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Woke up to a Car Accident Dream? Here’s what it means [57 Types]

Woke up to a Car Accident Dream? Here’s what it means [57 Types]Updated on August 31, 2021 | Published on March 18, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, Certified Psychiatrist

Car Accident Dream

Were you having a car accident dream when you woke up this morning? Well, that must have been terrible. It’s one thing to deal with a car accident in a dream, but it’s a totally different thing to deal with the trauma that follows afterward.

What if the dream comes true?

What if I or someone I love gets in a car accident?

To take your worries away, it’s rare such dreams turn into reality. But they surely have a hidden meaning. To know more about what your car accident dream means, keep reading –

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57 Common Car Accident Dreams & Their Interpretations
57 Common Car Accident Dreams & Their Interpretations

Car Accident Dream Meaning – General Interpretations

I know that after having this dream, you may get scared to drive a car or to sit in a car for a while now. But what these dreams represent is truly far away from your guesses.

Our dreams are the mental images that our subconscious mind shows us. Most of the time, these dreams try to send you a message or a warning. At other times, dreams are like a riddle with hidden meanings and signs inside. Let me show you some of the most general interpretations and meanings of a car accident dream.

1. Your situation at work

“Are you suffering at work?”

“Are you not in favor of the work environment that your job offers?”

“Is your boss a bully or you are overworking at a poor salary?”

If you were driving a car in your dreams and it led to a car accident, then what you are missing to recognize is that driving is action.

You got in an accident while doing an action and this relates directly to your unhappiness and dissatisfaction from your work and career. The message becomes clearer if your co-workers were present in this dream or you were driving to or from your workplace.

2. Your relationship with others

The most common hidden meaning of a car accident dream is inclined towards your relationship with others.

This is a common dream that most people see when they feel out of control in a relationship. It can either be a platonic or romantic relationship. It can also be a relationship between parents and children.

If you see that the chords of control are getting out of your hands, you are feeling helpless and the other person is trying to be the dominant one by constantly ignoring your opinions and feelings, watching such a dream is a common incident.

3. Your fear for depleting financial situation

A car accident not only affects us physically but also results in monetary loss. Having such a dream during times of facing financial issues is a clear message that you are worrying too much about your financial situation.

If you damage an expensive car in your dream, it’s a message that you no longer feel to have any control over your finances in your waking life.

If you were seen worrying over the repair cost and insurance claims, then it’s a clear message that you are tensed about facing heavy financial damage in your waking life.

4. Your dream aspirations

Having a car accident dream and facing the loss of control in it is an indication that you are having difficulty in achieving your goals.

You may have high aspirations and expectations from your present and future. But you are lagging behind the deadlines and passing out of time. You may also have an absence of resources which is keeping you apart from your goals.

It’s time that you acknowledge your goals and if you are truly giving it your best. During this phase of your life, such a type of dream represents that you want to take things under your control and move ahead of the way you want. 

5. You feel guilty

Are you feeling guilty about a certain situation?

Are you constantly drained with the thoughts of this would have gone right if I was able to act differently?

Sometimes, dreams of car accidents are the indication of your inner guilt and regret of something for which you hold yourself responsible.

You may be aware of this feeling or trying to ignore it consciously. Whatever it is, the feeling is there and it makes you feel weak and depressed. All you need to do is put a full stop to your constant self-loathing and forgive yourself for whatever happened in the past.

6. You need protection

When an accident takes place in real life, our determination to be safe and feel protected increases tenfold.

The same happens with our subconscious mind. When we see a dream of a car accident, our need to feel protected increases.

This dream is a way by which your subconscious mind is requesting you to gain protection. There might be something awful that happened with you in the past, your mind is obviously frightened by the past incident and is asking for security so something like that never repeats again.

7. You are facing anxiety

The dream interpretation of a car accident dream usually represents your emotional state.

The dream suggests that you are having difficulty in dealing with the current situations of your life and it is your “anxiety” that’s showing you such horrific images in your dreams.

There might be something troubling you and making you tense throughout the day. Something really challenging is happening in your life and you are worried if you will be able to cross this difficulty or you will hit rock bottom.

8. A warning for an expected accident

It’s common for people to think that their dream about a car accident is a warning from above. They think this is a message that the dream will repeat itself but this time in real life.

