Dreams and your Health
The Heart & Circulatory System Part II
In Part I I
summarized why we in western cultures have such a high rate of heart related
illness. This week I want to show how dreams reflect this and explain
ways to follow the healing advice they give. Let's take a look at some dreams
In the following dreams the symbols that
indicate the heart are underlined. A plane
landing or arriving at an airport indicates the dreamer's arrival onto the
planet at birth. In the following dream fragment we immediately get a sense of the
dreamer's difficult birth.
DREAM 1 - Fighter Plane
I am watching a news event on the TV. A fighter plane is
engulfed in flames and is crashing to the ground. It hits the ground in a
forest and the flames go out. The pilot is bruised and hurt but otherwise OK! The news commentator says something like, "And notice that
even though it was the engines that caused the problem the pilot is taking the time to switch them
off." From the angle of the camera you can see a propeller that is already
Remembering Rule 1 of interpretation (You are
everything in the dream) the pilot represents the dreamer as a child at birth.
The crash landing shows that the child's birth was traumatic and that the child
feared for his own survival at the time. The plane being engulfed in flames
highlights the emotional trauma experienced by the child. We are told that the
engines caused the problem. This is the best clue we could get as to the
reaction of the child to their traumatic birth. The engine is the heart of the
plane and symbolizes the child's heart. The child's view is that they were bruised,
hurt and engulfed in flames and that this is the fault of the
heart (the engines). The solution, from the child's perspective, is to switch
them off. We are then told that you can already see a propeller that
is already stopped. A propeller is another strong symbol for the heart. From
all this we can see that the dreamer has shut off or closed his heart so that he
doesn't experience this emotional trauma again.
In this dream we are not explicitly told what the
dreamer must do to 'open' his heart again. This means that he is totally unaware
that he has closed his heart off. This is what I was talking about last week.
The first and most important part of any solution to a problem is to accept that
you have the problem to begin with. This dreamer must first accept that he has
closed himself off from his heart. We can also see that the dreamer is a
'fighter' (fighter plane) or angry person. Again this follows the pattern.
Feeling hurt and bruised causes the child to close off the heart and become
angry as a defense against being hurt again. To help this person I would suggest
talking to older family members and parents to learn about the circumstances of
their birth. Parent's are unlikely to give the full horrors of the day but
siblings can relate it in terms of the anguish they picked up from the parents.
If the dreamer had no siblings I would suggest regression back to birth. While
this can be traumatic, the purpose is to put the person back in touch with their
feelings at the time of their birth. After the regression they will again feel
the sadness and anger that they felt at the time. They are then at the first
stage in dealing with the trauma - Acceptance. From there I would suggest the
process of Cutting the Ties to clear the trauma and open the heart again
(switch the engines back on). Regression without the purpose of healing the
trauma afterwards is of no benefit and can in fact damage the person more.
Let's look at another dream. Here again the
symbols for the heart are underlined. The dream, like the previous one, is
truncated to keep this column concise.
DREAM 2 - The Bonnet
I am in the front room of my mother's house looking out the bay window. It is raining and my lime
green FIAT 127 car is in the driveway. I have the bonnet open because I was having
battery trouble. I intended fixing it. My brother Jimmy is behind me telling me to close the
bonnet but I am not concerned about the rain. My brother John comes home from abroad and gives Jimmy a birthday present. The funny thing is that it is not Jimmy's birthday yet.
Green is the color of the heart chakra and by
itself is sufficient to symbolize the heart. The bonnet, where we find the
engine of the car, has a more obvious connection to the heart as the engine is
the heart of the car. The battery is an easy enough one too as batteries are
electric pumps. Any symbol indicating a pump represents the heart. Fiat is a
little more tricky. Fiat are Italian car manufacturers and Italy as a
location indicates the heart (unless you were born in Italy). Countries and
their meanings will be covered in a future article. It would not matter if you
missed out on that symbol as we have enough to go on already.
The dreamer says he intended fixing the
battery problem. This is very positive to see in a dream and means that the
dreamer is consciously aware of their heart problem. The cause of the problem is
given to us by the location - mother's bay window. This symbolizes the
womb. Mother's house is mother's body and the dreamer is in the front room bay
window, a living space that sticks out on the front of the house / mother's
body. So here, while the focus is on fixing the problem, we again see birth
being linked to the problem. In case you couldn't get the womb from the symbol
of the bay window we see birth being celebrated when John brings home a birthday
present for Jimmy. Since the dreamer is everything in the dream (rule 1) it
is his birth and not Jimmy's that is the focus. You can't argue with that one
What we can determine from this is that the
dreamer experienced emotional trauma at the time of his birth. We cannot say why
exactly but because the bonnet of the car (body) is open in the dream we know
that the dreamer has already closed off his heart and is now in the process of
working on himself to 'fix' this. The brother with the present represents a
guide (a calling card of guides in dreams is that they often appear bearing
gifts) and he is encouraging the dreamer to go forward with the process. A
treat, if you will, for work being done. Water, including rain, represents life
so the rain getting into the bonnet represents life coming into the heart. The
dreamer is correct to ignore the negativity of the brother telling him to close
the bonnet (close up the heart again). An older brother in a dream is often a
good substitute for a parent when they display the same traits as the parent. So
we now know that the dreamer also has problems with dad's negativity that affect
This dreamer was two weeks into the process of
cutting the ties with his mother so my advice would be to continue the process
as we can see from the dream that it is reversing the negative effects of his
traumatic birth on his heart. I described the process of Cutting The Ties in a
previous article so I won't go into the details again here. Suffice it to say
that the process works by directing the subconscious mind to eliminate the
negative influence of an event or person.
