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Room

A particular feeling state – for instance the room might feel sinister, warm, spacious, cold, etc. – so depicts whatever you feel in the dream room. It can also indicate experience of life in the womb, or your present life situation if it is a room you are living in. In this sense the room can depict what difficulties, what traps, what poverty or richness of life you are living in.

Sometimes a room, because of its spaciousness represents the amount of potential or opportunity you have. The ‘containing’ quality – feeling restricted – of a room may also depict involvement in your mother.

The décor of the room usually suggests how you feel about the quality of your life.

Bare room: This may suggest you feel your life lacks comfort, or the joy of your own created environment. It can also suggest potential.

Entering another room: Entering a new experience or phase of your life, a new feeling.

The finding of extra or secret rooms: A common dream theme – recognition or discovery of previously unnoticed aspects, abilities, fears, or traits in yourself. If the discovery is distressing, this may reflect a feeling of a change in your status quo which is disturbing. But the hidden room can indicate entering a new dimension of your awareness, one that reveals previously hidden or unknown facets of your personality

Example: ‘There was a room in my house I had never been in before. It was filled with water and had three kittens submerged in it. While in the room I didn’t need to breath.’ Audrey P.

The room here represents Audrey’s childbearing function – her womb i.e. the reproductive drive, the unconscious desire for a child or more children, and the possible neglect of those feelings and longings. The room can therefore depict mother or qualities of mothering.

Example: I am at my original flat but come across an extra room or sometimes part to the flat no one knows about. I am always surprised when I find it, but inside myself I know of its existence. It is as though it belonged to me although I am unaware of ever having used it. It is usually a bedroom but sometimes a lounge with a bed in it. It’s obviously lived in. The bed is unmade and it’s a little untidy but comfortable. I feel very familiar with it but recognise none of the contents as mine.

The dreamer explored this dream and discovered it help her artistic abilities left to her form er father’s influence.

Sometimes the room can hold old attitudes or things you left behind because of life’s necessities. Or at other times it can be things you did not want to admit to yourself, as in the following example.

The room immediately reminded me of the way I had described my awareness of my sexual stagnation during the first dream session – like a room that had been closed for years and had been unopened. Everything had been left as it was. Perhaps a murder had taken place, and the powerful aura pervaded the whole place.

Room without doors or windows: May represent the womb and life in the womb. What is happening in the room may show the state of a pregnancy, feelings about pregnancy or feeling trapped.

Small Room: Lack of space or opportunity or small time dealings. It could suggest a limitation of vision or potential.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What feeling did you or do you have about the room?

Did something happen in the room, and can you describe it?

Does the room have a history, if so what impressive memories do you have about it?

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-Lauryn 2014-01-15 2:19:02

I dreamt of finding two extra bedrooms in my home. My current non-dream bedroom is already quite large, having been a garage in the past. These two bedrooms were even larger, grand and royal. One room had stairs to a second story inside that room. And possibly a piano? A baby grand. And a smaller room that looked be be a larger closet that was specifically there for the bed. Nothing else. Just a room within a room. The other was a purple room and had a bed and vanity in it. Lilac colored walls and lots of natural light. It had two parts to the room, seperated by three stairs. The lower lever had a large closet and just looked to be fpr the purpose of getting ready. White, fancy furniture. A bed on the upper lever.
I was under the impression that both rooms were inmy house and that I could choose one to live in . But at the end, when I went to tell me mother that I’d be moving in to the purple room, an omniscient voice told me that I didn’t have permission to be in either of them. That I suppose I wasn’t entitled to them.

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-Lauryn 2014-01-15 2:22:43

Continued-
It appears as though the rooms may have belonged to someone else .

