Alongside these stories of survival and faith, the authors also include an introduction to dream journaling and interpretation, allowing the reader to develop trust in their dreams as a spiritual source of healing and inner guidance.
I know how true the contents of this book are from my personal and professional experience. Consciousness speaks in dreams, symbols, and visions. The problem is that when our intellectual mind is controlling our thoughts and images, inner wisdom cannot break through the barrier and enter our conscious mind and awareness. I learned that during sleep or when in a trancelike state, in which we created images or heard voices speaking to us, our inner self was free to present us with the wisdom and truth the intellect blocked us from realizing.
Dr. Larry Burk, a radiologist at Duke University, just completed a ground- breaking study involving 18 women who had warning dreams preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer. This book contains their stories and the stories of other dreamers with dreams of different types of cancer and other illnesses that came true. These dreams involved spirit guides, angels, voices, tactile intervention in the dream, synchronicities, symbolism, and visitations from deceased loved ones. The dreams were all validated by a medical report.
I truly believe that the reason we sleep is not related to our need for rest but to our need to be in contact with the infinite wisdom available to our consciousness associated with past, present, and future life events.
After attending an Elisabeth Kubler-Ross workshop, in which she asked me to draw a picture for her, I became a believer. My drawing was an outdoor scene previously created in my mind to use in meditations. I handed it to her. She immediately asked me two questions: "Why is the number II important to you? And, what are you covering up?" I told her I had been working with cancer support groups for II months and was burying my painful feelings as a doctor about all the people I couldn't cure or help. I asked what made her ask those questions. She said there were II trees in the scene and I used a white crayon to make snow on a mountaintop when the page was already white. So, I had added a layer symbolic of covering something up.
It was incredible how much of my life was symbolically portrayed in a scene I thought had no meaning and was merely a matter of my imagination, but that experience made me go back to the hospital with a box of crayons and start to ask my patients to draw pictures for me, as well as share their dreams and intuitive wisdom. I was amazed at what I thought I was learning which no one else knew because this type of work is never a part of the information you receive while in medical school and training. An example is the fact that Carl lung interpreted a dream and correctly diagnosed a brain tumor many years ago, yet I have never met a medical student who was told that while in school.
This book is important because it shows us the unity of mind and body, something the medical profession has a hard time dealing with. Many years ago, I put together an article on dreams and drawings and sent it to a medical journal for publication. It was sent back with the comment, "Interesting but inappropriate for our journal." So, I sent it to a psychology journal, and again it was returned, but this time the comment was, "It is appropriate but not interesting. We are aware of all this."
Healthcare practitioners and the general public need to access this wonderful source of wisdom, which can help in all phases of your life and is a gift from our Creator. Even the Bible shares that God speaks in dreams and visions. So quiet your mind and create the still pond that lets you see your true reflection, just as it let the ugly duckling realize he was a swan.
Based on people's dreams and drawings, I frequently made decisions as to whether they needed surgery or not and the best treatment for their disease. One woman with cancer said she had a dream in which a cat named Miracle appeared and told her which chemotherapy she needed to best treat her cancer. Her doctor agreed to do it, and she is alive and well. I named a kitten we adopted Miracle. She lived for 20 years.
Another woman whose story is in my book A Book of Miracles had a dark- skinned woman with an accent appear in her dream and tell her she had a lump in her right breast that needed to be looked into. She awoke from the dream and felt the mass in her breast. At the hospital, they diagnosed it as cancer and told her that the doctor who would be in charge of her treatment would be coming in a few minutes. When the door opened, in walked a woman doctor from India, the same person as in her dream.
On a personal level, at one time I was experiencing blood in my urine. My partners were all worried this was a symptom of cancer and urged me to get it checked right away. That night, while sleeping, I dreamt I was running one of our cancer support groups and asked everyone to introduce themselves and state why they were there. When it was my turn to speak, before I could utter a word, everyone said, "But you don't have cancer." As it turned out, I didn't.
And when I was questioning my ability to deal with and cope with death in a healthy way, versus denial of my mortality as a doctor, I dreamt I was a passenger in a car that went off a cliff. All the other passengers were screaming in fear while I sat back comfortable and relaxed, ready to accept my mortality and coming death. The looks I got from the other occupants were quite something.
My experiences with my patients, their dreams and mine are numerous. For me, there is no doubt or question that mind-body communication comes through dreams. They reveal our past, present, and future to us.
