DREAM YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH
by Serge Kahili King
Does this sound strange? Yes it does. Does it work? Yes it does.
Although dreams are often thought of as unreal, even useless aspects of our human nature, they can be
turned into amazingly effective tools for healing. It is well known that thoughts can influence our
health, and dreams are simply special forms of thoughts.
In this brief article I want to introduce you to three ways of working with night dreams and how you
can use them to improve your health. I’m not talking about controlling them in any way. That falls
into a category called “lucid dreaming,” which generally takes special training to achieve. However,
you can obtain the benefits of lucid dreaming without actually doing it. The reason is that after you
dream a dream it becomes a memory. The dream is over, but the memory remains, especially when it’s
scary or unsettling.
Scary or unsettling dreams, usually called “nightmares,” may in some cases reflect problems with
mental, emotional or physical health. This is especially true for re-curring nightmares. One very
effective way resolving the problem being reflected is to simply change the memory of the dream.
A memory is a recording of an event. We usually think of it as a record of the past, and we usually
think of the past as unchangeable. That may be so, but the record is in the present and it can be
changed. Why would we want to do that? Because your mind, your emotions and your body are always
affected by whatever you pay atten-tion to in the present moment. When you recall a nightmare or an
unsettling dream, and especially when you dwell on it, your inner self reacts as if the event is
taking place right now and recreates the anxiety, fear, anger, tension, pain, and bio-chemi-cal
reactions that may have been part of the original dream. When you consciously change your memory of
the dream in a positive way, your inner self also changes the mental, emotional and physical reactions
in a positive way. The best part is that you don’t have to know what the dream was about, although
this insight often does appear.
In working with clients and students over many years, I have found three kinds of changes that produce
excellent results for most people. You can take your pick or try them all.
1. Change Your Reaction.
Recall the dream. Pick a point in the dream recall that is most scary or
unsettling. As vividly as you can, imagine that you act in a more positive way than you did in the
original dream. Often the recalled dream changes itself accordingly.
Example: I have an old truck and I’m having trouble with the brakes. The brake fluid is so old it’s
not made any more and I wake up very frustrated. The Change: I recall the dream, sell the old truck
scrap and buy a new one that comes into view. This feels very good.
2. Change The Story.
Recall the dream. Pick a point in the dream recall that is most scary or unsettling. As vividly as
you can, imagine that the story of the dream changes in some positive way. Notice how the recalled
dream changes itself accordingly.
Example: I dreamed that I had an important trunk that I had to put in my car and drive away with.
When I got to the storage place the trunk was gone, and there were so many fences and other
obstacles I could not get my car to the highway.
The Change: When I got to the storage place I imagined that the trunk was still there and I put it
into my car. Then I saw that a roadway had opened up onto the highway and I drove off feeling very
3. Continue the Dream.
the dream. Pick the point in the dream recall where you woke up and without trying to control
stay with the dream and let the story play out. Although it sometimes takes a while, any negative
will resolves itself into a good ending if you stay with it.
Example: In a very recent dream I have landed or come to a very strange civilization that seems
somewhat feudal. I am treated like half guest, half prisoner. There appear to be different social
groups mingled together in clans. My weapons are taken from me and I am constantly getting confused
about what is the right and wrong thing to do. I wake up with the same feeling.
The Continuation: While writing this article, I recalled the dream and just let it go on. After
losing my weapons my hands are bound and I am led to a kind of pyramidal temple where it looks like
I’m going to be executed or sacrificed. At the base of the temple a priestess in a golden robe
comes out from the side to take my hand and lead me away to a high platform where I am shown a
group of young people who are also strangers to the city. I am named as their clan leader and
accepted as equal to the other clan leaders of the city. The effect of this change was to release
some tension patterns in my body, particularly my back, that I was barely aware of.
In addition to having beneficial effects on your emotions and for your body, any of these techniques
will also make the nightmares disappear. And should another one occur for some reason, just return to
one of the techniques to heal it immediately.
Don’t limit yourself to using them for nightmares only, however. Any scary or un-settling dream may be
an indication of mental, emotional or physical problems that you can do without. You can use these
techniques as an additional resource to supplement any other means of healing you choose to use.
Article inspired by my new book, Dreaming Techniques, published by Bear & Company.
Copyright by Serge King, October 8, 2020