Dreams Department

Please remember, this column is designed to help the consumer seeking behavioral-health information, and not intended to be any form of psychotherapy or a replacement for professional, individualized services. Opinions expressed in the column are those of the columnist and do not represent the position of other staff.


I have often found reference to dreams as a hint or possible connection to a past life on this planet. Do you agree or not?


I have talked to people who do use dreams as a way to investigate their past lives. However, since past lives are not verifiable, they must remain for me in the realm of belief rather than fact. I prefer to see past lives as a portal or perspective that gives me insight into how I see my rootedness & place in the world and I like to open the possible lives up to past, present-parallel and future as well.

Dreams can then not only hint at connections, but provide an emotional bridge across which we can travel and provide inner-personal cultural exchanges. The key for me is cross-fertilization -- that I both provide something new for my alternative lives and they provide something new for me. I feel the key to all past life investigation is to ask myself why I am doing it? Am I just nosey or can we begin to build a mutually enriching network across time and space?

Suggestions for Dream and Past Life Exploration (with Karma & Improvement in mind)

1. What parts of the dream seem to be about the past, the present-alternative or the future?
2. What aspects of the character's personalities and behavior is familiar to me? Is this something I want to increase, to maintain or release?
3. What aspects of the character's personalities and behavior are unfamiliar to me? Is this something I want to increase, to maintain or release?
4. If I could write a short letter to this character, what would I say to them?
5. If I were to receive a short letter from this character, what would they tell me?
6. Is there a hint about a project that involves both their time and mine?


Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.


Please help support our SelfhelpMagazine mission
so that we may continue serving you.
Choose your
support amount here: