In the first dream I had, I was dying of butt cheek cancer while in high school. No, I doubt that’s a real cancer term, but it has to do with the fact that I was having a great deal of Lyme-induced IT band pain which was creating real life butt cheek pain. My unconscious was dealing with that pain, too. Despite the fact I had terminal cancer, I was headed to the mall with a high school friend to do research for our math homework by finding the prices we needed to complete word problems. As disturbing as it was that I was doing my math homework while faced with imminent death, I can even understand where it came from: My high school geometry teacher had commented on one of my Facebook blog posts earlier that day.
In the second death-related dream, a divorced friend of mine died from a sudden but expected death (such as a rapid onset/decline cancer). In the dream, much of what I was observing was her ex-husband moving into the house she got in the divorce with his new girlfriend and how their two children were coping with it all. In reality, this was my unconscious dealing with issues around my own ex-husband as much as her issues with her ex-husband.
In the third death-related dream in less than 24 hours, I was dreaming of Ebola. We can all probably figure out how that was in my unconscious given the media bombardment about Ebola even if one is trying to avoid it for the most part. In this dream, I was dying of Ebola which I had caught at my childhood elementary school where I was working as a nurse. Even though I was happy about being a nurse, I was very emphatic to anyone who asked that I had been a teacher previously. Here again my unconscious is still working through my change in life paths to become a healer rather than a teacher. While I believe that much of what I do combines the two vocations, I do not ever see myself in a traditional classroom grading papers again. I’m on a different journey now.
Dreams can be very revealing of your fears, your desires, and the areas you need to work on healing. Keeping a dream journal where you record your dreams when you wake up can be quite illuminating. If you’ve never done it, you might want to put some kind of recording device (paper, pen, iPhone, laptop) on your nightstand and try it for a few weeks to see what you can learn about yourself.
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