In 2007, I was introduced to the law of attraction through the book, "The Secret." Using the tips and tools the book provided, I became intentional about what I wanted out of life. Through asking the universe and believing I would receive, I attracted many things I had been dreaming of for years. Love, traveling, money — it was all mine and I was loving the life I had created for myself. So, I tossed "The Secret" on my bookshelf and floated on through my perfect life.
Fast forward to September 2014 when my dream life turned into a nightmare after I was diagnosed with cancer. How could I go from having it all to having it all taken away? We all have the illusion of control in our lives, but this was something I was not able to fix and it drove me crazy. If I could be diagnosed with cancer, anyone could. Then I realized that while I don’t have control over my final outcome, I do have control over my thoughts, feelings and actions. So, I dusted off my copy of "The Secret" and renewed my law of attraction practice.
The law of attraction is a philosophy that states that what you focus on comes into your life, whether it is positive or negative. The book's author, Rhonda Byrne, explains how we must ask for what we want, believe it is possible and be grateful once we receive. Below are some of the ways I use the law of attraction in everyday life to take back the control of my mental, emotional and spiritual health.
I choose my words. I refuse to own disease. It’s not mine. I didn’t ask for it and I don’t want it. Thus, I never refer to it as “my cancer”, but rather, “the cancer.” However, I do refer to, “my healing” and “my recovery” because I want to own those things.
The vision board and visualization. Years before I was diagnosed, I began creating vision boards. This is where photos of my dreams and goals live. It’s a bulletin board placed in front of my desk, where I see it everyday and visualize myself fulfilling each dream and achieving each goal. I don’t worry about how the dream or goal will happen. I focus only on the end result. A couple times a year, I revise what is on the board. At this time, I spend a few minutes on each picture and express gratitude for its realization or future realization. Then I remove, add and rearrange according to what I’d like to focus on in the near future. Every time I edit my vision board, I’m amazed by how much has come to fruition.
Express gratitude. Every day, I mentally list or write down all the things and people for which I am grateful. A day does not pass where I don’t express gratitude for my healing, my perfect health, the perfect health of my organs, my husband, my life, for feeling good, my doctors, my pets, my family, my friends and so on. I also take this time to say thank you in advance and send love, health, healing and positivity to everyone I’ve encountered who is in need. I do this on my daily walk, before I fall asleep, during an MRI and while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. This practice always leaves me feeling happier and in a good state of mind.
Wite-Out is my friend. Last fall, I had to cancel my plans for a girls' weekend in Paris due to chemotherapy. To excercise my travel insurance, I needed my oncologist to write a letter explaining my medical status. I have since found the letter and used white out to change my situation from, “due to her chemotherapy schedule and adverse effects, it is not advisable for her to travel,” to “due to her perfect health, it is advisable and recommended for her travel.”
This letter hangs in front of my desk so I can see it every day. I’m also planning on going through my medical records with my trusty white out pen.
I say “YES!” When I hear a story of someone who has overcome a dire health situation, I say “Yes!” After sitting in the waiting room and listening to a woman call several people to share the news that she is in remission, I said “Yes!” in my head and mentally cheered her on. When I read that Jimmy Carter’s cancer is responding to treatment, I scream “Yes!” In my previous life, I may have been jealous, but I know saying “Yes!” creates good karma and tells the law of attraction that I want this too.
I keep my mouth shut. I do my best to not talk about cancer. I know, it's easier said than done for all of us who have had our lives impacted by the disease. But I don’t want to waste my days on E arth giving cancer any more time, attention and energy after it has already taken enough. When someone asks for an update, I share the bare minimum and then change the subject to something positive.
I surround myself with Tiggers. We all have Eeyores in our life and I’ve made an effort to kindly and respectfully stop spending time with them. This past summer, I was really sick and wasn’t practicing what I preach. It was hard to be upbeat and positive while vomiting for half the day. It was then that my army of Tiggers swooped in to fill my negativity trench up with positivity. At the time, I found them annoying, but looking back, I would not be alive if it weren’t for all my Tiggers. They really are wonderful things.
Above all, I believe. This is the key and more important part of the process. I believe, with every cell in my body, that whatever I want is possible. If you’re facing an incurable disease, know that every disease has been incurable at some point in history. I intentionally seek out stories of people defying the odds, overcoming prognoses and doing the impossible. I know these people overcame because they believed they could and not the opposite.
I know what some of you are thinking: “Cancer is serious, real, hardcore stuff and no matter how positive someone is, people do die.”
I know this, but I’d like to think a positive person who kept themselves open to miracles lived longer than someone who was negative and closed. I believe there is a mind-body connection and I welcome all forms of healing.
Ultimately, I understand I may not have control over the final outcome of my physical body. However, doing these activities gives me control over disease mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And most importantly, I’d prefer to leave this Earth knowing I exuded love, positivity and possibility — all of which are things needed in today’s world more than ever.
Focusing on the positive has been a lesson I learned before the cancer appeared but it has paid off. GEtting or staying involved with interesting People, Place, and things works.
While I do find it best to call it MY CANCER, I understand those who refuse it. For me it is like owning this little house I am in. I can take charge and do whatever. WE each need to find what works. My experience is that positive attitudes help in every way, and probably have given me this 14 years since that LUMP first appeared. This living in the state THEY like to call Chronic Cancer is not necessarily a good thing for me. It is also interesting to find who has backed off and who has come forward to walk through this with me. What a joy my Primary team of 5 have been. We all worked together in the 70's. Their is also a next layer of friends, one of whom just had a tumor removed from her pancreas. Thanks for the positive thoughts. It reminds me to try to be positive as I go to get my second port fixed or removed tomorrow. One Day at a Time! Janet
To suggest that a positive attitude equates to a longer lifespan is a gut punch to the 40,000+ men and women dying from metastatic breast cancer each and every year. Research, not attitude, prolongs lives. I have known too many men and women who have had a positive attitude and who died none the less from cancer.
Those of us with a terminal diagnosis frequently experience chronic pain and suffer dehabiliting impacts from treatment. I've personally endured over 35 rounds of chemotherapy, 60 rounds of radiotherapy, six years of hormonal therapy and five surgeries. Although the author would like to think that a positive attitude prolongs life, there is no data to show that.
The Law of Attraction is always in motion in everyone's life. Most people are not conscious of using it. When we worry about something, we are using the Law of Attraction to bring whatever we are fearing into our lives. Some people call that a self fulfilling prophecy. This isn't about positive thinking curing cancer. This is about positive thinking and all the other points Stacie mentions coalescing for intentional living. It's time to enlarge our conversation about cancer beyond "fighting," "killing," and "getting rid of" cancer. Thank you Stacie for this article.
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