Using Visualization To Calm Anxiety in Trying Times

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During these trying times, it is easy to feel a sense of rising anxiety, even fear. It feels like the world has gone mad.

While fear is a reasonable response to what is going on in the world, I would encourage you not to stay in that place for too long. It has detrimental effects on your immune system, and what you need right now is a highly functioning and strong immune system.

The rapidly growing field of psychoneuroimmunology shows us very clearly that stress and a continual barrage of negative thoughts weaken the immune system. See this article from the American Psychological Association about how stress affects immunity.

One extremely beneficial way to boost immunity – one that costs you nothing other than time – is the use of meditation and visualization.

Meditation helps your immune system do its job better. There’s even an article about that on Deepak Chopra’s website. Here’s the link.

To get you started, I am sharing my absolutely favorite white light visualization – I used this daily instead of going through radiation treatments (after I finished six months of chemotherapy, I already felt so toxic, I knew my body wouldn’t handle much more). I don’t recommend that you do the same, I am merely sharing this visualization because it’s such a wonderful remedy for heightened anxiety, fear, and depression. I always feel better after doing this visualization, and I hope it helps you to feel better, as well.

I hope you enjoy it. If you want to save it to your hand-held device, you should be able to right-click on it and do that.

Marnie’s Healing White Light Visualization

If you are interested in learning meditation but don’t have access to nearby classes, I have created a how-to course that you can enjoy without leaving your house. More information here.

Beside you in the healing journey,

How to Cope with the Anxiety of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

For those who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and are suffering from anxiety – fear – hopelessness – whatever you’re feeling, I created this video, How to Cope with the Anxiety of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, for you.

It’s just a little over 3 minutes long – please listen right through to the end because I share some important information throughout the video. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave your comment either on this website or underneath the YouTube video, and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

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Stress and Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Cancer stem cells

Last night I was flipping through an older book on cancer that I’d sent to my mother in 1997 when she’d been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer – it had spread to her bones and I was combing all the book shops (no Internet then!) to find anything and everything I could to help her.

The book I sent was “Heal Cancer: Choose Your Own Survival Path” [1] by Dr Ruth Cilento, and reading it back in 1997 was the first time I’d come across the idea of “stressed cells”, but even in 1997 it was not a new idea. Cell biologists have long known that if cells are stressed, this can lead to cancerous changes.

Considering the fact that there are over 37 trillion cells in the human body, all stemming from that one single cell that heralded your conception, it’s all a bit mind-boggling, really. But what are stressed cells, and how do we avoid that situation?

Stressed cells have lost the minerals, vitamins and nutrients they require to protect them and their electrical charge. They may have been invaded by toxic substances which have leaked through their damaged membranes and this depletes their ability to do what they need to do, and it alters the programming of the cell.

There are many things that can cause stressed cells – mental stress (more on that below), bad nutrition, smoking cigarettes, drug use, hormone imbalances, radiation, extremes in temperature, repeated trauma, environmental pollution, chemical toxins, invasion by viruses, fungi or germs – the list is long.

As a breast cancer coach, however, one of the things that women tell me most frequently is that in the lead-up to their breast cancer diagnosis they were under a lot of chronic (long term) mental stress. It was the same for me, and it’s obvious that mental stress equals stressed cells. We are, after all, a unity of body and mind. What happens to one happens to the other.

But I wanted to understand the mechanism by which this happens. What’s going on in our physiology when we’re under stress?

Why Chronic Stress is a Factor in Cancer

A new 2019 study [2] on mice with breast cancer has recently uncovered what just might be the answer to that question, and it’s the first study to do so. Apparently chronic stress can accelerate the growth of cancer stem cells. This is important because you can kill the tumor, but if you haven’t also dealt with the stem cells, the cancer can regrow. And guess what? Radiation and many forms of chemotherapy don’t kill cancer stem cells, in many cases they spur their growth. [3]

We already know that chronic stress can lead to a higher risk for heart problems, poor gut health and even cognitive impairment. But what exactly is going on in the body that causes stress to fuel the growth of cancer stem cells?

The 2019 study [2] had researchers looking deeply into how physiological factors changed in the mice that experienced chronic stress. They found that the hormone epinephrine (aka adrenaline) was at the center of it all. The stressed mice had much higher levels of epinephrine than the mice not experiencing the stress. So they gave the stressed mice a drug that blocked epinephrine, and that resulted in their cancer tumors shrinking, and they had fewer cancer stem cells.

