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H

Seeing an "H" in a dream can symbolize critical focus, since H can be a sign for Hospital or Help. It can also portray the way to happiness, haven and harvest and can symbolize the simpler things in life that bring nourishment.

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Hair

Dreams related to hair symbolize attitudes and ideas that grow, must be groomed and how ideas fall out of fashion. The condition of the hair can symbolize how you currently relate to your ideas. If you are sporting a strange hairdo, you may feel that your ideas are crazy or not acceptable. If you have hair of an unusual color, explore the color for information about ideas that are being adopted or need to be considered. For example, if your hair is straight but you dream that it is curly, the dream can be guiding you to lighten up. If your hair is curly and you dream that it is straight, the dream might be suggesting that you 'straighten out' your thinking or tone it down. Changing haircolor shows the shifting of focus in whatever you associate with the color. Body hair can portray a need to be more natural in your expression. See also Hairdresser and Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Hairdresser

Since hair can represent ideas that grow and need to be groomed over time, to dream of visiting a hairdresser can symbolize how you are changing your outlook. The type of hairstyle can also portray different attitudes where a short haircut can relate to being conservative; long, flowing hair can suggest being more natural or earthy; and a clean shaven head can symbolize a rebirth in outlook. Examine what is being done to the hair for information about how your ideas and attitude are being shaped. See also Barber or Beautician.

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Hallway

Buildings and Houses represent our inner architecture. Buildings are associated with work issues, while the house relates to personal issues or the various sides of the psyche. The different rooms will represent different aspects and the hall is the transitional space that joins them. When we dream of being in a hallway, we are opening to opportunities, exploring potential and the idea of making a change. See also Houses and Buildings and Corridor.

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Hammer

To dream of a hammer can portray how you are taking the initiative in some way to straighten out a situation or resolve it. The hammer shows a focus on power and cohesiveness - with the idea of 'hitting the nail on the head' or 'pounding out a solution.' If you are searching for a hammer or have misplaced it - you may feel powerless in a situation. If the hammer is deformed - you may not be seeing the situation in its proper perspective. See also Weapons and Utensils.

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Hand

As an extension of the Arm, the hands represent the idea of taking and giving. Focus on a hand can symbolize the need to release something or that the power to change and know success is within your reach. See Grasp and Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Handbag

The handbag or purse combines the idea of identity with what you hold to be valuable, and therefore protect. It is common to lose or misplace your purse when your identity or self awareness is going through a transition. Consider where you lost your handbag for information about where you are placing your priorities. This is a very personal symbol that reveals who you really are and what you 'carry with you' daily. Losing the purse can also coincide with financial insecurity when you are exploring change in career pursuits. See Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

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Hat

Of all clothing symbols, the hat relates more to what you do to be acknowledged. Since it covers the head and therefore, the thoughts, the hat can signify how you express yourself or what you are known for. The type of hat can describe an area of thought: Baker’s Hat: nourishment and fulfillment; Police Hat: discipline and abiding by the rules or conscience, Fire Hat: how your thinking can get you into trouble or how you hide your feelings by 'dowsing' them, or Helmet: protective or aggressive tendencies. Wearing a strange hat can portray how you are moving out of your comfort zone to express yourself differently.

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Head

The head 'houses' your ideas. It is the seat of your personality and way of thinking. If the dream focuses on a head that is not yours, the message is that you have adopted ideas that are not yours. This type of dream can show the disconnect between what you are doing and saying and how your really feel. See Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Healing

Dreaming of being healed signifies a necessary change that is required, but you may not be acknowledging. Symbols that are green, or associated with Digging or the Earth often portray how healing is taking place within you. Dysfunctional issues related to a house can represent certain physical parts of the body. Non working parts of a car too, can also portray the physical body. Many times vehicle doors or lower and upper rooms of a house will depict aspects of the body, offering a message about your health and well-being.

The front door can suggest arms and the back doors can represent legs. Lighting can be electrical circuitry or neurological, while water problems can be vascular or reflect ‘plumbing.’ Water appearing as a threat is usually associated with emotional issues. The top floor of a building can represent the head, while the rooms below can suggest various parts of the lower body. Protecting a ‘treasure’ can signify repression at the root of illness, while searching for a key is often the clue to achieving wellness.

If you are experiencing ‘dis-ease’, where it is taking place in the body is as important as why. If the left leg is suffering, look for its representation in dreams of the back or lower left portion of a structure or vehicle. Sometimes before a physical manifestation will appear, you are warned of over indulgence or things that can impact wellness. This is most obvious in the border-line alcoholic who is always dreaming of searching for something with images related to alcohol. Many therapists recognize repression at the root of illness. Since dreams portray what you are repressing, they are a profound tool in achieving wellness and balance.

