Dream question: Why can’t I speak in my dream?

Can't Speak in Dreams

“I had a dream where I was trying to speak but nothing would come out.  When I touched my mouth, I noticed there was a string hanging out.   I pulled on it and it was like this never ending piece of bunting.  What does this mean?”

This may be a common dream for people who are struggling to communicate.  That doesn’t mean you’re not articulate, just that someone around you isn’t getting the message.  In some people’s dream, the object in the mouth is cotton wool, tissue, socks or just something blocking/stuffed in the mouth.  This, like the never-ending bunting you’ve described, often symbolises the difficulty speaking or getting your point across.  You may also be being silenced by someone who doesn’t want you to tell your story or version of events.

When we are dreaming we are also physically paralysed.  This is why for many people when they try to speak in a dream nothing comes out.  It can sometimes feel as if you’re straining to speak, and your bed partner may even describe strange noises you’re making.  Again, this can symbolise the frustrations of trying to communicate with someone (who’s just not listening or paying attention) but also recognising the physiological nature of the drawing process, which means you physically can’t speak at that time.

Make sure you’re managing your stress and having conversations that need to be had, especially if you’ve found yourself making sacrifices to keep someone happy.  If this is a recurring dream, there’s also information about how to keep a dream diary that you may find useful in the Members Area of my Helping You Sparkle™ website, which you can free access to when you subscribe.

Copyright Delphi Ellis 2017

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