To dream that you are walking up a stairway implies that you are advancing towards enlightenment and comprehension. Your hidden emotions are being revealed
To dream that you are walking down a stairway suggests that there are still thoughts and emotions that you have yet to express. It also reflects hardships and obstacles you may be facing in the future.
If you are afraid of going down the stairs, then it implies that you are reluctant to acknowledge these problems. Perhaps something that occurred years ago wants to be dealt with.
To see spiral or winding stairs implies a new beginning and development.