Dreaming is how I communicate with my guides when I sleep; it’s also how I extend my learning hours, how I get ideas, how I communicate with my subconscious, and also, how I work. It is not unusual for me to meditate or do healing work in dreams, and the visions and sensations of energy are so clear and strong in dreams that it’s when I frequently achieve semi- or whole dream lucidity.
A casual online search doesn’t yield a lot of similar results, possibly because the overlap in the Venn diagram of lucid dreamers and energy workers must be smaller than these already unusual circles; tinier still to find those posting about it.
I believe the healing work in dreams is as real as that in real life. It is possible to dream of giving, as well as receiving, healing energy. After all, even in waking it only takes intention and focus (and maybe attunement, depending on your school of energy work).
Healing energy in “normal” dreams, to me, means there is a part of us that is receiving that energy, even if we dream we are directing that healing to someone else. (I say this with a caveat: that there are dreams that reflect our adventures on other planes.) In dreams born of the subconscious, all characters are aspects of ourselves or our models of people/situations from real life. When we heal these “others” in such dreams, especially if they represent difficult figures in our lives, we’re healing that aspect of ourselves, or reconciling our feelings about those people. It is a fantastic gesture of acceptance and and compassion.
While dreaming, it is possible to watch healing take place quite visually with mandalas, sacred geometry, colours, and the chakra symbols. It is possible to transform almost-nightmares by remembering and using one’s healing and visualisation ability.
And it is possible to work consciously and lucidly on one’s energy (healing, protecting it, learning about it) during dreams, giving you access to sensations and information that may otherwise be vague or subtle.
Considering that on a physical level, sleep is when the body heals, it seems natural that dreams can bring that healing—physical, emotional, and otherwise—to our conscious attention. More so if we set the clear intention to use our sleep and dreams for such activity.
The dreams themselves can also convey how effective your real or dream healing sessions have been. My first trial with kundalini yoga (in waking time) had me taking an unusual nap after three hours of this, and dreaming of warm and clear waterspouts from heaven and earth bathing me. Other healing dreams have been less dramatic, but the energy surge after waking up is a welcome gift all the same.
I am a big believer in asking for things before I sleep, whether it’s dream answers, vacation dreams (beaches, yay!), learning dreams, healing sleep, or opportunities to serve. Energy work is one of those elements that will pop up in my dreams, and adds another useful tool for self-healing and growth.
Before sleep, set the intention to experience healing (and dream messages about how it’s going), and remain open to what comes. It may take some time and practice, but you can literally do this with your eyes closed. Good luck!