This video describes it,
This video describes it,
A young person with MS asked for advice about how to cope with having multiple sclerosis–this was my answer:
Let me say first that I appreciate and agree with much of what has already been answered; however, I am going to give you a more hopeful answer, based on 26 years of living with this disease. I was on all the ABC-R medications, but continued to get steadily worse. By the time I had it for 10 years, it was evident that it was primary progressive multiple sclerosis by the intensity of the symptoms.
I had a plastic brace the length of my right leg, numbness in arms and legs, used a four-point cane, and needed a wheelchair for anything like flying and going to the airport. If I ventured out to see sights like Las Vegas, I was able to see the sights only because kind relatives pushed me around in a wheelchair.
Then the beginning of what I now call my “functional healing” started when I found an experimental treatment my neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute agreed to do with me involving steroids and cytoxan. The whole thing is too complex to describe here as it was concurrent with I say about twenty other alternative treatments. This whole mix of Western medicine, Eastern approaches and methods, and generally healthy things to do is described in a book I am writing which is called “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.”
The critical thing to know is that I believe MS is probably due to a large number of converging factors. Make medicine your base and aid it with alternative methods that do no harm and can do a lot of good. I still have MS, but MS does not have me. At this time, I have no major symptoms after 26 years, but that does not mean you stop taking the medicine.
I continued to have Tysabri infusions every six weeks, am married, and have a full time private practice as a clinical psychologist. I started a new medication which is an infusion that you only have to take twice per year. The research on it is very promising and positive. It is called Ocrevus. I have a blog where I mostly interpret dreams, but now will also post sometimes about my book about my MS experience.
It is an overwhelming diagnosis. Give yourself time and develop whatever spirituality you have. Medicine + alternative approaches + good relationships + spirituality + meaningful work was my personal formula to functional healing. Some part of that might be part of your solution. My book is really about some ways of finding what is right for you which will be personally unique.
DreamGreat Art 492: Joseph’s Dream
Carl Jung used the term “luminous” to describe the quality of particularly vivid dreams that fill the dreamer with a sense of sacred awe and wonder. This picture of Angel Gabriel telling Joseph that Mary was going to have the child Jesus comes close to that inspirational sacred awe that I believe Jung was talking about. This photo of this great masterpiece of art is from the National Gallery in London, England. When I look at this picture, I get a very expansive, otherworldly, and sacred feeling about it.
This depiction of events that would change the course of world history is profoundly moving at a subconscious level, particularly for Christians, because of conscious and subconscious beliefs held by them. It is this vaulting above and beyond human reasoning, that is striving to propel mankind to a higher plane of existence, that makes luminous dreams and art beyond the scope of rationalization.
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The one with red ms letters or the plain one?
Dream 484: The power to stop yourself from doing something
A man told me he dreamed that a giant cut his right hand off and wondered what it might mean.
A giant is a person that is bigger than life. The right hand is mainly used by most people to do things. It sounds like your higher or larger self is keeping you from doing something.
At the second level of dream interpretation, which is more unreliable, it could mean someone powerful is keeping you from doing something in a way that deters you from doing it permanently.
The right is usually conscious action, while the left goes with subconscious emotion. The idea would be that your higher self and/or someone powerful is strongly and aggressively keeping or inhibiting you from doing something.
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Dream 483: Journey to the Center of Your Soul
A woman had a dream that she was standing in a bucket and was being lowered into a water well. She wondered what the dream meant.
A famous Jungian dream analyst had a dream that she saw a flower grow out of a water well. The flower had to grow about 40 ft before it reached the surface and could then prosper. She wrote books for 20 years before getting one published. Her books then became best sellers and she had a whole slough of books to publish. Her name is Marion Woodman.
She always saw the dream as indicating that she had beautiful growth within her that would take a long time to emerge out into the world so it ended up being a predictive dream.
For some reason, you are being immersed in your emotions to get fully in touch with your subconscious and who you are at a root level would be part of my guess.
Another woman thought she should have as much fun as she can. She thought the dream was indicating or even recommending that the dreamer have a bucket list of things that she wanted to do. Movement downward usually represents movement towards the subconscious and the Soul, if you will.
It may well be her soul’s urging to do the things she wants before it’s too late, before she dies. Water is virtually always emotions in dream. She is being submerged into her emotions.
