"Every symptom has a certain way of being with which it is associated.
In order to release a symptom, one must release the way of being associated
with it. Thus, the process of healing implies a process of transformation.
Anything can be healed"... Martin Brofman
By Martin Brofman, Ph.D. <email@example.com>
Posted June 8, 2002
One or Two Months to Live
When I had terminal cancer in 1975, I had been told that I had one
or two months to live, and that the end might come very suddenly, any moment,
if I coughed or sneezed. I was faced with a reality in which each day was
possibly my last day, each hour my last hour, and I recognized that for
whatever limited time I had remaining, I wanted to be happy.
Living a compromise made no sense to me. Since each meal was possibly
the last one I would ever have, I wanted to eat whatever I had an appetite
for, whatever my body was asking for. It didn't make sense to me to eat
food I didn't enjoy just because someone else thought it would be healthy
for me. Their loving intentions were recognized, but I knew it was not
my way. My path to health had to include a sense of enjoyment in all that
I did, and I had to be true to myself, to be real. I had to believe in
the recovery process.
Then, it was suggested to me that the cancer was the result of a process
that had been going on in my consciousness, and that I could use my consciousness
to get rid of it. My consciousness had been the effect of programming,
in the same way that the results that a computer produces are the effects
of the way had been programmed. I could reprogram my consciousness.
I was presented with the idea that our perceptions create our reality,
and I realized that I had to reprogram my consciousness to create the perception
that I was well. I was not prepared for such an abrupt shift from the perception
of being terminally ill, but I realized that I could much more easily create
the perception that I was getting better and better, until I was indeed
I had had the perception that I was in a state of deterioration, getting
closer and closer to dying, and I knew that if I were to have as the end
result the perception that I was well, I would have to change from getting
worse and worse to getting better and better. I also knew that the turn-around
could happen in any moment. It was a matter of turning a switch in my mind,
and insisting on knowing that it had been turned. I decided that if the
moment of change could be any moment, then let it be now.
I felt a shift in my consciousness, and I knew then that I was in a
state of improvement. I also knew the importance of maintaining the integrity
of that decision, and of that moment. I knew that all of my perceptions
had to reinforce the idea that I was now getting better and better. For
example, I could remind myself as I ate whatever food I wanted, that it
was exactly what my body needed to accelerate the healing process.
Physical sensations that felt like electric shocks in my body, which
before had reinforced the idea that the tumor was growing, now had to be
perceived as evidence that the tumor was shrinking. My mind looked for
more and more ways of knowing that the improvement was happening.
I knew I had to stay away from those people who insisted on seeing me
as still terminal, not from any lack of love, but just to maintain my own
positive attitude toward my healing process. I had to be with people who
were willing to encourage me on this seemingly impossible task I had set
for myself. When I was asked how I was doing, I insisted on answering,
"Better and better," and seeing how that was, in fact, true.
I knew that it was vital to maintain the positive programming, and that
putting myself in a relaxed state of mind and talking positively to myself
for fifteen minutes, three times each day, was a part of the programming
process I should in no way interfere with. There were temptations to not
do the relaxations, and then I would remind myself that my life was at
stake. Any temptation, then, was something that stood between me and my
life, and had to be removed, so that I could live.
Holding the Perception
At first, it was very difficult. I found that the integrity of the
moment of change was easily compromised, by my thoughts or words acknowledging
anything other than the idea that I was improving, and I had to be honest
with myself, and see that, and then know that I had "blown it." Then, I
could tell myself that what had happened was just a practice run, and that
the real moment of change was now.
It got easier and easier. I was able to maintain integrity for just
hours at first, then a day, then two days, and then I was solid. I knew
the program was working. I was able to recognize the doubting voice inside,
and know that it did not represent truth. I was able to identify with the
encouraging voice. It became my guide, leading me back to stable health.
I was more and more able to maintain the single-pointedness of knowing
that positive changes were happening. When I was not feeling a symptom,
I told myself that perhaps now I would never feel that symptom again. If
I experienced the symptom after that, I told myself that the process was
just not yet complete, and that indeed I was feeling the symptom less than
I had before.
