An Invitation To Walk

Labyrinth Walking For Breast Cancer HealingBy: Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer and a licensed psychologist.

I have written before about this ancient symbol, The Labyrinth. However, I want to write again as I believe in the synchronicity of all events in each of our lives and that information that we need arrives just at the time we need it. I just returned from nine days of being immersed in all things Labyrinth. I returned knowing again that the Labyrinth has something important to share, especially with cancer patients.

That is something you and I have in common. We have been touched by cancer in one form or another and we are learning together how to manage the fear as well the changes to our lives that are so necessary to help us manage the disease with adjunctive holistic approaches such as yoga, exercise, clean eating and spiritual and psychological health.

Each of us are somewhere in our journey of treatment, maybe beginning, middle, or management stage. We did not have a choice about cancer. It didn’t knock or even announce itself when it entered. The next thing that you and I have in common is we did choose to show up in life and educate ourselves about what “best and informed choices” we can make now that cancer is a part of our tapestry of life. I understand the word “tapestry” is an interesting word choice because the underlying feeling is perhaps more like, “cancer has entered my body and ruined my tapestry”. Hating has never helped any of us get better and I believe gives us the mindset of fighting the enemy. But this duality of thinking can raise our anxiety and set us up for failure when a treatment does not work the way we want it to.

Over the years, I have found a very valuable resource in my cancer journey and that is this ancient symbol I have come to know as the labyrinth. At over 4,000 years old, the Labyrinth predates Christianity and its eleven or seven circuit path is found in all parts of the world. During my first year post treatment I made a commitment to walk the labyrinth one day each week. At that time (2000) the closest Labyrinth to me was thirty minutes away in downtown Phoenix at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. On New Year’s Eve of 2000 Trinity dedicated their beautiful outdoor eleven-circuit Chartres style Labyrinth. During that year, as I made my way down to the labyrinth and reflectively walked it (it is like a walking meditation) I began to let go of some of the angst and fear. I found myself re-evaluating my life’s choices and asking hard questions like, “Why me?” or “Why now?” As I maintained my commitment to walk, I realized I walked my way into a place of inner peace, acceptance, and resiliency. In some ways I integrated my journey and it was no longer the enemy. My hatred for the illness had dissipated and I had a sense of neutrality. It is what it is. My choice became “How do I come to it since it is now here?” These harder, more uncomfortable feelings were below my consciousness during treatment because the only things there are room for during treatment are survival muscles and survival thinking. It was post treatment that had hit me the hardest. Walking out of my last Chemo and crying because, now what can I do? The labyrinth answered that question with open arms by calling me to come and walk. It was not like I heard a voice, or read a book, it was as subtle as that inner voice could be, but I knew with no doubt that I needed to walk the Labyrinth. So, I did. I was curious about this need to walk the Labyrinth and had no concrete expectation.

Now that I have shared my personal experience, I hope I have tweaked your curiosity about this ancient symbol. Let me introduce you to my friend the Medieval Chartres Labyrinth, often referred to as the “Chartres Labyrinth” because it was discovered in the congregational area of the Chartres cathedral in France. This ancient symbol is being rediscovered today and being used in many ways–walking meditation is just one of those ways. If cancer has stolen your ability to walk comfortably or steadily, don’t fret. It is possible to “walk” a Labyrinth with your fingers, a hand-held replica or even by downloading an app on your smartphone or tablet called IPause. I use this app often, especially when waiting. Your finger serves your body in the same way your feet do. Notice the Labyrinth has a pattern of back and forth, left to right. When we walk the path with our feet our brain fires back and forth. When you follow your finger with your eyes, your brain does the same thing. So your brain will respond to the movement either way, by foot or by finger.

A Labyrinth is different than a maze in that it is one singular path. It is the same path into the center and when you get to the center it is the same path out again. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER and keep going. Perhaps, at first glance the Labyrinth may have reminded you of a maze but it is much different. A maze has many dead ends and many decision or choice points. As a cancer patient, perhaps you are experiencing your treatment like a maze, many dead ends and many confusing and conflicting treatment protocols. That is stressful. The labyrinth is the opposite of that as you only have to put one foot in front of the other. At times you may feel a little disorientated or lost but keep going with the confidence that moving forward will take you exactly where you need to be.

How do you do this thing called a labyrinth walk? Here are three guidelines for you:

  • Release
  • Receive
  • Return

As you stand at the opening of the labyrinth, think about what it is today that bothers you most or what it is that you are needing some help or guidance about. As you walk, just allow yourself to ponder that question and just put one foot in front of the other. Do not try to come up with an answer, just walk and ponder.