What I need to tell you is that such an occurrence is not always the case. But to be careful, you should always listen to your gut feeling.

Do you really think your dream was a message from above? Do you get the vibes and gut feeling that it may come true?

My advice is to listen to your intuition as it’s very powerful. Also, be safe and try to take safety guidelines seriously from now on.

Common Car Crash Dreams & its Interpretations

Keeping the number of car crashes taking place every year, the occurrence of a car crash accident in your dreams is common. Though, it doesn’t mean the dream accident can turn into a real accident. But it surely possesses a hidden dream meaning which can be vital to your present and future life. There are many dream symbols of car crash dreams.

Mostly, these dreams represent your fears, state you are moving too fast in life, or warn you of a future blunder.

Go through the common car crash dreams to find their meanings and absolute interpretations.

1. Dreaming of being in a car crash

There’s no need to worry about facing a similar situation in reality. Obviously, you need to be cautious while driving but having a car accident in a dream doesn’t mean the accident will repeat itself in waking life.

This dream just means that things are going out of your hands. You are no longer in control of how your life or relationships are going.

2. Car wreck dream

Having a dream of car wrecks or one where you see a number of cars piled up means you are not able to take things as they are coming. As a result, you are feeling overwhelmed.

There are high chances that you are feeling panicked in your waking life. There are lots of repressed emotions piled up in your mind which turn into mental images and appear as car wrecks into your dreams.

3. Dreaming of dying in a car crash

Do you find people around you blaming you for carelessness?

Do you think they assume you don’t take things seriously and thus they take you for granted?

Dying in a car crash isn’t an experience to cherish, even if it was in a dream. This dream indicates that you are aware of other people’s assumptions about you. Deep inside, even you know that you carry a careless attitude. Maybe, it’s time to change things to become a better version of yourself. 

4. Dream car crash into wall

Dreaming about crashing a car into a wall represents your attention to detail. While this is good quality, it can prove to be harmful if you overthink the details of each and everything.

Overthinking over details can make you a pessimist and harm your relationships. Thus, this dream is an omen to your cheerfulness and lively nature. Practice being optimistic in your approach and cherish the small things.

5. Dream of someone else crashing their car

So, you are dreaming of someone else crashing their car. Well, the meaning of this dream can be interpreted by finding your relationship with this person.

Is this a co-worker? Is this an old friend? Or, is this your partner? Either this person has caused an accident with you in the backseat in the past, or you are concerned about their safety if they are close to you.

A coworker crashing a car can give hints on your career. An old friend may suggest a special feeling that you are missing presently. 

6. Dream of car crashing into house

In a dream, a house represents security and privacy. If you see a dream of a car crashing into a house, it means you are feeling someone is peeping into your privacy.

Other than that, a house also represents “you” and the sense of confidence you feel within yourself. When you see this dream, it means in your waking life you feel incapable of controlling some parts of yourself.

7. Dream of surviving a car crash

I know this dream can be terrible at first. But the happiness of surviving a car crash overtakes it. The dream also brings the good news that you will be able to survive conflicts in the future.

The conflict can be between you and a close friend, romantic partner, or family member. No matter who they are, you will be able to save your relationship in the end.

8. Car crash into water dream

If you see a dream where the car crashes into water, it means you are finding it hard to control your emotions.

The water body can be anything from the river, ocean to lake. Watching a car splash into the water is the subconscious description of overflowing emotions. You feel like your emotions are over-empowering and seeping into your mind which makes doing daily activities hard.

9. Dream of being a passenger in a car accident

The inner meaning of the stressful experience of being a passenger in a car accident is reflective of your emotional state in real life.

Just like your dream, you feel tense in your waking life as well. The reason for the stress can be unattended fears, insecurities, and obstacles. Right now, you may be going through a hard phase of your life and the problems are haunting you even in your dreams.

10. Dream about being in a car accident with someone

To find the hidden meaning of this dream, focus on the person who was in control of the wheels. Was it you or the other person? Was the other person close to you?

If it was you, it means your actions can hurt you and the person who was in your dream. If it was them, then you should remain cautious and look out if there are any red flags.

11. Dream of seeing a car accident

In this dream, you were not involved in a car accident in any way. Instead, you played the role of an observer in this dream.

