Excerpt from Healing with Dreams in the New Age
Written by George Rhatigan
STEPS TO HELP AVOID CANCER
Billions of dollars, pounds and Euros are spent annually on finding a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, the vast majority of this goes into chemical and surgical procedures which, although good and useful are not the complete answer. Of course we must make full use of every new scientific and medical procedure but why treat the sufferers like children and leave them with the feeling that they are helpless and not responsible for it’s creation or cure ?. It should also be remembered that the pharmaceutical industry makes no secret of the fact that it is not trying to find a cure for anything. If a chemical were produced that would cure an illness you would only need to buy it once whereas remedies that control illness must be purchased forever and are more cost effective. So, perhaps it’s time for people to take responsibility for themselves.
The message of dreams may seem cruel but it is simple and true. : Since you created your cancer you can heal it -before it’s too late. To do this you must understand yourself and release negative aspects of your personality such as being judgmental and blaming yourself (self hatred).
What causes cancer and why does the immune system fail to kill it?
Repressed negativity is constantly creating minor outbreaks of the disease in the body which are swiftly quelled by the white blood cells and antibodies of our immune system. This happens so quickly and efficiently that the disease never comes to conscious awareness. Why then does the system break down and the cancer become terminal? The answer lies in our subconscious mind. Learning how to identify the minor outbreaks as they appear helps us to understand the disease and why it kills one person and not another.
The resentment, hurt, grief, or anger that eventually leads people to condemn themselves to cancer might be something that happened at birth or in early childhood. When looked at from the viewpoint of an adult, this incident may seem trivial but because children cannot evaluate objectively what is happening when trauma occurs, such incidents tend to assume massive proportions. Counseling or hypnotic regression is helpful in getting this into perspective and, of course, dreams provide another viewpoint.
The causes of uncontrollable cancer may be seen as a five-phase development.
Phase One in accountability for the disease may begin by seemingly being ignored, critically judged, or apparently rejected, by our parent or parents at birth or early childhood. This would be high on the list.
Unresolved grief at the death of our parents, anger because they ignored or rejected us, hurt or pain at apparent injustice within the family, sibling rivalry and other similar human emotions would seem unlikely candidates for causing cancer but yet these are the very ‘bones of contention’ on which the budding disease thrives. It is only when dreams put such traumatic incidents into their proper place in the chain of cause and effect that we can appreciate their importance.
Phase Two is when we repress these feelings as being socially unacceptable or unworthy of us.
Phase Three occurs when the repressed negativity interferes with the clockwork mechanism of the body. Machinery designed to digest and eliminate food and other imports fails because we cannot mentally digest and eliminate.
The body is a physical reflection of the mind and if we are unable to assimilate new ideas and eliminate old ones then the physical process of assimilation and elimination comes under pressure. There are things about life we simply cannot ‘stomach’. Hurt and pain we are unable to let go of and forgive cause harmless substances, normally taken into the body as nutrients, to turn into cancer-producing agents.
The body already uses introduced pollutants to help create cancer and all that is left is to decide on what part of the body to attack. This is decided by the sub-conscious mind and the area designated will have some sub-conscious significance. The lungs might be chosen because we are tired of life, the genitals from sexual guilt, the breast if we have difficulty giving of ourselves, the stomach from an inability to accept, the colon because we cannot ‘let go’. The list is lengthy.
Cancer appears as a lower animal or life form and the target area is shown in dreams as the location – the sub-conscious focus of attention – i.e. the part of the building into which the negative animal decides to eat. This area is accessed via the blood stream and pollution of the digestive/circulatory system appears as a factor. A dirty or less-than-sterile environment is typical of cancer-warning dreams. Look for rats or worms eating dead bodies in filthy old houses (the body), weeds growing under neglected cement pathways often referred as ‘the back passage’ (the colon). Such puns are often used to illustrate cancer in the target area. The word ‘cancer’ is also used directly in a dream as when a person in authority, usually a doctor or nurse, says you are at risk from the disease. This can only be taken literally if the dream goes on to elaborate how and why it is so. As every dream gives Cause and Effect it will not only indicate the possibility of contracting the disease but will also explain why you are at risk.
Phase Four is when the body decides either to accept the cancer and allow it to run its full course or to destroy it. Naturally this choice is made sub-consciously since no rational mind would consciously accept cancer. Simply to dream of rats, man-eating tigers, sharks, worms or other destructive life forms, and their growth or propagation, does not necessarily mean that a person is seriously at risk. It simply means that we need to resolve whatever is ‘eating’ us’ psychologically. Other details in the dreams make it clear whether or not we sub-consciously wish the cancer to survive. To kill, stun, or scare off the negative animal, pull the worm out of the body, or remove the weeds – taking care not to leave any roots in the ground – is a sign that we reject it. These are good symbols of a healthy immune system at work.
