If you’ve ever woken up after dreaming about someone breaking into your house, it’s very understandable to wake up with a sense of panic, fear, and concern.
Your home, after all, symbolizes everything private and truly your own.
In terms of dream symbology, a home represents your mind and sense of personhood.
It has little to do with your personal effects, your possessions, or whatever external material items you may have earned, gathered, or built up throughout these years.
Instead, it goes much deeper.
It goes into the essence of who you are as reflected in what you’re capable of, your identity, and your sense of privacy.
All of these are directly implicated and violated when you dream of someone breaking into your house.
The Biblical Meaning of Dreaming About Someone Breaking Into My House
Biblical dream interpretation has much to say about the symbology of a stranger breaking into your house.
After all, the Bible says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
When you dream of someone breaking into your private space, regardless of how big your home may be, this indicates a tremendous amount of fear because of a full sense of lack of control.
You’re not there.
You’re definitely not preventing it from happening, and it seems that you can’t do much of anything to stop it from happening.
Because of these factors, you feel that something bad will happen to you.
Thieves come to steal.
They don’t ask for permission.
They often want only to destroy or ransack your possessions.
They throw up everything in the air and turn everything upside down, looking for the most valuable stuff they can haul away and sell to somebody else.
They don’t care about the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put into your possessions.
They definitely couldn’t care less about why these possessions are so important to you.
This makes it sting, and where John 10:10 really brings home the point.
There’s a distinct contrast between how you regard the stuff you have built up all these years and the attitude of a thief.
A thief comes to steal and, if necessary, kill and destroy.
In contrast, you love your life.
You care about living life to the full, and that’s why you have built up this life for yourself.
But all of that has been turned upside down.
Dream Interpretation of Someone Breaking Into Your House
This type of dream imagery is fairly straightforward because it’s easy to get caught in the emotional roller coaster that attends it.
First, you start out with a sense of violation, then a feeling of panic comes over you, possibly a tremendous amount of anger.
But at the end of the day, you look at what’s left.
You look through the wreckage.
It’s as if they took the best stuff, and the other things that you also view as valuable were destroyed or damaged.
You were also disrespected.
And amidst this ruin, Jeremiah 17:7 speaks to us:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.”
Because when you are faced with the aftermath of a home invasion or a robbery, it’s very easy to feel helpless.
You can’t help but be tempted to think that you really have no control over your life, and because of this, there’s really nothing to be confident about.
Most people who have been violated have a tough time trusting others.
In the back of their heads, they’re always thinking:
“What if it happens again?
Who can I really trust?
Who can I really open myself up to?
Who can I really build with?”
Because if you were to just look at the dollar figures of the stuff that got stolen, the dollar figure is usually acceptable.
Most people can deal with the loss of money.
But that is not the issue!
Something far more precious has been destroyed besides the money.
You can take somebody’s wealth away, but please don’t take their confidence away, and that’s the issue.
Because once a person feels that they’re no longer confident, they have a tough time trusting others and ultimately trusting themselves.
This gets in the way of them gaining a sense of closure, of feeling that they have gotten back what they have lost because there’s a void now.
Maybe we can call it a scar, but it’s never the same as it was before.
The Need to Trust in Something More Fundamental
When you have this dream of someone breaking into your home, your subconscious is trying to get your attention to the central question of what you base your confidence on.
• Do you base it on people and circumstances you cannot control?
• Do you base it on yourself, which is, of course, subject to aging and the ups and downs of luck?
• Or do you base it on a Higher Power, something bigger than you, to the point that you can’t quite fully understand it?
• Do you base it on something that holds an objective standard that pushes you to be the very best version of yourself, not because it feels good or you feel like it, but because you feel that you should live up to these standards?
You don’t have to be the most religious person in the world to understand the life-changing value of an external-based standard for living.
God Often Blesses Through Disasters
It’s very easy to develop false confidence.
If we notice that there are certain areas of our lives that never seem to change, it’s tempting to think that we can place our full confidence in those areas.
In the back of our heads, we’re thinking:
“The world may be a chaotic place, but I will always have X.
X never changes.”
But there will come a day when things come to a head, and because of factors totally outside of your control and completely not your fault, things start to fall apart.
These are very frightening times for a lot of people.
When you place your assumption on something that you think you can control to the point that you take it for granted, or you assume that it will always be there, seeing it crumble in front of your very eyes can be a cause for a tremendous amount of panic.
This is where people really lose their shit because they think that their job defines them, their relationship defines them, or their identity is based on their creativity.
Whatever the case may be, things begin to end.
The good news is that as scary as this may be, just like the scene of somebody breaking into your home in your nighttime vision, it is also a tremendous opportunity.
It turns out that a lot of people place their confidence in things that they themselves should be challenging.
They should be leveling up those areas of their life.
They should be questioning them and pushing them to their boundaries.
