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What Is Healing Times Radio?

Healing Times Radio features conversations with other thought leaders – the movers and shakers who are transforming our world. Listen as Dr Miller and his expert guests explore the health challenges we face as individuals and as a collective, and show you how to reclaim your inherent personal wisdom. Visit our Events Page to for more information about our upcoming Healing Times Radio Shows, Topics and Guests!  – Listen to Dr. Miller’s introductory show .

Emmett Miller, MD is a physician, author, poet, musician, and master storyteller whose multicultural heritage has given him a unique social, medical, and spiritual perspective. He has won international acclaim as one of the pioneers of Mind/Body Medicine and its application to our social and cultural imbalances as well as to our personal (mind, body, spirit, emotion, behavior) ones. Author of Deep Healing and Our Culture on the Couch: Seven Steps to Global Healing, Dr. Miller’s mission is to help us heal ourselves so that we can in turn, heal our planet.

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Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a nonprofit church dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How About Now, The Last Laugh (a novel), and the creator of the Living Essence Tapes Series.  ( )

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In 1989 Reinette trained with the International South Pole Expedition and continued her pursuit of extreme cold adventures in the early nineties by founding and organizing the American Women’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Though Reinette did not participate on the actual expedition, the team of five women successfully reached the South Pole in 1993 becoming the first all-women team to do so.  In preparation for her largest endeavor, Reinette did commercial fishing in the Alaskan Gulf as well as… ( )

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Author of Vegetarian Meal for People on the Go , Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life , and Transform Your Life Through Handwriting , a zealous pioneer in mind/hand research, Vimala Rodgers is an educator, handwriting specialist, and Master Alphabetician, whose focus is the inherent spirituality of the letters of the alphabet and their effect upon the psyche.

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Dr. Lorber is an internationally recognized expert and published author on executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, culture, and developing strategy. He is one of the leading resources worldwide on executive coaching with Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Putting The One Minute Manager To Work , which he created with the renowned management consultant Dr. Ken Blanchard, One Page Management, co-authored with Dr. Riaz Khadem, and Safety 2/7 with Greg Anderson.

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Jim Channon was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army . Most notably he is remembered for creating the First Earth Battalion manual. Post Vietnam 1978 was a time when military morale and enrollment were at an all time low. During this period the U.S. Army needed to drastically shift approaches and prepare to defeat a vastly larger Soviet force in Europe. Army leaders called upon officers to develop needed creative approaches to dealing with this challenge. They were encouraged to fully explore the Army’s “Be All That You Can Be philosophy”.

Show #6 – Dr. David Bresler (The Academy for Guided Imagery)

Dr. David Bresler, author of Free Yourself From Pain , and Break Your Smoking Habit With Guided Imagery and we’ll be talking about the power of your mind to heal and transform every arena of your life. I have known Dr. Bresler since about 1970. To my delight I had found one of the very few licensed professionals who had discovered, as I had, that the tools of hypnosis could be combined with those of psychology and spirituality to provide a powerful way for individuals and groups to achieve their true goals and highest degree of health and wellness.

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Dr. Pelletier is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). At the University of Arizona, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations.  Also, he is Chairman of the American Health Association and is a Vice President with Healthtrac Incorporated.
Prior to these positions, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Program (SCHP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS).

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Dr. Saputo, a 1965 graduate of Duke University Medical School, is board certified in internal medicine and was in private practice in affiliation with John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. After his awakening to the deep flaws in conventional medicine which culminated in the early 1990s, Saputo began a quest to develop a new approach to healing now known as integral-health medicine -the emergent medical care model that is integrative, holistic, person-centered, and preventive.

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Carolyn Voss is the founder and Managing Director of Post Impressions. With a degree in Fine Arts, she is an award winning photojournalist and video editor. Among her awards are: Emmy Award, Telly Award, New York Film Festival Awards , Videographers Awards of Distinction, Cine Golden Eagle Award, Aurora Award, Omni Intermedia Award and Pro Awards. The trailer for was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France. She brings to the team the ability to combine script and editing in a manner that brings emotion of the subject in a stunning final product. She is also a proficient effects artist, creating stunning 2D/3D effects and compositing. When she’s not in the studio, she’s out crawling around in the jungles or steaming down a river looking for the next story.

