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Dream for an Insomniac

I had a dream last night that I was in a house high above the ground. I've dreamt about this building at least once before, maybe twice. It has many rooms, and places where you can sit outside, but which feel very dangerous. Even when inside, things feel rickety and unsafe. The house is some kind of park attraction, though. People come from far and wide to stay in it. I'm not sure if it's on a stand, or built around a tree, but it's very high.

My brother, Austin, was in this house with me; I think the rest of the tribe was also there, but I didn't see them. There were children around. I was worried about their safety, and I kept yelling at them to be careful when they were dangling their legs over the side of a ledge they were sitting on outside.

It was time to leave the house, which in the dream was my least favorite part of visiting there. The only way to get out was a long swaying ladder or a rope you could slide down. Austin hopped right out, rope in hand, and slid down to the ground safely. I remember thinking that I couldn't do that, because I'm not strong enough to hold myself up and I'd fall to my death. I also thought that if I did that, I'd get rope burn, but for some reason Austin didn't. The ladder began at the same level as the floor, so there was nothing to grab onto. You just had to back your body out, feel for the ladder with your legs and hold on to the sides of the door, which was weathered, unfinished wood. The door itself was just an opening, there was not an actual door.

I'm the last one left in the house. The tribe is on the ground, which appears to be the kind of swampland you'd see in Louisiana or Florida. I'm scared. I don't want to go down the ladder, but I know I have to. I have things I need to get to the ground: some photographs, some other larger items that I can't exactly remember right now. Maybe a pair of jeans?

To avoid having to go, I look at the guestbook, which is just to my right. I see that Jack has signed it. Austin is suddenly back, and he takes the photographs from me and says he'll get them to the ground for me. He slides down the rope again, looking up at me with a grin on his face like, "This is so easy!". I back my body out the door, feeling for the ladder with my feet. I start down the ladder which for some reason is more stable than I thought it would be. I can't remember if I reached the ground before I woke up or not.

Posted March 5, 2003 10:29 AM | On This Day: 2005



a common dream theme is a house and they often represent you (your body/mind). maybe you'd want to figure out what exactly you meant by "The house is some kind of park attraction... People come from far and wide to stay in it." ;^)
of course, you have to figure out what a house with many rooms means to your particular existence. some dreams are just fantasy, some are wish fulfilment, some are answers, etc.
very interesting one, though!

oh, and never worry about falling or reaching the ground in your dreams -- dreams have no gravity!

I always thought a house represented your life.. a house with many rooms would be different parts of your personality..The guest book suggests you have bean spending way too much time blogging of late.. I guess there wasn't a comment part to the house.

you guys are just jealous she didn't dream about you....... "I" signed her guest book.....

even in sleep i can't escape your commentary, it seems. ;)