Being on top of the cliff can be quite an exhilarating experience. However, being so high up from the ground also means that you can fall. And when you do, you fall hard. When you dream of falling off a cliff, it may not mean a good sign to you. Cliffs usually stand for danger, and falling is exactly the danger that it harbors!
Dreaming about falling off a cliff is generally an indication of caution or danger. Usually, this means that you might encounter a dangerous situation while you’re at the top of your game. Your subconscious mind is warning you to be wary of the dangers of being above.
Of course, you need to consider specific details and context when you want to get the most accurate dream interpretations. A dream can have different meanings depending on some particular details, so make sure to keep note of the details of the dream.
It Might Just Be a Hypnagogic Hallucination
Sometimes, what we consider to be a dream of falling off a cliff is a hypnagogic hallucination instead. A hypnagogic hallucination is clinically considered separate and different from a dream. These hallucinations only occur during hypnagogia, the transition from wakefulness to the first phase of sleep.
As your body enters hypnagogia, your body begins to relax in preparation for sleep. However, sometimes, the brain may not fully understand this, and instead, interpret this incredibly relaxed state as a sensation of falling.
When this happens, you may also experience having a hypnic jerk. Since your brain registers that you might be falling, your brain triggers a flight response. This manifests into a hypnic jerk, where you might have an involuntary muscle contraction, waking you up right away.
Dreams are different. Hypnagogic hallucinations can induce hypnic jerks to engage your senses as your body is still technically about to sleep. Dreams, on the other hand, occur during REM sleep, which occurs way too deep in the sleeping phase.
Another distinction between hypnagogic hallucinations and dreams is that these hallucinations are singular experiences or events, while dreams have stories that can last longer than these hallucinations.
If you find yourself waking up from a ‘falling dream,’ it might not be a dream at all, thus it may not have a spiritual meaning.
However, if you have verified that you indeed had a dream of falling off a cliff, then we can discuss what it might mean.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Falling Off A Cliff?
1. Someone Might Betray You
If someone in your dream pushed you off the cliff in your dream, that might mean that you don’t quite fully trust this person and you believe that they might betray you in the future.
Such dreams serve as a warning sign for you so that you can prepare. These kinds of people can come from any circle you’re a part of, whether they be relatives or friends.
You should avoid sharing deep secrets with other people, especially if you’re not that close to them yet. They can easily use this information against you, so limit the weak points that they can target you.
Additionally, slowly distance yourself from people you don’t trust at all, and strive to build good relationships to avoid being betrayed.
2. You Are About to Make a Major (Rash) Decision
If you jumped off the cliff yourself, it might indicate that you are making a significant decision that will change the trajectory of your life.
Cliffs and mountains represent challenges that you want to overcome in your life. Jumping and falling from such a cliff with confidence might mean that you are finally moving to liberate yourself from these trials in life and open up to new opportunities. A literal leap of faith, if you will.
On the other hand, jumping off a cliff without hesitation might also mean that you are making important decisions rashly.
You are deciding without fully understanding the possible consequences. Because of this, your subconscious mind is warning you to take a step back and reconsider certain choices that you are making in life.
3. You Are Losing Control of your Life
If you are driving off a cliff and falling off of it, this can mean that you are feeling a loss of control of your life.
Just like losing control of the wheels may indicate that your car is spiraling out of control, driving yourself to the edge of a cliff means that you might be at the tipping point of losing control.
When you dream of a car accident like this, you might need to take a break. Try to realign yourself and regain composure before everything truly spirals beyond your control. Seek help and counsel from friends and relatives. Try to stay strong, especially during these tumultuous times in your life.
4. You Might Be Experiencing a Setback Soon
When you’re falling off a cliff in your dream, the fall might not go on forever. Instead, you meet the cold, hard ground and you drop inelegantly. With that unseeming fall from the top heights, this particular dream might indicate that you are about to experience a setback soon in your waking life.
Usually, this dream manifests when your career or position at work is threatened. You might be experiencing challenges that you aren’t confident in overcoming or simply have bad luck.
Regardless, stay firm and try to prepare yourself for the worst. Prepare contingencies so that you can lessen the impact of possible setbacks on your life and your dependents.
A forced change is not going to go well every time, especially if it’s a negative change. Nevertheless, be prepared to go through some difficult times.
5. Your Child Might Be in Danger
God forbid this happens in a dream or real life, but when your dream manifests into your child falling off a cliff, you might need to be very careful with your child in your waking life. This does not indicate a good sign at all, and your child might be in danger.
Things might be getting too unsafe for your little ones, so make sure to keep a hawk eye on them. There are many dangers everywhere for kids, so you, as a parent, must make sure that your child is safe from harm.
6. You Might Be Feeling Emotionally Unstable Right Now
Cliffs are almost always beside a breathtaking body of water. If you fall off a cliff and get received by one such body of water, the state of the water might be a reflection of your current emotional state, especially if you are currently undergoing emotional distress.
If the body of water ends up seemingly peaceful and calm, that means that you are also peaceful and calm in your waking life right now. That means that the lifestyle you have right now is sustainable and you should endeavor to keep it.
However, it’s more likely that the body of water is disrupted and raging as soon as you reach it. If your drop made you feel scared and anxious with a lot of many other negative emotions, then you might be feeling the same in real life.
If you are feeling insecure and have a lot of anxiety about your life right now, try to reach out to friends and talk about your feelings with them. You might need emotional support from others so that you can get through this unstable state.
7. You Are Unsatisfied with your Partner
Note that this does not mean that you want to push them off a cliff or that you want to get rid of them entirely. Rather, you want to improve the relationship you have with your partner.
When you feel unsatisfied, you should definitely tell your partner about the things that you are not happy about. A healthy relationship should be built on productive communication, and this includes sharing the things that you are unhappy about in your relationship.
Strive to work on and reach a consensus on these things with your partner to make your relationship work in the long run. This can also help you deal with problems in the near future with grace.
Dreams about falling off a cliff don’t really sound like a great dream to have. They can be dangerous, and falling in general just doesn’t have good dream meanings.
However, sometimes these dreams might not be dreams at all and are hypnagogic hallucinations that you have mistaken as legitimate dreams. These hallucinations do not have the spiritual meaning that dreams might have.
But if you believe that these cryptic dreams mean something beyond what you see in them, then we hope that you found what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you with these dreams. Again, context can be very important so make sure that you got all the details down about your dream so that you can fully interpret these dreams.