Published in the June/July 2010 issue of The Association of Humanistic Pscycholgy Perstective Magazine--www.ahp.org
We can send a man to the moon, but we still can’t cure most diseases. We put poisons in our bodies to attempt to get rid of cancer. We take medication that interrupts our bodies’ natural chemistry. We allow our organs to be cut from our bodies, causing other organs to work harder.
But where has this path led? About 3,400 people are diagnosed with cancer daily in the U.S. and about 1,500 people die every day.[i] Every seven seconds, someone is diagnosed with dementia worldwide.[ii] And there’s no cure for cancer—or Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or MS—just to name a few.
Yet it seems we don’t have a clue what to do differently! The complete truth behind how disease is sparked in the body remains untouched and unacknowledged. Until now . . .
Try This Test
Think of holding a lemon in your hand—look at it, feel it, smell it. Now imagine cutting that lemon in two and taking a big bite out of it. Did you feel the saliva in your mouth respond to that thought? Remarkable, isn’t it, how one’s thinking always comes back as a feeling. As Buddha said, “All that we are is a result of what we thought.”
Do you ever think in the moment, “I’m breathing”? Until you read that, you’d probably lost sight that you were breathing at all. Unless you’re winded, you simply forget about this critical function. Your ability to think happens the same way. Because you’re nearly always doing it, it’s easy not to notice you’re thinking—or what you’re thinking.
Becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings is the first step to healing; the second is understanding how the relationship between what you think and what you feel can create disease.
Each disease brings with it a soul discovery. Your MO (modus operandi)—the way you operate in life marked by your feelings, attitudes and beliefs—combined with the lessons your soul came to earth to learn determine your risk for contracting a disease. The only part of a human being that goes to the afterlife is the soul; the physical body stays here. Symptoms, conditions and disease reveal exactly what your soul discoveries are—what you signed up to learn. Doesn’t it make sense to understand the importance of what your soul came to learn by considering the symptoms, conditions and disease you have now or have the potential to contract in the future?
The Common Thread of Disease
You’ve likely noticed differences in the experiences and attitudes of people who suffer from arthritis versus cancer versus high blood pressure, and so on. However, all diseases have what I call The Common Thread of Disease, which is made up of these four emotional sufferings: (1) lack of self-love, (2) powerlessness, (3) resentment and (4) anger, which can turn into rage when suppressed.
So how does The Common Thread affect a person’s body?
Think of a volcano—a place where lava, ash and gases spew out of the interior of the earth onto its surface. This mixture simmers benignly below the earth’s surface until, one day, the gases get trapped. Enough pressure accumulates to set up a powerful explosion causing a breakthrough in the earth’s crust. Similarly, pressure from the emotional sufferings of The Common Thread build like volcanic gases to trigger disease in one’s body.
To carry this analogy further, in daily living, resentments pent up from negative experiences build pressure in our bodies. If resentments aren’t released every time they come up, over time they can develop into anger or rage under the surface. Then, when a devastating event happens, the pent-up anger erupts, triggering the growth of cancer cells or other symptoms.
Often this eruption comes with feelings of powerlessness, commonly experienced after a devastating divorce or loss of a loved one. This powerless, victim-like feeling can suppress or even collapse one’s immune system, contributing to the development of disease. Emotional eruptions can especially undermine health if self-love—the foundation of one’s body—is absent. Love is the universal energy that sustains life; self-love is the energy that sustains the body. When the foundation of the body (self-love) is absent; the lava (resentment) builds and simmers, eventually erupting (anger/rage) when the pressure (an adverse event) gets too great. Within six to 12 months, the rocks of the volcano explode (feelings of powerlessness) and the lava (disease) escapes to the surface.
The Volcano Analogy and Maura
Using this volcano analogy, let’s examine the experience of Maura, a client diagnosed with vaginal cancer. Here’s what likely triggered the cancer cells to erupt in her body. She had purchased a house that had been appraised at 1,900 square feet. A few years later, this single teacher with two children wanted to refinance it. In the reappraisal, she was told it had 1,632 square feet and therefore held less value. Neither the realty company nor the appraiser would admit fault for the discrepancy, so Maura took her case to her state’s attorney general. He said she’d have to get an attorney and fight the reappraised evaluation, but she didn’t have the funds to take her case to court.
When she shared this chain of events with me, I asked, “How do you feel about this situation?” She said, “I’m angry. This is so unfair—I’ve been screwed!” In fact, she’d been angry for the previous eight months.
Knowing that Maura had been divorced for several years was helpful. She had put her two children through college on her teacher’s salary. Her ex-husband didn’t help her in any way and she resented having to do it all herself. She also believed she couldn’t do anything about this dire situation. According to the Modus Operandi theory and The Common Thread of Disease, the resentment likely built up through all aspects of her life. Then, when she was treated unfairly again, her resentment turned into anger, which made the cancer cells erupt. The disease went right to the area of the body that pertained to Maura’s exact feelings—screwed!