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-T 2015-12-16 4:55:24

I have had a dream about a secret room, I’ve had it three times. It always involves my step mother (whom I love). In her room, in the dream, there are three larger drawers in the wall stacked vertically. If you pull out the middle all the way, there is a crawl space that leads to a beautiful closet. Silver furniture with mirrors lining the wall. There are no clothes but I know it’s her special closet. I found it in my first dream, I explored in my second dream then in my third dream, I explored it but told her I was in it without permission and obviously admitted I knew about it to her. She gave me a look that a mother gives a child who disobeyed but wasn’t angry. I like the dream, there is something about it that I just like. I can’t really explain it further. Since I’ve had it a few times and it seems to be progressing, I’ve wondered what it could possibly mean!

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-12-21 10:52:28

    Dear T – You do not share the details of each dream and so I can only explore those symbols that you have mentioned.
    What I see in your dream – and please explore it yourself as well http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dream-yoga/ – is that you become aware of the beliefs or feelings you have “furnished” your mind with.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/beliefs/
    The crawling could suggest that you are regressing to a more childlike state; so returning to the period in which these beliefs and feelings were formed.
    Because the closet is in your stepmother’s room, it suggests what you absorbed from her while you were living with her. See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/mother-mum-ma/#InnerMother
    Going into the hidden room (or closet) can indicate entering a new dimension of your awareness, one that reveals previously hidden or unknown facets of your personality. So in the closet you find memories; attitudes you use, or social stances you use, to do different things in your life.
    Silver might refer to things from the past that can be precious or tarnished.
    Because the walls of the closet are filled with mirrors, I also see it as an invitation to examine (this part of) your inner world.
    You can do this by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson to explore the silver furniture.
    The last part of your dream shows how your inner stepmother still influences you and how you feel you need her permission to explore what you absorbed from her.
    I reckon that “there is something about this dream that you just like” because you have reached a stage in which you like to explore who you are; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/individuation/
    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Anna :-)

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-Becca 2016-01-18 11:19:38

Hi, I had a really unsettling dream last night about a house with hidden rooms, the house defiantly belonged to me but there were dead/ghosts in there of a family that lived there before me. The house had belonged to a doctor who killed (I think It was him, I got that feeling) his entire family. He cut off his wife’s head and sold it for £200, and he killed his young children but none of them realised they were dead. The hidden rooms kept appearing and disappearing and there was one room in partical that really have me the creeps! There was a horrible undiscrible smell coming from the room and I knew that it was evil/bad and I couldn’t go near it. The lights randomly went on and off when I went for a bath. When the lights where in the bath was lovely and hot but then all of sudden would go freezing cold and the lights would go out, I would call for help but nobody came. When I went to find everyone they weren’t there but the dead husband and wife where watching tv in the dark, and the scary room kept reappearing at this point. Could you tell me what this means? Please xx

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-01-24 16:56:15

    Dear Becca – An important dream!
    In order to get a better understanding of dreams I like you to read http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Bring.
    When you dream about a house you are meeting a hugely important and many sided representation of yourself. It is both many faceted and multidimensional.
    Although you cannot see it, your mind, along with your beliefs, has a particular structure or form. If the shape of your mind could be built into a three dimensional model, such as a house, you would probably be able to see that your mind has as unique a shape as your fingerprints.
    What you meet in your house reflects memories, feelings, guilt, which haunts you. This can sometimes be the husks or influences from past traumas or events, which have been emptied of hurt and real influence, but still affect you as habit patterns. They can also be fantasies, hopes, longings we have given time to, and so filled with our life and sexual energy, and which now influence us. A way to explore “the ghosts” and other symbols in your mind is to use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson.
    Your dream suggests that you are not aware that parts of you have died; that parts of you are not expressed anymore.
    You wrote; “There was a horrible indescribable smell coming from the room and I knew that it was evil/bad and I couldn’t go near it.”
    Evil is ‘live’ spelt backwards. In dreams the sense or presence of evil is often depicting those things you have so repressed that they are no longer properly alive and healthy. Repression has turned them back upon you making them an internal evil. They therefore need meeting – entering the (secret) room(s) – and being brought into proper recognition and expression.
    The horrible smell might also symbolise unpleasant emotions that you perceive as difficult to deal with and so you rather not “meet them” by entering the room; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/defence-mechanisms/
    The bathing in the dream suggests that there is an inner conflict or avoidance, even fear. When we pull back from something emotionally, or are frightened of our own inner feelings, we often experience a temperature drop. It often happens when we are opening to the action of life within us, but are in conflict about allowing it; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/
    Perhaps this approach will help you too; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/#Open
    The last part of the dream suggests the importance to look at “the inner movies on the TV”; at the drama taking place in your own inner life that you may have overlooked.
    Your dream also suggests HOW to do that; by becoming aware that there is a “scary” room – it might only be scary for your inner child – in the inner world of your mind that asks to be opened and looked into; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    I trust it will be helpful to read this too; http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/inner-baby-and-child/
    Let me know if you have any questions Becca.
    Anna :-)

