originally posted Nov 5, 2014
This is me, talking here….
I am beginning to believe that dreams are a mix of images and thoughts from our own imaginations as well as images and thoughts coming from outside ourselves — from the astral plane. Within a dream, they are so intertwined and confused by dream logic, it’s usually impossible to figure out what’s what and which is which.
For many years after my grandfather died, he used to come to me in dreams. We would have lovely visits. When I think of him while awake, I tend to think of him in very specific places where I have memories of us together. But in these dreams, we were not anywhere I recognized. It was just Poppy and me, conversing in a kind of seamless glowing white space.
The first time I met him there, I was so happy to see him still alive (at least that’s how it felt in my dream.) This was just before a big family holiday and I begged him to come to dinner. Everyone would be so happy to see him! He explained that it was impossible; he could not leave this place, but he asked me to send his love to all. (Which I did, and which they accepted as having come from him.)
I dreamed of him this way for years until one day, he came to me and told me he wouldn’t be able to come around anymore. He was about to be reincarnated as a boy. It couldn’t wait. I was disappointed but I was happy that he’d come to say goodbye. I never dreamed of him in that way again.
Now, if you are a believer in the afterlife, you might believe that my grandfather’s spirit was indeed visiting me in my sleep. It had all the markings of a classic visitation dream in that the message and interaction and conversation were completely pure. There was none of the twisted logic which is a hallmark of most dreams (as the Robin Williams dream previous). The communication was clear and direct. There were no strange or inexplicable emotions. In fact, there was little emotion at all. I was happy to see him, of course; happy to know he was still alive somewhere, sorry to see him go…but there was no pain, no guilt, no anger, none of the intense emotions we often feel in dreams. No convoluted dream logic.
Skeptics might say these were perfectly normal dreams, albeit somewhat different in nature and tone from the ones we typically have. Such dreams, prove nothing to skeptics about the existence of an afterlife.
And once again, I could not argue with them. Neither version is provable.
The skeptics say, if there really is life after death, if this astral world really exists, why don’t these spirits show themselves and prove their existence unequivocally? Why do all messages which are supposedly from the great beyond always seem to be revealed by woo-woo nut jobs?
But skeptics tend to consider anyone who believes in the afterlife to be a WWNJ. Thus, anyone bearing such a revelation would be, ergo, a WWNJ. It’s circular logic and thus signifies nothing.
I will ask Ipo what he thinks about this…He’s my new go-to guy for answers. 🙂