UPDATE 2.02.2012: I have edited and updated this posting for OMTimes. It is featured in OMTimes online Magazine February 2013, visit: Why the Deceased Show Up In Your Sleep
(There are many different terms when speaking of the dead: ghosts, spirits, spirit walkers, souls, entities to name a few. For sake of having no confusion I will refer to the dead as spirits or souls in this posting.)
I dream often of the newly dead, but I also dream of those who have died long ago and are still earthbound. Over many years I have been given knowledge in my dreams from the dead about both the physical realm, the afterlife, and all the realms in between. From working with clients’ dreams, of all kinds, I have deduced that many people have not fully realized how common it is for the dead to come calling in their dreams. Many people disregard visitations as concrete symbols representing aspects of themselves; and although this can be a true representation of one’s dream visitors, more often than not I have found the dreamer is actually experiencing a visitation. (For topic related purposes I will be only focusing on translating dreams of visitations, and I will not be focusing here on how people show up in dreams as aspects of the dreamer’s Self.)
For most dreamers a visitation appears for one or two reasons;
- Someone the dreamer knows (family, friend, loved one, or distant familiar person) who recently died and the soul who just past needs the dreamer’s guidance or some type of reassurance of their death.
- The dreamer is in need of guidance, protection, comfort — a spirit (whether familiar or unfamiliar) will appear with a message, or love and warmth, for the dreamer (whether the dreamer realized he/she requested assistance or not).
The beauty of these types of visitations are they offer messages and comfort in the time of most need, either for the dreamer or the person who has passed on from their physical form. There is comfort in knowing when you, as a dreamer, are in need of some type of guidance or nourishment and you may sub-consciously call on your spirit guides, or a loved one you were once connected with, and they appear to offer help, love, light, and warm.
For example; recently I received a dream about a woman who lost her sister a few years ago. She was very close to her sister and found refuge in her dream world since her sister visited her often there. Many transitional life events took place for this woman in waking, and her dreams gave her the guidance she sought in waking.
Title: Under Water
We (family) were driving in a van, I’m not sure if Mom, Penny or Grandpa was driving, but I was not. We went across a bridge and the water went up over our heads. When we drove out of the water, everyone looked shocked, but OK. I said, “We could take the San Mateo Bridge next time. Penny said, “No, we don’t need to do that.” When we got home, Grandpa got out of the driver’s seat and threw up all over.
In this dream, the dreamer’s sister and grandfather had already passed on to the afterlife. However, they also returned from the afterlife to act as guides to the dreamer offering assistance when she needed it most. Questioning a sort of ‘direction’ or ‘action’ in her waking life she was unsure of, her sister appeared in her dream offering the blunt assistance she needed. Her grandfather appeared relieving the stress and anxiety the dreamer was experiencing.
Sometimes the dead will appear unexpectedly for reasons that the dreamer has a difficult time decoding. Some spirits will hand over a message, assistance, or guidance clearly for the dreamer; other times spirits create a mystical puzzle for the dreamer to piece together in order to translate the message. Either way, as a dreamer, if aware that spirits do appear in the dream realm, then a dreamer is be more prepared to find ways to receive and decode the images of messages given. With the simple knowledge of awareness a dreamer can also be alert to a (familiar or unfamiliar) spirit needing assistance on what it is they are seeking.
This same dreamer (as above) had a dream before her sister past. For a while she was her sister’s main caretaker at the time the dreamer began wondering about her own health. She had the following dream:
Title: Spirit Guide
Mom, me, and my two sisters were in a car (we were grown). Mom was driving. We were sitting at an intersection trying to turn right. The traffic was busy. We got tired of waiting, so me and my sisters got out of the car. We met “my friend” on the roadside. He squatted down and wrote “PAGE” in the sand. He is with a woman – they are both Africans. Then another man appears, a red man, who’s skin is brown but is covered in red clay. He has a bald head. We look up to see if mom is still waiting in traffic. She is gone.
The dreamer and I discussed this dream in detail. However, what I would like to point out here is that the dreamer’s spiritual guide / teacher appeared as the ‘red man’ pointing the way to her next transition in life. He appeared to help internalize all that was happening in her life passed, present and future and to offer her the teachings that were meant for her to learn in this lifetime. She resonated with the luminous light he held within him, and accepted him as her spiritual teacher. He appeared at the very moment she was ready to impel her Self forward into her own evolution of healing.
Spiritual teachers appear in dreams as enlighten spirit guides, we all have one or more. They live in the astral realm between the planes of the afterlife (heaven some may call it) and earth (the physical realm) and their purpose as enlightened beings is to teach other souls to experience their own enlightenment. What I want to point out is it can take years, many lives, many deaths, and many transitions for any one of us to reach true enlightenment we all seek. It is up to us to call on our spiritual teachers, or our angels, at the moment we are ready to evolve through our teachings.
What Our Earthbound Spirits and Why are They Still Here
Earthbound spirits are those who have died but remain (haunting) in either the place where they died or attach themselves to loved ones who they left behind. Some earthbound spirits are known to attach themselves to a material item they are incapable of letting go of. They are spirits who have not moved past the physical realm over into the afterlife. Many earthbound spirits remain present because they are still attached to the physical realm:
- They need to have resolution from something in their recent life,
- They are looking for forgiveness,
- or they are so bound to their material life
Whatever the reason may be they are unable to let go in order to move forward into the boundlessness of the afterlife. I would like to point out that earthbound spirits are different from spirits who have passed onto the afterlife. Those spirits who have passed on but return showing up in your dreams do so because;
- They may have a message to offer you.
- They want to show you that there is life after death.
- Some souls do return as the dreamer’s spirit guides.
Spirits who return after crossing over in the afterlife hold a beautiful radiant high vibrational frequency filled with love and light around them and within them. This differs with earthbound spirits, many of them have a low vibrational frequency and leave imprints of their energies behind to attach to people, places, and things. A dreamer will know what type of spirit has arrived in their dream world by the way they feel in the presences of the spirit in their dream. If the dreamer feels filled with a comfort, a luminous light, no anxiety, and a feeling of peace you are in the presence of a spirit guide. If the dreamer feels low, anxiety, anxious, unsure, then most likely the dreamer has tapped into an energetic field of an earthbound spirit. No need to be afraid, just let them know you are unable to help them and ask them to leave your energetic field. As long as you remain in control and fill your space with love & light in your dream no fear or attachment will take place. Most spirits that are stuck in the physical are lost and looking for help to move forward, they are in need of closure to move forward.
If it is a spirit guide that has appeared in your dream, welcome them with open arms for they are there to offer guidance. If it is a loved one who has passed on embrace what they have to share with you, and listen.
Spirits: symbolize an aspect of the dreamer. They may appear representing a hidden aspect of the dreamer that has been lost and is now needed in life to merge back with the dreamer. They may appear to be a symbolic representation of undiscovered powers offering the dreamer creativity and inspiration. When the spirit is offering something beautiful or shedding light on a situation it is best not to ignore them, it is best to embrace the offering so the hidden power within can come into light in waking life. Spirits also appear bringing messages from the afterlife, they offer healing and comfort when the dreamer needs it most. An earthbound spirit may appear for the dreamer looking for guidance to the afterlife and reassurance about their death.
Deceased Loved -One Returning symbolize: The dreamer’s desires to get back in touch with someone they loved; a need for comfort and strength from the person who has passed. Or the spirit may be appearing to reach out to the dreamer with a message of guidance. A deceased loved one may be bringing a much needed memory of the past or offering for the future in order for the dreamer to heal in the present.