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Dreams, Fear, and God

I don’t dream often.  When I do, my dreams are often strange, clouded, or layered with meaning.  I believe dreams exist to help our mind sort out complex emotion, conflict, or concepts not yet consciously acknowledged.  My most recent dream I’ve had before, perhaps a few years ago.


I was with a group of friends perhaps family, playing, frolicking outdoors.  Suddenly a young woman, perhaps a teen falls ill with strange spots, almost cartoon-like on her face.  As I carefully examined her, I used my medical skills to reason out her ailment.  Unable to ascertain the cause of her sudden illness, I am struck by the urgency to call for help.  Others around me inform the “EMS is on the way.”


I’m reassured that help will arrive but left powerless as my young patient fades while the time clicks by.  Call it the intuition of a physician who has seen death come, I know the ambulance will be too late.


Suddenly as can only seem possible in dreams, the girl transforms into a deer and jumps away into a closeby wooded area.  Dashing from sight into the thicket.  I called out in pain “NO!!”


I’m not sure if I woke my wife.  I woke myself.  Troubled by the dream.  Troubled by the knowledge I’ve had the dream before.


I’m not sure why I tell this story.  But I tell it because maybe my interpretation helps others.


The dream is a manifestation of the fear of loss, death, and control.  Perhaps the girl / deer represented one of my own children. Any parent worth their salt knows the secret anxiety the possibility of losing a child holds.  Some know what a bitter pill reality can be.  For a physician, I’m supposed to KNOW  what to do or have POWER over the outcome, but sometimes, like in this dream, to no avail.


Therein lies the fundamental message.  At my core, I believe we are here to serve GOD.  We are here at both his bidding and his mercy.  Maybe it was a day playing with family on Easter that prompted the fitful, fear loaded dream.  Nonetheless, the message came through loud and clear.


Comforted, I will not live in fear, but in the certainty that the deer ran back into the woods was running home to God.  DEER


I will live trusting God has a plan for those entrusted to my care.  I will give my best to my family, patients, and friends. That final thought gave me solace in what otherwise was a subconscious reminder of human frailty and fear.


I believe spirituality plays a integral part in health.  Poor spiritual understanding and insight wreaks havoc on a healthy mind because sometimes fears and questions of existence can become overwhelming without the comfort of a higher power.  This dream also reminded me to maintain my spiritual walk, building on my faith and relationship with God.  It also reminded me to be thankful everyday for everyday blessings.


Thanks for sharing my musing.

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  • Chris Story April 1, 2013, 7:32 am

    Wow…powerful! I don’t think I truly knew fear until I had kids. You hit the nail on the head with many sentiments in this. I think the issues we had early on with Michael made these feelings too real. The stronger we are, the harder it is to realize we still only have so much/so little control on events.

    • William Curtis April 1, 2013, 7:50 am

      It’s funny how the subconscious works on things. Faith is the key. Without it one could slowly go crazy, warped with artery clogging stress and anxiety about what we often can’t control. Kids do change perspective.

  • Erlinda Klubertanz April 8, 2013, 8:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your dream with us. I love your interpretation that the deer was running to God as he went into the woods.

    God bless you and your practice.

    • William Curtis April 9, 2013, 10:01 am

      Thank you for the kind words.

  • Tracy Clark April 9, 2013, 7:37 am

    Thank you for sharing. My family is blessed to call you Doctor, Coach and friend. You and your sweet family are in my prayers daily.

  • Pam April 9, 2013, 10:56 am

    As others have said, thank you for sharing this. I’ve often wondered what my dreams mean as sometimes they are really strange. I can think of a couple at this very moment, that I’m sure came from the fear of losing a child. The moment they become mobile it’s like your control of what they do is drastically reduced. Thank you for all you do to help and encourage us on The Tribe. Words cannot express the difference your guidance has made and continues to make in my life. For that I am forever grateful! God bless!

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