Dreams That Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases

Dreams That Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases


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An exploration of dreams as a spiritual source of healing and inner guidance for your health and well-being

• 2018 Nautilus Silver Award

• Shares stories—confirmed by pathology reports—from subjects in medical research projects whose dreams diagnosed illness and helped heal their lives

• Explores medical studies and ongoing research on the diagnostic power of precognitive dreams, including Dr. Burk’s own medical research

• Includes an introduction to dream journaling and interpretation techniques

Your dreams can provide inner guidance filled with life-saving information. Since ancient Egypt and Greece, people have relied on the art of dreaming to diagnose illness and get answers to personal life challenges. Now, dreams are making a grand reappearance in the medical arena as recent scientific research and medical pathology reports validate the diagnostic abilities of precognitive dreams. Are we stepping back into the future as modern medical tests show dreams can be early warning signs of cancer and other diseases?

Showcasing the important role of dreams and their power to detect and heal illness, Dr. Larry Burk and Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos share amazing research and true stories of physical and emotional healings triggered by dreams. The authors explore medical studies and ongoing research on the diagnostic power of precognitive dreams, including Dr. Burk’s own research on dreams that come true and can be medically validated. They share detailed stories—all confirmed by pathology reports—from subjects in medical research projects whose dreams diagnosed illness and helped heal their lives, including Kathleen’s own story as a three-time breast cancer survivor whose dreams diagnosed her cancer even when it was missed by her doctors.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844097449
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 964,431
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Larry Burk, M.D., C.E.H.P., President of Healing Imager, PC, specializes in teleradiology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), hypnosis, and dreamwork. He attended medical school and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and later trained in acupuncture and hypnosis, becoming a Certified Energy Health Practitioner. The author of Let Magic Happen, he lives in Durham, North Carolina. Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos has spent years studying and teaching about dreams. A three-time breast cancer survivor whose premonitory dreams diagnosed her cancer, she credits her survival to conventional treatment combined with her dreams as a diagnostic tool. Kathleen is one of 20 case studies from a paper on precognitive dreams that diagnosed breast cancer recently published in a medical journal. She lives in Palm Beach, Florida.

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The original inspiration for the research project which led to the publication of my paper, “Warning dreams preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer,” began in 2004 when Diane, one of my best friends, called me to say she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. A cardiac physiologist-turned-mindfulness meditation teacher, she had just had her 50th birthday and was previously in good health with no symptoms related to her breasts.

What Diane told me next would many years later send my research career off in an unusual direction into the world of dreams. She said a month earlier she had had a vivid, morereal-than-real dream of being on an operating room table having surgery on her breast for cancer by a woman surgeon. The dream was so compelling that she immediately went to her doctor to request a mammogram even though she had no symptoms or palpable lump.

After having the test every woman dreads and sitting in the waiting room anticipating bad news, the woman radiologist came out to assure her everything was fine, and she could go home. Diane was so certain of the warning from the dream that she asked for an ultrasound just to be sure. The radiologist refused saying that since there was no lump or abnormality on the mammogram she wouldn’t know where to do the ultrasound exam.

Diane pointed to the spot indicated in her dream and refused to leave without the ultrasound being done in that location. The exasperated radiologist finally agreed and put the ultrasound probe on the spot. She was shocked to find a small cancer deep in the breast and turned white as a ghost. She stammered, “How did you know it was there?” Diane replied that she was shown the cancer in a dream, and as a radiologist I can imagine that was quite an unexpected explanation for the doctor.

A referral to a surgeon for a biopsy led to another surprise for Diane. When she walked in the office she recognized the woman surgeon from her dream, dramatically taking her precognitive experience to the next level. The future vision scenario continued to play out in the operating room just as had been foretold in the dream as detailed below in summary from her dream diary in March and the narration of the scene in the operating room from April.

In March 2004, I had a vivid dream (unlike any before) in which I was lying on an operating table and a woman surgeon was operating on my left breast. At one point, she went to a microscope and looked through it and came back and told me that I have breast cancer. After hearing this news from the doctor, my daughter and former husband broke down and cried. I woke up.

While I was startled, there was also a sense of calm at the same time, a knowing that I needed to get checked medically as soon as possible. I was scheduled for an appointment several months later for my annual mammogram and I called and moved the appointment up.

On April 9, 2004, I was lying on an operating table. A woman surgeon excised breast tissue which was then examined under a microscope and determined to be cancer. Shortly after waking up from the anesthesia and getting dressed to go home, the doctor came to tell me that I had breast cancer. At home, my former husband and my daughter cried with the news.

Seven years later I was invited to present on a Medical Dream Diagnosis panel at the annual Parapsychological Association meeting held in Durham, NC, in August 2012. After telling Diane’s story I was approached by Bob van de Castle, a famous dream researcher, about making a related presentation on dreams and cancer at the next International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) meeting in June 2013.

At the same meeting, a physician/consciousness researcher friend of mine shared her story of breast cancer warning dreams with me, giving me reinforcement to submit the proposal to present at the IASD meeting. She had two scary dreams in one night, the first being about a serial killer, the kind that would make you get up in the middle of the night and check to make sure your doors are locked. The next one was about having breast cancer, found the next day on a mammogram without any symptoms.

It is a standard joke in medical research that when you discover one unusual diagnosis you can say you have “a case report.” If you see another similar one, then you can say you’ve seen “case after case.” If you find a third, then you have “a series.” The third one in my experience came from another friend who I had only met once during a week at a 2008 healing retreat in Brazil. Sonia Lee-Shield’s story from her blog below is truly a cautionary one that gave me the final push to do the research project.

