Dreamworker Jeremy Taylor popularized the phrase, “All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness.” (Read Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill by Jeremy Taylor). What he means is that all dreams are here to help us.

But is it true? Are all dreams here to help us? To serve us? To guide us toward wholeness?

People often ask how dreams of war, disaster, disease, dilapidated homes, boogie-men, betrayal, and affairs of the heart come in the service of health and wholeness.

It’s easy to view a nightmare, or a dream of disease and disaster, as anxiety producing dreams that cannot possibly offer beneficial information.

Perhaps it’s just a matter of semantics whether or not dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. But I believe Jeremy is right. Dreams come to alert us to problems so we can prepare ourselves emotionally, mentally, and physically, and learn what to do to transform the situation or our relationship to it.

The disturbing dreams, the really nasty ones, often come to tell us about potential problems, health issues, or ways in which we are hurting or betraying ourselves and others. They can even let us know when someone is betraying or hurting us.

When we remember these dreams we are empowered to take action to alleviate suffering, heal our bodies or make conscious choices to help ourselves lead better lives.

Dreams shake us up intentionally so we pay attention. Sometimes they even provide steps we can take to help heal our situation.

So if you ever have a dream that causes you great anxiety or fear, pay attention. This may be a healing message  for you. If you heed your own dream wisdom, you may be able to transform an area of your life that has been troubling you, or be prepared for a potential problem and avert disaster.