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Brakes Not Working

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A brake is a mechanical safety device that uses friction to halt or slow a vehicle which is in motion. We generally don't think about our brakes until something goes wrong, and then we experience sheer panic as the system that we rely upon to keep us safe fails. Dreams which feature brakes which malfunction signify some area of life in which the dreamer feels she or he has no control.


In this dream you may have...


  • Been on a bicycle where the brakes fail.
  • Been in a car where the brakes fail.
  • Been on a train where the brakes fail.
  • Been in a vehicle where the brakes are absent.
  • Been on a toy car or tricycle with no brakes.
  • Been in a car where the brakes fail due to weather conditions.
  • Witnessed the brakes failing on someone else's vehicle.


Positive changes are afoot if…


  • Regain control of the vehicle.
  • Crash into pillows.
  • The brakes reengage.



Detailed dream meaning...


Regardless of the kind of vehicle in your dream, a dream in which the brakes fail signifies that you are careening out of control in some area of your life. If you are a passenger when this happens, it indicates that you are allowing someone else's bad choices to wreak havoc on your ability to guide your own future. If you are a driver in your dream, then it means that you are indulging in self-destructive behaviors which have you scrambling to try to regain the control that you have lost. You may be indulging in risky behaviors or you may be so overwhelmed by fear and inertia that you no longer have the power to act. In any case, your ability to function is compromised by your choices, emotions or unexpected circumstances. You may be swept up in a passionate affair, be trapped in the grips of a powerful addiction or find yourself in the midst of a devastating scandal.


If the brake failure in your dream is temporary and the brakes reengage or you come to a safe stop, then this is an indication that a problem blocking your goals has the potential to be resolved through your quick-thinking action.


Dreaming of riding on a tricycle or child's toy without brakes implies either that your feeling of being out of control derives from being infantilized by powerful figures in your life, or that you have unresolved childhood issues which have impaired your ability to make positive adult decisions when charting your life's course.


If you dream that you cut the brakes of someone else and you are the cause of their car’s brakes not working, then this can be a sign of repressed emotions. This would seem the logical approach, but you need not worry. People have dreams of harming other people, but this doesn’t mean they actually will do it. Consider if your dream is trying to warn you that you need to protect yourself from this person though.


To dream of having your brakes fail as a result of weather conditions signifies that the lack of control in your life is the result of circumstances beyond your control. You might be experiencing negative life-altering events like the death of a loved one, a severe illness or a financial crisis.

To dream of witnessing the brakes fail on someone else's vehicle suggests you feel powerless to help someone you care about who is in crisis.


This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life...


  • An addiction.
  • An affair.
  • Embezzlement or theft.
  • Anxiety.


Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of brakes not working…

Terror. Hysteria. Panic. Fear. Recklessness. Helplessness. Vulnerability. Confusion. Resourcefulness. Dread. Self-Control. Composure. Instability. Mayhem.

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