Tag Archive 'Deepak Chopra'

Jul 16 2012

Turning Poison Into Nectar: The Secret to Optimal Nourishment – #94

“Never eat with people you don’t like because your state of awareness will influence how your food is metabolized.” This is what Deepak Chopra said in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He talked about a study that was done where rabbits were fed a diet that was extremely high in cholesterol. The researchers were amazed and puzzled to find that one group of rabbits never got high cholesterol levels. They discovered that the technician who was feeding that group of rabbits would pet, cuddle, and talk sweetly to them, and because of that, their bodies metabolized the cholesterol in a healthy way. Deepak concluded, “Your state of mind can convert nectar into poison and poison into nectar.”

When I heard that, I felt concerned, and at the same time, I felt relieved. Concerned because since my cancer diagnosis I’ve been very careful with my diet, BUT, slowly, sugar has been creeping back in. I’m aware that sugar fuels cancer, and sometimes when I’m about to bite into a sweet treat, I wonder, “Is this REALLY to die for?” Now, after hearing what Deepak said, I realize that whatever I’m eating, if I eat it with fear and worry and negative feelings, that makes it even more toxic to my body. Yikes!

On the other hand, I’m relieved to know that if I change my relationship to food, if I align with it, savor it’s deliciousness, imagine that it’s nourishing me, and feel good about it, that helps convert poison into nectar. That’s not to say that I’m going to start pigging out on sweets. I still plan to keep sugar to a minimum. But I’ve been so afraid of ‘killer’ sweets, that I’ve even feared fruits, especially bananas. Now, I will love the banana (or raw honey, or any other natural sweet that I’m eating) and thank it for its nourishment and sweet yumminess.

I can see why saying grace before a meal helps prepare our bodies to best metabolize the food and optimize its healing benefits. I intend to bring grace to my meals from now on, focusing on gratitude for the food, for the good people I’m eating with, for myself for choosing good food and good people, thankful for the nourishment, seeing my cells and organs thriving and jiving, blissed out and blessed.

Are you mindful of your mood when you eat your food? Remember, “Your state of mind can convert nectar into poison and poison into nectar.” Eat with love, and with people you love!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen


Here’s my favorite healthy sweet treat that I eat almost every day.


1 TBSP coconut oil

1 TBSP raw cacao

1 TBSP mashed banana

1/2 TBSP almond butter (or tahini)

1 TBSP chopped walnuts

(Optional: add 1 Tsp of raw honey or a pinch of stevia to make it sweeter)

Mix together and spoon onto aluminum foil, shaping it into a patty. Put it in the freezer to harden (about ten minutes). Eat in joy!

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Nov 22 2010

The Transformative Power of ‘Yes Sets’ – Issue #63

Right now I feel really good. I am pain free for the first time in a year. I am feeling happy, peaceful and healthy. No, this isn’t me reciting pie-in-the-sky affirmations about how I want it to be…it is actually SO! Despite the doctors prediction that my cancer will inevitably grow and that basically I am toast, I’m still here and I’m feeling better all the time. Could it be that something I’m doing is working?! I’m not sure exactly what that might be since I’m doing a multitude of healing modalities (to be shared in a later newsletter). However, I am convinced that one of the most powerful things I am doing is called ‘Yes Sets’. Yes Sets have a proven track record in my life of producing miracles.

What are Yes Sets? They are a form of hypnosis which involves saying a series of persuasive truisms that get your head nodding and mind agreeing and affirming, “Yes, that’s true.” Thiså activates the agreement part of our brain. Then at the end of this series of at least three true statements, you slip in the desired, related belief. Yes Sets help set us up for new, desired possibilities, and set us free from stubborn, habitual mindsets. The reason this is important is that the mind has tremendous influence over what plays out in our bodies and in our lives. Our life and our body are like play doh, shaped and formed by our thoughts and beliefs.

