain that kicks in first, releasing the cortisol and adrenalin you need for your response. So dreams about running away and being chased are connected very deeply to your unconscious mind. The dream might involve being chased by a person, or an animal, that seems to represent a direct threat to you if you were to allow it catch up with you.
If this dream motif recurs for you, ask yourself whether you typically run away from challenges, if you tend to flee rather than fight. Can you identify the purser in your dream – this might reflect some of the issues in your life you are trying to avoid, such as a decision or commitment you are putting off. Remember that dreams deal in metaphors and symbols, do not look for a literal meaning in your pursuer, even if they are represented by an actual person you know. Your attacker could also represent an aspect of yourself that you are suppressing or avoiding, such as fear or envy – we often reflect aspects of ourselves we dislike onto external figures. It might also be worth reflecting on the distance and gap involved in the pursuit – if the dream recurs is this changing, could this suggest that the challenge is gaining ground on you, or perhaps you are drawing ahead to the point that the chaser is no longer a threat?
Think about regaining control of this dream if is copying and disturbing you: make a plan and commit to turn around and confront your purser next time, to try at least to identify them once and for all. You can not always make this happen (although lucid dreaming is a real possibility as you get deeper into understanding and relating to your dreams ).
If you are the one doing the chasing, it's often easier to interpret, as it typically represents an unfulfilled need or ambition in your life, something you are 'chasing' in your conscious life. But if it's not obvious you might need to examine your life more closely, to find out what it is you are secretly pursuing …
Our dreams can teach us such a lot, if we learn to be open to them and the messages that they bring us, from deep within our own minds.