I’ve been robustly healthy my entire life so when I was diagnosed with breast cancer three months ago, it really threw me for a loop. Having cancer did not fit into the picture of how I saw myself or my life. But there it was. Seemingly from out of “left field”. Literally, it was the left breast that was involved.
I’m happy to be able to use the past tense, as I am now in my third day on the other side of surgery and feeling well enough to write this post. That’s a very good sign in my book.
Another very good sign is the dream I had last night. Jung taught that one of the ways the unconscious speaks to us is through our dreams. Dreams speak the symbolic language of the soul and working with them through dream interpretation, journaling or painting is a way to facilitate healing issues that have been deeply buried in the unconscious.
I believe the truth of the dream is in the eye of the dreamer. My dream last night affirmed my inner strength, the strength I’ve drawn upon my entire life. In the dream, I’m walking 25 miles through the snow in my bare feet, towards a mountain range. My focus was on the beauty of the snow-capped mountains. I didn’t feel the snow and my feet were not frost bitten. I reached my destination and was not harmed in any way by this seemingly daunting journey.
My journey through cancer feels like the dream. All along, my focus has been on the gifts and the lessons of this experience and I do not feel compromised in any way. Waiting for the pathology report, at the moment, my future is still a bit uncertain. Whether or not I’ll need to have radiation treatments will depend on the report, but I’m past the largest hurdle now and know that the inner strength my dream affirmed will serve me going forward just as it always has.
The soul invites us to know ourselves more deeply through our dreams. It brings into our conscious attention that which is incomplete or forgotten so the conscious mind can embrace what the body already knows.
I give thanks for the gift of this dream. Its message resonates in me today as a source of healing. I also give thanks for the gifts of love and support offered by so many, old and new friends, readers, people I’ve never met. People are amazing, life is great. Healing is happening.