If you have a cockroach infestation at your home or place of work, your dreaming mind is simply taking a cue from your waking life and showing you what it’s seen during the day. The dream won’t mean much for you, except perhaps that it’s time to call in an exterminator.

But if you have a perfectly clean kitchen and are dreaming of cockroaches, the dream is a little more insidious. Cockroaches in your dream signify the big and little problems that you’re keeping hidden, sweeping away and pretending don’t exist. Like you would in a cockroach-infested house, it’s time to shine a light on the little buggers, acknowledge their presence, and then get rid of them once and for all. What are the problems that are taking up your brain space but that you worry about sharing with anyone else? What plagues you at night before you fall asleep that you feel you can’t discuss with anyone else? What are the issues you would rather not think about or confront? What lies are you telling yourself? Ask yourself these questions and the answers may surprise you.

Like the real life version, the dream cockroach is a sturdy creature, hard to kill and permanently get rid of until extreme measures are applied. What do you have to do to take those recurring problems of your life and get rid of them once and for all? The cockroach of your dream is that you need to make changes in your life and make them right away. Start by bringing all your issues out into the open and scaring them with the force of your inner light.