Dream 354: Cleaning Up My Life in Public
A thirty-something man dreamed: “One of the worst recurring dream comes of house repairs. I live in a house over 30 years old and parts of it are falling apart. I’m in the shower and the tub collapses to the ground. It’s raining outside. I jump up trying to reach the towel but no luck. To make matters worse, there’s a parade going on live television. It’s my neighborhood. Obviously, the house needs some repairs, but what else does it mean?”
In a dream a house can represent the dreamer because it is a framework out of which you live. The house is over 30 years old. I suspect you are over 30 years old.
The fact that this is a recurring dream is an indication that it is what Carl Jung called a “big dream.” It is recurring because it is a repetitive or perennial conflict that you have run into before repeatedly. Your subconscious cannot come up with a better way of protraying it, so it keeps throwing up the same message.
Taking a shower in a dream symbolically means that you are literally trying to clean up your life. The dream is saying that the “bottom is falling out” of that effort. Rain in a dream can often go with depression.
There’s a parade going on in the dream. There are several interesting things about this. The dream could be saying that you are “missing the parade.” Also not having clothes on in the dream because you are taking a shower and not having clothes usually means feeling exposed and vulnerable.
The fact that it’s on live TV could be emphasizing feeling publicly revealed. On the one hand he wants to clean up his life. On the other hand, he has the feeling that “You don’t have to broadcast it!”
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