Why Do We Have Bad Dreams?

By Sri Harold Klemp

A good dream is one that helps you grow stronger, wiser, and more full of love.

So what are bad dreams for?

Children often have nightmares until the age of six or eight, and sometimes longer. Grown-ups do too, though not so often as a rule. But why scary dreams for good people?

A negative dream is generally a memory of a past life.

It may include experiences of mistreatment, suffering, and even death. Some of us even have dreams of being born, which can give a feeling of suffocation.

These experiences are part of everyone. Children still remember bits and pieces of past lives, and these bad dreams are a part of them.

Bad dreams are old fears.

Having a disturbing dream is like airing out a musty room in spring. You need to face that old fear until it loses its grip, for only then can you be free to live this life to its fullest.

So good and bad dreams both hold spiritual lessons.

From ECK Wisdom on Karma and Reincarnation

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What Does It Mean to Dream About an Old Friend?

As spiritual leader of Eckankar, Sri Harold Klemp receives thousands of letters from truth seekers around the world. All want direct and useful answers about how to travel the road to God. He replies personally to many of these letters.

Here is a question he was asked about the meaning of dreams and reincarnation.

Q: In my dreams, I am often with friends from the past whom I no longer see in the physical. These people had a big influence in my life at one time, but why are they in my dreams so often today?

A: Your question deals with the very broad sweep of reincarnation. The family you live with today is only a small part of the extended family from your past.

Each person’s past link with other people in this life is more like being a member of a farflung clan, which goes well beyond the close members of today’s family. So in this life, other members of your extended family come as schoolmates, childhood friends, teachers, and the like.

They remain in your dreams because they are a very real part of your world. For this lifetime, though, they have chosen a different mission and lifestyle, so you go along your separate paths.

But your inner bond spans time.

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