“Let me hear your body talk (your body talk)”
- Olivia Newton John, Let’s Get Physical
DISCLAIMER: We all have different tolerances when it comes to food and drink. The fact that a food or drink causes me problems does not mean that it causes problems for you.
My little case study starts in early 2013. I was dealing with some sinus and respiratory issues, which ranged from uncomfortable to painful. I was a mess nearly every day – sniffling, sneezing, and dripping all over the place. I was embarrassed by the nearly constant nasal sound of my voice. Most concerning, I often awoke in the early morning hours in a fit of wheezing.
Around this time, I had a dream about the HVAC system of a house. In the dream, a technician showed me how the air ducts of the house were stuffed with a thick, blanket-like material, making it extremely difficult for air to travel through the ducts. The HVAC ducts represented my own respiratory system, which was under duress. The depiction in the dream was confirmed, in waking life, by a CT scan. My ENT doctor told me that I had one of the worst sinus infections he had ever encountered. His recommendation: sinus surgery. Hesitant to go under the knife, I found myself searching for an alternative solution.
By this time, I had started to take notice of some recurring food/beverage themes in my dream journal. One of the steadiest drumbeats was alcohol. The following dream seemed designed to catch my attention:
As quick background, I should share that I completely abstained from drinking alcohol throughout my teens and all the way into my late 20s. During my 30s, I was an occasional social drinker. As I transitioned into my early 40s, I got into the habit of having one or two beers at home at the end of the work day. This transition was subtle, such that I had not really taken conscious notice of the change.
As dreams often do, this dream presented me with a cartoon-like exaggeration of my circumstances. In waking life, I had never consumed alcohol while driving. But, I was consuming more alcohol than at any prior period of my life. In dreams, cars often represent the physical body since the physical body is the “vehicle” we use to manipulate in waking life. The dream was showing me that my alcohol consumption was causing my body to “drive in the slow lane”. In another alcohol themed dream from 2013, I was inside an old tavern. A lawyer walks through the tavern, announcing that he is representing people in a lawsuit related to health issues caused by the tavern. Even during the dream itself, the lawyer’s statement caused me to wonder if my own health issues were related to the tavern.
At the time of these dreams, I did not understand how alcohol was contributing to my respiratory issues. It was just clear from the dreams, and some waking experiences as well, that alcohol was at least contributing to my health issues. I decided to significantly cut back on my alcohol consumption. For the first time since the chronic congestion issues had emerged, my symptoms began to gradually ease.
I’ve learned that alcohol is just one of many sinus congestion triggers that I need to monitor and moderate. In Appendix I below, I’ve included three examples of dreams where my Inner Self has helped me identify another possible area of food/drink overconsumption. In my case, these additional triggers include (when consumed in excessive amounts) coffee, chocolate, fast food, and carbohydrates. As of the time of this writing (2019), my sinus congestion issues have by no means completely gone away, but they are no longer chronic in nature. When I have a bad congestion episode, I’m typically able to associate it with the overconsumption of some food or beverage during the preceding days.
In recent years, I’ve come to understand that the primary cause of my congestion issues is acid reflux. If you are interested in learning more about how this can be, I’ve included some notes and resources in Appendix II below.
Chris Cunniffe, Abundance Coach and Dream Coach, at Lucid Coaching, LLC
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