Dream symbols - basements and cellars

THE DREAM I had these metal parts. Everywhere. My head, my arms, my legs. Just metal and cogs and wires. I was in a doctor"s basement office and I thought I was an experiment of his. I could remember being human. I wondered how I got to be inside this metal body. I looked down and my foot was missing. I looked over behind a desk and there it was. I said "come here" and it hopped over to me. I set my ankle down inside it and it clicked. I walked across the room. My feet were really big and heavy and I figured that was to counterbalance my heavy mechanical parts. I wanted to escape from the metal body and the doctor’s basement. And suddenly I was outside in a parking lot and I was human again. But still not myself.

I had a British accent(it sounded very much like Kate Winslet. I remember wondering why I had Kate Winslet’s voice. I mean she is a beautiful, talented, articulate woman but she’s not me and I’m not her. Yet I had her voice.

Someone handed me a bag of clothes. I opened them up to find a very granny like nightgown and dress. I asked if these were for the Amish and whoever it was that handed them to me said that they were for me and to keep my voice down. I shoved the clothes back into the bag and said no thanks. Then I woke up.

THE REALITY The dreamer was in a troubled marriage. She had been accused of being frigid by her husband and it was maybe true as she had lost all feelings towards him. The previous week they had had a show down and she stood up to him. Things are still automatic and numb.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The dreamer did feel as if things had become rather mechanical in her marriage. She felt that her marriage was stuck in a rut. The marriage just plods on - but its not really going anywhere.

The dream shows her being assertive. This mirrors real life in which she stood up to her husband. She was not willing to accept what he said about her being frigid in bed. So that's why she throws back the matronly clothes and says no thanks. She understands that on the surface that may be true but its only because of the problems with the relationship.

Doctors are often symbols of us asking ourselves intrusive and challenging questions. We give ourselves an honest and thorough examination. A doctor is thorough so these are often dream about reflection. As we have time to think we look more objectively and honestly at our situation.

Basements too are quite predictable symbols. They link to issues over which we have bottled up our fears. They are hidden and bad feelings. They are about us understanding our own negative sides. So in this case the dreamer is exploring what negative feelings she has and trying to understand her own situation.

Dream Symbols
AMISH : "associates with frigity and not enjoying sex"
BASEMENT : "strong negative feelings - repressed sexuality "
CLOTHES : "how others see us"
DOCTOR : "asking yourself some honest questions"
MECHANICAL : "just going through the motions - not really meaning it"
OFFICE : "organise your thoughts - thinking through what her husband said"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "My husband accused me of being frigid. I have been thinking about that and I know deep down that any sexual problems are caused by him. I do not know if its a healthy relationship. I do not know if its worth trying again. The marriage seems to stop and start."

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : A simple dream interpretation would say that because a basement appears in a dream it means that you are negative right now. That's a false interpretation. dream can deal with your feelings but may equally deal with someone elses. You maybe worried about someone else. dream use dream symbols in rich and varied ways. Obviously basements link with negative feelings but think of real life and how the word negativity can be used - "I am feeling depressed right now", "I am trying to be more cheerful at work","I had a lot of bad feelings after my argument yesterday", or "Do my sons have such bad feelings for each other". All of these issues deal with the theme of negativity. So look for complex meanings within your dream .
THE DREAM This dream was very powerful and real to me. I was exploring a huge, old house. Opening doors, wandering hallways,etc. I remember going down a very narrow stairway into the basement. The basement room was filled with antique laundry machines etc. I also noticed that I would float, close to the ground from one object to another. I remember it being cold, dark and raining outside. At one point I looked out the window, and I saw a man hovered over, gardening in the rain. A beautiful dressed little girl was standing beside him. She looked up at me, and then ran away.

THE REALITY The dreamer is an artist. The day before the dream she had an uncomfortable interaction with someone who was upset because of work that was not done(misunderstanding). So the dreamer had to set about painting a picture for someone whom she was upset with. The customer was also equally upset with her.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Basements are usually fairly reliable symbols as they link to issues regarding negative feelings. So its easy to spot the issue involved as you just look at what your negative feelings are and the dream will usually be linked to that. That is the case with one exception. If the basement is huge then the dream maybe about someone else’s negative feelings and the wish not to annoy them. In this case both cases were true. The dreamer was a little annoyed at being blamed for the mix up over a painting. The customer was offended too. The dream seems certainly about this issue. Its just a matter of exploring the symbolism.

