Flying Dreams, Fantasy or Reality

Why on earth am I writing about ‘Flying Dreams’? The answer is straightforward: because a very small percentage of people including myself experience such phenomena.

Some such dreams may be interpreted as being triggered by trauma, escaping planet earth to avoid or escape from unwanted conflict; for example, being chased by a person or person either unfamiliar or possessing a vague familiarity.

Some Flying Dreams elevate one to the clouds, or above the clouds. Another manifestation;  floating about 20 metres above a sidewalk‎ gently moving around; no flapping arms to maintain movement or altitude; but the instant thought of direction propelling one to another location; but typically in a most gently floating manner.

‎Another flying Dream experience can indeed involve ‘escaping’ a ground-based situation; perhaps avoiding an argument or being chased by an individual or individuals who look up at the floating flyer; not in awe or surprise; not pointing in wonderment, as one effortlessly floats away out of a potentially conflicting scenario. Thus, to those observers on the ground, it is quite normal.

Other dimensions can include a wonderfully exhilarating experience; enjoying literally flying around a scene of hills, forest, and open fields. A spiritual freedom from the reality of the world beneath our feet.

Describing the experience of Flying Dreams to anyone not having experienced such a fantasy (or during a Flying Dream, a reality)  prompts scepticism and sometimes a little low-key ridicule.

Those who have experienced such a phenomenon can exchange experiences without prejudice accompanied with a little exploration of one’s interpretations. Talking with someone who also has Flying Dreams provides a degree of empathy, but on a different level than experienced with ‘folk on the ground’ Who have no understanding of the phenomenon.

One such individual described the experience as facilitating freedom of an earlier life and into adulthood strewn with challenges and not so pleasant experiences. Flying dreams in this case allowed true emancipation to enter life.

Timidity, unpleasant school and work happenings, and memories past coming to the fore; no obvious reason, but perhaps the need to release the mind into a more comfortable and positive dimension.

When experiencing a Flying Dream, it is real. Very real. From walking along a sidewalk to a very gentle desire to effortlessly float and glide above the walkers and autos, is to say the least quietly thrilling; but no large doses of adrenalin.

Flying Dreams embrace the consciousness with a subliminal ability and natural phenomenon to address and solve challenges whilst in a state of sleep, or to the person living the Flying Dream very much awake within the dream status.

No ‘gee, I’m flying’, but just a normal part of movement; gentle. Floating, normal sensation.  Once again, no surprise or finger-pointing by those on the ground, as if sighting an individual flying unaided is an every day natural occurrence; floating effortlessly, no external propulsion, no ‘Superman’ take-off’, arm and fist pointing towards the heavens, no pre-determined ‘target’.

Do Flying Dreams take you into and above the clouds; towards the moon, planets, galaxies, the Universe? Personally I have only ‘experienced’ a modest height; albeit most enjoyable!  Sometimes I wake up, having not experienced a Flying Dream and wishing I could go back to sleep and float off above the ground! On rare occasions, this has happened. To re-visit the joy, the positive experience, the vibes of endeavor.

On rare occasions, my sleep pattern actually morphs into a Flying Dream status. Wonderful!

To a small degree, one’s sleep status allows one the ability to float, fly, or hover above ground level a living normality.

Or is a Flying Dream the normality?  A dream of reverse entities where the ground is the dream state and a Flying Dream a reality?

There are a number of articles addressing the Flying Dream phenomenon. The reasons for what I call a gift of Nature are varied.

Escapism, allowing the human spirit to free itself from the bondage of real life, to literally float effortlessly from ground level in an elegant, gentle manner; no flapping arms, just a pre-ordained elevation of the spirit.

From my understanding and including my personal experience, Flying Dreams are not frightening, traumatic, or dangerous, but provide enlightenment, enhanced confidence, plus affording a grin on one’s countenance.

Everyone is unique, but I find Flying Dreams exhilarating, to say the least; awakening to a refreshed consciousness; a sort of ‘high-five’ scenario.

Dream the Dream! Let the heart fly!


