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Hypnosis and the Treatment of Cancer

January 17, 2017


The science of mind known as hypnosis has gained a great deal of traction lately given its many uses in a broader scope of medicinal arenas. With the advent of certain forms of cancer treatment that seem more detrimental than curative to the overall wellbeing of the sufferer, I'm not surprised that patients and their families who align with a more 'mainstream' approach are finally searching for alternative methods.


One thing must always be remembered when dealing with cancer: the ailment will rarely be remedied thoroughly through the treatment of the symptom alone - there will almost always be a resurgence of the initial malady if the mere symptom is addressed. This isn't to say that there are not statistics stating that chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and medication are ineffective in the treatment of tumors or other physical signs of cancer. These methods have their place and must be acknowledged as helpful. I am merely proposing that there is an adjunctive angle that needs to be considered when looking into the permanent removal of cancer from the body. This is done by examining and addressing the emotional underpinnings of the disease's presence in the system. 


If we can begin to see cancer as an expression of an unmet need within the body from which the symptom is merely an extension, we can begin to locate and address the underlying emotional cause(s) of the disease itself. Under this model, we can work with the current understanding that cancer is never contracted but instead developed from within. And to go even further, if we can for a moment assume that the mind has dominion over the body, we can easily see that a disease that is developed from within, has at its core, has also a skewed personal belief structure that aided in its inception. 


Ok, you may think, perhaps I'll go out on a limb and begin to think of disease as an emotional construct as opposed to an affliction; well how, you may ask, does hypnosis fit into the equation?


Glad you asked. Hypnosis as a practice, works to discover and clear the very obstacles that, in a sense, invite the expression of disease into the body. Imagine for a moment that an old resentment left toiling and festering in the very fabric of your psychological makeup, and by extension in the body, might prove to be more deadly than any disease known to man. Why would we just assume that because western medicine does not acknowledge the harm done by unexpressed emotion, we can just wash our hands of the very notion and take a pill instead? Are we this indifferent to our own somatic sanctity? Profound personal truth can be found in our symptoms and diagnoses, and hypnosis is the mechanism through which said truths can find revelation. 


Using the sophisticated science of trance work, a hypnosis practitioner easily coaches a cancer patient into a relaxed state of body which in turn calms the mind. Just as a trip to the beach soothes the conscious mind, removing its sharp and stern commands only exacerbated by immersion in a working society, so too does the hypnotherapist help the patient's conscious mind slow and subside to a mere whisper. This recession of the conscious mind allows the awareness to automatically drop through the liminal border. Once a transcendence of this border between conscious and subconscious is achieved, we can notice subtle changes in both the rate of brainwave activity and perception of the patient. 


Entering into the subconscious produces a palpable euphoria and feeling of 'peace' which is again notated even on an Electro Encephalogram or EE