I am in a bathroom and there are almonds embedded in the palms of my hands. I am picking them out and throwing them on the floor. I know the almonds are edible, but I also know they have no nutritional value. I realize they have been digested through my system and all nutrition has been removed. I also know they will not taste right. They will be dull or rancid. I then realize I am throwing them on the floor and feel I should have thrown them in the trash.
Female, 43, Indiana, USA

Translation of Major Symbols:

bathroom – part of mind related to cleansing
almonds – knowledge
hands – purpose

Interpretation in the Universal Language of Mind:

This dream reflects an important point of evaluation within the thinking of this dreamer.  She recognizes the opportunity to purposefully (hands) let go (bathroom) of knowledge (almonds) that has outlived its usefulness (no nutritional value/dull/rancid), and is in the process of doing so.  However, there’s an inkling that there may be better ways of letting go (throwing almonds in the trash instead of on the floor).

Putting the Dream into the Life:

Because seeds contain everything within them to produce something whole and complete (in this case an almond seed potentially producing an almond tree), the  almonds may represent knowledge that has largely shaped her professional life, personal life or even life in general up to this point.  For some people, this could represent “the way I was taught or was raised to think.”  For others, it could be a business’s traditional mission statement that needs revising in a modern world.   This dreamer has the opportunity to delve deeper into exploring what has shaped her life up to this point, and determine what is and isn’t in alignment with who she wants to be and what she wants to produce.

Because dreams reflect the dreamer’s thinking, feelings and actions from the day before she had the dream, there’s also an opportunity for her to examine what was going on during the time she had the dream.  What things in her life seemed to work for awhile, but then needed reevaluation?  What was changing in her life, and what did she feel about it?  This dream invites the dreamer to reflect upon questions like these and gives the opportunity to deepen her understanding.

Since the almonds in the dream came out of her hands (purpose), examining the knowledge she’s received and the knowledge she seeks to gain within the context of purpose will benefit her.  Purpose is defined as personal benefit.  Therefore, asking questions like, “What did I gain from this in the past?” may help instill gratitude for what has been produced, making it easier to release with grace and ease.  In addition, answering the questions, “What do I want to learn or gain from my experiences now?  What type of person do I want to become?  Where do I want to go from here?” will help her to determine what new knowledge she requires to replace what she’s letting go.

The Purpose of Life by Dr. Daniel Condron provides a simple way of exploring purpose.  Through following the suggested reading of one chapter a day, each day will bring a slightly different focus on purpose.  In four weeks time, the reader will find their individual purpose deepening and its connection with family, friends, co-workers and the community expanding.