Being raised in the Christian faith and studying theology, I have always been intrigued with how God communicates with his people through dreams.
I found a book online called Literal Dreams: Prayers To Prevent The Manifestation Of Dreams Of Kidnapping by John Miller, and I was intrigued by the author’s detailed explanation.
I looked at a few more spiritual books for my research. On our last bible study, one of our members shared that he was scared because he dreamt of his daughter getting kidnapped. He wanted to know what the dream could possibly mean.
Due to my extensive research, I took the opportunity to explain the meaning and symbolism of getting kidnapped in dreams. So, what are the spiritual meanings of dreaming about getting kidnapped?
Though the Bible does not elaborate on the spiritual meaning of dreaming about getting kidnapped, some people believe that this occurrence symbolizes vulnerability or feeling powerless. Some people also believe that being kidnapped means feeling trapped in various areas of your life and having no control.
In this article, I will go through the meanings and symbolism of dreaming about being kidnapped. Read on to find out what it means when you dream about being kidnapped.
What does it mean when you have dreams About Being Kidnapped?
Some people believe dreaming about being kidnapped symbolizes a loss of power. We define kidnapping as an act of the crime of abduction.
Meaning forcefully carrying someone away with no control over the situation. So, when you dream about being kidnapped, some interpret it as being forced to do something.
Some also believe that it means that there is an obstacle preventing you from fulfilling something, whether it is your own fears, insecurities, or someone else holding you back.
There are also some defining factors like your gender and extra-terrestrial beings. Some people believe that women dreaming of being kidnapped are a symbol of marriage.
The International Journal of Dream Research conducted a study revealing that people dreaming of being abducted by aliens are lucid dreamers where the lines between reality and imagination are blurry.
Dreaming about being kidnapped is also believed to be a sign of stressful situations happening in your life or could occur in the future.
Being helpless and not knowing what to do in some circumstances could make you feel like you are losing grip on your own life, which could trigger stress.
Reasons Why You Dream About Being Kidnapped
There are several reasons why you can dream of being kidnapped:
Some people believe that being kidnapped means something is holding you back from completing your plans. It could be your family, a friend, or your own fears and insecurities.
Some interpret it as not being in control of a situation, and someone else might be influencing a part of your life. It could also mean that someone is forcing you to do something you do not want.
Some people believe that being kidnaped, especially for women, symbolizes marriage soon. Many cultures around the world practice bride kidnapping, where the man abducts the woman he wants to marry.
Lack of boundaries
Being kidnapped could be interpreted as someone trying to force themselves into your life or having a lack of respect for your boundaries. They could be trying to force you into their way of thinking or trying to take advantage of you.
Some believe that something could be happening in your life where you feel helpless and you do not know what to do.
Dreaming about being kidnapped as a child is interpreted by some as needing to let your inner child go to achieve something in your life that could be held back by your childish behavior.
Some believe that there is something or someone is trying to sabotage you in your workplace.
Being kidnapped could symbolize losing control of something precious in your life. It could be your business, custody of your children, or something being taken away from you.
You could be going through a tough situation that you have no control over and do not know what to do. Some believe dreaming about being kidnapped means you are forced to do something you are against, and it is weighing heavily on your brain.
You could have gone through a traumatic experience preventing you from moving on. Some believe that being kidnapped means your fears could be holding you captive.
Some people have experienced bad dreams like being kidnapped after drinking heavily or abusing substances.
Spiritual meanings of dreaming about being Kidnapped
Dreaming about being kidnapped yourself
Some people believe that dreaming about you being kidnapped means that you are feeling trapped and your fears are taking control of you.
Others believe that there is an obstacle preventing you from fully realizing yourself. Some believe it also means you are being pressured into doing something you do not want to do.
Dreaming about being kidnapped and tortured
Most people believe that dreaming about being kidnapped and tortured means you are going through difficult times or may experience a hard time in the future, which causes you a lot of stress, taking your time and energy.
Your mind could be creating this scenario for you to figure out how to relieve this stress.
