dreams of houses

Interpreting and Remembering Your Dreams: Houses

I often dream of houses. I see them in my dreams, big, crumbling and often surrounded by water. I also dream frequently of other types of dwellings, of motels, hotels, tents and caravans.

I have done several courses on dreams. After all, we spend a third of our lives asleep and we so often ignore the very important messages that come to us in our dreams. I know of lots of people who think that dream interpretation is rubbish, but I believe that you can train yourself to interpret your own dreams, once you spend some time on them.

Keeping a Dream Journal

I know you’ve heard it before, but keeping a dream journal is very important. If you keep one religiously every night, after awhile you will start to notice that it becomes easier to remember your dreams. You need to train that unconscious part of your brain to talk to the conscious part more freely. Keeping dream dairy is a good way to build up this skill.

How to Remember Your Dreams

Another thing I find helps is to live a clean lifestyle. If I have been drinking or taking any sort of drugs or medication, I notice that it is much harder to remember my dreams. I had a friend who used to swear to me that he “never dreamed”. From what I have been told, everyone dreams, every night, it’s just your ability to remember your dreams that makes some people think they don’t dream. My friend was a casual marijuana smoker and I believed that this was affecting his ability to remember his dreams.

And Write Your Dreams Down!

Another trick is to write down our dreams as soon as you wake up. Every second that passes can be another particle of the dream slipping through your fingers. One thing I sometimes try when I am trying to remember my dreams is to rub my hands and arms over the bed sheets – for some reason this can help jog my memory.

The Common Symbols in Our Dreams

There are a few symbols that often show up in people’s dreams. Symbols such as water, houses, babies, spiders, cats and dogs are very common, as are flying and falling dreams. I found an interesting article in the Huffington Post which has an interview with Vocata George, Ph.D., a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Education Center of Cleveland.

She points out that dreams are always subjective, but some symbols are so universal, so common, so entrenched in our psyche, that they can have a general meaning (which can be affected by your personal meaning too) which can be interpreted.

So why am I Dreaming of Houses?

castle in the sky

After many years of dreaming of house, I have worked out what they mean for me: Dreams relating to a house often refers to various aspects of the Self. When trying to analyse the house in your dream, consider also how the house is kept and the condition of it.  The rooms in the house relate to facets of your personality.

George agrees, so it seems, “Think of the house as yourself,” says George. The image of a house in a dream can mean various things. It can be a place you have never seen before, or maybe it is your childhood home. It can also be seen in various ways: large, small, neat, or falling apart. The meaning of a dream about a house depends on the message the self is trying to relay,” she explains.

Since the house is a symbol of yourself, says George, “It could show you that you could be bigger. If you find more and more rooms in a big house, you may need to be more conscious of pieces of yourself not yet discovered. Anyone can dream about a house. A house is a universal symbol that is common to every person.”

Another Interpretation of the Dream of a House

By far and away my favourite dream symbology site is Dream Moods Dream Dictionary.

And here is the meaning the dictionary gives:

“To see a house in your dream represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche. In general, the attic represents your intellect, the basement represents the unconscious, etc. If the house is empty, then it indicates feelings of insecurity. If the house is shifting, then it suggests that you are going through some personal changes and changing your belief system. To dream that a house has no walls, represents a lack of privacy. You feel that everyone is looking over your shoulder or up in your business.”

montage of houses

What if Your Dreams are Real?

Well, what if they are? It’s worth thinking about, isn’t it?

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” ― John Lennon

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

My dreams last night are of a crumbling house by the sea. The rooms are old but with a dodgy renovation. I can see the peeling paint beneath the fresh paint. The houses are always on rocky ground, sandwiched between the earth and the water. The waves crash up on the weathering foundations, the house could crumble back into the sea.

These are old houses that I have lived in before. I have come back. I think, “Well, it’s not so bad,” but I know that I should move into a new house, rather than take up residence in an old house again.

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