According to some occult theories, ghosts are the spirits of the dead who linger on earth before they move on to their final destination outside time/space. Once these souls leave the physical world, it’s an open question if the dead ever visit the physical plane again. Mediums claim to communicate with the dead, suggesting they speak with the truly dead, those who have “passed over”. Personally, I accept the reality of ghosts but I am uncertain about contact with those who have passed over. The final nature of the afterlife is an unknown mystery.
However, sometimes there are clues the truly dead communicate with us. There are stories of people who feel their deceased loved ones have visited them, usually in a dream. I’ve heard such a story recently.
The gentleman is a widower whose wife passed away a few years ago. He told me about a dream he had, which he was felt was so real, when he awoke he remembered it vividly. One sign a dream may be more then just a dream is when the clarity of it has an impact on our waking mind long afterwards.
In his dream he was talking with his wife who appeared young, perhaps in her late twenties. He was having a wonderful time with his wife, when suddenly he realized he was dreaming. He looked at his wife and asked her, “What are you doing here? Do you know you are dead?”
His wife responded, “Yes, I know.”
She continued, “They let us come down here once in awhile. But we can only talk to you in your dreams.”
The widower asked, “What is it like…up there?”
His deceased wife replied, “It is very nice! Everybody is very happy and everybody is doing a lot of different things. And there is lightning and thunder too. I came down to visit you. But I have to go now.”
Slowly his wife faded away in his dream, and the widower woke up with the dream clear in his memory. He told me he felt he actually talked to his wife and not a figment of his imagination. Perhaps he did.
He wondered what his dream meant by “They let us come down”. Who exactly are “they”? And what was with the lightning and thunder comment?
If he were actually visited by his departed wife, then we learn something about the afterlife. The dead may be allowed to visit us in our dreams on occasion. If so, then they must also be aware of what is happening to their living loved ones. There also seems to be something of a gatekeeper (“they”) who regulates visitations.
As for the lightning and thunder comment, I thought of this Old Testament bible verse, 2 Samuel 22:12-14: Out of the brightness of his presence, bolts of lightning blazed forth. The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.