Let’s hit the ground running with dream settings. They are story elements, along with dream characters and dream symbols. A dream setting sets the scene. You’re going to think of the setting as a stage on which the story takes place. The setting can identify the subject or underlying idea of a dream or a part of the dream.
Everything in dreams is symbolic of something.
Your job in interpreting the dream is to see through that image and its symbolism. The dream setting symbolizes something. There is an idea that’s behind it’s there as a subject or an underlying idea. A setting is a great point for understanding a dream.
As I interpret dreams, I often look at the opening scene and the setting and ask myself: Can I use that setting to understand the rest of the dream? Is the dream making an announcement here? Is it saying something about what the subject of the dream is?
I can get ideas initially and then test them as I walk through the details of the dream and see do these ideas relate symbolically and if they do well by the time I get to step three and I’m putting everything together, connecting the dots in context. At that point,
it becomes fairly simple to pull it all together, and it all begins in that opening scene and the setting that the dream uses to open the story dreams choose settings deliberately like all the details in your dream.
The setting is deliberately chosen. Your dream is like a movie, television show, even a videogame, comic book, or novel in the sense that it’s telling you a story. Every detail comes together to help to tell that story; every detail is chosen deliberately.
Now imagine that there is this location scout in your mind, and the dream director comes to a location scout and says, ” I need you to find the perfect place for us to have this scene play out.”
We need a stage to tell the story. You find the perfect setting for us when you learn to think like the dream storyteller.
You can reverse engineer the dream by asking why the dream picks certain details. When you know that, it’s deliberate. You can reverse engineer and get to what that reason is.
The setting is symbolism. This is hugely important. See the symbolism seen through the overt image presented by the dream to the idea behind it.
A setting helps to anchor the story to time and place. This is true of any story in your dream stories. The settings anchor you to a particular time and a particular place, but this can be there can be more to it.
In just a second dream setting, I’ll tell you to speak to times of life and places in it. You have been where you are present, where you want to be, where you could be, or even where you don’t want to be.
Let me give you an example. A dream shows you in the future with the sweetheart that you knew in high school. You were in love, but you know things didn’t work out. Years later, you’re dreaming about being with that person, and you have a home together,
and you have lived together, and you go, wow, you know I’m together with the person that I could have married back then, but I didn’t.
Now the dream shows you the fork in the road you didn’t take, showing you what could have been. There’s a reason for it. Dreams like us to know about the decisions that we’ve made and how they’ve gotten us here and now in our lives to this time and place.
I want to give you an example. Another one is a childhood home setting. Why would a dream take you back in time to a childhood home? It might show you where something began in your life and is relevant to the present.
Everything in your dreams is based on what’s happening now in this time and place. But dreams like to give background information, showing the roots where something began, such as a belief you have or a personal narrative, and then dreams like to show where things are headed in your life.
They can show that through various kinds of symbols, including the settings. When I say place, be careful because dreams create these physical representations of things that are not physical, like I’m in a good place in my life, not a place like a setting in particular.
It’s a way of saying that’s where you are inside yourself and where your life has been headed. You’ve reached a good place.
A dream picks up on that and says I want to tell a story about you being in a good place in your life. But I need to show it to you visually. I need to show it to you as a setting. The location scout in your mind goes. I know a good setting, a place, a good place in heaven. The dream shows you in heaven to say you’re in a good place. It’s very clever.
Think of other ways, like a temple, a garden a beach. These are all considered to be good places. So if the dream wants to say you’re in a good place in your life, it puts you in a good place in a dream. It puts you in a good setting.
Now let’s reverse that. What if a dream wants to say you are in a bad place in your life? The setting that comes to mind right away is the opposite of heaven. It’s hell. Look up hell in your dream interpretation dictionary. Look up heaven.
These can give you ideas for what those settings mean symbolically. Look up the garden. That’s another really good one. And in the meantime, we’ll move on to the next point. Settings can show the big picture.
