From a spiritual point of view, dreams can be seen as a gateway between the physical and spiritual realms.
Through our dreams, our spiritual guides communicate with us to reveal messages and provide guidance.
So if you have been dreaming about your loved ones, what could be the message your spiritual guides are trying to tell you?
Dreaming of loved ones who are living and those who passed away could mean different things.
In this article, we will explore both scenarios.
Dreaming of loved ones who are living
1) You need their support
As adults, we tend to deny ourselves the support that we need during tough times.
With the stigma associated with admitting we need support, many of us feel we should handle our own problems.
But it is completely normal to feel the need for our loved ones’ support.
If you have been holding yourself back from asking for their help, your dreams could be telling you that you should seek their support.
Your loved ones are people you can trust.
That’s why they appear in your dreams to comfort you.
So if you’ve been struggling, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with your loved ones and ask for their help.
You are not the only one who could benefit from this;
Reaching out about a problem could also improve your relationship with them as you encourage trust and a positive space for vulnerability.
2) You are worried about their well-being
Our dreams are true to us.
They reveal our deepest desires, anxieties, and worries.
So if you’ve been worried about your loved ones’ well-being, it could be the reason they appear in your dreams.
You may have observed that dreams about your worries often feel more intense and vivid than they do in real life.
They can sometimes be distorted or exaggerated, causing you to worry even more.
But it’s helpful to approach them calmly.
Reach out to the loved one who appeared in your dream.
Ask them how they are doing.
Without causing panic, you can share your dreams with them so they can be cautious or look into what it means for them.
You may also consider consulting a psychic.
Psychics use a variety of ways to interpret dreams, such as tarot cards, palm reading, or intuition.
Through these ways, they could help you unfold what your spirit guides are telling you in your dreams.
3) Your dreams reflect your relationship with your loved ones
Your dreams about your loved ones could be a reflection of your relationship with them.
It is possible for our dreams to pick up scenarios, feelings, and memories we have with people and replay them in our dreams.
If you have a good relationship with the loved one in your dreams, dreams about them are most likely to be positive, light, and filled with love.
If you have a negative relationship with the person in your dream, you may dream about fighting with them or getting in any sort of conflict with them.
It is helpful to remember that our dreams are not always a direct representation of our reality.
If you dreamt about getting into conflict with a loved one you have a positive relationship with, it doesn’t necessarily mean your relationship with them will go from good to bad.
There are factors in your waking life that could encourage your dreams, such as stress and anxiety.
4) Your dream is a reminder that you’re not alone
I remember feeling very scared about applying to university.
I felt that it was such a big world, and I didn’t know how I could find my way there and survive in such an unfamiliar environment.
One night, I dreamt of my grandfather sending me off to university.
He was carrying my bags and holding my hand, just like he used to do when I was in kindergarten.
I was so thankful for that dream because it gave me so much comfort and peace in entering a new chapter in my life.
As you navigate the world’s complexities, your dreams could remind you that your loved ones are there for you.
The universe placed them in your life to share and support your purpose.
5) You miss them
If you live far away from your loved ones, it’s natural to seek comfort through your dreams.
Dreaming of your loved ones can be a way to relive happy moments and spiritually reconnect with them across the distance.
6) They are giving you a warning or a go-signal
Our loved ones have always been our support system. Most of us are lucky to have people who wish the best for us.
If you are about to take a big leap, dreaming of your loved ones could be a sign.
You may be about to quit your job, make a big purchase, or move abroad.
Your loved ones could be warning you or giving you the go-signal.
If you resonate with this, how do you know if it’s a warning or an approval?
Focus on the feeling the dream is giving you.
If you feel happy and secure, take it as a yes.
If you are confused and worried, you should be cautious.
So if you dreamt of a trusted loved one, consider this message.
Dreaming of loved ones who passed away
7) You are still grieving
Dreaming of your loved ones who passed could be a way for you to go through the process of grieving.
If you still think of them a lot when you are awake, this could be your trigger for dreaming about them.
The emotional impact of dreaming about loved ones is unique to each person.
On the one hand, it provides a sense of connection and a reminder that they are still there, with you.
On the other hand, they could also bring feelings of grief and reminds us of the loss we experienced.
Either way, you should remember that grief is a natural response to a loss.
If you’re grieving and dreaming of a lost loved one, you should take your time to process your feelings in a healthy way.
8) It is a form of closure
If a loved one passed away unexpectedly, you might be seeking closure for losing them.
You have so many questions, and there are many things you want to understand.
Dreaming of loved ones could be an opportunity for you to process and make sense of the difficult and unresolved emotions you have about losing them.
By dreaming of them, you revisit memories, say goodbye, and hopefully come to terms with the fact that they passed.
9) Your dreams are visitation dreams
Do you believe that those who passed can visit us in our lifetime?
In many cultures, dreams about a lost loved one are believed to be a sign of spiritual connection and a message from beyond.
The loved one in your dream could be visiting you to offer guidance and comfort and to remind you that they are still with you.
What does a visitation dream look like?
A visitation dream looks like meeting your soulmate in a romantic movie.
Your loved one looks happy and healthy.
It may even look like they are glowing a bright light.
What do our loved ones symbolize in our dreams?
Dead or living, our loved ones may appear in our dream to deliver a message or just to complete the scene.
