When fighting cancer, what is the metaphysical meaning behind the fight?
What is happening metaphysically that we keep fighting cancer, rather than giving ourselves restful and joyful experiences that could actually aid us in preventing and healing cancer, and other serious illnesses?
I sat with these questions in the stillness and Spiritually, this is what I get when I meditate with cancer in regard to our emotional healing (and yes, I would expect some slight differences for the specific types of cancer).
Metaphysical Meaning Behind Cancer
In general, cancer is a disease of neglect. We neglect to respond to our intuitive inner calls to bring our lives into a greater state of peace. We allow ourselves to be exposed to toxins when we do not heed our own intuitive wisdom. We replay traumas over and over in our lives, and resist our inner call to peace.
Cancer is the disease of deep-seated resentment—on its surface directed toward others, but at its root there is a resentment of the self—what we perceive we should or should not have done.
We are afraid that if we were to be compassionate, we would be condoning a choice we should or should not have made. We have in essence cut ourselves off from compassion in the belief that to be compassionate in certain matters is to be weak.
We are afraid to forgive ourselves and others. We are afraid that if we become too compassionate, we’ll become too soft and lower our standards and expectations, both of ourselves and others, or that we might be giving up on a dream.
We withhold compassion in an attempt to uphold standards, as if these two energies are not compatible—but they are. To heal cancer we need deep and profound compassion for ourselves and then for others. To live in harmony with others and to grow, we need reasonable standards with which to live by.
But when we do not meet our expectations, we still need to know that we are loveable. We need to know that we are worthy of love simply because we exist.
We become angry with ourselves for not being good enough. So if we go to war with ourselves for not being good enough, how do we help ourselves heal? We only cause ourselves to go deeper into our own resistance as we feel less satisfied with ourselves, and even angrier about our lack of positive outcomes. We resent ourselves and regret our choices.
From a metaphysical perspective, when we are fighting cancer we are fighting ourselves. We are fighting with the cells that are at the moment a part of who we are, cancerous yes, but a part of who we are nonetheless. If I’m fighting with myself, I’m not really making a positive affect on my emotional healing.
If we remain in anger and resistance, we are only adding emotional stress to our journeys, and that is not supporting our physical healing.
When addressing the metaphysical meaning, what is the prescription for anger?
Instead of fighting cancer you could choose to use that same energy to understand the emotions that may have caused the cancer or may be exacerbating your condition. You could ask yourself, “Is this fight for your life, at its root, a struggle with your own emotions—even perhaps, your reasons for being angry?”
If I asked you to finish this sentence, “ I am angry with _______ because ________. And that makes me angry because __________. Then if I asked you these questions 5-10 times in a row, at some point, I guarantee you, you would eventually realize you are angry with yourself for what you did, did not do, or allowed to happen. (Try it.) You might discover that it is pretty natural to feel angry about feeling unworthy.
If you are going to go to war with cancer, consider using that energy in a way that could truly make a difference. Uncover the part of you that feels so unworthy. Demonstrate to that part of you that you are worthy of love. Convince that part of you that your life has meaning and that human frailty is worth forgiving through compassion.
A Sioux Sundance Chief once taught me that the role of the warrior during peace-time is to build up their community. Is it possible that rebuilding your body and heart is the greater, required work of a warrior fighting cancer?
Are you willing to be passionate enough about the value of your life and reason for your existence that you will do whatever it takes to rebuild your life in love and compassion for you, for others, for those you have wronged, and those that have wronged you?
In your quest to find your cure for cancer, are you willing to do some emotional healing? Are you willing to consider that fighting cancer might be a losing battle, and that your cure for cancer might be served by a deeper and more compassionate love for yourself?
We’ll discuss this question about fighting cancer and more about the metaphysical meaning of cancer in Part 3.