Dreams and your Health
The Digestive & Elimination System
How can I make an article about the digestive and
elimination system interest you? When it comes to health dreams people
tend not to be interested unless they already know they have a problem. It
reminds me of a story I heard about a newspaper in America that offered a
reward for people who phoned in with news stories. The editor received a
call from someone saying that a truck had lost its brakes on a hill and
after picking up great speed crashed into and demolished a house. "Iím
not interested," he said, "that sort of thing happens all the
time. Itís not news." "You'll be more interested", said
the caller, "when I tell you that it was your house!"
Symbols For The Digestive System
In dreams the locations most commonly used
to indicate the digestive system as the subject matter are the kitchen,
dining room and restaurants. The bathroom, toilet and back garden are most
commonly used to indicate the elimination system. Other symbols which
indicate the digestive system are a hob cooker, fridge, kitchen table and
shopping trolley. A more complete list is found in my tutorial here.
Once the subject matter of the digestive system is
established the dream will reveal more detail. For example, if you or
anyone in the dream is boiling milk in the kitchen it means that you have
an intolerance to milk and dairy products. In fact it is fair to say that
it is not so much the food that you eat that causes you problems but the
food you canít excrete. A person with a healthy digestive system will
have a bowel movement at least once per day. This natural bodily function
means that foods that cannot be broken down are eliminated before any
harmful toxins can build up in them.
Dairy products are probably the most common
foods to which people develop allergies. There are several reasons for
this. Problems with mother can contribute here, when as infants we not
only take our first meal from mother but we also take in everything she
feels about us. If we feel mother rejects us in any way we can
subconsciously set up the belief that anything from mother is harmful to
us. The association with milk is then obvious.
Holding onto things from the past emotionally also
programs our body to do the same. A result often is our body holding onto
waste matter that is no longer needed. On a physical level, regardless of
what has slowed down our digestive system, dairy products are likely to
cause us trouble. Suppose your digestive system has slowed down to where
you have a bowel movement twice per week. If you drink a glass of milk on
Monday morning it is still in your digestive system on Thursday evening.
Would you drink a glass of milk that has been sitting on the kitchen table
for a whole day in the summer? What would that milk be like after three
and a half days? Thatís what is in your body! And your body is much
hotter than the average summer day. A slow moving colon allows toxins
build up on these and other susceptible foods. The toxins pass into the
blood stream which must then be cleansed by the lymphatic system. Problems
with cleansing are shown as dirty water-logged grass or bog land.
A condition which is easy to recognize in dreams is
candida albicans. This is a fungus that can grow on waste matter in the
colon. In dreams it is symbolized as soggy newspaper in the back garden,
mould on the kitchen floor or walls or moldy hay in a barn. Dreams with
these symbols also show what foods contribute to the condition.
It is safe to say that, with rare exception, any
food which is depicted in a dream is a food that the body cannot deal
with. In cases where a particular ingredient is the culprit you will dream
of it. A person with an allergy to wheat can dream of the sun shining
beautifully on a field of wheat that is ready to be harvested. Whether the
wheat is shown like this or in a poor state it still means that the
dreamer is being asked to change their diet.
Two exceptions worth mentioning are a) when a person
is dieting too much they can dream of a food banquet and b) dreams which
show a line of people queuing for an orange drink. This second one is a
healing device used in dreams as the color orange, the color of the sacral
chakra, is healing for the digestive system.
The colon is a very sensitive organ. After hearing shocking news we can
feel our stomach knot up. It is in fact the colon that is knotting. These
kinks and knots then restrict the flow of matter along the colon. Dr.
Harvey Kellog M.D. of Battle Creek, Michigan said that of the 22,000
operations personally performed by him he didnít encounter a single
normal colon and of the 100,000 performed under his jurisdiction only six
percent were normal. Waste matter can cling to the walls of
an unhealthy slow moving colon and become cemented there, further
restricting the flow. This is shown in dreams as slow moving animals or
snails on a cement path in the back garden. This cemented matter can
remain in the colon for upwards of twenty years! Dreams often attribute
blockages to particular foods. These are usually shown in dreams in a
negative light and are often shown to be clogging a toilet preventing it
from flushing. In the latter case the foods are usually shown in their
containers to indicate that the body cannot break down the food. When the
lining of the stomach or intestines is affected dreams show it as
wallpaper or plaster falling off the walls in the kitchen or bathroom.
