The meaning of a headless body in a dream

written by Amy Campion | WELLBEING COMMUNITY BLOGGER

Meaning of a headless body in a dream

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To dream of a body losing its head or being decapitated can be horrifying, and may also involve some other attacking or fighting. But other times, a headless body in a dream or a head with no body can seem more bizarre than disturbing, as if you are somehow separated from the feelings of this dream.

If this is the case, and someone headless in a dream makes you feel a bit surreal, distanced or separate, this could be a good indication this dream is showing you that your head and heart are not in balance – one may be dominating the other.  It may be your head is controlling your heart and you are being overly rational.  Consider where in your life you feel disjointed from your feelings, where you may be behaving too intellectually and not letting your emotions flow.  This often happens when we are afraid of letting ourselves feel for fear of pain or humiliation.

Remembering that other people in your dreams are often simply reflections of your own self, to dream of chopping off someone’s head may be a symbol of an attack on some kind of belief you yourself hold.

Conversely, maybe your emotions are running out of control and you need to stop and take a moment to think logically about things.  Your dreams may be suggesting you pause and consider where your intense feelings may be taking you.  Maybe you have been behaving so irrationally that you are “losing your head.”

If, however, decapitation or headless body in a dream does make you feel disturbed or upset, there could be a different meaning.  Like attacking dreams, to dream of decapitation can symbolise an area in your life where you feel vulnerable, criticised by others, or are being critical of yourself.  Remembering that other people in your dreams are often simply reflections of your own self, to dream of chopping off someone’s head may be a symbol of an attack on some kind of belief you yourself hold.  Which of your current ideas and ways of thinking are being challenged right now?

The head is the top of our body, so in dreams it may be a symbol for the top or pinnacle of something you are striving towards.  It may also relate to a “head of state” or a “head of a company.”  Ask yourself why this dream of being headless or decapitated has come up for you now – are there issues of dominance or ambition in your life?  Have you become so overly ambitious that you are sacrificing things that are really important to you?  Maybe you are neglecting your health or those you care about in your efforts to “get ahead.”

A dream of headless body, bodiless head or of decapitation may be asking you where your emotions and logic are not in balance, and invite you to reunite the areas of your life that seem separate or disjointed.

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Amy Campion | WELLBEING COMMUNITY BLOGGER

Amy Campion is a writer, speaker, workshop facilitator and dream coach who works globally with people using their dreams, intuition, imagination and consciousness. She is the founder of The Dream Well, a website dedicated to helping people understand and become experts of their own dreams. She also runs an online course on sacred dreaming, which includes lucid dreaming, shamanism, Tibetan dream yoga, dream incubation and a variety of other approaches. Amy holds the following qualifications: BA (Hons) Comm Arts, Post Grad Cert (Strategic Foresight), Member IASD (International Association of the Study of Dreams).