(Continued from PART I)
What results have you observed so far (especially in the case of cancer patients)?
With cancer patients, I have seen a lot of positive results with pain management, either emotional pain or physical discomfort. I have seen patients whose condition has stabilized (i.e. their prognosis has not gotten any better, but has not gotten any worse either). I have seen patients who actually began to reverse their condition. Others have completely healed. I have observed the full spectrum of results.
With regard to healing, age and certain aspects of a person’s lifestyle do not seem to be significant success factors. The one thing that we do seem to notice is the people who are willing to change the most – the people who are willing to have a sincere reflection on how they got to where they are, own it, and play an active role in their healing – are the ones who get the better results. People can understand the aspects of healing in a basic way: they lay down on a massage table, somebody works on them in some way (even if they do not fully understand the process), etc., but when they realize they can play an active role in their healing, that is when we notice amazing shifts and changes. With cancer, also, we always come to a point where we find underlying emotional issues. Healing these issues has profound impacts on cancer patients’ overall healing process.
I worked with a woman who had a small lump in one of her breasts. She had a biopsy and it was confirmed that the lump was cancerous. We would work on her and eventually, the same day or the next, the lump would be gone. But then, she would start looking for it again, very aggressively checking the area (i.e. beyond reasonable breast self-examination), looking for a new lump to be there. Later, sure enough, she would find it again. It was almost like a part of her created it. Can the body do that? Yes. It can spontaneously create things and it can spontaneously make things go away. What is interesting is that the person believes it can make it go away and it does go away. But the person does not realize that he/she equally believes that he/she can create it. What happens when it comes back? “Well, you know, I know how my life goes when it is there: I eat this microbiotic diet, I go to these groups… but when I do not have it, who am I?”
When I am working with people who have cancer, the biggest thing is to have them understand that there are parts of their life that have to change. I cannot stress that enough: there has to be a level of change in the person’s routine and how she or he lives. People with cancer cannot go back to whatever they were doing. They cannot go back into their high-stress jobs, to their high-stress relationships, or whatever it is. That is why the self-reflection is so important. Because only in that space, can they realize that they do not know what they are talking about, that they have got “stuff” to deal with. I think the “anesthetic” state that happens before they are fully aware that something has to change is that everything is normal up to that point. Even if “normal” is damaging. If you are in a high-stress environment all the time, that is your normal.
Interesting new information about this is coming out, and we have heard the story before: people who were in high-stress jobs and finally, they retire. Then, “boom”: they fall over, they die. This condition is usually more associated with men. What is being suggested now is that it might not actually be the trauma or the stress that is causing this condition, but the period of rest that follows if nothing is done to resolve it. When a very high-stress incident happens to a person, if they suddenly go into a period of rest, it seems to cause a disruption. People that are in high-stress situations, they can adapt to the nature of it. But when they go into a rest situation, they have a high level of a charge that they are bringing into a more “alkaline” type of environment. Throughout that, something occurs, something changes. There is a catalyst. Some kind of reaction happens that causes something.
Cancer is an interesting energetic condition because it defies all logic. I cannot speak to the science of it, but energetically, cancer does not make sense. It is too smart. It has an intelligence. When you are working on it, it (the tumor) can tell. It does not mean you cannot do anything with it, but the tumor is aware that something is approaching, that something is going to happen. That is what makes it different than some other conditions that are more “benign”, that do not have that level of intelligence. These conditions are easy to work with: they are not intelligent, they do not have lots of coordination, they are too stagnant – they have made it difficult for themselves to move. When I am in the presence of cancer, however, and working with it for certain people, I get the sense that it is “aware”, it is not simply some benign disease that you can simply blast with something. Tumors are highly intelligent, much more adaptable. They are stronger and they coordinate the others – it is almost like they are giving commands. It is ready to sacrifice a part of itself to survive. Like a predator, it is hunting you. It is almost like cancer is an energetic blockage, an energetic condition, but what causes it seems to be evolutionary: it learns, it adapts, it has a hierarchy. I just see that when I am working with it.
