"The Karma News" by Past Forward, Past Life Healing
"The Karma News"
is a FREE E-zine from Past Forward, Past Life
Healing, of Marlton, NJ, USA. Prepared for friends, clients, and opt-in subscribers
Read by the spiritually aware and karmically minded world wide.
IN THIS ISSUE: This Month's Theme -
Recurring nightmares are terrifying dreams consisting of a sequence of
unchanging events. Unlike other dreams, you usually cannot change the
replay of the nightmarish events, no matter how hard you try. Those events
will just continue to replay in your nightmares until you take action on
them in your waking life.
Often recurring nightmares start out as recurring dreams. If you
had taken care of the recurring dream by exploring and healing it, then
it would not have turned into a nightmare. Nightmares are usually a last
ditch effort by spirit to get you to heal your life before the problems
manifest into "physical, waking reality" where they can be no longer denied
and where there are "real" consequences.
For when it comes to the working through of karma, there is no
difference between what is "real" (happening in waking life on the physical
plane) and what is "imagined" (happening in sleeping life in the inner
worlds of God) As long as you can feel the karma, whether in a dream or
a nightmare or in "real" life, you can heal it.
Karma is more about teaching than punishing… and so, if you can
learn lessons less painfully in the dream state, that is the surest sign
of the working of a compassionate universe. That is why - believe it or
not - nightmares are often harmonious way to work off karma.
Say you have past life "rape" karma to work off.
Experiencing getting raped in the dream state is much less disruptive to
your life in the future than if it had "actually" happened to you in "real
In "real life", you would have to deal with healing physical wounds
and perhaps contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Worse, you would
need to devote a significant amount of time to overcoming the emotional
trauma both from the rape itself and from fears of it happening again to
you in the future.
To "get the karma over with" as quickly as possible, there are
three things you can do if you suffer from violent nightmares.
Get into the habit of asking yourself, "Am I awake
or am I asleep?" As you ask yourself this during the day, you will always
answer "I am awake". This will carry over into your dreaming state where
you will also give the same answer. In doing this, you will become awake
while dreaming... and when the nightmares start.
Once you are "awake" in the dream state, start
taking control of what happens. Whatever you see when you are dreaming,
decide that it must be something else. For example, if you see a cow
in a dream decide you will see a horse instead... and you will see
a horse because dreams must respond to your commands!
When you can make changes in your dreams,
you will be ready to make changes in your nightmares. Remember: you
do not have to be a "victim" in either your waking or sleeping life.
When you are having a nightmare, ask "Am I working off karma?"
If the answer is "Yes, this is karma",
then lean into the nightmare,
experience it fully no matter how "real" and terrible it seems, and stick
with it until the end. If you can do that, you will have released the
need for the nightmare and it will stop.
If the answer is "No",
then just decide how you can change the
nightmare so that it can be pleasant, happy, and joyful. Use 'Imagery
Rehearsal Therapy' (for more see "Karma in the News" below) to "rewrite
your dreams" to create new, empowering, happy endings.
are the creator of your universe. This gives you the power to transform
your experiences - even your nightmares - into how you want them
to be... which should be a new, happy ending.
Financial karma is perhaps the most persistent form of karma there is.
In a short time, people can pile up financial karma lasting a lifetime and
beyond. Famous examples of "permanent" financial karma are Sarah Ferguson,
Duchess of York, and Benjamin Disraeli, both of whom will be/were plagued
with financial karma their whole lives.
In "Fergie's" words, "I owe, I work". Financial karma is always
about learning lessons in handling money appropriately. It comes to those
who "abused" money "both" ways in past lives. Either they were careless
with their wealth and "spent money like water" or they were too careful of
their wealth and "hoarded it like a miser". Both are imbalances in money
that require correction... which is really what karma is all about: teaching
and correcting, not punishing.
Remember that money is just energy in physical form. When you make
the effort to understand your beliefs and feelings about money, you are
taking your first steps toward resolving your financial karma.
sharing money responsibly can be difficult lessons to learn. Yet these
lessons can be learned safely... without "real" consequences by inviting
them to be played out in nightmares.
For example, if you have robbery karma to work off, ask for your
house to be robbed in the dream state. Ask for the nightmare to be made
as vivid as possible. As long as you can feel the emotions that are
associated with a robbery and understand the devastation that robbery
causes, you can work off the robbery karma.
There is no need for you to
have to experience the physical after effects of an actual robbery (police
reports, insurance claims, etc) as long as you deal with the emotions
raised by it during the nightmare.
Nightmares can help you "work out" all your money worries. If
you fear poverty, are terrified by bankruptcy, or are terrified you will
lose all you have, ask to experience those things in your nightmares.
If you choose to do so, keep in mind these simple cautions.
