I’m going to cut to the chase because this is lengthy (but fantastic).
In Dream Town I was at my grandparents’ house. We were having a homecoming for my dad. We decorated the house, made all the food, and put together a number of surprises, including the wrapped presents I insisted we leave on the roof. And though I knew accessing the roof would be a challenge, I found a ladder next to the house that I could climb to get onto the roof and leave said gifts.
Inside the house my family talked about the big surprise while someone was on lookout for my dad. We then realized he was sitting right there on the sofa the whole time. While he appreciated all the fanfare he didn’t think it was necessary. He was just happy to be there.
My take away is that even though my dad died 6 years ago, he’s always right here. I sometimes think I need to create the perfect environment for him to come through from the other side. I think if I don’t center myself, light all the candles, and take all of the deep breaths I won’t hear his message. But in reality, he’s ALWAYS right here.
Houses are one of the top things people tell me they dream about. While dream symbols are personal to the individual dreamer, many common dream symbols have a basic meaning.
Houses for instance:
-Represent your soul
-Each room is another part of you
-Walls are blocks
-Windows are opportunities
You can take this a step further and make a list words that come to mind when thinking of your recurring symbols.
When I think of my grandparents’ house there are tons of words that come to mind, but one in particular is church. I think of a church as a place people go to pray, find inspiration, feel hope, seek clarity, experience spirituality. Church is a place I went on some holidays and the weekends here and there that my sister and I spent at my grandparents’ house. I never understood what was being said because the mass was all in Ukrainian. Despite that, I have powerful emotions when I think back to that time. The architecture still takes my breath away (see below, gasp, repeat). There was so much to look at and as often as I was there, I always discovered something new.
Making a list of words that come to mind when thinking of a dream symbol guides me in finding the meaning. I know this dream in particular is a highly spiritual dream. I know there is a message in there from a higher power.
My dad was there in my dream, he’s often in my dreams (which I am beyond grateful for). I was climbing a ladder to get onto the roof of my grandparents’ house. I’ve already established that my grandparents’ house reminds me of church – a place of spirit. The roof is the highest part of the house, the highest part of the soul, closest to the heavens if you will. And, well, I could be wrong about the details here because it was probably taught to me in Ukrainian, but, wasn’t there a Bible story about Jacob and his ladder? And didn’t Jacob have a dream about a ladder that lead to heaven? So couldn’t a ladder in my dreams represent a connection to a different world? The one where my dad is? And though he wasn’t climbing the ladder in my dream, isn’t it possible he used the ladder to come to my world (I mean, I did find it laying by the house in my dream). Putting the pieces together further comforts me with the message that my dad is always here with me.
Now you may be rolling your eyes thinking I’m nuts, and that’s OK. But…Isn’t it wild that I just so happened to crack open a book today that I haven’t opened in months. And I happened to open to a section about dreams that mentioned Jacob’s ladder? The ladder stood out to me in my dream, and my intuition told me it symbolized moving toward something greater than me. Opening the book to a piece about Jacob’s ladder confirmed I was on the right track with my meaning.
Clues are placed in our dreams, and confirmed when we’re awake.
So when you wake up from a dream, think about those symbols. Find the meaning in them to you. This will help you in the future when dreaming of that symbol again – it will make it that much easier to find the meaning. And as always, I’m here to help you when you want a little extra direction.
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