The second edition of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love is now available with new information on emotional risk factors for cancer. The revisions are small but significant. Please read the book with an open mind and an open heart.
Why Republish It Now?
Why Republish It Now?
I first published this book four years ago, shortly after graduating from the School of Intuition & Healing in London. At the time I was really keen to share energy healing with cancer patients and I had just signed up to volunteer at a local support center.
Since then, I have done work with both patients and support staff in different capacities. The subject of emotional risk factors is always hard to raise because quite frankly, cancer patients have enough on their plates already. I wound up shying away from the topic and thinking about what would be helpful at a time when the patient is likely to feel overwhelmed, without ignoring their emotional health either.
This new edition touches on this, and other subjects:
- Responsibility vs Culpability. Let's begin with the toughest question: If mismanaged or negative emotions are risk factors for various types of cancer, does this mean that the patient somehow contributed to his current state of health? This is a tricky question, on so many levels. If we compare a variety of risk factors, the potential link between anger or grief and a specific cancer diagnosis is less clear (and less evidenced) than the link with obesity, smoking or sun exposure. We shouldn't play the blame game in either case, but there is a difference between culpability and responsibility. Responsibility empowers us with knowledge that can help us live healthier lives in the future.
- What Does The Theory Say? Intuitive Healers are taught to ask difficult events leading up to a diagnosis, operating on the assumption that cancer often follows a big upset in the patient's life. In these cases, one would send healing to the memory or emotion in the patients body and Aura. We can use self-healing, Reiki and other tools to release emotional baggage. This approach is always complementary to medical care, and because energy healing and meditation also us relax, they can be useful for the whole family.
- What does the Science Say? A recent meta-analysis (basically, a whopper of a clinical study) by Peking Union Medical College appears to have found a link between striking life events and primary breast cancer in women. These striking life events were defined to include situations that anyone would struggle with, for example the death of a child or spouse, divorce, or forced relocation. While the researchers do indicate the need for further studies to understand the connection between acute stress, grief and cancer, they also conclude that "women with striking life events were at 1.5-fold higher risk of developing cancer than women without."
I believe these findings put emotional and energetic healing techniques in the cancer prevention sphere. Of course, we can also use these tools as a complement to medical care, as discussed in the second half of my Self-Healing, Cancer & Love book.
These are some of the issues raised in the second edition, building on the themes that were included four years ago, namely how there are a range of risk factors that we can influence - diet, weight, smoking, alcohol and even genetics - and how energy healing, meditation and other relaxation techniques are much needed to help the whole family cope. If you haven't read it, please follow the links below for details.