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Right after my father died, I dreamed that I was on a bus. It stopped at a stop sign in the neighbourhood where our summerhouse was.
I got off the bus and saw my father in a small field across the road. When I tried to cross the road, a couple of big trucks passed quickly in front of me. The view of my father was obstructed. Once the trucks passed, I could see him. He was sitting in the grass. He had a big smile and waved vigorously at me—as if he was so happy.
As I stepped forward to cross the road, he scooped his hands together and threw them up in the air. I looked up to see what was thrown, and the sky exploded with huge raindrops! As the rain came down, I clapped on the drops and they exploded into fireworks. I looked back at my smiling father and said, “Thank you! Thank you!” My heart was so full. And then he was gone.
DREAMER: Female, 52, U.S.
Father — Superconscious aspect of the dreamer
Bus — an organization
Summer house — dreamer’s state of mind from the past
Field — fertile mind substance
Grass — subconscious existence
Trucks — vehicles to carry goods
Hands — purpose
Sky — Superconscious Mind
Raindrops — conscious life experiences
Fireworks — expansion
Heart — understandings
Thank you for sharing your dream. I appreciate you sharing it with me.
This is one of those dreams that can be interpreted as a visitation dream, as well as a “regular” dream.
A visitation dream is characterized by the fact that the person who passed on is present in the dream; however, they don’t communicate verbally. They’re there, their presence is profound and the dreamer may experience mental, telepathic connection and communication with them. Such individuals come to our inner Subconscious Mind, through our dreams, to deliver an important message.
I do think your dream is a visitation dream.
Your father came to your dream to show you that you’re either ready to move through, or are currently moving through, a profound transformation. This is symbolized by the raindrops falling from the sky and turning into fireworks. So we have conscious life experiences (raindrops), Superconscious existence (sky) and fireworks (expansion/transformation).
The summerhouse speaks to a connection that you have with a state of mind from the past. Was this a place where you shared happy memories with your father?
You get to the house after getting off the bus. The bus symbolizes an organization such as a church, workplace or school. It’s when you step away from it that you’re experiencing the state of mind characterized by the summerhouse. It’s also then that you see your father in the field (fertile inner mind) and in the grass (subconscious life experience).
The symbols of the heart and hands are profound to note as well. The heart symbolizes not only love, but also understandings—soul understandings. The hands symbolize purpose—life’s purpose. Your Dad is showing you that the transformation you’re in the midst of, or are about to enter, has to do with your life’s purpose. You experiencing “a full heart” symbolizes the assimilation of important soul understandings.
Death is a peculiar life event. We don’t talk about it as much as I think we could or even should. It’s oftentimes a taboo subject and yet, it’s a distinct and unavoidable part of life.
According to the School of Metaphysics, death is a form of transition. The true essence, the “I am” essence of any individual, never dies or ceases to exist. Rather, it changes how it expresses itself by shedding the body and entering the Spirit world.
It’s by us either facing our own mortality or seeing a loved one die that we’re stimulated to take a deeper look at our lives.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist and the author of the incredible book On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families. Here’s one of her quotes: “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, that we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
If it were my dream, Heather, I’d look into ways that I truly want to transform my life from the inside out. I’d evaluate every area of my life and become honest about my own perceptions of what brings me true fulfillment and what doesn’t.
I’d go as far as envisioning my own death or funeral and analyzing whether there are experiences I want to have that I’d regret not having once on the deathbed. Are there fears keeping me from living my life to the fullest?
Your father and your Superconscious Mind are both urging you to celebrate life, to align with your soul’s purpose so that you can enrich your heart with many soul understandings.
May your dreams illuminate the inner you…