Advent Calender Day 16: Window
Welcome to the sixteenth day of the Dream Well advent calender! Today we are going a little meta, and opening the advent calender window to look at what it means to dream of windows.
The first aspect that comes to mind when we think about windows is usually of looking out of them. Windows in dreams can frame a certain aspect or image, giving it importance and perspective. If we dream of a window, the first question is less about the window itself, and what is it we see when we look through it? The role of the window can be to draw our attention to a specific dream symbol. We can also consider what perspective we are viewing from – if the window is high, we may be able to see things from a bird’s eye view – taking in much of the interconnectedness that may be missed from the usual view on the ground.
But windows in dreams can also have significance themselves. If the window is clean, it may mean that there is an issue in our lives we are seeing clearly, while a dirty window can have the opposite message, and warn us that maybe we are not seeing the whole picture clearly. Maybe emotions such as anger or hurt are “muddying” our perceptions. A large window can symbolise a new growth in our perspective, learning new things and developing the ability to see things we haven’t seen before, while a small window may indicate we are only seeing things from a narrow perspective, and perhaps should widen our viewpoint.
To open a window in a dream may be a symbol of letting in “fresh air” – or being open to new ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things. Closing a window can mean to shut down from outside influences, but if there is a storm coming in the dream it can be wise to “batten down the hatches”, possibly a symbol of an aggressive or unhelpful energy, person or opinion that it may wise to protect ourselves from.
To dream of breaking a window may be a sign that the worldview we once held has been “shattered” by some new piece of information. This can be shocking and distressing, but with time, even painful information can be assimilated, and our new view on the world developed. If you have had a distressing dream like this, make sure you seek support and take the time to be kind to your self. Sudden changes to our worldview can be extremely disruptive, and it is natural to want to take the time to work our how to “put the pieces” back together again.
We use the phrase “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” and if we dream of being in a room full of windows, it can symbolise that we feel exposed, and vulnerable in some way. There is “nowhere to hide.” Conversely, to dream of closing curtains in a window can symbolise the need to shut a part of ourselves away from the world, to “hide behind the curtains.” Dreams such as this ask us what it is we wish to keep secret? Dreams of closing curtains can also symbolise an end, literally “closing the curtains” on something, such as particular chapter of our lives.
Windows can also have sacred meanings. We see beautiful stained glass windows in churches, and we describe eyes as the “windows to the soul.” In this way, windows in dreams can symbolise looking beyond the physical, beyond the body, to what lies within. Windows are designed not only to see through, but to let light in. To see light streaming in through a window in a dream can be a special symbol of connection with a more spiritual aspect to life, of “letting the light in” to our souls.
Windows in dreams can also have a special role, especially for lucid dreamers. Windows can sometime act as “portals” in dreams, allowing the dreamer to be transported through space and time when they step through one. If you are practiced lucid dreamer, try going through a window next time you see one in your dreams, and see what happens!
Window dreams ask us to consider our perceptions of the world, what we see and what miss, what we let in and what we choose to draw the curtains on. Windows remind us that there is an inner and an outer world, and how we see things depends very much on where we stand.