The Dream Book of Self-Knowledge


  • a picture: a person does not use his hand to paint in a dream, but his soul; he thereby depicts his inner state and creates without apparent effort, completely relaxed, in perfect harmony of his being; painting in this way represents the path of seeking the inner spiritual picture.
  • artist's palette: symbolizes the inexhaustible possibilities of life.
  • paintings as part of a ritual, cave paintings: a gateway to higher states of consciousness since these practices can make use of ritual sexual intercourse; phosphenic forms*17 are a kind of cave art (see Apocalypse archetype).
  • in the sense of varnishing or painting: the dreamer is subconsciously trying to improve the varnished or painted symbol in the eyes of others to overcome their aversion toward him and increase his attractiveness.
  • a room: an attempt at changing the mind's content – see the color in question.
  • painted eggs: a symbol of spring's revival of nature, sometimes also the revival of spirit.
  • painting one's face, lips, beautifying oneself (the dreamer does it or sees others doing it): see Makeup, putting on makeup.
  • a railing or fence: the dreamer subconsciously tries to distance himself from symbols or from the unknown behind the railing or fence, and the color of the railing or fence indicates the trait that will help him maintain a safe distance.
  • objects: the dreamer is subconsciously improving the painted symbol in his own eyes to overcome his aversion for it and increase its attractiveness, but this image is often an attempt to put himself in a false light.
  • the façade of a house in which the dreamer is living or has lived: an attempt to improve one's personality in the eyes of others.
  • painting the façades of houses not your own: dreamer's attempt to improve the quality of his own inner world.