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Hearing

Dreaming of issues related to your ability to hear often point directly to the idea that you are not listening. This could emerge from a situation of verbal abuse that is being ignored. Sensory tools allow you to take in new experiences. Communicating your ideas is important, but not at the expense of discovering new ways of understanding the world you are growing into. When you are trying to communicate to others who are not listening, it portrays some part of you attempting to communicate with another side. What is being said and the other symbolism will shed light on what it is.

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Hiding

The idea of hiding something in a dream suggests the need to cherish or protect what may be given too freely. Finding something hidden is usually a reference to feelings or experiences that were long ago repressed, but are currently being explored. If you are hiding, see Attack and Being Chased.

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High

When something in a dream appears higher than where you stand - the dream can be exploring ambitions or opportunities. The positioning of the symbol can place it in way that shows its influence, and in a sense 'hangs over you.' Like intoxication, these types of dreams can also be exploring the idea of releasing inhibitions. The idea of High in a dream is how you attempt to move beyond a sense of restriction. Your focus moves 'upward' as opposed to feeling grounded or rooted. See also Placement and Perspective.

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Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus presents a sort of hybrid, in that it is an animal associated with diving beneath the water, where its large size is indicative of the enormous emotions that can be submerged. See Animals and Reptiles.

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Hold

This is another dream of trying to ‘grasp’ the importance of something you are holding on to. It may be important and require protection or may need to be discarded. What you are holding and the situation surrounding it can offer insight into whether this is a dream suggesting you resurrect or abandon something. See Defend, Grasp and Hand under Anatomy and Body Parts.

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Hole

The hole is an obvious symbol that ‘something is missing’ or ‘incomplete.’ As a hole in the ground, it can represent the idea that the foundation that you are standing upon may be unstable. At the same time, the hole is associated with the Cave or womb, so can appear as a way of combining the idea of incompleteness with motherly influences or nurturing.

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Home

Dreaming of a home from childhood can represent ideas that were adopted at that point in your life. Dreaming of your home with rooms that do not exist in real life can be a way of exploring unknown potential described by the other symbolism in the rooms. Going home in a dream is a way of exploring your inner foundation and seeking to be centered. See also Houses and Buildings.

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Homeless

Seeing a homeless person in a dream is an objective first step in exploring your own lack of fulfillment. A beggar or vagabond is a character that can portray a lack of self esteem or the ways that you kid yourself into believing you are happy. You may be going through some type of routine and not acknowledging your lack of fulfillment. The appearance of this character and how you relate to them allows you to explore your own sense of homelessness or the idea that you are not grounded. Sometimes this type of character will appear like the Fool or Trickster that trips you up in your inconsistencies. Often they will pester you as a way of making you look back at yourself honestly.

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Homonyms

Since dreams have an uncanny way of breaking through your defensive barriers, often a homonym or 'play on words' will be used. A homonym is a word that sounds like one thing when it is actually tricking you into exploring another. In this way, dreams have clever ways of ‘tripping you up.’

For example: if you dream of saying something aloud, you repeat it back, and you are suddenly saying what a part of you is not allowed to say, as in the case of discussing difficult ideas you’d rather not discuss. Someone may give you ten cents as a part of you explores the idea of sense or the increased ability to feel and acknowledge your self-worth. The idea of time and how you may be missing the importance of the present, can be symbolized by a watch and the idea of watching. Approaching the altar often coincides with times when you alter or change your behavior; Inside of a cell can be a way of understanding the ideas that you sell to others. When the original word doesn't seem to make sense, explore whether it may be a homonym or word play of this type.

The dream can focus on a duel as a way of understanding dual, or the two conflicting ideas that have brought you into crisis. An urn can be a way of understanding what you earn as you explore self-worth. When a maid appears to make the bed, you are given the opportunity to understand what you have made of circumstances, in the sense of ‘making your bed and lying in it too.’ Hearing the word morning or a dream that is focused on the morning can also have an association with mourning or feelings of sadness that remain unprocessed.

You may dream of a mummy in the first stages of recognizing things that were adopted from mommy that may need to be relinquished. Dreaming of a witch can suggest how one thing leads to another or unacknowledged choices as in which. To knead bread is the same as the idea that you may need money or are overly focused on material security. The number six often appears as a cryptic way of getting the idea of sex out on the table. The number eight can be associated with eating issues or the need to digest something as in ate. Seeing a knot can suggest not, while untying a knot can be the idea of removing 'not' from your vocabulary when you are opening up. An oar can be or, offering the idea that the resolution is something you perhaps, are not considering. Tents can suggest nervousness or being tense, and focusing on a vein can signify being vain. Dreaming of a lion can suggest that someone is telling lies.

