Dreaming of Apparitions

I’ve never been big on dream interpretation, and I don’t always recall my dreams, but my soul/subconscious/guides sure know how to fill the void with experiences that I long for in the waking world. This is true for when I’m on a diet and I dream about peanut butter cups, but it’s also true in a deeper sense, like my passion for spirit communication and the paranormal. Do you know what I mean?

Last night I believe I had the fourth or fifth dream that I can recall having to do with seeing the apparition of a ghost. I’m not including spirit visits in that statement, though two of those may be questionable, as I’m not sure if they were just a dream or some kind of message from spirit visitors. No, what I’m talking about now is clearly a dream, where I’m minding my own business, or going through my normal daily life (in a dream, anyway), and suddenly I’m allowed to experience the amazing high of seeing the apparition of a ghost before my eyes. There has never been anything like it in any other dream that I’ve had. It’s an amazing feeling!

In last night’s dream, I was apparently seeking out a spirit. This is usually not the case. I was with my father, and we were investigating what seemed to be the abandoned basement of some large building. As far as I know, this location is purely fictional, but imagine a place like Belvoir Winery (the abandoned sections), or an equally creepy large and abandoned facility. I was leading the way with my father behind me, and I had absolutely no fear of my surroundings. I was on a mission, and that mission was to find evidence or proof of a specific male entity’s presence. Suddenly ahead of me, through the debris and the shadows, I saw what seemed to be a person way ahead of me, crossing in and out of the beam of my flashlight. I remember nonchalantly saying something like, “That’s weird. Someone is in here”, as if I wouldn’t have been frightened of a real person hiding or being with us in a dark and abandoned basement. We kept moving forward, and I expressed to my dad how disappointed I was going to be if I didn’t get some kind of evidence of this spirit that we were looking for. Suddenly, the full and solid figure of a human, down to the face and the clothing, was standing in front of me, again in the beam of my flashlight. You have to ignore the fact that in waking life my fight or flight would have kicked in by this point. Clearly, it would be frightening to find that a stranger is in the dark with you in an abandoned building. Remember–this is just a dream. So my brain was clearly not registering what I was seeing, as it appeared to be just a solid person… completely normal. Excuse me sir, we’re trying to find a ghost here. My dad said something like “Well what do you think you’re looking at? This is what you came for!” It was, indeed, the spirit of the person we came for. And as soon as I realized that, the amazing rush happened… and I woke up.

In real life I’ve never seen an apparition. At least I don’t think so. Do we always know? In a recent dream, one that I had about Miss Owen (who is now a celebrity to my students at school), I was given a sketch of an apparition–a sketch of a moment in time that I was present for. So for that one, I proved that even in a dream I can miss the opportunity to see an apparition with my own eyes!

It is only in recent generations that we began to think of apparitions as being translucent or cloudy visual representations of spirit, and I think Hollywood has helped with that. I blogged about another dream in which I witnessed an amazing translucent apparition crossing the road. But this has been the first dream in which the apparition was solid and looked just like you or I would. It was mind-blowing.

I’m a paranormal blogger, experimenter, and now podcaster. I’m fascinated by spirit communication. My mind is nearly always immersed in thoughts of the paranormal. You would think that I’ve had tons of paranormal experiences. I have not. Oh I’ve sat in dark rooms for hours and waited. I’ve attempted to spark a conversation with unseen spirits in an abandoned farmhouse by myself… in the dark. I’ve watched a motionless planchette on a Ouija board.  I’ve studied and tried channeling (it’s supposed to be so easy!) I’ve analyzed hundreds of hours of audio and video, shooting down possible EVP and strange phenomena that don’t convince me. And yes, I’ve gotten a few crazy EVPs. I’ve had a few psychic moments. I recently blogged about a very early fuzzy memory that stands out and could possibly have ghostly significance (but I may never know). I’ve even been grabbed in my sleep by a hand that quickly disappeared. I’ve had fun, but I want to see an apparition! Where is mine?! Bring it!

Is this why I have these dreams? Is this God’s way of giving me some of what I need to keep me going while I wait? Sigh…

Me going down the steps of the abandoned farmhouse. (Thank GOD my dad tried it first!)

Me going down the steps of the abandoned farmhouse. (Thank GOD my dad tried it first!)




About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

10 responses to “Dreaming of Apparitions

  • Parlor of Horror

    I actually did dream interpretation for a while, just for fun, to my freinds, co-workers, etc. I more or less followed the Carl Jung archetypes and symbolism to do this, prefering his thoughts on dreams over Freud’s. Needless to say, people aren’t always happy with the interpretations so I don’t do it that much anymore 🙁 Anyway, interesting dream and a fun read.

    • Patrick Keller

      Does the popularity of dream interpretation come and go?

      • Parlor of Horror

        I guess. It really depends on the person. Some feel dreams are nothing worth thinking about and should be forgotten upon waking. Others who have a more spiritual acceptence like to hear about thier own dreams. I’d say that dreams mostly tell about the inner workings of your subconscious; problem solving, worries, bad past experiences, etc. are all dealt with in your dreamstate. But every once in a while some people will have a dream that seems to originate from an outside force or energy. I find it all fascinating.

      • Patrick Keller

        I just need to have the patience to work on remembering them more.

      • Parlor of Horror

        On work mornings, when you wake up to an alarm clock, it would be nearly impossible to remember dreams because we are conditioned to act in the real world upon hearing our wake-up call. The best time to remember is one weekends, days off, when you just wake naturally. When your eyes open, don’t grab a pen and paper- just calmly ask yourself; What was just happening? Then go backwards into the dream. Ask yourself; And what happened before that…continue as far back as you can go.

  • lara314

    I can totally related to this blog. I also have had dreams of seeing apparitions. Once I dreamt I was laying sideways on my bed with my recorder trying to capture an EVP and a disembodied hand ran through my hair up the backside of my head that startled me awake.
    I have had some paranormal experiences. Having been an investigator for a number of years, I have had some spirits follow me home. I’ve seen shadows on the wall in my bedroom, strange mists form in front of my face (which scared me to think my house was on fire) and my name whispered loud enough in my ear in the middle of the night it woke me up, twice.
    But the ever alluding apparition has failed to make its presence in my world. I will however continue to spend countless hours in the search for that experience. Until then, dark gritty, abandoned places will be my second home.

    • Patrick Keller

      Those are still some very cool (maybe cool isn’t the word to use) experiences, and your hand experience while in bed is so very similar to mine… Question — did you have the same “was I asleep or awake” conflict in your head after you experienced that one?

  • Paranormalogistically

    I have paranormal dreams 3 or 4 times a year. Either a place is haunted to the point of me being scared or it is an investigation dream. I don’t usually see the apparition but experience object movement and almost like time slips in the dream. I think we must have these dreams because our lives tend to revolve around the paranormal and it seems natural to dream about it. With me I think I want to experience para activity more than I do and since I don’t get to go out and investigate as often as I used to, my dream world gives me my fix. I use paranormal research as a reward for completing a useful number of thing in my other life….so I am always thinking about it. So you’re not weird…it seems completely normal to me.

  • Andreia

    I’ve heard said before that it’s also common for spirits to communicate thru dreams…Perhaps you already made contact.

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