A few fans have written in recently with dreams concerning dead people. One fan said she believed that we never dream about the dead. I created this post to shine a little light upon what dreaming of the dead might mean.
One particular dream of my own comes to mind when I think of dreaming of the dead, which is interesting because it was a dream I had some years ago and still remember vividly. I was walking towards a beautiful pond which was surrounded with shrubs and forest. When I arrived at the edge of the pond I was surprised to see all these naked bodies lying dead on the bottom of the pond near the edge where it was more shallow. Many were in the foetal position – a sign they were ready to be reborn. Their white skin was almost iridescent. I didn’t want them to be dead. Suddenly, as I squatted by the pool, a hand reached up to me from one of the bodies. I reached out and grabbed her arm and began pulling her from the water. Once I could see that she was ok, I swung into action and began pulling more bodies from the water. Even those that had not shown signs of life were pulled from the water and revived, although not all of them were ready to return. There were both male and female bodies but far more females than males. At some point I called the police and there was one male officer helping me with the rescue.
This is one sort of dream one may have about the dead. Usually, bodies in water are linked to a strong emotion. It is perhaps to avoid these emotions that they were killed. Dreaming of the dead isn’t restricted to water however; they may have been turned to stone, buried in sand, in the earth or even beneath the floorboards. These aspects may have been causing the dreamer some sort of mental distress and have been pushed into the unconscious for a time.
Whatever the reason they were killed and hence dead to the dreamer the situation has either been resolved or needs to be resolved so these aspects can be revived, accepted and integrated into the evolving personality. Integrating these aspects brings to the dreamer more qualities than were previously available to them. For some it may mean more feminine energy, new creativity, more inner strength, or a range of other qualities. The important thing is to work with each of these “dead people” in meditation to find out who they are and what quality they bring to you.
One may also dream about relatives that have passed. Sometimes dreams about relatives occur because the relative is hanging around trying to communicate from the other side (see my post Dreaming of the Dead II for more on this) but more commonly is a relative appearing to show you a quality within self that requires work. The relative is merely a dream symbol in this case. When you think of this person what word comes to mind that sums them up? Perhaps the person was always happy – they may be showing up as a symbol to show you that you need to be happier. Or perhaps they were controlling, indicating some work to be done in the area of personal power. However the dead appear in your dream it is important to note as many other dream symbols as possible. These symbols provide context and further clues to the dreams meaning. We can easily forget all other symbols if we are taken by surprise when the dead come back to life. This “shock” dominates conscious thought and all other less prominent symbols evaporate very quickly if they aren’t focused on and jotted down. These symbols may go along way in helping you decipher your dream.
The final scenario I’d like to mention is the return of soul fragments which can also appear as the dead coming back to life in dreams. When a person has a traumatic experience be it a car accident, witness to a crime, or a disturbing argument, or even the death process itself, part of our soul energy can fragment off and go elsewhere. Usually to a safer more appealing place but not always. Many fragments go to the angelic realm to be cared for by angels, other fragments can become embedded in one of the subtle bodies – emotional, mental or spiritual, while some venture to the lower world to be with animals, fairies or other nature spirits. At some point in the personality’s life the trauma will come up for healing. Once the emotions and thoughts about the trauma are resolved the door opens for the return of the soul fragment. Sometimes it returns by itself, it can be returned by your higher self or monad, or your can request that it be returned by the masters or archangels. Whatever the scenario might be it usually inspires dreams that will alert you to be extra loving towards self while the fragment reintegrates back into the essence of you.
If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them in the comment box below.
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