If you recently dreamt about someone giving you money, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make each of them more likely.

So, what does it mean when someone gives you money in a dream? Likely reasons why you will dream about someone giving you money are that it is your brain’s way of planning for the scenario of you earning money, to deal with past trauma or to remember something important about money.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why someone will give you money in a dream and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason.

What does it mean when someone gives you money in a dream?

Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.

Purpose of dreams

It is thought that dreams are usually based on recent conversations, activities or other issues in your life. Dreams can function to help us get through trauma, to prepare ourselves to deal with threats, and to ensure that we do not forget important memories (source).

To play out scenarios

The reason why you dreamt about receiving money could be that it is your brain’s way of preparing you to receive money. This would be more likely if you are expecting to be earning money soon. It might also be the case that your brain is helping you to prepare for the situation where someone does hand you money so that you have an idea of what to expect.

To deal with trauma

It might also be the case that you dreamt about receiving money due to trauma. This would be more likely if you had a traumatic experience with money recently or when being given money by someone.

To remember something important

It might also be the case that you dreamt about being handed money because it is your brains way of helping you remember something important. This would be more likely if the event was something that did actually happen.

Consider what else happens in the dream

It would help to consider the way that you are handed money in the dream. If you are handed money by a person that you have never met before, it might be the case that your brain is helping you to prepare for encounters with strangers. Whereas, if it involves people that you know, it might be the case that it is so that you remember important events or people.

Consider what has happened in your life lately

It would also help to consider what happened in your life lately. If you recently experienced an event that involved money, it could be the case that you have been subconsciously traumatized by the event or because your brain thinks that it was an important event to remember.

Consider if you have had lifestyle changes recently

Dreams occur most when we are in REM sleep which is the deep sleep stage where our brain is supposed to be the least active. If you have been able to recall your dreams easily, it might be a sign that you have been having problems in your life lately. Causes could include not sleeping enough, getting stressed or anxious or getting less exercise.

What does money symbolize in a dream?

People will often dream about things that have significance in their lives and money is a significant part of most people’s lives. Money in a dream likely symbolizes something that people consider as being a valuable resource.

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