Monday, October 28, 2013

The Universal Wisdom of Dreams: Making the Invisible Visible

 by Dr. Bernie Siegel
((I give Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos permission to use and post my blog on her sites. Dr. Bernie Siegel.) 

Dr. Bernie Siegel, Bernie by choice, is my guest blogger today for part 2 of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.      Dreams can be an important part of our waking life. They can even save our lives through Inner-guidance. Bernie’s words take us on a personal journey through his life of dreams, pets, healing, respect and love.... 

Over the years, I have had many dreams and experiences which have served as personal guides for me and made me think about my life, actions and creation. I believe the reason we sleep is not just to allow our body to rest but to allow a universal inner wisdom to speak to us through symbols. The message can be about physical as well as psychological problems. I have found dreams and drawings very useful in diagnosing physical conditions. Doctors are not told, while being trained, that Jung correctly diagnosed a brain tumor from a dream. This inner universal wisdom which creates our dreams will sometimes manifest itself in images and words.

Bernie Siegels dogs For example, I wrote a book called Buddy’s Candle to help people deal with the loss of a loved one of any species. When I finished the book, I took our dog Furphy out for a walk. I heard the voice of my inner wisdom say to me, “Go to the animal shelter.” We got into the car and drove there. I walked in and saw a dog sitting near the door. The voice said, “What’s his name?” Of course the answer was, “His name is Buddy. He has been here less than fifteen minutes.” I said I was there to take him home and I did. I have to add that on the way home I stopped for gas and Buddy leaped out of the car and started running down the road. With help I caught him and when we got home I quieted my mind and asked him why he did that? His answer, which blew my mind was, “I belonged to a couple. The husband was an alcoholic. When his wife would ask him to take me for a walk he would go to a bar and drink while I was locked in the car and then he would abuse me.”

I told him I would never treat him like that. The test happened a few weeks later when going shopping. I accidentally hit the button on my car keys, while putting them in my pocket, which opened the minivan’s side door. When I returned to the car Buddy was sitting in the open car. I started yelling for Furphy and then heard Amelia Kinkade, my animal intuitive friend, say, “Bernie, quiet your mind.” As soon as I did, I knew Furphy was in Stop & Shop looking for me. And indeed when I went there the guard saw me and asked if I was looking for my dog which he had with him.

Sometimes the universal inner wisdom delivers its message in visual form. Many years ago I experienced hematuria and my associates wanted me to immediately see a urologist as cancer could be the cause of the bloody urine. I was very busy and did not want to interrupt my schedule and caring for patients. That night I went to bed and dreamed that I was sitting in the cancer support group I ran. Those attending were all introducing themselves and telling why they were attending. When it came my time to speak and introduce myself everyone said, “But you don’t have cancer!” before I could say a word. I awoke knowing I didn’t have cancer and that I could make an appointment that fit my schedule. The dream proved to be correct. I had an infection, not cancer.

These experiences and many others have led me to the belief that consciousness is non-local, not limited to the body and independent of it. I believe what leaves our bodies and sees when we have a near death experience is the same force which creates our dreams; the universal collective consciousness and the source of creation. So if you want to make the invisible visible pay attention to your dreams and drawings as God speaks in dreams and images.

Bernie’s stories about love and his relationship with patients, animals and dreams, shows how important our Inner-guidance is in all aspects of life. When we still our mind-chatter, handle our fear and stress, and focus on Inner-guidance we can find the answers to almost any of our challenging questions, often in our dreams.

Guest Bio: About Dr. Bernie Siegel: Bernie, as he prefers to be called, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He graduated with honors and holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained to become a surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 1989, Bernie retired from Yale as an Assistant Clinical Professor of General and Pediatric Surgery to speak to patients, their families and caregivers.

Bio: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, Intuitive Life Coach, survived three breast cancers missed by the medical community, wrote SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing (Cypress House, Jan 2014) websites: Surviving Cancerland & Access Your Inner Guide, Hosts Living Well Talk Radio , Cancer Q&A columnist CapeWomenOnlineMagazine, Dream Queen columnist- Wellness Woman 40 & Beyond, Your Dream Interpretation ,WakeUpWomen; R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor. Represented by Steve Allen Media