I dream I am in a house that seems unsturdy. I am on the second floor while the lower level is being worked on. I am walking with some caution. The kitchen looks big and very nice, some furniture here and there. At one point my cousin and I are laying on bed chit chatting and I feel like the bed is going to fall through the floor. I keep telling her, “You know we should go downstairs.”
Most everyone wants to live somewhere safe, beautiful and roomy because it reflects that we are in good health and well-being. Similarly, the houses in our dreams tell us a great deal about the condition of our Self in waking life.
While the house itself is significant, the rooms within our dream-house each hold a particular significance. You might dream of your childhood home, suggesting some part of your past is being re-animated. Or maybe the house is an amalgam of familiar & unfamiliar because you are experiencing a combination of old & new territory. If you are living in an unfamiliar house, consider that you might be living into new aspects of yourself.
When interpreting the status of your own dream-house, you can understand each of the rooms as aspects of your personality by their function, as well as noticing what ‘level’ of your house the dream is occurring on.
In this dreamer’s house, there is a feeling of unsturdiness on the second floor. This is the level of the bedroom, the realm of intimate relationship. In her case, Karina tends to get involved in unreliable romances which fall through at the expense of her foundations. The bottom floor is our grounding in the world. For Karina, this is where the real work needs to be done – around issues of security like career, financial independence and physical health. Once she stabilizes her own footing, she will likely attract a more solid relationship.
While attics are where we store forgotten things; memories and secrets belonging to the family, basements are the dominion of the unconscious; the place from which fear, desire and hidden power arises. In horror movies we say, “Don’t go into the basement!” In dreamwork we say, “It’s all about going down, honey!”
The most private of all the rooms, the bathroom is where we strip down to our naked truth. It is where we process the things we’ve digested, ‘express’ our held-in emotions, and wash away the accumulations of daily life. In the early stages of dreamwork, many people have overflowing toilet dreams because of how ‘backed-up’ they can feel.
The kitchen is the alchemical center of the house. It is the hub where raw materials are transformed into nourishment for the self and others. It is where we create and provide for our family and enjoy the fruits of our labour.
If you are in a period of transition, your dream might take place in a hallway or hotel. You might find yourself in a closet if you’re hiding skeletons. Stairs might represent a developmental hurdle in your life, while doors are opportunities, taken or refused. If you dream of discovering new rooms, you are finding out how big you really are.
What does your dream-house look like? Maybe it holds a clue as to what area of your life needs attention, and where your secret powers are hiding. If you really want to know what’s what, I recommend taking a flashlight into the basement first.