By understanding what they symbolize in our dreams, we can make sense of the whole experience of dreaming about them.
They could symbolize:
Our loved ones play many significant roles in our lives, one of which is being a strong support system we can turn to in times of need.
The presence of our loved ones in our dream could mean they symbolize support and comfort.
This comfort comes from the fact that those people are the ones who accept us, care for us, and value us.
Just like my dream about my grandfather.
It was not so much about what happened in the dream but the feeling of comfort he symbolized.
When we are surrounded by the people we love, we feel safe.
We know that they are there for us to depend on when needed.
With them, we are less afraid to face challenges with resilience.
They give us confidence that we can embrace ourselves without being judged, and this makes us feel secure not only in facing the world but security in ourselves, too.
Loved ones in our dreams symbolize companionship.
In our waking life, we share our moments with them, and we do not feel alone.
In our dreams, they remind us that we are not facing the world alone.
Our loved ones could symbolize our growth.
From the moment we are born, we are surrounded by our loved ones.
Our first concept of the world is heavily influenced by them.
We can even consider them as our roots.
So when they appear in our dreams, they could be reminding us of where we came from and how far we’ve come.
5) They represent personalities or traits
Our loved ones may symbolize a personality we have or a trait we wish we had.
For example, my mom and I share a lot of traits, even the not-so-good ones (sorry, mom).
I bet she often tells herself I remind her of herself.
When I dream about her, it is often about the things that we both like to do or scenarios that show our personalities.
My sister, on the other hand, is my polar opposite, and I often wish I have some of her traits, such as being brave and carefree.
I dream about conquering my fears with her and doing the most extreme activities with her, like swimming with sharks.
I don’t think she is that brave, but I get it, dream.
Dreaming about your loved ones could be a reminder of who you are, who you can be, and who you wish you are.
You can take it as an encouragement or a way to love yourself more.
Discover the message of your dreams.
With a lot of possible messages, your spiritual guide is telling you, you have the power and authority to discover the messages yourself.
How do you do that?
Study the context and the narrative of your dreams.
Different contexts with the same people could reveal different messages.
It’s important that you look into what the scene is trying to tell you and the role your loved one played in it.
Remember how you felt in the dream.
There are dreams that involve contexts that are too far from our reality that we can’t make sense of them no matter how hard we try.
Another way to discover what our loved ones are revealing to us is to remember how we felt in the dream and how we feel about the dream.
If the dream is filled with happy moments and leaves you with a positive feeling, there is nothing so much that we can worry about it.
It could just be that we are reliving our moments with them.
On the other hand, if you had a disturbing dream about your loved one, this might cause you panic or stress.
Considering the different feelings your dreams give you may help you get close to the message your spirit guides are trying to tell you.
What should you do if you are dreaming of your loved ones?
If you are dreaming of your loved ones who are living:
Reach out to them
Maybe they miss you just as much as you miss them.
Maybe they are dreaming of you, too.
Reaching out to your loved ones is going to be beneficial for you and your connection with them.
When you reach out and share your thoughts and feelings about the dream or about your life in general, you’re allowing them to be a source of support and comfort.
By doing so, you’re allowing each other to be more connected.
You are giving them a purpose that lets them recognize and reclaim a place in your life.
Spend more time with them.
Dreams are powerful and transformative not only for us but for our connections with other people.
Dreaming of our loved ones could be a kind nudge from the universe to spend more time with them and love them more, with intention.
Do not settle for spending time with them in your dreams.
Take it to the real world and spend time with your loved ones in real life.
Every relationship and connection needs to be nurtured. It takes real effort and, sometimes, sacrifice to make the most out of your time with them.
I am a certified workaholic, and I wish I weren’t.
My obsession with my work takes away my opportunity to make memories with my loved ones, especially with my mom.
Since I’ve been dreaming about her, I challenged myself to be more present for her and with her.
Show your love and appreciation.
Do not take their presence and actions for granted.
Make them feel your love and appreciate them on terms that work for them.
I used to just assume that my mom knows I am thankful she makes my breakfast every day.
But later on, I realized that it does not work that way.
I can’t just appreciate what she does on my own terms.
Our loved ones have their own way of feeling loved and appreciated.
As loved ones, we have the responsibility to learn how we can show them our love and appreciation.
Say thank you, tell them you love them, and tell them you are thinking of them.
What should you do if you are dreaming of a lost loved one?
Talk to others about them.
Talking to others about a loved one you lost may help you heal.
For example, talk about how passionate they are about making pots, or cooking, or dancing in the kitchen.
Talk to people about what you like the most about them.
This practice would allow you to keep their memory and their presence and keep them alive in your heart and mind.
This will also help you when dealing with grief.
When you talk to other people about them, you let yourself process your emotions and eventually accept that they are no longer physically present.
Allow yourself to grieve.
What does grief feel or look like?
Grief has many faces, and it could look different for everyone — sadness, anger, guilt, and even depression.
It can also manifest in the form of physical symptoms such as fatigue and changes in appetite and sleep.
When you suppress your feelings and ignore your need to grieve, you may deal with long-term negative consequences that could affect your physical and mental health.
But when you let yourself grieve, you are helping yourself heal and move forward with renewed hope and resilience.