|My Father, Robert Lee Jackson|
When I was a child, a dream about my father usually had something to do with discipline or loss. I would either dream I was in trouble for something I had done or that my father had died. These are probably fairly common dream scenarios about fathers for children. After I became older the dream content and symbolism changed.
My father died over twenty years ago, but I still have frequent dreams about him. Usually they are comforting dreams where he never utters a word but instead is mostly a presence to guide me or support me. These dreams never fail to give me a pleasant awakening. I usually feel reassured and optimistic after such a dream. The meaning to these dreams probably relates to my feelings that my father approves of what I am doing in my life or where I am as a man. Alternately the father figure is possibly my inner self providing me confidence and optimism.
Occasionally though I will have dreams where my father is reprimanding me or chiding me about something. These dreams are not harsh, but they tend more toward the sarcastic or display a mild sense of disappointment. Again the figure of my father may actually be my inner self exerting a gentle sense of judgement. Sometimes I will wake up slightly angry or defiant, but this is a feeling that does not last as I begin to be more thankful that I was able to be with my father.
I suppose these dreams could be direct messages from my father in spirit, but I have a tendency not to believe in this sort of thing. Whatever the case, I like to have dreams about my father. A dream about my father is like a visit from him.
Do you think that dreams about departed loved ones are communications from the afterlife? Have you had dreams about someone you have lost to death? What are your dreams about departed loved ones like?