Thought for the week
One of the disturbing dreams we can have is seeing or meeting death in dreams. This can take the form of being at a funeral, seeing someone die or some how meeting our own death by accident or other means. When we see other people die, this usually means that our relationship with that person is dead or dying. We are moving on from our old relationship into something new. The way we have looked to that person is about to change.
If we are the person meeting death in dreams, it can point to something we need to face in life. A fear or situation which is holding us back from progressing on to the next stage in our lives. It may be something small or significant, but it is something we need to deal with.
Funeral of my father
Many years ago I had a dream where I was at the funeral of my father. It was disturbing as I loved my Dad and we had a pretty good relationship together. I was relieved to see up and well the next morning. During this time I had started to work away from home, coming back at the weekends. I was beginning to establish my independence from my family and particularly my Dad, who would have given me jobs around the farm up to this point. Our relationship was changing. I was becoming more independent, a little more mature and our reliance on each other was changing. My old thinking and attitudes to Dad were dying.
After a while I realised that what I had seen in the dream was the death of how I used to look at my Dad. My old attitudes to him were changing, our relationship was taking on a new life. We were learning to live independently of each other. The funeral I saw in my dream was the death of my old attitudes and attachments to my father. It marked the birth of a new relationship together.
When we die in a dream
What is behind our own death in dreams? This can be a very liberating dream. The fact that we are now awake and still alive proves that we didn’t actually die. It illustrates that our dream death is a symbol for something. It can be very liberating because it can mean that we are moving on from our current position in life. Our current attitudes, attachments, and thinking are about to die. We are progressing on to a new way of thinking with new insights. This is a spiritual rebirth where our inner world is renewed with fresh thinking, new ideas and increased awareness.
At a recent meeting a lady told of how she had a feeling that she would die giving birth to the child she was carrying. She even wrote letters to her children so they would have something from their mother to remember her by. She went through the birth as normal and everything went fine. However her life did change. Not long after that she divorced her husband which brought a lot of changes. The birth of her new child marked the death of her old self. She started a new life as her old life died away.
Some of us have nightmares where we are fleeing for our lives, trying to stay alive but we often end up badly, falling or screaming to our death in dreams, only to wake up, back in our body. This kind of nightmare can often become a reoccurring nightmare until we are able to sort it out or deal with it. This is not easy to do but with determination and a good spiritual exercise we can overcome this fear.
While in the dream we have to turn to face this fear we are running away from. An excellent and simple spiritual exercise to help us meet our fears is the HU Song. If we can have the presence of mind while dealing with death in dreams to sing HU, it can often help turn the situation from being fearful to one where we are more in control. The HU connects us to our higher self, Soul, which gives us strength, insights and the courage to deal with the issue at hand.
Getting into the daily habit of using the HU to centre ourselves will reflect in our inner lives too. If we have the habit of singing HU and seeing the good it brings into our lives, it will naturally occur to us in our dreams to sing HU. This can help change the nightmare into a insightful and fulfilling experience. The HU Song can bring relief to us in this world and the dream worlds.
Dying but we are not concerned
In some dreams we may be in a situation where someone or something close to us is dying but we are not concerned. We may even be happy to see the death in dreams. When we wake up we become upset at the thought of being so uncaring about such a serious matter. We need to remember that in our dream worlds things are more flexible and the things we see dying are really a symbol for something else, such as an attitude, an attachment to something or someone, a relationship or a situation. The fact that we are happy to see these die in our dreams shows that this is a natural progression of things at that level. The things involved may not actually die but our attitude or relationship with them will change, probably for the better of all involved.
The symbol of death in dreams can be very liberating for us. It usually means we are moving on in our inner or spiritual development. The fact that we are still alive after going through our own death in a dream can help to prove to us that death is not permanent. We do continue to live and survive the experience. If we can see death as a part of how we progress through life we will lose the fear it has over us. Death gets rid of the old and brings us a birth into the new.
Wishing you love and happiness in every rebirth you go through in life.
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