Healing and Dreams

Healing-DreamWhat is the connection between dreams and healing? Do you have a story about this? And if so, would you share it for the benefit of others. This topic is a current research interest of mine, so your experience may be exactly what someone else needs.

Here’s a recent experience of my own, which I take to be an experience of healing. I’m a bit agnostic about this kind of thing, because I’m just beginning to develop language and concepts that make some intuitive sense. Like a lot of spiritual things, though, it’s just hard to prove. So here’s the story.

I’ve recently been having trouble with an arthritic knee. The doctor says it needs to be replaced someday, which is quite popular for men and women in my age bracket. Pop the old joint out and in with the new! OK, I say, but privately I wondered if there might be another way.

So, I believe in the power of “three.” If an idea or a thought or a solution comes my way once, I’m interested but never act on it. If the same thing occurs twice, then it definitely has my attention, but then I wait. And if a third “coincidental” idea occurs, I take it as something I need to pursue. With my knee issue, this happened in the following way: 1) A friend suggested acupuncture; 2) one of my psychotherapy clients reported success working with a specific acupuncturist locally; and 3) a dream came to me in which the core image was one of unconventional healing taking place — not on a knee specifically, but unconventional healing was the theme. I figured I should take notice and act!

Well, I went to see the acupuncturist to whom I was recommended. We have been working together now for about 6 weeks and 10 sessions. And today, I can say that it feels like a “miracle.” Now I believe miracles are the result of natural law that we don’t fully comprehend yet. I have 80-90% less pain and inflammation than I had when I began working with the acupuncturist, but I’m still a bit agnostic — who knows how long this will last. Who knows if this is what is considered to be spiritual healing or healing from God? But I believe it is.

I like Carl Jung’s definition of God.

To this day “God” is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions, and change the course of my life for better or for worse.”

God can only reach us when we let down our ego perspectives long enough to be caught, wooed, or seduced by God. And until proven otherwise, I choose to believe that between a friend, a client’s off-hand recommendation, and an image of healing from one of my dreams, God is working to ease my pain.

How about you? How to you view healing, dreams, and the work of God on body and soul?


2 thoughts on “Healing and Dreams

  1. Absolutely, John! I no longer doubt this kind of thing–it’s happened way too often in my life. Glad you’re experiencing less pain.


  2. Thanks for that, Kay! I’m just beginning to explore these kind of connections. Seems like something worth pursuing for a lot of us.


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