I have a recurring dream. It involves my flat but with additional rooms which, in my dream, I am stunned over never having discovered before. I live in a spacious two-bedroom flat. There are no hidden rooms even if it’s spacious. In these rooms, there are ornate candlesticks and glass ornaments. The rooms are interlinked so opening one door leads to another. Then I wake up. It is always the same dream.

These dreams are so realistic that in my first waking seconds, I wrack my brains trying to work out where these rooms could be hidden away. Then reality sinks in. It was a dream. Not just any old dream though.

There is always a sense of escapism entwined in the dream. Once awake, I relive the dream as if it were a movie with a woman wearing a Silk dressing gown gliding excitedly from room to room with the camera behind her, recording her movements. Each room holds surprises throwing up a bounty of beauty and surprises. Each room leads to another room filled with new and wondrous things. It is the stuff of Fairy Tales but in my midlife?

Apparently, dreaming of finding new rooms in your home is a sign of ‘rediscovering new aspects of yourself’. The dream is showing you that you have, as yet, an unexplored dimension to yourself. You are not done with yourself yet, in plain-speaking terms.

According to Amy Campion, a blogger on wellbeing,  ‘The fact that you are dreaming about these rooms means there is still some value to be gained from going there.  It can help if you have a dream like this to take time to contemplate lessons from the past that may be relevant now.  Items you find in the room may give you a clue as to what the message is about.  Look for childhood toys, items you may have used in work or school, things that remind you of a close friend or family member who may have had a special influence on you.  Then consider how these may relate to what is going on in your life right now.’

Dreams can be seen as the subconscious mind telling you something during your restful moments because that is when your mind is most open to receiving new information. I have no problem with buying into this common conception of dreams. Alternatively, you may be a fan of Sigmund Freud who believed that dreams represented repressed conflicts and impulses from your childhood days.

Do you have a recurring dream that started in your midlife?