I have had many encounters with dreams about aliens. I personally have noticed less alien dreams in my 30’s compared to my teens and 20’s but when we explore the meaning of aliens, it makes sense to find this symbol more often in the periods of our life when we are most likely experiencing changes with our personal identity or discovering who we are as individuals.
It is important to identity where a symbol may come from in our personal past. Did I recently watch Alien or another movie or book that featured extraterrestrials? Do I like aliens or do I fear aliens? The emotions and thoughts an alien evokes within me relates more to the meaning of my dream than anything else I could read on the subject. Dreaming of aliens is a common dream symbol often perceived by dreamers as a connection to out-of-this-world life forms, repressed memories of abductions, or some future event involving aliens.
Aliens as a symbol within our dreams are often a symbol of a neglected or undiscovered part of self. This could be your spiritual self, creative self– a self that almost feels like the opposite of your current identity. These unknown parts of ourselves can feel foreign to us and feel “alien” to who we are. The idea that these aliens are representing a part of self is often surprising to a dreamer since they are often unaware of this part of self hence the symbol.
Dreaming that you are surrounded by aliens may not symbolize a part of self as much as a sense of being in a new and foreign environment. These type of dreams are common after we find ourselves in a new town, new job, or otherwise surrounded by new people, a different culture, and unfamiliar surroundings.
How does your culture treat the concept of aliens? Aliens are often seen as an unexpected force with more power than us- a threat. Alien dreams may relate to a dreamer’s fears and fear of losing control or lacking power and protection. Depending upon how we feel about the aliens in our dreams, they can help us identify current struggles and anxiety. Are we struggling with our sense of safety? Our ability to trust others or ourselves? Power and control? Our sense of self? Even intimacy?
A simple dream with just one prominent dream symbol can give me and other dreamers so much insight into what we are going through and help us understand what we are struggling with and what we can do to overcome any current obstacles- even if these obstacles are self-imposed (as they often are).
Alien Dream Sample 1:
I am walking through a deep forest. It is beautiful- almost magical. I don’t remember ever being in this place before and I don’t see a path. There are flowers and plants I don’t believe I have ever encountered. I then find a clearing and notice a small capsule- this startles me. Within the capsule, I find a very small creature- an alien. I believe it’s dead. I touch it and realize it is still alive- just weak. I hesitate but I decide to take care of the little creature. I feel confused, unsure of myself, and fearful. I decide I can’t tell anyone about this alien as I fear they will harm him/her.
When I had this dream sophomore year of college, I thought it related to discovering a new (and possibly neglected) aspect of who I am and the fears and anxieties I had accepting it. The decision to keep it a secret related to not feeling ready to reveal all of who I am to others socially- especially when I was discovering new things about myself I didn’t even know myself. The dream related to an exciting but unsure and sometimes scary part of my life and personal development.
Alien Dream Sample 2:
My dream starts with me running for my life. I don’t know what I’m running from or where I am headed but I still run. I feel terror and I hope I will find cover. I see alien ships around me and I believe they are trying to destroy me. I find another person who is also running and we plot to kill the aliens and save our species.
When I had this dream a year after college, I referenced the first dream; however, the symbol of the alien had changed for me. It no longer had the same meaning for me- this was new foreign territory for me. I was working, had moved out on my own and my life was changing. I realized this dream reflected my rejection of the changes in my life- both inside and out. Instead of accepting new challenges, new knowledge, and new opportunities, I was seeing them as potential threats to who I am and what I cherished so much about the person I was. I find myself now, sometimes, still rejecting adulthood, of course. This was a valuable dream for me that allowed me to see how irrationally I was approaching change and young adulthood. I asked myself, “How am I only 23 and already stuck in my ways?” The dream helped me see that a war against change would be pointless (and likely harmful). I mean, I can’t destroy the concept of “change” or the concept of “new things.” Instead, I had to make peace, gain more insight and understanding, and find new ways to balance who I was, who I am, and my willingness to change to accommodate new life circumstances up the road.