For what we know about cancer cells, chemotherapy, and radiation, it seems that we should be getting better results than we are getting. If it was simply a matter of killing cancer cells that would be one thing, but it seems like we are beyond that.
What are the main factors that influence healing outcomes?
What is really important is being able to take a step back and be objective. When a person gets diagnosed, she or he takes it personally. I do understand why, but the reality is that the person got where she or he is because of the things that she or he did and the environment she or he was in. Those are the two factors. So, to go back to that environment is not possible, unless the environment changes. In terms of making changes in your life and your environment, some of these changes can be dietary, others may be related to sleeping habits, relationships, etc. Another important aspect is the ability to look at things you do not want to look at (e.g. your emotional issues). What is consistent with most people who have cancer is that a large part of cancer is anger, but more importantly, it is unforgiveness (i.e. the things that have not been forgiven). If I ask that question to a person, she or he usually responds: “oh yeah, I have forgiven every one”, but their body is not consistent with that statement. And then, in time, as we are going through the work, they realize that they have a great deal of unforgiveness and anger. I can convince myself that I do not have it, put a mask on for everybody and eventually believe it, but then, when I am pushed and get angry, some may say: “oh my gosh! I have never seen her or him like that!”. What about that is what I always am? What if that is really who I am? The mask is not allowing me to see myself. That period of reflection is to remove that mask.
In cancer, biologically speaking, cells mutate and they begin to do their thing. They begin to spread to or kill other cells – that is kind of how the disease moves – which means their environment (the body) supports that kind of behavior. So, could that be an analogy to the people for them attacking themselves, neglecting themselves? Is it a war happening inside of them at a biological level, but also at an emotional, spiritual, mental level?
New Information is coming out now about brain wave patterns. We are not only able to identify the cycles (e.g. if you are in alpha it means this, if you are in beta it means this, etc.), but we are now starting to understand the chemicals and hormones that are released during each stage. The more we are in a high-level beta brain wave, the worse off we are in terms of our biology, because it triggers the release of chemicals in our body that are very not good for us. But that is the normal environment that we have created. It is our normal, it is now normal to be in that state. We want to relax? What do we do? We go out with friends and have some drinks. That in itself is not bad, but it is when we cannot relax without it that it becomes dangerous. Some people do not realize that it is not having a positive impact on them. The things they think they are doing to relax, are not biologically interpreted that way.
Archetypically, cancer is too strong of a word. We are the ones to blame for this. We made it that way. Since the President Nixon launched the “War on Cancer” that began in the US in 1971, we built mountains of medical information on it (although not all of it is necessarily accurate). What we knew about it then is that it killed people and that when you got it, it was pretty much a fatal prognosis. It is not so much now, but it still has that stigma. Archetypically, it is embedded in each of us as when you have it, yeah you can go for treatments, yeah you can hope for the best, but the worse will happen. When you are trying to work with cancer, we have to get it out of the word “cancer” into something that we can work with. For example, we might say “you have an energetic block and it is located here” (i.e. where the tumor is located). When a person is able to understand that we have to take it from “cancer” to “energetic blockage”, it changes something inside of them, it moves it from “I cannot be healed” to “I can be healed”.
It impacts the person’s belief system, I believe. Your immune system is your energetic system, and your energetic system stems from your belief system. So, largely what you believe has a very positive impact on your immune and energetic systems. I know there was a gentleman in the US who had cancer. Scientists had come out with a new drug to treat cancer, but the drug turned out to be a complete failure. Both the patient and the doctor did not know this at the time, so the doctor had given it to his patient and the patient healed. When the patient read in the paper that the drug was not working, his cancer came back. Then, the doctor gave him the new and improved version of the drug and again, the cancer went away. When the patient read in the paper that the new drug was still not working, his cancer came back and he finally died from it. Nothing, however, had changed. All things considered, I think belief is a very important organizing principle in healing. It also organizes on a cellular level. If the person believes, they send a signal to their cells to believe. What they believe will be.
