The Dream Scenarios
The title of this dream is ‘performing in public’, but people experience this dream in many different life scenarios.
You may have to give a presentation at work to a group of people. Perhaps you have been invited to speak at your child’s school. Maybe you are part of a group – Church, Brownies, Scouts, Dance etc and you have to give instructions and generally carouse a group of people. Or maybe you are part of an amateur dramatics club and will be performing in front of an audience, or you may have a panel interview for a job you want.
As you can see, some of these scenarios are from activities you want to do and enjoy, and others may be thrust upon you to progress in your life. Whichever the situation, the resulting feelings, anxiety and nervousness are the same.
The Performing in Public Dream
The actual dream contents may not relate to your specific scenario. But common performing in public dreams often have the person on stage. Usually – nothing is working! You might have sound issues, and no one can hear you. You might experience technical issues – like cables everywhere (trip hazard) or no lights on you – so no one can see you. But even when you have overcome all those problems – when it is time to perform – shock horror – you can’t remember your lines/speech! You sense the audience is both restless and embarrassed for you, and the more time that passes, the more panicked you become. You think back to when you practised at home, and all run-throughs were perfect. Now, events seem to be conspiring against you. Like a rabbit in the headlights, you wonder what to do. Do you start over, have a meltdown, call for help or run off stage? Usually, the dream ends before you make any decisions!
This is one of those dreams that doesn’t mean what you expect. It usually means that you are feeling underappreciated in real life. Like the talents and abilities, you have are not being recognised around you.
Often, you are someone who does not accept praise well, which is ironic, as it is the lack of recognition that is bothering you. Others may find you a bit aloof, and over time, this can cause you to feel disconnected. You may even hide behind technology and tinkering behind the scenes instead of shining.
Accept that sometimes we need to allow ourselves to be vulnerable – it is good for our hearts to shine through. People relate to and lean into those that are authentic. Like many things in life, before others can appreciate us, we must first recognise; and appreciate ourselves. Be generous with praise for others, and try to be more relaxed and accepting of others when they praise you.
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