Dreaming of Falling in Love With a Stranger? Here’s What It Means

Dreams about love are common, but what does it mean when you dream about being in love with someone who is unknown to you?

The idea of falling in love with a stranger is something that many people dream about. It’s an exciting prospect, and the sudden passion and magnetic attraction between two strangers can be intoxicating.

If you’re dreaming of falling in love with a stranger, this dream is likely to be the result of your subconscious mind’s desires. You may have been thinking about romance or someone new lately and dreaming about them is a way for your brain to process these thoughts.

What Does it Mean When You Dream About Falling in Love With a Stranger?

A Desire to Explore Your Romantic Feelings

Dreaming of falling in love with a stranger is an opportunity for you to explore your romantic feelings.

Most often, we dream about people we know. However, in this case, the person who appears in your dreams isn’t someone you know but rather someone that symbolizes an aspect or quality about yourself and how it manifests itself emotionally.

For example, if when waking up from the dream, you’re feeling excited then there’s a good chance that element within yourself needs more exploration or understanding. You may be feeling unfulfilled in life and have a nagging inner voice that’s telling you there has to be more to life than what you’re currently experiencing.

Some psychoanalysts believe that dreaming of falling in love with a stranger could signify desires such as discovering one’s sexuality, seeking sexual freedom outside marriage, fears of intimacy from previous relationships,

A Reminder to Focus on Yourself

There’s usually a sense of optimism and hope when you dream of falling in love with a stranger. You’re predicting what you want to happen by dreaming about it happening now, rather than waiting for it to occur randomly.

In psychology, the concept is called predictive dreaming; where people experience future events as if they are occurring at that moment. This type of dreaming can be seen as an escape from reality or a way-station on the road towards achieving some goal. Dreams act like visualizations – powerful images which direct our actions and emotions with more intelligence than any waking thought could do alone.

The feeling has been there but not expressed because we have always been so busy focusing on what others need us to focus on when really what we should have focused on was ourselves.

Having a dream of falling in love with a stranger is a reminder that it’s important to focus on yourself and your desires.

A Sign of What to Look For in a Partner

If you’ve found yourself unlucky in love in the past, pay attention to the characteristics of the stranger in your dream.

You may have an idea of what you think you want in a partner, but your subconscious mind may be trying to tell you something else.

For example, you may have always been attracted to “bad boys” – men who are rough around the edges and have a shady past. You think you have the ability to change them, but it never quite works out that way.

Listen to what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you and allow yourself to be open to the possibility of falling in love with someone who doesn’t look (physically or otherwise) how you envisioned your soulmate to look.

A Reminder to Allow Yourself to Be Vulnerable

You may have been waiting for someone to come into your life and sweep you off of your feet, but what if it’s the other way around? What if only when we find ourselves being swept away by another can we truly allow ourselves to be vulnerable?

That vulnerability allows us to fall completely head over heels with them. But how do we know who is going to sweep us off our feet or whether they’re capable? We don’t!

And what a wonderful feeling that is.

The best thing you can do to prepare for this? Stop worrying about it and/or projecting what you think you want onto your future partner. The right person will come when they’re supposed to. Stay open-minded and look for signs from the universe that love is coming.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take Some Risks

When it comes to matters of the heart, don’t be afraid to take some risks. It’s what I did when I found myself falling in love with a stranger and it changed my life forever.

There are always going to be people who try to discourage us from taking the risk; they’ll tell us that we’re being naive or too foolish, but what if this is our opportunity? What if this person is exactly what we’ve been waiting for?

This is exactly what happened to me when I met my now-husband. We met online and lived on the opposite side of the world from one another.

We were opposites in so many ways – I’ve always been a free spirit, he was very disciplined. But we experienced a magnetic attraction almost immediately.

When I decided to fly to the other side of the world to meet in person, I had people tell me I was insane. “What if it doesn’t work out?” “What if he’s a weirdo?”

Of course, I wasn’t stupid – I had an exit plan should things not turn out how I hoped.

But I listened to my heart and I took the risk. And 10 years later, we’re happily married.

The point is – don’t be afraid to take some risks. Look outside the box. Be willing to go the extra mile for love.

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Will I Meet This Stranger in Real Life?

It’s common to want to know if you’ll meet this exact person in real life.

The answer is probably no. You are dreaming of a stranger, and it’s highly unlikely that the exact person you dreamed about will show up in your real life.

Your subconscious mind may have invented a person that has physical and mental characteristics that you find attractive, and as such, this person doesn’t actually exist in real life.

On the other hand, if the person looks entirely different from what you are normally attracted to, consider that a reminder to keep your options open – don’t automatically discount someone who you feel an attraction to because they’re short with dark hair and you usually go for tall people with blonde hair.

Dreams are also believed to be a way for us to process the information our brains absorb during the day and as such, this stranger could have been someone you glanced at fleetingly on the train on your commute to work.

For some reason, your brain formed a memory of this person and this dream is your brain’s way of interpreting that memory.

There’s a reason why this particular person was imprinted in your memory, it’s up to you to determine what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you, based on the information you’ve read above.

What Should I Do If I See This Stranger in Real Life?

While it’s unlikely that you will see this person in real life, what happens if you encounter them? What should you do?

If this person is really the one and not merely a figment of your imagination, they will show up again – whether it’s online, at work, or wherever life leads you.

And if they do show up, there’ll be a spark of attraction that you both feel. You’ll be drawn to one another and one (or both) of you won’t be able to resist the urge to strike up a conversation.

What if they’re not the one? You’ll know because there won’t be any feelings of attraction when you encounter them. You’ll see them across the room, you’ll remember their face from your dream and maybe your heart will skip a beat because of that.

But you won’t feel a strong desire to talk to them. You won’t feel an attraction and if they happen to notice you, their face will register a complete blank. They won’t feel compelled to reach out to you.

Dreaming of falling in love with a stranger is an interesting dream to have. And it’s not that uncommon. Consider the subconscious messages your brain may be trying to give you, step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to look outside of the box when it comes to love (and life!)

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About Ash

My name is Ash and I'm the founder of High Vibes Haven. I have a degree in Social Science and I've studied human behavior, meditation, fitness, yoga, and health coaching. I'm a strong proponent of self-care and personal development and I love sharing practical, actionable advice and tips on everything from meditation and manifesting, to relationships and spirituality.

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