We have entered a period that is scary for a lot of people: we now understand that there is a lot more than biology going on here. Biology plays a role, absolutely. But, there is more going on. I mean if cells know what they are doing (killer, T, white cells, etc.), it is because there is an intelligence that guides them. And when that intelligence goes astray or the commands change, cells are just following orders. The question is who/what is giving them? and why?
In belief, there is the healing outcome of the practioner (medical doctor or not), the patient’s family, and the patient themselves. However, not all people’s beliefs are equal. It means that you can look at a person’s chart (a person’s numbers) and if you do not know how to read it properly, you could come to a conclusion as to how bad off the person is. That would cause you to have a certain belief about the data, but the person to whom those numbers belong might not have that same belief. So whose belief is stronger? The two of them are in equation and that equation meets wherever the numbers come together. It largely impacts and effects how people heal. I had a client who was healing fairly well, only one larger and one smaller tumors were remaining and he was starting to gain weight and to be able to walk again – things were generally pretty good. What I did not know is that his family already had planned his funeral. They believed that a person that thin could not live much longer. They had a view, a belief about the outcome and the client did later die. So the healed intention is important: what you do to get it, and more important, what you do to remain in it.
But it is not always cause and effect – that is what is different. We can create causes that cause people to have a healing effect, but we can also just put them in the healing effect. That is the part that most do not understand, though. If I take a person into shamanic trance, I can have them to experience what it might be like if they were just healed right now. But then, the person would usually say “Why would I be healed?” “Are you going to do something? Energetically to me?”, Pete: “No”. They need a cause for them to be an effect. If there is just an effect, and no cause, they cannot connect dots. Now, some people can just go into what it might be like, but they do not see the value of it. “I am in the healing outcome, it feels pretty good”, but when they come back, they may not fully understand why we did this. What we are trying to tell them is that regardless of what you personally believe, your body cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. So, by creating the healed outcome and being in it, your body begins to believe it on some levels, and it starts to change. People who spend 10 minutes a day in that state soon realize that things begin to change in their body. Our body does respond to images (mostly), sounds, and smells. It commands something to our body. It is how we can stimulate our immune/energetic system.
People have images of outcomes all the time. An example of this is when they tell people “hope for the best, plan for the worst”. It sends two sets of information and the path of least resistance will be the one that will be believed. People who are professional worriers, they do not plan for the best. Maybe they should, but they do not. They plan for the worst and prepare for it. Trying to get people to ultimately change how they think is extremely difficult. I think it threatens their model of the world. What if, for the sake of your healing, you are not right? What if it can heal? What if you do have some impact and effect over your body? This is scary to some people. To think that the things they are capable of thinking, doing, acting, and behaving can impact and affect their health scares them. Because they just want somebody to fix them. Give me the drugs, the surgery, the whatever… even if it may only be a temporary patch.
The scariest thing with all diseases, but especially with cancer, is that if the doctors cannot tell you what has caused your disease (or cancer), they are probably not likely to be able to treat it very well. They can certainly treat the effects of it, but if they do not know what actually caused it, it is as if they were swinging at a Piñata. We say in healing circles that in Western Medicine, doctors are trained to put diseases “back to sleep”. In Chinese Medicine, we try to fully wake it up and get it out, which is why the symptoms will get worse throughout the treatments and then, it will eventually “get out” of the person and the person is fine. In Shamanism, we try to identify non-physical cause of their manifestations (of the diseases), whatever it is (mental, emotional, spiritual), and heal it. In Western Medicine, my understanding is that they do not really plan on actually curing anything, they just treat it. Is there any drug that you take only once or for a limited time (even if it is for a year) and your problem is gone forever? Western Medicine has not actually cured anything since small pox. Relative to the amount of research and the amount of money we spend on diseases, the curing route is either not in its philosophy or has not been pursued to the extent that it could be.
Brain waves: Beta – emitted when we are consciously alert or we feel agitated, tense, or afraid; Alpha – emitted when we are in a state of physical and mental relaxation; Theta – emitted during short-term memory tasks and thought to be a specific marker of mindfulness meditative states; Delta – emitted when there is unconsciousness or deep sleep; Gamma – related to consciousness and the content of mental experience.