“Cancer. Often referred to as The Big C.
The word carries a unique energy as well as the implication that is terrifying. As the number of lives affected by cancer increases around the globe every year, it is hard to find
someone in our circle of family, friends and colleagues whose lives have not been touched in some way.
Statistics released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012. The same report
revealed that some 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, and that number is expected to rise by about 70 per cent over the next two decades. The statistic that stood out for me was that more people die from cancer-related causes than are healed.
Fortunately, many lives affected by cancer are being saved as medical science makes great advances in this field. However, mainstream medicine tends to rely mainly on such practices as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The WHO is urging the medical profession to accept that solutions for preventing cancer must be found as a matter of urgency.
The WHO report (at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/) states that about 30 per cent of cancer deaths are due to five leading behavioural and dietary risks:
high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol use.
Tobacco is the most important risk factor for cancer, causing over 20 per cent of cancer deaths overall and about 70 per cent of deaths from lung cancer. Other leading causes of deaths are liver, stomach, colorectal, breast and oesophageal cancers, accounting for another third of all cancer deaths. It is not surprising that the WHO is asking for urgent preventive solutions. Many of us don’t realise it but, as the WHO report states, ‘cancer arises from one single cell. The transformation from a normal cell into a tumour cell is a multistage process, typically a progression from a pre-cancerous lesion to malignant
tumours.’ One cell, one rogue cell, can change your life forever. It seems hard to believe.
There are many claims of alternative treatments for cancer. They are usually dismissed out of hand by most mainstream medical authorities, who traditionally advocate scientific and pharmaceutical treatments. This is not surprising as the cancer industry in the United States alone is estimated to be worth over $200 billion a year. Many sceptics believe that those in positions of power are not interested in delivering a cure as it would be financially disastrous for the cancer industry. Unfortunately it is hard to know just how effective alternative treatments are, as this information is not readily available, apart from isolated claims and some anecdotal reports on the internet. The medical establishment tends to
dismiss complementary or alternative treatments out of hand, unless combined with conventional practices.
However, detailed information about the long-term effects of mainstream treatments is also very hazy. A patient is regarded as being in remission if there is no trace of cancer after a period of five years following treatment. If the cancer returns after that, it is apparently treated as a whole new ball game, which sounds very convenient.
My purpose in writing The Joy of Living is to help inspire people facing the ordeal of cancer to realise that being diagnosed with this disease is not necessarily the beginning of the end. This is my story of how I came to terms with the Big C and the holistic way I prepared and coped with something that suddenly turned my life upside down. Of course everyone’s experience of cancer is unique — no two cases are exactly the same.
The Oxford Dictionary defines cancer as ‘from (the) Latin, “crab or creeping ulcer”, translating Greek karkinos, said to have been applied to such tumours because the swollen veins around them resembled the limbs of a crab.’
Looking back on the more than seventy years of my life, I have come to the firm conclusion that everything happens for a reason. We may not consciously choose to create problems,
but I believe that we subconsciously create, attract or accept everything in our daily lives. Understanding and dealing with these events — good, bad and indifferent — and the wide
range of people we encounter along the way, is an integral part of why we are here in the first place. Life is about having a multitude of positive and challenging human experiences
and how we react to them physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have found that accepting responsibility for my thoughts, beliefs and actions is the most positive starting
point in coping with life’s ups and downs.
Inevitably, the initial response to being diagnosed with any form of cancer is to retreat into fear mode. I was no different to anyone else in this regard. However, several years ago I discovered a useful acronym for FEAR — False Evidence Appearing Real —and digging deep I have usually been able to work with this demon whenever it crops up. The vast majority of my past worries were false alarms, which soon dissipated when facts emerged or conditions changed. Indeed, for most of us, it’s often difficult to remember what we were worried about even a few months later, as life moves on so fast. One set of worries usually dissolves into the next.
Having thoroughly researched the whole area of death in the course of writing two books on the afterlife, I felt no immediate fear of this when medical scans confirmed the existence of my cancer. But I did have to cope with other fears about the treatment process I was required to undergo in order to at least postpone my return to the afterlife. “
Barry’s Story Continues.