One thing that many art and psychotherapists miss is. the anatomy that appears in dreams and drawings, as it was not part of their training. A jaundiced man drew a tree, which I knew revealed his bile ducts. I could see there was no obstruction in the ducts that would require surgery, and that the small ducts in the liver were blocked by an inflammation known as sclerosing cholangitis.
A woman who wondered whether she should have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy drew a tree with all the branches ending as if they had been pruned. It led her to say that the mastectomy was her right choice.
My mystic patient Monica, without any relationship or knowledge of my parents and patients, calls me with messages and knows the names of the people she is calling me about and I know the truth she speaks. When my mom died, the phone rang. It was Monica. "Your parents are together again and very proud of you, and they are being shown around by a lady who likes chocolate and cigarettes. Oh, it's Elisabeth Kubler-Ross showing your parents around." Yes, Elisabeth was my friend and teacher. Monica knows nothing of the events, but the infinite mind presents her with the truth to share with me, and allows us all to communicate with all living things that are conscious, from animals to people.
A lawyer I knew said, "I came to a conclusion that was eminently reasonable, totally logical, and completely wrong because, while learning to think, I almost forgot how to feel." What I have learned from my experience is that we are all multiple personalities. There is the thinker within us who does not always make the right decisions because, like the lawyer, they think and worry about what is correct while our unconscious and inner wisdom know what the right path to follow is and the choice for us to make. What I am about to share is my experience, and I believe what I experience. I am not blocked by preconceived beliefs or my inability to explain something.
The day my father was going to die, while I was out walking a voice asked me, "How did your parents meet?" I answered that I didn't know, and the voice said, "Then ask your mother when you get to the hospital." As soon as I walked into the room, that question popped out of my mouth. My mother answered, "Your father lost a coin toss and had to take me out." My father died laughing and looking fantastic because of my mother's stories. He didn't take his last breath until the last person who was coming that day entered the room. It was something he could not know, but it is just another coincidence of the wisdom and awareness of our dream state and consciousness.
I hear voices, see images, have visions and prophetic dreams, communicate with the dead and animals, and can be aware of the future and more. Yes, the child in me is ever open to new experiences. Many of these will be shared in the following pages to open your minds to our potential. We need to have a quiet mind to see the truth. Myths and fairy tales reveal this by using the still pond as the place to see your reflection and the truth about who you are: an ugly duckling or a swan.
I met my spirit guide while meditating and have had two people draw his picture and tell me he was standing beside me as I was lecturing and after a sermon at a friend's funeral. They saw him and described details no one could know who didn't truly see him. A third person even told me his name, which I knew from our original introduction to each other in my meditation. They helped me to understand that I was his voice and I have learned to let his wisdom flow through me as I speak.
Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos's profound story of dreams discovering her cancer, which was three times missed by the medical community and the tests on which they relied for early detection, yet discovered by her spirit guides in dreams, was shared on the Dr. Oz Show titled "The Sixth Sense: Shocking Pre- monitions." She wrote about her dreams in detail in her book Surviving Can- cer/and: Intuitive Aspects of Healing, in which pathology reports confirmed the diagnostic dreams.
One last point I would make is the importance of numbers in dreams and life. Our life's experiences are literally stored within us and revealed by numbers. When a reporter drew a picture with only one hand on a clock pointed at I2, and another woman drew a broken heart with 2I drops of blood, I asked them what happened when they were I2 and 2I and then heard their traumatic sexual abuse stories. I usually just question why the numbers portrayed are meaningful because they are not always traumatic events. They can be pleasant ones too, about family and life's joyful occurrences past, present, and future.
A vivid, more real-than-real dream that wakes you up and later comes true is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences a human being can have. It can be a life-changing event, especially when the dream is a compelling early warning sign of serious illness that leads to life-saving medical intervention. This unexpected intuitive information may actually prompt conventional diagnostic studies that turn out positive despite a lack of symptoms. The experience can create sufficient wonder at the mysterious workings of the universe to shake up the worldview of even the most conservative healthcare professional.
Fear of cancer is a common concern in our society, as evidenced by the many attempts to use technological screening tests for early detection with varying degrees of success and controversy. The inspiration for this book came from the first scientific study of dreams that warn specifically of cancer by Dr. Larry Burk, which included Kathleen (Kat) O'Keefe-Kanavos as one of the participants. "Warning dreams preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer: a survey of the most important characteristics," published in the 2015 May/June issue of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, reported the dreams of I8 women from around the world.