Gardening is a symbol often linked to personal development. Its about new ideas and relationships that are helping you to grow as a person. But maybe the garden is a slightly unusual usage of the symbol in this case. Gardens are about our personal development and the things that are inspiring us. But the dreamer is an artist. ,That involves a constant need for new creativity and new energy. So maybe the gardening in the rain symbolises her own frustration at having to be creative for a client she is annoyed with and for which she is going to get little thanks in return. Art is a difficult process but having to be creative whilst in a bad mood is not easy.

Little girls are often symbolic of happy and contented emotions. In this dream she runs away symbolizing how such happiness and contentment has disappeared.

Dream Symbols
BASEMENT : "the dreamers bad feelings generated by the client"
COLD : "Unable to get things done - unable to build up any momentum for the painting"
GARDENING IN RAIN : "having to be creative whilst annoyed at the customer"
HALLWAYS : "something is in transition - the situation is halfway through and your feelings are likely to change"
LAUNDRY : "trying to clean up your image to the outside world"
MAN : "compulsion - having to meet a deadline for the painting"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "One of my clients got angry because I did not deliver my painting on time. But it was a misunderstanding. Now I have to set about creating a work of art whilst I am totally unhappy"

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DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : dream deal with current themes in your life. Basements are useful symbols in that they are easy to trace. They link to negative feelings and also with the fear of offending people. So it makes life simple - simply look for such issues that deal with negativity and resentment within your waking life. Look for negativity and resentment at work. Look for it in difficult relationships and within yourself.
THE DREAM I had just got a new job in a town near my home town, I can remember feeling nervous about going there, the job was in a shoe shop, I went into the shop and was told to go downstairs into the basement where all the shoes were kept, I got down there and there was thousands of boxes and there was a little river, some of the boxes were floating down the river, I cant really describe this next part, but the river kind of joined onto another river, kind of like a sewer. I don’t know why, but as soon as I saw the boxes floating down the river, I instantly knew I was never going to leave that place, I was going to die there, I was terrified but the next thing I knew I had been sent over to some kind of office for something, and I saw a girl I used to go to school with, she told me it was good to see me and that we should get together for a night out, then I saw another girl I went to school with and she basically said the same thing and all I can remember thinking is 'well I cant do anything with my old friends, because I’m going to be dead'.

THE REALITY The dreamer has a project going at the minute. But she feels like she is the only one putting any time and effort into it. She was starting to wonder why she should bother. She also feels that her family have no faith in her and think her project is stupid. But the project means a lot to her and she wishes to succeed with or without their support.

DREAM INTERPRETATION Basements are one of the most reliable symbols in dream . They will link to some form of bad feelings. So simply think of the most important source of bad feeling in your life at the moment. In this case the dreamer had an obvious source of bad feelings. She was trying to push a project but was not getting support.

Shoes in dream are a symbol of direction. In this case the dreamer had a clear idea about what she wanted to achieve and was enthusiastic in the energy she was devoting to this.

This dream takes place in a shoe shop and shops are symbols of the opportunities and options we have. But here the dreamer is doing the selling. Selling is perhaps symbolic of her wish to convince(sell) her thoughts about the project she was involved in. Yet she was not getting any support.

Rivers are strong symbols in dream . The symbolise the energy devoted and momentum of some project. Perhaps the small stream symbolises the lack of support she was getting. In turn this turns into a sewer which cannot be a very positive symbol.

Dream Symbols
BASEMENT : "the dreamers is building up a sense of resentment because of a lack of support"
FRIEND : "your ideal situation - something you feel positive about"
OFFICE : "organising your own thoughts - a moment of reflection"
RIVER : "the lack of momentum in her project and lack of support"
SELL(working in shop) : "trying to convince the people around her"
SEWER : "the dreamers energy is now been diverted into the lack of support"
SHOE : "a symbol of direction and purpose "
SHOP : "The dreamers own options"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "This project is important to me. But I feel like I am getting no support"

The various symbolic meanings represent the dreamers key feelings and insights about her work

DREAM INTERPRETATION TIP : During the day we store everything that happens in short term memory. Then at night we work through these new feelings. At the same time we reshape our emotions and integrate these new feelings into long term memory banks. Finally we clear short term memory banks ready to start the whole process again. This is very important to understand dream . They represent the ways in which our feelings have been reshaped by the previous day.
THE DREAM I was in this mansion. I thought it was mine. There were lots of people inside. Many of which I had never seen before. They were many different ages, but a lot of young people my age. Some of them reminded me of people I meet in wal-mart.

The basement of this mansion was scheduled to be destroyed. There was a contract worker setting up the explosive device. There was a protective door shielding the basement from the rest of the house for when the explosion happened. Everyone was leaving the basement for the 1st floor. I had to help make sure everyone was out. I remember getting babies and handing them to people on the 1st floor to look after. Then me and this other guy ran through the basement calling out to make sure no one was left. Time on the explosive was running out at this point. We climbed up a long shaft to leave the basement, Then We locked the blast door behind us.

