In my dream, I’ve just purchased this old, broken-down home that, once fixed up, is exactly what I want. I’ve always wanted a house that has a fireplace and stairwell leading upstairs in the kitchen. (The desire for this type of house is in my dream, not my waking life).
I’m overjoyed that I finally was able to purchase this house. I walk through the front door and realize how fragile the entire house is. I’m careful to step lightly and slowly. I’m standing about three feet inside the front door and we have an earthquake. There’s a hole in the ceiling, so when the house falls, I’m left standing, unharmed, with my house totally destroyed! I’m standing there, in total despair… then I wake up.
A little history: My ex-husband was very abusive to myself and our children. I was firmly set against getting married again. I had been divorced for almost seven years when I met my second husband. We’ve been married almost a year now. We are going through some really hard times. His 18-year-old daughter, who has Down’s Syndrome, just came to live with us, because she was pulled from her mother’s house due to abuse and neglect. We are going through court pursuing sexual abuse charges against my ex-husband, on behalf of my daughter.
My husband just got laid off from his job. Although I love my husband very much, he’s depressed and reminds me every day how much he’s hating life and being in my home state, rather than his own. I know he loves me!
What’s this dream mean? Is my life falling apart?
— jessica, Age 36, married, CA
Houses in dreams often serve dual metaphors. They can reflect our selves (the upstairs represents consciousness and the higher self, while the basement symbolizes the subconscious) and, if they are under construction, they can represent projects we are working on, and plans that we have made.