By Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos
What do dreams, dream drawings, and the Dr. Oz Show have in common? The short answer is health. The longer answer is health, healing, the diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses, research by Drs. Larry Burk and Bernie Siegel, and the Dr. Oz Show: The Sixth Sense — Shocking Premonitions (Jan. 28, 2017) about lifesaving precognitive dreams.
After two recent medical studies, precognitive dreams and random drawings by patients are getting attention and gaining respect in the medical community (1). The studies focused on psychological factors experienced during a precognitive dream. There is more to dreaming and drawing than rest and relaxation. Your dreams are a gift from you to yourself filled with messages of life, and dream messages of illness validated by pathology reports have saved people from an untimely death.
Larry Burk, MD, former chief of radiology at Duke University Medical Center, completed a ground-breaking study (2) involving 18 women who had warning dreams preceding breast cancer diagnosis. These dreams involved spirit guides, angels, voices, tactile intervention dreams, visitations from deceased loved ones, and doctors in dreams who later performed surgery in the dreamer’s waking world. Medical reports validated the dreams. “Dreams, in some sense, are giving us information all the time and interpreting things happening to us. They are often a metaphor for living our life like a waking dream,” says Burk.
During my interview on The Kat Kanavos Show podcast with Bernie Siegel, MD, (posted in the Reference section below for your viewing pleasure) he points out, “Larry and I got information in medical school. We didn’t get an education. Doctors don’t get into people’s lives to see what makes them vulnerable, which may be part of the cause of their physical disease.”
Siegel explains, “Most medical doctors are trained to treat the result, not the cause of illness.” Siegel has been working with dreams “for a hundred years or so…” and believes our dreams can correctly diagnose our life. “I don’t know any medical schools that tell their students to ask people what they are dreaming.”
To state his point, Siegel shares the story of a woman who dreamed an East Indian female doctor told her she had cancer. Upon awakening, she immediately went for testing. A suspicious area was found on her mammogram, and surgery was scheduled. Her surgeon was the doctor in her dream.
Dreams can give specific information exemplified by the 18 women in Burk’s study whose dreams guided them to get examinations, tests or surgeries. Their physicians told some women they were healthy and to go home after the initial tests. However, their dreams persisted and encouraged them to return for additional tests. In some cases, patients shared their dreams with their doctors.
Just as Siegel’s patients’ dream-drawings about their illness were amazing in their ability to diagnose illness, so also were the patients’ dreams in Burk’s precognitive dream study group. The dreams were “so precognitive; patients saw their future doctors.”
Perhaps the next time we have our checkup and our doctor asks, “So, how are you,” we should whip out crayons, make a drawing, share a dream and say, “You tell me.” It may brighten up your doctor’s day or be the topic of conversation at the next party.
Is there a paradigm shift in the medical community concerning dreams, diagnosis, and healing? Dare we dream big? Yes! Let’s move toward healing, one dream at a time.
Here is the show for your viewing pleasure.
References: 1) Psychological factors in precognitive dream experiences: The role of paranormal belief, selective recall, and propensity to find correspondences Caroline Watt, Natalie Ashley, Jack Gillett, Megan Halewood, & Rebecca Hanson Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UKfile:///C:/Users/Kathy/Downloads/11218-Article%20Text-27716-2-10-20140613.pdf; 2) National Library of Medicine National Center For Biotechnology Information, Warning dreams preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer: a survey of the most important characteristics, Larry Burk https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25777292/
Kat Kanavos Show: Dreams and Healing Remix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpOpaJEIsn4
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author and co-author of many books including Dreams That Can Save Your Life, Surviving Cancerland, Chaos to Clarity, and Crappy to Happy. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher of WEBE Books Publishing.com. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. “Don’t tell God how big your problems are. Tell your problems how big your God is.”