Dream Sanctuary: the Role of Recurring Settings in Dreams

////Dream Sanctuary: the Role of Recurring Settings in Dreams

My previous article regarding dreams and how they’ve influenced my life started the same way I’d like to start this one: It has been an age-old debate as to what exactly dreams are.

Many questions have arisen on the topic, and dreams are filled with so much speculative history that it has become a concept of wondrous intrigue. Throughout documented time, dreams have been revered, feared, judged, and interpreted. Entire careers have been created for the purpose of understanding dreams, and entire lives have been spent driven toward answering the question: what are dreams and how can they help us? 

This article is not meant to answer these questions specifically, but to shed light on one aspect of our dreamscape which I have personally studied in depth: our dream sanctuary.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people about their dreams from an analytical perspective. Every single person I’ve talked to rarely experiences recurring settings in dreams, but there’s always one dream, and it’s always one aspect of each person’s dream which is consistent: the feeling masked behind the setting.

Sure, the specific setting may change in each recurrence of the dream, but the person dreaming always knows it’s the same place.

One of my close friends’ “Sanctuary” is in the depths of a forest alongside a beach. Each time she dreams of this place there is something highly relevant to a stressful part of her life, something which she needs to think through that ultimately helps her through whatever hardship she is facing. My sanctuary is a palace with hundreds of rooms and off chutes – skyways to separate buildings, and a racetrack for a driveway.

After a lot of thought and research into this topic, I’ve come to the conclusion that dream sanctuary is a representation of our subconscious mind. The best example I have out of all of the sanctuaries I’ve discovered is my own, the palace. Within this palace, there are many locked doors, many things which my subconscious knows my waking mind is not prepared to accept or face.

Also, there are many levels, many buildings, and the external influences which can alter the layout of this palace. It is so vast that I could never imagine exploring all of it, even if I was dreaming all of every day, but every room and hallway seems to hold significance. 

I’m 26 years old and have only dreamed with myself in this setting on 4 occasions, but each time was a significant part in my life, and each time, reflecting upon the dream helped me to get through a particularly hard time. 

Aside from the feeling of familiarity and significance, these dreams can be recognized by how vivid they are, and how well we remember them the next day. That is because our subconscious construct represented in a dream state is just that, a viewport into our own minds, and at a time that our minds “want” our conscious selves to remember.

I do believe that about 80% of our dreams are significant and that dreams are entirely based in the subconscious realm, sometimes even to the extent of bringing the astral realm into our perspective.

Great caution must be used in interpreting dreams, though, our logical minds have a tendency of seeing what we think we want to see and creating justifications to believe what we think we want to believe – as such, our own analysis of our dreams may very well be completely wrong and should not be acted on, only speculated about.

I have warned many people of the issues which acting on personal analysis could create, and absolutely do NOT want any of my readers thinking they’re qualified to act on what they interpret their dreams to mean. Only use them and what they show you for speculative figuring and leave any conclusions you reach as a part of your overall view on reality, but not a driving factor.


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By |2018-09-14T21:20:50+00:00October 18th, 2015|Categories: Dream Interpretation, Self-Improvement, Self-Knowledge & Personality Tests|Tags: , |3 Comments

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  1. Mikal October 19, 2015 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Mine, interestingly, is an actual sanctuary… or, more precisely, a church with hallways and stairs that seem to go on forever. Only once in a dream have I reached the bottom of the stairs, and all there was is a small concrete space and a locked, steel door.
    I have no idea how many times I’ve been in the church in my dreams. It used to be a very common location. I only go there occasionally now.

    • Nick Harding October 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply


      That’s interesting, I’ve never talked to someone who had a spiritual base in their sanctuary. I have found, though, that, with age, we stop visiting our sanctuaries as often.

  2. Jessica November 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve only had this dream setting twice now, and I’m not sure I’d consider it a sanctuary but a recurring setting none the less.

    The first dream about a month ago I was exploring a home of someone I didn’t know. They weren’t home but it was obviously “lived in” and not abandoned. I walked through a few rooms and came to a bathroom. I noticed a handle on the bathroom’s built-in shelving so I opened it and found a secret room. The room was dated, the walls and floors were covered in white furry shag and it was freezing cold because someone had left the window open and it was the dead of winter outside. It was desolate and a bit ominous.

    Then last night I had a similar dream. I was attending a small social gathering with people I did not know. I broke away from a game of charades to look around. I found a bedroom and a bathroom, decorated differently than the previous dream but similar layout. In the bathroom was the same handle on the built-in shelving which also led to a secret room. This room was a very swanky bedroom, decorated with high end pillows, sheets and curtains.

    I’ve left quite a bit of revealing detail out of these two scenarios but I think the recurring setting of a secret room is very interesting. I think it’s my minds way of going into my subconscious.

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