As you were not directly involved in this dream and just watched the damage, the dream suggests that you are not happy with the actions of the people around you. You find their actions to be irresponsible and destructive.

12. Dream about someone died in a car accident

It’s terrifying to dream about someone dying in a car accident. When you see such a dream, it becomes important for you to answer these questions –

Do you know this person in real life?

Is this person close to you?

If a loved one dies in your dream, the best thing you can do is to tell them about the dream and ask them to be cautious while driving.

13. Dream about falling off a cliff in a car accident

As with most of the other car accident dreams, this dream also lies on the negative side. It brings bad news that there is something you are doing in life that is affecting you as well as others.

The message of your actions affecting others becomes clear if there was someone sitting with you in the car when it fell off the cliff.

14. Saving someone from car Accident Dream

The dream of saving others from a car accident is the reflection of your care and gratefulness for the people you care about.

It also shows that in your waking life you feel like it’s your responsibility to fix other people’s problems. In your pursuit to help others, you also fail to recognize that you have your own needs and you fail to mark boundaries.

15. Dream about crashing an expensive luxury vehicle

Crashing an expensive luxury car is surely one of those things that you never want to do in your waking life. But when you see such an incident in your dream, it means you are not confident to handle your own finances.

It indicates you are unable to make smart moves in securing your finances and you are aware of it. This loss of confidence and fear of wrecking your own wealth is reflected in your dreams.

16. Dreams about car accidents after drunk driving

In this dream, the person responsible for the accident can either be you or the car driver. Whoever this person is, this dream represents one thing – your inability to move away from your addictions.

This addiction doesn’t need to be limited to alcohol abuse. It can be any addiction from which you are struggling to move on. Other than that, it can also be due to a past accident that is giving you nightmares.

17. Dream of crashing a car into a tree

The tree is a representation of nature. It also usually represents forests and wilderness.

Dreaming of crashing a car into a tree is an indication that you are not satisfying your urges to seek adventure and be wild. In such a case, having some time in nature and spending an adventurous time can be healing.

Crashing a car into a tree also means you have wildly lost control in some phase of your life. Refresh yourself by spending some time in nature.

18. Dream of car crashing into another car

Are you engaged in an ongoing conflict with someone?

This person can be your co-workers, boss, or romantic partner. It can also be someone who is troubling you for no reason and someone whose opinions differ from yours. This conflict must be taking the most of your time as it continues to haunt you in dreams. 

19. Dreams about a car hitting a bus

If you dream about a car hitting a bus, it means you are facing a difficult situation in your personal life.

There is a possibility that you share a loving bond with a person. In return, the person is trying to dominate you by controlling your feelings and actions. This person is proof that you are making attempts to move away from this person. 

20. Dream about hitting a stationary car

Hitting a stationary car is not one of those car accident dreams that will continue to haunt you. If the meaning of this dream doesn’t signify good luck, it doesn’t bring bad luck either.

The dream means you have great intuition and understanding to take things creatively. This is one of the reasons why people turn to you to take advice.

21. Dreams about crashing a car into truck

Dreaming about a truck isn’t a good sign. To add to that, if you dream about crashing a car into a truck, things are about to get worse.

Crashing a car into a truck signifies that there are some problems in your life that need to be acknowledged before they go out of your hands. It’s advised to analyze the different aspects of your life and mend the broken parts. 

22. Dream of trying to escape car accident

I pray that you and your family remain away from all kinds of dangers. But to find the hidden meaning of this dream, let’s discuss what happens if an accident takes place in real life –

We instantly go into survival mode and our fight or flight mode is instantly activated.

If the same thing happens to you in the dream, it means you are fighting and escaping some real dramatic situations in your waking life. 

23. Dream of avoiding a car accident

Dreaming of avoiding a car accident by rushing out of the way is an indication that you may encounter danger in the near future but you will come out of it safely.

It also suggests that you need to be cautious and focused in the future while dealing with your goals irrespective of meeting difficulties along the way.

24. Dream of preventing a car accident or car crashes

Your conscious mind pays attention to only those things that it can hear, feel and see. On the other hand, the subconscious mind is able to access even those facts that your conscious mind is not aware of.

This also goes with sensing fake and dangerous people. In waking life, someone may be trying to have control over you. Your subconscious mind senses this and warns you by this dream so you can prevent people from using you.

