How A Dream and a Piece of Cake Can Change Your Life

I recently awoke from sleep having had a clear, brief and profound dream with a close friend telling me I had cancer.  She appeared very certain, with a stern and forceful look on her face while stating emphatically, “you have cancer”.  From my research and writing on dreams I knew this could be one of two things: a “prodromal dream” telling me directly of this health issue, or, it was a “warning dream” telling me to be aware of an impending health situation.  Either way, I knew my unconscious mind was telling my conscious mind to become alert.

From that day onward I began watching my health while being very aware of the recent dream imagery.  I called the friend who had appeared in my dream for any insight she may have but we didn’t seem to make any real connection.  A few days later another friend called and in casual conversation she told me she had eaten a piece of cake and consequently, the cake had made her quite ill for the day causing lethargy, upset stomach and other symptoms relating to food sensitivity.  It was in the description of her condition that a light bulb went off in me.  I too had all the symptoms of severe food sensitivity that had gone on for weeks but unknowingly to me, I pushed the symptoms out of my mind and continued to function as best I could.  It was in that very moment I made the connection between her cake-eating condition, my dream, and the symptoms I had been ignoring.

The dream was warning me of a health condition by bringing a shocking message into my conscious mind.  Warning dreams do that so the dreamer can become abruptly aware of a waking day situation. I then began being conscious of the foods I was eating and quickly found the culprit.  Within one day I found the food that made me ill within one hour of ingesting it.  As simple as it was, my daily routine of eating oatmeal was making me very sick.  Brain-fog, bloating, nausea and lethargy hit me like a fast-moving train and this is what my unconscious mind was telling me.  We can go about our busy lives by repressing physical symptoms until they become unbearable.  The dreaming mind is extremely watchful over the body and brings important information into the conscious mind for our own benefit-albeit in a shocking and uncomfortable way.  How else would we heed the advice if we’ve become accustomed to ignoring our own body and mind? This is how the unconscious speaks to us through our night-time mentation in order to help us in every facet of life, especially with our health and all we have to do is listen.

To your best health,


Dr. Teresa L. DeCicco is the author of the books “Living Beyond the Five Senses: The Emergence of a Spiritual Being” and “The Giant Compass: Navigating The Life of Your Dreams”.  See more of her work at

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