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Q&A 16. Dreams about killing people and setting things on fire

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Q: Master Lu, I have followed your instructions and have been performing daily recitations for about three months now. Recently I had a dream that I was fighting with someone and then I killed him. I was frightened when I woke up. Is this a bad sign?


  • If you have dreams about killing people, setting something on fire, chasing people, or being chased by others, this indicates that your soul has been to the underworld. These types of dreams usually have two connotations:
  • The first meaning is that the dreamer is suffering from tremendous pressure and cannot let it go, leading to such dreams. This kind of dream usually occurs immediately after you fall asleep.
  • The second meaning is that you are fighting with foreign spirits. This kind of dream usually occurs in the morning just before you wake up.
    When you have this kind of dream, regardless if you won or lost, it would be best to resolve the conflict. You should recite Little Houses and address them to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”. 7 Little Houses are usually sufficient in this situation.
  • If you dream about killing someone, you must recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance 108 times as well as recite 21 Little Houses addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>”.
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