Sincerity and Atonement:
Karma is not like a "real world"
court situation. There is no way that you can "fool the judges" and
"beat the rap" of karma. If you are at all insincere about the process,
not only will it fail to work in the dream state... but you will manifest
your fears into your "real life" very quickly with full force. You need
to have a sincere desire to atone for your past life errors and to learn more
empowering ways of behaving with money.
Be sure to ask that the nightmares which come
to work off your financial karma be at an intensity level that you can
handle. Make no mistake about it: people can and have died from extremely
intense nightmares. Literally, their hearts will stop beating from the
fear and they will die in their sleep. This is a well recognized cultural
phenomenon in the Phillippines and other Asian societies.
Change With Change:
After you have worked through your
fears in the nightmare state, expect and act in a changed way towards
money. So often what defeats any kind of change process is the person
not being able to let go of their problems. Fears will be happy to cling
to you as long as you want them. If the nightmare was real enough and
if you entered into it with enough sincerity and intensity, your financial
karma will be released... if you allow it to be!
It is far easier to work off financial karma in the dream state
than in real life! As always, the choice is yours.
You and your partner are peacefully sleeping. Suddenly, your partner thrashes
around in bed, trying to fight off something in their sleep. You feel their
struggle and wake up. What can you do to help them?
End the Nightmare Immediately:
The first thing is to wake
your partner up. If they do not respond to a kiss or a caress, then shake
them until their eyes are open and they are fully awake.
Ground and Reassure:
The next thing to do ground them in
reality by saying something like, "You had a bad dream, and now you're
awake." Immediately afterward, you need to reassure them in as many ways
as you can. Look into their eyes lovingly. Speak gentle words like, "It's
all right, (say their name), you're awake and you're safe." Kiss and
caress them until they are reassured.
Calm and Center:
If your partner is really upset upon awakening,
do whatever it takes to calm them dowm. Hold and comfort them. Coach them
in breathing deeply. Get them some water. Play relaxing music. You will
know the best way to calm and center your partner.
Ask for an Instant Replay:
Most people remember the main
events of their recurring nightmare very easily. Yet they often miss new
small details that come out in every nightmare cycle which give them further
clues useful in solving it's mystery. If you ask them for an instant replay,
while the nightmare is still fresh in their mind, you can help them to
discover these clues and break it's power.
Act Out the Scenes from the Nightmare:
If you believe that
your partner is ready, have them act out the nightmare with you. Just by
bringing it from dreams into reality, you automatically lessen it's power.
For nightmares gain power when you avoid them, conversely, they lose power
when you confront them. Reenacting them also will also help your partner
bring out more details about the nightmare.
Be Supportive When Emotions Flow:
The spiritual purpose of
nightmares is to get people to confront their fears and to release the
emotions attached to them. In a nightmare, people can experience anger,
guilt, sadness, or depression. However, fear and anxiety are the most
common reactions. If your partner screams in anger or cries
in anguish or whatever they do, just be there and support them.
Create a New Happy Ending:
Use 'Imagery Rehearsal Therapy'
(see "Karma in the News") to help your partner "rewrite
their dreams" to create new, empowering, happy endings. Remember that
we are the creators of our universe. This gives everyone the power
to transform our experiences - even our nightmares - into how we want
them to be... which should be a new, happy ending.
Get Back to Sleep:
Most nightmares happen during the
longest cycles of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. The longest REM cycles
happen toward the end of the sleep period. If, after your partner has
processed the nightmare, there is more than an hour to go before the normal
wake time, encourage them to get more sleep. Ironically, this sleep will
help to seal their processing of the nightmare.
Before Night Comes Again:
The day after the nightmare encourage
your partner to "process it further" by writing it down, drawing or painting
it, pretending to talk it out with the nightmare characters, or reciting it
into a tape recorder and listening to it over again.
There is a lot you can do to help your partner beat their nightmares.
That will help you both to sleep much easier in the future.
When you find yourself dreaming about "historical" people, places, and
things that is the surest sign you are in the process of tapping into your
past lives. In other words, if you find yourself dressed in "period clothing"
or in "historical settings", or if you see yourself living through "significant
events" from times that could only have been experienced in past lives… you
are having a "karmic dream".
Most often, the strongest indicator of "karmic dreams" are when you
see yourself as "other than" you are today. Meaning that in your dream you
see someone who "you know to be yourself" that is clearly of the opposite
gender or from a different race, religion, ethnic group, nation, etc than
you are today.
This month's featured page tells the story of how a client discovered
a past life through their dreams. "This dream was interesting because I was
totally aware while I was having it that I was an 'observer' of these events.
Although the person I was seeing didn't look anything like I do now, I knew
the person I was watching was 'me'."
"Dreaming about this past life was helpful because I was able to
view the traumatic events without feeling any emotion. This was exactly
what I wanted because I was always fearful of tapping into past life memories.
I felt a lot of my past lives had been traumatic and I did not want to
relive them... This explained so much in my life now."
Many people discover their past lives while they are dreaming.