The heart of what the dream means. The opening scene of a dream and the setting and that opening scene tell me a lot of what I need to know about that dream. It can point me in the right direction toward understanding that dream and walking through the dream interpretation process.
Other times the settings are like the smaller pictures, and the smaller pictures then fit into a big-picture dream setting that can transition from one place to another. Those places are unrelated, but they can be related.
Let’s say that a dream shows you flying over France, and you look down, and you see the vineyards, and then in the next scene, the dream shows you at home you didn’t land at the airport, get picked up by the taxi arrives at your home, you just now you’re home,
and you’re sitting there with your grandpa all, and you’re discussing wine. those two scenes appear to be unrelated though settings from airplane to family home appear to be unrelated but let’s say that your ancestry is French.
You have something that can that you can see that the dream is pulling in. The dream put you over France because you have ancestry from France. Then it puts you into your family home with your grandpa because your grandpa is one of your family members ahead of you in the family line; your lineage runs through your grandpa. Your French lineage comes from your grandpa. The two settings are related, but you have to see what that symbolic connector is very important.I want to explore a few settings with you and what they could mean.
Let’s be very clear here. You begin with just generating ideas about possible meanings. Then you find another detail in the dream that points in the same direction symbolically, and you walk down that path and look for other details that tie in together if you can do that.
Now you’re on the right path to interpreting the dream.
It all begins with generating these possibilities. You brainstorm and think of ideas.
Let’s begin with a setting airport, a common dream setting, especially when a dream wants to tell a story about making a transition in your life.
You go from being single to being married/ in school to being at work/one way of thinking and feeling to another way of thinking and feeling.
The airport is to it symbolizes this transition you’re making in yourself or your life. Airports are also points of the departure end of a rifle. Take any idea related to departure or a rifle. A dream can use the setting to symbolize that idea or as part of a story like, for example, you arrive at your family life when you have a child.
I’ve seen this many times in dreams of people who are just about to have children or have just had their first baby, a second baby, or a third baby, but often, the transition to a first baby is more dramatic. That’s when dreams will say you have a rived at this time of life. The dream shows you arriving at an airport.
There is another side to the story that’s always important to remember. We have one side of the story: the symbolism expressed through settings and other symbols. We also have the story side. The airport doesn’t necessarily have to symbolize anything. It can be used in a story to discuss the desire to travel and have new experiences.
The dream says I’m going to put you into this set because this story is about the desire to travel the following setting; a bedroom is supposed to be a private place.
They’re not that way for everyone, but we all have this common association that your bedroom is a private place.
A dream says I need to tell a story about something related to privacy. What better place to do it than a bedroom? As long as you consider a bedroom to be a private place, your dreaming mind can pick up on that and say yep, I’m going to tell the story in this setting or dreams as in the dreams you have for your life, the dreams you have for the person that you want to be and the things that you want to experience.
Where do you have your dreams at night? In your bedroom. So if a dream wants to talk about your dreams for your life, it can put you in the setting where you dream in your bedroom. Here’s another idea—intimate thoughts and feelings.
Often as we go throughout our day, we keep these things to ourselves, our private or intimate thoughts and feelings, and then we get into our bedrooms, we close the door, and we can experience and think about these things.
Let’s take that a step further. What if a dream wants to tell you a story about something you don’t think about until you are alone and in your bedroom? I need to give you an example. There was a young woman who had a very powerful dream. She was up on the second floor of her house in her bedroom.
There was these strange floating kind of scary creatures outside her window, and they were like knocking on her window and making noises and stuff, and they were trying to get her attention. I started with that idea and what’s trying to get this girl’s attention: thoughts and feelings.
Is she avoiding until she’s alone? She’s in her bedroom. She’s getting ready for bed. Her mind is no longer preoccupied with anything else. The things that she’s been avoiding or trying to get her attention before I tell you what that is.