In the 1st floor waiting room were a lot of young people - especially young cute guys and pretty girls. I sat next to one of the guys for a while but then he disappeared and I didn’t much like the other guys so I went and sat with the girls. One guy came up to me and asked if I liked one of the other guys he thought I was looking at. I didn’t know who he was talking about and said no.

So after waiting a while we opened the door and the guy outside said the explosion was a no-go. They had to reset it, so I heard the computer saying "t minus 10". and I shut the door and said it was going to go off in 10 mins ( I wasn’t thinking very hard, and it went off in 10 seconds). we all felt & heard the explosion. The room shook a bit and then it was over. I got to go outside with my dad and see the outside of the mansion. It was big and had rounded roofs.

My dad stopped at one point and the mansion was a hospital and had a gift shop. We went inside. Then on the way out was a sort of breakfast line where we grabbed some weird food. I grabbed a lot of sweet lollipop type things and some little egg-rolls.

In some other random part of this dream I gave this pastor guy some money to give to people who had birthdays. I gave him like $25 for one person and said I would give him $25 for the other person. I thought this would really make them happy for their birthday. The pastor was surprised that I was giving money. Then I was sitting around with my mom and this pastor (I didn’t recognize him, now that I think about it, but he was familiar). I pulled out my wallet and counted my money. I had a $100 bill and some smaller bills. He and my mom again seemed surprised that I had that much money.

THE REALITY The dreamer had been trying to be nicer to people at work. But she had had a cold and was having difficulty even talking to people. She was especially trying to be nice to one guy who seemed to be at a difficult point in his life.

DREAM INTERPRETATION The mansion is a good point to start this dream . Mansions are symbols of the self but its not quite as simple as that. Mansions and other large buildings are symbols of yourself in the wider world. One issue for the dreamer which involved other people and the wider world was how she wished to get on better with other people at work.

There does seem to be several connections which may link to this issue. In the dream there were several people who reminded her of people from work. That is not by chance. Often a link to work will show the dream is about some work issue.

Another good link was the basement. In the dream the basement is to be blown up. In dream basements link to grudges and bad feelings. It is about bad and hidden feelings. So the blowing up of the basement is about getting rid of her own bad feelings and trying to get along with people better.

The young people who look cute are perhaps symbols of a wish to appeal more cool and cute. To make people feel good about themselves.

The dreamer mentioned one person in particular whom she was trying to be nice to. Hospitals often symbolise hurt feelings and injured emotions. Perhaps visiting the hospital shows she is addressing and taking into account these feelings.

Gifts in dream are not usually about birthdays. They are more about being nice to someone. They show that you are making a special effort. Perhaps the way on which the explosion goes off too quickly shows that she has overdone this. If you attempt to be something that you are not. If you try to show someone a new side of you often that can be overdone. Indeed parents are symbols of caution and sensible judgment. So perhaps she is being sensible. If you try to show someone how much you feel and wish to console them and make them feel good about themselves then it is sometimes condescending.

And one thing to consider is. If you are feeling down with a cold that you cannot shake off then going around trying to spread joy and happiness is not easy. You are more likely to depress people. So perhaps the surpise shown at the dreamer when she gives vast amounts of money away links to the fact that she has not got all that much to feel happy about at that time as she is laden down with a cold.

Dream Symbols
BASEMENT : "the dreamers own negative image and her wish to improve it"
EXPLOSION : "the dreamers own tendency to explode and lose her temper"
GIFT : "something that makes you or other people proud about your behavior"
LOCKED : "trying to lock out feelings - the dreamer is trying not to be negative"
MANSION : "the dreamers own personality and the wider world influences which interact with this"
SHOP : "the choices available to you at present"
WALLET : "having the resources or the ability to do something if you wished"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I wanted to be nice to people at work. But it was so hard as its hard trying to be nice because I have got a cold at the moment. I cannot make anyone feel good with a stuffed up nose."

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DREAM SYMBOL STUDIES : BASEMENTS: Basements are where our negative feelings reside. So if your dream involves a basement try to think of negative and resentful thoughts that have particularly featured in your thoughts recently. It may suggest that you are bitter about something, that you have been bottling things up or simply sensitive about something. It may simply be that you have been accused of being negative.

KEY WORDS(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream ) :
- "bottling up feelings"
- "objections"
- "negative and resentful thoughts"
- "he is sensitive about it!"
- "Am I hiding some deeply negative feelings inside me?"
- "Do they really dislike each other?"


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