Wanda Easter Burch: 'She Who Dreams'
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BOOK: 'SHE WHO DREAMS: A JOURNEY INTO HEALING THROUGH DREAMWORK'
By Wanda Easter Burch
Wanda Burch dreamt that she would die at a certain age; her dreams
foretold her diagnosis of cancer, and then guided her toward treatment
and wellness. She took advantage of all the usual medical resources
available to her, but believes she is alive because of her intimate
engagement with the dreamworld. "She Who Dreams" takes the reader into
that healing dreamworld, opening a path to self-diagnosis and physical
and psychic health. Through powerful prose and practical exercises, this
book describes in compelling detail a life lived and deepened, and a
death postponed. In the process it shows that wisdom lives within
everyone, and that anyone can tap into that wisdom through dreamwork.
Wanda Easter Burch Website
Watch an inspiring video of Robert Moss interviewing Wanda Burch on Pulse:
DREAMING IS MEDICINE
By Robert Moss
Dreaming is healing. Our bodies speak to us in dreams, giving us early
warning of symptoms we might develop, showing us what they need to stay
well. Dreams give us fresh and powerful images for self-healing. Dreams
are also the language of the soul; they put us in touch with wells of
memory and sources of creativity and energy far beyond the clutter and
confusion of the little everyday mind. Beyond this, dreams are
experiences of the soul, and can take us -- sleeping or hyper-awake --
into realms where we can have direct access to sacred healers and teachers.
These themes and possibilities come vividly alive in Wanda Burch’s brave
and beautiful book She Who Dreams, which is both the narrative of a
personal journey into healing through dreaming and an incitement to
bring the gifts of active dreaming into our everyday lives.
I have been sharing dreams with Wanda since early in 1987, and I know
the depth of experience and the deeps of dreaming from which this book
flows. Her dreams diagnosed a life-threatening illness (breast cancer) a
year before the doctors found symptoms. Her dreams guided her choice of
treatment, gave her powerful imagery for self-healing and recovery,
enabled her to grow a creative relationship with her physicians and
awakened her to a deeper life and a vital engagement with the world as a
dreambringer -- one of those who creates a safe space for others to open
to the gifts of dreaming, and can bring a dream to someone in need of a
Her personal story is quite fascinating. Her first dream mentor was her
Irish-American grandmother, a “wise woman” of the Alabama hill country.
Later she met the dreamers of the Iroquois, one of whom appeared at her
back door in the form of a white wolf.
But it is the story of everyday trials, more than the extraordinary
elements in this book, that will touch the hearts of many readers and
bring them practical guidance that is urgently needed. Wanda shows how
dreams can get us through.
After Wanda’s dreams had provided specific diagnosis of her illness --
but before her doctors had confirmed that diagnosis -- she followed a
waking dream by flying off to West Africa as a volunteer with an
archeological team. On the eve of her plane trip, I wrote a quotation
from Plotinus in my journal: “The soul has the power to conform to her
character the destiny allotted to her.”
This, on its deepest level, is what you will find unfolding in her
narrative of a journey into healing through Active Dreaming. Wanda tells
her story with absolute candor, sometimes seasoned with sardonic humor.
She doesn’t flinch from describing her moments of fear and bitter
disappointment, the times when she felt her best dreams had ceased to
work for her.
Anyone who has undergone an illness like hers will be grateful for the
honesty and practicality with which she describes the everyday ordeals
and humiliations she suffered. Don’t expect soap bubble romance or easy
miracles in this book. As Wanda tells it, her dreams led her down a hard
road. In place of a miracle, she devised what she tellingly describes as
a “healing cocktail” in which she was able to draw on her dreams and
inner resources in support of the medical intervention she believed to
No easy road, but one that led her out of death, by giving her the
courage and clarity to conform her destiny to the depth and character of
Her account of the dreams in which she was reminded of the terms of her
soul’s contract and finally permitted (after profound ordeal and
testing) to negotiate a life extension is breathtaking. She and I both
believe that her terrifying dream encounter with the envoy of her
personal Death literally enabled her to extend her tenure on life, and
avoid the death, at age 43, for which her dreams had been rehearsing her
for two decades.
Wanda’s decision to write this book and to share her gifts as a dream
helper with those around her -- as she does with great generosity in
many environments, with neighbors and colleagues, with cancer patients
and survivors, as a workshop leader and dream counselor to Iraq war
veterans -- are part of her honoring of that tremendous dream. Her story
encourages us to examine our own sacred contracts and recover the
knowledge that belonged to us before we entered this life experience.
When you have finished reading this book, you’ll have no doubt about the
healing power of dreams. You’ll have received powerful confirmation that
in night dreams, we have access to a personal doctor who makes house
calls, provides an impeccable diagnosis of our physical, emotional and
spiritual condition, and doesn’t charge a cent. You’ll know that dreams
can provide accurate diagnosis of our ailments, often long before
physical symptoms have developed. You’ll have learned that dreams are a
wonderful source of fresh, spontaneous imagery for healing -- imagery
the body believes because it comes from deep within ourselves.
One of Wanda’s most valuable contributions to the literature of healing
and recovery is to show us how we can use the self-healing tools that
flow from dreamwork to support conventional medical treatments,
smoothing the process and reducing adverse side-effects. For this alone,
She Who Dreams is an invaluable resource for healthcare professionals,
therapists, healers and caregivers.
Adapted from my Foreword to She Who Dreams: A Journey into Healing
through Dreamwork by Wanda Burch, published by New World Library.
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