Cortisol Has a Part to Play, But …

In the past, we believed that it was cortisol in stressed people that was suppressing the immune system and causing stressed cells and cancer. And cortisol certainly plays a part in all of this. But apparently cortisol isn’t the only factor – epinephrine actually assists cancer stem cells to thrive and the mechanism by which this happens is interesting. The 2019 researchers [2] found that when epinephrine binds to ADRB2, a cell receptor that interacts with epinephrine, the interaction boosts an enzyme known as lactate dehydrogenase. This enzyme acts to increase energy to muscles in situations of danger (which triggers the release of epinephrine), thus allowing the person to either fight a threat or to flee from it. When this occurs, a compound known as lactate is produced. If there is active cancer present in the body, tumor cells feed on lactate to acquire more energy for themselves.

The researchers from the 2019 study [2] then validated their findings by studying the epinephrine levels of 83 breast cancer patients. They found that those who had high blood levels of epinephrine also had high levels of lactate dehydrogenase in their tumors (they had access to the tumors through breast biopsy samples). They also found that those who had higher levels of epinephrine had poorer outcomes after treatment when compared with patients who had lower levels of epinephrine.

Help for Stressed Cells

Fortunately, the researchers in this study also looked at strategies which would block the ill effects of epinephrine. In cell studies with human breast cancer cells, they analyzed the effects of a few approved drugs on the production of lactate dehydrogenase. The most promising substance wasn’t a drug, however – it was good old plain vitamin C! Touted for YEARS in natural health circles as being a potent anti-cancer weapon, vitamin C blocks lactate dehydrogenase in cell studies and in mice. It makes tumors shrink.

There are a few other things that will help stressed cells, besides vitamin C. Here are some of the best:

Flaxseed oil – An important essential fatty acid, flaxseed oil helps by creating healthy cell membranes. It also starts the conversion of oxygen to energy for every cell. When we breathe in oxygen, essential fatty acids in cell membranes attract, capture and transport oxygen into, and carbon dioxide out of, the body. Essential fatty acids also carry oxygen through red blood cell walls and help to combine with iron-containing “heme” to form hemoglobin, the main oxygen-carrying molecule in our blood. For more information on the importance of consuming healthy essential fatty acids like flaxseed oil, read the writings of Udo Erasmus and Johanna Budwig.

Juicing organic vegetables, greens and fruits – Consuming the juice of organic produce provides instant nutrition to the cells of our body, without requiring much energy for digestion. Juicing provides us with loads of cell-protective antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and hundreds of anti-cancer phytochemicals that are immediately available for the body to deliver to our cells. It’s one of the best things you can do to feed stressed cells and deliver natural anti-tumor phytochemicals right where they’re needed.

Meditation – Because it’s obvious that chronic stress leads to cancer – and promotes the growth of cancer stem cells – dealing with it effectively becomes critical. That’s where meditation comes in. Meditation has been shown in a number of studies to help reduce stress. A 2000 study [4] found that meditation significantly eased stress, anxiety, depression, negative thoughts, and anger in cancer patients. A 2005 study [5] found that meditation reduced stress and anxiety for nurses working in a high-pressure environment. A 2014 study [6] found that meditation decreased depression and stress in family caregivers of people with dementia. Apparently, the longer we meditate, the better the outcome – so if at first you don’t notice a benefit, stick with it. A 2019 study [7] found that long-term meditators recovered from stress more quickly, experienced more positive emotions after being exposed to stress, and adapted better to stressful situations than did non-meditators. Meditation is easy to learn (I can teach you!) – the hardest thing about it is taking the time to actually sit still and do it.

Feed Your Adrenals – Epinephrine/adrenaline is produced in the adrenal glands and chronic stress can lead to adrenal burnout = stressed cells. There are a number of herbs that feed the adrenals, including ashwagandha, rhodiola rosea, holy basil (aka tulsi), licorice root, and Siberian ginseng. Please work with a qualified naturopath or herbalist when using herbs to improve your health.