As infants our digestive system has not fully formed
and we rely on our motherís milk to nourish us. After six months or so,
acid is produced in our stomach and this allows us move onto eating solid
foods. The acid also protects us against bacterial infection and the level
of hygiene required is subsequently reduced. At this stage something very
important has already happened. In the first few months we also ingest
bacteria in our motherís milk that is vital to the proper functioning of
our developing digestive system. The bacteria passes safely through the
stomach, because there is no acid there yet, and accumulates in the large
intestine where a slightly acidic condition develops. The bacteria is
commonly called acidophilus due to the fact that it requires mildly acidic
conditions to live. Acidophilus is essential to keep the colon in healthy
working order. It prevents the spread of toxins from the colon into the
small intestine and coats the large intestine, helping the flow of matter.
If you have ever taken a course of penicillin you
have waged war on this natural flora. Penicillin fights off harmful
bacterial infections but it does not discriminate between harmful bacteria
and the helpful bacteria that reside there. In the western world this is
probably the single most contributing cause of harm to the colon. Colonic
irrigation without subsequently restoring the acidophilus is also harmful.
Cancer of the colon is shown as mutated and usually slow moving animals.
Often they are shown in a dead forest or forest in fall. Snakes or worms
under the cooker in the kitchen or rust eating into a kitchen appliance
indicate the same thing. Crows or rats eating into the back door of the
house indicate cancer of the rectum (the back door of the body). In these
cases it is very important to determine the food being linked to the
appearance of the cancer. Quite often the combination of two foods is far
worse than the effect of either food on its own. To determine which foods
need to be cut out or cut down, eliminate the food for a week or so and
then reintroduce it to your diet. If you begin dreaming about it in the
next few days you need to cut it out again. Also try the food when
purchased from different locations as you may find only particular places
trigger the dreams. I personally had to give up red meat for over two
years before my digestive system had healed enough to process it again.
This does not mean that red meat is bad for everyone. We are all different
and there are many factors that contribute to you becoming unable to
process a particular food.
Where the main problem is a slow moving colon I have
often seen dreams take place in the drive through of McDonalds or Burger
King. Both of these locations are positive in dreams because they
symbolize fast food. Faster food is the symbolic antidote to the slow
moving food in the dreamerís body.
In dreams yellow and orange are both healing
colors for the digestive system. Yellow also stimulates the intellect so
can be about digesting a new idea. An unhealthy color combination for the
colon is black and white. This indicates the dreamer has difficulty
letting go of the past and affects the colon as described earlier. Seeing
things as black and white leaves little room for argument or acceptance of
new ideas. Often this color combination is shown as black and white tiles
on the bathroom or kitchen floor. This indicates the dreamers standpoint
is rigidly black and white. References to white on its own in dreams about
the digestive system points to milk and mother as contributors to the
How Emotions Affect The Digestive System
Anger is the emotion I see time and again as a significant cause of
digestive system problems. When you sit to eat a meal you charge the food
with how you are feeling. If you are feeling angry you are pouring all
that negative energy into the food you are about to put into your body.
This is programming the food to cause harm. To reverse this trend put
yourself into a positive frame of mind before eating your meals. This
charges the food with positive energy and programs it to heal the body. A
person who says grace before a meals is, in effect, doing this. Dreams
will always show the foundation on which anger is built. This is done so
that you can let it go. Our digestive systems are affected by our male
energy and for this reason problems are often linked to problems with dad.
Healing any rift by letting go of it also heals the digestive system.
When To Be Concerned
Donít worry if you have the odd dream
about cancer as we all develop cancers all the time. A healthy body fights
off the mutation successfully. Killing snakes, mutated animals, rats,
crows, termites or curing rust in dreams all show that the body is
successfully fighting off the disease. Another important point to remember
is that dreams warn about conditions before they manifest physically. This
gives plenty of time to do something to prevent the illness from taking
hold in the first place. By the time a doctor diagnoses cancer the person
will already have had thousands of dreams telling them what to do to
prevent the condition. Cancer is a symptom of a disease in the body.
Removing the cancer, while sometimes successful, only removes the symptom
and leaves the disease behind. View it like the oil warning light in your
car. When the light comes on what do you do? You could stop the car, rip
open the dashboard and remove the light, or you could replace the oil in
the engine. When a warning light comes on in your body what would you
rather do? Treat the cause of the symptom so that the warning light stops
flashing. Dreams flash the warning light but also show the cause and the
solution. Dreams set out to heal by bringing a problem into the light so that
something can be done to correct it. The choice is yours to listen to or
ignore their advice.