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The old house made of stone with Mangalore tiled roof is leaking from almost everywhere. The heavy rain has woken Richa sleeping on a bed with two people on either side – another woman and a man. The bed on which all of them are sleeping is the only zone where the rain is not pouring down. Richa can, in her dream see the tiles on the roof are blackened by a dead bed of moss on them. The lady on her right wakes up and hurriedly looks around the house for a dry space. There are none. The man sleeps on. In her dream Richa is a bit surprised to find that the man sleeping on her left is in fact someone she knows. He is not a stranger. In the meantime, the other woman speaks to Richa and says that there is reason for them to look for another house. This one is old and they need to move into another house and leave behind the old. Richa wonders where they could go, all three of them together. At that moment she wakes up

Getting down to basics: Dream Interpretation

Who are these people, this man and this other woman? What does the house signify? What do the aged tiles mean? What is the significance of a leaking house? Which is this other house Richa wants to move to?

The house signifies the world, the roof under which we all live. The old tiles with darkened, dead moss is the roof we call ours. It is old and has now given way. It cannot hold the water pouring down. The house is leaking everywhere. This world is tired and old. It is giving way because the tiles or the social structure on which it was built is breaking. The rain signifies the pouring in of new thoughts and ideas. It is the fresh new drops oflife flooding the entire old house. At sometime, the old house will not be able to bear the incessant rain. It will give way. Richa wants to move into a new house because she sees that this old one is going to give way sometime. The new house in her mind is the shift from the old thought patterns to the new ones. The two humans in bed beside her are the two distinct aspects/ sides of Richa – her female and male energies, they are both her identity and she is aware of both. This new house must be able to house her in her naked reality – that she is both, man and woman, yin and yang, purusha and prakriti – both at the same time. And this goes for all those who share her bed with her, the man, distinctly also with a dominant feminine side, and the women of course with a masculine side to them. This is the new house of Richa’s dream.

We are caged in our own belief systems. We learn from society around us. We respond to what our social norm demand of us. And as long as we continue to do what society asks of us, we may or may not be happy at a personal level, but we are content with who we are superficially. Our social face is in tact. Indeed, it takes intelligence to see though this web of design. Society has made sure that most humans do not think, or think that they think, but really they don’t because in any case what they think is what society wants them to think. But truth cannot be forever pushed under the carpet. Human intelligence, having made such a momentous journey to develop over centuries, cannot just be waived away, as something that can be forever honed to suit a larger interest. The real intelligence is innate, as innate as both sides of a human being are. One can overshadow one side by the other, as it has been done so far, but not forever. Reality shines through. Society changes and the old always die out to the new. Life moves on, even if we stay just where we are. And life take with it a brand new generation of humans who are more comfortable with themselves. In it’s great innate intelligence; the wheel of life seeks the balance it must have to reproduce itself.

Every time.

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