An elevator or a mechanical lift inside the dream typically represents a level of status and wealth. It can also depict a state of your consciousness, especially if you are a riding a glass elevator where you can see the floors below you, you will be observing the world from an elevated viewpoint.
Depends on the dream event with the elevator, it can represent and interpret in several contexts. Like all dream interpretations, always consider where you are riding an elevator, the people who are on the elevator with you, and happens inside the elevator, and your emotions when riding an elevator in the dream.
It should be noted that a proper elevator dream with meanings, should depict elevators that you normally do not ride in. When the dream is about your daily lives, it can simply be your mind refreshing a day’s work, instead of having real hidden symbols. Below are the most common situations of an elevator dream and how they can relate to your subconscious and waking life.
Dream About Elevator Normal Movements
In general, the normal up and down the action of the elevator represents the ups and downs of your life. When you are ascending in an elevator to an upper floor, it suggests your rise to power and wealth. The opposite is true when you are descending in an elevator, it suggests that you are being grounded and coming back to reality. The descending elevator event signifies setbacks and misfortunes.
The place where the elevator is located can suggest a particular area of your life. For example, an elevator in a shopping mall can reflect your perspective on commercial spending habits. An elevator in an office building can represent your career, title, and work status. And finally, an elevator within a residential skyscraper or hotel can represent the atmosphere of your family, and social status.
Note the cleanliness of the elevator and the people around you, it can offer you subtle clues on how you rise and fall in status, and who are the people that are riding with you. For example, if your elevator related dream depicts riding a bright and clean elevator up with coworkers in a brand new office building. It suggests that your entire team is going to have huge success with the project that you are working. Expect good profit, fortunes, and success for your entire team.
A crowded elevator with strangers in the dream can signify competition, perhaps you are searching or applying for a job position with many applicants. Or maybe you are trying to apply to attend a prestigious school.
The normal function of an elevator can also represent the different “levels” of your mind. Perhaps you have several layers of memories buried deep inside. You access those parts of your mind through the riding an elevator.
If you have a choice of going up in the elevator instead of the stairs in the dream, it could suggest that you are picking an easier way out of your situation. Or that there might outside help to get you where you want to in life. Perhaps you are getting in touch with mentors that can assist with your business decisions.
Dream About Elevator Falling or Crashing
When the dream elevator accident is dropping out of control with you inside it, it suggests that you are now in a crisis of your life. The crisis is indicating your fear of losing job security or a romantic relationship. Your entire life’s perspective will be shattered and changed forever. The anxious and nerve-wracking experience reflects how you would feel when a major crisis occurs.
If the dream depicts the elevator crashing into the bottom floor, and you get seriously injured or even death from the elevator crashing. It suggests that the crashing elevator loss of control can have the potential to do real damage. Perhaps you are doing self-destructive behaviors in the waking life.
To walk through a broken elevator door without the elevator being inside, and you fall through the elevator shaft, suggests that you need to be more mindful of your surroundings. It is a warning that you are living your life in automation without your brain, look around you for apparent dangers lurking.
Dreaming about a broken elevator with a not working sign suggests you to follow different paths. Find a different elevator or even walk the stairs. The paths that you thought were good, were actually not doable.
Dream About Elevator Stuck or Malfunctioned
To dream that the elevator is out of order where the doors stay shut. You can either trapped outside or inside where you cannot exit or enter the elevator, the situation signifies that your emotions have gotten out of control. You have lost the ability to access the different layers of your mind.
Dreaming about a stuck elevator when you first got in, is a reflection of your life or your career is stuck. You are on the path but you cannot move up or down, this represents that you are currently in a dead-end job or relationship status. It is time to rethink how you approach your life to get where you want to go.
If the elevator dream is moving upward and crashes through the roof, it indicates that you are being catapulted to a position of power. You are moving too fast in which you do not yet know how to deal with new-found status. The new responsibilities are crashing you.
To dream that the elevator is moving between two fixed floors, means that your efforts are counterproductive. You do a lot of work for little to no result. You are going nowhere in your work, relationship, or other situation.
To dream about an elevator moving sideways, it suggests that your career or relationship is not moving the way you intended. For example, you may have gotten a job promotion, only to find the new position boring and unsatisfactory after the move. Or the sideway elevator can suggest that your relationship with a loved one is growing more stale or boring.
When the elevator stops at the wrong floor suggests little slowdowns that you may experience. However, if you actually stepped out of the wrong elevator into the wrong floor in the dream, it suggests a misstep or decisions that you have taken. You will have to be patient to wait for the next opportunity.
Dreams About Different Elevators
Fast and Operational Elevator
Dreams with a fast elevator that functions faster than the normal ones, represent a fast path to reach your destinations and achievements.
Dreaming about riding in an elevator where you can observe an open space, depicts your perspective and state of mind during your transcend or descend in life’s courses.
The medical elevator that located in a hospital, depicts your state of health. It could also be related to your digestive system.
Lift or Service Elevator
A service lift or elevator not commonly accessible to the public, suggest that you have inside information or personnel to your endeavors and projects. Perhaps you know people at the company that you are applying to, and they can assist you to get that one job or contract without you having to compete with others.
Shaky and Unstable Elevator
An unstable elevator or ones that need maintenance, suggest a bumpy and dangerous ride. Your path to your destinations will not be smooth and you should expect sudden and frequent stops. Your emotions or reactions at this point may be your intuitions showing you potential paths, you can either ride it out or seek other possibilities.
Spinning Elevator or Elevator with Different Doors
This type of elevator in the dream represents different or shifting perspectives. You will go in thinking one way, and coming out thinking another. Sometimes the shift in thoughts can make you feel confused and dizzy, especially if you do not know you were riding a spinning elevator.