Level 4: Emotional Healing
diagnosis of cancer is usually an unexpected, often a violent,
and almost always a profoundly unsettling experience. For
many patients -- and their families -- it shakes the very
bedrock of existence, calling long-held beliefs and cherished
self-identities into question. Nothing is, or ever will
be, the same again.
Traditionally, the intense emotions, questions, challenges and doubts generated by a cancer crisis are regarded by the medical system as being of secondary importance in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. But we believe that these aspects of our human experience are of great importance, and must be formally recognized and systematically dealt with. True health requires peace of mind, body, heart, and spirit.
"Emotional Healing" turns our attention to the deepest levels and concerns of the human heart and psyche.
In The Seven Levels of Healing program, we explore how it is possible for us, as human beings, to live in a "state of grace." For cancer patients, this condition is especially important. But what does this mean?
The state of grace to which we aspire is independent of individual religious belief. It simply asks that we strive to live each day in a state of love and forgiveness that allows the heart to be free, whole, and released from judgement, despair, resentment, and regret. In many people, however, negative emotions lie raging inside, denied, suppressed, and liable to emerge as symptoms of pain or depression, or as words and actions hurtful to ourselves or those we love.
The Seven Levels of Healing program aims to bring these wholly natural and understandable emotions out into the light of awareness, where they can be safely and gently understood, healed, and released in the light of compassion and love.
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
Next: Level 5: The Nature of Mind