We are very lucky that Ilana is sharing her story on how she reclaimed her health using Qigong. “How can that be?” most would say. “Using meditation to turn invasive breast cancer around? I just don’t understand that!”
That is why we are lucky that Ilana is willing to tell her story. I, for one, find it very credible. The human mind and spirit is powerful. Here is the beginning of Ilana’s story:
In December 06 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Instead of doing conventional therapy I started looking for a natural approach (I was terrified of the consequences of the conventional treatments). At first I only took supplements and tried to eat healthy and things like that. After a lot of research on the internet I came upon Qigong. An ancient art of healing the body and mind, from China. In conjunction I learned about detox (coffee enemas -not Chinese). Later I became Vegan.
I did Qigong three times a day at the beginning with dvd’s I got in the mail from China. In August 07 I actually went to China for a course with the same teacher on the dvd’s… It was amazing – on Mount Wudang for two weeks.
The secret to success is doing this exercise-meditation on a daily basis. After some time I reduced to twice daily and then once daily, which in my opinion is the minimum.
The original website I came across is http://www.damo-qigong.net/cancer.htm # 333 or google “conquer cancer by qigong practice”. The fourth point (correspondence course) is actually the dvd series to order via the internet. The dvd’s arrived at my door in Israel after about 10 days.
The practice starts with ‘preparatory movement’ which means gentle exercises to prepare the body for the meditation. The meditation itself is done with certain positions – your hands stretched out to the sides and/or up for several minutes each.
The practice ends with exercises, again, this time to loosen the body. You have to do it to really understand it. The focus is in the “lower tandian” a space in the abdomen where you have to “look”. Actually you have to try and not think about anything – just breathe naturally and just be there. This has a curative effect on the body and mind. In essence, in Chinese medicine and philosophy when dealing with cancer the idea is to keep the body strong, to keep the healthy cells strong instead of “killing” the malignant cells. Like a garden with weeds. Not to destroy the weeds, but to strengthen the garden and the good plants… In my opinion this is a good approach – a strong immune system achieved through exercise and meditation, and good nutrition can do that, and the cancer perhaps cannot take over.
I recommend a book by Luke Chan “101 Miracles of Natural Healing”. It is about a different kind of qigong and it is very inspiring. Another book I read is “spontaneous Healing” by Dr. Andrew Weil. This book also helped me through those tough times and inspired me.
The practice of qigong must be continued ‘forever’. As teacher Hu, the Chinese teacher says: don’t ever stop…
This is me talking now. I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind Ilana.
I have a question about your words “when dealing with cancer the idea is to keep the body strong, to keep the healthy cells strong instead of “killing” the malignant cells.” Is that like the act of totally focusing (or at least as much as possible) on the good aspects of our body and our good parts of our health, instead of the cancer cells? And when we do that, it not only strengthens the healthy cells, but it relaxes us away from the ‘bad’ cells so that our health indeed comes back?
When you first started Qigong, how many hours a day did you devote to it?
Here is a YouTube video of a lady who many have gone through similar feelings and experiences that you did. She reclaimed her health from breast cancer after experiencing Qigong also.
This is worth looking into – and I will. Thanks Ilana! Good Night! Vernon “Vito” Johnston