Dreams that prepare us for our own death

A World Beyond the Earth

“What happens after death is so unspeakably glorious that our imagination and feelings do not suffice to form even an approximate conception of it.”–Carl Jung (Psychologist)

Your Spiritual Preparation

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. The Afterlife – Many spiritual systems believe that life should be lived as a preparation for death. For many people, this process of spiritual preparation works on an unconscious level. Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist (1875-1961) believed in a spiritual survival beyond physical death. His conviction was strengthened when he observed that dreams behaved as if the psyche will continue to exist after death. In particular, the common denominator of the dreams of the dying does not seem to be simply an end of earthly existence, but transformation into a continuing other form of life.

Jung proposed that death dreams are linked with a primordial set of archetypes, and through their analysis it is possible to conclude that life will continue after death. Jung also maintained that the belief in an afterlife means a great deal to most people and helps them to live this life more harmoniously. For those who see death as the absolute end of life, death is a great catastrophe. Those, however, who believe in eternity often regard death as a joyful event. (See also Jung’s views on the Past Life Review)


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At many times throughout our life, dreams help us to deal with the angst of our own mortality. You may occasionally dream about death itself or dream about it event in a symbolic way. For example, a dream about death may be represented as a journey into the unknown, or as a wedding in which the soul joins its missing half with the wholeness. Gradually, such dreams can prepare your spirit for a transition yet years in the future.

Sceptics may argue that dreams about death and rebirth are merely expressions of wish fulfilment. However, dreams do reflect more than simply one’s unconscious needs or wishes. Jung showed that dreams do sometimes symbolically foretell a death. They may use brutal motifs such as clocks that stop and cannot be started again, or the theme of the life-tree being hewn down. Don’t be alarmed, however, if you dream about death. Such dreams often occur as a result of stress caused by relationships, job changes, money worries, and other difficulties you may be experiencing in life. Death dreams may also symbolize a life where you are becoming emotionally overwhelmed or find it hard to cope. Not all death dreams are about an actual pending death.


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The afterlife is a common theme in dreams

Jung believed that we have a “collective unconscious,” which refers to the storehouse of myths and symbols that are common to all of humanity and to which everyone has access via their dreams. Dreams about death and dying often draw upon this reservoir of universal ideas. Many of the images that the unconscious uses are about transformation. The Jungian psychotherapist Marie Louise Von Franz says that the dreams of those who are dying can be interpreted as preparation of the consciousness for the transformation of the psyche and its entry into the afterlife. “All of the dreams of people who are facing death indicate that the unconscious, that is, our instinct world, prepares consciousness not for a definite end but for a profound transformation and for a kind of continuation of the life process which, however, is unimaginable to everyday consciousness.”

This fact was once expressed in a dream that I wrote down in my dream diary:

“I am traveling through a beautiful countryside. All around is magnificent scenery. I can hear birdsong and smell flowers. I have a deep-seated feeling of joy. Everything is alive with light. It is as if the world is made of light. I look at my hands and realize that I too am made of light.

I come to a village hall and can hear the faint sound of voices from within. I step inside to darkness. In the gloom I can see a play in progress. Some people urge me to join in and soon I find myself acting a part in the play. We perform one play after another. Some are tragic, others comic. I become aware that they go on forever without end.”

This dream is a metaphor that expresses the human predicament. In reality, we are beings of light but have come to the world and become entwined in a series of plays. In the dream, these represent how we move from one life to another without end. Each play is another human life in which we act out our part. The problem is, we have forgotten what lies outside the village hall. We have forgotten that we are beings of light.

The Shakespearean actor Sir Ralph Richardson who died in 1983 expressed a similar idea when he said “The idea (of reincarnation) seems quite logical to me. Not that I think I might once have been an Egyptian pharaoh, but the idea that man, or shall we say his spirit or mind, has at one time or another in its existence inhabited some other form of body seems sensible to me. I think of life as a great pool or reservoir.


