There is nothing that strikes fear into the heart and minds of us all but the word cancer. The Big C. It doesn’t matter if it is our diagnosis, that of a family member, a friend, a co-worker, an acquaintance, or even a pet, Fear. Fear. The Big F. The Big C and the Big F. And the two go hand in hand. When we hear someone has been diagnosed with cancer we think what if it is me. And if it is given to us, fear.


The physical sensations of fear are actually the same as anticipation of excitement.


Take the example of two people waiting in line for a rollercoaster.


One is super excited about getting closer to the station to onboard. Every time she sees the rollercoaster start up the hill she gets a rush. Her palms get a little sweaty, her heart rate increases and her stomach does a flip.


And what’s happening in her mind?


She is replaying all the times she had fun on a rollercoaster. She is reinforcing the physical sensation with an imprint of a story – a perception – a belief.


Now what about the other one?


She is getting more and more anxious as she gets closer in line. Her palms get sweaty, her heart races, her stomach does a flip. What’s different? She looks at the rollercoaster going up the hill and she thinks of all the stories of tragedies that she has heard of in which a rollercoaster has flipped off the track, stopped at the top stuck, or even worse someone plummeting to their death.


I know the scenario here because I get like that in line and my daughter is jumping up and down screeching how fun it’s going to be when we sit at the top teetering a bit back and forth and then the rush of the rapid descent. I know. What I didn’t know was that my physical sensation was the same as my daughter’s. What was different was the story I had attached to the sensation. And every time I felt that sensation neuropathways knew just what to do. Grab a fear package and add the story.


A horrible story.


No story?


Quick find one.


Imagination, do your job!


Create a scary story I can grab onto. And my mind will do it. The neuropathway will be reinforced. And every time I do this the groove will get a little deeper. Like a rut on the side of the road. The more rain, the more water. The more water flow, the deeper the groove. The deeper the groove, the faster you’ll get stuck and the longer you may stay.


It’s the same with perceptions, our personal beliefs.


Fear and cancer.


As I was writing this article I was thinking about Dr. Bruce Lipton and his work in Epigenetics. What is epigenetics? Bruce describes epigenetics as “the study of inherited changes in phenotype (appearance) or gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence.”


Dr. Lipton continues by stating that, “Medicine does miracles but its limited to trauma. The AMA protocol is to regard our physical body like a machine, in the same way that an auto mechanic regards a car. When the parts break, you replace them…The problem is that while they have an understanding that the mechanism isn’t working, they’re blaming the vehicle for what went wrong. They believe that the vehicles, in this case our bodies, is controlled by genes. But guess what? They don’t take into consideration that there’s actually a driver in that car. The new science, epigenetics, reveals that the vehicles – or the genes – aren’t responsible for the breakdown. It’s the driver.”


So what about cancer?


Dr. Lipton admits that, “It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer. But with epigenetics, all of that has changed.” He did an experiment which if you are interested, go to the website I referenced and you can read all about it. The gist of it is that he divided cells and placed them in varying environments. He concluded that if “cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.” Then he took the results further.


With cancer, “Here’s the connection: with fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based on your perceptions on life. So this means that your perceptions of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and control their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.”



Wait what?


Yep! Bam!


Your perceptions of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and control their fate.


As an intuitive healer I know this. As a shamanista (modern day shaman) I work with changing perceptions. I coach. I have always known that my perceptions created my reality. What I didn’t know was that it was every time in every way.




Shamans, healers, and old fashioned witches…wise women and men…healers know this. Now science has caught up to us. My son, Redmayne, says that magic is just what scientists haven’t figured out yet.


Back to fear and cancer.


Dr. Lipton states that there are three factors that impact the fate of cells: toxins, trauma, and the mind. And all three connect with the onset of cancer. He claims, and I agree that, “gene activity can change on a daily basis…What this means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. It’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.” If you want more about the nocebo effect, I write about it in my blog at


Change your thoughts, change your blood chemistry. Change your blood chemistry, change the cell. Change the cell, change the outcome.


Fear and cancer.


We have three parts in our minds: brain chemistry, the conscious, the unconscious/ subconscious which I believe connects to the superconscious…the universal mind.


And guess what?


The subconscious controls 95% of our lives.


In a report about the benefits of meditation as taught by people like Osho, it is explained again Dr. Lipton’s views. “…there are two separate minds that create what he calls the body’s controlling voice. There is a conscious mind that can think freely and create new ideas ‘out of the box’. Then there is the subconscious mind, which is basically a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors, most of which we acquired before we reached the age of six.”