Show #10 – Gather the Women with Marilyn Nyborg

Marilyn Nyborg, spiritual activist and co-founder of two organizations, Gather the Women, and Women Waking the World.  We will discuss these remarkable organizations and the core issues around which they have been built. Gather the Women’s purpose is to bring women together – to inspire one another, to witness one another, collaborate, work together on the things that are passionate to their hearts and to give women a voice.

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Transforming the face of psychiatry, Judith Orloff, MD is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times and international bestseller Emotional Freedom upon which a public television special is based. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. She passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace.  She offers practical strategies to overcome frustration, stress, and worry and teaches people how to quiet overactive minds that won’t shut off.

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John W. Travis, MD, MPH, completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently founded the first wellness center in the US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) and is founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a not-for-profit educational foundation, as well as the author of the Wellness Inventory Online ( wellpeople.com ), and the Wellness Workbook ( thewellspring.com ).

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Jackie Parker is a poet and novelist who employs meditation and interactive experiences in the classes she teaches at UCLA and to professional groups. We will explore her process of “No Thinking Writing,” the necessary qualities every artist needs, and how our writing can connect us to a greater awareness and sense of ourselves. She will share the experiences that have led her to conclude that every person has a gift of some sort that is absolutely required. What we all need, Jackie explains, is Love, to know each of our lives have meaning, be appreciated and valued, and to pass on what we know to others. We need to use our machines and computers wisely, then turn them off and discover the deeper oneness.

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Bobbie Burdett is a life coach, a trainer of life coaches, director of training for Health World online. The focus of her coaching is authenticity.  Among the fascinating things we will explore will be the field of Social Neurobiology? The work of Dan Seigel in this field has verified what many of us have believed all along, that It’s impossible to truly address the health and well-being of an individual simply by treating the mind and the body – that interpersonal relationships are of crucial importance. After all, the human infant – at birth the human brain is only 25% formed, the other 75% forms as a result of pathways laid down by social interactions – with family, school, community, etc.

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Dr. Charlotte Reznick has dedicated her life to helping children, adolescents, parents, and professionals. She is a nationally recognized child and educational Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. Upon earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, she was honored with “Dissertation of the Year” for her work on the effects of parental divorce on adolescents.

“The challenges of growing up in today’s rapidly changing society are enormous.  Children need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth that were never before imagined. I focus on teaching children and adolescents self-healing and self-control techniques that will empower them to realize their potential throughout their lifetime.”

— Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Show #16 – What is Verbal First Aid? A conversation with Dr. Judith Prager

You will be fascinated and entertained as Dr. Prager and I explore the power of words to impact beliefs and engender healing. Learn about the power we all have within to transform not only our own lives but the lives of others. Everyone has the opportunity to create miracles by choosing carefully the words they use and how they speak to others (and especially themselves) in calm times as well as in high-stress situations.

Show #17 – The Activist Heart: A Portrait of Ocean Robbins, co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)

I am pleased to introduce you to one of the folks whose work is making a real difference in the world, and who is dedicated to helping others discover how they can make a difference as well. In a world where the new mantra seems to be “we’re all screwed now,” such voices as those of Ocean Robbins are sorely needed. He’s the founder and director of YES!, an organization dedicated to “helping visionary young leaders build a better world.”

Show # 18 – Conversations that Matter with Juanita Brown Ph.D.

This month we will focus on awakening this leader, on the power of the New Paradigm, and explore the potential of conversation as a transformative tool to leverage personal wisdom and spirit. Juanita Brown Ph.D. with her partner, David Isaacs is the co-originator of The World Café, a pioneering approach to large scale dialogue and collaborative inquiry being used in corporate, community, government, education, and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of people on six continents have experienced the World Café to foster sustainable development, responsible business futures, conflict resol…ution, democratic leadership, and local community engagement around critical issues. Her award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with her partner David Isaacs and the World Café Community has been translated into 10 languages, and has recently been released in mainland China.

Show #19 - Healing Depression and PTSD: A conversation with Dr. James Gordon

Dr. Gordon is a physician who, like Dr. Miller, while in medical school, became interested in a different approach to medicine, one which honored the potential for self healing and self help in medicine. He trained in Psychiatry, then went on to found, in 1991, the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Through the center he has trained thousands of health professionals around the world to apply Deep Relaxation, Meditation, Guided Imagery, and other person-centered approaches to deal with post traumatic stress during the acute phase – in trouble spots like Kosovo and Haiti, and with traumatized US veterans.  In this show we will explore the value of imagery for adjusting autonomic responses, as well as the immune and endocrine systems, and discuss the seven phases of depression, why it is better to not think of depression as a disease, but the start of an important life journey.

