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Dad Held the Key in My Dream

Updated on July 17, 2011

Dreams Hold Answers

I had a dream one night. It was a curious dream involving my parents. My parents are both deceased and with the recent loss of my mom, I was overjoyed to see them. I was caught off guard. The real answers of this dream rested with my Dad.

I was walking down the street where I grew up. Looking around at the cars parked along the street, I noticed a car underneath a tower, but it didn’t matter. When I turned around I saw my parents. There they were, Mom & Dad, sitting on some front porch steps. The green steps led up to a house located just a few doors down from where I lived as a child. I remembered this house.

Who Am I

When I saw them, immediately I ran over to them. “Mom, Dad,” I exclaimed. “You are here!!”

Filled with delight, I saw them. They were alive and well, happy and peaceful. For some reason, I approached Dad. He was sitting near the top of these stairs, so it was a short climb up.

I stepped up the stairs. I wanted to hug him. As I approached him, I could see his smile. His mouth was a little crooked. The smile wasn’t obvious, but he appeared to be trying to smile.

“Dad,” I said to him,” I’m so glad to see you.”

He looked at me and said something but I couldn’t quite understand. I was concentrating on his mouth, it appeared different somehow, a little crooked, perhaps?

The Key is the Answer to My Dream


I went up a little closer. I was so thrilled to see him. Then I spoke to him, Dad, I don’t have a job anymore. I’ve been looking but I’m not working now.

He said to me, “finding a job is a job. You have to find your purpose in life. You have to make a difference.”

I paused and looked down for a moment.(It had been one month since I was laid off from work and here I was discussing my concerns with my father). Thinking about what he said. Finding a job is a job. I have to find my purpose in life. I need to make a difference. Then I looked back at Dad. He was looking to his right, like he saw something off to a distance. Next, he said something that was quite strange.

He said, ”I wish I had that fish aquarium. I need the key to that fish aquarium.”

A Dream Interpretation

Dad, I replied. What do you mean?

I looked towards the direction he was staring but when I looked back he was gone. Dad, I cried out. Dad! Daddy! I wept.

Then I awoke. This was a vivid dream of my father that continues to speak to my soul today.

It was several weeks after finding myself unemployed that I questioned my life. I had said if only Dad or Mom were here I could ask them what I should do.

Out of my dreams, Dad comes to me. I have not had a dream of him for years, not a dream like that anyway. I have not dreamt of him speaking to me as if we were still together. I don’t know why I didn’t talk to Mom or where she was while I was talking to Dad.

My dad told me I should find my purpose in life. Well right there is a lot of wisdom. Yes I agree with that totally. I’ve been trying to figure that out too. What is my purpose? How can I make a difference? He told me that too, I should make a difference.

The last part of what Dad said to me did not make any sense. He said he was looking for the key to a fish aquarium. What does that mean? First I don’t know of any locking aquariums. Is that a metaphor of some kind? It sounds like a riddle to me. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything at all. But I can’t believe that. If it was part of the dream and part of the conversation, it meant something.

I meditated on it. I prayed over it. Then it finally dawned on me.

Fish represent a new life… Finding the key to unlock a new life!

It was a great dream, I had a revelation.


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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Interesting thought Spirit Whisperer. Something for me to think over. Dreams unrealized tend to recur in different forms but always say the same message. I have some reflection to do.

      Thanks for giving me some food for thought. Much appreciated.

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Do you see the world as a safe place or full of sharks. Are you a home bird preferring the comfort security that home has to offer? Have you been reluctant to venture out into the big wide world? Could you Dad be trying to tell you to leave the safety of the familiar and venture forth?

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Spirit Whisperer. That is very insightful. Sharing this dream was personal and I hesitated to do so but I'm grateful now I did. Unlocking the dreams' answer will open my eyes I'm sure.

      As for the type of aquariums, which is odd to me. I do not own any fish aquariums. The only ones I imagine are those large ones you might see with tropical beauty. There are the aquariums people keep in their homes and there are those larger ones with sharks and other fish in the sea, that you might see in a museum or zoo.

      I did have this dream many months ago and it may be timing as well. This is something I will reflect on.

      Thank you. I'll review your dream hub as well.

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      To share a dream is to share yourself and a very deep part of yourself. Your dreams are like photos you bring back from a holiday abroad but the trip you take every night is to the same location...deep within yourself to that place where the intellect cannot go. There is no logic or sense here just raw feelings and the essence of who or what you really are.

      I would suggest that you ask your dream to tell you what the image of the aquarium means as it seems to me that you are meant to look for the answer to that.

      Nobody can interpret your dreams for you this is a conversation between the thinking you and the you you return to every night. You must learn to speak the language of your dream and your father gave you the key to crack the code. The Germans thought that their Enigma Machine could keep their codes safe from the Allied code breakers but they too were wrong. Every code can be broken once you have the key.

