Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Theater Artist, Creativity Facilitator

A Journey Toward Healing

Last night I dreamt of snakes.

Don't worry. Despite the fact that there were a lot of snakes, and that the dream had some truly terrifying moments, I woke up realizing that it was not, in fact, a bad dream.

According to Dream Moods, an on-line dream dictionary I sometimes go to, dreaming about snakes can have some positive meaning:
As a positive symbol, snakes represent healing, transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive change.
I'm not going to lie, the snakes in my dream scared me. However, I did not get bitten. Nor did anyone else. (Considering the number of snakes in my dream, and the fact that I touched many of them, someone should have been bitten). Now, of course, the snakes could simply come from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer binge I've been on, but I think it's more than that. (Usually, my Buffy marathons come at a time when I need to feel some inner strength anyway)

Last night I asked my brother, Steve (who some of you know as Taochild) to do some healing on my right foot (which is at the root of discomfort I carry with me throughout my right side). Steve is helping me out for a few days as I have to work for an after-school program that has been rewarding in a strange way as it drains the life out of me, and I am in single parent mode because Nathan has already left for our next summer theatre adventure.

Anyway, did any of you know Steve has some healing abilities? I first saw it work on my sister, when she lay in the hospital after her heart stopped.

A few weeks ago, when Steve first came out to help me, I asked him if he would perform a healing on my foot as I have a constant pain that never quite goes away. That pain connects all the way up to my neck at times, so I know that it has something to do with more than just physical pain. I'm holding on to negative energy in some way that it affects my physical health. The evidence of this is that the pain becomes more intense when I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about various issues that I don't want to discuss, or when I feel overwhelmed.

When he did the first healing, it felt strange. Throbbing pain at times, tingling at others, weird sensations up and down my right side. That night, I slept the whole night through, and had intense dreams that led to a revelation in my Morning Pages that I am not ready to share.

Last night, I felt different sensations, as if he pulled negative energy out of my body and flung it away. He pulled ropes of snake-like energy down from my head to my foot, and made it fill with something else.

And then I dreamt of snakes.

I am on a journey. It's not a journey of light or darkness, but one of twists and turns. Some days I can walk through scenes of joy and happiness, other days I wend my way through deep mysterious places that intimidate and frighten me. Sometimes this journey is terrifying. Sometimes the path seems straight and clear. Sometimes I feel all alone. Sometimes there are snakes.

However, this is a journey that we all take in our own way. Some people are farther along the road than we are--more comfortable in their own skin. That doesn't make them better, they've just found their own path through the dark places. I am slowly finding my way out.

Through words.

Through dreams.

Through hope.

What journey are you on? What do your dreams tell you about your journey?