It is quite common to dream of finding new rooms in a house. It may be the house we live in now, an old house or building we remember, or an entirely new and different dream house. While dreaming of particular rooms such as the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom can each have their on symbolic meaning, this post is specifically about the dream where we discover a new room in the house, one we did not know was there before.
Our feelings and reactions to this new room, or the series of new rooms will give us important clues as to how this relates to our lives. Do you feel awe inspired, excited and amazed? Do you feel a sense of nervousness and trepidation? Or do you simply not want to know, and decide to lock the door and keep this room hidden, a secret?
New rooms in a house can relate to areas in our lives where we are discovering new skills, abilities or strengths within ourselves. While we may feel we know who we are and what we are capable of, dreams of new rooms invite us to open our minds to the possibility that we have even greater potential than we thought. New rooms are like an extension of ourselves. Just because a house is built does not mean we need to move out when we need more space, we can extend and build to make the house accommodate our growing and changing needs. So too can we extend our own personality, to embrace new ways of living. Dreams of new rooms invite us to look at what we thought were our limitations, and to recognise that we can move beyond them.
How the room is decorated, who is in there with us, and what other furniture and items we see there can give us clues as to what area of our life we are expanding. Turning the light on in a dark room can be like shining the light of our conscious mind into a part of our life that we may have ignored or neglected up until now. Finding old momentos from childhood may indicate hobbies or past-times we gave up but now have new significance, and maybe are able to return to. Feeling that we haven’t been here for a long time but are returning, can also be a sign that we are getting back in touch with important areas of our lives that we may have forgotten. Clearing out or throwing things away can be a sign of letting go of old behaviours or beliefs that held us back, and clearing space to let a new confidence in. Finding rooms grandly embellished and furnished luxuriously can indicate we have come to a very rich and rewarding part of our selves. Maybe we are expressing ourselves freely for the first time. Opening the doors and windows can be a symbol of being open to new ideas and opportunities. Like fresh air coming into the house, so too can a fresh and revitalising energy flow though our lives. If we met people there, and are welcomed in, this can be a particularly potent symbol of reaching and getting in touch with new aspects of our personality. If we unlock the door to enter, this can be a symbol of “unlocking our potential.” We may even have recurring dreams of many new rooms over a series of dreams and different nights, as our new life starts to unfold before us.
It is not unusual to feel a little nervous as we first discover these new rooms. After-all, we think we know ourselves quite well, so to suddenly stumble upon new capabilities within ourselves can take a little getting used to. But if we react to this room with fear, and lock the door or decide to keep the room secret, this could indicate a sense of shame or a concern that we can’t let others see the real person that we are. In many cases, this can lead to stress and frustration, as there is a very important part of our life that we keep secret. If we are unable to integrate all aspects our life and personality peacefully, this may lead to recurring dreams, anxiety and health problems. It might be helpful to start sharing a little of our true self with someone we can really trust, or alternatively, doing something completely new with a group of strangers who have no expectations of us and therefore will not judge. This could be taking a drama class with a community group none of our friends know, wearing our outrageous clothes when away on holiday, or reading our poetry as a volunteer to the elderly. Whatever it is, the important thing is to find a way that we can express ourselves, and live true to who we are. Volunteer work is great for this, as people will be grateful for things that matter, such as your kindness, and far less likely to judge you for superficial things.
Dreams of new rooms can be exciting dreams of emerging new potential and the promise of growth and experience. If we explore these new rooms bravely, and embrace the chance to learn and be more, new room dreams can be a gift that takes us beyond who we thought we were, beyond our self imposed limitations, and lets us break through barriers to expand in ways we may never have thought was even possible.