In this issue:
|Director's Reflections - by Jan Adrian, MSW
On my recent vacation in Kauai it rained a lot, giving me the opportunity to find ways to spend time inside. I enjoyed watching DVDs, and especially appreciated The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing. It's about how, from a scientific perspective, we can maximize our bodies' self-healing abilities.
This has been a major interest of mine for as long as I can remember. It was the basis of the seminars I taught at the Center for Health Awareness in the 80's. Eventually it was what led me to design the Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving™ conference in 1994.
My interest continues to grow as science is demonstrating the truth of what has been on the fringe of medicine for so long. We are so much more than our bodies. We truly are spiritual beings on a human path, and true healing involves our whole being.
In The Living Matrix, scientists talk about the information we now have to guide us in activating our bodies' capacity for self-healing. They describe the intricate web of factors that determine our well-being, going beyond what we do to treat the physical.
I was excited to hear the information, and also to be introduced to some of the experts working in this field now. One of these experts is Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).
Marilyn will be one of the speakers at the Cancer as a Turning Point™ conference in Napa Valley on September 17th. She will share with us some of the research being done at IONS and how it can impact our own individual healing journeys.
To quote Marilyn from her book, Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, the resources are now available for you to "actively collaborate with the forces — both internal and external — that conspire to move you toward wholeness."
I hope you will come hear Marilyn at the conference if you can. If you can't, you can order The Living Matrix DVD, or order her book. You can watch a trailer for The Living Matrix here. This information needs to be part of the tool kit for anyone on a healing journey.
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In the spirit of healing,
Jan Adrian, MSW
Founder and Executive Director
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Note: Autumn Stephens edits poems and stories for Healing Journeys. A writer, editor, and facilitator of healing writing workshops, she lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her nuclear family.
A previous version of "Reconstruction" was published in the November 2010 issue of The East Bay Monthly magazine.
by Autumn Stephens
Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And suddenly, I had something in common with Dolly Parton and Jayne Mansfield: A lot of people were intensely—and exclusively—interested in my chest. In the course of a dizzying number of medical consultations, I learned to shrug out of my shirt or untie my gown at the drop of a hat. Pavlov's dogs had nothing on me. At the tap of a doctor's footsteps approaching the examining room, followed by a suspenseful silence as he or she paused outside to riffle through my chart, I'd get ready to strip. So a couple of months after my second surgery, when a new acupuncturist—a former Israeli soldier and medical researcher named Isaac Cohen—walked through the door, my fingers automatically flew to the top button of my shirt. "Whoa!" Isaac said, with a soft smile. "Let's get to know each other first." . . . Read Full Story
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Note: Sally Blumenthal-McGannon has been a pediatric ICU nurse; a hospice nurse; an AIDS coordinator; and a therapeutic touch practitioner/healer. She's been a group leader at WomenCARE, for women dealing with cancer; and at Kids Konnected, for kids living with a parent with cancer, and for parents of transgendered children. Sally has also been adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University.
She has a private practice and believes in living life with joy. In her free time, she is on the board of directors of Healing Journeys, is a wife and a mother, and she is grateful. She is recovering well from quadruple bypass surgery.
Subject: me and my current update
by Sally Blumenthal-McGannon
why is it that when i am quiet i am fine?
i am sitting on my back deck, listening to birds chirping, jays squawking
kitty chewing on a redwood leaf and pod
the sun is on the plants i have introduced, which flourish
as well as the bluebottles i have planted—spectacular
these were inspired by a trip in seattle with susan
i remind me of those boardwalk rides that cross each others' path
and keep going, barely missing collision but feeling the danger all the same
afraid to feel safe and afraid to get into the fear
because it could be really big
the worst is over and i don't feel swell yet. . . . Read Full Poem
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