Past Life Dreams - Common Characteristics

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  1. Ailish

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    A dream is a "spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic form, of the actual situation in the unconscious."
    -- CG Jung, 1916.

    One very common question we receive on the forum is, “How do I know if this is a past life dream?”

    Past life dreams are different from the norm in that they:
    • Contain historical information.

    • Are unchanging in events and details.

    • Are outside of our range of experiences in this life.

    • Are highly emotional in content.

    • The “you” in the dream is not who you are now. You can be a different gender or race.

    I think it’s important to note – that not all recurring dreams are past life related. Just like all dreams that feel emotional in the moment are not past life related. Edgar Cayce once said, "Dreams, visions, impressions, to the entity in the normal sleeping state are the presentations of the experiences necessary for the development, if the entity would apply them in the physical life.”

    Dreams are a doorway to unconscious and I think it’s extremely important – especially when you are first learning to differentiate – to consider the situations, thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing in your present life. Dreams are often the way we work through the daily turmoil of our present lives.

    Also consider – a past life dream may show itself when something is “triggering” it in our present life – such as a pattern about to repeat itself that we need to be aware of.

    In her book “The Dreamer’s Way,” Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph.D states the following about past life dream triggers:

    Deborah posted some wonderful insight into various types of past life dreams:

    If you’re interested in learning more about your dreams, I’d recommend checking out the thread How can I learn more about my Past Lives? in the FAQ Section. Denise Linn’s book "Past Lives; Present Dreams" may be extremely beneficial to those of you who are looking to do a little more self-analysis and past life work.

    I think all of our dreams are significant. I also think it's important to keep track of our dreams in journals -- they actually end up containing a lot of enlightening information, both past life and present day related. A journal allows you to read back over your dreams, piece things together and figure out patterns and/or symbolism involved.

    Some tips for journaling:

    • Keep a journal and pen handy beside your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night and have had an important dream – take a few moments to jot it down before rolling over and going back to sleep. If you don’t it will be lost, no matter how much you think you’ll remember. ;)

    • Write down the entire dream in chronological order. Include as many details as you can – colors, people, setting, time period, clothing, symbols, languages, accents etc.

    Rosemary Ellen Guiley also speaks about visionary dreaming in her book. She believes that with intent, we can ask our dreams to show us a past life or lives. She suggests the following as intentions:

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