Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Doorway in Your Dreams

I've posted before about the power of the threshold when developing your capacity for lucid dreaming.

If you dream of a doorway or threshold, what could it mean?

At the beginning of the archetypal journey of the hero's quest--the human struggle to find identity and a sense of meaning and purpose--there is often an invitation to cross a threshold and enter the realm of the unknown, the unconscious, or the wilderness. It is an initiation into the mysteries.

When crossing a threshold, one is entering a new space where one is confronted by many challenges, as in the archetypal story of the quest for the Holy Grail.

The doorway may also be a symbol of sexuality, specifically the vulva as a gateway, a passageway into life at birth and entrance to the vagina during a sexual encounter. The Hebrew word for "door"--daleth--also means "womb," the gateway of life.

Hidden or small doorways are also significant, providing access to magical worlds. Think of Alice in Wonderland: first she falls down a rabbit hole and then through a tiny door. And in C. S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe the gateway to the magical land is through the wardrobe. In The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary find the hidden door into the garden. For a paper about J. R. R. Tolkein's use of thresholds go here, or visit Crossing the Threshold.

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