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-Michaela 2016-01-30 9:13:17

Hi I always have nightmares of big large houses they usually feel old to me like they haven’t been lived in for a long time, but now I live there. There’s always so many rooms and passageways from tons of directions and usually secret rooms. The house is beautiful but it’s creepy and scared me. There’s always something I’m so afraid of. Like I’m intrigued by the house and especially a small secret room it feels familiar sometimes with a bed and stuff (not my things) but im so scared. Sometimes they’ll even be like someone trying to kill us and I’m always determined to lock all the doors, even though I feel they can get inside because Im not familiar with the whole huge house yet, and there’s secret passageways. The only reason I’m exploring it is usually to lock the door or keep us safe. Some big fears end up coming up as well like loosing my bf or my mom. As a girl I was always scared of the dark and the basement but ive had these dreams since I was really young as long as I can rememeber. The houses are almost always different a few I’ve had repeatedly. I always wake up petrified and upset. I’ve never had an actual traumatic expierence in my house. I just need to know what this means, I’ve been wondering too long, my whole life. Could you please help?

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-02-02 9:30:59

    Dear Michaela – A courageous step to decide to start exploring your inner world!
    When you dream of a house, you are meeting a hugely important and many sided representation of yourself. It is both many faceted and multidimensional.
    Although you cannot see it, your mind, along with your beliefs, has a particular structure or form. If the shape of your mind could be built into a three dimensional model, such as a house, you would probably be able to see that your mind has as unique a shape as your fingerprints. But at the same time there would be features of your mental ‘house’ that were very much the same as most of the people within your own culture.
    Each dream image holds enormous data, emotional response, and created patterns of behaviour. So in considering the house in your dream you need to remember you are in touch with a full surround databank of fantastic information about you, your past and your possibilities. You can interact with this information by exploring it in the right way. See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Your dreams suggest that you have developed a general fear to look within your own mind and a first approach could be to use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    I feel it will also help you if you can consciously make friends with “the unknown”; “I am not familiar with the whole huge house yet, and there’s secret passageways”.
    The unknown – the unconscious – is everything you do not know yet about yourself and the inner world you have created. The unknown can refer to your beautiful latent abilities that you have not developed yet – your potential – but also to anything new that might enter and change your state of mind.
    “The only reason I’m exploring it is usually to lock the door or keep us safe”.
    Perhaps this was a useful approach as a child in order to protect yourself?
    It serves a purpose to question if that is still how you would want to approach your (inner) world now.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/inner-baby-and-child/
    “The house is beautiful but it’s creepy and scares me.” To explore your responses towards your beautiful inner potential – a big, large house with so many rooms – and the different ways you can connect with and relate to the many sides of your personality and character, it will be helpful to explore the rooms, the passageways, the stuff on the bed etc. by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    The possible murderer in your dreams might reflect your own (unconscious) efforts to deny, repress or control some parts of your potential and perhaps you dare to use “Being the murderer” to explore this approach you have used too?
    Becoming aware of how you are denying or repressing, will open up the possibility to try a different approach.
    The fear of loss -”Some big fears end up coming up as well like losing my bf or my mom” – is an important issue to look at as well, but I suggest you take it one step at a time.
    Getting to know yourself and learning to understand where you use programs/habits/beliefs that might have once protected you but now limit you in expressing more of who and What – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#Reaction -you are in a process that takes time, perseverance and dedication and last but not least, being kind to yourself.
    Because I feel it is important to understand that Life is willing to help you with this healing and growth process every step on the way, it might help you too, to use this approach; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/#Open
    If there is anything that is not clear to you, please let me know Michaela.
    Anna :-)

