In dreams, should I wonder if I am in fact dreaming, I consider the evidence before my senses and conclude that I am very much awake — only to wake up later and realize I was sleeping.
I have also heard that people often cannot interact with their environment as easily in dreams as in wakefulness, although ostensibly everything should seem easy in a dream. After all, in dreams we can fly or do all manner of impossible things, right? Yet I experience a lot of strange difficulties. I can never hit the right keys if I’m typing or tying to make a phone call within a dream. I keep trying and failing, aware that I’m not able to do it right. Why is this? If my dream-body is walking around in a dream-world completely of my own imagination, why should I encounter any difficulty? Why doesn’t my brain just dream-imagine myself hitting the right keys?
If I were to take only my own experiences of dreaming as the entire scope of evidence on the subject, as if no one had ever explained dreams to me before, I would think that they were journeys taken by my spirit to other spacetimes. I mean other realities that are very much real to those that live in them, as real as this reality is to us.
This theory means that in these dream-journeys, I am literally a ghost. This is why it is difficult to physically interact with the environment in a dream. This is why my brain insists that I am awake, really experiencing what I’m experiencing, when I am dreaming.
So maybe what I call the spirit realm is also a physical place that I merely haunt as a ghost.
Which leads me to an interesting idea: in order to be a better person, one must learn to be a better ghost. If you have ever gone on a shamanic journey, you will understand that spirit-walking is a very real experience and a powerful tool towards living a better life both physically and spiritually. But spiritual people are often humble, seeing themselves as students always, when really we are all both students and teachers simultaneously. We crave the teachings from our spirit guides — but remember, we can ourselves be ghosts. We can be spirit guides right now.
Instead of always looking for answers in the spirit world, ask how to be a teacher. In a shamanic journey, ask to be taken to someone who needs YOUR advice. I don’t mean that you should try to give advice in the regular reality, standing firmly in your physical skin, but to do so as a ghost — a spirit, an angel, a guide — and haunt other times and places, offering compassionate help. Let your spirit guides train you to be a spirit guide — it’s probably the best thing they know how to teach, after all.
Consider the healing possibilities you can provide. Remember that shamanic journeying and other forms of spirit-walking (including dreams) are beyond time and place. You can go back in time and give advice to a younger version of yourself. If you have a specific healing mission in mind, let your spirit guides know your intentions and ask for help to be a better spirit guide yourself.
Learn how to haunt yourself in the past and future. Learn how to reach out to your suffering child-self, or troubled adolescent-self, the way your spirit guides reach out to you now. Give them your love, support, hope, magic, and insights.
You can do this for other people too (if they give you permission). There are likely limitless applications of this idea that I have not yet thought of. I am still testing this theory of mine…still taking the first baby-steps towards training as a spirit guide. As I am passionate about this, I hope to embark on helping others to heal through this method.