Big Rambling Houses, Cliffs to Jump Off, and the Power of Flight

After more than a decade during which I almost got used to the fact that access to my sleeping mind had been cut off, I’m remembering my dreams again. There is more than one way to tap the unconscious, but dreams were always my fallback. The membrane was reliably soft and easy when I awoke, and I could ease back through it, take a look, and know what my message for myself was that day.

Well, it is all there for me again. Over the years, I had invited my dreams back now and then with not a lot of success. They say you can train yourself, but I think there is more to it than that. I guess I’m ready for them again. Ready to hear what they have to say and see what they want to show me. (In other words, ready for what my higher self needs to teach me.)

Lately, my dreams have had three common threads. Aside from a series of dreams in which I see someone I badly miss, I’m dreaming about rambling houses, edges off which I jump, and the power of flight.

As a child, my dreams of flying were so constant and so real to me that I spent a few years around the ages of 6 or 7 secretly believing I really could fly. I just though I wasn’t good at controlling it while I was awake the way I could when I was asleep. I have not flown like that in my dreams for over 30 years and I have missed it very much.


Flight. In childhood, I usually flew to save myself, in an often-narrow escape from someone or something. And sometimes I flew just for the joy of it. Now that I’m flying again, the frequency is reversed. The occasional “good thing I know how to fly so I can get out of this freefall” but with a lot of “damn, I can FLY” kinds of dreams that I wake from feeling good and filled with a glorious POWER.


Big rambling houses. In one recent dream sequence, the staircase to the basement was made of empty wine crates. (Hard to navigate but begging the question: where did all that wine go?) I made my way down that scary staircase, without fear. My cats are occasionally with me, familiars even as I sleep, and they often do a good deed or exhibit impressive supercat skills, sort of the way I superhumanly fly all over the place. Not to be sidetracked by the props and minor characters  — these dreams are about dank basements, endless hallways, doors…and me, always faced with a CHOICE.

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Precipices. In one badass dream lately I took a bad guy (faceless, nameless, but menacing) by the hand and jumped with him off a cliff. Even though it looked like the edge of a porch, it was indeed a very intense cliff, and we ended up plummeting through dark bottomlessness until I conveniently let go of his hand and flew to safety. Though I made the choice to exert my power and avoid termination at the bottom of that particular precipice, cliffs are about risk and facing fears and, in my mind, they are about MAJOR CHANGE.


The recent full moon (which was ruled by Virgo, as it happens) still holds sway over us all. And over me, telling me that change is inevitable, that it is time to live truthfully if I’m not already, that everything I’m going through inside and outside of me is prepping the stage for my future. Sure, I know that every act and thought and feeling is, in a sense, doing that. But we all know when the shit that’s going down is BIG and when it’s not. This feels big.

So I look at the dreams (and so much more) and conclude that I have the power to fly. I can fly away, I can fly up, down, or in. I can save myself, and I can let go of what is not serving me. And I can fly just to fly, for the joy of being weightless and free. And I have choices and they are forcing themselves into my consciousness so I’ll make them. Not all of the choices are easy, not all of them are safe. Just like the big houses. Scary basement or door number three? And I am on the brink—of something. The very knife-sharp edge of whatever it is, I can make the leap… and be okay.

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  1. Ohhhh, your big rambling house and basement stairs reminded me of the only dream I ever had in black and white. I was young, maybe 10, and I dreamed I was in a big old house with no windows and no paint, just gray weathered wood, empty doorways, and stairs without rails that opened to empty boxes of rooms. Something vaguely reptilian was chasing me and another girl whom I did not know. I can still see her clear as day. Her name was Jenny and she had long blonde hair in two thick braids. I have never known who she was. We ran up and up and up the stairs in silence, knowing even at 10 that up meant there was no way down if it followed us, and of course it did. Ran to the farthest reaches, the farthest wall, and turned to face the hole in the floor and the approaching terror, and I turned to her and said Jenny you are asleep, close your eyes and wake up, it can’t kill you if you wake up. And she closed her eyes and disappeared. I closed my eyes and woke in my bed and believe to this day some other girl was dreaming with me that night. When the movie Nightmare on Elm Street was released at the theater years later, I was shaken to my core, and not because Freddy was scary (I actually sympathized with him to a disturbing degree, but that was because I remembered him from the TV miniseries V, where he was an adorable, awkward alien saying “I’m just” instead of “I’m lost”…I’m a sucker for lost people.).

    I too believed I could fly, and in fact may not have ever fully accepted that I can’t. 🙂

  2. Dreams never cease to engage my mind. The great thing for me is that I no longer have the “I’m being chased” dreams that dogged my childhood. Even the one where I felt the threat of another person I did not flee, I dealt with it. I hope I keep that empowerment in my dreams and maybe that will play out in real time!

    As for sharing a dream, I do believe that ever since I heard about my niece having the EXACT same dream on the same night as her best friend, including really random details like a tee shirt someone wore (not an actual tee shirt they’d seen him wear before but they both dreamed it), and a landscape from real life that changed in the exact same way in each dream, and other stunning shared details. I mean the entire dream from start to finish was identical. BLEW MY MIND. My niece is pretty badass, TBH. xoxo

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