I had to know that positive changes were happening now, possibly just
at the threshold of notice-ability, so I could eagerly anticipate evidence
to justify my perceptions. Naturally, I was always able to find something,
and so assure myself that it was not something I was just imagining, but
real, and more strength was added to the process.
During my relaxation periods, I imagined seeing the tumor which had
been located in my spinal cord in the neck, and imagined that I was watching
one layer of cancer cells dying, and being released, to be discarded by
my body's natural elimination system. I knew that the change, perhaps not
yet noticeable, was still definite. I knew that each time I released waste
products from my body, the dead cancer cells were being eliminated, and
I reminded myself of that each time. I insisted on knowing that it was
I knew that cancer represented something held in and not expressed,
and since the tumor was located by my throat chakra (energy center), I
had been holding back the expression of my Being. Since I wasn't quite
sure what that meant, though, I decided that it was imperative that I express
everything. Every thought, every feeling, whatever was in my consciousness
that wanted to come out, I expressed, knowing that it was vital for my
health. Before, I had had the perception that expressing led to discord,
but now I saw that what I was expressing was appreciated by those around
me, that expressing and communicating led to harmony.
Before, I had had the belief that if I expressed what I really wanted
to, something bad would happen. I had to reprogram that to the belief that
if I expressed what I really wanted to, something wonderful would happen.
I made that decision, and it was so.
I found myself having less and less in common with my old friends. It
was as though we had shared a common vibrational frequency before, say
547 cycles, whatever that means, and suddenly I found myself at 872 cycles,
having few things to communicate with the 547-cycle people. I had to find
new friends who were also at 872, to have someone to talk with.
I found myself attracted to the 872 crowd, and them to me, as though
I had become selectively magnetic, and certain elements of my reality were
being released which were no longer in accord with the new Being I was
becoming. I knew the process was inevitable, and should not be interfered
with. I developed a sense of compassion and understanding at that time.
I knew that my life depended on releasing all elements of my life not in
accord with my new vibration. The process was simple, though not always
I began each day as a process of self-discovery, with no preconceived
notion of who I was, yet with a willingness to discover the emerging Being,
and a sense of delight with each new discovery.
I imagined the scene that would happen in the doctor's office after
my work on myself was done. I could see him examining me, and finding no
tumor, being puzzled. He might say, "Perhaps we made a mistake." I played
the scene in my mind each day, in my relaxation periods.
I had heard that within the technology of mental programming, if I talked
to myself for fifteen minutes three times each day, within 66 days, I could
get myself to believe anything, and that whatever I believed to be true,
would be true.
About two months after I started working on myself, I went to be examined
by the doctor who had pronounced me terminally ill. On the way to the doctor,
I knew that I had to maintain the perception that everything was all right.
I replayed the scene in my mind, knowing it would happen like that.
Finally, the moment of truth arrived. The doctor examined me, and found
nothing. He said, "Perhaps we made a mistake." I laughed all the way home.
I have transformed my way of Being. My lifestyle has changed dramatically.
It no longer makes any sense to work in any nine-to-five job, or to call
any other Being my "superior," since we are all equal Beings, and all with
infinite potential. I “retired” from Wall Street at the age of 38 with
nothing but the dedication to the idea of doing what I really want to do
and not doing what I really do not want to do, and trusting my trip, listening
to my inner voice. It’s a decision I have never regretted.
With what I learned of the body/mind relationship from my experience
and the research I did during my own healing process, I developed a model
of healing as a way to organize in my own mind what had happened for me,
and what had worked.
I gradually became involved in healing others when conditions seemed
to demand that, and in doing that I saw more and more examples of the body/mind
interface covering many other symptoms. The model of healing I was using
became more and more coherent and multi-dimensional.
I discovered the joy of sharing my experiences and ideas with others,
and watching them benefit as they put the ideas to work in their own lives.
The work I do now as a healer and teacher is meaningful to me, important
to others as well, and is of service to humanity, and I feel a "high" when
I do it. I have a strong sense of doing my life's work. I know
that I am doing what I came to this planet to do. I know it's right. It's
not a feeling that I had had before.
