• 2018 Nautilus Silver Award
• Shares storiesconfirmed by pathology reportsfrom 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 storiesall confirmed by pathology reportsfrom 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.
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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 ContentsAcknowledgments
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
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
48 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
Biographies of Contributors
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