“Are you the God-lady?” a man at our local market asked me. Admittedly, I was
startled. Without waiting for a reply, he said, “My
father died last week. He’s been showing up in my
dreams. Dad looks young, healthy, and seems to be
telling me he’s okay, that we’ll see each other again.
But he doesn’t speak … what does that mean? Why
didn’t Dad speak?” I, too, was speechless. Who is
As the cashier rang up my groceries, the stranger
pressed on. Turns out his Bible study group
was using my newest work on holy dreams as a
discussion tool. Apparently, they’d not yet read
about grief dreams, or the many other kinds of holy
dreams. The rare, profoundly memorable instances
when, in a deep sublime sleep, God graces our
mind to offer us sacred, individualized guidance
during our slumbers.
My ice cream was melting, so as speedily as
META-MESSAGES FROM GOD
possible, I explained, “That sounds like a grief
dream—quite commonly experienced after a
loved one passes. Those dreams generally bring
comfort and encouragement. They suggest that all
is well and not to worry about so-called death. As
for not speaking, no doubt we’ll all communicate
telepathically in the infinite.”
He slowly nodded and then smiled, appearing
relieved. “I’ll tell our group,” he said. Had he worn a
hat, I sensed he would have tipped it. I smiled back,
and we went our separate ways.
Later, I thought of so much more I could have said:
that the holy dream is an intensely memorable, if also
infrequent, time during sleep when we receive a “
meta-message” from God. The Greek prefix meta means
situated beyond or above something, and also more
highly organized than before. Meta, in this usage,
PROFOUND GUIDANCE OFTEN
COMES WHEN WE’RE FAST ASLEEP.
BY MARSHA SINETAR, PH.D.