We are taken from this pool and given a body, not necessarily a human body, like a suit of clothes to wear. When we have used that body to the best of our ability and it wears out, we die and for a time return to the pool of life until we are given another “suit of clothes.”

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11 comments… add one
  • Neshyl Rodrin Oct 5, 2017, 2:13 am

    As a mother I really want to know his situations now.

  • Neshyl Rodrin Oct 5, 2017, 2:09 am

    I lost my son after giving birth, he justly stayed on earth only 3 hours. Its a big sadness, heartbreaking. I miss him and 100% loves him. I pray that he is fine , happy and grow with true love in his heart. If I can talk and touch him, I would let him feel my true love and care to him. I LOVE YOU MY DAE HYUN

  • Thomas H May 5, 2016, 11:24 pm

    I had a dream last night that I crossed over into heaven. I was physically lifted up and crossed do over a swirling void of something (clouds?) A torrent like a raging river. I was not frightened but freakishly calm. I could not see the face of the man that lifted me up and over but he felt very familiar and comforting almost like my father would. Then when I crossed over, my sister (a younger more perfect vision of her) who died about 3 years ago came from above me and hugged me so tightly. It seemed so real to me.

  • Dervis Oct 29, 2013, 1:24 am

    My father committed suicide close to a year now, I have not spoke to him for 20 years. I now wonder if he has crossed over? Is he okay and also why did he do it? Can you help Craig? Also my best buddy Craig passed away close to a year also and would like to know if he’s also okay? Did he cross over?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Nov 8, 2013, 12:44 pm

      This thread is about Dreams about the After Life so is not the right place to ask. This is also not a question I’d be able to answer via a post. The free demonstrations of mediumship are done in the chat rooms on Monday. You should join us as part of the audience. Even as a non-member you may get a message. See the link for the community in the navigation. And yes he would have crossed over – all spirits do.

  • Momof2 Apr 15, 2013, 3:22 am

    My son died in November of this year. I go back and forth on believing in the afterlife. I’ve read convincing information; however, I cannot shake this doubt. I think it’s because I need proof that he’s OK. I need to know that he is being taken care of in the Afterlife.

  • Rachel Hindle Feb 25, 2013, 1:20 pm

    I like your articles Craig, I also saw one about the SNU where you quite correctly highlighted the lack of modern approach concerning the afterlife which is one of the most important pieces of education any being on the earth plane could learn!

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 25, 2013, 6:39 pm

      Spiritualism comes the closest to explaining the afterlife and gives a reasonable model for the next world. It also corresponds closely with ideas you can find in Theosophy, Spiritism and the Hindu Lokas. The sad thing about Spiritualism is that it is so stuck in the past. Yes, we must keep the best of the past but also embrace the best of the present. Last night I watched an excellent demonstration of mediumship at a local church. The medium gave a great talk and explained the afterlife philosophy and gave a good evidential demonstration. But the church was near-empty. Why for goodness sake don’t the churches advertise, use FaceBook to communicate, send out emails and use Google Plus and so on the tell the world. Sadly this great religion and its philosophy is being rapidly lost. Spiritualism is sinking under a tide of apathy and conservatism. My life is mediumship but sometimes I wonder why I attend.

  • sherry Feb 21, 2013, 4:44 pm

    In 2011 I visited a recluse in the woods, he told me I was a very old soul going back to Nephrite’s time. He told me this, first time I ever heard it, that God loves us so much HE will reincarnate us 1000 times then it’s heaven or hell, he told me my chances were up, this is it for me, either heaven or hell this time.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 25, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Just because he was a recluse in the woods does not give him any authority. Strikes me that he did not explain much either about the Afterlife or Reincarnation. I suggest you do not let this guys comments play on your mind.

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 13, 2013, 5:37 pm

    If you enjoy this tpic you may also enjoy the Afterlife TV Channel. Some inspired interviews.

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