The process of transformation is an integral part of the healing process,
whether the Being is healing his/her vision or releasing some serious illness,
and indeed also even when the out-of-balance condition has not reached
the physical level, yet still exists on the mental or emotional level.
It is for those of us who recognize the process to encourage it, and
assist it where we can, so that the planetary transformation now taking
place within the individuals inhabiting it may be hastened, and made as
gentle as possible.
Illness or injury shows on the physical level, metaphorically, what
has been happening in the consciousness of the Being experiencing the symptoms.
It is related to that person's way of Being. Once the elements of a person's
Being that relate to their physical out-of-balance condition are identified,
they can be changed, and health and balance on all levels can be restored.
When we see the physical body as a map of the consciousness that wears
it, and always balanced to it, we can also see that a change in one implies
a change in the other. When a healing happens, a change in personality
may be expected to reflect the change in the physical Being, and vice verse.
The "new" individual will have the same Essence of Being, yet with
a different way of interacting with the environment, without what had been
excessive tension for that individual. In fact, they will be more themselves,
whom they really are.
It may seem as though the individual had awakened from a very real-seeming
dream, and things will make sense in a different way. A perceptual filter
will have been removed, a filter through which values had been determined,
and without that filter, truer values will become evident. The "new" Being
may even have different tastes in food and/or clothing, and different personal
habits. It will be a welcome transformation.
Approaches to healing which consider the aspect of personality change,
transformation, are keyed to the idea of an inner cause to any outer symptom.
Without the inner changes, the symptoms may be relieved in the physical
reality, but not yet the causes in the inner world, and the symptoms may
get re-created again. The Being then considers that part of their energy
system an inherent weakness, to be continually dealt with, until they can
bring about the inner changes, after which the symptoms no longer manifest.
After all, the symptoms were only necessary to give a message to the "old"
Being. The "new" one, not having the built-in weakness, has no need of
the symptom. As a matter of fact, the formerly weak part may even become
the "new" Being's strongest part. Stories of formerly paralyzed or injured
patients who became Olympic stars are evidence of this.
When transformation is focused on in addition to other parts of the
healing process, another dimension is added, to accelerate the healing.
The Human Energy System
In the energy system that we each are, the energy is in a constant
state of flow. This flow of energy is regulated by seven energy "pumps,"
called chakras. Each chakra represents specific emotions and levels of
perception, elements of the Being's consciousness, and is also associated
with specific parts of the body, specific functions within the body, specific
endocrine glands, and specific nerve groups. Responses to a Being's perceived
universe are reflected in the chakras as well.
The chakras have an optimal state of balance and flow. A healing of
the individual balances the chakras. When this happens, in addition to
restoring inner balance and a different state of consciousness, as well
as physical balance, the rebalancing will also define different responses
to the Being's perceived universe.
In other words, with a given state of balance of the chakras, a certain
type of experience will be attracted to the individual, and certain types
of people will be attracted, as well. When the energy changes in the chakras,
as in a healing, the magnetic effect drawing a particular kind of person
or experience is then released, along with the old way of responding.
For example, one Being, having different interactions with his/her mother
may respond by blocking the chakra associated with security or trust. The
effect would be insecurity as a perceptual filter. The individual would
then attract precarious situations to justify the insecurity, as well as
females who would remind that Being of his/her mother. When the chakra
is cleared, the type of female formerly attracted would be attracted instead
to other Beings with the same kind of blocked chakra as that formerly experienced
by the Being who was healed, leaving room for interactions for that Being
with females of a different energy. In addition, interactions with the
mother-archetype will have a different resolution, more satisfying. Situations
presented to the Being will also have more of a sense of solidity, or the
Being will have a new perspective of confidence with which to resolve the
We can see, then, that not only do the chakras reflect the outer environment,
but in a way they also create it.
With minor adjustments in a Being's energy system, only slight shifts
in consciousness would be apparent. In the case of catastrophic illnesses,
however, the Being was in desperate need of a major adjustment in consciousness,
and then the aspects of transformation would be more profound.