      I have also have one question for you. How many kinds of aquarium do you know besides fish ones?

      Thank you so much for sharing I could talk all day about dreams as they form a very important part of my work as a hypno-psychotherapist.

      The first thing we ask each other every morning when we wake up is "Any dreams?" That is how we start our day as if we just back form holiday!

      I have voted you up and decided to follow you as a result of reading this truly great hub. Thank you.

      I wrote a hub about a dream I had to cure my back problem. I'd love to hear what you think.

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks karen, this dream has taken on a whole new meaning. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I love dreams!! Yours seems very enchanting!!

      May you really find your passion!! Nice hub!!

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Tamarajo for your interpretation and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.

      Thank you Fossillady for reading. There are a lot of answers in this dream. I'm blessed to have received such great wisdom here. I hope you find your purpose too. Dream a little. :D

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      Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, I read Revmjm interpretation, she's good!!!! Glad you found some answers and I hope you find your purpose in life! That goes for me too!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      The Hebrew letter noon which is the first letter for the Hebrew word for soul or life is represented by a picture of a fish and carries the concepts of life, propagating, sprouting, stretching out, increasing, generations and eternal things.

      I can't help but think of Isaiah 54

      1 “Sing, O barren,

      You who have not borne!

      Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,

      You who have not labored with child!

      For more are the children of the desolate

      Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD.

      2 “ Enlarge the place of your tent,

      And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;

      Do not spare;

      Lengthen your cords,

      And strengthen your stakes.

      3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left,

      And your descendants will inherit the nations,

      And make the desolate cities inhabited.

      Children can refer to the plans and purposes He has for us as well.

      What a revelation.

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Tony. Your insight is valuable. I will absorb this and reflect on it. I appreciate you taking the time to send this message. There is much for me to learn. I didn't realize the value of this dream until I read the comments from you & revmjm. All I could see was my parents and how much I miss them. You have revealed a bigger picture here, so thank you.

      Thank you Cogerson for commenting. Yes, these dreams are to be cherished.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

      Luckily my parents are still with us, but I have dreams of my grandmother....they are the best dreams and always make me feel as if I got to spend some more time with her, it sounds like you got to have the same experience....which I think is awesome....thanks for sharing.

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      Tony L Smith 7 years ago from Macon

      Hey Faithdream, thats an awesome dream. Sometimes the Lord gives me interpretations of dreams, almost always a few insights. Revmjm had some important insights.

      I'll just run through what I see, use what you can and throw the rest out.

      The messenger is the dream of course is your Dad. Fathers are the seed carriers, our identity comes from our fathers (think spiritually about that) I won't go any deaper into that subject now, but thats enough for you to chew on.

      Car sometimes represent ministry or purpose in action, like Revmjm said that car was parked, but it was under a tower (maybe a strong tower, a refuge) could be you, could be your parents or both.

      Green steps, Steps represent an accention with a little effort. Green is new life and prosperity.

      What I got on the aquarium to add to Revmjm is that the life of an aquarium is almost artificial, pumped in air from outside.

      Keys, Jesus told Peter after Simon called Him the Christ, Son of the Living God, that He would give him the keys to the Kingdom. Keys unlock prison doors and open treasure chest.

      Its a job finding a job. " It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

      God is not hiding things from you, but hiding them for you to find 'like easter egg hunting'. The parent always wants the child to find every egg, they will even give hints if nessasary. You see even some of the things your Dad said at first are still concealed, but the key there is that he released them to you, they will unveil later.

      You were born for such a time as this

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Revmjm - You my dear, are a God-send. You brought tears to my eyes with this. You understood it perfectly and spoke to me in my heart.

      Making your life count won the hubnugget and it gave me the sense of dreams fulfilled. I always believed God had bigger plans for me. I'm still figuring it out.

      Thank you for your insight. You are a blessing in my life.

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      Margaret Minnicks 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Wow! I have been known to interpret dreams. I facilitate dream workshops and have written a book about dream symbols. Your dream had a lot of symbols.

      Whenever you dream about a house, it represents some unfinished things during your childhood. You also dreamed about walking down the street in your hometown.

      The car being parked under the tower means you are not living up to your "high" potential. Instead you are "parked" but you should be moving.

      The green steps mean you should get "going."

      Your father's crooked mouth that you focused on is really your mouth. You might be saying some things that are not quite "straight." I take it that you are short changing yourself.

      That is more apparent in the key to the aquarium symbol. Did you know that if you keep a shark in an aquarium, it will adapt to the cramped space and will not grow? However, if you put it in the proper environment, it will grow to its full potention. I believe you are that shark in the aquarium. The key is to unlock it and fulfil your purpose.


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