“I looked in a book of dream analysis and read that being chased is a sign that one will have to work hard, but will be successful eventually. Is this true? And, can dreams mean something completely different if your culture and background is different?”
Being chased can suggest a situation is getting the better of you; it can also acknowledge the need to escape from something which may be taking over your life.
Consider who is being chased and who is doing the chasing; in many people’s dreams they do not know who they are being chased by, but simply know they are trying to get away. This can be a reflection of a general problem, rather than something specific. Have a think about how you can manage this problem so that in your waking life you can find a positive way to confront it.
Some people also dream they are running and can’t get away, as if they’re stuck in mud or running through treacle. This often emphasises that you can’t “get away” from the problem and so taking time to understandthe situation causing the dream and find ways to manage it positively are healthy.
With regards to the cultural background – we are all different. People with the same background or culture will still experience dreams – and life itself – differently, even if their approach to life is similar. Interpretations of those dreams will depend very much on the the dreamer, their way of life and their experiences.
In England, the culture is (generally) that dreams are unimportant. Many eastern and other western cultures which embrace all aspects of dreaming see them as a fundamental part of every day life, cultures like the Aborigines (and their belief in the Alchera) and Native Americans (and the role of dream catchers).
Keeping a dream diary is a useful way to notice patterns in your dreaming and understand why you dream what you do. You can access a free guide to keeping a dream diary in the members area of the Helping you Sparkle™ website when you subscribe to my dreams mailing list.