As my side of the story unfolds I detail the decisions I made about the treatment and the methods used to prepare myself for each stage of the process. By accepting that I had a role to play and not just give my power away to the system, it soon became evident that not only could I cope more easily with the everyday situations which arose, but I was able to remove the fear from the experience.
The lead up to these events, I later realised, actually started several years previously when I decided to visit the Brazilian spiritual healer and medium John of God, known also as João de Deus, to look for some answers to several health problems. My first contact with the healer was when my partner Anne and I went to New Zealand in 2006 for a four day experience along with many hundreds of other people looking for answers. I had a major health breakthrough which I have recounted more fully in The Joy of Living.
Two years later with some other situations, both physical and spiritual, needing to be resolved I was given the opportunity to go to Abadiania in Brazil for an extended visit to the centre of John of God’s global operations.
While I was debating internally as to the best decision to make about solving my cancer dilemma my mind drifted back to the life changing second encounter I had with John of God…..
“……………….. I received strong spiritual messages from
my guides to join a group of nine Australians heading for
Brazil to John of God’s Casa de Dom Inacio in the state of
Goiás. This was to be a three-week stay, which would involve
physical, emotional and spiritual healing according to the
needs of each person. Mindful of my past experience, I had
decided to ask for further healing for my eyes, having been
born with an astigmatism in my left eye, and also to ask for
spiritual guidance and future direction.
The first morning, joining the line for those who had
received a healing in the past, I shuffled patiently along to see
the great man again. As I got closer, I saw that he was sitting
in a large comfortable throne-like chair as people consulted
him one by one. In each session medium Joao incorporates
one of thirty-three different spirit entities who speak and
heal through him. Sitting on Joao’s left was a beautiful woman
who I later discovered was Dorothy, a retired opera singer
who helped him to maintain the energy needed to sit in spirit
for several hours at a time.
When it came to my turn I was expecting the few words that
everyone received, whether it was to go and sit in meditation
or to come back later for a spiritual operation. However, after
my request was delivered, he looked directly into my eyes
and told me to go and sit in a chair next to Dorothy. I was
instructed to sit quietly, open my heart and focus on what I
needed to do from now on with my life.
Surprised and slightly bewildered, I stepped onto the
small stage and sat down. After I managed to settle my racing
thoughts, I opened my heart chakra and focused my mind.
And then the tears began to flow.
An energy I had never felt before that moment flowed
through my entire being, as the tears flooded down my
cheeks. It was like an infusion of spirit. This energy download
continued until the end of the session. Time stood still for me
and I had no idea how long I sat there (I later worked out it
was nearly two hours). Looking back, it was one of the most
emotional experiences I have had as I really went very deep
and explored the inner reaches of myself, probably for the
first time ever.
Afterwards, I emerged blinking into the sunlight and was
given a bowl of the soup that is provided for all those visiting
the Casa. The vegetable soup and a slice of dry bread helped
ground me as I gradually came back to earth. Sitting on my
own away from the other members of my group, I went over
the events of the morning in my mind.
Why me? I mused. Of the hundreds of people who went for
healing that day, why was I selected to sit in the direct energy of
the spirit entity, and what will happen next?
The following day I was directed to have a spiritual
healing for my eyes later that afternoon. I was wearing
trifocal glasses at this stage of my life, having been born with an
astigmatism is my left eye.
I sat in a crowd of people as Joao went through a group healing
ceremony, and surprisingly I did feel a buzz of energy but
nothing remarkable. Despite this, in the days following, my
eyes slowly became much clearer and soon I was able to ditch
the trifocals, and now only require reading glasses. My left
eye straightened noticeably.
During the second week I joined the line to see Joao again,
I presumed to get a clearance after my operation the previous
week. This time, after passing by him and being waved away
to join the meditation groups, I was suddenly called back by
the interpreter amid puzzled looks from the people in the
queue behind me. I was told that the title of ‘filho de casa’, a
son of the house, had been conferred on me, a rare honour I
later discovered. I was also asked if I would like to purchase
some very special crystals from the mine where the Casa was
situated. I figured to warrant this attention I must have done
something right when I sat on the stage the previous week.
