Upon waking the other day, I immediately recalled a long, multi-segment dream I’d been having for much of the night. A good friend, whom I’ll call Ed, had been dashing around the dream in various mix-ups, as if in a sit-com. Confusingly, two versions of him existed in the dream, the “good Ed” and “the other Ed,” who looked almost exactly like him. The other Ed was stirring up problems for the good Ed by behaving suspiciously and even badly in various scenarios, and he was creating havoc by making it seem as if Ed were in two places at once. The whole dream was like one of those perplexing illustrations on quantum theory that try to explain how someone can be in one place and also another at the same time.
It had been a bit exhausting to watch this little farce for much of the night. But what particularly struck me was that Ed had shown up in two other dreams of mine so far this week! In all of these, he looked vivid and shiny, truly present. What was going on?
I emailed Ed and told him about this. He replied that it made sense. Ed is also a psychic, with a very healthy reading practice. He told me he’d been working intensively on his “astral space” – that is, the activity of his spirit or energetic self that took place in the realm of dreaming while he was sleeping – and he had been attending a class on this topic by an intuitive teacher we both know. And through this class, Ed explained, he had indeed embarked on a new phase of exploring his propensity to travel in his dreams to far-flung places – even other universes – and to be multiple places at once.
I remembered that in trading clairvoyant “check-ups” with Ed over the years, I had looked at his tendency to divide up his energy this way. But I hadn’t known that lately he was homing in on the astral aspects of his spiritual roaming.
Still, a small mystery remained: why was I witnessing all this in my astral space?
Some dreams feel like sparks thrown off from the day. Others are ways to psychologically churn through current issues to help resolve them. Still other dreams feel like interesting alternate realities, but in the way that novels or movies do – absorbing dramas that may echo our lives without exactly being our lives.
Some dreams, though, offer the heft and brightness of real life. They carry people we know to us while we sleep. They’re so vivid and direct that it feels as if the dreamed person has really come to visit, to have an experience with us or deliver a message. When I’ve had such dreams, they’ve hit me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve had astral visits like this from people I’ve been especially close to but couldn’t see in my physical life. For a few years, my dreams held periodic appearances by a loved one who lived in New York, a long way from my California home, who wasn’t very good at writing or calling but who had finely honed skills as a musician and an aikido master. When he showed up in a dream, the scene was inevitably radiant, both from the light of his smile and the whole scene. I awoke feeling happy and sated, as if I’d just had a great time with him. Recently, another old friend made a satisfying dream stopover including lots of fun activities; he was in jail, hundreds of miles away.
Still, I’m not sure why Ed’s astral explorations showed up in my dream. It’s not as if we don’t talk regularly. Certainly we’ve supported each other over the years in our intuitive work, and that did include a recent conversation about his continuing quest to get more control over his wide-ranging energy. Chalk it up to our friendship – personal and professional – and to my curiosity. It’s hard to be a practicing intuitive reader without a healthy dose of the latter.
What are you doing in your dreaming life? Is there somewhere you particularly want to go? Someone you want to see whom you just can’t get to? Make the effortless resolution one night before you drift off that you will visit that person in a dream, that you will explore that place. See what happens.
copyright © 2012 Lisa Bernstein