Dreams

This past Sunday, I gave a presentation on dreams to a small group of people at a United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  They have spent the month listening to presenters talking about different types of dreams and spiritual experiences related to them.  First they were introduced to dreams as they might be interpreted based on Carl Jung’s work.  I call these type of dreams the ones that help us to work out challenges in our daily life.  We go to bed with the stress of the day and things weighing heavy on our minds and our dreams sometimes give us answers to our problems.

Next an illustrator for a young boy who had a near death experience came and talked about his contact with this extraordinary boy with an extraordinary experience.  NDE are well documented and many new books have been published in recent years.  These people have had a glimpse into life after death, something we all question even those of us with great faith.

And then, it was my turn.  I talked about my journey with precognition dreams.  Dreams that have for many years been considered scary,  burdensome to finally acceptance and embracing.  The source of my dreams has always been through God.  I accept this through faith.  God has sent my departed relatives as the messengers of the information telling of things that have not yet happened.  Because they bring me these special messages I know to pay attention to them.  And, because they bring me the messages, I am assured they are alive in spirit beyond this earthly plain.  Their visits are blessings.

The next time you dream of a departed relative, pay attention to the message they might bring.

Life After Death

Is there life after death?  People have been debating this issue since the beginning of time.  Theologians, philosophers, astronomers, physicians, scientists to the common folk have all weighed in on this topic.  Often, they come to the same conclusion – there is some part of us that appears to live beyond us at the time of physical death – they just arrive at this conclusion in different ways.

Some people need hard proof that there is life after death.  They find comfort in the many books that are being written right now about near death experiences.  Reading about a person who has been clinically dead and yet can describe all that is happening to them during an out of body experience is validating to us that part of us is alive outside of our body.  They further describe a personal experience of going to heaven which has elements of others near death experiences.  We all want to believe heaven exists.  We want to believe there is life after death.

Some people believe there is life after death based on their faith tradition.  Whatever their religious tradition has taught about a life after death, they simply trust the teachings as a matter of faith.  For others, it is a combination of the above that forms their belief system.  It is that way for me.  My faith founded in the Christian religion along with the writings of near death experiences and my own experiences in dreams convince me that there is life after death.

It is my family members that I have had the strongest relationships during this life, that appear in my dreams to bring me messages about the living.  When they appear, it is very special.  They only come when they have a message for me.  I do not routinely dream about them.  Or, they come when I pray and ask God specifically for one of them to visit me when I need them.  For example, if I really need a mother touch, I will ask for my Mom to hold me that night and God has graciously allowed that to happen.    It is because of these visits in dream that I am confident there is life after death otherwise my deceased family members would not appear to me.

With nearly 30 years of dream history behind me, the single most learning has been the importance of strong relationships in this life.  Earthly life is relatively short compared to eternal life.  No one knows how long we will be on this earth, so we need to make the most of each day.  The messages I have received over the years all have to do with relationships.  There is no time to live with grudges, anger, regrets…there is time to live with love and mutual respect.

Instead of living like this is the first day of the rest of your life…. Live like this is your last day.