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May 29 2013

A Little Bit of Danger, A Whole Lot of Aliveness – Issue #102

I just received my latest cancer test results. They show that I’m still in the ‘faintly positive’ range. That means I still have a little bit of cancer in me.  A part of me would love to be declared ‘cancer free’ so that I can completely relax about it. But another part of me, my Big Soul Self, LIKES that I still have a little bit of cancer!

It is the kick in the can(cer) that’s keeping me awake, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and motivated to savor this sweet life. Every day I have two small squares of rich, creamy, high quality dark chocolate (sweetened with a healthy sweetener). I let each bite slowly, sensually melt in my mouth and try to make it last as long as I can. I’m savoring my life in that same way: feasting my eyes on Tom’s sweet face, luxuriating in my time with him and loved ones, not taking anyone or anything for granted.

I’ve heard of people who’ve had a near-death experience that ignited in them a more vivid sense of joy and appreciation of life. Yet as time goes by, for many of them, that vivid aliveness begins to fade. Mine is not fading – that little bit of cancer is keeping me wide awake! How perfect is that?!

When I view this as the perfect design of my soul, it helps me relax into it, trusting that higher forces are at work here. That feels so much better than thinking that I’ve screwed up somehow, that I’m doomed, that I’m just unlucky.

My soul is in charge. I’m right where I’m supposed to be. That’s the story I’m telling myself, and I know that the story we tell ourselves has a powerful impact on our bodies and beings. Einstein said: “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”

That decision affects us on a physical level; when we trust the universe, it helps us relax, which enhances our life AND our immune system. Fearing and distrusting the universe stresses us, and suppresses our immune system. Therefore, relaxing about having cancer can help heal it! And the only way I can relax about cancer is by trusting that it is all perfectly part of the grand plan of my higher self.

In addition, when I perceive my cancer as a soul-generated growth opportunity, I am filled with awe and respect for the courage of my Powerful, Wow-erful Big Soul Self! I ask myself, “Who ARE you!?” I always thought I was the world’s biggest fraidy cat, but I’ve discovered that the soul that I am is a rip-roaring, bad-ass Lionness! One day when I was appreciating the perfection of it all, my Lionness enthusiastically exclaimed to Tom: “I’m so happy to have cancer!” That spontaneous declaration surprised us BOTH!

With this little bit of cancer I have no physical pain, and, to be sure, if I were suffering with pain or chemo and radiation (like I did 3 years ago) I would not be such a happy cancer camper. (I’m not a fan of physical suffering – saint I ain’t!)

But right here, right now, I am alive and thriving. And, no matter how much time I have, I know that, just like with chocolate, it’s the quality that counts, not the quantity.

Are you having challenges in your life? How is it perfect? How is it all part of the grand plan of your courageous, magnificent Big Soul Self?

In Love,

Janet Jacobsen

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Mar 18 2012

How to Heal & Prevent Cancer with Daily “Vowel” Movements – #90

I’d like to share with you several key practices I’ve learned on my cancer adventure that can help heal or prevent cancer and other illnesses. I’ve come up with an acronym to help us remember these important points: it’s the vowels AEIOU and Y. The word ‘heal’ literally means ‘to become whole.’ Many people who’ve gone into remission from cancer have done so by making these whole-body, whole-life changes:

A is for Alkalize. Acidity in our body is a breeding ground for cancer and other illnesses. What creates acidity are our foods and our ‘tudes: foods like sugar, dairy, meat, refined grains, and alcohol, and ‘tudes like worry, anger, stress, and guilt. That’s why changing our diet and our attitudes are important keys to healing. Things that alkalize our body are practices like meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, and dance, and foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, green tea, and lemon juice, which becomes alkaline in the body. (You can buy pH strips at a health food store that will measure your alkalinity and acidity.)

E is for Exericise. A recent study revealed that people who sit around a lot are more prone to cancer. That makes sense when you realize that exercise oxygenates us, reduces stress (and therefore acidity), and activates the immune system and the lymphatic system (which detoxifies our bodies). A bouncing movement will especially stimulate the lymphatic system (using a trampoline, jump rope, exercise ball, or jogging, etc), as will whole body shaking, like a dog shakes water off his fur. I do it every morning to the Beatles song, “Shake it up baby now, twist and shout!” Instead of a milk shake, have a whole body shake! Instead of a coffee break, take a shake break!

I is for Immune system enhancement. We all have cancer cells in our bodies, but what keeps them from multiplying is a strong immune system. Stress suppresses our immune system, so I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of reducing stress. Stagnation also suppresses the immune system; there is a delicate balance between doing too much and not doing enough. Some of the things that enhance the immune system are dancing, laughter, hugs, and love, which includes doing what we love, doing our souls work. When we align with our spirit, we not only enhance our immune system, we raise our vibration into a state of grace place where life flows more easily.

O is for Oxygenate. Cancer is anaerobic; it flourishes in conditions of low oxygen. If we take ten deep diaphragmatic breaths, it not only oxygenates us, it activates the relaxation response, the lymphatic system, AND our immune system. Taking ten deep breaths is one of the most powerful healing tools we have, and it’s completely free! I’ll breathe to that!

U is for UV sunlight. The sun has gotten a bad rap in recent years, but it is a powerful source of healing (when we use good sense and moderation). It boosts not only our moods but our immune system and endocrine system as well. Since 90% of light enters through our eyes, it’s important to spend time outside without glasses, again using good sense and moderation. Of course, don’t look directly at the sun; just being exposed to the light of day will help. So let the sun shine in and face it with a grin :o ) (smiling stimulates the immune system).

Y is for Yuck! As in yucky toxins. The toxins in our lives create acidity and weaken our immune system. Therefore, it’s important to reduce the chemicals in our foods, water, household cleansers, and hygiene products. Also, reduce the toxic electromagnetic overload from computers, television, cell phones, etc. Negative thoughts and feelings are also toxic, as they increase acidity and inflammation, a hotbed for illness; clearing negative emotions is very beneficial to our health. One of my favorite ways to release negative emotions is to make non-verbal sounds expressing the feeling (I love growling when I’m angry!) It usually ends in laughter, which is a powerful healing tonic in itself.

There you have it: the AEIOU & Y of holistically healing (and preventing) cancer and other illnesses. For optimal good health, I highly recommend having a daily ‘vowel’ movement!

In Love & Gratitude,

Jan Jacobsen

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