Spontaneous Remission of Disease

Some of you know that I presented a workshop on Hypnosis for Cancer (and other) Patients at the August, 2016 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention. In such workshop, I mentioned that hope is important for healing, whereas stress, negative expectancy and hopelessness depress the immune function. After all, if the situation is hopeless, why do anything to help yourself? Why not just drown yourself in booze and cigarettes to the very end?
One outstanding source of information to increase hope is to research stories of spontaneous remission. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a great resource. You can research their voluminous book and download it as a pdf on all types of problems here


As reported in an article by the Institute of Noetic Science on spontaneous-remission, some of the characteristics associated with remission and survival that cancer survivors are:

  1. “A change from dependency to autonomy combined with activities, attitudes, and behaviors that promote increased autonomy, awareness of themselves, others, and their environment, love, joy, playfulness, satisfaction, laughter, and humor.
  2. Facing the crisis, the despair, the sadness, and the pain and discovering they have the power to find a new way of life that is fulfilling and meaningful.
  3. Taking control of their lives, (personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, and medical) and living each day fully combined with a willingness to evaluate their beliefs and attitudes and change old beliefs and attitudes that are no longer appropriate or adequate.
  4. Becoming comfortable with and expressing and accepting both their positive and negative emotions/feelings, their needs, wants, and desires (physical, emotional, spiritual); the ability to say “No” when it is necessary for their well being.
  5. Having at least one strong loving relationship—a strong connection to another person, an activity, an organization(s), changing the quality of their interpersonal relationships with spouses, friends, family, neighbors, doctors, nurses, etc. in a positive way, and motivation to help others.
  6. Working in partnership with their physicians and participating in decisions related to their health and well being.
  7. Finding meaning in the experience of cancer, finding reasons to live, accepting the diagnosis but not the prognosis, seeing the disease as a challenge, belief in a positive outcome, and having a renewed desire, will and commitment to life.
  8. Choosing activities and practices that promote increased awareness and reduce stress (imagery, stress reduction, yoga, etc.); showing renewed spiritual awareness (Soul) that often results in a spiritual practice (prayer, meditation, religious affiliation, connection to nature, etc.).”

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