What Does It Mean to Dream of Driving off a Cliff?

Driving off a dream Meaning & Symbolism

A dream of driving off a cliff could be scary, and it could symbolize that things in your life are correspondingly scary. In some cases, however, your dream of driving off a cliff could hold the potential for a brighter future.

Driving off a Cliff Dream Summary

Driving off a Cliff Dream Symbolism

Driving off a cliff shares some symbolism with any other car accident dream, like feeling chaotic or moving too fast. As driving off a cliff has more potential to be fatal than some car accidents, it may also be necessary to look at the symbolism of death and dying dreams.

Interpreting a dream of driving off a cliff requires looking at whether going off the cliff was accidental or intentional. If you did it on purpose, this could symbolize that you are pursuing transformation in your life.

Common Driving off a Cliff Dreams

  1. Dream of driving off a cliff accidentally
  2. Dream of driving off a cliff intentionally
  3. Dream of being a passenger in a car that someone else drives off a cliff

Driving off a Cliff Dream Symbolism

Driving off a Cliff Dream Symbolism

Destruction and Transformation

Driving off a cliff definitely has the potential to be fatal. Even in a best-case scenario, there is likely to be substantial destruction to the car.

Sometimes an old structure in your life has to be destroyed in order for a better one to be built in its place. In this way, as with other dreams of death and dying, a dream of driving off a cliff could symbolize that you long for transformation, even if it means that some aspects of your current life have to go.

Common Driving off a Cliff Dreams

Dream of driving off a cliff accidentally

Dream of driving off a cliff accidentally

If you dream of driving off a cliff accidentally, this dream could be a warning that some aspect of your life is not founded on a realistic footing. This would be especially likely if the dream had an element where you went off the cliff due to not being able to see the road accurately.

If your dream of driving off a cliff accidentally had more to do with excess speed or otherwise being reckless in your driving, it could warn that you are being reckless and taking too many risks in your life.

In the Looney Tunes cartoons, Wile E. Coyote regularly chases Road Runner, and Road Runner often tricks Wile E. Coyote into running off a cliff. Your dream of driving off a cliff could similarly symbolize a situation where you are so single-mindedly obsessed with getting vengeance on an enemy or pursuing some other goal that you have totally lost track of the bigger picture.

Dream of driving off a cliff intentionally

Dream of driving off a cliff intentionally

If you dreamed of driving off a cliff intentionally, the interpretation hinges on what you hoped would be the result.

If you were trying to kill yourself by driving off the cliff in the dream, this does not necessarily mean that you want to or are likely to kill yourself in waking life. It could instead mean that you are trying to end some particular component of your life, like a job, a relationship, or an addiction.

In general, dreams of death and dying can refer to any sort of ending or transformation. If you are initiating the death in the dream, this could symbolically be a good thing in the sense that it shows you have some control over the ending or process of transformation.

If you drove off the cliff in the dream because you felt that it was your least bad option – like if someone was pursuing you with intent to harm you, and driving off the cliff was your only chance to get away from them – your dream of driving off a cliff could symbolize that you are in a situation where you feel like you have no good options. Choosing to drive off the cliff in the dream shows that you at least want to have control over your own fate, even if you are not able to make your journey easy.

Dream of being a passenger in a car that someone else drives off a cliff

Dream of being a passenger in a car that someone else drives off a cliff

If you dream of being a passenger in a car that someone else drives off a cliff, this could symbolize that you feel like other people have all the power in your life, and you don’t trust them to do the right thing for you.

If the driver is a specific person you know in your waking life, the dream could certainly be a comment on your relationship with this person. Again, the interpretation would hinge on whether you thought the driver went off the cliff accidentally or intentionally.

If the driver went off the cliff accidentally, this could symbolize that you think this person is reckless or taking unnecessary risks in waking life.

If the driver went off the cliff intentionally, this could symbolize that you feel like this person is maliciously out to get you. Alternately, it could symbolize that they are so caught up in a negative spiral of their own, like with an addiction, that they are not capable of thinking about your well-being one way or another, and they are likely to take you down with them.

If the driver in your dream is not someone you know in waking life, this could symbolize that you feel like the world in general is out of control and chaotic.

Conclusion

Your dream of driving off a cliff can symbolize that your surroundings are chaotic and out of control. You may not be able to stop yourself from going off the cliff in the moment, but you might later discover that chaos can be the most fertile soil for growing something new.

In a best-case scenario, your dream of driving off a cliff symbolizes that old structures are being taken away from your life, giving you the opportunity to rebuild better.

Eva Sylwester

Eva Sylwester has been fascinated with the interpretation of dreams since middle school. She got a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from the University of Oregon in 2007. After that, she began exploring astrology and other new frontiers in spirituality. In her approach, the goal of dream interpretation is to help the dreamer articulate their own intuition. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

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