25. Dream of driving off a bridge

If you see that a car drives off a bridge in your dream, it means you are going to enter a new phase of your life. This is a common car accident dream.

The car may either drive off the bridge into a river or a waterbody, or it may continue flowing into the air. In the first case, there is a transition to take place whether you like it or not. You have to decide the elements you want to take in the new chapter of your life journey. In the latter case, the message is to relax a bit.

26. Dream about a girlfriend dying in a car accident

Dreaming about the death of a girlfriend due to a car accident represents your fears. This dream comes as a warning when things are not going well between you two. 

If your girlfriend’s behavior towards you leaves you confused and you become unsure of your relationship with every passing day, this dream suggests that you need to let go of certain things/people in your life to move on.

27. Dream about a car flipping over

The dream of a car flipping over is the mental image your unconscious mind makes when you are trying to control others.

Not everything goes according to our plans. And not everyone turns out to be who we thought they are. In such cases, we try to control them but the plan backfires and we end up getting hurt in the process as it’s impossible to change a person according to our own will.

28. Dreams of child getting hit by car

On one hand, this dream is one of the common dreams that a parent has when they are scared of their child’s wellness.

On the other hand, this dream has a darker side. It represents your inner child and scratches the painful memories of your childhood. Further, it also suggests that your inner child is not yet healed. It needs care and affection. You can heal this situation by trying inner child meditations and fulfilling your childhood wishes.

29. Dreams about hit and run

A person who has caused an accident needs to pause and wait for the police to arrive. If they hit and run, they are running away from their problems.

Had a dream where you were too scared to wait for the police so you thought hitting and running was the correct decision? It implies that you are running away from problems in your real life as well.

30. Dreams about drowning in a car accident

Drowning in a dream is very unsettling. It also suggests that you are harboring deep feelings and you are overwhelmed with the range of emotions. All this seems to drown you.

Many psychologists have hailed this dream as a result of anxiety. Are you fighting for something that you believe in? Are you facing difficulty in that? This dream is a reflection of this feeling. It’s also a warning that hard times are on their way.

31. Dreams about crashing into a drone

A dream where your car crashes into a drone represents bad luck. It suggests things aren’t going to come out as you planned.

You may face major setbacks. It can be a difficult time for you. The best thing to do in such situations is to hold your ground and believe that good times will come soon.

32. Dream about crash with animals

To find the hidden meaning of this dream, you have to pay attention to the type of animal present in your dream. Was it a cow? Deer? Tiger? Looking at the symbols of these animals will represent what you have hampered.

Deer represents sensitivity and harmony. The cow represents fertility and motherhood. Tiger represents strength and courage. Pay attention to these qualities and determine if they are getting out of your hands.

33. Dream of a car accident into road rail

Hitting a car into a road-rail or a fence means you saved yourself from falling off the cliff. Obviously, hitting the road-rail assures damages to your car. But it also states that your car is not totally damaged and you are still alive.

This dream is an indication that the set of values that you possess is keeping you away from suffering major dangers. You may deal with hard times and roadblocks, but you will come out of it safely.  

34. Dream about car crashing into a fountain

A fountain represents a sacred opening and symbolizes joy and peace. It is also considered as the constant moving flow of sexual pleasures between a couple.

Having a dream about crashing into a fountain suggests that all these above-mentioned important elements of your life are coming to a halt. The near future can make you unsatiated in your sex life. The other elements that make you happy and peaceful can be snatched.

35. Dreaming about a car racing accident

Racing is an action motivated by speed. While speed seems exciting and adventurous, it is also dangerous.

Having a dream where you faced an accident due to a racing car is a severe warning that you need to slow down in an aspect of your life. The aspect in question can be anything – from your career, job, personal life, family relationships, and romantic relationship.

36. Dreaming of a car catching fire

When a car catches fire in a dream, it suggests that you have run out of available resources and this is between you and your pre-planned goals.

Depending on your situation, it can be a warning or self-realization that you are burning your resources or they are already burnt. For this reason, you may face difficulty in achieving your goals and future plans.

37. Dreaming of car accidents without insurance

The lack of insurance shows that you are unprepared for the future. By having this dream, your mind or higher self is trying to convey this fact to you.