When you get to center, imagine yourself receiving a response to your pondering. Maybe you won’t have an immediate ah-ha, but imagine that here in the center there are many possibilities to your refection. Just allow a sense of acceptance and when you feel your energy shift, turn and walk out, circling your path out of the center as you did walking in. Return to your life with a sense of curiosity and let peace float around you like a rainbow. Return to your life knowing that you can take the next step of your cancer journey because you CAN, you have always had the power in you.

Other things that you might want to do as you explore your own journey with my friend the Labyrinth is to listen to music on the way in and out. You may want to carry a rock or something that represents your issue to the center and leave it there, walking out with your hands open in a receiving gesture. I find it helpful to journal before or after a walk. The writing about it for me helps me to punctuate my intention of this meditative time.

I suppose by now you are asking how do you find a labyrinth near you? Visit http://www.labyrinthlocator.com and type in your zip code. The webmasters at this site work hard to keep it updated and if you find a labyrinth near you and it is not on the site, please let them know so they can place it on there. Other helpful sites are

Enjoy your new journey as you use your curiosity to explore how this symbol might be helpful to you along your journey.

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

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How To Begin A Holistic Journey Through Cancer With Emotional And Physical Cleansing

Holistic Journey For CancerBy Lisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT & Author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself! .

How To Begin A Holistic Journey For Healing
When people first begin the healing journey they are full of questions about which supplements, food and therapies they ‘should’ take, as these seem to stand out as the most important aspects to healing. It’s true that in order to heal you must give your body the nutrients it needs to cleanse and repair and you definitely won’t experience healing by doing the same things that caused illness to manifest in the first place. Sometimes though healing is more about putting less in and taking more out and this is what cleansing can do; remove congestion and jump-start your healing process.

How To Begin Physical Cleansing
Simple one day cleanses with fresh water and lemon or raw vegetable juices, for example, can play a critical role in removing physical congestion.

There is a very simple cleanse which will help you to loosen and remove congestion from your physical body. This cleanse uses Burdock root, which is very safe and is eaten as a food in many countries around the world. It’s virtues lie in its ability to stimulate liver function, to improve digestion and increase the natural rate of detoxification, pulling impurities out of the lymph and blood, drawing them into the eliminatory organs. This is the reason it is so helpful in removing congestion and purifying your blood and lymph fluids.

Burdock has been used as a blood cleanser for centuries, is included in several well-known anti-cancer herbal formulas and has been used to help clear acne and blood infections.

During this cleanse you may feel a gentle pulling sensation under your right rib cage as your liver is stimulated, digestion increases and congestion begins to be drawn out.

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Simple Burdock Root Tea Cleanse
For this beginning one-day cleanse you will need the following ingredients listed below. Be sure to follow directions carefully and drink the simple cleansing smoothie throughout the entire day.

Ingredients:

  • Large bag of organic leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup of Burdock root (substitute Dandelion root)
  • Your favorite organic frozen berries

Directions:

  1. Put the Burdock root in a small saucepan with three cups of fresh water and simmer gently for five or ten minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and let cool completely.
  3. Strain the Burdock root tea.
  4. Into a blender add Burdock tea, two or three large handfuls of organic leafy greens, half a cup of raw hemp seeds (or other raw nut or seed of your choice) and two cups of fresh or frozen organic berries (substitute organic apples or pears).
  5. Add water to the fill line and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed.
  6. Pour your cleansing smoothie into a large pitcher and refrigerate.
  7. Drink the smoothie for the entire day, alternating with fresh water and herbal teas.

You might like a blend of calming herbs that also have chemicals with properties that act against cancer. Try a simple blend of Chamomile, Oat Grass and Pau D’Arco.

Herbs can have powerful effects, which are mostly very helpful, however always be sure the herbs you are taking do not conflict with any medications or pre-existing conditions. Consult with a qualified practitioner first, if necessary.

Rest, relax and be at peace knowing that healing is taking place. Use this cleanse anytime to break a pattern of poor eating, to jumpstart your healing process and to add oomph to your healing protocol.

How To Begin Emotional Cleansing
As the healing process proceeds and physical congestion begins to flow out of your body, long held emotional wounds can rise to the surface.

To really pry up and remove emotional knots that have manifested in your physical body, takes forgiving yourself and others for past hurts.

It may take visiting a ‘knot’ many times, each time recognizing what caused you or another person to behave as you did, before you can release and move past any emotion tied up in the knot.

One simple way to interfere with and release harmful emotions is to practice EFT or emotional freedom technique. This quick technique using tapping your fingers on key points on your body to interfere with the pain caused by held emotions. I have found the simplest and most effective way for myself is to tap all four fingers of each hand on the top, sides of my head, while repeating a series of rational thoughts related to the emotion. The thoughts gradually bring me to an understanding of why we acted and reacted as we did. Tapping is repeated every time the same thought and emotion rise. Each time releasing more and more of the emotional baggage tied to the thought, until it is released and no longer hounds you and controls your wellbeing.

