When I interviewed Dr. Larry Dossey for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, he told me an incredible story that illustrated the power of dreams. Here is an excerpt from that story, beginning with his bio.
Dr. Larry Dossey’s books include The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words. Dr. Dossey, the executive editor of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, a peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication, has become an internationally influential advocate of the mind’s role in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare.
Although there have been no incredible moments in my life that one would call epiphanies, I’ve had experiences of what I call nonlocal mind (akin to collective consciousness) uniting me with my patients through dreams. These dreams, which generally occurred the night before I was to see the patient involved, were extremely vivid and full of clinical facts.
For example, during my first year of practice as an internist in a Dallas hospital, I dreamt about Justin, the four-year-old son of a colleague. I had met this child only a few times and certainly didn’t know him well. In the dream, he was stretched out on an examining table and one of his parents was trying to comfort him. There was some sort of medical technician trying to do something to his head but Justin would have none of it; he was going berserk. Finally, the medical technician threw up her hands and said, “I give up, I quit!” and walked away. The dream was so vivid and disturbing that I almost woke my wife up to tell her about it.
Later that day at lunch, I was having a sandwich in the cafeteria with Justin’s father. Suddenly, his wife approached us carrying their little boy, who was crying. She told her husband she had just come from the EEG (electroencephalography) lab where a technician had been trying to obtain a brain wave tracing. But Justin had gone berserk and would not cooperate. It was such a chaotic fiasco that the technician, who had never before been thwarted in her efforts to obtain an EEG tracing on a child, had finally given up and abandoned the procedure. I was speechless because I had dreamt this event in almost photographic detail the night before.
I later went to my colleague’s office and said, “Look, we need to talk. Is there any way that I could have known that your child was scheduled for an EEG today?” He said, “Don’t be silly, of course not. No one knew except my wife and I and the neurologist.” He said that Justin had developed a fever the day before and had had a brief seizure, so his parents had made an appointment for a quick consultation.
When I told him about my dream, he was extremely disturbed and wanted to hear no more of it. He knew in an instant, as did I, that if we took this dream seriously, we would have to revise our idea of reality, of the very nature of how the world worked.
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Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.