And Why Do We Have Them?
Dreams alone are a fascinating topic aren’t they? But throw recurring dreams into the mix and the subject becomes even stranger. If dreams are a collection of images and ideas that your subconscious weaves together into a tale or story whilst you sleep, why are some of those dreams dreamt more than once, sometimes several times throughout our lives, like a film stuck on repeat?
There are of course numerous competing theories as to what dreams themselves are, from the mundane (just your brain trying to make sense of activities and events that occur during waking life) to the more meaningful, such as messages from your spirit guides, angels and higher-self. In reality though, no one theory is accepted for certain across the board.
“Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.”Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
When it comes to the realm of recurring dreams, i.e. those dreams that you have more than once, the mystery is murkier still. Some believe that it’s just a glitch in the system, the mind getting stuck on certain topics so that they reoccur again and again, with others believing that such dreams can be evidence of our past lives.
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
For those believing in the concept of reincarnation (like me!), the following are said to be a few of the ways to tell “normal” dreams from past life dreams:
- There’s a historical element to it – either the clothing, setting or people in the dream for example;
- There’s a link to something about yourself that cannot be explained in this life – do you have a recurring dream where you were burned at the stake and have an over-the-top fear of fire in this life, or dream of drowning at sea as well as having a life-long fear of water? For me, I have a love of languages and find German particularly easy to learn and enjoy teaching myself with no apparent explanation for this.
- Your dream is recurring, little details may change of course, but generally the theme is eerily similar. I have lost count of the amount of dreams I’ve had involving the Tower of London which I’ve only ever visited once when I was 10 years old. In the dream, I’m always racing across London (a place I’ve only ever visited twice), to get to the Tower but I’m always too late for whatever it is I’m trying to get there for;
- Not looking or acting like yourself now in the dream but knowing that a person is meant to be yourself nonetheless;
- An inner knowing that the dream was just “different” somehow.
- Being a non-famous/ordinary person in the dream. The likelihood of you being a king of queen is relatively small in comparison to being a “normal” person from the past so I find dreams where that’s my station far more believable than where I’m Anne Boleyn for example!
Of course, these are just a few examples and you don’t have to have experienced all of them to be said to have had a past-life dream. The key ones for me personally are 1, 3 and 5, but yours could be a different combination or totally different reasons entirely.
These dreams are different from past-life regressions where you are actively trying to tap into previous lifetimes in that they are involuntary, on a conscious-level at least – those can be enlightening too in a completely different way – but that’s a post for a different day!
So what to do if you think that you have had a recurring past-life dream? Enjoy it, write it down in a dream journal and meditate on any lessons to be learnt. Importantly however, recognise that this is your life now and don’t become obsessed with the meaning behind the dream because, of course, there might not be one at all.
Have you ever had a recurring dream that you believed was related to a past-life of some sort? What made you think that? Let me know 🙂