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Homosexuality

A very common dream, yet often misunderstood, is dreaming of performing sexual acts with the same gender. Especially in the work setting, dreaming of connecting with others in an intimate way can symbolize how you are exploring and integrating the attributes or behavior of another. In a competitive situation, 'mounting' can be a symbol of your feelings about becoming more dominant or being dominated in the work environment. Being intimate with the same sex is a way of ‘incorporating’ the deeper aspects of either the feminine (sensitive/intuitive) or masculine (assertive/empowered) nature. This type of dream can also be exploring your hunger or lack of affection from either your mother or father and how you are transforming the role modeling that you adopted. See People, Affair and Anima/Animus.

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Honey

Associated with the ‘birds and bees,’ honey can symbolize the 'sticky, but sweet' nature of sexuality. Honey is also a symbol of reward for embarking in a new direction. See also Cream.

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Horse

The horse is a 'spirited' animal and can appear in dreams when you are exploring issues of spirituality. Also associated with racing, the horse can be a symbol of enthusiasm and a desire to win. As an image of 'horsing around' the horse can also be a clue that you need to take life more seriously. See Animals and Centaur.

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Hospital

Dreams that take place in a hospital setting seem to suggest that a crisis may be taking place, although you may or may not be aware of it. As the last resort when we finally reach out for help, dreaming of being in a hospital can show very acute changes we are making within. The operation that can take place in a hospital is symbolic of making changes to the 'inner self' at a profound level.

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Hot

The atmosphere of a dream portrays the condition of your inner landscape. To dream of being hot can suggest being angry or being filled with uncontrollable passion. At the same time, you can enter into a situation in a dream that feels unbearably hot as a representation of perhaps feeling like you are in 'hot water' or doing something out of the norm. Where dreaming of the cold or snow can symbolize being isolated or reserved - a hot landscape shows free movement in the area of passion. See also Fire.

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Houses and Buildings

Houses and Buildings are structures that represent aspects of your inner architecture. The house can personify personal aspects in how the mind is compartmentalized. Buildings and public places relate more to work issues, or feelings of seeking acknowledgment in social interaction.

Commonly, you will dream of a house from childhood with some new additions, representing the way that the self is constructed in childhood, although it continues to evolve as you explore potential and change over time.

Specific rooms are associated with aspects of the self and its decoration and architecture can portray your emerging ‘style.’ If the architecture seems grand or expansive, the message can be about opening or broadening your outlook. Palatial spaces can sometimes represent a fear of intimacy. When the walls seem constricting or dingy, the message can signify how your own ideas limit you. If the decoration has animal patterns, the message can be about being more grounded and earthy. If the room is well lit, you are exploring ideas in active consciousness; if dark - whatever is being explored is presently unknown or untapped within you. See also Colors.

The attic signifies higher thought or spiritual ideas, but can also suggest the ideas you store and collect or how you must ‘climb upward’ or raise consciousness to sort through what you no longer need to store and protect. The attic can be associated with the critical tapes of conscience where you explore self limiting ideas.

The basement is the subconscious or area of the self that you keep ‘below the surface.’ Commonly, you will dream of basements when you are going through therapy and sorting through the past. New or undiscovered rooms will suggest aspects of the self you are unaware of, but are currently being explored for potential. The ‘living’ room is a social place to explore interactions with others and your mindset in meeting others, while the ‘bed’ and ‘bath’ rooms are representative of ‘coming clean’ or exploring your sexuality. These types of dreams bring these ideas to the forefront specifically because you are not open to them during the day. If your house is shifting on the foundation, sliding or crumbling, perhaps negative ideas need to crumble as a representation of how your foundation of beliefs must be renewed over time. See Natural Disasters and Plumbing.

Apartments and hotels can symbolize exploring temporary changes in perspective. Windows relate to seeing beyond limitations or taking in a broader view.

The ‘family’ room houses family dynamics at play in relationships and social situations, while the office portrays work and issues relating to how you are currently providing for yourself or your role and sense of achievement in life. The hearth or fireplace often symbolizes your sense of heritage and what you hold to be sacred. Since it is associated with fire, the idea of family dynamics and emotional well being are being portrayed.