There are many other strategies that will help to avoid stressed cells. Avoiding smoking cigarettes, drug use, extremes in temperature (when possible!), environmental pollution, and chemical pollutants are all wise. If you’d like my help with some of this, use the Contact form above and put “Coaching” in the subject line. It’s my honor to help you through this stage of your life.

References:

[1] Heal Cancer: Choose Your Own Survival Path, Dr Ruth Cilento, Hill of Content Publishing Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, 1993

[2] Stress-induced Epinephrine Enhances Lactate Dehydrogenase a and Promotes Breast Cancer Stem-like Cells – https://www.jci.org/articles/view/121685

[3] Article: Common Cancer Treatments May Create Dangerous Cancer Stem Cells – https://www.livescience.com/23511-cancer-treatments-create-cancer-stem-cells.html

[4] A Randomized, Wait-List Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effect of a Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Program on Mood and Symptoms of Stress in Cancer Outpatients – https://journals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2000/09000/A_Randomized,Wait_List_Controlled_Clinical_Trial.4.aspx

[5] Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Health Care Professionals: Results From a Randomized Trial – https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/00a3/f4a4906373dff0a0290f1354d7bd0f2bd016.pdf

[6] Meditation-based Interventions for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia: a Review of the Empirical Literature – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24093954

[7] Exploration of Psychological Mechanisms of the Reduced Stress Response in Long-term Meditation Practitioners – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30849720

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Five Ways for Loved Ones of Cancer Patients to Cope Better

Five Ways for Loved Ones of Cancer Patients to Cope Better

by Guest Writer Marcus Clarke, BSc, MSc.

When someone you love and care for, whether it be a family member or a friend, is diagnosed with cancer, it can be very difficult to accept the changes they go through. A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience that can leave you feeling anxious, stressed out and worried. Coping with such changes can be very difficult, and it can reach a point that you cannot control stress and succumb to depression. This article contains several ways that can help you cope better if you have a loved one who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

1. Relax and Stay Calm

If you can relax and stay calm, your loved one will remain calmer than if you actively show you are stressed out. Although you might become emotional sometimes, learning to relax will significantly help you to cope. You have to accept that you cannot control the situation, and the best thing you can do is to give hope and encouragement to your loved one. If your stress reflects onto your loved one, the stress can actually lead to a worsening of their physical symptoms. So it’s important to be positive as much as you can, to be calm and relaxed for your own good as well as your loved one.

2. Positivity

Always focus on the facts and avoid living with the fear of losing your loved one. Try to be optimistic and believe that everything happens for a reason. Cancer is different from person to person, and is not necessarily a death sentence. Treatments are improving all the time over what they were years ago, and there are many things the cancer patient can do for themselves which will help to increase their survival time and even to be cured. It is thus imperative to stay positive and hope for the best.

3.  Accompany Them to Doctor Appointments

Although you might feel emotional when you accompany your loved one to physician’s appointments, this is the best way you can help them cope better. This is important because your loved one needs support and might be overwhelmed by the medical tests and emotional upheaval due to these sudden changes in health and life. Offering support to them will help you understand their fear and help them overcome that fear.

4. Ask Questions

Do not be afraid to ask the doctor any question that is bugging you. If you think that you might forget the questions, write them down on a piece of paper. Asking questions helps you to be informed and understand the facts about the cancer that your loved one has been diagnosed with. You can even research about the type of cancer your loved one has so that you know more. Having a better understanding will help you manage your own stress and cope better.

5. Be Ready for Changes

Your loved one may be taking medications and/or chemotherapy or other treatments related to their cancer, and they can become stressed and moody. So be ready for mood swings, stress, and any discomfort that your loved one might go through. Support them as much as you can, talk to them openly and encourage them. This will help them cope with the diagnosis and treatments, and at the same time, you will come to terms with the fact that they have cancer and the best way to help is through offering support.

There are so many other ways that you can cope better, but the most important one is accepting that some events are out of your control. Try to get plenty of sleep, eat regularly and avoid drugs or alcohol. By doing this, you will have the courage to face the situation and be there for your loved one.

Marcus Clarke has a degree in psychology, a masters degree in health psychology and has worked within the NHS as well as private organisations. Marcus started psysci, a psychology and science blog in order to disseminate research into bitesize, meaningful and helpful resources that are interesting and insightful and often help people on the right track to improving their lives.

