“Doctor, are you saying that emotions can cause cancer?” In my more than 25 years of serving cancer patients and seeing miracles unfold, I have been asked this incredulous question more times than I can possibly count. My unwavering answer has always been, “Yes, they can.”

I understand why this concept leaves so many of us wide-eyed. Proponents of evidence-based medicine have their own perspective of what counts as evidence, and, somehow, emotions don’t make their list.

Yet, we all perceptibly know that thoughts become things. They can become the difference between action and inaction, success and failure, health and disease, or even life and death. They can certainly drive change.

But, would it be a stretch to think that our thoughts could cause cancer? And even if they could, how would we measure their impact, and, more importantly, undo their damage?

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My experience with Recall Healing

A few years ago, I sat in a classroom with these precise questions cantering through my head. Through a process called “Recall Healing,” my teacher helped me discover how my mother’s controlling influence had woven itself into the fabric of my life to the detriment of my other close relationships. As my new-found awareness helped me let go of that baggage, my right big toe surprised me by painfully swelling to twice its size. As I found out the next day, the right big toe happens to be related to mother-related conflicts!

That day I personally experienced how mental conflicts are connected to downstream biological manifestations. Once I truly let go of that emotion, I personally experienced an amazing improvement in my physical, mental, and emotional quality of life, as well as in my inter-personal relationships.

I also saw the tremendous value in using this technique in treating other physical and psychological illnesses, including cancer.

More than two decades ago, I laid out Seven Key Principles of Cancer Therapy that have been the cornerstone of my treatment philosophy. Pivotal among them is the principle of “Emotional and Spiritual Integrity.” Over the years, I have trained thousands of cancer patients to identify their buried, harmful emotions that silently trigger the disease. Recall Healing has become a valuable tool in this endeavor. In my experience, simply identifying these emotional triggers resolves 90 percent of diseases and 100 percent of aggravation from existing ones.

It is a simple process, but it takes work, time, and faith.

Trauma and the Triad

To understand how emotions can cause cancer, we need to first understand that the core building block of our body is not matter, but energy. Even matter, after all, is also a form of energy. Energetic information exchange happens throughout our being across the body-mind-spirit interfaces and is responsible for change – both good and bad.

Recall Healing conceptualizes the human being as a triad consisting of the psyche, the automatic brain, and the body.

  • The psyche is our “mind,” the processor of our thoughts and beliefs, our conceptualizer of religion and education, and the connector to our spirit.
  • The automatic brain is the control center that runs the entire body with one primary purpose: ensuring survival. It takes inputs from the psyche, which it interprets as actionable truths.
  • The body is a complex organization of billions of specialized cells, each working for the benefit of the whole. It takes commands from the automatic brain.

So, in this setup, how does cancer evolve? When the brain deals with a traumatic, isolating event, it dampens the massive impulse by diverting it to the sympathetic nervous system, a pathway designed with a simple mission of keeping us alive. However, if not resolved, this traumatic memory continues to trigger signals that cause dysfunctions in our autoregulatory systems, resulting in cancer or other chronic diseases.

Hamer’s Biological Laws of Cancer

After being diagnosed with testicular cancer following the traumatic murder of his son, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German physician, traced the traumatic pasts of thousands of cancer patients to find some astonishing correlations which he summarized in five “biological laws.” [1]  While mired in controversy, many of Dr. Hamer’s thoughts are consistent with the concepts of bioregulation, including the emerging field of psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology. [2,3] Hamer’s concepts extend beyond the ideas of psychological and behavioral response. [4] His laws give substance to the relevance of biological conflicts in disease, and the importance of methods like Recall Healing in training patients to identify their conflicts and truly let them go. Dr. Hamer passed away on July 2, 2017, but left behind a rich legacy of information that challenges our way of thinking about disease and its root causes.

In a simplified summary, his laws state the following:

  1. The origin of any cancer can be traced back to a Dirk Hamer Syndrome — an acute, dramatic, unanticipated, isolating experience that simultaneously affects the psyche, brain, and body.
  2. These felt experiences imprint themselves as biological conflicts in the brain that predictably correspond to specific locations in the body.
  3. Cancer evolves through two distinct phases: the conflict-active and healing phases. The conflict-active phase corresponds to an unresolved conflict and is characterized by an overactive sympathetic nervous system. It results in a “cold disease,” elevated stress and anxiety, and sleep disorders. Resolving the conflict ushers the healing phase, which is dominated by the parasympathetic nervous system. This phase can trigger a healing crisis which can put the patient at an elevated risk, especially if healing from advanced stages of cancer. A patient must pass through both these phases to completely heal.
  4. Microbes are leveraged beneficially through the healing phase to assist in recovery from the disease. The reduction of symbiotically beneficial microbes can be detrimental to the healing process.
  5. The two disease phases are part of a natural program designed to bypass the body’s normal functioning with the purpose of healing from emergencies. When we understand that disease is fundamentally a survival mechanism, we can focus our energy on the cause rather than simply treating the symptoms.

