Dreams about activities and environments associated with childhood can be either motivating or discouraging, depending on the details of your dream and how you felt. For example, if you had a happy time playing with your dolls or a toy train set, your dream may simply be reminding you of the simple pleasure of letting your guard down from time to time to do nothing useful but play and relax. These kinds of dreams are particularly common if you have been extremely busy recently and haven’t had time to have fun. If, however, you were bored by the toy or activity in your dream, your unconscious may be urging you to put away childish things that don’t really give you stimulation and satisfaction, and to spend your time more productively.
Toys in dreams not only reflect your desire for more play, or urge you to grow up in some way, they can also suggest nostalgia for childhood that has been lost. Dolls are especially important because they so resemble the human form, and because children endow them with emotions and characters. Your dreaming mind may therefore use a doll to symbolize something or someone in your life. For example, if you stick needles or pins in the doll, or mistreat it in any way, this can represent negative feelings towards a particular person. Many doll dreams use the doll as a target for violence and, if this is the case, it could also refer to how the dreamer felt as a child when smacked emotionally or physically—like a helpless child. Dolls can also represent emotions that the dreamer would like to discharge on someone else, or the feeling of wanting to be a precious doll to someone. It may also express some undeveloped part of the dreamer’s personality and the need to relearn some childhood lessons we may have forgotten.
If you dreamed that you were in a playground surrounded by other children, were you enjoying yourself or did you feel left out? If you felt exhilarated, your unconscious may once again be signaling your need to have more fun in waking life, but if you felt aloof or alone from the other children, it could suggest that you prefer to play no part in the immature behaviour currently displayed by a group of people in your waking life. See also references to toys and games in LEISURE.... The Element Encyclopedia
Cleaning and tidying up may suggest preparation for someone new coming into your life. It may also remark on the necessity to clean up some unfinished business or to clean up a mess you have made in some relationship or situation. Cleaning could also represent having to clean up someone else’s mess.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Vision: Dreaming about cleaning: it is time to pay more attention to your relationships and to be more supportive. Cleaning and making yourself look better be more humble and modest. Dreaming about cleaning is a challenge to always improve and polish your character, removing the stains that might cling to it.
Depth Psychology: Remove emotional, mental, and moral blemishes that are clogging up fragile spiritual connections.
It is also important which objects are being cleaned or what is being “swept” out—pay attention to the rest of the images.... Dreamers Dictionary
Dreams that you are cleaning are good signs. It means you are removing some negativity in your life and overcoming major obstacles to enter a new stage in your life. It signifies self-improvement and increased confidence.... My Dream Interpretation
A clear, straightforward warning note from your conscience is contained in a dream of cleaning, and the harder or busier was the dreamed cleaning activity, the more urgent is the warning against allowing yourself to be drawn into anything even slightly unethical, no matter how pleasurable and/or profitable it may appear.
See also Wash, Teeth, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Washing in dreams is a fairly common theme, and almost always relates to something that is troubling or worrying the dreamer in waking life. The harder the hands or body are scrubbed, the greater the need for the unconscious to be free of guilt or some kind of burden.
The same applies to washing stains in clothes.
If you are taking a shower or bath in your dream, this could indicate a problem that overshadows you in waking life.
If you are washing your hair, this is connected to your emotions, and if you are washing your genitals, there may be some kind of sexual adventure in waking life that you are ashamed of. You could also be worried about sexually transmitted diseases.
If you are cleaning your home, this could suggest that you want to get more organized in your waking life, but before you can do that you need to dispose of dirt or dust; this may refer to ways of thinking or responding that are clouding your judgments in waking life.
If you were watching a washing machine in your dream, this is a reference to your daily routine and the boredom you feel.
If you are trapped in the washing machine, you feel stifled by your daily routine; it will therefore be important to make changes in daily life as soon as possible.... The Element Encyclopedia
If you dream about issues with the environment (such as global warming, pollution, etc.) reflects negative emotions. You may be feeling upset and fearful of a situation or relationship. Alternatively, it suggests that you have not clearly understood a situation well enough to make an informed decision.... My Dream Interpretation
1. Dealing with real problems and quality of life.
2. Problems of “inner pollution”; emotional burdens and uncertainties.
3. A positive intention to create your own environment, an expression of realizing or ignoring complex personal needs and wishes. See Earth, Fire, Air, Water, Garbage, Spring, World.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The essence of a jigsaw puzzle lies in the way minute pieces of something are considered piece by piece and put together to create a slowly emerging image of the whole. This is symbolic of mental considerations where an idea is examined bit by bit until eventually clarity emerges. This symbol may appear in a dream when you are engaged in such a process.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
A well-known symbol of differentiation (analysis) and intellectual work.
