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Did You Dream About a Past Life? Here's What It Means

Whenever a colorful dream subject like a past life appears in your dreams, it can have many potential interpretations.

Here are three different interpretations of dreams involving your dream topic from our dream experts.

Which interpretation best matches your dream?

What does a past life mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about experiencing a past life often signifies a need for self-discovery and understanding. There are many different takes on that idea though.

It suggests that you are seeking wisdom from your past experiences to deal with current life situations. On the other hand, dreaming about someone else recounting their past life could indicate that you are seeking guidance or advice. It might also suggest that you are trying to understand someone else's perspective or experiences to gain insight into your own life. Both dreams are about introspection, learning from the past, and personal growth.

A past life is a somewhat complex dream concept to really clarify with certainty. To know for certain, I'd need to really get to know the dreamer's past and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a past life, in Freudian terms, may be an expression of the unconscious mind's attempt to reconcile unresolved conflicts or traumas.

Some additional thoughts on this: It's a manifestation of the 'return of the repressed', where the psyche seeks resolution through symbolic reliving. Conversely, a dream where another recounts their past life could be a projection of your own unresolved issues onto another. It's a form of displacement, where the ego attempts to distance itself from uncomfortable emotions or memories. Both dreams, fundamentally, are the psyche's endeavor to achieve equilibrium, to integrate the repressed into the conscious self, and to attain a more complete understanding of one's own identity.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about experiencing a past life can be a spiritual message from your higher self, urging you to delve deeper into your soul's journey. It's a call to remember lessons learned in past incarnations, to apply them in your present life. This dream can also be a sign of karmic patterns needing resolution. Conversely, dreaming about someone else recounting their past life can symbolize your spiritual connection with that person. It might be a sign that you are soulmates or have shared past lives together. This dream can also be a reminder that everyone has their own unique spiritual journey and lessons to learn. Both dreams are spiritual prompts to explore your soul's history and its impact on your current life.

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Which dream analysis makes the most sense for you?

Which of the above interpretations for a past life fits with your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted thing. Just about any dream image can signify a wide range of things — or symbolize many different themes from our conscious life.

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