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Dream 462: This repetitive boring job is bad for my mental and physical health
A man had the following dream:
“I dreamt that I had an alcoholic drink of either Whiskey or Brandy. The beverage was strange in that it had two different kinds of tastes in it. There was a before taste at the beginning and an after taste at the end.
The truth is I do not drink any alcohol at all in my waking life, and not even on special occasions as I think alcohol tastes bad for one and the other is for health reasons.
There was a cool to the taste in the beginning and a warmer or hotter after taste, I think the after taste was slightly bitter, I am not sure though. All I know is that it changed my perception and mind set.
As it made me feel sour all day as I was depressed and frustrated at work and complaining to people at work that I feel like a robot.
Alcohol is also referred to as “spirits” sometimes and it is liquid (emotions) so I wonder if you were engaging in an emotion and/or behavior that was addictive or repetitive that you initially liked, but then it was almost too much to swallow and left a bad taste in your mouth. This is a random guess made with a small amount of information.
Sounds like the job was ok to begin with, but it became repetitive and is bad for your physical and mental health, much like alcohol if you do it too much for too long.
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Dream 460: Give me a spiritual home “Where the Buffalo Roam”
The Native Americans so the Buffalo as a sign of abundance because it supplied almost all of their needs. The color white is the most spiritual color as it is a combination of all the other colors. The Lakota Indians saw the White Buffalo as uniting all the different races of man. The White Buffalo was always a very sacred symbol that was a good omen of good times to come.
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Functional Healing of Multiple Sclerosis Against All Odds Post 3:
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Doesn’t Have Your Swing
MS Healing Post 1:
Dream 448: Getting Rid of a Friend that Bites
A woman told me the following before describing her dream:
I had a disagreement with someone that’s been in and out of my life. This person contacted me to tell me that I have the the power to fix it. I was asking for a sign if this relationship could be fixed or if this is a toxic relationship that I shouldn’t have in my life. [Before she went to sleep, she incubated a dream by asking for a dream that would indicate what she should do with this relationship and she had the dream described in the next paragraph]:
“In the dream, my golden retriever bit a cousin’s daughter, which is totally out of the dog’s character. The daughter’s mother (also my longtime friend and patient I provide care for) told me I need to put the dog down. I woke up feeling conflicted. Oddly enough I went to sleep asking spirit for a sign and that’s the sign the I received!”
I think the dream is voting that it is a toxic relationship that you should stay away from. Dogs are all about loyalty and the dream does a double entendre dream condensation on the theme of loyalty. Remember that each character in the dream is a part of your mind with women going more with emotions. Animals often represent our instinctive feelings. Dream condensation occurs when the dream is true on more than one level.
I think the woman represents your emotional common sense which says that, painful as it may be, you have to kill your instinctual loyalty (the dog) before you get bitten. The reason you put a dog down is because the dog has proven itself to be dangerous by biting someone. To me, this means you have to kill your internal loyalty to this person so that you do not get bitten again.
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Dream Journey 428: Journey of the Self
This poem below illustrates that dreams are concerned with the only Journey of the Self (or Soul) that you can directly influence, your own.
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Dream 410: Born again
A woman had the following dream:
“So I had a dream that I was the mother of Jesus, I looked like me but I didn’t at
the same time. My hair was longer and darker, my skin was darker, etc ..yet the
same exact eyes,lips,height, and curls. I was standing in a door way & I can feel
the Sun on my back as I look into the shaded small building. It looked like a very
small home (far from modern).
I can’t recall what was said.
The twist is I believe in God but I haven’t accepted Jesus as God. Im not saying
its impossible,because nothing is. I look into all religions & “mythologies”. When I
woke up I felt like I literally just slammed into my body,I had tears in my eyes and
this tingling in my heart.”
At the first and symbolic level of dream interpretation, an important spiritual and emotional part of you is standing at the doorway to a new life (a new house). You are literally being reborn
in the sense of giving birth to a new part of your spirituality. Your
emotions are getting ready to deliver a new spiritually active and central
part of yourself. This part is small now but important. One wants to
remember that Jesus was born in a manger.
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Dream 409: The ghost of relationships past
A woman had the following dream:
“I need guidance if possible on what this dream meant..
So I dreamt I was not a ghost but invisibly present in my ex and I’s home, which is just his home now. And I noticed little upgrades, for example I thoroughly noticed little ottomans that were black and white stripe, three of them, and also noticed a very high techy fancy massage chair, very similar to the one the gentleman I was dating recently has in his home. That was the whole dream. Very odd, can anybody give me clarity on this one?”
