A cancer diagnosis gives the word “Illness” a whole new meaning. We’ve all have been ill at one point or another in our lives, the flue or chicken pokes etc… it was part of growing up.
This is what illness meant to us and we knew we are going to survive because our parents and care takers constantly reassured us that “these too shall pass’. They broadcasted that message with confident and certainty and we believed them. But all this has changed with a cancer diagnosis. Now you can hardly hear anyone say anything with confidence or certainty. Now the voices of loved ones are filled with fear.
In the case of cancer, more than any other illness fear is the underlying soundtrack. Our conversations, our outlook and even our body posture are needlessly affected by it. I say needlessly because fear is simply an outcome, a result, it is an emotional response to our perception of cancer. If you take the time to look closely at that perception you will find it is outdated or fueled by snippets of stories from long ago.
We become fearful for the following two reasons:
1. We perceive a situation to be painful, dangerous or difficult.
2. We don’t believe we have the resources to cope.
The first item is all about perception and the second all about belief.
The good news is:
a. We can change our perception by reevaluating the source of information.
b. We can change our belief about our ability to cope by reevaluating our inner resources.
Such reevaluation on a regular basis will inevitably lead to change and the dissolution of fear.
Changing what we perceive as the truth or what we believe about ourselves is neither easy of comfortable. Yet, it is our way of making a stand and support our body in its effort to heal. Our perceptions are based on our beliefs and beliefs are just thoughts we’ve repeated over and over again until they became our truth.
If we used this model to form our beliefs in the past we can do it again, this time the right way. Sure it takes work but it is our health that we support. The fastest way to form new beliefs is repetition. Choose a thought that represent your ideal scenario or condition and repeat it to yourself over and over again for a few weeks. My preferred method is to listen to audio tracks such as the one you can find in my Guided Imagery for Cancer CD but there are other recordings available.
Ultimately, this recording and others aim to focus your attention away from fearful thoughts so you can break free from them. In the Guided Imagery for Cancer CD, the soundtrack is enhanced by empowering messages that will help you summon the courage to cope with fear while changing your beliefs.
The remedy for fear is courage and we must summon the courage to break free from cultural, social or personal beliefs about illness and self. The online dictionary defines Courage as. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.
There is more to courage than that. It is not only facing the danger and pain without fear, but despite it. And in the context of illness, courage will help us recognize that illness much like fear is an outcome and a result. Illness has both a purpose and a meaning, that through illness we are provided with an opportunity to grow and become more than we currently are.
Courage is prerequisite for healing. Stories of courage bring light, inspire and uplift our spirit. Please share yours…