The Meaning of Hummingbirds In Dreams

What is the meaning of hummingbirds in my dreams?  This question was presented by two readers within a day’s span as comments on two postings here at Many ask that question, “what is the meaning of my dream”, and I’d like to share with you both my spiritual observations and understandings as well as the questions that arose in response to the question about hummingbirds in dreams.

Understanding Our Dreams

Dreams can be incredibly challenging to understand. There are many types of dreams. Some dreams can be an overflow from a busy life, a way to process and complete the complexity of the day. Other dreams can be a type of venting, used to release and unwind, a form of self healing. Dreams can be very symbolic, not something to take at face value but a representation for a belief or idea, something that is typically not visual but conceptual.

“Dreams” can also be a way of carrying into our day-to-day consciousness an astral experience or even a snippet from a past life. I’ve personally experienced times when I’ve worked on releasing a deeply rooted belief and it’s stronghold on my future and found myself bringing up a past-life experience through a dream. These types of dreams showed me that the belief in this life began in a former life, and spun into this life with a twist to give it a different perspective and another opportunity to heal something that did not fully release the first time around. Is it karma? Yes, but this is a view on karma that is not focused on being punished or payback for something done “unto others”. Karma often begins within ourselves with a conflict between what we feel is right and an event where we had to make a choice outside our values.

hummingbirds and trustHummingbirds in my Dreams

Is there a specific concept that can be drawn from hummingbirds in dreams? Dream interpretation takes a scientific, intellectual approach toward finding hidden meanings. In the case of the hummingbird we can look at the qualities of the hummingbird: it’s unique wing design and movement make the hummingbird captivating and special to many individuals. Size makes a difference, too, as well as time, and many hummingbird encounters are  “fast and furious”, with the hummingbird coming and going in a flash.

It’s not just the hummingbird that makes a mark in our dreams, for there are many other details that are usually wrapped up in the story presented in a dream.

Where do dreams come from?

What is the source of the dream, is it our soul or spirit speaking out in a way that gets our attention? Or are dreams the fragments of the day being processed by the brain?  From a scientific perspective I must share that I have no formal training in dream interpretation, what I share is my training and observations on the spiritual aspect, seen through the soul or higher self perspective.

The meaning of dreams can run deep. When we turn toward our introspective self we can take some very black and white ideas and mix them into a great big “gray area”, the place where we ask that question, “What does this mean to me?” This inner quest to understand and know our own truths is jam-packed with life: emotion and experiences, and a lifetime’s accumulative value that give a very personal, unique story.

What are dreams meant to do for us? Are dreams messages from the spirit world? Are they communications from ourselves that have to be in an attention-getting form to make us pay attention? Or could dreams be an expression of who we are behind our thoughts and actions?  To this we could say “All the above”, and mean it in so many ways.

Answers to the questions about Hummingbirds in Dreams

Two readers asked similar questions about two very different hummingbird dreams:

In the dream of the two hummingbirds outside the window, and the conversation within the dream, there’s some soul-searching going on about  the boundaries in your life, your responsibilities and just how far your “circle” extends. You’re in the midst of conflict between choices to be made and your core values, and this is a common cause of conflict for any of us, when the choices of today do not uphold what we have been taught or what we value. You may want to schedule a session to bring into consciousness the conflict so you can shift your perspective and make clearer choices that uphold your values.

In the case of the blue hummingbird: we have a strong unconscious defense system that is intended to keep us safe and whole. Uncovering hidden thoughts and beliefs that hold any perception of “less than” or weakness of any kind can make us feel very vulnerable and exposed. Dreams are at times the only way we let ourselves peak into our own fears and feelings. It takes a big step to face our fears, but then how much time and energy does it take to keep hiding from ourselves? Glad to hear you are working toward releasing your depression.

Thank you both for asking your questions! Responses on the Hummingbird Shaman website are kept within the bounds of the threads of life that we commonly share. This gives benefit to all the readers while protecting your privacy. For a more in-depth personalized perspective I’d recommend scheduling a session to uncover the connections between core values, beliefs, life choices, and even past life experiences that are affecting you now.

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My greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.


