I’ve been visited by dead people before. It’s pretty common for me. When someone I love dies, they will visit me in a dream. We may chat, or have a picnic, or cry together. It’s a sweet way to get closure, and I can always tell when a dream is not just a dream, but a visit. I’m grateful for whatever part of me is open enough to let them through. Sometimes other people’s loved ones come to me in dreams, too, and ask me to relay messages, which I do. I know there are plenty of people out there who don’t believe in this sort of thing, to which I’ll now respond with my favorite Nicolas Cage quote (from City of Angels) – “Some things are true whether you believe in them or not.”
Last night, I had a dream that was a visitation. It was about Tom Petty. Yes, the celebrity/singer/songwriter/cowboy/Traveling Wilbury. That one. I have always felt a special connection to Tom’s music, since I was a kid I’ve loved his songs and identified with his lyrics. I was sad, as a lot of people were, to hear of his passing and disappointed that I’d never been to see him in concert. It wasn’t something I dwelled on, though, and as life does, mine moved on.
So the last few nights I have had some strange and colorful dreams. I attribute it to the full moon + partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn (don’t get me started on Capricorn). Last night’s dream was colorful and lively, but different. If you’ve had visitations you know what I’m talking about. It’s almost like lucid dreaming, in that you’re aware something is different and this moment should be cherished, you try to look around and remember things because you know it will be over soon and you don’t want it to be. At the same time you’re trying to listen and pay attention to whatever wisdom the visitor is there to impart.
I won’t detail the whole dream, but I will say that the part that felt most important had to do with my boots (navy blue Doc Martens with a zipper on the heel) and his boots (unknown brand). We compared boots. Tom Petty gave me some tips on how to care for mine, and how to make the leather feel smooth and buttery like his. (Yes, I felt Tom Petty’s boots, and yes, they were as soft and luxurious as you might imagine.)
The other important part had to do with him having daughters. One a brunette, she had a little chubby-cheek face and a dress on and she was precocious and chatty. I mark this as important because it wasn’t something I knew about him. I didn’t know TP had children at all, and I had to look it up on the internet to confirm it. Two daughters, according to Google, and according to Dream Tom. That, for me, is a confirmation.
All of this has left me with a sincere curiosity, and a hope that maybe the great Tom Petty is one of my spirit guides. He’s not the first person to visit me after passing, but he is one of the most interesting and I hope we get to chat again.
A couple important notes about dream visitations: Our loved ones, guides, anyone on that plane can take on any form. My grandfather sometimes visits as the “him” I remember, and sometimes as his younger self. Tom Petty went back and forth between young and old, seeming equally comfortable with all of his different human “selves”. Also, visitations are not usually romantic in nature (unless the person was a romantic partner, and even then it’s not likely.) If you dream about making out with Steve McQueen in the back of a limo it is probably a wish-fulfillment dream courtesy of your own subconscious, and not an actual visit.