Common Dreams Naked
He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
Genesis 3:10 (MSG)
The clothes we wear often display our taste in fashion, what we are comfortable with, or they might be chosen to portray how we want others to see us. Clothes protect us from being exposed; they can promote confidence and sometimes help us to feel good about ourselves. Often our identity is reflected in the way we dress. Our clothing conceals our imperfections, blemishes and scars.
Naked dreams often symbolise vulnerability, the feeling of being exposed, embarrassed or ashamed. They may also symbolise a lack of preparation, as in having rushed out of your house without taking the time to get dressed properly.
- What is causing you to feel uncomfortable or insecure in your day-to-day life?
- If you find yourself naked in a dream and hiding behind a tree, perhaps you feel intimidated, harassed or bullied by someone?
- You might dream you’re not wearing a shirt speaking with someone who also has their shirt off. This might suggest you are ‘baring’ your heart, attempting to be transparent and honest, getting something ‘off your chest’.
- Being naked in a dream may indicate you are embarrassed about your actions and the public exposure that may come with it.
- You may feel disappointed with yourself and ashamed of something you did.
- A naked dream may symbolise the desire for freedom, to feel unrestricted and uninhibited.
Everyone experiences moments of awkwardness and embarrassment at some time or another. Sometimes these experiences can affect your confidence, which in turn may have a negative impact on your life and relationships. Trying to hide your feelings of embarrassment or shame can cause you to become self-conscious, and when compounded may lead to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. You may reach a place where you are convinced there’s something wrong with you.
Sharing your embarrassment with another person means you are opening up and becoming vulnerable. If you take the precaution to make sure the person you choose to share your heart with is trustworthy, you may come to a place where your deeper feelings of shame are exposed to light, love and care, and this can be liberating. Fear and intimidation won’t have the same power.
We are encouraged in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV)
“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.’
– Ray Bradbury