Dream Visitations: When the Deceased Return

It is time to give a voice to those who are gifted with dream visitations from the newly dead. These dreamers are emerging out of their own silence to share experiences about their dreams of earthbound ghosts and those effervescent spirits who they see lingering between the 3rd & 4th astral planes, resembling flashes of particles of light appearing and disappearing before their eyes. Over the past few years dreamers are awakening in their dreams to the conversations they are sharing with the recently departed. Those who recall their dreams are finding that they are capable of bringing back upon waking knowledge from these encounters that contains much needed information about the physical realm, those we know, about ourselves, the afterlife, and images of all the realms in-between. Dreamers, or night travelers, have the ability each night to return back to these dimensional realms, recognizable to our souls, to retrieve information from those who are deceased and reside on the other side. These amazing nightly travels happen to everyone who lays down their head to rest, however some people have a difficult time recalling their chance meetings with the dead.

Dreamers who are unable to recall their dreams upon waking, may not be allowing themselves to receive these messages --somewhere within them lays a blockage from their past or present, and with this they remove belief of the possibility that  they too greet the dead during the dreamtime. It is easy to disregard visitations as a visit from a spirit, preferring to view them just as a symbolic representation of a particular aspect of oneself - although this can be a true interpretation to explore, more often when the dead appears a dreamer is experiencing a visitation from a guide, a spirit, and or a deceased loved one. Why do dreamers receive visitations from the dead, both familiar and unfamiliar?

For most dreamers a visitation appears for one or two reasons:

  1. Someone the dreamer knows (family, friend, loved one, or distant familiar person) who recently died is a soul who just past and he/she needs the dreamer’s guidance in the transition from physical to  soulful, and a feeling of reassurance of their physical death.
  2. The dreamer is in need of guidance, protection, comfort -- a spirit, 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 solace in knowing that when a dreamer lacks guidance, nourishment, or tenderness it is possible to subconsciously call on a deceased loved one asking them to appear to provide assistance, light, and warmth to the dreamer.

Occasionally the dead will appear in dreams unexpectedly and for reasons that may seem unclear at first. Some spirits will convey a message, support, or guidance clearly for the dreamer; other times spirits create a mystical puzzle for the dreamer to piece together over a course of several visits to the dreamtime in order to translate the message communicated. If aware that the deceased have the ability to appear in dreamtime, then a dreamer becomes more naturally prepared to observe ways to receive and decode the messages given. With this simple knowledge of awareness and acceptance, a dreamer enhances their own abilities to remain aware and available to those spirits that appear needing assistance from the dreamer.

What Our Earthbound Spirits and Why are They Still Here? Earthbound spirits, or ghosts, are those who have died but remain, haunting or lingering, in either the location 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 that connects them to their once physical life, unable to let go of, and it is their stagnate energies imprinted on the object that illuminates their lower vibrational presence. These are the dead who linger between the 3rd and 4th dimensions, losing their way to the afterlife.

Many earthbound spirits remain present because they are still attached to the physical realm:

  1. They need to have resolution from something or from someone in their recent physical life.
  2. They are looking for forgiveness before they feel they are allowed to move on.
  3. They are so bound to their material life (which they are unable to bring with them into the afterlife).

No matter the reason earthbound spirits are unable to let go in order to move forward into the boundlessness of the afterlife. It is important to note here that earthbound spirits are different from spirits who have passed onto the afterlife. Those spirits who have passed on but return to appear in your dreams do so because:

  1. They may have a message to offer you.
  2. They want to show you that there is life after death.
  3. Some souls do return as dreamer’s spirit guides.

To note the differences: Spirits who return after crossing over in the afterlife hold a beautiful radiant high vibrational frequency filled with an energetic field of love and light surrounding them and within them. Earthbound spirits usually have a low vibrational frequency and leave imprints of their energies behind to attach to people, places, and things. Many of these earthbound spirits become ghosts of the past feeding off the energies of people, homes, and locations to survive in spirit and not fade into an energetic imprint. 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 they are in the presence of a higher vibrational spirit who has crossed and returned. If the dreamer feels low, some anxiety, uncomfortable, fear, cautious, with a sense of dark or dim light hovering then the dreamer has encountered an earthbound spirit. No need to be afraid, it is important for the dreamer to remain in their own positive vibrational frequency and say “You are not invited in my space. Please leave my energetic field. I send you off with love and light. Thank you.” As long as the dreamer remains in control, has no fear, and does not give their power or energy away to the earthbound spirit no attachment will take place. Most spirits that are stuck and lingering between realms are lost and looking for help to move forward, they are in need of some type of assistance.

Dream Advice: If the dead come calling in your dreams, greet them from a place of love rather than feeling fear within their presence. Ask them why they have appeared. Be prepared to receive a message or to offer assistance. Remain calm and open to what they have to say or show you. 


There is a possibility that when the dead come calling they are a symbolic image representing a facet of the dreamer:

Spirits appearing in a dream may symbolize an aspect of the dreamer. They may appear representing a hidden element of the dreamer that has been lost or forgotten and are now needed to merge back with the dreamer for their own personal growth and healing. The dead may also appear to be a symbolic representation of undiscovered powers offering the dreamer creativity and inspiration. Dream Advice: Lean closer into your dream and take a look at the traits this spirit encompasses. Next connect the dots on how these attributes can feed your body, mind, and soul in your waking life.

Deceased Loved -One Returning symbolize the dreamer’s desires to re-connect with the qualities this someone represents to the dreamer -- a need for comfort and strength from the person who has passed. A deceased loved one may also illuminate a memory of the past or provide an offering from the future for the dreamer to heal within the present.

Meredith Smith is a Dream Intuitive, Reiki Healer, and author of DreamWorkers Behind the Veil; Night Shift Dreams. Meredith is an astral traveler and dream translator existing on the boundary line of waking and dreamtime, she speaks in dreams.

To learn more about dreams, dream guides, afterlife communication, DreamWorkers, Night Shift Dreams, Spirits of our past & future, and Reiki & Energy Healing visit me ispeakindreams.com


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Comment by Meredith Smith on January 10, 2013 at 11:15am

Hi Dawn! Sure I am fine with changing the title. Thank you for your suggestion. Another thought is "Why the Deceased Show Up in Our Dreams". However, I understand if people connect emotionally (and physically) to the word Sleep more then the word Dreams. I will leave that up to what you think works best. Thank you again!  Blessings, M

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