Hallways are places of transition, where you meet others in ‘neutral space’ and often appear when you are exploring choices or going through a transition. The ‘front’ yard or garden is what you are making of yourself for ‘public view.’ The ‘back’ yard is suggestive of more organic aspects, which are not made obvious to others. Focusing on foliage or growth in a garden can symbolize how you are nourishing developing traits. You often discover or search for something or explore the correctness of your behavior ‘in the bushes’ or ‘in the shadows.’

Buildings sometimes appear as rickety structures, representing how you grow to meet a future that has not yet been erected or ‘solidified.’ Buildings can be places in which you are lost or searching for something, as in the case of searching for a new identity when changing jobs. By traveling to a specific floor or level of consciousness, you can also find yourself outside of your work building or on the roof as you take an objective view of leaving a job because the ceiling isn't high enough. Stairs going up can symbolize exploring aspirations, while stairs going down symbolize retracing steps or understanding the root of your motivation. The floor of a structure can be indicative of levels of awareness or may be associated with the meaning of the number involved: See Numbers. You stand on the ground floor of awareness and travel upward to achieve your ideals, or downward to find those things that you keep hidden below. Elevators and escalators in a building can also symbolize aspirations or how your upward or downward journey feels orchestrated beyond your control.

The roof of a structure shows limitations. As a setting of activity, something taking place on a roof can portray your desire to break through barriers in achieving your ambitions. When the ‘sky is the limit’ the ceiling can block your ambitions, suggesting how self-defeating ideas may be blocking your ability to discover success.

Opening a door suggests objectivity or discovery associated with the symbolism of where the door may lead. The door can lead to certain rooms as a way of opening to the area associated with that room. Doors can mean many things: boundaries and unblocking potential, while knocking is often a sexual symbol. The ‘front’ door leads you ‘out’ into the world, suggesting the barrier between the self and the social realm. The ‘back’ and ‘side’ doors allow for an ‘escape’ or for ‘intruder’ like characters who appear as aspects of you that remain unacknowledged and integrated. See Shadow and Attack and Being Chased.

A church is obviously spiritual, but can often suggest how religious ideas are holding you back in some way. Sometimes you may find yourself looking for a ‘key’ in a church as a way of suggesting how self-criticism and/or severe conscience is trapping your organic nature through illness or dis-ease. See Key under Purses, Wallets, Luggage, Jewels and Keys.

A school suggests learning experiences or being measured against others in your abilities where the teacher can represent wisdom from your higher Self. The library can represent communication or ideas that you store. Searching through books can symbolize exploring ideas adopted in the past, and how they affect your view of the present. Being given a book can symbolize direction from higher sides of you. A gymnasium is a place of competition and often appears when you are learning to balance two sides or conflicting desires. the locker room combines the idea of competition and recognition, with changing identity since you store your valuables in a locker. The factory often appears when you are exploring how learning new skills can increase your effectiveness and worth in the market. A warehouse shows your reserves or what you are falling back on or exploring during crisis. The warehouse is also a symbol of where old ideas are stored.

A hospital is a place of personal crisis; or where you might find ‘critical’ care when you are out of options in making a change. You may visit the hospital in a dream as a message about getting help with the transition. Being in a hospital is often a sign that you are not aware of how your thinking is holding you back. It is often a call for help when you are not moving easily through a type of transformation. Hospitals and emergency rooms can also represent ‘new life’ or the place where you are ‘born’ into a new way of interacting. When doctors and nurses offer you advice, you should give the message careful consideration as an aspect that may enhance your ‘well-being.’

A shopping center reflects ‘shopping’ for new ways of being and exploring a sense of self worth and values. Markets and shopping areas also show how you are exploring commerce and work when you are making a change. Restaurants and cafes often appear in dreams when you are exploring how your path might lead to better fulfillment. The waiter or waitress can symbolize traits within you that you are not considering that can allow your work to become for fulfilling.

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Hung

Dreams present a safe environment to explore conflict and crisis. When the setting of a dream involves gallows where someone is to be hung - the message can be that you are sabotaging some aspect of yourself. Examine the character that is being hung to see if it might represent a side of you that is feeling suffocated or unexpressed. Hanging is also associated with being in a state of suspension, while something suspended in the air can represent an opportunity that you are not seeing. Being hung can suggest how you may be harboring a sense of guilt that is undermining your ability to stand up for yourself.

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Hungry

Dreaming of being hungry can symbolize a lack of fulfillment. It is common to be doing something work related in a dream - only to be focused on the food or eating when it doesn't seem appropriate. That is because your dream is connecting the idea of fulfillment to your need for recognition at work, or the need to find the more fulfilling work. Food related to riding in a car would be tying the idea of fulfillment to your drive. The ancient Chinese have a great saying: "nourish what is for the belly and not the eye." See also Food.

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