Show #20 – Coming Soon…


The Activist Heart: A Portriat of Ocean Robbins co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)

Ocean Robbins In this broadcast of Healing Times Radio I am pleased to introduce you to one of the folks whose work is making a real difference in the world, and who is dedicated to helping others discover how they can make a difference as well. In a world where the new mantra seems to be “we’re all screwed now,” such voices as those of Ocean Robbins are sorely needed. He’s the founder and director of YES!, an organization dedicated to “helping visionary young leaders build a better world.”

Play this radio show at the end of this post!

On the show you’ll learn what inspired that seven year old boy who organized a peace rally in his elementary school in Santa Cruz, California, who at the age of ten opened Ocean’s Natural Bakery where he served as baker, salesman, and accountant to hundreds of customers in his neighborhood. We’ll learn about how his relationship with his father, John Robbins (author of the bestselling book “Diets For A New America”) inspired him, and helped him discover the extraordinary power of acceptance and how it inspires the work of YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity) which is bringing together youth leaders from around the world creating a network that truly contains the seeds for global transformation.

We’ll also take a look at the cutting edge of Ocean’s current work – what’s growing within him now – the importance of political diversity – changing our political conversation from one of toxic polarity to one of inclusiveness – and how the acceptance, respect, and appreciation for the political views of others can create a new world for us all. He will share with us how he approaches the challenges of his two special needs twin boys and even a bit about his father’s new book, “The New Good Life – Living Even Better In A New Age of Less,” which he headed and has just been released.

As the Chinese said, if you’re thinking a year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you’re thinking one-hundred years ahead, educate the people. Ocean Robbins has much to teach us about how to do this.

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Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine weekend workshop Feb 4-6, 2011

“At our essence is a divine ‘Knower,’” says Emmett Miller, “an inner healer and guide. Invalidated and injured by trauma, stress, and neglect, this abused spirit retreats, depriving us of its wisdom and healing. Separated from this spirit, something in us hungers and, unfed, grows weaker, shrivels, and may even die. At every level—personal, family, community, cultural, and planetary—this spirit has been wounded deeply, and is st…ill being wounded. The result: stress, illness, violence, and dysfunction, visible everywhere.”

Emmett Miller’s goal is to go past the symptoms to the source to reconnect with the spirit, the vital force of love, life, wholeness, and healing. In this workshop, he guides participants in awakening the healer within, both personally and as a community of beings on a small planet. The workshop focuses on:

• Letting go of stress, relaxing deeply, and entering the Healing State

• Exploring how beliefs and images become physical and behavioral events (symptoms)

• Allowing the inner healer to channel thoughts, developing beliefs and images that lead to wellness and peak performance

• Learning tools for integrity of thoughts, feelings, and behavior

• The direct experience of joyful self-awareness, healing, and peace

The workshop features hands-on experience, deep relaxation, imagery and movement, group discussion, and lecture. It is designed for professionals and lay persons, beginners and experts alike.

Recommended reading: Articles and excerpts at www.DrMiller.com ; Miller, Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine.

CEUs available for MFTs and LCSWs.

CEUs available for bodyworkers.

CEUs available for nurses.

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February 4-6, 2011
Esalen Institute

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About Esalen Institute

Esalen. The word itself summons up tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities yet to be realized. There is the wonder of the place itself, 120 acres of fertile land carved out between mountain and ocean, blessed by a cascading canyon stream and hot mineral springs gushing out of a seaside cliff. There is the delicate and subtle Big Sur air of a late afternoon in May, the midnight mist of July, the drenching February rain. There are October nights so clear the Milky Way can light your walk along the darkened garden path. And always there is the sound of the sea.

And then there are the people—the people who live there and love the land, and the 300,000 more who have come from all over the world to participate in Esalen’s forty-year-long Olympics of the body, mind, and spirit, committing themselves not so much to “stronger, faster, higher” as to deeper, richer, more enduring.

They come for the intellectual freedom to consider systems of thought and feeling that lie beyond the current constraints of mainstream academia. They come to discover ancient wisdom in the motion of the body, poetry in the pulsing of the blood. They come to rediscover the miracle of self-aware consciousness. At best, they come away inspired by the precision of a desire to learn and keep on learning through all of life, and beyond.

