What Happens When You Kill A Dream Character?


🌙 Written by Kai Riverstone, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

Since our dream characters are all parts of OUR minds, what happens when we KILL one of them in a lucid dream? Don’t worry, it’s not as bad it sounds.

Let’s think about this for a second. You have all these dreams and we’ve learned that dream characters represent different parts of your mind. You can ‘talk to your own subconscious’.

Now, this allows you to do incredible things, like discovering why you’re afraid of certain things.. Learning your true feelings about something or someone. But what would happen if you were to find the dream character that represents, say, fear.. And kill him or her?

Would that part of your mind die? Well.. Not exactly. You see the dream characters in your dream are just symbols. Illusions and projections, if you will. Killing one or more of them won’t affect your mind in the same way that simply imagining killing your fear won’t remove it.

What you CAN do, however, is to learn more about your fear through the dream character that represents it. This is entirely possible and pretty easy. If you’re interested, I made a little video explaining this, but I’ll go into more detail underneath the video. (By the way, if you like the video, I have many more on my channel, please SUBSCRIBE if you want to see more).


So hopefully that explained to you about the representation of ideas and concepts in your dreams. If you didn’t have time to watch the video, (Some people are fast readers and prefer to just read things), it basically explained what I said above:

Dream characters aren’t PHYSICAL parts of your brain, and they aren’t strongly connected to the ACTUAL thing they represent.. Therefore killing them won’t actually do anything.

So that means you can merely use them as a portal.. A way of communicating with your brain without being able to damage it.

From a scientific point of view, if you WERE able to kill your fear just by killing the dream character then you’d be at risk of seriously harming your mental state in a dream. The human body and mind are smarter than this. So, if you can’t kill fear in a dream, how do you go about removing it?

Well.. That’s really another post entirely, but the main thing you want to do is make sure you’re lucid, it’s no good trying to question parts of your mind and delve into the unknown if you’re not even lucidly aware. So make sure you’re lucid, and then stabilize the dream. As you do that, seek to just talk to the dream character.

Ask it questions like –

  • What do you represent?
  • Why am I scared of ‘XXXX’
  • Why do you hold me back from doing ‘XXXX’

And so on. Get an understanding for WHAT and WHY this dream character represents. It’s different for everyone. The other night, I was speaking with my confidence, and had a very interesting conversation with him.

He was saying about how he sometimes holds me back in order that I can build up myself naturally and not hurt myself too much by jumping into situations too fast without being ready, which would then damage my confidence in the long term.

I’ve also spoken with my emotions in a lucid dream, and told them to keep me calm, serene and happy whenever they can. Through doing this, and meditation I’ve been able to gain almost a complete control over my emotions, through Lucid Dreaming.. But it is different for everyone, I mean everyone’s mind is different, right?

So what works for me might be hopeless for you. But, what I can share are ideas and suggestions which for a lot of people, are helpful and interesting.

Further reading

To learn more about dream characters, and what they could mean, I highly recommend getting and reading ‘Lucid Dreaming, Gateway to the inner self’ as it goes VERY deep on this stuff. It explains how you can actively use lucid dreaming for all sorts of personal growth and dream work.