This article originally appeared in MindBodyGreen.
Dreams are an exquisite mystery. Even more mysterious is the fact that people all around the world seem to have similar dream themes—from spiders to being naked in public to, of course, being chased.Dream interpretation allows us to decode the messages of our dreams, so we're able to integrate those lessons into our waking lives. If you've been dreaming about being chased, here's what it could be telling you, according to therapist and dream expert Leslie Ellis, Ph.D.
What does it mean to be chased in a dream?
"Being chased is literally the most common dream theme," Ellis tells mbg, "so it clearly must represent something quite universal." She goes on to say that dreaming is, in part, an expression of our embodied state, or "a reflection of the state of our nervous system."