If your childhood home or a home from the past continually features in your dreams, this does not necessarily mean you are stuck in the past or long to return to the security of childhood. The homes in which you once lived can become symbols of certain factors that shaped the person you have now become. Perhaps the most common past home dream is that of living in the house you lived in when you were a child. There may be major changes to the structure of the house, there may be people there that you hadn’t met when you lived there, but you know that house more intimately than any other. It is a true reflection of yourself and the storehouse for all your emotions, both positive and negative. The house in which you grew up always has a huge influence on your psychology. Your house gives you boundaries and it is the place where you go to feel safe, its every corner a reflection of your mind. It is the symbol of your family, connections and traditions.
Your dream childhood home can help give you clues about your current situation and help you examine your personality. What kind of house was it? Was it a large or small house, and did you think it was the same size when you were young? Are you still living in the same house? How many floors did it have? How many windows? What was its shape? Most of us live in square houses with corners, but some people’s houses are round with no corners. Some suggest this may have a profound effect on a person’s psychology because circles represent infinity and thus no restrictions. Can you remember what colors your house was painted in; how do those colors affect your feelings now? If something good always happened to you in a certain room, the color of that room may still make you happy for the rest of your life. Was there a place in your house where you went if you were miserable, or a place where something bad happened? What were the colors and shapes that were involved? Is it a dark place or a light place?
Although you are by no means doomed to repeat past mistakes, your dreaming mind may use your first home as an important reference throughout your life and you may often find yourself trying to work through current issues in the setting of this childhood home. Try to think of such dreams as an opportunity to reflect on your basic beliefs about home and family. Are you repeating patterns from your childhood in a current relationship and situation? Can your dream help you relate the past to your present life and to your life in the future?... The Element Encyclopedia
Dreams of cutting and pasting symbolize that you are editing, organizing and rearranging your thoughts and maybe even your life. You are in the process of discerning who and what to keep and what and who to eliminate.... Strangest Dream Explanations
(Affront; Attract attention; Criticize; Excavate; Probe; Sideswipe; Stir up) Digging up the past in a dream means an argument or exposing one’s dirty laundry, blocking the road, earning unlawful money, or it could mean excavating hidden valuables, reviving past knowledge or discovering a treasure. Digging up the past and not confrontinganyone with it in a dream means relief from distress or receiving glad tidings.
lives While there may be some evidence for reincarnation in the work of Dr Ian Stevenson, dreams which clearly state reincarnation in their theme most likely represent present life situations.
Example: ‘I dream of living in China, a long time ago. I was married to a man with whom I had two children. He began to tire of me and brought concubines into our household. I hated him. When I woke I realised I had dreamt about a past life’ (Patricia L). Patricia had in fact been married to a man in this life who, after her two children were born, began to bring other women home. This broke up their marriage. From Patricia’s point of view, this happened because in a past life her husband and she had not resolved their difficulties, so had to meet them again in this lifetime—whatsoever ye sow, so shall ye reap. Where such dreams have been thoroughly explored, I have found that their imagery arises from emotions and trauma which the dreamer finds difficult to meet. Placing it in a past life enables one to avoid the difficulty of experiencing present life pain. Patricia says she hated her Chinese husband.
The dream process can create a drama to represent our present situation using any form of structure. It is, after all, the master dramatist. This function of the unconscious explains many ‘past life’ memories elicited by hypnotic regression. Most of them are explainable in terms of present life trauma or situation. See hallucination, hallucinogens. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Dreams of the past are usually about learning from experience. Your mind could be trying to show you what worked or didn’t in the past, so you can change your behavior and be happier in the present. In general, if you dream of a time in the past when you were younger, it signifies that you will not be able to regain lost opportunities, even if you try very hard.
