Article - I Saw It All In A Dream...
I Saw It All In A Dream...
By Robert Wallis
Everyone dreams whether they remember their dreams or not. Take a look at some of the common dream symbols found in our culture. All dreams have significance and do have meaning. The symbols are the guide to meanings. Buildings are frequent symbols in our dreams. According to Carl Jung, everything in a dream is a reflection of yourself.
Interesting, but you ask yourself, “How am I supposed to be a house?” A good point, let’s take a look. You, yourself as a person, have many aspects and you are not a one-dimensional person. You have aspects or parts of yourself that are spiritual, emotional, child-like, wise beyond your own belief, intimate, and other aspects that are out-front for public view, and some parts are known only to yourself. A house, by way of comparison, has many aspects or attributes to it.
Looking at it from the street, it may have height or breadth, just as you are perceived to have knowledge or insight (height) or a wide range of abilities (breadth) or both. Walking up to this house in your dream, you may find a front porch (a façade in the traditional, not bad, sense) which is what you may present of yourself to the world. It might be large, or covered over (secretive), it might be next to the ground (grounded or basic) or elevated, which could mean spiritual elevation. As you enter the porch, there might be windows on the front of the house. The windows could be small (a limited view) or a picture window (perhaps you take the large view of things). If you notice the windows from the outside, this is how much you allow others to see within you. If you’re inside, it represents your own world view. You walk inside through the front door (the most accessible of ways to meet you) and enter the living room where you do most of your daily activities. Furnishings can be a guide to how you view your outward life. Broken down shabby furniture shows dissatisfaction with your life situation. Conversely, well-appointed furniture shows a sense of happiness and accomplishment. A TV or telephone may be in this room, which alludes to communication visual or verbal. Answering the phone shows that you are receptive to hearing messages from a higher source, and watching television indicates that you need to keep your eyes open and “see” what happens in life.
Wandering on to the kitchen where we prepare food for the body, we find where the soul is nourished. Is the cupboard bare or well stocked? Do we create meals with ease and flair? Or is everything helter-skelter? As the “cooking” goes, the soul goes. Wandering out of the kitchen, we might go through a hallway. What’s the purpose of a hallway? To get from one place to another, that’s what. Hallways are transitions in life; we don’t live there, we pass through them, sometimes slowly, sometimes faster. We might stop at a bathroom where we either “eliminate“ bad vibes from our waking daily life or spiritually cleanse ourselves. Puns aside, which all dreams do have, not finding the toilet paper indicates failure to bring completion to certain tasks in our lives. Walking on down the hallway, we reach the bedroom. Pausing for a second as we reach for the doorknob, remember that this is your dream. Walk on in. The condition of the room says a lot about your personal life. If clothes are astray and scattered about, so is your personal life. Messy dream room, messy personal life. If the room is neat, great! Your ducks are in a row so to speak. If the room is neat but sparse, it could be in order because there is little to clutter it up. Is the bed well-made or messy? Messy but unused?
You can start putting symbols together for meaning. Sleep tight and write those dreams down!