Colors that indicate the heart in dreams are Green
and Red together. Green is the color of the
heart chakra and red is the color for passion. This combination can be achieved
in any number of ways. Common symbols are driving a red car on green grass, or a
red car mounting the grass verge on the road.
When physical damage is shown in a dream that is
about the heart we can often determine how the dreamer would most likely develop
a physical problem as a result of their condition. A boxing match where the
contestants are wearing green and red shorts and hitting each other in the head
would indicate stroke (a blow to the head which is linked to the circulatory
system). In these dreams anger also often features. The color combination that
always indicates anger is red and black. So
the boxing dream would indicate this if the contestant wearing the red shorts
was black. This is true regardless of the skin color of the dreamer.
DREAM 3 - The Man On The Horse
I'm in my
apartment which is at the back of a set of apartments. Next I'm walking along
a pier at a harbor and 40 men on horses jump off the end of the pier. I'm surprised that the
water was shallow just there. Next a man on a horse is coming towards me. I'm
afraid he's going to hit me because he's not looking where he is going. At the
last minute he pulls to the side, banging his head off a wall. He gets up and is
angry at me for being in his way.
In the dream above I have cut much of it out to
scale it down. However, the location of apartment (being apart from emotions)
and the wall (indicating the dreamer has built a wall around her heart) are
both classic symbols that indicate the heart. Again, remembering that everything
in the dream represents an aspect of the dreamer we know that it is not the man
on the horse not looking where he is going but the dreamer herself. She does not
see the damage she is causing herself by closing off her heart. The dream again
links the problem to birth by introducing a harbor. This is a place where ships
birth so indicates the dreamer's own birth. We see the trigger when we see the
man on the horse as dad. Through her dream she is reliving the experience at birth that "dad is angry at me for being in his way."
Because of this the dreamer has developed the pattern of putting herself in
second place (at the back of the set of apartments) so as not to be in the way.
This is done at the expense of her own feelings and her health! The health
problem is given by the man banging his head of a wall and indicates stroke
(physical damage to the head that is connected with the circulatory system - the
wall). Dreams often show men banging their heads because in an energy sense
logic (the head) is male while the heart is female.
To resolve her problem the dreamer must deal with
her conflict with dad. This is indicated by the man coming towards her. Dreams
often indicate the future by showing something happening further along the path.
In her case the man is further along her path and facing her - indicating
something she must face in the future. As an incentive the dream shows that her
conflict with dad is limiting (the number 4) the flow of male energy
within herself. One of her gifts is that of spiritual healing (40 men on horses)
and she came to this life to deepen her spiritual understanding through using
this gift (indicated by jumping into the shallow water).
In reality this dreamer is already a spiritual
healer (to be described in a future article) but also works in business with her
father. Her father does not treat her as an equal and this constant conflict is
what is damaging her. She must resolve it. This will heal the root cause of her
heart condition and at the same time allow her healing gift to become stronger.
DREAM 4 - Car Trouble
I am heading home
from work. I'm on the North Circular Road and having trouble with
my car. It's on its last legs. I pull the choke but it is crawling along.
The engine is leaking oil. I need to stop at a garage and pump
the wheels because they are flat.
This dream is littered with symbols for the
heart. References to circles are a pun on the circulatory system (wheels,
circular). We have had engine twice already so it needs no
explanation. Oil is to a car engine what blood is to the heart so
represents the dreamer's blood system. The heart is the body's pump. That
leaves us with three symbols; North actually indicates the head (the
north of the body) but when it shows up in a dream it means that the dreamer is
too much in the head (too logical) and this is always at the expense of the
heart. Choke means that the dreamer is choking their heart of emotions -
literally not letting any feelings through it. Lastly flat indicates
Wow! I have rarely seen so many symbols for the
heart in one short dream fragment. Let's put it all together. Using the
technique of looking for negative phrases and keywords we get that when it comes
to the dreamer's heart it is; on its last legs and crawling along.
This does not paint a good picture at all. The actual physical condition is
given by the physical problem of the engine leaking oil. This represents
the body losing red blood cells and always indicates anemia. In reality the
dreamer was already diagnosed with pernicious anemia and taking medication for
it. However, the dream is telling her that she still needs to check into a
hospital or go to a doctor (go to a garage) to get further healing. Obviously
her medication is not sufficient.
Well that's it for this week. I know this article
turned out quite long but I hope it remained interesting for you and helps you
in some way. You can find more symbols for the circulatory system here
in my tutorial.