It’s time you reflect on your life and start preparing for the safety and security of your future. Try to have control over your emotions and bring discipline in your approach to make a better tomorrow.  Otherwise, things are sure to get out of your control.

38. Dream about accidents caused by traffic

The major feelings felt when we are stuck in traffic are – helplessness, urgency, boredom, and frustration. It is possible that these are the dominant feelings in your waking life. Now, they just made an appearance into your unconscious state.

Witnessing traffic is one thing, having an accident caused by traffic is another. It means all hells are going to get loose. 

39. Dream about accidents caused by snow

Driving and sliding on snow is a risk that you shouldn’t probably take. Having an accident in a dream due to this reason reflects your risk-taking behaviors.

The risks you keep talking about or are thinking of taking are not safe for you. It can change your life within days. Hence, try to refrain from taking risks and work towards taking stable decisions.

40. Angels arriving to help you before a car crash

A car accident was about to take place in your dream but the angels arrived at the right moment and stopped the havoc.

The dream suggests that you are going to provide major help to a person by providing your guidance or advice. For those who love to help others, a golden opportunity is on its way.

41. People rushing to assist after the car crash dream

The people who rush to assist you after the car crash in your dream represent the people from whom you seek care and protection, or the people who are willing to provide you love and affection.

If the people who rushed to assist you were a known one, then it means you seek help from this person in waking life as well. This person may be already helping you in waking life. An unknown person indicates miracles.

42. Dreaming about crashing someone in the back of the car

This dream is a reflection of your attempts at making someone notice you. Certainly, there is someone in your life whose attention you are trying to gain.

Unfortunately, you are not very successful in getting this person to like you. It is also possible that you are in love with someone, but they don’t feel the same way about you and fail to reciprocate the love.

43. Dream of being under-water after car accident

Dreaming of being under-water after a car accident is surely stressful and capable of making you very uncomfortable. The hidden meaning of this dream is not on the positive side either.

This dream is due to the pressure you are feeling in your present life. You may be dealing with tough times and harsh difficulties. The problems are so overwhelming that they seem to drown you in hopelessness.

The best way to deal with this situation is to talk with your friends and family, seek professional help and get out of the mess.

44. Dream of car accident caused by fog

The hidden meaning behind such a dream is “unclarity”. The quality of fog is to make things unclear. It makes it hard to see things properly.

When you see a car accident caused by fog, it’s an indication that the things that are going wrong in your life are due to your lack of clarity. You aren’t sure about your plans and actions. It’s time to think and reconsider before you make any further steps.

45. Dreaming about crashing into your own child

The above-mentioned dream is the worst nightmare a parent can have. No matter how scary the dream was, I urge you to not worry about it.

This dream is not going to take place in your waking life. But there’s one thing you need to change – worrying too much about your children. This dream confirms that you are hampering your peace by thinking too much about the safety of your kids.

46. Dream of coming home after car accident

While most car accident dreams reflect your lack of control in various phases of life, this dream indicates that you are a warrior who possesses a firm grasp over their abilities and actions.

The action of coming after a car accident suggests your strength, power, and ability to move forward in the face of obstacles. Such a person is sure about their goals and aims and gives their all in achieving them.  

47. Dream of your daughter in a car crash

You are concerned about your daughter’s safety if she was injured in the car crash dream. But the interpretation changes when she was responsible for causing the car crash. 

In the latter case, the dream signifies that you are working too hard. You have a number of responsibilities to look after and you are not getting enough rest. The dream comes as a message that asks you to have some rest and invest some time in doing activities that you love.

48. Dream of someone injured in the car accident

It’s not a good sign when you see a dream where someone is injured due to a car accident. It means you have lost control over some aspect of a person in your life.

The injured person in your dream is just hurt, but not dead. Such a dream means your hold on some people is weakening. There are high chances that this person is your child.

49. Dream about driving someone else’s car in accident

Dreaming about driving someone else’s car in an accident indicates your reckless behavior and shows that others are also getting affected due to your carelessness.

It also questions our belief that only we are affected by our actions. In reality, those around us are also affected by our toxic patterns and behavior. You may be hurting someone in walking life and you are not even aware of it.

50. Dream about someone surviving a car crash

Usually, the person we see surviving a car accident is our close one. If you saw this dream, it’s because you are concerned about this person’s safety and self-destructive behaviors.