A perfect example of this is the amazing, true account of “Mr. Wright” (a pseudonym), who in the mid 1950’s was dying from cancer of the lymph nodes. He had tumors the size of oranges and was weak and feverish and clearly on his way out. His doctors gave him an experimental drug called Krebiozen. Within a few days his tumors were half their size and ten days later they were almost completely gone and he was restored to good health. However, when he heard reports that the drug was a failure, his health declined and his tumors returned. His doctors decided to try an experiment. They told him those reports were wrong, that the drug actually did work at a higher dosage. This time they gave him a placebo, telling him it was a higher dose of Krebiozen, and once again his tumors vanished and he returned to good health. Alas, a few months later the AMA came out with a formal announcement that the drug was useless, and shortly thereafter Mr. Wright checked into a hospital and died of his disease.

The mind can kill us or cure us. Convincing the mind that what we want IS possible is paramount and Yes Sets are a powerful way to accomplish that. I’ll give you an example of the miraculous mind and life altering effect of using Yes Sets in my life. Most of my life I had a deeply entrenched belief that I was unlovable and would always be alone. I literally could not conceive of being loved by a man. When I finally figured out that that was simply a hard-wired habitual belief, I began using Yes Sets to change that belief.

Here is one of the Yes Sets I used that evoked an affirmative response and helped open my mind, and therefore my life, to love:

There’s plenty of blue sky for everyone.

There’s plenty of oxygen for everyone.

There’s plenty of love for everyone.

There’s plenty of love for me. (This desired belief easily slips into the series of yeses preceding it).

Another set of persuasive truisms that I used were:

I am a valuable friend with depth, humor and a commitment to authenticity and personal growth.

My friends deeply love and appreciate that about me.

I deeply love and appreciate that about myself.

There are men who would love to have a partner with those qualities.

There are men who would love to have me as a partner.

In fact, some man would be dang lucky to have me as a partner!


By using Yes Sets (and other techniques), I successfully convinced myself that I was lovable, that I deserved love and could have a lasting, loving relationship with the man of my dreams. Soon love came into my life in the form of my husband-to-be, Tom, who is a constant visual reminder to me that hardwired beliefs can be changed, and deeply desired beliefs can become reality.

Now, as I am healing from cancer, I am affirming a series of affirmative, head-nodding truisms such as:

I am daily, diligently doing powerful healing modalities.

These modalities have produced miraculous cures for many people.

Miracles happen in my life.

I am feeling stronger and healthier everyday.

I believe these modalities can produce a miraculous cure for me.

I believe that I can be completely healed!

As I dwell in these truisms I have come to believe that maybe I will be around for a while. Maybe I’m not toast after all. Maybe I will be the toast of the town! Maybe I really will be completely healed. I know that this belief rearranges my cells, my reality and my outcome. As Deepak Chopra has written, “We are the only creatures on the planet who can change our biology through our thoughts, feelings and intentions. Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them.”

Do you have a hardwired belief that you would like to change? Is there something you would like to have in your life but believe it’s impossible? I highly recommend using Yes Sets to set you free from old programming and set you up for unlimited possibilities. Yes! Yes! Yes!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Aug 30 2010

The Universe is Goosing Me! – Issue #58

“Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them.” I love that quote by Deepak Chopra. It reminds me to be aware of my thoughts and the reality they are creating. Science has shown that our cells literally rearrange themselves according to our thoughts and attitudes. Our cells await our direction, and in the meantime they operate on old habitual programming.

I’m working with a cancer coach (consciouscancerjourney.com) who is providing me with tools that help me to intentionally create the life and state of being that I want. One of the tools is called Scripting, which involves taking time each morning to write down how I desire my day to go, to see my day and my health in positive possibilities as if it were already so. The physical act of writing these desires builds new neural pathways and my cells ‘eavesdrop’ on these affirmations and arrange themselves accordingly.

The days I have scripted have unfolded remarkably close to the script I laid out for that day. However, I was new to scripting and hadn’t made it a habit yet, and I started to forget to do it. Without conscious direction, old thought habits were starting to creep in. I recently awoke constricted in fear with a pain in my butt that had been aching throughout the night. This dull aching pain had been persistent lately. It is the same pain I’d once mistook for hemorrhoids, but my doctor told me that it is most probably referred pain from the site of the tumor. I’d been hoping that all my healing efforts were succeeding in eliminating or holding the cancer at bay (and that may be true, the pain could simply be referred pain from scar tissue from the radiation). However, fear of the worst-case scenario had me in its grip.

