Let’s be honest, if you had a dream about going under the knife in an operating room, it can be quite traumatizing, and distressing nighttime vision. A dream about surgery is quite unusual, after all.
Most people get uneasy when they find themselves anywhere near an operating table.
This is what makes any dream about surgery unnecessarily difficult.
Either we block it out, or we automatically assume that what we see in our dream will happen in reality.
Still, if you ever had a dream about surgery, or you keep having these types of dreams, it pays to pick apart the different symbols that make up your dream.
Your subconscious might actually be trying to share with you key truths that can help you in your waking life.
General meaning of dreams about surgery
When you dream about surgery, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that there are some tough decisions to be made up ahead.
Now is not the time to doubt, get into denial or use some other counterproductive coping mechanism.
You may not think that you are the most courageous or fearless person on the planet.
But this is one of those times where you just have to trust yourself enough to stare your problem straight in the eye and make the right call.
Difficult times make for strong people.
This is a fact.
You are given an opportunity to step up and draw from the inner strength you thought you didn’t have to overcome pushback and oftentimes conquer your challenges.
These are only as big, powerful and ominous as you make them out to be.
It really is all about perspective.
If you put your palm right on top of your eye, you can’t see anything because it’s so close.
From your perspective, your hand is so big that it blocks out everything else.
But when you put your hand out at arm’s length, you can see the rest of the room in front of you.
This is the power of perspective.
When you focus so much on your problems, they can appear so big that you can easily be forgiven for thinking that they’re impossible.
You may even be under the impression that there’s really nothing you can do about them because they’re just so huge.
In reality, when you factor in everything else, and you give yourself permission to gain some sort of perspective, both in terms of time, resources, and location, you can pretty soon pick apart the challenge.
And you will notice that some parts are easier to tackle and others are more difficult.
So you attack the easier parts first, and once you gain confidence in doing this eventually you will be able to solve your problem.
Please understand that a lot of the times the outcome is not perfect.
After all, we don’t live in an ideal world.
Still doing things this way, is so much better than being paralyzed by your fears and feeling that you’re incompetent.
You have no value or you simply cannot escape your past
This is a journey worth going on.
When you are dreaming about having surgery, your subconscious is throwing out all these signals of difficulties and tough changes up ahead.
There are all sorts of choices that need to be made.
But what you’re not getting is that with the proper perspective, you will be able to make it through.
Remember, a surgeon cuts to heal.
A butcher cuts to kill.
Know the difference.
Be confident in your ability to make it through.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s great for other people. They’re winners and successful people, I’m just another face in the crowd”.
Well think again.
The fact that you’ve gotten to this point means that you’re able to at least make it to the next day.
Build on that.
What does it mean to dream about plastic surgery?
If the procedure that you have gone under the knife for involves some sort of cosmetic surgery, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that a lot of the challenges that you think are insurmountable in your present life actually depend on one or two core assumptions you may have about yourself or other people.
If you were to make some changes to those assumptions, you’d be surprised as to where you end up.
It may well turn out that what you’re up against is not as impossible or difficult as you had imagined.
Because you were just focusing on one part of the challenge.
Maybe you’re focusing on the price, maybe you’re focusing on the possibility of jail time or losing your job, maybe you’re obsessing too much about the possibility that this special person in your life might walk out the door, never to come back.
So you focus on one element and you forget about the rest of the picture and the more you focus on it the bigger and more oppressive it gets until it slips away all your inner strength.
This is actually similar to the biblical story of David and Goliath.
When you read the passages from 1 Samuel in the Hebrew Bible, the focus is almost entirely on Goliath size.
This one trait terrified the Hebrew army.
They just focus on the fact that this man is a giant.
But when you look at the description of Goliath, he was seeing two swords.
He also had to have somebody assist him as he walked towards the battlefield.
Somebody else was carrying his gear.
If you read between the lines, this indicates that although this person is very tall, he had serious health issues.
But nobody could see that.
All they could focus on is his height.
But there is this kid, David, the least among his brothers who did not share other people’s fears precisely because he looked at the big picture.
He had faith in God which gave him the insight to look at all the details.