I had another clue from the stream. I asked her Is this house that you’re in, and the bedroom is it imaginary, or is it a replica of your real home and bedroom? she said Oh yeah. Every detail in the bedroom is a replica of my real bedroom saw.
That’s interesting because dreams can create completely imaginary settings, but when they replicate your waking life, there are reasons for it.
In this case, the dream refers to the things she is thinking and feeling while she is in her actual bedroom in her waking life.
What is it that she’s been avoiding thinking about? She broke up with her boyfriend a month ago and missed him when she was busy during the day.
It’s easier to avoid those thoughts, but when she’s alone in her bedroom, her mind drifts to these places she remembers him and she misses him. Those are the creatures outside of her bedroom window that is knocking and trying to get her attention. A farm as a setting. What can it mean? What’s what are the possibilities for meaning?
First, how about you reap what you sow?
Dreams are great at taking these metaphors, figures of speech, and analogies that we use in everyday Blaine’s language and speech and turning them into stories. If a dream wants to tell a story related to the idea that you reap what you sow, the things you do in the past will come to fruition in the present or future.
Then a dream can put you on a farm
because, on a farm, you plant the seeds they grow into whatever crop or plants. And then, in the end, you harvest it. You reap what you sow; whatever you’ve done in the past will catch up with you in the present or the future.
Let’s also look at growth processes on farms or where things grow. The animals grow from babies to full-sized adults. Plants grow from seeds and seedlings up to full-size crops. A dream can refer to a farm—the idea of growth processes to talk about your personal growth or simplicity.
We get into the story side of dreams. We’ve just seen in the last two examples that dreams can use a farm as a symbol and then tell a story and turn it into symbolism. But there is the other side of the equation, the story side of the dream, once you create a setting to tell a story about simplicity. It uses a farm because farming and farm settings are considered to be simpler than living on a farm and then in a city.
I’ve seen this before in dreams where people have lived, you know, as they live in a big city, and their lives are very busy. There’s this constant sort of energy and hectic pace around them, and a part of them wants to get away from all of that.
They start dreaming about farms countryside, and the idea is there’s a desire in them for simplicity. The dream uses the farm as a symbol for simplicity, but you don’t have to understand the symbol, or you have to do is look at the farm and ask yourself Have I run across stories before that feature
What are those stories about what I’ve seen in novels, movies, and stuff?
Often, farms are there to tell stories, or they’re used as settings to tell stories related to simplicity. The connection with nature wind farms is very closely connected with nature. At least they used to be, you know, the family farm, and you know there’s the animals and the trees and the crops in your way out in the country, you know, and you’re there among nature.
A dream once tells a story about connecting with nature, and the location scout in your mind says well, a farm is connected with nature. That could be a good location that could be a good setting for us to tell the story.
Finally, in a zoo setting, what are the possible meanings if a dream puts you in a zoo?
What do you do at zoos? You observe animals. That’s one of the main things you do while at a zoo. a dream can use the zoo to say that you are observing something’s
instincts. That’s another possible meaning behind the zoo setting. Why instincts? Because animals are known for being strongly instinctual, they display instinctual behaviors. A dream chooses the zoo to talk about your instincts and instinctual behaviors. Zoos are associated with chaos and mess. This comes from a figure of speech in English.
People will reference a zoo to say, ” My life is a zoo. My workplace is a zoo.”What do they mean when they say my workplace is a zoo? They mean that it’s chaotic and messy.
That’s what they can mean by that. You’re dreaming mind. Man, it’s clever, and it’s always observing these things. You’re in the dream. The dream wants to bring up the idea of chaos, messiness, or both. What setting can it choose? one of them is a zoo.
You’re getting the idea; we can go further into this. I can only give you this basic introductory idea, which gets the idea across. Always see your settings in terms of what they’re saying symbolically and how they’re used in the story. How do they set the scene? How is the setting like a stage on which the story plays out? We’re going to move on to the dream characters.