Esalen is a place with a global reach. It is a place, as Thomas Wolfe said about America, where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.


Conversations that Matter – Dr. Miller and Juanita Brown on Healing Times Radio

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As you probably know from my recent book, Our Culture On The Couch – Seven Steps to Global Healing , I believe the only way out of our current mess is for us to stop being controlled by our world, but to bring forth the leadership potential within each of us.

So, this month we will focus on awakening this leader, on the power of the New Paradigm, and explore the potential of conversation as a transformative tool to leverage personal wisdom and spirit.

Juanita Brown Ph.D. with her partner, David Isaacs is the co-originator of The World Café, a pioneering approach to large scale dialogue and collaborative inquiry being used in corporate, community, government, education, and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. Hundreds of thousands of people on six continents have experienced the World Café to foster sustainable development, responsible business futures, conflict resol…ution, democratic leadership, and local community engagement around critical issues. Her award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures through Conversations that Matter, co-authored with her partner David Isaacs and the World Café Community has been translated into 10 languages, and has recently been released in mainland China.

Juanita developed her belief in the power of conversation and community to shape the future through her early years at the Na-Bolom Institute, a center for dialogue and action on indigenous issues and rainforest preservation in Chiapas, Mexico. Juanita was also a key architect in large-scale community development and outreach work with Cesar Chavez and the farm workers movement. She has applied her discoveries about the principles for building engaged communities to the co-evolution of the World Café as social innovation––using both living systems approaches and community development sensibilities to engage a growing global network of multi-generational hosts committed to creating collaborative dialogue and committed action around critical local, national and global issues.

Since 1974, Juanita has collaborated as a strategic thinking partner with senior corporate executives as well as non-profit leaders in the U.S., Latin America, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim, advising on large scale change intiatives and creating innovative forums for strategic dialogue around critical organizational and societal issues. Juanita is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and has served as a Senior Affiliate with both the MIT Center for Organizational Learning (now the Society for Organizational Learning) and the Institute for the Future. Her greatest joy, however, is when she finds herself alone in nature on the shores of Tomales Bay, California listening to the loons and seeing the white pelicans floating quietly through the mist.

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Do You Need a Mental Reboot – What is a Mental Reboot Anyhow? {podcast}

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At the behest of John Ehrlich I have created a new series, the Mental Reboot series. Just as you sometimes need to shut down your computer and restart in order to maintain speed and efficiency, it is wise to do this with your mental computer as well.

The mental reboot is brief, and by keeping a copy on your computer or ipod, you can often lift the fatigue, speed up your processing, increase creativity, and refocus your mind on what you want to deal with.

Here is a brief introduction to the Mental Reboot.

An Answer to Cancer – How Guided Imagery and Meditation Can Assist in Cancer Treatment [Podcast]

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What’s the first thing to do if you get a diagnosis of cancer? Grab a deep relaxation and guided imagery CD!

Really. It could save your life.

When people first receive the message from their physician that their body may be harboring a potentially fatal disease, they are usually dumbfounded, commonly frightened, and often emotionally traumatized. This is unfortunate, since such reactions of helplessness associated with the illness create an internal physiological and psychological state which may actually impair the body’s ability to defend itself against this invader.

Since guided imagery in the state of deep relaxation has been shown to assist the healing process in many illnesses, including cancer, it should be made available as soon as possible to anyone newly diagnosed with cancer – as well as those with other chronic illnesses. It’s the least expensive, fastest, and possibly the most important single thing you can do.

A patient’s physical comfort and perception of pain can often be markedly altered, as can their attitude, mood, willingness to undergo invasive procedures, or to participate actively in the treatment – even their ability to successfully survive the treatment. All these are profoundly influenced by the attitude and the mental self image he or she has, of the disease, of the treatment, and of those who are rendering care.

Certain ways of approaching the illness are far more likely to produce a successful outcome, cure and complete healing. Well-designed guided imagery and deep relaxation – what I call “ Software for the Mind ” – functions to enable the person to move through acceptance, to awaken the inner potential to heal and become whole, and to free the body of the stress that could otherwise worsen the illness. And the sooner an individual begins this process, the better.

I will describe some of the most important ways that these tools can be used as valuable adjuncts to treatment in a moment, but first lets look at the role of your mental imagery in preventing cancer.

