A good argument can be made that there is a healer within each one of us. The evidence lies in the fact that for most of our lives we are healed of many colds, sores, wounds and other conditions without the help of any specific medication which actually cures the ailment. Our bodies have an interior intelligence that knows how to heal and works wonderfully well when we cooperate by providing enough rest, a nutritious diet and exercise.
Where does this power to heal come from? What activates it? Can we work with it other than getting rest, good food and exercise? The answer is yes! Dreams let us work with this healing energy in very creative and effective ways because they present us with the images, sounds and processes we can use to interact with and engage the energy used in healing process. Dreams offer us symbols of the various kinds of energy that animate us at the present moment. We only need to 1) look for symbols, sounds and processes related to health to literally see how our healing energy is working within us now and to 2) engage those symbols so that they give us specific insights.
Symbols of Healing in Dreams
The obvious symbols are physicians, nurses, aid workers, first responders, clergy, nuns, psychologists and social workers. Whenever these figures appear in a dream, you can be fairly sure the issue of the dream is health related, either of the body, mind or spirit. Other symbols might be spirit guides that are related to health such as St. Michael or St. Blaise, the patron saint of throat conditions. Still others might be bandages, ambulances, sirens, healing ointments and even snakes, which were associated with Aesclepius, the Greek god of healing.
Sounds of Healing in Dreams
The dreamer may hear a voice which says “You have skin cancer on your back,” or “We will heal the pain in your stomach.” These voices often speak with a tone of authority and knowledge, and I have found them to be very reliable and accurate over the years. They offer specific diagnoses, advice or deeper explanations for a condition that the dreamer may or may not know about. They should be taken seriously, and a waking-life physician should hear about them if the condition is serious.
Healing Processes in Dreams
A dream may indicate a series of events that will show the way to treatment and recovery. An outcome may be presented. If the dream is nightmarish, as dreams often are prior to surgery, hopeful symbols or events may be presented among the scary ones which encourage the dreamer to go through the healing process, even though going may be rough.
When a healing symbol, sound, or process is presented in a dream, it is important to write it down, reflect about it in the context of the whole dream and other dreams that occur in the general time frame.
Actively Accessing and Engaging with the Dream
One accesses information from a dream by not only reflecting on the dream but also asking for a dream that will give specific answers about a previous dream. The dreamer may choose to ask for a dream that will allow him or her to learn from a symbol, sound or process that has appeared in a dream. For example, the dreamer may ask for a dream that will let him or her talk to the doctor who previously appeared in a dream, and perhaps find out why the doctor appeared or what additional information the doctor wants to give the dreamer. If the dreamer had a dream about a having a certain disease, the dreamer may ask for a dream that will give a treatment. The key is to ask specific questions relating directly to the dream in question. Try it yourself, and you will find yourself interacting with your Inner Healer! While this approach is not a substitute for seeing your doctor, it can greatly help your doctor find out what’s wrong, and may save you money.