It is time to move on and forget what cannot be changed.... My Dream Interpretation
Vision: Looking at pasta: somebody is boring you, or your life right now is pretty dull! Buying or cooking pasta: dull people are coming to visit. Eating pasta: you are annoyed about a visit you have to make—which also turns out to be very boring. Dreaming about Italian pasta: see Italy.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about pasta is usually a sign of unfulfilled sexual needs—or maybe you’re fasting or on a diet and you’re actually just hungry!... Dreamers Dictionary
If pasta features in your dream, this suggests a basic or important aspect of your life.
If you see pasta, noodles or macaroni in large quantities it may also suggest a need to economize, and save money. A pasta fork stands for a desire to stop an issue becoming complicated by keeping the elements separate.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream of pastel colors shows that you are not entirely acknowledging and dealing with some aspects of your feelings. It also implies lack of focus and direction in your life.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To see a pastor in your dream, or dream that you are a pastor, suggest that you need to be more compassionate and understanding in some situation or relationship. Alternatively, it indicates that you have overstepped your boundaries and invaded another person’s rights.... My Dream Interpretation
Vision: Seeing a pastor: your constant “preaching”—or telling people what to do all the time—is making you increasingly unpopular. Being the pastor: even if it is difficult, have the courage to admit or confess to something you have done. Speaking with a pastor: you are feeling guilty about something—come clean and reduce the pressure.
Depth Psychology: See Church, Preacher, Priest.... Dreamers Dictionary
To eat pastries in dreams is synonymous with happiness. However, to eat sweets compulsively—that is, gluttonously—reveals a feeling of anxiety and frustration. Another characteristic dream, which is often accompanied by a strong feeling of guilt, is when you steal a cake and hide it to eat it. This image alludes to an excess of sentimentalism which causes conflict with more realistic people.
If the cake appears divided in portions it means that there are things you should share. Perhaps you are being too selfish with certain people in your life. Finally, a pastry can refer to your emotional life, to the slice of affection and love that you need from others but do not receive.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Vision: Seeing animals in a green pasture: your life is going well—you will prosper. Seeing a willow tree: You need to remain steadfast now, but “bend like a willow tree” at the right time. Seeing a weeping willow: a friend is very sad and pours her heart out to you. Pussy willows: your life is peaceful; be satisfied (humble).
Depth Psychology: Why are you so “flexible” and accommodating? Are you hiding feelings of inferiority? Do you have so little confidence in yourself? Don’t you trust yourself? Do you always take the easy way out? Your “adaptability” is too extreme. You need to change that! See Reed.... Dreamers Dictionary
Images of people from your past not your present can link you with that period in your life, as well as with specific memories and experiences. A first boyfriend in a dream, for example, would represent all the emotions and struggles you had in that relationship and what you took away from it in terms of life experience. Dreaming often of people you knew in the past would therefore suggest that past experiences or lessons are very active at the moment, or that you are reviewing those areas of your life.
If you dreamed of a reunion with someone from the past, this suggests that you are looking back to the past too much and should be looking ahead to the future. To dream of dead people is a testament to the influence those people still have in your life; they may be dead, but they possess an influence on you. They may also represent your feelings about death. See also SPIRITS AND GHOSTS.... The Element Encyclopedia
A dream that plunges you back into your childhood or an earlier stage of your life may indicate nostalgia for happier times or regret for the lost years. Alternatively, your dream may be urging you to recapture the high spirits and optimism of your youth, or be reminding you of an important lesson that you learned at that time but seem to have now forgotten.
If your dream sent you back to a period of your life that was unhappy, the purpose may have been to help you re-examine and resolve your emotional baggage.... The Element Encyclopedia
Toothpaste freshens the mouth and cleans the teeth. Receiving a tube of toothpaste in a dream may suggest the need to watch your words; you may be putting a bad flavor in the air. Toothpaste may also bnng a literal message, commenting that you had better brush your teeth more regularly because you have bad breath.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Similar to a toothbrush, toothpaste is a tool that connects to caring for the teeth, the symbol of security and the ability to attract love and take in sustenance. Toothpaste is more in alignment with keeping the teeth attractive and healthy, and so in a dream it represents having this ability at hand. However, like many elements of self-care, you have to use it for it to do any good.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams