Guided by Dreams:

Breast Cancer, Dreams, and Transformation

by Rachel G. Norment

Guided by Dreams: Breast Cancer, Dreams, and Transformation is the unflinching story of confronting and surviving breast cancer, guided by dreams suggesting possible treatments and causes and leading towards personal transformation. This inspiring story is one of hope for many patients, their families and friends.

Guided by Dreams presents information about possible approaches to finding one’s way through decision making and treatments and offers insight into a deeper meaning of an illness in our lives. Dreams can help one know oneself more fully, give advice in many aspects of one’s life, and often lead to discovering one’s life purpose.

Through the evolving story in this book a breast cancer patient is shown that she

  1. is not alone. Although each experience is “unique,” each person faces similar, overwhelming anxieties and perplexing questions.

  2. can benefit from obtaining as much information as possible about her condition and possible treatments to help in decision making.    

  3. can obtain additional guidance from dreams, which bring to the conscious mind messages about possible causes of  illness, courses of treatments, and means to prevent recurrences.

The book reveals how a life-threatening illness

  1. can be a life-transforming experience.

  2. can be a valuable learning experience.

  3.    can be a part of a spiritual awakening.

The author illustrates the importance of

  1.    recording one’s dreams.

  2.    learning the universal dream symbols and one’s personal symbols.

  3. starting dreamwork before an illness strikes so one might be prepared to catch a warning or simply understand a helpful message

  4. reviewing past dreams to find repeated themes and to discern any shifts and  progress they reveal.

  5. acting upon the messages received. This “action” does not have to be physical. It can also be a change or shift on a spiritual, psychological, or emotional level.


Psychotherapist Jean Shinoda Bolen proclaims in Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning that there are times “when a person really does need a story that provides hope, nourishes the will, or provides meaning, to stay alive. . . . When stories help to heal us, the stories are archetypal in nature: they are stories that grow out of human experience that have an effect upon us because we share a collective unconscious as described by C. G. Jung.” Biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s concept of a human morphic field is similar to the collective unconscious.  “Contents of the morphic field or collective unconscious become activated by what we feel and do—by the stories that we believe. . . . The message that recovery is possible, is taken in deeply, heard at the cellular level of our being, and the body responds.”


Book Information:

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Brandylane Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1883911664

ISBN-13: 978-1883911669

Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches

Price: $16.95

Book is avaible from:   


    Barnes & Noble     

    Brandylane Publishers

    The Author            

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