The cancer can manage to survive if we decide to let it. This is usually because we are tired of living or wish to make a statement by our death – to be a martyr. The latter option is more common with cancer in younger people and may appear in cancer-risk dreams. These include scenes of crucifixion, Jesus Christ, or someone making a statement in an extreme or extraordinary fashion. A man who dreamt of being on a naval destroyer (targeting the navel area) found himself climbing the mast and screaming protests at the people gathered on the deck beneath him. In fact, being very ill at the time of his birth, he was thought to be dead and left to one side. His repressed anger at this apparent rejection lies at the base of his cancer risk. Subconsciously he is bringing it on himself as a statement to the world as his mind links being dead, or near dead, with getting attention. Some personality types are more likely to get cancer than others. One tends to be extraordinarily tireless and self-sacrificing in pursuance of some worthy cause. These people will, in waking life, be found in crusades against injustice, anti-abortion rallies, ‘save the whale’ marches or heroically walking for charity with, perhaps, one leg eaten off by cancer. Naturally they gain admiration and respect but if we were to access their dreams we would find it is anger and resentment at apparent personal injustices in their youth that is actually ‘eating’ them rather than the cause in hand. The second type of cancer-prone personality is the person who gives up on life. This occurs when incidents in the present simulate events from the past and reactivate old resentments, pain, and anger. When it all becomes too much to bear, the sufferer ‘pulls the plug’ and develops a death wish. Many of us are acquainted with stories of elderly couples in which one partner dies and, within a short period, the other gets cancer and follows. Is there an element of choice in this illness? Yes, but the option is taken sub-consciously.
The self-defense mechanism responsible for fighting off disease is controlled by the sub-conscious. This part of the mind is super-efficient and will continue to support the physical body unless it receives orders to the contrary. Outside factors can have such an emotional impact that the sub-conscious turns to a self-destruct mode. The death of a husband is upsetting for most women but can be even more traumatic if it parallels the circumstances of her father’s death. Particularly if the woman did not, emotionally, fully resolve the original event.
Resentment at being passed over for a promotion in his job can cause a man to reactivate feelings of rejection by his parents. Infidelity in a marriage echoes injustice within the original family. All or any of these feelings can produce a death wish and the sub-conscious, in true computer fashion, responds to this new impetus by retarding the immune system. For most people dreams are the only way of knowing what is going on in this area of the mind. A death wish appearing adds urgency to the dream and can appear as locations, puns and colors. Indeed, everything in a cancer-warning dream must be examined for indications of this anti-life bias.
A woman of my acquaintance was in a pre-cancer state with benign lumps forming on her breasts. She dreamt that she was pregnant and walking along Kill Lane, a Dublin suburb. I recall similar dreams taking place in a slaughter-house (self destruction) and cemetery (giving up on the self). Cancer sometimes appears in dreams as an unpleasant shade of purple i.e. red/black mix – a strange alignment of life (red) and death (black). Characters also indicate how we feel about life. One of Sigmund Freud’s patients, named Anna, dreamt she was being attacked by the goddess Diana (die Anna). Dreaming about people known to us who died from the disease could further underline this life / death conflict.
To understand cancer we need to appreciate the emotional intensity that children experience at birth and shortly thereafter. An infant who feels threatened is unable to rationalize without reference to similar emotions experienced in former lives. The newborn searches for a parallel situation in the long term memory banks of the subconscious mind and emotions appropriate to a life and death situation are brought forward in time and applied to apparently trivial incidents.
Having the umbilical cord tighten around the neck is frightening enough but it would be even more so if we were hanged to death in a former life. Not being acceptable because of having a female body is frustrating but we would feel this even more intensely if, in a former life, such an attitude resulted in someone’s death. If a child feels he has no control over his life he is able to program his sub-conscious to self-destruct in a given set of circumstances. This is not unlike a death sentence on hold – or suspended pending further investigation of what life has to offer. If it becomes too much to bear, if he cannot control his world or the people in it, the option to activate the death program can be taken up. It is rather like a built-in escape clause. At any time such events as the death of a loved one, financial setbacks, marital breakdown, career problems, or any other experience which the person feels deeply about may be sufficient to push the button and begin the countdown to death.