Our sessions uncovered the fact that Maura did not have a solid foundation of self-love, plus she showed all the ingredients of The Common Thread of Disease: lack of self-love, powerlessness, resentment and anger/rage. Once we pieced the puzzle together, she said, “Maureen, it’s scary that my thoughts and this event may be connected to the cancer.” I replied, “Once we understand how and why disease manifests in the body, we can prevent it and heal it, Maura. That’s not scary; it’s life-saving.”
Four Emotional Sufferings
This distinction becomes clearer as you examine one by one the four emotional sufferings that make up The Common Thread of Disease.
Do you treat yourself as a treasured precious gem and really adore yourself?
I have asked people in several audiences this question. In response, no more than five out of 150 people declare that they truly love themselves. I think this lack of self-love comes from not being taught how to love ourselves. In fact, some would inaccurately label self-love as being selfish. In my view, being selfish is doing something with no regard for others.
Self-love nourishes us and gives us energy to love and nurture others. Self-love doesn’t allow anger and resentment to build up. Remember, self-love is the foundation of one’s body. Many people lack self-love, which possibly aligns with the fact that heart disease has become the massive killer it is today.
After all, you simply can’t live without this foundational organ. Every time your heart sends out oxygenated blood, it has to come back to be re-oxygenated. In daily life, when you send out energy, it is critical that you receive it back. That means if you give out and receive energy in a balanced way, any resentment and anger you feel won’t build and eventually erupt into a disease. This concept forms a critical part of the MO Technique—and one that many modalities of healing omit.
Anyone ever pushed your “anger” button? Even though anger gets a bad rap, it can be a healthy emotion because it tells you something’s wrong and invites you to change—even turn anger into happiness. That’s why your best bet is to feel your anger, not suppress it. In fact, what you do with the anger you feel determines whether it will trigger a disease or be a positive catalyst for change.
The MO Technique allows anger and resentment to be released out of the body every time they come up—even if it’s a hundred times a day. It also allows you to fulfill a deep need inside. I teach people how to see and understand a specific need they have, and urge them to fulfill it each time they feel angry. To keep the body healthy, this process must become a habit.
Incidents that reveal anger and unrest keep popping up in the mass media. It’s pervasive. Just imagine how different the world would be if everyone knew how to release anger every time it comes up and turn it into happiness. You can start close to home and learn to turn anger into happiness by fulfilling what you really need.
Have you ever been passed over at work for a promotion? Or have you ever felt envious of someone? Like anger, these can lead to resentment, which also needs to be released out of the body every time it comes up. Festering resentments build, but they can be dissipated when you tune into your feelings and make them work for you.
Have you ever had a devastating event happen in your life, something that left you feeling completely powerless? Perhaps you have financial difficulties or problems with your children or loss of a loved one. Feeling powerless over situations can happen, sure, but those feelings don’t have to become entrenched when you habitually apply the MO Technique to regain your DNA Power.
DNA (Dynamic Natural Authentic) Power
DNA Power stands for Dynamic Natural Authentic Power. This immense power is yours when you take full responsibility for yourself and reclaim it.
Think of it this way. When you feel like a powerless victim, your energy gets zapped and you’re at risk of your immune system collapsing. Having a weak immune system is like having a loaded gun aimed and waiting for a serious trigger event, giving you no chance to escape serious consequences.
It’s frightening that many people think disease can just show up out of the blue. For instance, those who haven’t smoked and don’t have cancer in the family are baffled at how they may have developed lung cancer. But by looking at The Common Thread of Disease and the soul discoveries of lung cancer—and thus understanding how and why it manifested—this cancer can be healed and even prevented.
MO Technique at a Glance
Basic premise: A healthy body, with self-love as its foundation, releases anger and resentment every time they come up so they don’t build up pressure and spark symptoms, conditions or disease. A healthy body always keeps its personal power, never sinking into victim mode; it knows there’s a solution to every problem, even if professional help is required to find it.
When you use the MO Technique, you deal with these three principles:
1. You have self-love as the foundation of your body’s health.
2. You are never a victim. You can release feelings of powerlessness with the MO Technique. Then you instill your DNA (Dynamic Natural Authentic) Power at the soul level. From there, you can ask the right questions, such as “how do I solve this problem?” instead of thinking “there is no way out.”
3. You must release anger and resentment from your body. Every time these feelings come up, you release them so they don’t build and then erupt like a volcano.
If you learn to release The Common Thread of Disease from your cellular memory, it’s possible to prevent and heal most diseases.
In a society that’s relied on pharmaceuticals for so long, we’re finally recognizing that drugs are not the answer to complete healing. Instead, knowing what sparks disease in the first place can lead us to a whole new blueprint for prevention and cure.