Since publication, we have been gathering reports of other similar breast cancer dreams, as well as warning dreams of many other types of cancer. These dreams cover the entire spectrum, including brain, colon, lung, ovarian, prostate, skin, testicular, tongue, and uterine cancers. Some of the dreamers also report continued use of their dreams for guidance and healing during therapy. We are hopeful that this preliminary research will inspire enthusiasm and funding for more rigorous studies to determine the evidence-based role of dreams in cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
For those unfamiliar with dreams as they relate to health and dream interpretation in general, we will begin with a history of dreams in medicine in the introduction. In Part One, we discuss the groundbreaking Breast Cancer Dreams Project. The incredible stories of the breast cancer dreamers will be presented in their own words in Part Two, with equally impressive dreams of other types of cancer in Part Three. After hearing these amazing stories, we hope you will be inspired to learn ways to enhance your own dream skills in Part Four. Other non-cancer, health-related dreams will be addressed in Part Five, and dreams for healing guidance will be included in Part Six. We are grateful to have a discussion of children's dreams by Drs. Kathi Kemper and Bernie Siegel in Part Seven. Intuitive dreams about other people's illnesses will be explored in Part Eight. Ideas about prevention, guidance, and spiritual implications will be summarized in the concluding Part Nine. The Appendices include a number of resources for your own dreamwork.
One of the most difficult tasks to pull off during these complicated times is open-mindedness. This is especially so when it comes to the importance of our dreams. The work shared in this book goes beyond preaching to the dream-choirs to enlighten and include anyone seeking a new perspective on the age-old subject of dreams that can come true and save lives. This book is common ground.
Let's be open-minded about yet unseen but dreamed possibilities. Dreams That Can Save Your Life spotlights exciting and new developments just outside the boundaries of the medical norm concerning dreams and illness. Imagine the possibilities of using dreams in the near future to predict or find earlier stages of disease not yet detectable by current medical tests.
This book, and the studies, stories, and dreams presented in it, authenticates a reality that is an integral part of everyday and every night life-our dreams. Which brings us back to our opening thought in writing this book: the need for open-mindedness concerning dreams that save lives.
The Cocktail Party Effect
Why do so many of the dreamers in this book hear their name called during the day, or at the end of a dream? This is known as the Cocktail Party Effect. Experts in the field state that people are primed to detect personally significant words, such as names that have particular meaning to them and taboo words, such as sex, blood, death, cancer, dreams ... It may also describe a similar phenomenon that occurs when one may immediately detect words of importance originating from unattended stimuli, for instance, hearing a loved one's name in another conversation.
This auditory phenomenon allows most people to "tune in to" a single voice and "tune out" all others, in a group, at a party, in a crowded place, or, in the case of this book, in a crowded dream.
It is also our hope that these dream stories create another phenomenon called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).4,s It is an experience of "low-grade euphoria," when something important rings true and creates tingling that starts at the back of your head and travels down your arms and spine like you have been hugged by an angel.
Dreams have provided useful information in medical diagnosis for centuries, beginning in ancient times with the shamanic traditions of the indigenous cultures around the world. Shamans dream intentionally for ailing tribal members as well as interpret dreams that occur during a healing crisis to provide therapeutic guidance." Often dreams were responsible for instructing the shamans in the specific uses of medicinal plants. In The Way of the Shaman/ anthropologist-turned-shaman Michael Harner describes the phenomenon of the "big dream," which is "repeated several times in the same basic way on different nights, or it is a one-time dream that is so vivid that it is like being awake, an unusually powerful dream."
In Native American tradition, vision quests involve four days and four nights of seclusion in nature seeking spiritual communication for guidance and insight. The Lakota word for vision quest is Hembleciya." which translates to "Crying for a Dream." According to the legendary Lakota Holy Man Frank Fools Crow:" "My ancestors were all taught how to have sacred dreams. In these dreams, all kinds of strange and beautiful things would happen, things that never could take place in ordinary life. Strange beings would appear, and every kind of creature would come in impressive forms. These visitors would speak to the people and give them messages."
In ancient Greece, dreams were used in the Ascelpian temples for guidance on health-related matters, but this fact has been largely forgotten in modern medicine." There is great irony in this statement, as these temples were dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, whose rod with the single entwined snake is to this day the symbol of medicine. Pilgrims would incubate dreams overnight in the temples and report them to a priest the next day, with the expectation of receiving an appropriate prescription for a cure. Particularly effective dreams might even provide a spontaneous healing by themselves. Dream incubation is a technique used to plant a dream-seed in the mind, in order for a particular dream topic to occur, either for recreation, love, health, or to attempt to solve a problem.