In January 2009, I had a dream that I had cancer. I went to the G.P (General Practitioner) complaining of a lump and spasm-like feelings on my sternum. The G.P. concluded it was normal breast tissue, and the feeling in my sternum was dismissed, a devastating mistake. A year later, a different doctor diagnosed stage 3 breast cancer. If there’s one thing I could impart to everyone is that doctors and specialists make mistakes and when an inner voice starts screaming or dreaming you should listen.

Sonia died in 2013, and I now dedicate all my talks on this topic to her memory. Part of the motivation for doing research in this area is to make sure no other woman has her breast cancer warning dream dismissed by her doctor.

Table of Contents


Foreword · Bernie Siegel, MD
Preface · Larry Burk, MD, CEHP, and Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos
Introduction - The History of Healing Dreams
Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

PART ONE - Breast Cancer Warning Dreams

1 Origins of the Breast Cancer Dreams Project
Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

2 A Feather for Your Dreams · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos

3 Warning Dreams Preceding the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Research Results

4 The Rise of the Dreaming E-Patient Basic Dream Categories

PART TWO - True Stories of the Breast Cancer Research Team

Introduction · Suzanne Maria De Gregorio, Triple Positive Breast Cancer Survivor

6 “It’s Your Time to Get Cancer!” · Suzanne Maria De Gregorio

7 Our Bleeding Breasts? A Mother-Daughter Dream Team Amparo Trujillo and Rocio Aguirre

8 “Your Mother Has Cancer.” Another Mother-Daughter Dream Team · Paulette Wyssbrod-Goltz

9 “I Had a Dream.” · Diane Long

10 The Nightmare/Dream Began on a Beautiful Fall Day Sunni Ingalls

11 My Dream Doctor is Real · Denise

12 Transcending Breast Cancer: Reconstructing One’s Self Carolyn K. Kinney, PhD, RN

13 She Who Dreams the Dance of the Dead · Wanda Burch

14 Three Crabs, Three Pearls, and a Physician-Within Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos Divorce

15 Dream and Breast Cancer · Mary

PART THREE - True Dream Stories of Other Types of Cancers

Basal Cell Carcinoma: Medical Introduction

16 The Awakening · Lorraine

17 My Dream Voice · Angelika Hartmann

18 Saving Face · Dana Walden
Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors: Medical Introduction (Featuring Mark Ruffalo’s Dream Cancer Story)

19 Into the Panther’s Cage · Deb Dutilh
Colon Cancer: Medical Introduction

20 The Bloody Toilet · Aislinn

21 Feces Everywhere! · Aisha Umar
Lung Cancer: Medical Introduction

22 “Go For An X-ray!” · Carl O. Helvie, RN, DrPH
Melanoma Dreams: Medical Introduction

23 The “What If?” Nightmare · Diane Powell, MD

24 The House with Bloody Walls · Linda Ellerker
Ovarian Cancer: Medical Introduction

25 The Ugly Doctor · Jill Yankee
Prostate Cancer: Medical Introduction

26 The Rape · Lou Hagood
Testicular Cancer: Medical Introduction

27 The Playground of Life and Death · Dr. Jay Troutman
Tongue Cancer: Medical Introduction

28 Dead Sucking Insects · Pali Delevitt
Uterine Cancer: Medical Introduction

29 Giving Birth · Ann Charles

PART FOUR - Developing Your Own Dream Skills

30 Ways to Remember Your Dreams · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos

31 Reentering Your Dreams to Retrieve Information Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos

PART FIVE - True Dreams of Other Non-Cancer Illnesses

32 Bike Injury Warning Dream · Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

33 Whose Broken Bones? · Patricia Rose Upczak

34 Deadly Sweet Dreams of Type II Diabetes · Maria Mars

35 Warning! Do Not Have Sex · Athena Kolinski

36 “I Sprang a Leak” and “I Blew a Fuse” · Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH

PART SIX - Healing Guidance Dreams for All Illnesses

37 Dream Imagery for Healing · Wanda Burch

38 Tiny Bubbles and Fishy Chakras · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos

39 The Raw Food Diet Dream · Diane

40 Silver Spaceship Aliens Saved My Life · Dana Anderson

41 Bliss behind the Mask of Addiction · Deborah O’Brien

42 Cystic Fibrosis/Organ Transplant: Life from the Edge of Death
Inka Nisinbaum

PART SEVEN - Children’s Dreams

43 “Up, Up, Up!” · Kathi Kemper MD, MPH

44 Psyche, Soma, Healing, and Collective Consciousness
Bernie Siegel, MD

PART EIGHT - Dreams for Diagnosis of Other People’s Cancers and Illnesses - Dreaming with and for Others

45 Kidney and Lung Cancers · Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

46 Cancer or Not Cancer? · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos and Priscilla Willard

47 My Son’s Tethered Cord and Epilepsy Treatment
Suzanne M. De Gregorio

Deadly Heart Attack · Jane Katra, PhD

49 The X-rays · Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH

50 Ovarian Cancer - Mary’s Client’s Story

PART NINE - Conclusion and Vision for the Future, with Prevention, Intuitive Guidance, and Spiritual Implications

51 “Your Cables Are Twisted” · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos

52 “The Hero’s Journey into the Underworld”
Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

53 If I Knew Then What I Know Now - Words of Wisdom and Encouragement for You
Carolyn K Kinney, PhD, RN · Wanda Burch · Suzanne De Gregorio · Sunni Ingalls · Sonia Lee-Shield · Amparo Trujillo and Rocio Aguirre · Paulette Wyssbrod-Goltz · Diane Long · Denise · Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos · Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

Appendix 1 · Frequently Asked Dream Questions
Appendix 2 · Glossary of Dream Terminology
Appendix 3 · Glossary of Medical Terminology
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Biographies of Contributors
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