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Yay, my friend, Dr. Adele McDowell, has done it again. Huffington Post Canada posted another of her articles. This time, very different from her earlier ones on suicide. In fact, this is the other side of depression and suicide. It is inspirational as she takes the fictional character of James Bond – 007 who can face any one and anything and comes out alive and whole.

Don’t we wish we could do that. It is no wonder that we idolize heroes (and heroines) who can face any danger, look a gun in the face, fight any fight! It is really because we wish that we could do that but don’t think we can. Then, Adele tells her own personal story of danger and courage. Sometimes, one never knows of what one is capable until faced with a dire circumstances. And, of course, there are many kinds of danger from which one can test courage.

For those who have undergone any kind of trauma – abuse, accidents, life threatening illness, etc. – it takes a lot of courage to overcome the incident or incidents. When one has been abused and put down at every turn, the message is that “you are nothing, you will never amount to anything, you. will never be able to protect yourself, you are a coward…..”. And, if the trauma is severe enough, then there is post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) with which one has to go through. PTSD, for those who may not know, is not just a mental memory. When PTSD comes on – and sometimes the survivor doesn’t even know what triggers it or even what is happening – it is like the trauma is happening all over again. So the survivor is no longer his/her chronological age and doesn’t realize that he/she is actually safe, the memories that come flooding back impact the mind, the body reactions, the fears or shocks of that particular time.

I know because being a survivor or child sexual and physical abuse, as well as undergoing many life threatening illnesses, I am understanding more and more my work, as well as the healing work I’ve done with clients, in overcoming PTSD. I still get bouts of it, but having worked on these issues, I am now able to name the triggers as well as the times PTSD comes over me. I can’t say that I can get out of it immediately – although sometimes I can – but I can at least know what’s happening to me. What that does is that I know it’s not happening again, that I am safe, and that I can sum up the courage to speak up, to protect myself, or to help others. I remember that I am no longer 4 when I was abused, or 10 or 12 when I almost died from an illness. And even now, in dealing with cancer these last 4 1/2 years, I know I now can take the small steps to take care of myself.

Will I ever be a “James Bond”. Perhaps not, but in my eyes I let myself acknowledge each time I take any step to take care of myself, knowing each step only leads to more courage every time. This is what came to me as I was reading Adele’s article. For me, it came at a time when I’m not only dealing with cancer, but shingles these past few weeks. Shingles, unfortunately,  is only one physical ailment in a long line of many that shows me how depleted my immune system is and how much I need to be easy on myself as I navigate these waters.

Perhaps Adele’s article will mean something entirely different to you, but I urge you to read it and see. And, Adele, I’m so proud of you for sharing your very personal story and the courage you had in protecting yourself.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/adele-mcdowell/the-tao-of-007_b_8007488.html.

 

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I received this email from Cameron Von St. James today. I hope it’s o.k. to post the entire email because I think it’s just that important and much more poignant in Cameron’s voice:

Hi,

I’m not sure if you remember, but I contacted you a while back about your blog. I wanted to reach back out to you and let you know about a campaign that my wife and I have put together with the help of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and we are trying to get 7200 voices talking and sharing about this rare cancer, to represent the 7200 hours that the average mesothelioma patient has to live. 

As my wife is a rare survivor of mesothelioma, this day obviously means a lot to us. We aren’t asking for time, money, or donations of any kind, just voices to spread the word about this awful, and sadly little known cancer.  I was hoping that you would help support our cause by posting a link to our campaign page on your blog, so that your readers can use their voices as well! 

Here is the link, please let me know what you think when you get a chance to take a look.  Your help would mean the world to us!

http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness/

I read some of the blog and feel honored to be asked to place it in my blog. I don’t know too much about this type of cancer; however, I can certainly identify with some of the same experiences that all cancer patients go through. I am only too happy to lend my voice to spread the word about this cancer.

So, to my readers, please go to the website above and share it with your family, friends, and acquaintances.

Thank you so much.

Note: Sorry, I don’t know how to put in the link so that it can be clicked, but please do not let that deter you from accessing a very inspiration blog on this subject.

06-11_ Hubbard GlacierA year and day after my successful cancer surgery, I am boarding a cruise ship with 11 friends, destination – Alaska!  The cruise is a surprise 70th birthday gift!

What a way to celebrate being cancer free for a year! I am so grateful for the gift of life, that I am alive to take this trip. As I am writing this, I am remembering that the glaciers are one of the landscapes I see on t.v. the first morning I awake after being admitted into the hospital for tests a year and half ago. Read the rest of this entry »

etc_stack12__01inline__202, The Power of HabitCharles Dugigg, author of The Power of Habit gives an example of how William James, noted American philosopher and psychologist, dealt with his depression and suicidal ideation:

Today I about touched bottom, and perceive plainly that I must face the choice with open eyes. Shall I frankly throw the moral business overboard, as one unsuited to my innate aptitudes?