It may take several times of the thought and emotion recurring and you tapping to release it, before it is permanently gone. Quite remarkably this is as extremely simple as it is effective.

There are many organizations, instructors and natural health practitioners who can teach you which areas on your body to tap and give you practical examples of how to release negative, long-held emotions. A search on videos sites like YouTube will give large search results for how-to videos for ‘emotional freedom technique’.

When you no longer feel emotional pain or are haunted when thinking about a past hurt, you will know that the emotional release will now allow healing to continue.­­­­

Healing takes time and patience. It requires that you allow yourself to be guided by your own intuition. It asks that you honor yourself by listening and responding to your symptoms, feelings and needs, that you enjoy the best nutrition possible and that you treat yourself with kindness and love.

Lisa RobbinsLisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT, Author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself! and Cancer Cure and Survivor Stories. Learn more Lisa Robbins at www.TheGoodWitch.ca, www.IncredibleHealingJournals.com and www.HealingCancer.ca.

 

Amma Therapy – My Next Favorite Cancer Treatment

Amma Therapy Cancer TreatmentBy Diana Ross, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

I love my Amma cancer treatments. I have had the great fortune to have incredible healing practitioners coming into my life and working on and with me. Elizabeth Valenzuela is just one of these special people. Her wholistic and spiritual approach to healthy living is an adventure for me into understanding myself and reaching my true destiny of love and purpose. I know it sounds corny but I am learning so much and I so believe that Elizabeth was placed on my path of wellness to expand my consciousness and gain a greater awareness of purpose. Elizabeth and her Amma Therapy make this possible. Besides being a spiritual and sensitive person, her passion lies with helping animals that suffer and cannot speak. She has such a loving connection to all creatures.

So What is Amma Therapy?

Amma Therapy is an ancient healing system which dates back some 5000 years ago during the Yellow Emperor era. It is a highly skilled system of body work therapy which employs massage techniques, manipulations, and the application of pressure, friction and touch-to-points on the energy channels on which they are found. The channels are the pathways through which energy passes throughout our bodies. Amma, is less defined by a specific technique than by its purpose, philosophy, and sophisticated practice as a healing art.

Amma Therapy is fundamentally an energetic therapy focused on the balance and movement of “life energy” in the human body. Starting with the basic application of hand techniques used to balance the flow of energy. Then other methods were developed, including the use of needles (acupuncture), heat (moxibustion), skeletal manipulation, the appropriate use of herbal medications, diet, and then meditation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) all these methods target the flow and balance of energy in the channels. The modern Amma therapist is knowledgeable in all of these areas but relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate life energy.

Am-ma means “push-pull” in Chinese. Amma Therapy utilizes all the techniques of the major forms of therapeutic massage:

Deep pressure and point manipulation used in Shiatsu massage are applied to attain the desired effects of energetic movement and release of muscular contraction.

Foot reflex points commonly referred to as “foot reflexology” are stimulated during to these points which often has a profound outcome on the deeper organs and tissues within the body.

Deep facial manipulation techniques and connective tissue manipulation used in Rolfing are used for muscle stretching and pushing techniques that are common to European or Swedish massage.

In addition, the master therapist is well versed in, and fully capable of, the skeletal manipulations that are the basis of chiropractic. Elizabeth also uses essential oils and healing crystals. She feels the energy blockages and moves energy through. I can feel the warmth rising and my breath being freed. Love my Amma Treatments. Love having Elizabeth in my life especially now. But everything has a reason to appear so here I am sharing my next favorite treatment.

love and light,
Diana

Resources:
Louise Scalza Breast Cancer Authority Contributor
Mastectomy Massage
Susan G. Koman Evidence Based  Massage Therapies
Find A Massage Therapist

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Changing the Vibration of Breast Cancer

Holistic Appraoch To Breast Cancer

By: Dr. Christina Grant – Holistic Healer, Intuitive Counselor, Teacher, and Author of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.

A vibrational frequency is inherent in all things. Your body has its own vibration as does the chair you sit in. Likewise, cancer has its own. Breast cancer has a frequency that differs from that of your body. Surgery or other methods of eliminating it can remove the denser vibrations and out-of-sync frequencies, but it’s important to remove the underlying causes as well so it doesn’t return.

About a century ago healer and prophet Edgar Cayce said, “Know that all strength, all healing of every nature is the changing of the vibrations from within — the attuning of the divine within the living tissue of a body to Creative Energies. This alone is healing. Whether it is accomplished by the use of drugs, the knife or what not, it is the attuning of the atomic structure of the living cellular force to its spiritual heritage.”

