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My House - My Soul
by Rev. Karen Baldwin

 

 
Editor's Note: People often dream of houses. Do you dream of mansions or run-down houses in your dreams? What rooms in a house do you find yourself in most often? Karen provides a room-by-room analysis of possible meanings for each room in a house, as well as what specific houses might mean.

Throughout the world’s sacred texts are many references to the “temple” of the soul. Although I’ve never dreamed of temples, I often dream of houses. These dream houses, in varying states of grandeur or disrepair, seem to represent the current status of my body, mind, and spirit - my soul. The dreams serve as a compass, pointing me in the direction of where I might be growing, or need healing.

Mansions and Crumbling Remains

Sometimes the house I occupy in my dream is grand, sitting on acres of lush rolling hills. Waking from these dreams, I feel bolstered with the sense that my consciousness is expanding to include greater abundance.

Other times I dream about homes that belong to my family of origin where the interior walls are crumbling and I see through the entire house, nothing hidden from my view. These dreams reflect how I’m dismantling the emotional structure of my childhood to create a less restricted, clearer perspective of my life.

Exploring Your Soul Room-by-Room

Most often though, I dream about houses one room at a time: stuck in a bathroom with no way out, washing dishes in an unfamiliar kitchen, climbing cold concrete stairs out of a basement, sitting alone in a living room listening to beautiful music. These dreams encourage me to delve deeply into exploring one specific "room" of my soul.

The details of the various rooms are always different. But there are only so many types of rooms in a house and over the past 30 years I’ve explored each of them so many times, they've become reliable indicators of where and how I need self-care.

The remainder of this article is my room-by-room symbolism for houses as they relate to body, mind and spirit.

Kitchens

Have you noticed that family and friends tend to congregate in your kitchen? Instinctively they know that this is the heart of the home, the place where nurturing begins.

Kitchen size, windows, lighting, cleanliness, food, appliances - all speak about my heart.

Am I opening my heart to others? Do I share freely? Am I tending to the needs of my own heart? Do I feed myself (on all levels) a healthy diet? Am I lighthearted or do I harbor darkness? Does something in my heart stink, or is it fresh and inviting? Is my heart open for others? How do I nurture myself and others?

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are the place we cleanse dirt and odor from our skin, eliminate waste from our bodies, and perform personal grooming. Our skin is our largest organ, serving as a protective barrier between our delicate interior organs, and the harsh elements of the world. And if we don't eliminate toxic waste from our bodies, we will soon die.

Bathroom dreams ask if I am adequately releasing things from my life that are no longer supporting my health. Am I holding onto damaging emotions or outdated belief patterns? Does my physical body need help eliminating toxic habits? Bathroom dreams encourage me to examine how I put on make-up. Do I mask my true self by covering up parts of myself that feel like blemishes?

In dream bathrooms I pay attention to mirrors, windows, floors, cleanliness, toilets and showers, and even the color of the room. Lack of a mirror may indicate that I’m unwilling to look at something. Colors may speak to my emotions and attitudes about letting go. I've even dreamed of bathrooms with no door. That message was strong: you are not leaving this room without releasing or cleaning up!

Dining Rooms


In my waking life homes, dining rooms have always been used for formal occasions, holidays and celebrations, or entertaining business acquaintances and guests with whom I don’t share a personal connection.

My dream dining rooms inform me about the nature of my relationships with people and events. In waking life I might see someone as a trusted friend, but when they show up in my dream dining room it asks me to take a closer look at the relationship.

On occasion I dream of a dining room meal associated with a waking life event that felt insignificant. The dream encourages me to see this event as meaningful and to honor its place in my life.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms separate children from each other and from parents, giving each family member a personal space. We retreat to our bedrooms for privacy, rest, and rejuvenation. Bedrooms are where we share our deepest intimacy in a partnered relationship. And in some instances, bedrooms are where emotional, physical or sexual abuse take place. Bedrooms are loaded spaces!

My dream bedrooms illuminate issues of personal boundaries, relationship with family members, intimacy with partners, my ability to rest from the world, and the unhealed places in myself that I keep private.

The details in bedrooms are numerous: clean/messy, light/dark, spacious/crowded, uplifting/somber, furniture, personal belongings, mirrors, doors, etc. They all address the nature of my closest relationships – including how I relate to my most intimate self.

Living Rooms

Living rooms are commonly used when members of a household spend time together. Living rooms are open to guests and family alike; a space for mixing energies, entertaining, and sharing stories. In a living room you generally share only the aspects of self that you are willing to expose to everyone present. Living room dreams can indicate introverted or extroverted personalities and/or phases.

I rarely dream of living rooms. But when I do, they are either filled with so much chaos that I'm uncomfortable, or I'm there alone and feel content. My living room dreams consistently remind me that I am introverted by nature and need a great deal of space and time alone to process life.

Basements & Garages

Basements and garages are the storage grounds of a household, containing items we use infrequently, or may no longer need but are afraid to throw out all together. We store our vehicles here and often use these rooms to set things out of view when company is coming, with the intention of dealing with them later.

My garage and basement dreams typically represent old forms of consciousness that are no longer serving my highest good. They ask me to examine beliefs and habits that I think I've abandoned, but may simply be out of view of my conscious mind. Cleaning my dream basement is literally scrubbing the dark corners of my consciousness with the intention of creating space to embrace a new way of thinking.

Attics

Grandma and Grandpa’s treasures, family history, is stored in the attic. Carefully packed away in trunks, we revisit these stories with nostalgia. Sometimes old family secrets are hidden away in the attic. Discovering secrets might be shocking or painful, but they add depth to my family history and layers of richness to my soul.

When I visit dream attics, I’m looking for generational family information. I might need to call a relative and ask clarifying questions about past events. Or perhaps I need to examine how I’ve packaged my history. Is it accessible? Has it been too long since I last looked at my family’s treasures? Is there something in the attic that would help me understand myself better?

Questions for Exploring Your Dream Homes

The next time you dream about a home – or rooms in a home – ask these basic questions:

*  What is the condition of the home?

*  What is the purpose of this room in my waking life house?

*  What is my personal history of this room in waking life?

What is currently taking place in my waking life that relates to this room?

*  What is happening in my emotional/spiritual-self that relates to this room?

*  Have I been asking myself a question in waking life that this dream may answer?

*  What clues does this dream room offer that could serve my personal growth?

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About the Author


Karen Baldwin is an Interfaith Minister, author and dream practitioner. She graduated from the Chaplaincy Institute and holds a certificate in Spiritual Psychology. Karen helps clients use their dreams as a compass for life.

Baldwin is the author of Ruby’s World, My Journey with the Zulu. Her second book, Unraveling the Dream, is scheduled for release in late summer, 2012.

Ms. Baldwin lives in Taos, New Mexico with her dog, Gabriel. Learn more at www.RevKarenBaldwin.com.

 

 

 

 

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