Guided Imagery and The Prevention of Cancer

Of course the best use of guided imagery in confronting the challenges of cancer is to employ it at the stage of prevention Sometimes, for example, a woman with breast lump or unusual bleeding, or a man who notices an abnormal mole on his skin will avoid seeing a health professional because of fear they experience when they consider that this might be a cancer. Yet by avoiding that cognitive dissonance they fail to have the mass removed before it spreads, and while it is still curable. A different mental image can be developed, one which could tolerate the idea of having an unknown mass checked out, and save their lives.

Another example is represented by the person who needs to change their inner imagery is the person who engages in behaviors that can lead to the development of cancer – such as smoking or exposing him or herself to other toxic substances, or eating an unhealthy diet (fat, charred meat, low vegetable intake). Guided imagery techniques can help resolve the emotional states that underlie such self-destructive behaviors. A few counseling visits and/or the use of the appropriate CDs are often all that is needed. (For example, see Weight Loss/Management and Smoke No More )

The Power of Imagery and Meditation in the Clinical Setting

One of the physician’s first challenges is how to inform the person that they may have cancer. The mental image the doctor creates in the mind of the patient is very important.

Because of this natural reaction of fear, rather than face the emotions, the doctor will sometimes try to be matter-of-fact about it, saying something insensitive, like, “Your tests showed that you may possibly have a rapidly-growing cancer that could kill you within 6 to 12 months. I will take another biopsy today to confirm the diagnosis. Come back in a week and I will let you know what we find out.” Imagine how news delivered that way affects a patient! Yet it happens far more often than you’d think it would.

Now, compare how different the mental image and resultant inner experience are when, instead, the physician says, “We’ll have to repeat the tests we did last week. They are inconclusive. There’s a possibility that there are some atypical cells, and we want to run another test. The first one may be in error. I’m certain, whatever the result, that we’ll find a way to deal with it.”

Remarkably, I have heard dozens of stories from patients who were treated like the person in the first example, and sometimes even more crudely. The mental, emotional and physical shock they experienced at this time often proved to be quite catastrophic to their lives, leading to acute emotional problems, and often persistent depression and/or anxiety. It is not uncommon for this kind of shock to create serious disruption of relationships, social and work life – and, as you can imagine, fear of doctors and medical procedures, even when the first diagnosis turns out to be a false positive!

How a person is treated by his or her health professional is critically important, and the skills of empathetic communication and guided imagery are most valuable. I have always started my training of medical students with this wisdom. After all, what we want most is a happy, healthy patient. ( Verbal First Aid by Dr. Prager is an excellent read for Health Professionals and laypeople alike.  Listen to the Healing Times Radio Archive of my interview with Dr. Prager on my show, Healing Times Radio).

Early Cancer Treatment

Once a cancer has actually been diagnosed, there are several opportunities for the use of deep relaxation and guided imagery – to improve healing function and eliminate unnecessary emotional stress (for the diagnosed individual and their support network). As you probably know, stress has been shown, in many scientific studies, to inhibit healing. By using guided imagery you can enable yourself to maintain a positive self-image, a feeling of empowerment, and confidence in your ability to tolerate your treatment well – and to heal.

Depression and anxiety due to personal fears or cultural expectations add to the inadvertent negative imagery the patient experiences from health personnel, family, and the environment. These have been shown to interfere with the inner healing process. Such emotional states can cause a person to fear valuable and even curative therapies – and that same fear may interfere physiologically with the effectiveness of any that are tried. (see Freeing Yourself From Fear )

The purpose of guided imagery and relaxation is:

· 1. To enable identification with the strong, successful part of the Self – the part that believes/knows healing and wellness are possible.

· 2. To understand at a deep level the meaning of the Serenity Prayer , the role of acceptance, courage, and wisdom, and how to access them

· 3. To experience the confidence and empowerment that is gained by coming into the present moment

· 4. To discover how to let be what is, and to access the inner ability to respond mindfully, and not merely react .

In our culture we use denial a great deal. Every physician gets to see at least one person who was so fearful of finding a lump they refused to have the recommended regular examinations. Deep Relaxation provides an excellent way for the psyche to be prepared to accept the truth of the moment – it is the antidote to fear, and it eliminates the reason to avoid seeing the truth. After all, the acceptance of what is true in the moment gives you the power to use the resources you have available to successfully address the situation and gain the best possible outcome. And when it comes to cancer, the outcome is what really counts the most . ( Abolish Anxiety is an effective program for dealing with unnecessary fears of this kind). Once relaxation has been achieved positive image outcomes can be suggested and visualized.