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The Fear of Dying – Changing the Mindset

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One of the things I hear most frequently, as I work with women dealing with breast cancer and all that it entails, is the fear of dying. We talk about it in hushed tones, as if we are afraid to even utter the words “I might die from this.” I went through exactly the same thing when I was working on healing from breast cancer. It is a common thread among nearly every single person fighting cancer. In this post I will share with you some things that helped me with that fear of dying and what you can do to change your mindset.

“Many people facing life-threatening illness begin by being scared of dying. This is not surprising and often this fear leads to a high motivation to get well. However, if the focus is ‘I don’t want to die’, from the mind’s point of view, what is the target, what is the goal? Obviously, the dying! An important step in getting well is to shift the focus onto living and finding what there is to live for – the passion. In comparison with trying not to die, there is far more healing in focusing on living and living well. We are healed by what we turn towards, far more than what we turn away from. When we affirm life, healing is a much greater possibility.” – Ian Gawler, excerpted from “The Creative Power of Imagery“.

I found these words by Ian Gawler to be immensely comforting. They were kind of like a re-set button for my overworked brain when I was going through breast cancer. Reading those words, I realized that he was absolutely right. Changing your mindset from “I don’t want to die” to “I am living each day with passion, love and healing” may not be easy but it’s SO worth the developing this skill. Here are some tips to help you.

1. LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE – Recognize that your inner voice is your touchstone, your guide as to how you are feeling. It’s also good to help you discover whether or not you are making progress. By listening to what your inner voice has to say, you can learn much about yourself. If you find that your everyday thoughts are filled with negative criticism, stress, self-blame, regrets and fear, get some help. Find a practitioner of EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique. This is a healing technique that (in simple terms) relies on tapping on acupuncture meridians, employing the use of neurolinguistic programming and positive thinking to change negative thoughts and beliefs into more positive ones, and it seems to do this on not only the mental level, but also energetically and spiritually. It may seem like a simplistic solution, but it can be quite powerful.

2. MAKE A CHOICE TO TURN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS INTO POSITIVE – We all have down days, but by paying close attention to negative thoughts when they occur, you can make the choice to turn away from negativity and embrace more positive, harmonious thoughts. Why is this important? Because we ARE what we think. Engaging in positive thinking changes you, both energetically and physically, from someone who is full of self-blame, stress, recrimination, and negativity to someone who is open, loving toward themselves and others, motivated, and more healthy. Yes, I said that – more healthy. Research shows that positive thoughts actually change your brain! It’s a whole new area of science called neuroplasticity. By engaging in positive thought and positive activity, you can rewire your brain and strengthen areas of the brain that stimulate positive feelings and emotions. Here’s something you can try. When you find yourself in that cycle of negative thinking, worrying or obsessing, there are three things that can help:
a. When the worry and fear hit, mentally yell “Stop!” (I even envision a big red STOP sign).
b. Remind yourself that the worry is not real – it’s something your brain has conjured up. Tell that worry to sit down and shut up!
c. Reframe your negative thinking by focusing on more positive or distracting thoughts. Mentally switch gears and choose to think about something you love. Redirect your actions – go do something uplifting or fun. This might take the shape of helping a neighbor, calling someone you love, taking a walk, making a healthy smoothie. Make a list of things you love to do – and I suggest this because sometimes when you are down and depressed, you have difficulty even thinking of something uplifting to do that will make you feel better. Get the list out! Start doing more of those things!
After awhile, you will notice things changing and improvements in your way of thinking. The key is to do these 3 things EVERY SINGLE TIME you begin to worry or obsess. This breaks the pattern and helps you to rewire your brain.

3. TRY MEDITATION – Another amazing thing to rewire your brain is meditation. One American study on loving-kindness meditation, reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2015 [1], found that one hour of loving-kindness meditation PER WEEK (and certainly we can find one hour per week) “enhanced a wide range of positive emotions in a wide range of situations” for those taking the time to do the meditation. Interestingly, even after three months post-experiment, the people who practiced meditation daily continued to enjoy increased mindfulness, better social support, purpose in life, and (most importantly) decreased illness symptoms. The reasons for taking up meditation are many. You only have to Google the words “benefits of meditation” to be rewarded with hundreds of studies and articles touting meditation. If you need help with meditation,  I have a how-to course that will teach you what works best, along with some great guided meditations that will help you. You can access it here.