And with his trust and faith in the Lord guiding him, he’s able to pick up that rock and stun Goliath.
Once he fell, he quickly took Goliath’s sword and used it to decapitate the Philistine giant.
Your problems may look like Goliath because you’re just focused on one part of them.
But when you look at the big picture maybe there’s hope.
Maybe there’s cause to feel confident about the future.
At the very least, you may come to the conclusion that this is not the end, “Even if the worst that I expect happens, I can still make it through. There is still another day”.
Don’t lose hope by obsessing so much on one detail.
Because at the end of the day, that part is cosmetic.
That’s the part that you can see.
Just like people who go through cosmetic surgery are still their age, although they just look younger.
They focus on one trait that makes them look younger.
But when you look at their body chemistry, as well as the cellular age of their tissues, they are their age.
There is no escaping that.
The same goes with your problems.
You may be looking at just one thing that makes them look so terrifying and unsolvable.
But those problems cannot escape certain other factors.
What does it mean to dream about having heart surgery?
This is a double edged sword kind of dream.
On the one hand, it indicates anxieties about the future.
It also indicates fear of the future, from the point of view of somebody who isn’t sure that they can handle the challenges up ahead.
This way it can be paralyzing.
But when you’re having a heart surgery in your dream, focus on the fact that your heart is being repaired or in the case of a transplant, replaced.
That central detail is a cause for hope.
Your subconscious is telling you that the engine that powered your life for so long and informed your mindset so you can interpret reality one way instead of another is undergoing change.
This change is not something that is a reaction to things that have happened to you.
Instead, it is willful.
You have given your consent to be on that operating table.
You have signed up for this procedure to replace or repair your heart.
Put simply this is a declaration from your subconscious that you are now taking fuller and more conscious control of your mindset.
This is a breakthrough.
Sure, there may be rough spots down the road.
After all, most starts in life or most new beginnings in life aren’t smooth at all because you’re trying to test things out like a fledgling bird coming out of the nest.
It’s going to flap around the first few times.
But pretty soon once it gets its bearings and knows the basics, it starts to fly smoothly and eventually becomes confident enough to soar.
Don’t be afraid of change.
Focus less on turning your back on the person you were and look forward to welcoming the person you will become.
What is the dream meaning of a foot surgery?
If the main focus of your dream involves surgery on your foot, this indicates that you have some misgivings or anxiety about your ability to move forward in life.
Our feet are our personal connection to the ground.
They help get us from point A to point B.
We may get on all sorts of vehicles ranging from skateboards to scooters, to bicycles to cars, or even jet skis.
But on a day to day basis, most of our personal lives movement is done on foot.
It literally keeps us grounded.
When you see yourself going under the knife when it comes to this part of your body, your subconscious is using this as a metaphor for your concerns regarding your ability to take advantage of opportunities and make the necessary actions to go from point A to point B in your life.
Your confidence is being shaken.
Maybe the last time you tried falling in love didn’t work out.
Maybe you had an issue with your family and your confidence is at an all time low.
Perhaps you got laid off from your job or your last business went down in flames.
Whatever the case may be, you’ve gone through some sort of shaking.
So you start to doubt yourself.
Please understand that it’s one thing to look back to the past to pick apart what happened so you can make better choices in the future.
It’s another to doubt your fitness for positive change.
It’s another thing entirely to question whether you are worthy of ever being blessed by the universe.
This is precisely the kind of danger you run when you dream about a foot surgery.
You’re beginning to question your root capacity to realize your dreams, to desire more, and even your worthiness.
This is not productive.
This is harmful.
Because you have an equal right as anybody else in the universe.
Do the best outcomes the universe has to offer.
So focus more on what you can learn from your previous experiences.
Don’t question your worthiness.
If you had your heart broken or something went wrong in your relationship and things became bitter, don’t automatically believe that you’re not worth loving.
Or that you are such a toxic person that nobody would touch you with a 10 foot ball.
The same goes with your job, your business, or your health.
Focus on the lesson.
Don’t beat yourself up too much.
What does it mean to dream about getting head surgery?
If the focus of your dream involves some sort of trauma surgery and is focused on your cranium, your subconscious is using the symbology to indicate the impact of what you think were mental and emotional abuse inflicted on you by people you trusted.