Imagery and Interventions

You will also find that deep relaxation and guided imagery are extremely useful before, during and after therapeutic interventions – such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. (see Cancer Support Programs including Optimizing Chemotherapy and Optimizing Radiation Therapy )The use of these Software For The Mind tools can help reduce the discomfort and side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, thus allowing the use, in some cases, of even larger doses, thereby ensuring better chances of complete success. Imagery such as a shield protecting the normal cells of your body from radiation – or from toxic chemicals – tends to increase your sense of empowerment and involvement in the healing process, markedly improving outcomes, whether or not there is a direct impact upon the actual membranes of the cells in question. ( See Healing from Cancer, )

Guided imagery, along with deep relaxation, is also effective for dealing with the surgery that is sometimes needed by the cancer patient. By using image rehearsal techniques for days or weeks before the surgery, you train the mind and body in how to respond to the anesthesia, the surgery, and the healing. By the time you are in the operating room, your body is primed to go into anesthesia quickly, thus reducing the amount of anesthetic agent your body will have to take in and detoxify – making the surgery safer, and recovery faster. Further, when this is combined with the use of these techniques after surgery there is less pain and swelling, ambulation is faster, and healing time and hospital stay are shortened by about 25% (and that means 25% less opportunity to acquire a hospital-based infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria). (see Surgery, Operations, and Procedures and ).

Can The Mind Really Fight Cancer?

It is important that when someone gets injured or sick, we see two separate, but related, phenomena – the disease and the illness. In the case of cancer, the disease is represented by the abnormal cells that are attempting to grow without bounds. The illness is the loss of weight, the fatigue, the pain, the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness, the fear that treatment will not work, and the other unpleasant experiences represent the illness .

While it has not been conclusively demonstrated, a positive attitude and effective imagery can directly kill all cancer cells, studies have shown they are enormously effective defeating the illness. And when a person is less ill, they have a better chance of responding to any threat to their balance of health, and of surviving treatment that is powerful enough to cure the disease.

Some of the imagery approaches that have been found to be effective involve visualizing the cancer cells as being weak, confused, disoriented mutant bodily cells that need to be eliminated. Correspondingly, the cells of the immune system are seen as powerful, wise, and capable of attacking and destroying these cancer cells. Sometimes the imagery used is realistic, and sometimes metaphorical (which is how the mind impacts the body anyway). So a given person may see the cancer cells as mice and the immune cells as hungry cats, or see the cancer cells as outlaws wearing black hats, and the immune system’s cells as the good guys wearing, of course white hats. Still other people have less violent imagery, such as coming into harmony and simply halting the growth of the cancer cells, creating a safe long term balance.  In this way the healthy body establishes a balance with a tuberculosis bacterium, thus preventing its spread while not eliminating it completely (a kind of New Paradigm solution). Healing From Cancer guides imagery in this way, while the DVD, Immuno-Imagery , shows how this happens using photomicroscopy as well as interpretive animation.

(For more information about the roots of disease and its symptoms, and how to address them, see Deep Healing – The Essence of Mind-Body Medicine .)


In Conclusion

So, once again I say (only a little tongue-in-cheek), maybe the first and best thing to do in dealing with cancer, before or after it is discovered, is to use deep relaxation, meditation, and guided imagery tools. Through them you can “Change Your Mind – And Change Your Life.”

Discussion, comments and questions: A t the end of this post you will find a place ‘Join the Conversation’. I would love to hear from you.  Feel free to answer some of the questions below or let me know whatever is on your mind.

1. Have you used alternative therapies in Cancer (or other chronic illness)?

2. How about Guided Imagery? How did it work?

3. Feel free to ask questions

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Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Miller’s Cancer Support Guided Imagery and Meditation CDs, MP3 Downloads, DVDs and Books.

The first podcast below is the recording of Dr. Miller reading this article ‘An Answer to Cancer’

The second podcast below is a recording of Elizabeth L. Richeson, Ph.D., M.S. PhysPharm speaking about her own use of Dr. Miller’s Guided Imagery recordings in her profession and in her personal battle with Cancer.