The saw is changing something rough into something more precise that the dreamer then can use. In many instances, this dream image has something to do with willpower that can be used to bring success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Dreams of a saw denote destruction that leads to creation. Your dream is giving you the message that sometimes your life structures need to be torn down before they can be recreated. See Knife and Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The interpretation here must be correlated with the action and type of tool.
If you dreamed of a band saw, the dream is telling you to persevere and you will win the approval you seek; a jigsaw portends the breakup of a romantic attachment; a buzz saw is a warning that you are endangering your reputation and/or credit through association with undesirable companions; a hacksaw predicts an increase in responsibility but with unexpected compensations; an ordinary handsaw indicates difficulties and obstacles to be overcome during a change which will ultimately be an advance.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
A saw is a manifestation of the desire to cut or to terminate an affair, be it a personal conflict, a work project, or a familial relationship. The dreamer should analyze the negative aspects of life and study the consequences of his actions, because it is possible that the problem has a less drastic solution than what is expressed by the subconscious.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
A saw is designed primarily to cut through wood in order to create something of structure.
The saw itself represents your ability to change the shape of some form of thought, idea, or consciousness. When put to use, such a tool can be highly constructive but also dangerous. Let your dream indicate which direction to take your interpretation.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Vision: Seeing or working with a saw: someone is out to humiliate or irritate you. Hearing someone use a saw: you are in need of a break—your nerves are irritated. Watching someone use a saw: somebody has disappeared and now you have to face the damage by yourself. Seeing a dull saw: you are working with inferior tools and won’t succeed. Seeing wood shavings: your work is creating useless “garbage.” See File.
Depth Psychology: The saw is a sign that you are overly critical and at times too cynical. Working with a saw: you need to solve conflicts and problems on your own.
The dream might also suggest you let go of a relationship. Sometimes the saw indicates sexual desires that call for attention.... Dreamers Dictionary
Wading through sawdust may point to the debris that needs to be cleaned up from some project recently under construction. Sawdust may point to having witnessed something dirty.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Dreams of sawdust represent the remnants of your former belief systems and identities. You are in the midst of a great transformation, as your release your relationships and habits back to the dust from whence they came. See Ashes.... Strangest Dream Explanations
This is one of the major aspects of dreaming. Unless we are born blind, virtually every dream shows us looking at, seeing or viewing the events, objects, environment and people of the dream. In a word count from a sample of 1,000 dreams, the words see, saw, look, looking occurred 1,077 times. This is the highest occurrence of any words in the sample. Next were feel, feelings, felt with a score of 855, and house, houses with 412.
This suggests that dreams are almost entirely about giving attention to, being aware of, being confronted by, considering or realising some aspect of the enormously wide range of experience which human consciousness meets. Therefore, whatever appears in the dream shows we are giving some thought to, feeling or confronting what is depicted. During each day we meet, in sensory impressions, in memory, in emotion, in thought, a huge variety of things.
It is therefore of great interest what comparatively few subjects our spontaneous dream response chooses to give attention to out of all the range. It seems likely these chosen areas are important to us.
Looking at something implies our attitudes or response to what is seen. Being looked at by someone else in the dream suggests seeing oneself from a viewpoint which is not our norm. By actually attempting to stand in the role of the other person, as described in dream processing, we can become conscious of this different viewpoint. By standing in our own role in the dream, and actually taking time to consider what it is we are ‘seeing, and the impressions involved, we can ‘see’ or become aware of what the dream is getting us to look at regarding ourself. Idioms: from the look of things; look after, look askance at; look at; look before you leap; look blue, look down on; look for, look forward to; look into; look out, look over something; look small; look the other way; look up to; look for a fight; not like the look of; as far as I can see; as I see it; do you see what I mean; I’ll see about that; I see, see over something; overseer; see eye to eye; see life; see red; see which way the wind blows; catch sight of; get out of my sight, in sight of; lose sight of; out of sight, out of mind, second sight; at first sight. See searching. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Dreams of a seesaw signify that you are teetering back and forth regarding an issue that you are weighing and balancing. Or perhaps your dream is giving you the message to find balance in your life between career, family and your spiritual practice.... Strangest Dream Explanations
As the entry on spring suggests, the dreamer is cleaning out old ideas and may actually be physically preparing themselves for new business, relationships, and new beginnings in their life.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
A dream about spring-cleaning is probably inviting you to make a new beginning, start a new life, by getting rid of old muck and rubbish: negative habits and attitudes, energy-consuming anxiety’, a sadomasochistic guilt-complex, etc.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols