Archive for February, 2012

Feb 21 2012

Our 4 Inner Allies & How They Help Transform Our Lives – #89

Did you know that we have within us four super allies that can help us heal and transform our lives? Some of us have more of one than the other, but when they work together, they are a formidable team. I’ve been aware of these internal forces for the last 3 years on my adventure with cancer, but I didn’t have a name for them until now.

Tom recently attended a training where he learned how to facilitate healing and transformation by using these four archetypes that are within each of us, and in every culture in the world: The Lover, Magician, Warrior, and King. When he told me about them I was excited; it helped me delineate and put a name to these old friends that have been helping me traverse my cancer journey, and life in general.

This week I’m going to Las Vegas for several days with Tom for a family reunion with his 7 brothers and sisters and possibly their spouses/partners. I look forward to spending time with these wonderful people. However, this trip challenges me for a number of reasons. Therefore, I’ve decided to enlist my 4 super allies in transforming my fears into fun! Here’s how:

THE LOVER

Description: This ally gently guides us in facing, feeling, and embracing whatever’s happening. It welcomes, listens, nurtures, and asks questions like, “What are you feeling right now? What’s happening inside you?” The energy of The Lover invites a deepening into what we’re experiencing. It doesn’t want to ‘fix’ us; it only wants to hold us in a spacious embrace of love, acceptance, and discovery as we follow, allow, and unwind whatever is happening. It’s usually best that this ally be the first one we enlist when we begin exploring our issue because it brings us to the heart of the matter.

Example: I check in with myself, asking, “What are you feeling about going to Vegas?” As I explore this, I’m aware of feeling concerned that I’ll be stressed, over-stimulated, and depleted by the big energy of the Vegas trip. I’m afraid the stress will suppress my immune system and trigger my cancer, which seems quiet and/or dormant right now. I don’t want to awaken the beast!

Speaking of beasts, as I go deeper I’m aware of another fear I have: when I’m stressed, my ‘Jan-dora’s’ box of embarrassing personas has been known to burst open and out pours the likes of Ms. Huffyton, Chopped Liver, The Incredible Sulk, Miss Fit, and the dreaded…Ms. Thunderfull! Oh my!

My Lover ally smiles knowingly, and embraces all these many me’s, all the meany, moody, messy me’s. When these characters aren’t invited to the party, they tend to crash it. The Lover welcomes all the many me’s with open arms.

THE MAGICIAN

Description: This ally has the super power of imagination, vision, creativity, and thinking outside the box. It shows us new possibilities, new ways of seeing things, new ways of being.  It invites us to imagine, “Who would I be without this issue, this fear, this story I tell myself?”

Example: I’m visualizing myself in Vegas having a wonderful time. I see and feel myself being centered, relaxed, and happy, playfully being with whatever, and whoever, shows up. I imagine myself enthusiastically telling friends after the trip, “I had a great time! It was not only fun, but it was healing as well.” My Magician energy is helping me envision this as if it is already so. And so it is.

THE WARRIOR

Description: This super ally confronts, takes action, and gets things done. It is firm, direct, practical, and purposeful. It asks questions like, “What needs to happen here?”

Example: I ask myself, “What do I need to do to help myself stay calm and centered?” Here’s the action plan I’ve come up with: When I’m in Vegas, I will take 10 deep abdominal breaths throughout the day. That triggers my Vagus nerve (how appropriate for Vegas!), which in turn triggers my immune system and my relaxation response. I will also dance and wiggle my pelvis like Elvis every day for at least ten minutes to reduce tension.

I plan on allowing myself plenty of time to take space, rest, and recharge my energy while there. I’ve already talked to Tom about exchanging lots of relaxing oxytocin hugs, and keeping the lines of communication open, clearing the air as we go along. (I find that when I sweep things under the rug, I end up getting the rug pulled out from under me!)

THE KING/QUEEN

Description: This is our higher self. It is the energy of love and joy. This super ally encourages us to: “Remember who you are. Remember that you are a beautiful soul. Remember that you are loved and guided and safe, no matter what. Remember that you are on a mission to discover and express your inherent magnificence.” It sees the higher truth and the deeper meaning in everything. It wants to be of service to self and others.

Example: As I tune into my higher self and see the Vegas trip from my soul’s eye view, I see that it is a perfect opportunity to practice being fully present in the midst of big energy, to keep coming home to my heart, breathing through my heart, seeing myself and others, even Vegas, from this higher perspective. “Namaste Vegas — the higher being in me sees the higher being in you.” I intend to look for the joy and beauty in everything around me.

Viva Las Vegas, and Viva the Lover, Magician, Warrior, and King! Accompanied and aided by these four formidable allies (and the fantastic Tom), I plan on having the time of my life!

Are you aware of these powerful allies in your life? How are they helping you heal and transform into your highest self and live your best life?

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Feb 15 2012

A Simple, Little-Known Cancer Test (& My Latest Results) – #88

It’s been a year since my last PET CT scan (which showed stable, mild hypermetabolic activity). I didn’t want to do another scan because of the high cost and radiation. Fortunately, I’ve found an easy, effective, inexpensive ($55), and non-invasive test that anyone can do. It’s a urine test called the Navarro test.

The test measures the presence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women. Numerous medical reports show this to be present in the urine of cancer patients. If the test shows that the number is above 50, that indicates cancer (above the amount that we all naturally have in our bodies).

As I awaited the results of my test, I realized that I’ve come to an amazing place in this journey – a place I didn’t know I’d ever get to but always hoped I would – a place of peace with whatever happens. I trust and accept that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, I’m in alignment with my soul, I’ve made friends with my body and my emotions, and if my number is up, (literally), then I accept that as part of the grand plan.

Maybe, having reached this place of peace, I no longer need cancer as my teacher. The results of the test showed that my number was 52.2, in the ‘faintly positive’ range for cancer. Though my number was ‘up’, it wasn’t a high number. The doctor wrote, “The elevated HCG is possibly coming from remnants (microscopic or otherwise) of the uterine cancer.” (He also advised me that the result should be correlated with medical measurements such as CT Scans, Ultrasounds, MRIs, and said that a biopsy procedure confirms the diagnosis of cancer.)

What I take from this is, I may still have cancer, but not a whole lot of it. That leads me to believe that the alternative healing treatments that I’m doing are holding the cancer at bay, that I am peacefully co-existing with it, or possibly even eliminating it. That’s the value of the Navarro test: it serves as a baseline result. I’ll do the test again in a few months to see if my number goes up or down, which will tell me if what I’m doing is working or not working and if I need to try something different. There are many alternative treatments; some are effective for some people, some for others. This test serves as a gauge that shows which ones are working and which ones aren’t.

To learn more about this test go here http://navarromedicalclinic.com/

To view my holistic healing regimen go here http://enlightenink.com/?page_id=333&paged=3

I wish you health in body, mind, and spirit; but more than that, I wish you profound peace with WHATEVER is happening.

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Feb 13 2012

How to Consciously Cope Well with Cancer (& Other Calamities) – #87

Hello Everyone,

My book celebration party was a rousing success! Yay \o/ Thank you to everyone who was there! If you weren’t able to be there, you can see a video of my speech from the party here. \http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qtundsmgi0&context=C3277ff5ADOEgsToPDskLltZCY3YGOoeimKkaH8p4Z

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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