Paula Shaw, grief expert shares an excerpt from an interview she gave with nutritionist LoRayne Haye about the energetic link to Breast Cancer.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone is getting passionately pink for the cure. In an interview with Nutritionist, LoRayne Haye, I discuss the role that grief plays in the development of Breast Cancer and then how Energy Psychology methods can assist in healing it.
Although we think of Breast Cancer as a physical problem, I believe that its roots are emotional. Author of You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay, says that it’s about being tired of life and about not nurturing yourself. Author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, Deb Shapiro, believes that Breast Cancer tends to indicate a conflict between being both an object of desire and a nurturing mother. Sometimes years of self-consciousness or discomfort with breasts, even, actually hating them, precedes breast cancer.
As far back as the 1970’s, O. Carl Simonton M.D. published work and spoke prolifically on the connection between grief and the onset of cancer. In the majority of the patients studied, cancer was linked with a significant loss experienced six months to a year before the cancer appeared.
It is my belief that one of the most important preventative measures we women can take to avoid breast cancer is to nurture ourselves and to deal with and heal the emotional issues and losses in our lives. I discuss this in much more depth in my book, Grief…When Will This Pain Ever End? Here are some pieces of the interview with LoRayne that I think you will find it quite interesting.
Emotional Stress: The Landscape of Female Energy
Interview conducted by LoRayne Haye.
On an energetic level I wanted to find out where women stood in relation to the energetic landscape of unprocessed emotions such as grief and loss. The following is an interview with noted grief counselor and Energy Psychology specialist, Paula Shaw. She is the author of Chakras-The Magnificent Seven and Grief…When Will This Pain Ever End? She has her private practice and residence in San Diego.
LoRayne Haye: From an energetic point of view what’s going on with women and breast cancer?
Paula Shaw: “I am convinced that underneath all illness is un-reconciled grief. It all tracks back to this. Everybody experiences loss and grief, but most people don’t have an opportunity to process and heal the grief they experience, so it gets pushed down into the energy system and the physical body.
“With every illness and every emotional disorder that I can think of, the root cause is a disruption in the energy system, caused by loss, resulting from trauma. It might be emotional, environmental, physical or mental but trauma creates loss, loss creates grief and grief creates a disruption in the energy system.
“Culturally, we seem to be better at processing certain kinds of loss, perhaps because there is more societal understanding of those losses. For example, if we had an earthquake right now everyone would band together, support each other and have some sort of an understanding of the emotional/physical difficulties that others were experiencing. However, when we lose something or someone through death, divorce or a separation of some sort, the circumstances are unique to us and others don’t necessarily understand them, so we end up feeling alone. It is in this isolation that we generally ‘stall out’ emotionally.
“Even when others might empathize with our pain, there is little time in their busy lives to truly support us. The result is that most people stuff down the emotional traumas or experiences and don’t deal with them, so they end up manifesting themselves in a variety of diseases.
“Also unhelpful is the general practice in the corporate environment, which usually allows only three days of bereavement leave. This gives people the idea that they should be back to normal within that amount of time. Rarely, if ever, is anyone fine in three days; but when you think you should be, and you’re not, you end up feeling defective, inadequate and alone. In an effort to try to look like they are doing better than they are, most people repress the emotional traumas or experiences instead of feeling and healing them. Again, this unhealed, negative energy can end up manifesting itself in disease.
“It is interesting that the Heart Chakra is the energy center that processes feelings and it’s the area in which breast cancer develops. Too many painful, unhealed feelings create ‘fertile soil’ for the development of this disease. Many years ago Dr. O Carl Simonton, head of the world renown, Simonton Cancer Center, showed a direct connection between un-reconciled grief and the development of cancer. Heart chakra…feeling center…breast cancer…it’s an obvious connection.
“It is also problematic that collectively, women are not nurturing themselves. This also causes the energy of the Heart Chakra to become congested or depleted. We are a nation that has, since the 1960’s, seen women trying to fill every hole in the proverbial ‘dike’ by being mother, father, leader of the pack, contributing in the work force and being everything to everyone. We are supposed to have perfect bodies, be ultra intelligent and look like we just stepped out of the beauty shop at all times. These unrealistic expectations were bound to manifest in some diseased way.”
Stay Tuned for Part II next week!
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PAULA SHAW, CADC, DCEP is an author, Energy Psychology specialist, therapist, speaker, Reiki Master and Grief Counselor. For more than 20 years, Paula has been passionate about empowering people who are dealing with profound loss, so they can reap something truly beautiful from their pain. She also helps clients who are going through major life transitions or seeking freedom from self-destructive addictions. She has degrees in Education and Communications from Long Beach State University, as well as graduate counseling credentials from Loyola Marymount University. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and currently serves on its board of directors. Paula is the author of Chakras, the Magnificent Seven (2002), as well as "Grief...When Will This Pain Ever End?" Finding Your Way out of the Pit of Despair After Profound Loss.
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