If you want to connect with your past lives through dreams, just ask for
it to happen each night before you fall asleep... and one night your wish
will be granted inside a karmic dream.
From ABC News 20/20: "We all get nightmares from time to time. But after
a traumatic event... nightmares can intensify. As time passes, for most
of us, the worst of the dreams and the sleepless nights fade away. For...
(others) though, they become recurring, terrifying invasions at bedtime.
For the tormented, going to bed at night can literally become a nightmare."
"A growing number of sleep therapists are using a new technique
called 'Imagery Rehearsal Therapy' that may bring relief to (those) who
suffer from chronic nightmares. Dr Barry Krakow (uses) 'Imagery Rehearsal
Therapy' to help sufferers of nightmares."
"Instead of looking for underlying causes of nightmares, Krakow
uses this technique to zero in on changing the nighttime images. 'Our
dreams start out as replays of traumas after a traumatic event,' Krakow
said, adding that nightmares often help in the process of emotional healing.
When nightmares linger over a long period of time, Krakow added, they can
"'The nightmares somehow take on a life of their own. They become
a broken record, a habit, a learned behavior,' Krakow said. When this
happens, according to Krakow, the nightmares not only reinforce the trauma,
they actually retraumatize the person. In other words, the dreams themselves
become traumatic events."
"People undergoing this new therapy will take a nightmare and
actually rewrite it, by replacing the haunting images with comforting ones.
The change can be one scene - one image - or the entire dream, as long as
it's something positive. Krakow said that if chronic nightmare sufferers
practice this technique a few minutes a day for a few weeks to a few months
'there is clear evidence that they will markedly reduce their disturbing
dreams, or... eliminate them.'"
"...It may sound too easy to be true, but studies have shown the
technique works 90 percent of the time."
This works because the people involve come into agreement to "heal
it by feeling it". Remember that nightmares gain power when you avoid them,
conversely, they lose power when you confront them.
Therapy" is a structured approach to help you confront and resolve nightmares...
how it works is in the confrontation. No doubt the 10 percent of the time
it fails, it does so because the person really does not confront the core
issue. Of course, as with everything else in life, the choice is yours!
For the whole story from ABC's 20/20, "Trapped by Nightmares", go
to ABC News.
Stephen King's "The Stand" was a television mini-series... and so not
technically a movie. Not being a King fan, a "chance" five minute viewing
of this series got me intrigued enough not only to watch the whole thing...
but to own the video (a rare achievement).
In "The Stand", the "end of the world is just the beginning." When
a super flu virus escapes from a US military research facility, it quickly
spreads all over the world, killing off over 99% of the population in a few
weeks. With the destruction of the outer communication infrastructure, the
inner information super highway of dreams becomes the link between the
Each night, the survivors either have dreams about the "Mother
Abagail" or nightmares about "Randall Flagg, the Dark Man". The dreams/nightmares
intensify when the daily waking actions of the survivors deviate from the
nightly instructions delivered while sleeping. It soon becomes clear that
Mother Abagail is gathering up all the "good" people in the world just as
Randall Flagg is gathering all the "bad" ones. As time goes on, it becomes
increasing clear that the ultimate battle between good and evil cannot be avoided.
What was truly remarkable about "The Stand" was the ready acceptance
by both the "good" and "bad" people of the reality of their dream experiences.
When viewed from a spiritual perspective, "The Stand" is a tutorial on how
dreams can effect and shape outer reality.
For example, when Stu, the leader of the "good" people, falls ill,
his travelling companion, Tom, who is mentally challenged does not know
how to help help him. In his dreams, his "dead" friend, the deaf mute,
Nick, tells Tom what medicines to give Stu. When Stu recovers, he asks
in amazement, "How did you know?" Tom replies, "I see Nick in my dreams.
He told me: he can hear and talk now!!"
Stu does not believe it... but has no other explanation - beside
the dream - as to how Tom could have known what to do. Stu should have
known... because earlier, he had been told while dreaming that the research
scientists, who had been studying him to find a cure, now planned to kill
him. He awoke to find one of them in his room who immediately pulled a
gun on him... of course, he survived.
"The Stand" is rich with spiritual lessons on dreams, karma, and
how the universe really works. Be careful though: if you are a highly
sensitive type, it may just give you mightmares!
Thanks to those who helped to support our holistic business this
month. God Bless America and Canada... North America is our home and the
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Inspirational Quote for the Month:
"Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream!"
(Old Folk Song)
"Buddhism says that if you have anger, you have the poison of
arrogance." (Greg Martin)
In their own words: "The Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD)
is a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated
to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Its purposes
are to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional
and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and
significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams;
and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of
ideas and information."
Significantly, in their
"Frequently Asked Questions" section, the ASD acknowledges
that "some people experience frequent nightmares that seem unrelated to
their waking lives. These people tend to be more creative, sensitive,
trusting and emotional than average." These "unrelated" dreams more
often than not are past life dreams that come to those who are more
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