Instead, they treat them like idols, safely stored away in their mental museums.
They walk away with the confidence that no matter what changes, these things will never change.
Don’t be so sure!
The only thing constant in life is change, and if you consistently challenge your assumptions and your mindset and you are constantly pushing the walls of your comfort zone outwards, you are better prepared for life.
Not only would you be able to deal with the ups and downs of life and the slings and arrows of Fortune, but you rekindle and maintain the flames of your personal sense of adventure, newness, and discovery.
This — not dollars and cents, not the respect of other people, nor any other kind of material symbol — is the true essence of life.
When you suffer a disaster or you suffer from experiencing almost paralyzing fear, it is a golden opportunity.
It might not feel like one at the time, but it can be a turning point.
What Does It Mean if the Intruder Gets Inside Your House?
It’s one thing to dream about an intruder trying to break into your house.
Maybe they’re banging on the wall, trying to pick apart the lock only for things to end because you woke up before the scene where the intruder actually gets in.
Matthew 24:43 shines an interesting light on this:
“Understand this, if a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watching and not permit his house to be broken into.”
So if you see an intruder actually getting into your house, this is a sign that your assumptions have been wrong all this time.
A lot of people find this very troubling. In fact, many people have a tough time accepting this, and this is exactly what you need to change.
You have to understand that you’re not always in control, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Looking at life from an assumption that you’re not always in control and that you should be able to trust other people or have a backup plan puts you in a better place.
You are better prepared for what can happen.
A lot of Americans quickly fall into a spiral of desperation, hopelessness, and depression the moment they lose their jobs or the moment they run the risk of losing their homes because their mortgage payments have spiraled out of control.
The reason for this is quite obvious.
They base their confidence on things that they think they can control.
They assume that they can control these things.
They assume that everything will go on the way it went on before.
Now you and I know that that’s not the way to live life because who knows what’s around the corner?
But this is the kind of false confidence people operate with, and when it all starts to fall apart, they, too, fall apart.
The good news is that there is an alternative here.
Understand that you’re not in control, and be perfectly okay with that. Understand that there is a Higher Power out there.
Whether you look at it as Universal Consciousness or a deity, it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that there is something bigger, higher, and more eternal than you.
And when you reconnect with that, things fall into place.
In many cases, you see the rhyme and reason behind why things play out the way they do in your personal life.
But if you start with the assumption that everything has to be in control and I am in control of everything, the moment facts present themselves in such as way that it doesn’t line up with your personal narrative, you face a personal crisis.
The world that you constructed in your mind starts to fall apart, and you feel that you really can’t do much of anything about it.
Talk about helpless!
So start first with the assumption that you’re not in control, and it’s perfectly okay.
There is something larger that sustains everything and that at the end of the day, despite the ups and downs, the commotion, the turmoil, and the drama, there is this grand universal narrative that will outlive you, and everything is okay.
What Does It Mean to Dream of People Breaking Into Your Car?
For a lot of people, their car is a stand-in for their home.
In fact, if you look at how automobiles operate, they actually say a lot more about different areas of your life than your does.
While your home can symbolize everything that is private about you, a car brings something extra to the table because it can get you from Point A to Point B.
In other words, it’s an extension of your ability to make things happen.
When you see somebody break into your car, this is your subconscious letting you know that you feel that your ability to make things happen — your personal capacity to turn the things that you think about into a reality that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell — is under threat.
This is actually a very scary dream image because it can undermine our confidence in our ability to affect our world.
A lot of people who believe that the world is just a great lottery don’t have a problem with this because they don’t have a mental car.
Instead, the better analogy for them is that they’re a piece of plastic floating on the endless sea of destiny.
Whether there are storms or endless beating sunshine, they just go around and around.
Whether they go around in a few miles, kilometers, or thousands of miles, you can be sure that they have no control and that everything else is already operating outside their will.
On the other end, there are people who see life as a house, which is something that you plan.
It is a structure that you can build or have others build for you.
You have a lot of say in its structure, what to do with it, what it looks like, and how people would view it.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:19–21:
“Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth where moths and vermin destroy and where thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up your treasures in Heaven.”
Your home represents choice, and it’s really a choice.
You’re still building, and you’re still desiring.
But the question is one of scale, both in physical terms as well as personal capacity.
If you believe that only you can come up with stuff in your life and only you can make things happen, then you would be justified when you feel depressed, helpless, and ultimately hopeless when things fall apart.
You’ve built your house on the sandy foundation of your ego.
All your sense of adventure and your personal understanding of your capacity to affect as well as shape your own personal universe is based solely on you.
But if you’ve built it on the rock of some Higher Force, some Higher Truth that can withstand the test of time because it is timeless and holds you to a higher standard, then, whatever happens, you will find the confidence to look forward to the next day or to the next chapter.
Even if it is death, destruction, and darkness around the corner, you can brave that because your frame of reference has changed.
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Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.