Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Understanding Energy Healing, Grief and Cancer

It has been seven years since I published my book, A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love. At the time, I was keen to share what I had learned of energy healing during my two-year degree, and I signed up to volunteer at a cancer support center. 

The role that a person’s emotional health plays before a cancer diagnosis was of particular interest, largely because of my family's history with this disease. 

Since then, I’ve done work with patients and staff in different capacities. The topic of emotional risk factors is hard to raise because patients have a lot on their plates already, and theories about ‘emotions & cancer’ are easily misunderstood. I wound up shying away from the topic, thinking about what would be helpful at a time when the patient was likely to be overwhelmed

In 2017, I updated the book to reflect this and to add new data on emotional risk factors for cancer. Highlights below. 

1) Revisting our Emotional Toolkit. Let's begin with the toughest question: In energy healing circles, anger is often mentioned as a precursor to cancer - whether a person has trouble letting go of it, or they are sweet as can be and never seem to get mad. 

This is a persistent theory, one that I’ve come back to often. If we compare a variety of risk factors for cancer, the potential link between anger and specific types of cancer is less clear than the link with obesity, smoking or sun exposure. We shouldn't play the blame game in either case, but there is something to be said for raising awareness - and making a distinction between culpability and responsibility. The latter empowers us with the knowledge that can help us live healthier lives in the future.  

2) What Does The Healing Theory Say? Energy Healers are taught to ask about events in the years 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 patient's body and Aura. We can use energy healing and meditation to release emotional baggage. This approach is always complementary to medical care, and because energy healing and meditation help us relax, they can be useful for the whole family. Though ideally, we’d work with our emotions before it comes to this.  

3) What Does The Science Say
? A 2013 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, forced relocation and other life-changing losses. 
While the researchers do indicate the need for further studies to understand the connection between acute stress, grief and primary breast 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 healing and stress relief in the cancer prevention sphere. In these instances, one would benefit from psychological therapy, meditation and energy healing.  

The book is meant to empower the reader with a broader perspective. 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 needed to help the whole family cope with feelings of fear, grief and anger after a cancer diagnosis.

Please follow the links below for A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and feel free to reach out on social media.   

Energy Healing is complementary to medical care, not alternative.  

In instances where a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer, the focus has been on supporting them during surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments. Another big learning has been to continue supporting the cancer survivor after treatment ends, when life goes ‘back to normal’. This is often when unprocessed emotions come to the surface.  

Those of you who have the Kindle version can update it manually in your Amazon account. It’s just a handful of new paragraphs on these points. 

I sincerely hope this post helps you and your loved ones. 

Reiki hugs, 




Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angel intuition and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as a healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Her passion is bringing the qualities of self-love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuitsRead her books to heal yourself.  

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