I would suggest that at the first level, the ghost may represent the observing ego part of yourself.
In this case, I think it is very hard to separate the first and second levels of interpretation so I’m going to mix the two together. The first level is within the dreamer’s own psyche. The second level is interpersonal.
The house usually represents the dreamer because it is the framework of which one lives. Furniture usually represent what supports you in your life since furniture supports your body. In this case, I think this particular house because you and an ex lived in it more specifically represents the relationship part of your life.
I think the Ottomans being black and white to me suggest it is more clear what you want and what you don’t want in a supportive relationship. The dream is giving high grades to relationships that are supportive of a modern and soothing relationship. It may also be giving recognition to the idea that the next relationship needs to be modern and physically supportive.
This interpretation may only work in certain universes and is limited by my limited experience which includes my not personally knowing you.
The dreamer later confirmed that the interpretation “sounded about right.”
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Chomping on Bamboo
Dream 404: I’m a panda bear reaching for the stars
A woman had the following dream:
I dreamed I was a Panda bear, yes, a Panda.
Boy are their lives boring!
I dreamed I was eating bamboo.
While I was eating it I stared at the moon.
And I decided to follow a star all of the sudden.
Next to the moon while eating leaves and Bamboo.
So I climb up on a tree thingy while eating,
And tried to reach for the star,
And was thinking in my dream, wow, we are so small.
And I woke up. Now whats with the Panda people?
Animals usually represent the dreamer’s instincts. Trees involve integration of yourself into the world. Eating usually represents how you nurture yourself. Leaves are green and green usually involves growth because it is the color of plants. Bamboo grows very fast. The stars often represent destiny as in “Our destiny is in the stars.”
The dream indicates that you are by instinct a cute, cuddly and playful person (a panda who is very cute, cuddly and playful) who finds personal growth nourishing. You probably want to go further in your growth and the sky is the limit.
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Dream 401:Wisely Finding Myself Spiritually
A woman reported the following dream:
“I have been having dreams of horned owls surrounding me. I have my hands and face up, and these owls are just flying around me. I am standing in a field and I am wearing a white dress and have really long hair. There’s a breeze and my hair is blowing around me. The owls are all different colors and sizes.” Someone please tell me what this signifies.”
Owls are associated with wisdom. Flying frequently signals spirituality or trying to reach spiritual goals. White is the most spiritual color that there is.
The way she is holding her hands is frequently seen at religious services. She is dressed in almost ceremonial garb with the wind blowing through her hair emphasizing naturalness and freedom.
The owls being different colors and sizes is important because colors represent different emotions. The size of the owl probably signifies the importance of different spiritual ideas.
Owls make the sound of “who.” I wonder if the dream is saying that you are wisely trying to find out who you are at a spiritual level, what thoughts, ideas, and feelings are important to you.
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Dream 399: The best place to look for insight is often within yourself
I dreamed that I walked with canes in both hands. I was on the television show and I was being encouragedby the moderator to write about my experiences.
I had multiple sclerosis for 15 years starting in 1991. I had a severe case that eventually was diagnosed as primary progressive MS, the worst form of multiple sclerosis MS that you can have. I wore a brace on my right leg and used a cane and had to use a wheelchair to be transported about the airport onto an airplane.
I went through a radical medical treatment which in combination with alternative methods and with the help of dreams sent the MS into remission. I use both Eastern and Western techniques because I believe that when you have a major chronic illness like multiple scerosis, you have to throw everything you can at it. I believe that some of my methods may help others with MS and also may generalize to other chronic illnesses in some cases.
I think the dream was encouraging me and publicize it on a mass market basis because of the involvement of television. I think the images of the canes, which I no longer use, were in the dream to remind me of the remarkable transformation.
The name of the new book will be Mission Remission: A Man’s Method of Finding Ways to Send a Chronic Illness into Remission
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Dream 392: You Have the Power to Do It
A man had the following dream: “I had a dream recently, Lord Rama came in my dream and asked me what you want? I told Him, “I only need your blessing, My Lord! He touched my forehead with His thumb… Then I woke up.”
Lord Rama is the Perfect Man with Self Control. He touches your forehead. It might mean that if you use your head and self control, your dreams will come true.
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