After Death Communication – Just a Dream or More?

 

When a Dead Loved One Visits You in a Dream, Is It Real?

Editor’s Note | Higher Journeys

In 2001 I wrote about Bill and Judy Guggenheim’s excellent book entitled, Hello From Heaven, which discusses the subject of after-death communication – the reality of such a phenomenon and how common it appears to be.

Since that time, I’ve received dozens of stories of similar encounters – those who claim they have made contact with loved ones in spirit, most of which occurred as unexpected encounters. This is not a new story, nor is it a subject that’s losing interest by any means. As long as life and death exist, so will the longing for the living to reunite with “the dead.”

In the following article you will read about several inroads that have been made via the research about after death communication (or ADC, as was coined by the Guggenheims), not the least of which is a process called Induced After Death Communication – a method by which an individual can trigger a possible connection with loved ones in spirit. Similar to self-initiated out of body experiences, a process that OBE expert William Buhlman advocates, induced ADC’s may provide a clear and present approach to instantly erasing grief that could otherwise linger for years.

Stay tuned to Higher Journeys as I plan to cover at greater length, the subject of both induced ADC’s and self initiated OBE’s.


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As many as 20 to 40 percent of Americans believe they have communicated with the dead, according to multiple studies. Are all of these people in a state of delusion or have they really made contact?

Dr. Camille Wortman, who received her Ph.D. from Duke University and who has worked for decades as an expert on grief and bereavement, wrote in her blog: “Despite the comfort that these communications may provide, mourners often worry that if they are having these kinds of experiences, they must be losing their minds. In many cases, they are reluctant to talk with others about these experiences, fearing that people will think they are going crazy. This could help explain the societal belief that such communications are rare, and that they may be indicative of psychological problems.”

After-death communication can help mourners, says Wortman; she and some other psychologists are exploring this phenomenon as a method of treating grief.

“Survivors would benefit from greater awareness of how frequently these communications occur. Armed with such knowledge, they may be more likely to be comforted, and less likely to doubt their own sanity if they experience after death communication,” Wortman wrote.

Therapy Session Gives Intriguing Clue

In 1995, Dr. Allan Botkin developed a therapy method called “induced after-death communication” (IADC). One of his patients learned something from the induced vision of her deceased friend that suggests the experience was real and not an illusion.

A reporter named Julia Mossbridge had lost her friend, Josh, in college. She had convinced Josh to attend a dance he wasn’t planning to attend and he died in a car accident on the way, she explained in a report on her experience. She felt guilty, though over the course of many years the grief had become relatively weak.

Botkin’s method involves getting the eyes to move in such a way that they imitate the rapid-eye-movement (REM) during sleep. Dreaming occurs during REM sleep. At the same time, he helps the patients get in touch with the core emotions related to their grief.

Mossbridge described the experience: “Simply, without pretense, I saw Josh walk out from behind a door. My friend jumped around with his youthful enthusiasm, beaming at me. I felt great joy at the connection but I couldn’t tell whether I was making the whole thing up. He told me I wasn’t to blame and I believed him. Then I saw Josh playing with his sister’s dog. I didn’t know she had one. We said good-bye and I opened my eyes, laughing.”

She continued: “Later I found out that Josh’s sister’s dog had died, and it was the same breed as the one I had seen in my vision. Yet I still don’t know what’s real. What I do know is that when I think of Josh, I no longer dwell on the images of me calling him or of his car getting hit. Instead, I see Josh walking toward me, laughing and playing with an angel dog. For now, this is the only kind of proof I need.”

Botkin has said it doesn’t matter if the patient believes in the experience or not, it can still have a positive effect.

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How to know it's not just a dream

Alexis Brooks

Alexis Brooks is the editor-in-chief of Higher Journeys, an award-winning talk show host, #1 best-selling author, and international speaker covering metaphysics, spirituality and personal transformation. Her work explores consciousness, human potential, and the deeper characteristics of reality from a transcendental perspective and her approach to these subjects have been described by many as “clear and easy to understand” in covering an otherwise complex and esoteric subject matter. Alexis' mantra: If you dare explore the mystery, Universe will more than meet you half way!

7 Comments

  1. lucilito
    April 24, 2015 @ 4:24 am

    As long as the atmosphere of this earth is ours… all the matters we have within is ours, since it is not being explained well …celled within and sealed within we are here until death…and not being thrown away by another space or fallacies…not even to escape the outer part of the ozone layer..so scientifically we were ordered our time into cycle as what other matter exist on our surroundings… Spiritually based on Jesus Christ.
    .the history itself prove that HE is the only one happened to die and rise again…the mystery of faith…the promised word that God will judge the living and the dead…and I believe…we are cycled matters dignified by our spirit…our souls unite and separate ..by order of Gods’s will not even untold whether to limit our capacity to be curious..and investigate the future and the past…

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  2. elle
    April 24, 2015 @ 4:28 am

    My belowed husband died almost 5 years ago. My life is a mess since. I severely depressed. Can barely teach my university classes. I was in Madrid this summer and had a shocking experience which made me think that my husband tries to communicate with me….

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  3. eleni
    April 25, 2015 @ 4:33 am

    I had a dream about this boy i once knew. we didnt talk very much but i at least knew his name. He appeared in my dream for the first time and i remember i was lost in school and asked him for help then i moved on. Well the next morning i found out he died that morning randomly. It was wierd he appeared in my dream that night.v

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    • Posted by Alexis
      April 29, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

      Eleni,

      ADC’s or foreshadowing of a passing in dreams is quite common. Even if you’re only vaguely familiar with the individual or in some cases may have not have known them at all (although someone you know will), somehow we are linked to this omnipresent field in which all consciousness lives (even those “deceased”), and will deliver the message/image to the most appropriate person – perhaps to carry it to the individual who needs to hear the message but isn’t able to get it themselves. Though mysterious, it’s quite a brilliant universal mechanism, and all of us our connected to it. What a gift!

      Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Walter
    April 25, 2015 @ 11:51 am

    I tend to agree with the video. My son took his own life after a divorce. I miss him very much even after three and a half years and I am sure I will miss him forever. Thanks to recent introduction to Buddhism I am able to understand and accept reality. I need scientific proof to accept anything and everything. I am not convinced about the theories regarding afterlife of any religion. I am aware of a lot of studies done by many Universities regarding re-birth, yet I need more proof to accept it.

    I do forget dreams like most others, however, dreams regarding my son have been very vivid and I can remember all details, even the warmth of his body when we hugged. Beyond that I have no clue what it means. I welcome his visits in my dreams very much.

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    • Posted by Alexis
      April 29, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

      Walter, first and foremost, my heartfelt thoughts go out to you on the physical absence of your son. May you be comforted by those vivid dreams and feel in your heart whether this is “just a dream or something more” …I have a feeling it’s much more. The beauty is, when you have individual experience, proof from external sources are no longer needed. As I have said, “Seeing is believing, but experiencing is KNOWING. Seek to know and you will never have to believe again!”

      Embrace it and continue your journey with blessings!
      Alexis

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  5. lola
    May 15, 2015 @ 11:47 pm

    I had a dream my friend was calling my name clear as anything as if trying to wake me….i hadn’t seen her in a while..so woke up confused as to why .. I found out that she had died that night

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