The body sustains a tumor because it wants you to heal. It wants to draw your attention to the greater good of giving birth to a new you.
I was presenting at a conference recently and asked the audience to consider the similarities between pregnancy and cancer. Every time I make this proposal, you can feel all the energy immediately get sucked out of the room. It’s like the entire group is aghast at the very suggestion and holding its breath. The tension is palpable. How could something as beautiful as expecting a child be compared to something as hideous as cancer? What could they possibly have in common? I say quite a bit, especially if we intend to understand cancer in terms of healing.
During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is naturally suppressed by her body. Otherwise, it would attack the fetus as a foreign invader and it would not be able to grow. In much the same way, the immune system must be hampered in order for a tumor to sustain itself. Just as the fetus possesses stem cells for growth, so do cancer cells. I believe that’s why every single tumor is the exact same shape, round. The process starts with a single stem cell that goes on to influence other cells in the neighboring I area that join to make the next layer and so on.
After insemination, a woman’s body takes the risk of lowering her immune system because it knows there is a greater purpose at stake: to give birth to a NEW life. Consider this. Just as a woman is inseminated with the intention of creating new life, a cancer patient is impregnated both physically (by the cancer cell) and psycho-spiritually with the same intention: to give birth to a new life, an entirely new evolution of themselves. This intention is so important that the patient’s body lowers its own immune system and risks its own survival to accomplish it.
The body gives birth to and sustains the tumor because it wants you to heal. It wants to draw your attention to the greater good of giving birth to a new you. The cancer is the signal that a greater, stronger you has been gestating within for many years and is long overdue. It wants to break out, be free, grow and expand. The cancer is simply the physical manifestation that’s telling you your true potential has come full term and is ready to enter the world. Many physicians are coming to the realization that cancer in itself is not a stand-alone problem but rather the body’s own healing response to a deeper issue. I have to agree.
“If we can view the cancer journey and giving birth to our new selves in as blessed a light as child birth, we can remove all fear and resistance. In that state, our cancer transforms into canswer.”
When we see cancer as strictly a physical mass that has no emotional or spiritual connection to us, we react in fear and take a combative approach. We want to cut it out, burn it up or poison it away. Any harm done to a fetus is also done to the mother. They share the same blood, after all. Likewise, this is why traditional interventions to eradicate cancer only end up coming back to harm the patient. As with the fetus, their own blood supply sustains the tumor, as well. Just as an expectant mother has deep emotional ties to her unborn child, I believe each patient has an equally deep connection with their cancer in a very intimate, if even unconscious way.
Cancer does indeed change you. You’re never the same person after the experience, but that’s exactly the idea. Having cancer isn’t a joyful event. Even so, we can find joy and excitement in the expectation of who we are to become during the process. If we can view the cancer journey as rebirth through healing into our new selves in as blessed a light as child birth, we can remove all fear and resistance. In that state, our cancer transforms into canswer. It will show us what aspects of ourselves we need to bring forward that have been aching to be expressed for so long. When we do that, we can direct our powerful growth energy outward into the world instead of inward and against ourselves. By embracing the idea of what it means to give birth to ourselves and surrendering to the process, we can tend to the deeper needs of our lives free from fear. We can wait like expectant parents with excited anticipation as we see our new selves evolve before our eyes, knowing that like the pain of child birth, cancer too will be a distant memory when our new self finally greets the world.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. He provides revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sadeghi is a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and TEDx. He is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, as well as the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.