The next morning my crystals arrived, specially wrapped
and handed over by Joao’s chief assistant. He explained he
was giving me two different crystals, with a male and a female
energy. When meditating I was to hold the mother crystal in
my left hand, as this resonates with the female side of the
body. The crystals, which stand about 15 or 16 centimetres
high and each weigh around a kilo, are very powerful and
he instructed that I must keep them covered at all times in
public. Nobody is to be allowed to ever see them, and when I
pass away a trusted member of my family is to return them to
a lake, deep river or the sea bed.
As I was handed them I felt a real buzz. The energy of
these crystals was palpable. Walking through the village
back to my lodgings to secrete them in my room, I suddenly
became the focus of attention of every dog for hundreds of
metres around. There were dogs everywhere around the Casa
and before this they had ignored me. Now suddenly I was
the flavour of the month. They tried to jump up at me and I
had to hold the crystals high as I shooed them away. I realised
then this was a sign of the power of these amazing crystals.
The next day I was directed to sit at the front of the Casa a
couple of rows from where Joao was seated, and to meditate
for the entire session while I held my crystals. They were now
tucked inside small cloth bags so nobody could see them.
As I started to meditate, I received very clear instructions
in my mind to raise my vibrations while meditating and to
keep raising them as much as possible. As I did this for the
remaining sessions at the Casa, I could feel that I was able to
easily connect with some of the many different energies in the
spirit world and receive their messages.
These messages and contacts have continued whenever I
meditate with these crystals, and have resulted in many changes
to my life. Not long afterwards, for instance, I was inspired and
guided to write the first of my books about the afterlife.
As I came out of my reverie and back to the present moment,
I wondered what would be the best method of treating my
cancer. I was still having second thoughts about undergoing
any further intrusive mainstream medical treatments, so I
meditated with the crystals and the answers were given to me
As I accepted these spiritual guidelines my mind cleared, and
for the first time I felt positive about the future and which
direction I had to take…………….”
Thinking back about the whole experience it came as no surprise when my guide confirmed that I agreed to it all as part of my life contract. Research for my previous books revealed that major events like this are part of our destiny, agreed to before we reincarnate. It is up to our free will how we cope and what decisions we make, and is all part of our soul development in each life.
I feel privileged to be able to have my story published in the belief that if I can help even one person to survive the ordeal by taking some kind of self-responsibility and not collapsing into fear mode, it will all be worthwhile.
I have learned many lessons over the last four years of my cancer encounter. Primarily the importance of family and friends and the love they provide at times like these. I have been able to get much closer to the people in my life who really matter, and have even managed
to mend a few fences along the way.
My partner Anne gave up a lot to be with me during my ordeal. We live about 800 kilometres (500 miles) apart and her selfless dedication was a vital part of my ability to get through what at times were harrowing experiences. Mind you we had a lot of lighter moments as well and Anne’s contribution as co-writer of The Joy of Living tells the story from the carer’s sensitive perspective. My son Matt, was also a tower of strength and his observations also form part of this book.
Each person’s encounter with cancer is unique, but I believe that taking some form of self-responsibility is a vital step in our ability to potentially survive these challenges and go on to embrace a new lease on life.
The medical authorities’ official position is that a cancer patient only goes into remission five years after completing their treatment. As I write these words I’m only a few weeks short of the four year mark, and my last examination in February 2017 showed no signs of the cancer returning. Four down, and one to go. As I stated at the beginning of this article the anomaly is that if cancer should appear after five years, and is in the same place as before, it is treated as a whole new outbreak.
A good way of massaging the statistics you might say.
About the Author
Barry Eaton is a highly experienced Australian broadcaster and TV presenter who worked with ABC Radio/TV in Sydney for many years. He also appeared on leading commercial radio stations as a talk back host, sports commentator and entertainment presenter.
Barry is the author of two books, “Afterlife, Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death” which is an international best-seller, and its follow-up “No Goodbyes, Insights From the Heaven World.” He has spoken about the afterlife at two Nexus Conferences and his voice is well known to Nexus readers, hosting his internet radio program https://RadioOutThere.com
Barry is also the MC and a presenter at the Afterlife Explorers Conferences in Australia.
He is also a qualified astrologer and psychic medium and an ardent researcher into metaphysics.
He can be contacted at RadioOutThere@gmail.com or via his radio website.
The Joy of Living – Postponing the Afterlife, by Barry Eaton and Anne Morjanoff
is published in Australia and New Zealand by Rockpool Publishing.
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