This specific person may be facing financial, personal, or mental issues. Having this dream is a message for you to go and help this person in whichever way possible. Sometimes, a few words of love and care is enough.

51. Watching your car flip over

If you see your car flipping over in a dream, it means you are feeling as if your life has turned upside down.

This drama indicates that things are not working out in your life and you are tense. You are obviously helpless and unable to live life on your own terms. The dream is an indication that the pain is deep and you may take time to heal.

52. Cosmetic damage or no damage to a car

Cosmetic damage to a car in a dream represents your actions are inglorious and may hurt your reputation.

When a car faces no damage even after an accident, the dream suggests the damage it could have done. It is also representative of the bullet you have just dodged in waking life.

53. Dream about others reactions to your accident

The hidden meaning of this dream is two-fold. Firstly, you feel unattended and uncared for in your waking life and this is a “wish fulfillment” dream. You want others to care for you and watching people getting affected by your injuries gives you a kind of relief.

Secondly, this is a reflective dream which reflects the pain that your loved ones go through due to your reckless behavior.

54. Dream about car accident due to wrong direction

To go deeper into the hidden meaning of a car accident dream, go through the reasons due to which the accident took place.

Was it because of wrong directions? It’s a tell-all dream that states you need to rethink the direction of your life. You are not satisfied with the direction in which your life is taking you and you wish for a better plan. 

55. Dream about getting arrested due to a car accident

When you dream about getting arrested in a dream, it points out your insecurities about the mistakes you made in the past.

Everyone makes mistakes. It is possible that you went out of your character and committed a mistake for which you still feel guilty. This is the reason you see yourself getting punished for your mistakes.

56. Fatal car accident dream meaning

A fatal car accident warns the dreamer about the course of his goals and the methods they are using to attain them. The dream comes as a message to reflect and reconsider the decisions.

If you are in a romantic relationship and unhappy with the way it’s working out, the dream also suggests the loss of your beloved.

57. Dreaming of a dying child in car crash dream

If you see a child die in a car accident in your dream, it means you should not try to control other people’s lives. The child who died in the dream can also happen to be your own child.

It’s a message for you by your higher self to let your children make their own decisions and have freedom in their everyday life.

Spiritual meaning of car accident dream

Cars in a dream hold great spiritual importance. The presence of a car in a dream is the direct reflection of you, your life, and your life choices.

In some dream books, these dreams also represent the power you possess in making your life choices. It reflects whether you are making good choices, bad choices, or letting other groups of people make choices for you. The last case is the worst as you are giving your power to someone else who can use it for their own convenience. A car accident usually suggests your loss of power and failure in systematically using your free will.

Your higher self uses car accident dreams to send you warnings, messages, and a chance of self-reflection.

Biblical interpretation of car accident dream

The biblical dream interpretation of an accident is mourning and sickness. In some cases, it also suggests the painful event of a loved one dying. The interpretation of this dream is not just limited to you, but also concerns your near and dear ones. If you are a driver, it is advised to drive carefully. The dream suggests there is a danger for you in the near future.

But if you adopt cautious measures and keep praying to Jesus, you will be safe. It also indicates God’s message to you to be safe and conscious of your decisions. Have faith in God and don’t do anything that defies his teachings.

Questions to ask yourself to interpret car accident dream meaning

To know the correct hidden meanings of your car accident dreams, ask yourself the following questions –

  1. Who was driving the vehicle? Was the control in your hand or someone else’s?
  2. Who was present with you in the car? Were you alone? Or were you accompanied by your partner, friends, family members, or an enemy?
  3. What was the place where you were driving the car?
  4. What type of vehicle were you driving in the dream? Was it a luxury car? Sports car? Truck? Van?
  5. How was the weather in your dream? Was the sun shining brightly or it was dark with heavy rains?
  6. What was the tone of the dream? Were you feeling heavy from the beginning? Or were you excited, nervous, happy, confused?
  7. What was the kind of road where the accident took place? Was it full of stones and dust? Was it a highway? Or, was it smooth plains? Was it a mountain area?

Or any other details that you remember from the night.

Take a pen and a paper and note it down before you finally sit to interpret it.

In the end, dreams are a way your subconscious is trying to communicate its needs to you. So, it may not be necessarily bad all the time…

So, don’t be scared and keep listening – I am sure it has something important to say.