James was faced with committing suicide or choosing another path. Read the rest of this entry »

So much has occurred since I last wrote  several months ago, even though I only  just published it a week or so ago.

The biggest news is that my family and I have been to Paris and back. The way things were playing havoc with my stomach, I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it, so I am very grateful I did. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter, Jenn, has been researching my father’s artwork this past year and half. It was happening at the same time that my family and I were also dealing with my cancer.

I have blogged about the trip on my father’s newly launched website, so without my going into all the details, please go to: http://www.liujipiao.com. if you’re interested in learning more about it.  One thing I will say is that discovering that my father has a place in building modern China through his architectural work was a surprise to us since we were only wanting to trace our family heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

On Friday, June 8th, when I came out of surgery for the removal of a life threatening tumor, the first thing I saw were my children.

The first thing I remember is the surgeon showing me a photo of the tumor.

It was HEART SHAPED!

I thought I had dreamed it. When I finally woke up in my hospital room, I don’t know how many hours later, I don’t know how I got there, the only thing I remembered was the heart.

This may or may not mean anything to you; however, the 7-month journey culminating in the surgery has been about LOVE. I have been surrounded by love throughout, by family and friends, near and far. And, the visions/revelations that came to me during this time, was all about love, and of course, love comes from the heart.

This symbol reaffirmed for me that God sent me the gift of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

 For me, cancer has become a transformational journey!

I came to this realization before I read Caroline Myss’s definition on the Wounded Healer Archetype in her book, Sacred Contracts.  Here is the phrase that is most pertinent to my above statement:

The Wounded Healer archetype emerges in your psyche with the demand that you push yourself to a level of inner effort that becomes more a process of transformation than an attempt to heal an illness. If you have successfully completed the initiation, you inevitably experience an exceptional healing, and a path of service seems to be divinely provided shortly after the initiation is complete.

That’s what I was going to write about in Cancer – Crisis and Opportunity, Part 2. Amazingly and unbeknownst to him,  my dear friend, Samo, actually encapsulated this about me in his blog, entitled GRRRR! I would like to share his words with you.

First and foremost, Sam is one of my dearest friends,whom I met when I lived in Hawaii. We’ve been friends for over a decade. He was also one of my major lifelines back home while I was in Bali and Singapore last year.

In conjunction with being an invaluable support to me, he is a spiritual healer/reader who, I might add, has been very accurate in his readings for me, even when others have erred. I trust him implicitly.

I do plan, at some point, to fill in background information on some of the statements I made to Samo. As always, I am  simultaneously honored and humbled to know that my personal realizations can be thought-provoking as well as helpful to others.

Please click below to read about cancer as a spiritual journey and, contact Samo if you have need or desire for a spiritual healing, counseling, and/or reading. His information is on his blog, “Samo Says”.

Thank you, Samo, I love you.

click here

My good friend, Chairani, sent me this link. Finally, someone is talking about how to combine spiritual mysticism with social/political activism.

Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Click the link below to see what Andrew Harvey has to say about how this is the critical time for us to  take back our country our POWER and how we can do it.

http://www.liloumace.com/Occupy-Wall-street-facing-the-crising-Sacred-Activism-Andrew-Harvey_a1671.html.

I for one am grateful that someone is giving us a plan to combine the spiritual with action, that it’s not enough for us to simply meditate, that we must also do something. And, that we must do it together, for that is where the power comes from – ALL OF US!

Now, that is a very interesting question. I find that particularly so after reading what the Dalai Lama says about humanity.

We are taught to survive, but is that living?

Don’t think we can answer that question until we look at the concept from which our society is built – SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST – Herbert Spencer coined this phrase following Charles Darwin’s work on “natural selection” of the species, stating “let the strongest live and the weakest die”.   Although Darwin was referring to those w ho could adapt best to the local environment, “survival of the fittest” came to mean “survival of the most physically fit”.

Now that we are more advanced, it doesn’t seem to mean the most physically fit, but to mean the ones who excel in competition, who supposedly start out with a “silver spoon” in their mouth – family money and connections which means the best education, health care, transportation, etc.  With this wealth and these connections, they learn from an early age that they are entitled, that money buys status and power, even the power to sidestep laws that bind the masses.

Inadvertently, this concept has produced a culture of competitiveness carried to extremes – a society based on exclusivity (if one is not seen as one of the fittest), a society built on the belief that we must fight for our survival, so when one is not part of the “fittest”, one is seen as “the other” or those who are the dredges of society and, therefore, not fit to receive the benefits of those who are fit.

It sets us up to fight – something that violence and wars have shown throughout history.

We, in short, don’t know what living means, let alone know how to live. Read the rest of this entry »

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