Running Out of Fuel/Running on Empty Dreams

Why do you run out of gas in a dream?   

Automobiles in our dreams are symbols of getting from one place to another in our lives.   For example, suppose you are the type of person who plans out what you want to accomplish for a day or a week or a month.    You sit down and probably write all of the things you want to do and then slot them into a time frame.    When you get into your car in a dream,  it is the part of you that is trying to implement the plan.    You begin in the present tense, get into your mental car, and try to arrive at the destinations that you have set forth in your plan.

Running out gas is caused when the plan you have made is going after incorrect goals.  Your internal car drains your energy so that you will stop and reconsider what you are doing.      If you stubbornly hold onto the wrong goals,  you will probably constantly start with a lot of enthusiasm, then break down and tire somewhere in the middle.

For instance,  it is logical to think that if you want to see big changes in an organization, that the way to do it is to change the top, but, in most cases the people at the top are thinking that it is everyone else beneath them that needs to change for the organization to be successful.    Instead of ever focusing on themselves or supporting the ideas that others create,  they believe that they are the ones generating the ideas and trying to get others to change to implement them.       Your plan, that ends up draining you, may be to try to get someone else to do something that they are just not interested in.    The draining comes in when your mind holds to the plan believing that if you just say the right things or change your tactics, the others will change.   They don’t.

When you get drained, it means that you are stubbornly holding onto a plan that is not going to work.    You can fill up your tank and have it permanently run, when you remember your successes and then continue down the same path that worked in the past.    At the same time you can just let go of the mistaken goals.

I have a really difficult time letting go of trying to influence people at the top because I believe that my logical thinking is so good that they won’t be able to resist.    THEY RESIST.    When they resist and I hold on, my system drains me.  I run out of gas.    When I remember where I have been successful and then continue down the same road,  my tanks refills itself all the time.

There is a counter-intuitive part to filling up your tank that I recently found out that can be very helpful.    If you run out energy when you are on the right path going for positive goals, then your system is just calling for more endurance that you get from gradually increasing efforts and rest.     In that case you occasionally need rest in order to restore yourself.    If you run out of gas because of going down the wrong path, your spirit and your body stop you, making you feel like nothing is in your tank.

The two states are very different, but in both cases you feel drained.   When you are running on empty because of being stubborn,  you can just let go of the wrong goal and begin acting in another direction that has worked for you before.   As soon as you move forward your tank will begin filling up.   The more you stay in that direction the more energy you will have in your tank.

Here are a couple of ways we tend to get stuck and run out of gas.

1.  We don’t like the way our spouse is acting, so we create a plan to get them to change.

2. We don’t like the way the leaders are running the organization so we try to communicate with them to get some positive changes.  When they are not open, we think up of new way to communicate.  We just keep repeating this pattern.

When we do change work in the wrong direction,  it is as if we are trying to be the one on top, the one in control of the other.    Successful plans always begin by remembering positive strategies that actually work.   They are never about moving vertically in a relationship, a group, or an organization.


1.  Remember a period in your life when you were most successful.   Think about what you did and how you thought that created positive results.  Write it down and repeat it to yourself everyday for a week.

e.g.  When I learned a new language,  I went to classes,  studied a great deal, and took a lot of risks in making mistakes speaking to others.

2.  Let go of everything else.

3.  Find a way to generalize you success into other areas.

8 Comments on “Running Out of Fuel/Running on Empty Dreams”

  1. Reading about all is like an eye opener and indeed helps me to understand what I am going through in my life, I had a similar dream but a little different ending. I was driving the usual Hilux 4×4 white in color that i actually drive in real life with a close friend, and when we were on the way, the car jerked and stopped suddenly. I cranked it to start but it would not start. so I checked, everything was intact so I checked fuel that is when I discovered that it has run out. The location where i was, there was no gas station nearby and the road was not busy for us to ask for assistance anywhere, that is when my friend who was riding with me offered to push the car to the next service station. In the conversation we had, i remember telling him that it was a long way, and I asked if he was sure he will manage. He affirmed and he started pushing… I, on the steering wheel controlling the vehicle while he pushed until we got to the service station where the car was refueled, He did not look tired when he jumped in and we continued on the trip with me driving. I woke up..

    • Dear Chisanga,
      The dream shows you the problem and the solution in the same dream. The problem is that you run out of energy before you reach your destination and the solution is to have the kind of energy that your friend has, never-ending energy. He has a secret inside of him that you must learn. When you have it, your life will change so dramatically that you will hardly believe. Spend some time with him and learn how he does what he does internally. I have a son-in-law like your friend. It is an exceptional gift.

  2. This explaination describes my everyday life (the draining, but there are other aspects of the dream)
    In the dream i am driving my car (which is great because i normally dream about crashing or getting lost or losing control) and I am enjoying it but, suddenly it stops. Then I realize it is the gas, I ran out of gas, but the funny thing is that the person in the gas station says the car is stolen and wont give it back. She asks information about the car that I don’t know, and then I come up with “i rented it, so I don’t know the information, but i disn’t steal it”.
    Another funny thing about the car is that at some point i feel it is too small for me… i don’t feel that comfortable with the clutch and gears ( I realize this before it stops), but i continue since I have to hit the highway to get back home.

    • Dear Aby,
      Dreams about cars have to do with how you get to the things you are trying to achieve in your life usually more short term than long term. In your dream you run out of gas, which as you say, shows that you run out of gas or energy as you try to get to where you want to go. When you try to get energized (gas) you are accused of stealing the way you get to your goals as if it isn’t your way. This is partly to do with the fact that the car isn’t the right one for you. Find the right car means finding the most comfortable way to do things for yourself. When you find the right way, rather than someone else’s way, then you won’t run out of gas so easily in your life. This has a lot to do with knowing yourself and how you best operate rather than operating according to how someone else wants you to do things.

  3. This meaning has given light to what the dream was all about. I have placed meaning onto the dream from what is happening in my life. Thank you.

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