Advent Calendar Day 8: Bread
Welcome to the eighth day of the Dream Well advent calendar! (Sorry it is a bit late, but don’t worry, day 9 will follow shortly after so we will keep on schedule!) Today we are looking at dreams of bread. This may be a dream of bread baking, of eating bread, receiving it or sharing it with another.
Bread is a very basic symbol, and is common amongst many different cultures and religions. As in life, bread in dreams can represent nourishment and sustenance. If we dream of bread, this is often a symbol that something we really need is readily available to us. In waking life, the nourishment we seek may not be simply food, but may be more abstract things such as emotional support, understanding, creative outlets or even more spiritual concerns. To dream of bread may symbolise that our basic needs of love and and support are being, or about to be met.
Bread in dreams can also symbolise the basic requirements we have on the material level, to be fed, clothed and sheltered. We can look for how the bread appears in the dream to understand if we are looking at life with an approach or abundance or scarcity. To dream of losing bread, of it spoiling or being stolen is a sign that we are not having our basic needs met in waking life, and we may wish to consider getting “back to basics” in taking care of ourselves.
On the other hand, a dream of breaking bread with someone, of sharing bread or receiving it are all profoundly wonderful symbols that our most essential needs are being catered to. To share bread can symbolise that we have more than enough of what we need in life, and are able to give freely, for we are living with abundance. A sense of abundance does not mean that we have lots of “stuff” – possessions, money etc, but just that all of our needs are met with some to spare. Abundance is a joyous state, where we are able to give, confident that it does not meaning losing anything essential, that what we give is never truly lost, for it returns, even if in other forms. In this way, bread can symbolise the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and rebirth. Bread comes from the harvesting of wheat, so when bread appears in dreams it may indicate the completion of a certain cycle of life-stage, and the beginning of another. Receiving bread in a dream can be a symbol of your higher Self, even Spirit Guide or Divine messenger offering you a gift that will not only keep you alive, but also nourish your very soul. Whenever you are offered a gift in a dream, you should always accept it graciously, even if you do not fully understand the significance or purpose oft he gift.
Bread is used in many cultures to highlight the relationship between the nourishment of the body and the nourishment of the soul. This relationship means that dreams of bread can often have a profoundly spiritual nature. But bread can symbolise procreation, and therefore creativity and growth. We use the phrase “bun in the oven” for being pregnant. If you dream of baking bread, it may symbolise a new child, new creative project or something you wish to nurture and help “rise.”
Bread dreams encourage us to look at our basic needs, and where they are being met of not. Bread in dreams ask us to consider what sustains and nurtures, what helps us grow, and to return our focus to that which is essential to our physical and spiritual wellbeing.