Early on in my teaching Create to Heal class, I met a young woman, a breast cancer patient, who was reluctant to participate. She wore a very unflattering wig, her pallor gray, her demeanor depressed. She sat silently in class unwilling to engage. I thought "oh well, you can't reach and inspire everyone, Patricia; it is what it is."
I didn't see this woman for several months until one day, she returned to class. She had a beautiful new wig, lots of flowing blonde hair; her skin was glowing and her pallor full of color. She smiled and engaged the other participants with a hello. Our first writing exercise that day was "Cancer is ..." I encouraged participants to write that phrase down many times until the words flowed. Our heroine in this story started by writing "Cancer is, cancer is, what is this writing nonsense, cancer is, cancer is" until she broke through by letting go and giving over to "Greater Hands." Here is what she read aloud in class:
Cancer is ... an awakening ...
awakening, awakening, awakening ... what woke up? diet, friends, lifesytle, day/night ... what was asleep? me. why? figuring out one’s identity ... sleep, day/night. decisions in the past, no regrets, do it all over the same way! health, mindbody ... dealing with stress. what was really awakened? what is under it all? attention! is it good/bad to tell or not tell? I have cancer ... when? internal dialogue - what does it all mean? when to be sad? protect the ones you love ... why do you express yourself so differently to different people? do you want sympathy? are you real? what is real? how do you become real? WHAT WOKE UP? diet/lifestyle/work? what needs to be awakened? emotions. there is truth in emotions.
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