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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  1. Hi Simon! I enjoyed reading your article. I also experienced flying dreams, but my memory of them is not such a vivid as yours. I only remember that I was flying with no flapping hands. 🙂
    I haven’t flown in my dreams for a long time.
    Your piece prompted me to read more about the Flying Dream phenomenon. Yet, what happens inside our minds when we are asleep and why do we dream is still a mystery.

    • Thank you so much, Lada. Flying dreams are quite a phenomenon. Should an individual never have experience a flying Dream it would be bordering on the impossible to imagine lifting off the ground in an effortless surreal manner! As you say, ‘no flapping’!
      As for their being vivid, for some reason, when describing for example childhood experiences, the moments literally visit my memory in a manner so vivid they are ‘real’. Sights, sounds, scents; every detail. Flying dreams are certainly uplifting, but one cannot ‘order’ them! I rarely meet or exchange comments with anyone who experiences such an ‘uplifting’ phenomenon (forgive the pun!). There is an article describing my childhood experiences on my Bizcatalyst. The front page features yours truly is a pedal car -about the age of five, I think. Thanks again, Lada. Happy flying dreams!

  2. Hi Simon, I love this share, I also had flying dreams. The last one was couple years ago.
    That was great going trough memory lane.
    It’s also amazing how real you describe the experience of a dream flight.
    No flapping hands of course, that’s ridiculous. Just in the calm state as you are just flying. And the question does not even occur “how am I flying or why?”
    I remember indeed not to high, flying just above a field of yellow flowers, seeing beautiful green land and field of white flowers. But the dream flight itself was the upper most joy of all.
    Thank you for this Simon and wish you many joyful dream flights!

    • Hi Ineke,

      Thank you! I see there is some empathy here! The trouble is you can’t organize or order a flying dream! When experiencing one it is so spiritually uplifting. Effortless, enjoyable. I am so please you have experienced the ethereal! I am flattered that you find the description so real. I guess that when I cam writing; childhood and onwards, I am ‘there’ when writing the experience.

      Thank you again, Ineka. So much appreciated.


  3. Dear Kimberly,

    You really do have a way in describing very real experiences! Actually I suffer from vertigo! I remember going to the top of one of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and then standing a platform overlooking the other tower. Scary. The other occasion was in Chicago, where (as was) the Seer’s Tower. I I was going to take an elevator to the top, but it was so high, when there was a queue, I chickened out! Eventually I went up (as was) The Hancock Tower overlooking Lake Michigan – I decided to be an eagle and not a chicken, and went up to the top floor and even stood on the glass floor by own of the windows. That was scary but memorable!

    Back to you! Thinking one can fly, especially as a child is such a special memory! I never tried jumping off a chair, but often lay on my back on the lawn looking up at the clouds thinking it would be great to float around up there! I guess the flag pole must have been adorned by the Stars and Stripes!

    Memories and reality can become mixed up, combined and modified to suite the dreamer! But flying dreams are in their own way a stark reality and essentially the flyer is the winner! Either escaping a people with needles to poison you or flying for pure enjoyment. I have to have my ‘flu jab on Tuesday…………….!

    I really love your description Kimberly and thank you for taking the time to comment. Hugs to you too, Kimberly

  4. I so love this, Simon! You brought back memories of dreams that I haven’t thought about in YEARS! When I was in elementary school I used to dream that I could fly all the time. Like you, the sensation was so real that I actually believed it had happened! I remember, distinctly, when I was about eight years old, standing on a chair (awake) and leaping off in full belief that I would soar through the air, but landing with a thud. I felt so disillusioned! I was sure I could fly and thought I must have just lost my powers. Then, when I was in middle school, probably about 11 or 12, I had a reoccurring dream that I was on top of a flag pole and would occasionally take off from there (the flag pole dreams happened the same time as the reoccurring dreams where I was being chased by people with large needles who wanted to poison me, so I think that time in life must have been rather stressful!). I haven’t flown in years! Ohhh… I envy that you get to fly…. Hugs to you!