While instantaneous change is always possible and available, most people
do not seem to be prepared for so abrupt a shift in their way of Being.
Gradual change seems generally more comfortable for the Being involved,
as well as for others in the Being's environment.
With instantaneous change, there is the experience of sudden clarification
of what had been obscure, and a sense something like what might be experienced
by a Being suddenly finding itself in a body, and watching a movie unfolding
around itself, a movie that had just begun. The Being would find itself
as one of the characters, with a sense of seeming to be different than
what the others seemed to see the Being as, and in fact, would be very
different. Others would be holding the perception of the Being who no longer
It would then be important for the Being to maintain his/her new way
of Being, the new sense of clarity or enlightenment (yet possibly combined
with the confusing sense of sudden newness), and establish quickly the
way in which things make sense in the new reality, the new paradigm, with
new perceptions. The new Being would have to see its relationship to the
old Being's job, surroundings, home, partner, etc., and evaluate which
aspects worked harmoniously, and which parts would have to change in some
In the case of a Being who had had a serious illness, and who recognized
the relationship between lifestyle and the physical symptoms, there would
have to be a willingness to change all aspects of the lifestyle that did
not result in happiness, because it would be clear that it was those aspects
which were directly related to the illness It would be clear as well that
to not bring about the necessary changes would be to recreate the symptoms
of the illness.
When it becomes a matter of life and death, the choice becomes a clear
one, and simple, although not always easy.
To those people close to the Being, it could be a very confusing time,
as well. It could seem as though the person they had known the Being to
be, had suddenly changed in a way, gone crazy. Habitual patterns of behavior
and responding would suddenly no longer be there, and it could be very
confusing. For the Being's health and well-being, however, they would have
to be totally supportive of the new Being, since attempts to re-create
the old Being would be perceived by the Being involved (correctly) as a
threat to its health, and perhaps even to its life.
There must be a willingness to adapt to the Being's new way of Being.
Gradual change is easier for most people, but it must be emphasized
that the magnitude of the gradual change is no less than that of immediate
change. It is just spread out over a longer period of time. The same issues
must be examined. The same changes must be made. In addition, the Being
must maintain a single-mindedness of purpose, and stay on purpose, with
a total willingness to release all aspects of their life which are stress-related,
and all patterns of interacting which are not success-oriented, until life
is again harmonious, and the body's state of health and well-being indicate
that the Being has returned to balance, and may now identify with the way
they are. The transformation and healing will then be complete.
Anything Can Be Healed!
When an individual who has been out of balance has made the decision
to return to balance, they must make it a high priority project. Nothing
else must be more important. Particularly in the case of a catastrophic
illness, the return to health necessarily becomes more important than family,
friends, or job. When there has been the recognition of a path to health,
nothing must interfere with that path. The development and maintenance
of a positive mental attitude is imperative.
Each of us is a self-organizing autonomous system of consciousness.
Each of us is an energy system. Energy flows through our Being, and is
directed by our consciousness. This energy is in a state of movement, flow,
and in a healthy organism the energy is harmonious, and flows smoothly.
When the flow of this energy is blocked or interrupted, it is experienced
by the organism as an imbalance, and the organism's tendency is to return
to balance and harmony, to return to health. This tendency toward harmony
is an aspect of love.
All illness, all injury, is energy blocked or interrupted, or a call
for love. Each of us, including you, the reader, has the ability to sense
energy, detect it, and direct it.
Ultimately, any energy block can be released by your consciousness.
It is not a question of whether it can be done, but rather how it can be
Within your Being, within your consciousness, is the ability to love,
to perceive without judgment or expectation, to care. You have a potential
for infinite love, whether or not you choose to recognize it, and whether
or not you choose to manifest it. In fact, this love is the very nature
of your Being.
You have the ability to love wherever there was a perception of a lack
of love, or a call for love. Love heals.
You have in your consciousness the potential and ability to heal anything,
on any level, in yourself as well as in any other Being, since it's all
just love and energy. What remains is for you to realize this fully and
actualize that potential.
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