Dreaming about being kidnapped by a stranger
If you dream that a stranger is taking you hostage, some people believe it implies that someone in your life is trying to force themselves into your life and disrupting your emotional boundaries.
They could be forcing you to act in a way they want or maybe trying to get into your life and take advantage of you.
Dreaming about a woman being kidnapped
Some cultures believe that a woman being kidnapped in your dreams means that she may get married soon.
Dreaming of a child being kidnapped
If you dream about a child being kidnapped, some believe it means you are growing up and need to let your inner child go, mature, and become more serious. Some also believe that it represents trauma.
If you experienced a traumatic event while growing up, all that pain and fear could be holding you back, and it could mean that you need to save that inner child to help you grow.
Dreaming of your child being kidnapped
Many believe dreaming that your child is being kidnapped means that you are worried about your child being taken away from you.
Some people dream of this when they are going through hard times with family, like divorce, battling for custody, or maybe something is influencing their child’s life that they cannot control.
Dreaming about witnessing a kidnapping
When you dream of someone else getting kidnapped, some people believe it means you are worried about someone in your life.
It could also be witnessing something unjust happening to someone close to you, whether it is a work problem, family, or financial stress. Some also believe that it means you want to have characteristics that person has.
Dreaming of being brave toward a kidnapper
Some people believe dreaming that you are not afraid of a kidnapper means that good luck is coming your way and not to worry.
Dreaming about being kidnapped and held hostage
Some interpret being held hostage as the desire to control your life. Some people fear what would happen if they do not have the freedom to make choices in their own life, which could be represented as being held, hostage.
Dreaming of a loved one being kidnapped
Many people believe dreaming of someone close to you being kidnapped symbolizes that you are afraid of losing that person.
If it is a family member, some believe it to be a matter of challenges you might face in your career, and you are being encouraged to make smart choices.
Dreaming about kidnapping someone
Some interpret dreaming about kidnapping someone as a message that you are not ready for certain responsibilities and want to give someone else that responsibility.
Some also believe planning to kidnap someone could mean you are not satisfied with your social status and have bad communication with others.
Dreaming about being kidnapped by aliens
A study conducted by the International Journal of Dream Research concluded that people who dream about being abducted by aliens are usually lucid dreamers in dissociative REM (Rapid Eye Movements) states.
Some also believe that it means your freedom is being taken away, and you feel like you are a slave.
Dreaming about being the kidnapper
Some people interpret dreaming about being a kidnapper as not having something in your life and you want to take it from someone else.
What does it mean when you dream about being kidnapped and escaping?
It is believed that dreaming about escaping a kidnapper means you yearn for freedom. It could represent feeling trapped and wanting to escape from whatever is holding you back.
Some believe this is an encouragement to act on this desire for freedom, so you may be in control of your life.
Others believe that it might reflect feelings of vulnerability or stress, and escaping signifies regaining control of a situation or even obstacles or challenges in your waking life that you wish to overcome.
Should I Be worried if I dream about Being Kidnapped?
According to various beliefs, dreaming about kidnapping means a loss of authority. However, the Bible warns us against believing in superstitions.
The Bible encourages us in Psalms 62:5 to rest our souls in God and put our hope in him. So, we should not focus so much on what dreaming about being kidnapped might mean and put our faith in Him to guide us.
Watching scary movies about being kidnapped could also trigger your subconscious to dream about being in that situation, too, so maybe avoid watching movies with dangerous and scary content.
There are several instances in the Bible where God speaks to his people through dreams, like in Genesis 41, where the Pharaoh had to call his prisoner Joseph to interpret his dream for him, and many Christians believe that dreams are God’s way of communicating to us.
However, dreams should not be used as spiritual guides in ways that contradict the teachings of the Bible. After having dreams such as being kidnapped, it would be best if you examine your surroundings and relationships to determine the cause and find solutions based on the principles that the Bible teaches us.
Believe in God and pray that he shows you the right path to take.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.