The Bottom Line

What I came to realize is that by living with the fear of dying ever present in my mind, I was closing myself off to living NOW. I was projecting myself to some far-off day in the future when things might not be too good. By learning to live in the here and now, I lost that fear of dying. I came to understand that living in the present moment was one of the most powerful gifts a person can give to themselves. Because what do we really have other than the present moment? If we are truly alive in the here and now, we are quiet observers. We can really taste what we are eating and enjoy every mouthful. We notice the color of the sky. We hear that bird singing its heart out. We see the spark of love in our husband’s eyes. We see our children changing and growing. And really – what is more important than these things? Focus on the things you love and that fear will melt away. And you just may find that the energy you have freed up helps you to heal as well.

Please be aware that someone with a serious mood disorder or depression may require the help of a trained counselor. If you are suffering from severe anxiety or depression, please see a trained professional to help you get to the root of the problem.

References:
[1] Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156028/

The Creative Power of Imagery by Dr Ian Gawler, ISBN 0855722819

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How To Kickstart The Healing Process

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HOW TO KICKSTART THE HEALING PROCESS

Normally quite proficient at healing itself, the human body is extremely adept at knowing exactly what to do.  It has plenty of self-healing mechanisms in place, most of which occur without our conscious awareness.  Healing generally take place quite naturally.

There are times, however, when our minds and ideas can interfere with the process of healing, and if you find yourself in this situation, or suspect you might be, I hope you will find some tips within this article to be helpful.

We have long known of the brain’s capacity to heal the body, we have all heard the stories about people who healed themselves without the use of modern medicine and, conversely, we all know or have heard of people whose brains seem to be their own worst enemies.  Somewhere in between these two extremes is where most of us dwell.

There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when an illness, a frailty, a condition of some sort hits us and just doesn’t seem to want to go away.  People who would normally heal up quickly and go on about their business instead end up struggling with it, being sicker far longer than expected, or suffer recurrences of the illness.  It is the subject of much research, many books, and much consternation.

I don’t claim to have all the answers, far from it.  I can but offer some gentle guidance, some ideas about why healing doesn’t happen, and some things to help get the healing process underway.  Over the years I have observed quite a lot about healing – and not healing.  I’ve made it my life’s work, read countless books and research about healing, experienced healing – and not healing – within my own body and those of friends, family members and my coaching clients.  There is much to know about healing and this article will scarcely scratch the surface but it might get you pointed in the right direction.

A Bad Attitude Can Stop Healing

Of course, this isn’t always the case, there are many aspects of not healing that do not involve a bad attitude.  But when all of those things have been accounted for and worked with and healing still has not occurred, please consider this.

There are certain attitudes and thoughts that can stop the healing process.  I would invite you to begin to notice your thoughts and feelings.  Are you worrying incessantly over something?  Holding a grudge?  Mad at someone you can’t forgive?  Do you find yourself complaining a lot?  Do you actually believe that you can heal, or are you expecting the doctors, some new wonder drug, or someone else to heal you?  Perhaps you have an idea that you are not worthy of healing.  All of this can create an inner resistance which can be interfering with your healing process.

Recognizing that resistance can be difficult, it requires you to sit still and ponder.  It can be a painful process.  You must pay close attention to your thoughts and feelings, and some of those thoughts can be so automatic you might not even realize you are thinking them until you start to pay attention and poke around amongst them.

In the book “Power vs Force” by Dr David R Hawkins we are told “In every studied case of recovery from hopeless and untreatable disease, there has been a major shift in consciousness, so that the attractor patterns that resulted in the pathologic process no longer dominated.”  What he means by attractor patterns is well-described in the law of attraction – that which you put out you also attract back to yourself.   Dr Hawkins makes the point that every studied case of recovery from hopeless and untreatable disease seemed to require a major shift in consciousness.

Wayne Dyer also discusses attractor patterns in his book “The Power of Intention”.  Dr Dyer says that we are told that our Source (whether you consider that to be God, Krishna, the Universe – whatever your beliefs are) “is never focused on what’s wrong, what’s missing, or what’s sickly.  True healing takes you back to the Source.  Anything short of this connection is a temporary fix.  When you clean up the connecting link to your Source, attractor patterns of energy are drawn to you.  If you don’t believe this is possible, then you’ve created resistance to your intention to heal and be healed.  If you believe that it is possible, but not for you, then you have more resistance. If you believe you’re being punished by the absence of health, that’s also resistance.”

