We’ve all had curveballs thrown unexpectedly into our lives at one point or another. Few, if any, are more devastating than a cancer diagnosis.
When Gail Jones, author, transformational coach and wellness pioneer, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, one of the people she turned to for help…
...was Centerpointe’s founder, Bill Harris.
As you’ll read in the insightful story below, Bill walked Gail through the powerful effects of our brain’s “fight or flight” response, and how it affects our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Whether you fear cancer, loss, or of any other curveballs that life might throw your way, learning to calm your mind is an extraordinarily powerful tool…
...in the process of healing.
P.S. For anyone struggling with a fearful medical diagnosis–or fear of any kind–I highly recommend Gail’s book, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living.
Don’t miss it...in the Check It Out section below.
Yet, there is another little known fact. Up to 96 percent of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States today live with a persistent fear of recurrence, according to research noted in the 2013 editor of Psycho-Oncology Journal.
A naturopathic doctor told me some survivors are so scared of cancer coming back, that they begin limiting their lives by crawling back into bed, afraid to face the day.
Fortunately, there are tools to challenge those thoughts—tools that can help anyone, including those who never had cancer, calm their minds.
Here is a sneak peek at an excerpt from my book, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living, which shares one of those resources: “The Inner Work: Going Deep for Inner Transformation.”
Ammunition Against the Fear
Reducing fight-or-flight with Bill Harris’ Holosync®
Do everything to calm the limbic system
Staying calm, and out of the fight-or-flight high adrenaline emotions that sometimes accompany the cancer healing journey, takes great tenacity at times.
Despite my best efforts to recreate life beyond cancer from a new foundation of self-love and worthiness, I still had some fearful moments like millions of others diagnosed.
I occasionally face heightened states of stress from fear of recurrence.
To deal with my anxiety and conduct research for this book, I began practicing Holosync brainwave technology from Centerpointe Research Institute.
Childhood trauma also can make one’s threshold for stress lower, sending one into fight-or-flight states more easily, according to Bill Harris, founder of Centerpointe and creator of Holosync. Learning to slow down has been key to healing as well as the messages and practices I teach as a transformational coach and wellness pioneer.
“The more trauma, the lower your threshold…
...and the more often you'll be triggered by circumstances and life events that might not bother someone with a higher threshold,” Harris claims.
Difficult emotions—anger, fear, depression, confusion, addictions, overeating, and many others—are really just attempts to cope with being pushed over your personal threshold for what you can handle, according to Harris.
The solution, he says, is to raise your threshold higher by activating your parasympathetic nervous system to keep your sympathetic nervous system from sending you into fight-or-flight mode.
When practiced regularly for an hour a day for a minimum of four to six months, Holosync can help you become calmer, have more energy and think more clearly by inducing “the relaxation response” within the body more often, he maintains.
Some results he noticed are that when people are less stressed…
...they become kinder, more compassionate, and happier with a mind that works better.
“Eventually you get to the point that what used to bother you feels like it happened to someone else; you can remember it and learn from it, but will not be so charged,” Harris asserts. “The prefrontal cortex learns from experience and you don’t need to release over and over again the ‘echo’ of traumatic experience.”
For cancer patients, strengthening the prefrontal cortex in the brain is especially important.
“When somebody has cancer, they go into fight-or-flight, which makes a lot of cortisol that interferes with the immune system,” Harris says. “Holosync helps calm the limbic system that puts a person in fight-or-flight, with users eventually observing circumstances more dispassionately.”
“The more calm you can be, the more you can fight off the cancer,” he stresses. “You don’t need to create more cortisol.”
With a special chapter on Bill Harris and his discoveries on flight, flight, and living without fear.
Holiday Wishes from Centerpointe
As we look to the end of the year and celebrate the Holidays, let us remember those who have lifted us higher, those who have deepened our understanding, and those whose love has opened our hearts still further.
Whether they are dear friends or writers whose words have touched us.