Cancer can even be used as a weapon, to make a point, be a martyr, to punish parents or others for real or imagined wrongdoing. The excuses to feel resentment are virtually endless. It may seem strange that a child just starting out in life would consider death in this way but it should be remembered that the newcomer came from a better place and carries the memory of how pleasant it was on the Spirit plane. Life on Earth may not seem as precious at a young age as it will as an adult. The infant may choose to opt out and become another cot death or to simply implant the death wish in his or her sub-conscious. In later life this programming may be forgotten by the conscious mind but the subconscious is still programmed and will, like a time bomb, await further lethal orders. In the meantime whatever ‘eats’ or annoys this individual will continue to produce minor outbreaks of cancer which never come to maturity.
Hypnosis is a useful tool in understanding the nature of cancer. A woman who dreamt of a squirrel eating into her leg came to me for hypnotic regression. We discovered she was a priest in a former life and that her present mother had been a powerful politically-minded bishop who controlled her life. She carried great anger and resentment at the level of control used against her. Is it any wonder when she met her mother in this life, sub-consciously recognizing her as an old rival, she felt such frustration and resentment at her own powerlessness? This woman’s dreams contained no death wish so the health warning was not urgent but it took time and effort on her part to resolve her feelings about her mother. Had she not done so the danger would have remained because cancer-prone people are capable of producing a death wish even in old age as they get disillusioned with love or tired of life. They allow what is ‘eating’ them to finish the job.
Phase Five of the cancer development risk may be applied to all illness but is especially applicable to this disease. It is ‘The Learning Process’ and involves self-examination and a review of one’s personal philosophy.
Important lessons are inevitably learned even if they remain in the sub-conscious and never come to conscious awareness. “Why me? How can God allow innocent people to suffer such pain? What did I do to deserve this?” These are frequently asked questions but it is only when the patient realizes he is responsible for his own suffering that he can begin the healing process. If extreme reactions to his parent’s shortcomings brought on the illness perhaps he could be more moderate, more forgiving, more tolerant, more patient.
These lessons are illustrated in dreams and we must look for Healing Agents displaying the necessary good qualities. Colours like beige, blue, pink and yellow further emphasize the need to reconsider our position in relation to tolerance, philosophy, love and letting go.
In Summary: Look for the following four telltale signs to locate the cancer risk as it appears in dreams.
Repressed Negativity: This is anger, hurt, guilt, grief or resentment, usually linked to a parent. The negative feeling is unexpressed and locked away in the sub-conscious. Watch for something obnoxious in closets, cupboards, underground, in bottles or other containers, especially if the color black appears. As some of this negativity may have roots in previous incarnations we can expect to find characters dressed in period costumes, old-fashioned furniture, buildings, etc.
Digestive / Circulatory Pollution: A toxic or slow-moving colon can provide an ideal breeding ground for cancer which is then transported around the body, through the bloodstream, to a symbolically significant destination. This process appear in one person’s dream as a vehicle carrying negative life forms from an underground sewer to a specified location on a map via a network of ‘arterial’ roads. In such dreams the map represents the dreamer’s body. The mouth of a river in the upper half could represent the throat while an estuary in the lower half may represent the uterus – particularly if ships are ‘berthed’ there. A specified destination on this map can indicate the area of the body which is most at risk from this disease.
Negative life or growth forms: Cancer cells can be shown as ‘low life’ such as rats, sharks, man-eating tigers, squirrels, worms, weeds – even seditious propaganda, They can also appear as ‘low life’ criminals, cannibals, etc.
A policeman who was undergoing therapy dreamt that two criminals (cancer) had been arrested (the development of the disease had been temporality halted or ‘arrested’ – pun). But when it came to the interrogation (getting at the truth), charging and processing of the guilty parties, he was very lax in his duty. His own sense of guilt is partly responsible for this cancer-prone situation. Generally speaking, dealing in some way with the negative life form is a hopeful sign in these dreams.
List negative life or growth forms as ‘Key words‘. To identify areas at risk look for what these organisms are linked to, or associated with, in the dream.
The Death Wish or Death Program; If combined with the previous symbols this increases the risk. It can take many forms but, in essence, represents a perverse attitude to life and is symbolized in dreams as following a dead relative or spouse up a flight of stairs or carrion crows burrowing into the chest area and a reluctance by the dreamer or others to pull them out or carrying a coffin, etc. The sufferer may find himself in a dream in which he unnecessarily puts his life in danger, courts death, or shows a disregard for preserving his life. Remember to look for puns.