Have you ever dreamed of someone who has died and wondered whether they are actually communicating with you?
Today I thought I would explain these types of dreams (I call them visitation dreams) and help you understand them better, as well as assure you that you're not crazy if you find yourself talking to dead people in your dreams.
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Are Visitation Dreams Really Possible?
There is no scientific evidence that visitation dreams are actually possible. But that does not mean they are impossible! Ask any of the thousands of people who have had visitation dreams, and you will find that many people believe they are indeed real. There are also many well respected and well known psychics who will tell you that communicating with the dead in our dreams is very much indeed possible.
One of the common beliefs that the reason we have visitation dreams is because the dream world bridges the gap between the living and the spiritual worlds, making it easier for passed on loved ones to communicate with us.
However, there are also many beliefs that visitation dreams are not real, but more of a release dream, remembering the good things about a person, or expressing our love/sorrow for a person.
To help you understand the difference between visitation dreams and other dreams, I have decided to write a comprehensive post on this topic that will help you better understand the meaning of your dream of a deceased person.
A Few Examples of Visitation Dreams:
My first visitation dream was when I was six or seven years old. I don't really remember all the details of the dreams (it has been over two decades since the dream now!) - but I do remember my grandmother coming to me, telling me she loved me, and saying Good-bye. She didn't actually say good-bye, but I knew in the dream that was why she was there.
I woke up, knowing she was gone. Sure enough a few minutes later my mother called the house to let us know what I already knew from my dream.
My second visitation dream happened when I was 12 and involves my other grandmother, who called me on the telephone and left a message on the answering machine in the dream (yes, we still had answering machines back then!). It gave me a feeling of great love and excitement to hear from her. She was very clearly leaving me a message!
Since then, I've had a number of different visitation dreams, mostly from relatives and close friends who have passed on. In every visitation dream, there have always been some very clear characteristics of the dream for me to know it was truly a visitation dream and not just a release dream.
Some of the Common Characteristics of Visitation Dreams:
To help you identify whether your dream is indeed a visitation dream or just a regular release dream, I made a list of some of the common characteristics of visitation dreams.
The Dream Makes Total Logical and Sequential Sense: Dreams don't always make sense in the order of things happening. In a release dream for example, you might be flying one minute to driving a car the next. You don't see yourself go from flying to driving - you just are. In visitation dreams however it is different. Things are very logical and sequential. In one dream for example, I very logically walked down a street, then through a tunnel to where the deceased person was.
The Dream is Vivid and Feels Very Real: A visitation dream will feel like it's really happening and you will feel as if you are awake during the dream and aware of everything happening in the dream. If you have ever had a lucid dream, you will see some very similar characteristics. The dream will be very life-like and real feeling.
The Person Will Be Well: To dream of someone sick/injured usually means you are not having a visitation dream. This is because once someone passes away, they no longer have a body that can get sick or injured, and they have been reconnected with the energy of the universe. You will likely see them as they appeared in normal every day life.
There is Usually a Very Clear Message: Most of the time we will get messages of reassurance and love from those who have passed on. Occasionally we will get other messages, which we certainly should not ignore. After all, it takes a great amount of energy for someone's spirit to communicate with you. The message is usually quite clear and obvious - no need to waste time or energy! That is why my grandmother left a message on the machine, to ensure I would know she was trying to communicate with me. Sometimes, you will also just "know" in the dream the message, as I did with the first dream of my grandmother.
You Will Know it Is Not Just a Memory: You will usually feel a feeling that says "that was really them" - not just a memory of the person. If you feel like the dream was just remembering that person, it was probably not a true visitation dream.
You Will Wake Up With Feeling of Love and Peace: You will wake up with a sense of peace and love when you have a visitation dream.
How to Be Open to Having Visitation Dreams
If you are wondering how to have a visitation dream, there are some things you can do to help open yourself up to communicating with a loved one who has passed away. This is called "programming your dreams" and it is a good habit to do at night anyways, even when you are not looking to have a visitation dream.
Practice Meditation Before Bed: Meditation can greatly help you with calming your body and soul to help you be more open to receiving your dreams. Guided meditation can help you get started with meditation if you have never tried it before. You can also just try some deep breathing exercises which will help relax your body and your mind.
Affirm You are Open to Communicating With the Person: Sometimes you need to say affirmations that you want to see the person. This is because subconsciously you may be unsure or afraid of having such as dream. Say to yourself, "I am open to dreaming about [insert person here] and would like to receive a message from them" or another similar affirmation. It may take several attempts, but after several nights or weeks, this will increase your likelihood of dreaming about the person.
Have you had a visitation dream? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!