Middle Way Health Experience a stimulating conversation between myself and Mary Claybon on her show Middle Way Health on BlogTalkRadio.com

What is Middle Way Health?

Mary Claybon has a passion for health, healing and holistic wellness. She also has a passion for life and living it to the fullest. With over 35 years as a nurse, health educator and wellness coach, Mary offers stimulating conversation about a variety of topics that promote health to individuals, groups, and businesses . Her guests are best selling authors, speakers, and interesting people from all over the globe. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite beverage and join the conversation. Hopefully you will be a little more enlightened at the end of the show. Visit Mary’s website www.themiddlewayhealth.com and sign up for her free newsletter to stay in touch.

In this show ‘Global Healing with Emmett Miller MD, Our Culture on the Couch,’ Mary and I discuss the Seven Steps to Global Healing, how to awaken the the leader within and transform our lives and our world. I hope you enjoy!

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Ask Dr. Miller: Why Balance Emotions?

August 18, 2010 by EMiller
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Healing Times Radio Archives: What is Verbal First Aid?

Verbal First Aid – The Power of Words, Images, and Stories to Help and Heal

Airdate: July 1, 2010 11am-12pm (PST) at OpenMindRadio.com

You will be fascinated and entertained as Dr. Prager and I explore the power of words to impact beliefs and engender healing. Learn about the power we all have within to transform not only our own lives but the lives of others. Everyone has the opportunity to create miracles by choosing carefully the words they use and how they speak to others (and especially themselves) in calm times as well as in high-stress situations.

We will examine some of the ideas presented in her very popular book, Verbal First Aid Helping your Kids Heal from Fear and Pain – and Come Out Strong , as well as in her newly released book, . Then we will learn some simple ways to turn a scare into a comfort, a hurt into a healing, and a potential trauma into a memory of courage. You will hear some valuable perspectives on major life challenges and learn how to transform crisis situations into positive, empowering experiences (by adjusting your attitude through your self-talk, changing the images you hold in your mind, and the stories you tell yourself).

You will be especially charmed by the beauty and wisdom of her approach to communicating to children, especially in emergency situations. Make sure all the parents you know get to hear this one.

Dr. Prager will share her observation that far too many of today’s hospital-born babies are quickly taken into sterile nurseries and hooked up to beeping machines. Her suspicion is that, instead of bonding with the mother, this generation of newborns is bonding with machines.

And, most of all, you will get to meet a woman who is truly a healing spirit, her mission – to help create a better future where we are all aware of the energy field around each of us, and between all of us.   This energy field is so easily enlightened or shattered. Just to experience her positive energy makes this interview worthwhile.

You don’t want to miss this one!

Listen to us Thursday, July 1st, 2010

11am-12pm PST at OpenMindRadio.com

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Green Exercise Heals the Mind

Exercising, even for just five minutes, in a “green space,” such as a park or trail, can boost your mental health, according to researchers in the U.K . 1

They looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found significant improvements in mood and self-esteem after just minutes of such activities as walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse riding and farming. In each study, mood and self-esteem were measured using two widely accepted assessment scales. All types of green exercise led to improvements in mental health indicators.

Most surprising was that the largest effect was seen within five minutes! After that, increased green exercise continued to add benefit but with decreasing returns.

The health changes – physical and mental – were particularly dramatic in the young and the mentally ill. Interestingly, an even greater effect was observed when the activity took place in an area near water, such as a lake or river.

Study leader Jules Pretty, a researcher at the University of Essex, said those who were generally inactive, stressed, and/or mentally ill would probably benefit the most from “green exercise. Employers, for example, could encourage staff in stressful workplaces to take a short walk at lunchtime in the nearest park to improve mental health.” He also said exercise programs outdoors could benefit youth offenders.

Once again, we have solid evidence that even a short period of green exercise can provide a low cost and drug-free therapy to help improve mental wellbeing. Anyone experiencing depression should be certain to add this kind of activity to whatever treatment or self-help regimen they have chosen.

Other powerful tools for helping to heal from depression, sadness and grief are presented on “ Escape from Depression, ” a two CD program for learning how to use your mind, meditation, imagery, autosuggestion and affirmations to speed your recovery.

For a set of effective imagery tools for dealing with loss of any kind, “ Accepting Change and Moving On ” can also be downloaded or purchased on CD.

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