Dream Date:  6/22/14

Dream:   I dreamt I was in a house in ruins — there were collective ruins from WWII. Someone shot me three times on my left side – and I saw my brother stabbed on his back (right side). I wasn’t killed, but instead the wounds had already healed, but they still hurt. It was in the afternoon.

male, 29, Texas

Dream Response:    At the School of Metaphysics, we teach that dreams act as picture metaphors for what is occurring within the dreamer’s mind the previous day.  This dream reflects an ongoing conflict that springs forth when this dreamers mind feels like it’s in shambles (house in ruins).  This can be at times of high stress, nervousness, anger, or depression.  Whatever the case may be, this deep-seated attitude (WWII) causes this dreamer to feel trapped in situations that he may feel a sense of powerlessness or unable to identify what he’s “being attacked” by.

This experience presents, from his perspective, a feeling that he’s being forced to change.  However, the change never takes place (he does not die).

It will be up to the dreamer to determine how this plays out in his life.  His brother’s presence in the dream may give him some insight on what is occurring within himself during these times.  Because people represent qualities that we possess, identifying what his brother represents to him will highlight the part of him that changes while he’s conflicted.

For example, if this dreamer views his brother as being humorous, this dream may reflect the loss of his own “humor”  or perspective on life that keeps things light.  If this dreamer associates determination and will power with his brother, it would show that his own determination or drive was “stabbed in the back” or seriously impeded during this conflict.  The dreamer will be the one to determine what his brother represents and how it applies to his life.

In waking life, we would rebuild a house in ruins or invest in a new home.  This can be used as a beneficial analogy for this dreamer to strive for directing his mind “out of the ruins” and into a more peaceful state of mind.  Spending some time writing out or even drawing a picture of who he wants to be in the midst of conflict and reminding himself of this when his mind is at peace will help him redirect his mind and thoughts when he finds himself conflicted again.  Over time, he will learn how to “be the change he wants to see in the world” rather than feeling that “change” is something that happens to him.