I fell into Tom’s arms as the ‘rains’ came, crying, naming my feelings and my worst fears. One of those is that I will die a painful, lingering death. I’m not afraid of death itself, but, as Woody Allen said, “I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” As I cried and acknowledged this fear, a clearing happened — the fear loosened its grip and the pain lessened, giving me the direct experience that fear makes the pain worse. When I’m tense and barely breathing, the pain increases, which makes me more tense, which makes the pain intensify, and so on until before I know it I’m all crunched up in a black hole of fear and pain.

I was feeling better and pain-free from ventilating my feelings, and continued to process with Tom. I told him that I’ve been thinking about going to a medical intuitive because I realize a part of me wants someone to see my energy field and recognize and acknowledge the value of my soul’s journey. I said to Tom, “I wonder what words I would love to hear her say? What higher truth would I love for her to see about me and this health challenge?” I imagined I was the medical intuitive telling me everything I’d love to hear. Here’s what ‘she’ told me:

“I see that you are a strong, courageous soul, facing your worst fears, making a stand in this lifetime to heal and integrate all of your unloved parts. I see your passion to become whole. I also see that you’ve already done a lot of work on yourself, healing yourself in many ways, and, now there is this one area that needs your loving attention. You are right where you’re supposed to be. You are loving yourself whole, and you are doing a great job!”

It’s natural for us to want all our hard work to be seen, and to have our magnificent Soul Self recognized and acknowledged by others — and, I realize that it’s most important that I recognize and acknowledge that about myself. Therefore, I’ve decided to include in my daily scripting an appreciation for the magnificence of my Big Soul Self.

During the day, if there is pain, I now use it to alert me that I’ve contracted into the little, fearful, pain-in-the-butt me, which reminds me to breathe, relax and return to the awareness of my Magnificent Big Soul Self! The pain is like the Universe goosing me, saying, “Unclench, breathe, stay awake and remember who you really are. Remember that you are loved and watched over. Remember that you are eternal. Remember that you are safe no matter what.” When I’m in that place of remembrance, I breathe easy, I relax, and the pain lessens or completely disappears.

One of my favorite passages from Bartholomew’s book, I Come As a Brother, is about putting fear into perspective. He says, “It is as though you injured your little finger but the rest of your body is all right…Isolate the fear into your ‘finger’ and call on the whole ‘body’ to clarify it.” I’m seeing the cancer in the same way – I’m putting it into perspective. It is not who I am, it is not all of me, it is not bigger than me; it is just a little bitty baby burr under my saddle reminding me to WAKE UP!

At this time I don’t know if the remaining tumor is shrinking, growing, spreading or staying the same. I know that I feel good physically (except for the occasional pain in the butt, which has lessened considerably). I am recovering from the chemo and radiation and feeling more strength and vitality every day. I have been scripting for that and it is so. I’ve now made the scripting a habitual part of my day and it has made a big difference in my sense of wellbeing, happiness and health.

Fear has been a ‘pain in the butt’ for me in this lifetime. I am facing and embracing it and using it to remind me that we are so much more than our bodies — we are big, bright, beautiful, eternal souls here to learn and grow and remember that we are big, bright, beautiful, eternal souls.

What script would you write for your ideal day? If someone could see who you really are — all your brilliance, all your hard work — what words of acknowledgement would you love to hear them say? Say them to yourself! Script them into your day. Then ‘goose’ yourself to stay awake and keep remembering all day long how magnificent, courageous and valuable you truly are!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen


Here is my scripting for today:

Today I am feeling healthy, strong and full of joy and vitality. I eat vibrant foods that add to my health and energy. I feel comfortable and peaceful in my body. I am excited to send out my newsletter, seeing it go out to many people who are inspired and uplifted by it. I look forward to it reaching thousands of people, being of service, reminding others and myself of our true self, our magnificent, beautiful Big Soul Selves. I feel connected to all these people, to all the people in my life, feeling our oneness. I remember throughout the day that I am loved and guided and safe. I feel my partnership with Spirit. Today I rest in a state of grace, where everything I need comes to me easily. I feel happy and inspired and revitalized.

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