I believe this changing of the vibrations from within is needed to heal cancer. The vibration of cancer can be changed. In my book, The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer: Every Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, & Wellbeing, I discuss a variety of ways this can be done. For example, through our thoughts, self talk, the way we react to life emotionally, our relationships, the level of environmental toxicity, the quality of food we eat, and through subtle energy therapies and vibrational healing techniques.

Sometimes we are so caught up in our own lifestyle that we can’t see what to do in order to create inner change. To help you achieve this, I recommend finding someone skilled in energetic or vibrational healing. These healers can be found everywhere and are becoming quite common.

A client moved from California to Michigan and called me to find out how she could locate an energy healer there. She said that in her small town even a chiropractic visit raised a neighbor’s eyebrow. I did a little research and discovered a variety of healers using various modalities near her. If you have eyebrow-raising neighbors, you don’t have to share what you’re up to if you don’t want to be questioned, but do explore your options because finding a good healer is a great gift to yourself.

Energy healers use a variety of techniques depending on their training and interests such as acupuncture, Reiki, homeopathy, cranial sacral therapy, EFT, qi gong, chakra balancing, sound and music therapy, yoga, and even feng shui. Ask around, call a healing center or spiritual bookstore and ask for referrals, or look online. Keep in mind, some healers work with energy at a distance, so phone appointments are an option.

Finally, what about you? Do you have vibration changing practices or techniques you’ve used successfully? If so, please share them here! I’d love to hear what has worked for you.

Dr. Christina Grant Contributor For Breast Cancer Authority BlogDr. Christina Grant is a holistic healer, intuitive counselor, teacher, and author of The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer: Every Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, & Wellbeing. With a PhD in Human Science, she blends meaningful, intuitive life guidance with energy healing and balancing, both by phone and in person, to help people attain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Her book can be found on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions, as well as B&N, and other retailers.
To learn more about Dr. Christina Grant or to contact her, please visit her website at www.christinagrant.com.

How Do Plant- Based Diets Fight Cancer?

By Michael Greger M.D.

Plant-Based Diets Fight Cancer

Why do centenarians—those who live to be over a hundred years old—escape cancer? As you can see in my 3-min. video IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop, as we get older our risk of getting and dying from cancer grows year by year until we hit about 85 or 90, and then cancer risk starts to drop. It seems that centenarians are endowed with a particular resistance to cancer. So what’s their secret?

Every day, 50 billion of our cells die, and every day, 50 billion new ones are born. There’s a balance. Otherwise your body would shrink or get too crowded. Sometimes we need grow, like when we’re a baby or for that growth spurt around puberty. Our cells don’t get larger when we grow up; they increase in number. A child’s hand may only be made up of about 50 billion cells and may have to add half trillion or so while growing up.

Once we’re all grown up, though, we don’t want a lot of extra cells hanging around. We still need our cells to grow and divide, but out with the old and in with the new. We don’t want to be making more cells than we’re putting out to pasture. When you’re a kid, extra growth can be good; when you’re an adult, extra growth can mean a tumor.

How do our cells know when to tip the scale in favor of more dividing with less dying and when to come back into balance? A key signal is IGF-1, a growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor number one. IGF-1 levels go up when you’re a kid so you grow and then come back down when you’re done growing. Should your levels stay a bit too high as an adult, though, there’s a constant message sent to your cells to grow, grow, grow, divide, don’t die, keep going, keep growing. Not surprisingly, the more IGF-1 we have in our bloodstream, the higher our risk for many types of cancer.

When you’re a kid, growth is good, but too much growth when we’re all grown up can mean cancer. In my 90-second video, Cancer-Proofing Mutation, I describe Laron Syndrome, a type of dwarfism caused by congenital IGF-1 deficiency. Those affected don’t have that IGF-1 spurt in childhood so they grow up short-statured, but not having an excess of IGF-1 in their systems as an adult makes them nearly cancer-proof. This raises the question of whether one can achieve the best of both worlds by ensuring adequate IGF-1 levels during childhood and then suppressing excess growth promotion in adulthood. This can be done with a plant-based diet as I described in my last blog posts Cancer-Proofing Your Body and Treating an Enlarged Prostate With Diet, as well as in my 4-min. video The Answer to the Pritikin Puzzle.

Who is Pritikin? See Engineering a Cure. What’s the puzzle? See Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay. The binding protein findings I describe in the video may explain the findings in Is It the Diet, the Exercise, or Both?

For more on IGF-1, I’ve touched on it before in Dairy Hormonal Interference and Meat Hormones & Female Infertility.

-Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here and watch my 2012 year-in-review presentation Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.

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