In our weekly Mindful Dreams column, Aneta Baranek of the School of Metaphysics is offering free dream interpretations to The Mindful Word readers, as well as articles on dreams in general.

If you’ve ever been curious about deciphering the cryptic contents of your subconscious mind, here’s your chance! If you would like Aneta to interpret your dream, fill out this form. She will respond with your dream interpretation through this column, published every Thursday. Aneta would love to receive more comments for the dreams interpreted. If you can relate to a dream posted here or have any insights to add, you can post them as comments to the interpretation, or email her at



Hi Aneta,

In my dream, I found myself living in a former apartment of mine, where my best friend had previously died. He was a good friend, but it was a manipulative relationship and unhealthy in many ways. I was confused to see the room No. 609 and realize that I was actually living in his room (in real life, I lived down the hall).

In that same building, living in a different room, was a sociopath whom I know. The former landlord was a really bad person and died about a year ago, but I’m unsure of whether she was in this dream. When I awoke, I was left with a feeling of insecurity and unease.

– Phillip

DREAM TITLE: “In Friend’s Apartment”

DREAMER: Male, 53, U.S.


Apartment — a place in mind

Friend — a familiar aspect of the dreamer

Death — transformation


Hello Phillip,

Thank you for sharing your dream.

Most commonly, a nighttime dream is a reflection of the dreamer’s state of mind 24 to 48 hours prior to having the dream. Each person, place and thing within a dream reflects an aspect of the dreamer.

The apartment where your passed-on friend used to live references a place in mind within your own consciousness. This is a place you experienced in the past and are revisiting in the present time. That place is also connected to a part of you that your friend represents. This is a familiar aspect of you. However, it has been transformed. Transformation is what death represents in the Universal Language of Mind.


Your dream reflects your return to a past state of mind that has been let go of. The key to discerning what ways of being this dream relates to is to understand the primary quality that your passed-on friend represents.

In dream symbology, each person represents a part, a characteristic, of the dreamer. When you think of this friend, what are the most immediate characteristics that come to mind? Was he kind? Was he absent-minded?

In your submission, you shared that the relationship was unhealthy and manipulative, and that after the dream, you woke up feeling insecure and uneasy. Perhaps these are the qualities that your friend may be symbolizing.

Whatever the qualities are, this is the part within you that’s being reflected back to you by the dream. It’s up to you to determine whether this past way of being is productive or not, and to decide whether you’d want to reintroduce it into your waking life. The choice is yours!

May your dreams illuminate the inner and outer you…

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