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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

STAIRS : Stairs in dreams generally mean that you are coming to a conclusion about some issue. The ground floor in dreams symbolises the reality in any given situation - the facts. The upstairs symbolises the higher consciousness or conclusions surrounding some issue. It means that you have come to a decision. Going up and down stairs may suggest that you are coming to some new conclusions or keep changing your mind. Sometimes the upstairs may symbolise your imagination and instincts. But really it is a complex symbol and its best to read through the entire article to understand the various meanings.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Have you had difficulty in coming to any conclusions about something
- Have you had to think differenly at all about something?
- Have you been using your imagination a lot recently?
- Have you reached some new level of understanding?

KEY WORDS : Comprehend, concluding, imagining, understanding, knowledge

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I was unable to come to any conclusions"
- "I am starting to comprehend"
- "I think I understand"
- "I was forced to conclude that..."
- "I keep imagining what it will be like"
- "a higher place"
- "greater knowledge or understanding"
- "going one step at a time"


SEE ALSO : Skyscrapers : Basements : Beds : Toilets : Castles : Mansions : Hotel : Schools : Colleges : Houses : Bungalows
DREAM STUDIES : Skyscrapers : Basements : Castles : Mansions and large buildings : Houses and large buildings
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
ESSAY : What is the symbolic meaning of stairs in dreams?

There are two types of buildings in dreams. There are the skyscrapers and the normal buildings. Skyscrapers tend to symbolise some sense of feeling good and feeling bad so going up and down them shows how good or bad you feel about something. They deal with confidence, encouragement, ability and things like that. Normal buildings use stairs in a different sense. Going upstairs will tend to symbolise how you are starting to understand or come to some conclusion. You have looked at the facts and are attempted to make a reasoned judgment.

Sometimes the stairs may not be in good shape showing that you cannot think clearly on some issue. E.g.

"I was trying to come to some conclusions but I was tired"[Dream symbol - going upstairs but holes in stairs] [Dream Dictionary - This quote is based on a dream interpretation. That dream appears in full complete with the dream interpretation at the end of this article]

"I think I know that what I believe is wrong - we will not get back together"[Dream symbol - mangled on way upstairs dream]

Often upstairs can show how you are changing your mind and coming to some new conclusions. E.g.

"I have started to UNDERSTAND how unhappy I am at work right now. Usually I enjoy it so much"[Dream Dictionary - upstairs dream]

"I suddenly had to COMPREHEND how serious things were. My back was quite badly injured"[Dream Dictionary - upstairs dream]

"When I finally had time to THINK I realised that much of what needed to be done had not been done"[Dream Dictionary - go upstairs]

"I thought it was all finished but then some fault was found in the building work and they had to start all over again"[Dream Dictionary - upstairs public toilet]

"He obviously concluded that we were having an affair and stopped me seeing his daughter"[Dream Dictionary - man goes up two flights of stairs]

"I was forced to UNDERSTAND that I had to take my studies seriously"[Dream symbol - chased upstairs]

"I have been forced to conclude that my conclusions were wrong"[Dream symbol - police shoot upstairs]

"he seems to have concluded that I am wanting to dominate the committee"[Dream symbol - walk upstairs]

In some cases it may show that some conclusion is faulty or is coming under attack or that you simply cannot make up your mind. E.g.

"I have for years concluded that my ex husband is no good and doesn't care about the kids. But now he is trying to fight against "[Dream dictionary - dogs sent upstairs to kills birds]

"Things have been going so well. But I am starting to worry about how things may start going wrong"[Dream Dictionary - look down stairs]

"I have had repeated problems. Now I have been forced to conclude I should change my plans."[Dream Dictionary - Climbing stairs]

"they are unable to UNDERSTAND. The way they have been taught and how they see the world stops them from developing their knowledge"[Dream symbol - college library but stairs stop halfway]

"I am trying to make my mind up should I go back to work and support my boss or should I allow myself to recover properly"[Dream Dictionary - upstairs]

"I keep changing my mind about my ex boyfriend. I think finally I am over him."[Dream Dictionary - Going up and down stairs]

"I was convinced it was going to be embarrassing but actually it turned out quite a nice conversation"[Dream Dictionary - toilet upstairs]

Sometimes the upstairs may symbolise some thoughts developing in your imagination. E.g.

"well in my imagination I was thinking that she may turn her arguments against me. She was quite volatile and it could easily get out of hand"[Dream symbol - upstairs in grandfathers workshop]

"I know I do not intend to comply with this new stupid beaurocratic law but I have got to stop worrying so much and being paranoid about getting caught"[Dream symbol - upstairs]

"I keep imagining that the police are following my every move"[Dream symbol - walk upstairs]

Sometimes an upstairs may symbolise a higher place such as heaven or some higher way of thinking. E.g.

"I dreamt of my late father but knew I couldn't follow him to heaven"[Dream symbol - father goes upstairs]

"I felt as if I was coming to a new UNDERSTANDING about life. "[Dream symbol - Ascend garden stairs]

In tall buildings the upstairs may symbolise how you are attaining greater knowledge, confidence. E.g.

"I realise that I have got to study to become KNOWLEDGEABLE in my profession"[Dream symbol - go up stairs of tall golden building]

Descending stairs into basements can link to you developing a bad view and being resentful. E.g.

"I often start to get nervous entering clients homes. I get quite worried and feel vulnerable"[Dream Dictionary - descend stairs]

"Now my step dad has split up with my mom we are blaming everything on him. I always hated him but now I am letting out all my frustrations"[Dream symbol - step dad thrown down basements stairs]

Going downstairs to the ground floor may suggest that you are looking at the facts in some issue. E.g.

"I am looking at my family. In reality many of them are criminals and have been led away from the path of the Lord"[Dream Dictionary - going downstairs dream]

"I know she is attracted to me but really nothing has happened so far and nothing is likely to"[Dream Dictionary - go downstairs to ground floor]

Occasionally staircases can symbolise how you are taking something one step at a time. This maybe will emphasise the gradual nature of something. E.g.

"I know improving my health is achieved by ONE STEP AT A TIME. But if I do not keep to the diet my health can quickly deteriorate"[Dream dictionary - going slowly upstairs one step at a time then very quickly down staircase]
SAMPLE DREAM : Dreams generally link to some real issue of relevance to you right now. They may capture your feelings on some health issue, work problem , relationship in difficulty , your feelings about how things are generally going, your plans for the day ahead or some simple paranoia or fear. The dreams featured in this website will try to reduce the dreams meaning to a quote which captures your current feelings on some issue. When studying your own dreams try to think what quotes could capture your own feelings on pressing issues. Think especially of the day before the dream and your thoughts about the day to come. Look at the KEYWORDS section at the top of the page and see where these phrases could link to your own emotions.
THE DREAM I am going up some stairs but they appear to be full of holes.

THE REALITY The night before the dreamer was attempting to come to some conclusions on an issue in her life. Yet he was unable to think clearly as he was very tired. .

DREAM ANALYSIS The ground floor in dreams symbolises our reality and the facts about our lives. The stairs symbolise how we are coming to some conclusions on something. We are using our logic and intuition to develop ideas and understanding.

The dreamer was unable to think clearly in real life. This linked to his own mental state at the time. He was exhausted so could not think properly and so made mistakes.

Symbolic Meanings
HOLES : "flaws in her judgment caused by tiredness"
STAIRS : "coming to some thought out conclusion on something"

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