In a previous article on buildings in dreams, I described the home as a familiar state of mind. Often times, people ask if certain parts of the house represent different things in dream interpretation. Just as different rooms of a house have different functions, different rooms represent different parts of the mind. Knowing what these rooms reflect can help the dreamer pinpoint what parts of their mind were being utilized, how they were being utilized, and illuminate any parts of the thinking that need more attention or adjustment.
One of the keys to deciphering dream symbolism is asking yourself, “What’s this object’s function?” For example, whenever people have dreams containing the kitchen, the dream message will convey how well they are using the knowledge they possess. Food in dreams represent knowledge. Just as our bodies need food to sustain itself, the mind needs knowledge to continue to learn and grow. We use kitchens for preparing meals and food storage. Therefore, kitchens in dreams represent the part of mind that and thinking that deals with knowledge. If you had a dream of being in the kitchen, what was occurring? Were you cooking? What kind of meal were you preparing? What was the quality of the food? What kind of food was in the refrigerator? Did something happen in the kitchen that had nothing to do with normal kitchen activities? Answering questions like these can help further clarify what your subconscious mind is telling you through your dreams.
Oftentimes, people dream of being in a bedroom. Bedrooms are used primarily for rest and sleep. Just as our bodies need rest for rejuvenation and repair through sleep, the mind also needs periods of rest to assimilate the experiences, knowledge, and learning gained throughout each day. Finding yourself lying in a bed in a dream shows that there’s an attempt to process or understand something in your life more deeply. Finding a bedroom in disary shows difficulty in that same understanding process. Looking at the people in your dream bedroom, if any, can also further clarify the dream’s message.
The floors of a house also represent different parts of the mind. The first floor represents the conscious mind, the division of mind that most people work with when making choices, forming goals, and imagining future possibilities. The second floor represents the subconscious mind, a deeper part of mind there dreams come from, intuition lies, and understandings — innate qualities like courage, love, clarity, or power of influence — are stored, waiting to be used in creative endeavors. An attic represents the superconscious mind, the deepest part of mind, which works with who a person is at their core, while a basement represents everything that’s unconscious within the thinking.
Taking note of where dream actions primarily take place can help reveal more of the dream’s message. For example, many people have had the dream of looking through the basement and uncovering things that have been forgotten or discovered for the first time. These types of dreams come during times of self-examination, such as asking, “Why do I think and act the way I do?” This can help uncover parts of yourself previously unknown.
These are a few examples of how to work with different rooms of a house into your dream interpretation. First and foremost, continue to reason with the dream symbols, identifying the function of them in the waking life. Then, discern what they represent within the mind. In this way, your continued practice in dream interpretation will evenly develop into a state of understanding this picture language.