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-Rosa Indira 2016-02-24 20:49:13

I had a dream that I was in my room and there was a giant white board in on wall and if you turned it there was a black board on the other side. But while you were turning it, I realized that there was a secret room with tables and chairs and a lot of other stuff. I’m not entirely sure what it means…

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-02-29 14:39:12

    Dear Rosa Indira – I trust that you have read the part on this entry that describes the symbol of a secret room;
    “The finding of extra or secret rooms: A common dream theme – recognition or discovery of previously unnoticed aspects, abilities, fears, or traits in yourself. If the discovery is distressing, this may reflect a feeling of a change in your status quo which is disturbing. But the hidden room can indicate entering a new dimension of your awareness, one that reveals previously hidden or unknown facets of your personality.”
    So what does your dream figure feel when she becomes aware that it is a classroom? http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    What do you associate with a classroom? http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/classroom/
    What do you think/feel when you enter the classroom in your imagination?
    What would you like to learn (in “the school of Life”)?
    What would you like to teach?
    Anna :-)

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-Jessica 2016-04-26 4:36:30

I have dreams about a secret room. I am usually trying to find a safe place for my kids and their friends/group during a storm. I will suddenly remember there is a secret bathroom that belongs to my ex-stepfather that is below the ground level of the house. The secret entry varies, but it is always too small for the adults to enter. However, it is quite large and has multiple baths and showers. I also become aware that he will be upset with me for telling someone about the secret bathroom, but I decide it is for the good of the children, so I go ahead and lead them there. I do not ever remember the storm hitting or any aftermath. As a matter of fact, I don’t even get far enough for the kids to actually enter the room. It goes only up to the entry and looking inside and telling them about it. Then I wake up or move on to another dream. When I say recurring, I mean several times each night, but the house and secret room will never look the same. It is really worrying me! Any insight?

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-05-02 11:14:28

    Dear Jessica – What is below the ground level of the house may link with what your present personality has been built upon; your past or family influences.
    It may also be a symbol for unconscious, unknown feelings, memories or past experiences.
    Your kids and their friends/group are a symbol for your inner child(ren) and her experiences and beliefs at different ages and your recurring dream may reflect how she still believes she has to protect her INNER ex-stepfather from becoming upset; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/father-dad/#InnerFather and http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/inner-baby-and-child/
    In your dream you are aware of your adult consciousness, reflected by “but I decide”; “I (your child self) also become aware that he will be upset with me for telling someone about the secret bathroom, but I (your adult self) decide it is for the good of the children, so I go ahead and lead them there.”
    You also realise that “As a matter of fact, I don’t even get far enough for the kids to actually enter the room”.
    Can you imagine, being a mother of children yourself now, that you would send your kids alone into a secret room that could be a symbol for difficult, painful childhood experiences?
    I trust that the answer is NO and that is why I would advise you to use a different approach to explore your past.
    My experience is that http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/ IS very helpful because our conscious (adult) will or identity is not in charge; Life or the Life Will is.
    We can allow Life to unfold us by recognising that our conscious identity has the tendency to believe it knows what it needs, what is true, and what is false. However, Life on this planet has been around for millions of years and has a lot of unconscious information about how we are formed and what we are capable of.
    To be able to fully meet your childhood pain, Life may guide you into other unknown areas of your mind first.
    Anna :-)

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-Linda Kelly 2016-05-03 2:50:47

Keep having this dream where I am in my house (unfamiliar to me) & I’ve found a scary room room but part of it has been beautifully decorated it also seems to have a ghost in it I sense it & it frightens me

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