The Quality Of Your Thoughts Play A Role In Your Ability To Heal

Your inner thoughts about your ability to heal – and many other aspects of your life – play a huge role in your physical health, and therefore your mental health. We are a body/mind integration.  Obviously I am not minimizing the role that a healthy balanced diet, exercise, supplementation, etc plays in your ability to heal yourself.  But your mind probably has the biggest role to play and  is the aspect most often neglected.

People will go scurrying off in search of some new miracle supplement, superfood, or exercise craze ten times faster than they will sit down and analyze their thoughts and emotional health.  It’s not easy and we tend to shy away from the thing that makes us uncomfortable.  But I encourage you to do just that because it will probably make the biggest difference with your health and ability to heal.

Here are my best tips gathered over 25 years of personal research in healing.

1.  Eradicate Fear.  You must let go of any fear that permeates your mind.  When you are ill, fear is often promulgated by the health care industry (think of those oncologists telling us what percentage of chance we can expect of having a recurrence if their advice is not followed to the letter).  Our Source has no fear within it, only love, peace and perfection.  A mind held by too much fear tells us that something is amiss within that mind, and it is creating resistance to healing.  Examine any fear, look it straight in the eyes and acknowledge it, thank it for the lesson, and then let it go.  There are many therapies like Emotional Freedom Technique and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that will help you do this.  Go and see a qualified health professional like a psychiatrist if you need to.  Talk to your close friends about the fear.  See your pastor, do whatever you need to do, but tackle that fear.

2.  Deal With Negative Emotions.  In the above paragraph, I used the word “fear”.  But other negative states of mind can stop healing as well, such as grief, anger, being in a state of unforgiveness toward someone who has hurt you, any feeling or emotion that feels negative to you.  Tackle them, one at a time.  Get rid of them, banish them from your life.  They are holding you back, sucking your life’s energy, keeping you from being whole, healthy and happy.  Do whatever you need to do, get the assistance you need, so that you can let these feelings go and begin to heal.

3.  Heal Negative Thoughts and Words.  Pay close attention to your thoughts and words.  If you catch yourself feeling negative, thinking negative things and saying negative things, stop yourself and counter them with something more positive.  If you are asked by a friend to share or discuss something about which you can only feel negative, simply thank them for their concern, and tell them you are no longer talking about that, you are having a break from it and change the subject.  Highly recommended because what you pay attention to and talk about is given energy and grows, so let that be something good.  I love this quote by Will.I.Am “I’m ignoring my problems and paying attention to my dreams.”  Smart man.  Healing your inner thoughts and words is well worth the effort because in so doing, you are removing resistance and doubt, and you are letting the cells of your body hear another story.  Have faith that healing can take place.  Expect it, intend it.  Know it like you have known nothing else in your life that you CAN AND ARE HEALING.  The cells of your body hear your thoughts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and do their bidding.  Send only healing messages, put together a healing affirmation or two, memorize the words and repeat them to yourself a thousand times per day if you need to.  Know that miracles are always possible.  Become a magnet for miracles!

4.  Ask For Help.  Ask for assistance from your Source with your healing process.  Hand your burden over to your Source, ask for guidance, ask for the right people to show up in your life to assist you on your healing path.  One of my favorite quotations from Wayne Dyer is this: “Put your mind and body in a peaceful place and allow the Universe to work in the best way it knows how.”  Then get out of the way and allow it to happen, without fear, without resistance.

5.  Raise Your Vibration, or your positive energy.  I know that sounds weird to some but we are energy bodies, made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies.  In illness our vibration is quite low, so it is imperative to learn what things you can do to increase it.  I share some really good tips on the best ways to raise your vibration in my article Offering Hope To Those With Metastatic Cancers – Raise Your Vibration.

I have a feeling that this article will be one to which I am continually adding new information, so pay it a visit once in awhile.  In the meantime, if I can assist you, please contact me.

References:

Power vs Force by Dr David R Hawkins

Healers on Healing, edited by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield

The Power of Intention by Dr Wayne W Dyer

Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can by Carolyn Myss

One last quote:
“Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found it was ourselves.” – Robert Frost

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