However, finding the triggering emotion is not easy. Just like icebergs remain mostly hidden under water, an estimated 90 percent of our emotions stay hidden from our conscious brain, and yet send strong signals to our body that can alter our biological fate.

To find these emotions, we must look sometimes as far back as our time of birth and beyond. We cannot ignore thoughts that are passed down through generations and live deeply and unconsciously rooted in our being. It takes effort and perseverance to identify these emotional triggers and understand their consequences. This is where the assistance of a Recall Healing coach can be highly beneficial.

The Process of Recall Healing

Recall Healing provides a different way of understanding health, disease, and life. It tells us that disease has meaning, showing us externally what, unbeknownst to us, exists in the depth of our being. [5] It helps us understand that “illness” is a program that the brain switches on under extreme stress to protect us, but keeps on to our detriment. Reaching inwards and becoming aware of the conflict gives us the power to turn off that switch.

Our awareness becomes our healer.

Uncovering Your Hidden Traumas.

As experienced emotional healers, we have to become like the great detective, Sherlock Holmes. Traumas leave clues in the symptoms we observe that we can study using deductive reasoning. For example, if someone has bladder cancer, there is a very high probability that their emotional triggers are related to either territorial issues or cash flow situations. This knowledge helps us ask the right questions to bring relevant memories to awareness. Awareness can be enough to induce a cathartic unraveling that starts the healing process.

There is irony in the Law of Attraction that we are often magnetized to relationships and events that have caused us pain and trauma in the past — simply because we are unaware. Those patterns provide significant clues to the seeds of trauma feeding cancer.

As emotional healers, we also take a deep look at the time the patient is told they have cancer. This is a traumatic episode that can deeply aggravate an already stressful situation; it can suddenly shift a patient’s perspective of life where they now stand bare, dreams shattered, with a foot in the grave. Repairing this insult is of great importance to the process of recovery.

The conflict sometimes exists embedded deep in the recesses of an embryonic memory. Developing a timeline that traces history back to up to three generations can sometimes be necessary to understand the source and nature of an existing biological conflict. It is an arduous process of self-discovery, but extremely worthwhile.

The body knows how to heal.

Once the trauma is brought to awareness, most of the work is done. We don’t need to know how to fix the problem. We simply must bring it to awareness so that the body’s healing mechanisms can take over. In my experience, about 60 percent cases can be resolved simply by identifying the conflict.

The conflict doesn’t need to disappear — it just needs to be let go.

While buried emotions never die, we can render them toothless simply by becoming aware of them. The process is simple: Know it. Claim it. Dump it! By knowing the cause, it gives us the ability to claim power over it, and let it go.

If there are people to blame, there is definite power in forgiveness. But that does not equate to letting it go. “Forgive and forget” equates to a false pardon, because we never truly forget. We must let go for ourselves, not for others.

Embrace truth, eschew lies.

The wounds in our emotional body are carefully protected by our denial of their existence. We must face the lies we tell ourselves because they cloud our ability to see things the way they truly are, as opposed to how we want to see them.

Look at your wounds truthfully — in that introspection, you will find healing.

Find a new purpose for your life.

Very often patients set their minds on “beating cancer,” a process that unknowingly keeps them focused on the trauma that caused it. I urge them to instead invest their thoughts and energies to re-defining the direction of their life. Nobody heals because they want to heal — they heal because they become deeply attached to a bigger purpose. Removing a trauma without repurposing your life will simply result in a rebound of the same problem because it was never gone in the first place.

I want to share the example of vibrant, young 40-year-old Minnie, who I recently met at a conference. Her positive, infectious energy did not for a moment betray the fact that she was harboring metastatic breast cancer that had spread to most of her body, except her brain. She spoke to me about her three young children, the motivation that gave her the desire to live. Her year-long dedication to her alternative healing path — without chemo, surgery, or radiation — had already paid impressive dividends. During the course of a year, the metastasis in her liver and lungs had completely disappeared. However, I knew that there was more that could and needed to be done.

Her cancer started in her right breast which is connected to male conflicts. When I questioned her about any issues with male relationships in her life, I wasn’t surprised when she broke down in tears. She shared her deepest hurt: that she had never heard the words “I love you” from her otherwise supportive and well-meaning father, which had left a deep, unmet void in her life. Among these tears, she found the strength to let go of the conflict, and focus on the real purpose of her life.

I encounter this type of cathartic release quite often during my conversations with patients; it is an important step to dislodge the emotional anchors holding back the healing process.

I would like to assure you that the idea of Recall Healing is not to trivialize the corporeal reality of the disease. In fact, it is the very opposite. By understanding the role of emotions, we add a dimensionality that completes the picture of the challenge we face and a pathway to resolve it. We stop floating in a sea of misunderstood symptoms and find our way to the real source of the malaise.