Other Religions Angels and Miracles Archangel Gabriel's Messages in Dreams How to Use Essential Oils to Invite Gabriel's Dream Messages Share Flipboard Email Print Stockbyte / Getty Images Angels and Miracles Famous Archangels An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Religious Texts By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., English, George Mason University Whitney Hopler is a writer and editor who has covered faith since 1994. She is the author of the upcoming book "Waking Up to Wonder." our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated June 22, 2018 Archangel Gabriel is known as the Angel of Revelation because God has chosen him to make important announcements throughout history. Gabriel often communicates with people through dreams, when the human mind is most open to learning something new. During sleep, people tend to be less afraid of meeting angels and less distracted by daily concerns than they are in waking life, so dreaming is a perfect time for spiritual guidance. If you've been praying for guidance about something—such as how to make an important decision or solve a difficult problem—Gabriel may send you a dream message to steer you toward God's will. Pray About What You Hope to Dream About The best way to begin any type of communication with Gabriel is by praying—either to God, by asking Him to send Gabriel to visit you in your dreams, or to Gabriel himself, by inviting the archangel to visit you directly. Keep in mind that you're more likely to encounter Gabriel if you've prepared your soul for a holy encounter. Make some time before bed to confess and renounce your sins, and make a fresh commitment to live faithfully for God. Pray specifically about the topic on which you'd like Gabriel to give you guidance. The process of focusing your waking mind on what you hope to dream about is called dream incubation. While many guardian angels help with dream incubation (because they're constantly watching over sleeping people), Gabriel is the most appropriate of the archangels to call on as you prepare to dream. This is because Gabriel oversees communication between angels and human beings. He can help you move between levels of consciousness with ease, allowing you to interpret God's messages in your dreams with clarity and accuracy. Use Holy Water Gabriel is the archangel who rules over water, so some people use water as part of their prayer rituals to invite him to meet them in their dreams. Holy water—which is simply water that someone has blessed by praying over it—is an especially effective tool to use when you hope to communicate with Gabriel. By praying over water, you're inviting God's Holy Spirit to change the water's molecular structure to reflect the beauty of your prayers. You're actually physically infusing the water with your spiritual intentions. Before you go to bed, pray over a glass of water and ask God to send Gabriel to communicate with you in your dreams. Then drink half of the water. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, drink the other half and pray for the ability to remember as much as possible from your dreams. Use Essential Oils Some people who hope to hear from Gabriel during their dreams place a few drops of essential oil on their pillows before going to bed, as a way of welcoming Gabriel's angelic energy into their bedrooms. Essential oils (the pure oils of plants) store and amplify electromagnetic energy, just as crystals do. Since spiritual energy—like that of angels—manifests itself physically by means of electromagnetic energy, people sometimes use essential oils and crystals to draw angelic energy to places where they hope to encounter angels. The energy in certain essential oils vibrates at frequencies that correspond to the white angel light ray that Gabriel leads. The white ray represents the purity and harmony that come from holiness. There are many essential oils that you can use to attract Gabriel's energy—those that closely correspond to Gabriel's light ray. Among those, the following oils are especially good to use in your bedroom before going to sleep: Lavender (for purification from sin, overcoming doubt and fear, and for renewal)Pine (for purification from sin, and for gaining confidence)Frankincense (for protection from evil, gaining holy knowledge and wisdom, and for helping you focus on God's purposes for your life)Sandalwood (for protection from other people's negativity)Ylang Ylang (for overcoming negative emotions and experiencing God's peace)Rosewood (for the ability to discern God's will)Peppermint (for the ability to discern God's will)Pepper (for the clarity to move toward God's will)Tea Tree (for gaining confidence in God's plans for you and for helping you understand other people's motivations)Patchouli (for harmony and balance in all aspects of your life)Chamomile (for moving forward in life with pure motives) Using an essential oil that relates to what you hope to dream about may help you focus on that topic in your dreams, as well as attract Gabriel's angelic energy. Pay Attention to Your Emotions Your emotions—the ones your experience during your dreams, and the ones you experience immediately after waking up—are just as important as your thoughts when it comes to figuring out the spiritual meaning of your dreams. That's because God has made emotions the creative force that propels thoughts into actions. During a dream, Gabriel may direct your attention to feelings that you've buried deep inside your subconscious. He may make you aware of positive emotions, such as showing you how excited you truly are about an opportunity that God is encouraging you to pursue. If you need healing for an issue in your life that provokes negative emotions, Gabriel may direct your attention through a nightmare as a way to urge you to work through the healing process. Gabriel may also send you emotional energy as part of the message God wants to communicate to you through a dream. For instance, Gabriel may send you a sense of peace about a decision you're considering making. Or Gabriel may make you feel alarmed about something dangerous in an effort to protect you from it. Record Dream Details After Awakening As soon as you can after waking up (but after drinking the remaining water, if you're doing the water prayer ritual), record everything you can remember about your dreams from the previous evening. Begin with whatever you recall first, and then work backward to see if any other details emerge. Pray for Gabriel's help in interpreting the meaning of your dreams—especially as those dreams relate to your future, as Gabriel often delivers prophetic messages about the future in dreams.