Just as with sensitive head surgery, you have to be very careful how you deal with these issues.
A lot of people automatically think that they are victims, they would automatically think that what happened to them is the worst thing that could possibly happen.
When you do this, it’s very emotionally comforting, to say the least.
But you are actually causing more damage than you think.
It’s easy to slip into a mindset where you think that everybody else’s sufferings will never ever compare to yours because you’re the one who went through this horrible stuff.
But as traumatizing as certain things may have been in your past, please understand that it’s really all comparative.
And if we play the comparison game, there will always be somebody who had it worse than you.
Just simple logic.
Thinking of yourself as this, the central spoke of this universal wheel of suffering doesn’t do anybody any good.
It can lead to you downplaying other people’s suffering.
And while at the same time elevating your own and tricking yourself into thinking to some sort of entitlement mentality.
When you dream of having head surgery, your subconscious is telling you that you need the right support to heal, emotionally, and mentally.
Otherwise, you might develop all sorts of personality disorders and coping maladaptations that can make you a toxic person.
Unfortunately, you probably will be the last person to realize that because hey, you’re the victim.
You’re the one who’s suffering, how can you be toxic?
So understand that you need some professional help.
At least you need people who will thoroughly listen to you and in such a way, guide you with questions that can help you get all this stuff out of your system and record it into a form that you can then make sense out of.
It’s going to be a long journey ahead, but you can do it.
Because at the end of the day, if you have the right mindset, your past does not have to define you.
Your memories of mental and emotional pain don’t have to poison your future and your relationships.
What does it mean to dream of someone performing surgery on you?
If the main focus of your dream involves somebody wielding a scalpel, and they are cutting you up with you fully conscious of the procedure, but not feeling the pain this indicates from a subconscious level, an understanding of your dependence on other people to solve problems.
This is actually a sign of maturity.
Because when you see yourself being slashed, cut up and then stitched up for that to happen, you have to trust this person.
This is why it’s really important to focus on analyzing your relationships based on trust.
You’d be surprised as to how much trust you give people who actually harm you or set in motion things that eventually are negative to you.
On the flip side, they’d be shocked to see how little trust you have to people who actually care about you and wish the best for you.
How would you know?
Judge them by their actions and their effects on you.
By doing this trust audit, you start reprioritizing and reassessing the people around you and this can help you become a more effective person.
By being clear on misplaced trust or working on your trust issues, your relationships can start to improve.
What does it mean to dream about performing surgery on somebody else?
Depending on the context, this can indicate a subconscious symbology regarding the role of criticism in your life.
A lot of people think that they’re helping you by saying yes to you all the time.
At some level, this may work given the right circumstances, things may fall into place that this might actually give you the encouragement you need to get to the next level of a certain area of your life.
But most of the time when people constantly say “Yes” to you, not because they truly agree with what you’re doing or they truly approve of what you want to do, it creates a toxic environment where your worst instincts are rewarded.
They mask their indifference or fear of your disapproval with the simple word “Yes”.
But when you feel you’re given permission by others (or even encouragement) to indulge your worst instincts, the biggest loser is you.
You probably don’t need me to remind you that a well lived life involves boundaries, limits, clear definitions.
There are certain clear lines that you shouldn’t cross even though you’re able to do so, you shouldn’t do so.
Now, when you’re surrounded by people who just tell you, “Yes” or “You’re perfect just the way you are”, or some variation of these, they’re not doing you any favors.
You are left to the mercy of your worst instincts, and guess what?
They get worse and worse over time.
Because there is no natural break.
There’s no one person coming up to you and saying “You are wrong”.
And the worst part to all of this, is that the more “yes” people you surround yourself with, the harder it is for somebody to speak up and say, “What you guys are doing to this person is wrong” and you know it.
This person is on the wrong path.
In Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fairy tale, the emperor’s new clothes at a certain level seemed ridiculous.
How could people go along when they see the Emperor walking around completely naked?
In his mind, he was deluded into thinking that he was wearing this very expensive fabric.
But in reality, he’s just walking around naked and nobody called him out on it.
