Disclaimer: I don't interpret other people's dreams, but some dream motifs and characters are dreamt by many, many people, and I sometimes
recognize those motifs and characters. I can tell you what several of the people who have dreamt dreams like yours have thought about their dreams,
but only you can decide whether that has anything to do with your personal dream.
Your stone circle as a mandala
Mandalas usually have strong symmetry about their center, often built up from concentric circular and square elements. These are Tibetan examples,
Yours has a frankly asymmetric, but still harmonious, element, namely the empty bench. So, that's very interesting. It stands out "like a sore
thumb," especially against the stark simplicity of your mandala.
There is a rich literature of the mandala as a generic image of wholeness and completion, and especially in the spiritual and psychological senses.
There's no way that I could summarize that in a webboard posting.
Overall structure of your dream
I think you have dreamt the "poster child" of the so-called "big dreams" (searchable as big dream Jung
), The Familiar House (not a standard
name). It was an important dream for Jung's own personal and professional development when he dreamt it. It was something that he amplified in real
life by actually building his own "dream" house; really "built" it, his hobby was stonemasonry.
The usual form of the Familiar House dreamset is three vertical levels of a house, an upstairs or attic, a main floor, and a basement. The usual plot
is to explore the house, and little "happens" in the dream. Sometimes the dreamer find things when exploring (for example, Jung found a chamber, a
"fourth level," underneath the basement), or maybe the dreamer meets people (or not, as in your case), but usually very tame stuff.
Identifying motifs is sort of like fingerprint identification: you look for points of similarity. That you have "opened up" the usual dreamset (with
maybe your town as somebody else's upper floor, and your stone cicle as somebody else's basement) doesn't seem essential to me. You have kept the
overall structure (especially the three vertical levels, the feeling of familiarity, of it being your space to wander through as you wish, the lack of
"plot" beyond looking around).
So what does the house "represent?" Well, this is symbolic thought, so it isn't one-for-one.
(Umm, I wonder about people who imagine that the brain has nothing better to do than to send itself obscurely coded messages. Dream is thought... much
like any other thought, except that these thoughts aren't in the form of words or literal imagery. A big dream takes the form it does because what it
has to say cannot be expressed as well in prosaic words.)
The house (or in your case, the house, the town above, and the glade below) seems to be both, equally at the same time, your life (in the sense of
biography, the whole thing, including perhaps your ancestral roots and extending forward to your progeny, in ascending order, low to high: past,
present, and future) and your mind (in ascending order: the unconscious parts, the parts of which you are conscious, and a more developed
consciousness perhaps, not yet fully realized).
Putting the two together
The conspicuously placed empty bench has a fairly surface point as an implicit invitation to the waking self to join the rest of the self. Interesting
that you don't do so in the dream, but do think it is something you will do someday. Consider yourself invited.
Following the biography thread of symbolism, the same empty bench image is fairly surface for re-examining what past factors place you where you are
today. Maybe that's something to do before you charge off "into town" (your future).
In one sense, that's painfully obvious advice, but then again, you didn't accept the invitation in the dream, did you? So, obvious or not, maybe
it's worth saying aloud.
Your current life situation
Like just about everybody else, at all times, there are things going on in your life right now. So is this dream "about" those things? I doubt it.
"Big dreams" generally are about the big picture, the human situation more than the specifically personal and immediate situation. That's one
reason why so many people dream such similar big dreams, despite being in such dissimilar situations.
On the other hand, if you feel especially harried lately, or felt the loss of this particular relationship more keenly than other losses, then that
may affect the timing of the dream - why you had this dream now
, rather than last year, say.
But if the dream is offering "advice" at all, then it is very general, and somewhat "timeless" advice. And it is advice about what you share with
all humanity (lol, maybe all mammalia), not how you personally ought to manage your current workload or organize your love life in this specific
Hope that is of some use to you. There is a good chance, by the way, that you will still be thinking about this dream years from now (other people
have). So, hang onto things like your drawing, and anything else you may have written about the dream. They may come in handy down the road when you
re-re-think all the ways that this simple dream could bear on the evolving facts of your life and understanding of your siutation.
[edit on 20-3-2010 by eight bits]