Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Understanding Energy Healing, Grief and Cancer

It has been almost seven years since I published A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love, shortly after graduating from the two-year healing program at the School of Intuition & Healing in London. At the time, I was keen to share what I'd learned and I signed up to volunteer at a cancer center. The role that our emotional health plays before a cancer diagnosis was of particular interest, largely because of my family's history with the disease. 

Since then, I have done work with patients and staff in different capacities. The subject of emotional risk factors is 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.   

In 2017 I updated the book to reflect this along with new data on emotional risk factors: 

1) Revisting our Emotional Toolkit. Let's begin with the toughest question: In 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. 

If mismanaged anger somehow led to cancer, would it mean that the patient contributed to his or her state of health? This is tricky on many levels. 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 Healing Theory Say? Intuitive 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 self-healing and meditation help us relax, they can be useful for the whole family. Though ideally, one would learn to work with our emotions before it even 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.  

These are some of the issues raised in the revised edition, building on the themes that were included seven years ago, namely how there are a range of risk factors that we can influence - including 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 with feelings of fear, grief and anger when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. 

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. The tools in the book are to be used along with the treatment plan recommended by the patient's medical team. 

In instances where a family member or friend was diagnosed 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 in the months after treatment ends - when life goes 'back to normal'- as this is often when unprocessed emotions come to the surface.  

Those of you who have the first Kindle version of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love can update it manually in your account. 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 angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 

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