It further states that, “The subconscious mind cannot move outside its fixed programs – it automatically reacts to situations with its previously stored behavior responses. AND (here’s the rub), it works without the knowledge or control of the conscious mind. This is why we are generally unaware of our behavior, in fact most of the time we are not even aware that we are acting unconsciously…euro-scientists have shown that the conscious mind provides 5% or less of our cognitive (conscious) activity during the day – and 5% they say is for the more aware people, many people operate at just 1% consciousness.”

Wait, what?


Really? It’s like the walking dead. Maybe that’s what’s meant by humanity is awakening. We’re waking up from sleep walking during our day. And when you’re not sleep walking you’re looping and when you’re not looping you’re in fear…and looping that fear.

The article goes further. “Dr. Lipton also says that the unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life.”

There is hope. Breakthrough the fear and begin by taking the beliefs you have and distilling the stories that frame those beliefs. Most likely they are based on someone else’s view and if not they’re based on fear of what would happen if you didn’t see the world the way you do. We can heal. We can heal mind, body, and soul. And it all starts with waking up and being consciously aware of our thoughts. Breakthrough fear. Fear is a guide post to change. And change may be what we really fear because as we change, the world around us changes, our own reality changes and with that our lives.

Just as there are two minds there are two nervous systems: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic is the nervous system that triggers fight or flight. It’s what triggers the ego/monkey mind. It accelerates the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and increases blood pressure. The sympathetic nervous system responds to our beliefs. So if you believe you are in survival mode, you are. The sympathetic is activated. It is voluntary based on perceptional input. On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system is part of the involuntary nervous system and it slows the heart rate, opens blood vessels, and lowers blood pressure. This is where our healing and spiritual awareness comes in because it is automatic. The parasympathetic is considered the “rest and digest” or the “feed and breed” system. It works whether we focus in on it or not.


I went to Wikipedia to suss out how to explain it more cohesively.


So here goes:

“The sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions typically function in opposition to each other. This natural opposition is better understood as complementary in nature rather than antagonistic…The sympathetic division as the police responders and the parasympathetic division as the court system. The sympathetic division typically functions in actions requiring quick responses. The parasympathetic division functions with actions that do not require immediate reaction.”


Quick response, which to me means a reaction to stimuli, versus “actions that do not require immediate reaction,” – a response that is aware and does what it needs to do regardless. The parasympathetic nervous system is a cool cucumber. It’s aware and has a “I got this” attitude. I liken the sympathetic nervous system to the frazzled White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Rushing, reacting, rushing more, reacting more.


And then it hit me. The belief filters the perception, creates the reaction, brings the ups and downs, reinforces the thoughts, deepens the groove for the looping creating the stress, bringing on the fear. Once your body gets used to that, the change of having a different outcome creates fear. Any change good or bad equals fear and our ego/ monkey mind loves the status quo and fears change. So it will insist that you stay in stress because it is a natural, normal state of being.


Back to the rollercoaster. I think of my daughter’s face when I’m in line and the fear sensations have turned to triggers of excitement and that excitement get stored as a story of love for my daughter, an experience worth repeating. I had to actively change the story and the beliefs underlying the sensations.


Where do you have a story that may need to be changed?


What belief do you have that may not be true?


How can you change it? (Hint: notice your body and the sensations in it. That action can be a life saver-mind, body, and soul.)


Our bodies don’t lie. Embrace, Release, Heal. These are the steps. Embrace, Release, Heal. And it all begins in awareness. Awareness of your body. Awareness of your stories. Awareness of your authenticity and own power.


Here are some book resources:


The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton (

“Human beings are multicellular organisms – we must inherently share basic behavioral patterns with our own cells…I know that it takes a shift in perception to acknowledge that parallel…When we observe other humans as individual entities or see ourselves in the mirror as an individual organism, in one sense, we are correct, at least from the perspective of our level of observation.”


Embrace, Release, Heal, Leigh Fortson (

“While the book expands the menu of choices available for alternative healing and holistic cancer treatments, it accepts and respects the relevance of both mainstream and outside-the-box cancer treatments.  Rather than dictate how you choose your cancer treatments, the book asks that you reclaim your authority and take responsibility for your own course of cancer healing.  Only then can you make empowered choices that are right for you. No matter what cancer treatment path you choose, you must honor it deeply.”


The Four Tenets of Love, Juliette Taylor-De Vries (me) (

“This book is about find your life’s path by breaking down the barriers between you and your passion and purpose to live a life you love. Filled with insight, inspiration, and easy-to-master techniques, my message is that you hold the power to create a world filled with opportunity, connection, and joy.”