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Dreams of past lives?

If your dream is set in a time before you were born, does it give you insight into a past life? Sometimes people dream of being themselves, as they appear today, only in historic dress to suit the period, and sometimes people dream they look quite different, or are of the opposite sex, clearly at one with the time period and not realising it is a past era until they wake up. How should you interpret these kinds of dreams?

When these dreams lack surreal oddities, when they feel everyday except that everyday was long ago, it’s very tempting to conclude that you experienced a past life memory in a dream. Who’s to say? You may have, you may not have. But before you go too far down this track, beware! Think of all the dreams you’ve had featuring your childhood, perhaps your childhood home, school, family life, or holiday camp. These dreams contain a mix of accurate detail and oddities, don’t they? Your childhood home might look more or less the same but have an extra room, back onto a beach instead of a suburban garden, or have a fairy living in the cupboard. Dreams are not what they seem.

There have been many distressing cases where people have dreamed of being sexually abused in settings similar to their childhood home or school, and, because the dreams seemed so real, concluded they had indeed been abused, moving on to make accusations against innocent people. While memories can and do surface in dreams, it’s vital to understand that most dream content is entirely symbolic. The same applies to dreams set in historic periods before your birth.

Interpret the historic era in your dream as symbolic. If you dream you’re a soldier in a war, ask what personal conflict you’re fighting today. If you dream you’re being persecuted as a witch in the Middle Ages, ask what you’re feeling persecuted about today, or how you feel about being middle aged. Or simply summarise the historic dream setting or era in one word such as ‘stuffy’, ‘liberated’, ‘pioneering’, ‘enslaved’, or ‘pagan’, and ask which area of your life this applies to today.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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