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The burned out chest of drawers

Posted Mar 19 2009 5:24am

About a day after this dream, it suddenly struck me that this was about my heart -- a chamber with four drawers, in the chest. I certainly felt burned and charred inside, and tests would show that my heart had been badly compromised and scarred. It was a depressing and discouraging dream. I can still vividly see that chest of drawers in my mind.

This was three years ago. Much to my surprise, and contrary to the image in the dream, I have made a strong recovery and am leading a normal life, in spite of an ejection fraction (the capacity of the heart to pump blood) reduced by 50%.

One of the people who heard this dream suggested that it could be about many different things; four, for instance, is a symbol associated with wholeness. Yes, but there is also a kind of an "aha" feeling when one hits the right meaning of the dream, a kind of emotional resonance that says, "Yes, that's it."

The dream is not prognostic however, nor is it the "truth". In this sense, while the dream may have represented the damage to the heart, it over-emphasized the darkness and damage; it was a dream also reflective of the anxiety. While it may have shown the subjective feeling about the heart attack, it did not necessarily indicate the objective reality.

Although the dream was not directly about "fire", this is the closest element that could be researched on the web. Here are some of the possibilities and associations to fire:

Fire and lightning mean intensity. If it were consciousness it would be light, but fire and lightning are chiefly energetic phenomena; that is, there is a great deal of libido in those figures, they are full of meaning, in other words.

Visions: notes of the seminar given in 1930 - 1934, C.G.Jung; p. 886


Pent up emotions, such as anger or rage could be the reason for dreaming of fire. In the dream if fire is strong and high, it could mean that the emotions are strong. If the fire is weak and not roaring, it could mean there is pent up emotion, but no to an overwhelming state.

Not being able to let it go and letting it build within is usually the dream of fire. Holding a grudge against something or someone could be the result. It could also mean that there is pain or fear in one’s life. Either could stem from relationship issues. Dreaming of fire could also mean that there is a lot of passion in a person’s life: usually sexual passion, not a passion for something. If the fire is large and roaring in the dream it could mean that the passion is very high.


Burning is a tremendous fear many people from many different cultures hold in common. However, it is often simultaneously associated with purification. To pass through fire intact is to see oneself as becoming purified. However, being burned may indicate that one perceives life as extraordinarily threatening and painful. If a particular object is on fire (house, car, etc.), this may symbolise over-commitment to it or fear of a world without it.

Freud found fire to be a symbol of male power. In this case, fire may indicate control over a circumstance or a struggle to feel that way, depending on whether the fire is controlled or not.

Do you question your own morality at times? Are you seeking cleansing from a bad experience? Do you perceive your own life is about to go through a significant transition that requires spiritual preparation.


Ancient mythology tells us that fire came to humanity not as a gift from the gods but as a spoil of an act of thievery. It was stolen from the god Zeus by the cunning Prometheus. Prometheus was rewarded for outsmarting Zeus by being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten daily by an eagle.

In mythology, fire was a complex symbol meaning far more than warmth and comfort. It was in fact, the very "means of life." Fire as a dream symbol is as complex as its mythology

Fire in dreams, especially fire that appears in the form of erupting volcanoes or irrepressible wildfires may symbolize emotions that are out of control. These symbols are especially representative of suppressed anger--anger that has reached its boiling point and can no longer be contained. Take care to examine your life and address these issues so as to prevent the damage that can occur to interpersonal relationships during and emotional meltdown.

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