Until a little boy said “The Emperor is naked”.
Do you think those adults were just stupid?
Or alternatively, do you think they had guns pointed at them or some sort of death threat, keeping them in line?
What kept this whole tragic and laughably pathetic exercise going was because every other adult down the chain, who was told about the emperor’s new clothes, didn’t want to sound like an idiot.
They kept referring to the expertise of the people who appeared to be convinced that the emperor was wearing this amazing fabric.
And they refuse to believe their own eyes.
It’s as if a lawyer from a high powered law firm said “The Emperor is wearing amazing clothes”.
And then a highly respected doctor seconded the motion and said “Yes, amazing colors. Great workmanship”.
And then another person, a pillar of society, the homeowners association president said “I cannot complement the tailor enough”.
So here you are just a simple rank and file citizen of your town or city, seeing the Emperor completely buck naked.
But before that you’ve been conditioned by what these pillars of society sent.
You know exactly what you’re seeing.
Your eyes are not betrayed, the guy is absolutely naked.
But you felt compelled to go along.
This is the power of narrative.
If you think that this is just the stuff of fairy tales, please understand that this happens in our society through social media and mainstream media.
Certain narratives always seem to win out.
Either because they have a tremendous amount of power or money behind them or the simple case of you don’t want to go against the expertise of the people who have vouched for this narrative.
You don’t want to be called a fool.
Well, the kid in the story was a kid.
Kids have less boundaries.
Kids are more likely to call a spade a spade.
Because they’re most likely to ask a simple question.
This is one question that does an amazing job of shining a spotlight to every narrative that we may be laboring under.
The question is one word: Why?
It is no wonder then that Jesus Christ himself said that “Unless you’re like these children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”.
In other words, you have to be open minded, as well as open hearted.
Otherwise, you’re going to be so locked into the “artificial reality” that the adults have all bought into.
You are brought in by your insecurity if you’re kept there by conformity.
So you keep this fake reality going.
And Jesus said, “Unless you like these little children”.
Meaning they have an open mind.
They’re willing to ask the hard questions.
Can you imagine how many religions have sprung up since the time of Jesus all buttressed and undergirded by this same dynamic of group delusion?
Jesus said, “The only way to heaven is to have the mind of a child”.
Trust your eyes.
Question your experience.
This is how you get to the higher truth.
This is also how we break free from group narratives.
When you see yourself being cut up by a surgeon, you will have a tremendous opportunity to perform this type of analysis on yourself.
Now is not the time for self delusion.
What does it mean to dream of dying after a surgery?
Whether you see yourself die on an operating table or somebody else, this type of dream imagery makes for quite a traumatizing experience.
Your subconscious is trying to communicate to you how you frame your expectations.
A lot of people are afraid of failure.
They think it’s the end of the world and the outcome that they had hoped for doesn’t pan out.
Maybe you invested in crypto and things didn’t go according to plan.
As of this writing, Bitcoin is taking a beating.
Maybe you really opened your heart to somebody new, but she or he had other plans.
Perhaps you were looking forward to doing well in your new job but it seems yet another dead end experience.
I could go on and on.
This reality applies to all sorts of situations.
When you see yourself die during a surgery, your subconscious is focused on the unmet expectation.
It is obsessing about disappointment.
It could not be bothered.
What you’re not seeing is the fact that your consciousness is not focusing on learning from your mistakes.
It’s not focusing on slicing and dicing, much like a surgery that happened before, during and after.
Because if you weren’t able to do that, the “death” that you suffered on the operating table is a precursor to new life, new beginnings, and yes, new victories.
But since you focus almost solely on a lifeless body splayed out on that operating table, it’s no surprise that you’re feeling helpless, panicked, and possibly even hopeless.
It’s all about perspective.
Because by looking at the big picture, you will be able to shift to a successful surgery.
We’re always going through surgeries because we’re always changing.
A lot of our old selves are being cut up and cast away because we have new realities to adapt to.
So old coping mechanisms have to go.
Much like a tumor needs to be cut away.
So focus on the big picture.
Focus on your journey.
Don’t fear failure so much that you block out the important lessons that it is desperately trying to teach you.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.