Surviving Cancer – Spiritually Speaking
Embracing your faith with all of your might and all of your soul is by far the most powerful thing you can do to cope with a cancer diagnosis. If you’re devastated by the news of a cancer diagnosis then the way to counter that is by fully coming face to face with the core of your belief system. No matter what your religious background, this is now the time to decide how serious you are about your belief system. If you have no belief system, then now is the time to seriously consider why and what to do about it. If this diagnosis doesn’t spark your faith, probably nothing will. On the other hand, if you see this as an opportunity to question God then you’re well on your way to exploring your relationship with Him.
One of the most powerful things I did when told of the seriousness of my illness was to come to terms with the possibility of dying. Once I did that, I realized I wasn’t ready because there were still so many things in life I wanted and needed to do, learn and understand. So, I decided I needed to understand what was meant for me in this life. I knew I hadn’t fulfilled all that I was sent here to do so I felt very comfortable knowing that if I set my mind to living my life to its fullest then I’d be allowed to live. Some may think this is me fooling myself but if you have ever had a deep knowing, deep within your soul, you’d know exactly what I mean. This, I believe, is the meaning of having a relationship with God, your higher self, a higher power or whatever you believe is beyond your awareness and understanding.
Of course my experience was unique to me. Someone else with faith as strong as or stronger than mine may have a very different experience. In fact, the point is not about whether you’re going to live or die, we’re all going to die. The point is how well you’ll live while you’re still alive. There are many individuals who are bed-ridden and suffering major handicaps who still live well inside their mind, in tune with a supreme being. That, is the meaning of faith.
How do you embrace your spiritual self? How do you establish a relationship with the higher power that controls your final destination? How do you develop a personal relationship with God? Prayer and meditation. This is not a pat answer but a process. It’s a process you must learn to develop by embracing whatever philosophy resonates with your soul to understand the mind of God. There are many different ways to do this depending on your religious and spiritual frame of reference and belief system. Just understand it is doable. I will discuss some of these methods in future blogs. I will also leave it wide open for others to contribute their thoughts and success stories.