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Kavi's greatest love is facilitating the shift from questions into greater joy and understanding. This energy of joyful expression transfers into her many interests: photography, organic, symbiotic gardening, long dog-lead walks, and, of course, bird watching. Ready for a change within your own world? Seeking your own multi-dimensional support and alliance? Healing sessions and transitional support are available by appointment.

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5 Responses

  1. Haley says:

    What an enjoyable exipneerce watching the hummingbirds, looking at your fantastic photography (that takes patience) and your so-beautiful Jake. I do hope he is still with you, and as courageous as ever. He definitely is a trooper and it should us all a wonderful lesson. I felt so sorry for his pain after the operations but he totally recovered his speed and good nature so back to nature for Jake.

  2. kitty says:

    i have just woken from an intense dream, i know dreams are more than sience says, it was like a play , there were three of us, two males and me, we were building a home out of scraps of wood brought by the locals after they had treaded me badly, as i was new to the town, the one i intialy liked liked another and this all came to a head in the final sence the man i thought i wanted his love intrest showed up , the man who loved her tried to shoot the kind man , i pulled him aside and spun him round he fell to the floor unharmed as i recall me on my knees at his head my arms on his chest ither side of his face, as i look up i see the other man had shoot his love instrest by mistake and i recal saying he killed her he killed her, its over he killed her, i then recal saying i love you, i have always loved you to the kind man lying infront of me, and the drems ends i awake with a great sense of longing and love for him, i also had a sence in that dream where i was in a bath and a humming bird came to me fliting and flying around me, diving into my bath water, and landing on my hands,it would come when i called, it died but in my dream i never managed to find time to tell the two men about my visit from a humming bird, iv never drempt of a humming bird before, the humming bird was soft and gentle and fragile delicate too, it was brightly coloured beautiful green tipped wings that shone and reflected . any exspernations?

    • Hummingbird Shaman says:

      That’s quite a dream! If it IS a dream. Sometimes we have dreams, which we’re told can be the subconscious “blowing off steam”. Some say that dreams can come about as the only way for the mind to play out something that the person cannot face/experience/express. From my perspective we have dreams, but those tend to be choppy pieces. Then we have “experiences” on a soul level during the night when your body sleeps. Without delving too deeply in this, that would be something to explore in a session, this appears to be a soul experience and not a dream. As far as the hummingbird’s death, I don’t see sadness/endings, I see transformation and the ability to end cycles. Let me know if you want to schedule a session to explore further, and see if there is any assistance that would help you.

  3. Clarissa says:

    I had a dream last night that left me feeling scared when I shot you in bed but it was such a magnificent dream that felt so real. A section of it was me with my family (which is strange because my family is split and my parents from what I recall were both there with me). A pink and green tiny hummingbird came in to our small space that was lit by only candles I believe and settled on my fathers finger. Then I called it to it and held out my hand and it landed there. I held it to my chest and it seemed to “curl up” if you can imagine that. I got scared thinking I had hurt it and pulled it away and it instantly flew up and just seemed to be still before me. Suddenly we were taking it outside and someone else’s request but I didn’t want to put it out because it was cold. In the other hand I was scared it would die indoors bc my mom once kept a birdy in the garage overnight and it died. I remembered that in the dream. So we put it outside. And then I recall going back out and it was still night. The hummingbird was laying almost on its back in a little yellow box with flowers and I picked it up carefully and cradled it to my chest where it seemed to wake up and flutter around before coming back to me. Then something happened and someone told me it had died and so I wanted to light a white candle before burying it.

    I read somewhere that hummingbirds seemingly die on cold nights before fluttering back at sunrise. I would be so happy if you could find time to respond. -Clarissa

    • Hummingbird Shaman says:

      Very vivid dream, Clarissa.

      Hummingbirds can lower their body temperature on cold nights. I have hummingbirds year-round even with freezing weather and snow (they stay close to the feeders on these days, and I have to bring in feeders at night since they freeze). I have heard of hummingbirds that hang upside down from a branch or feeder, as if in a “dead sleep”. These birds are tough, and able to survive in conditions you would think would do them harm.

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