Centuries later, Sigmund Freud founded the field of psychoanalysis based on his dream work in psychotherapy, which included analysis of his own personal dreams. His most famous dream report, about a patient named Irma in I895, has been interpreted as being a foreshadowing of his death from mouth cancer diagnosed in I923: "She then opened her mouth properly and on the right hand I found a big white patch; at another place I saw extensive whitish gray scabs upon some remarkable curly structures which were evidently modeled on the turbinal bones of the nose. I at once called in Dr. M., and he repeated the examination and confirmed it."
Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, stated, "I take dreams as diagnostically valuable facts," including their use in diagnosing medical conditions. In discussing "big dreams," he noted:" "Looked at more closely, 'little' dreams are the nightly fragments of fantasy coming from the subjective and personal sphere, and their meaning is limited to the affairs of every day. That is why such dreams are quickly forgotten, just because their validity is restricted to the day-to-day fluctuations of the psychic balance. Significant dreams, on the other hand, are often remembered for a lifetime, and not infrequently prove to be the richest jewel in the treasure-house of psychic experience."
While these two pioneering psychiatrists were bringing dreams back into the realm of modern medicine, Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet of Virginia Beach, gave over 14,000 psychic readings in the first half of the 20th century, some of which included dream interpretation. Jerry Lazarus, an authority on Cayce's approach to dreams," notes one reading specified that "Any condition becoming reality is first dreamed. Another reading stated: "And too oft, ye disregard them; or too seldom do ye pay any attention to them! They are parts of thy experience. How often have you visioned in symbol or in dream those very things that happened to thee later!?"
Russian psychiatrist Vasily Kasatkin published the first research correlating dreams with physical illness in his book The Theory of Dreams in I967. An English report about this work was provided by Van de Castle. Kasatkin based his observations on IO,240 dreams from I,200 dreamers, most of whom had neuropsychiatric disease, including 44 cases of brain tumors and six cases of spinal cord tumors, as detailed in a translation by Susanne van Doorn. He noted the following common dream features related to the presence of physical illness: I) an increase in dream recall; 2) distressful, violent, and frightening images; 3) occurrence preceding the first symptoms; 4) long duration and persistence; 5) content revealing the location and seriousness of the illness.
English psychiatrist Robin Royston collected over 400 health-related dreams, including the case of a man who dreamed of a Black Panther digging its claws into his back at the exact site where his wife later discovered a mole that was diagnosed as melanoma. His story of "Bad Nancy" describes a dream play on words reported by a woman named Nancy who self-diagnosed her own breast "malig-nancy" in a dream of her pounding on her chest and shouting that accusatory name." This dream and four others of women who dreamed about their breast cancers before diagnosis were described in detail in Healing Dreams by Marc Ian Barasch, including this observation by Royston: "These are not ordinary dreams, but big dreams, archetypal dreams, so laden with powerful emotional affect that the dreamer is forced to take them seriously.
Barasch was motivated to research healing dreams by his own personal experience of dreaming his thyroid cancer diagnosis. Over a period of weeks, he experienced a series of ominous dreams focused on his neck culminating in one where "torturers had hung an iron pot filled with red-hot coals" under his chin. He was compelled to visit a physician who could find nothing wrong. The flood of nightmares continued until upon re-examination the doctor found a thyroid nodule. Biopsy showed a malignancy that was subsequently cured by successful surgery.
In the introduction to his book, Barasch outlines a multidimensional model for dream interpretation, which I have incorporated into my own approach. My guide to working with a dream diary by writing down a question before going to bed is summarized below and described in more detail with an illustrative dream example in the appendix of my book Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radioloqist.
1. Circle any words that seem to be unusual or out of place, and look them up in a dictionary to check for wordplay or unexpected puns related to your question.
2. Consider the dream from the personal, shadow, warning, sexual, social, archetypal, synchronistic, and precognitive perspectives.
3. Check for any recurrent theme from past dreams, and pay attention to any animals that visited you in the dream world.
4. Finally, ask yourself, What does the dream want? Give serious consideration to the possibility that the spirit world may have a question it wants you to answer in return.
5. Sharing the dream with someone who can provide candid feedback may provide a fresh perspective and additional insight.
Following this brief overview of the history of dreams in medicine, in Part One, we will share the inspiration for the Breast Cancer Dreams Project, Kat's story, a summary of the results of the project, a discussion of the dreaming e-patient, and basic dream categories.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Item Code: NAQ923 Author: Larry Burk, MD, CEHP and Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Cover: PAPERBACK Edition: 2018 Publisher: Findhorn Press, UK ISBN: 9781844097449 Language: English Size: 9.00 X 6.00 inch Pages: 288 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.47 Kg