The Rogue Healer

The Man They Couldn't Kill. The Most Remarkable Story You've Never Heard


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Cancer – Hope and Empowerment

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Lets face it. Cancer is disempowering. It involves a total loss of control. Previously, the cancer patient made decisions every day. These decisions determined how he or she lived their life. Decisions were made consciously and subconsciously, every moment. Every day, the patient was master of his or her destiny. Having control of our lives is the main constituent of what we call freedom. And having that freedom is what allows us to make choices, and lead a fulfilling life. For the cancer patient, the biggest shock is the loss of that freedom. The loss of control. The impact is massive and cannot be underestimated.

The first loss of control comes when the cells become chaotic and disturbed. Cells which have previously contributed to health and vitality now conspire to bring illness and disease. Can you imagine how that feels? To know your body, which has served you well for so long, is now conspiring to kill you? Regardless of whether or not it’s acknowledged, this knowledge has a profound effect on the psyche of the patient.

The second loss of control comes after diagnosis. Suddenly the patient’s life is no longer their own. From leading a normal life, they are suddenly transported into an out-of-control world, full of hospitals, doctors, travel and appointments. Everyday seems to be filled with activities related to the cancer. Normal life stops completely. The doctors take over, offering treatments which seem strange and frightening. Many new cancer patients are too scared to ask questions, and certainly too scared to try expressing opinions or ask about alternatives. They often feel pressured and confused. Life becomes chaotic.

The third loss of control comes personally. Relaxation becomes difficult. The mind of the patient is unable to stop thinking about the cancer. Every new ache and pain is immediately blamed on the cancer. Suddenly, life is changed forever. Every event is interpreted in relation to cancer. There is no life without cancer. The old life is gone. Friends don’t know how to react, and some will avoid the new cancer patient completely, not knowing what to say or do. Family members will offer well meaning advice, but conflicts often emerge as differences in opinion become apparent. The new patient may want to use conventional treatments, against the advice of friends or family. I have seen this many times. Or they may want to try complementary or alternative approaches. Again, this can cause trouble. Lack of support and doubt about choices are weakening and disempowering. Loss of control everywhere. Cancer changes everything.

Time and again, I see those people who begin the process of empowerment are those who make the recovery from cancer. The patient needs to regain some control of their life. They need to start making decisions and they need to stop the chaos engulfing their world.  These decisions don’t necessarily need to be major, but they do need to be significant in the eyes of the patient. They need to mean something. They may only be symbolic, but if the patient feels he or she has stopped the ‘crazy train’ and is starting to make choices again, it has a vast and profound effect on their wellbeing. Emotionally and psychologically they will feel boosted and empowered, and the deep resources available to them, such as a strengthened immune system, will kick into action. Empowerment brings belief and belief breeds hope. Hope can be infectious, and it can affect everyone around the patient. This is, in my humble opinion, the first step in successfully beating cancer.

The second step, again in conjunction with the energetic, ‘hands on’ healing process, is to start the patient projecting themselves into the future. This is the next development of the empowerment of the patient. So often, that process stops at the moment of diagnosis. The patient has no hope, so they stop seeing themselves in the future. They no longer plan holidays, they no longer think about Christmas or birthdays. They suddenly live in the moment, from one hospital appointment to the next. There is no hope and there is no future. The future is dead.  Everything stops.

I work hard to change that mindset. If the patient no longer sees himself in the future, how on earth does he expect to get there? He must exist in the future, in his own mind. This technique is part of the empowerment process, mentioned above. The patient must take control. He must start to own the future. Make the future his. This may sound strange, but so often I have seen people transformed by this simple approach.

“Mind is nothing but the accumulated past, the memory. Heart is the future; heart is always the hope, hope is always somewhere in the future. Head thinks about the past; heart dreams about the future. The future is yet to come. The future is yet to be. The future has yet a possibility – it will come, it is already coming. Every moment the future is becoming the present, and the present is becoming the past. The future is like a seed”   

Osho. Courage. The Joy of Living Dangerously

I force the patient to see the future. I force the patient to project forwards. The future is theirs to be made. Yes, we know the diagnosis, yes we know the prognosis and we know the risks. But these simple techniques make such a difference. If you have ever seen a beaten person, shocked and scared, already dead in all but body, and within weeks or even days they are stronger than they have ever been, and ready to fight for their future, you’ll know, like me, that there is no such thing as false hope. Only hope. If the future is like a seed, then we need to nourish that seed, and allow it to grow. But first we must plant it. Create a future. If the seed dies, and the future dies, the end is inevitable.

Yes, I do give hope. I give hope because there is always hope. I love this process. Its profound in its simplicity. If hope gives belief, and belief gives empowerment, and that empowerment takes someone into the future, where they can beat their illness and confound their doctors, then hope is the secret weapon we all need.

Extract from Rogue Healer – The Autobiography


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Energy – As real as we allow it to be………

radiance by Kathy Koch

Radiance by Kathy Koch

Energy. It’s the basis of all healing, all matter, life and the universe. As healers, it’s the raw ‘stuff’ with which we work, yet at very best it is poorly understood, even by those who claim to know and understand it. In healing terms, it’s incredibly simple, but even then, hard to define and frustratingly intangible until you experience it for yourself. For myself, I know it will make my hands tingle until painful, it will make me feel burning hot or icy cold in an instant, and for my clients, it has been known, on occasions, to deliver electric shocks from my hands strong enough to throw them from the chair, or leave burn marks on their skin. Most importantly of all, it will stimulate a healing response in their body, which can generate apparently miraculous cures, beyond the hope or possibility of medical science.

In my world, working with energy is absolutely normal. It allows me to view the universe as an interconnected and unified consciousness, where we are each responsible for whatever we create. For you too, I suspect you have accepted ‘energy’ to be part of your life, and an integral part of your healing work. We accept energy, unless we choose to be sceptics, in which case we reject it, despite being unable to even define what we are rejecting. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been told healing energy does not exist, but when I ask for an explanation or a definition of energy, the ‘thing’ that has just been dismissed, I am met with a blank face. The person who has denied the existence of healing energy does not know what energy might be, and doesn’t actually know what he or she is denying. Their opinion is born of prejudice, misunderstanding and cultural arrogance. It does not arise from any examination of the evidence. Even the greatest quantum physicists are unable to effectively define energy, but at least they are open-minded enough to accept the energetic nature of the universe is still full of mystery and the unknown, and are not so arrogant as to assume they know all the answers.

I have no intention of trying to prove the existence of healing energy. What would be the point ? Those who have experienced it will believe it, those who have never experienced it will continue to doubt it. Having successfully treated over twenty-thousand people and animals, using the self same healing energy, its existence is not in question to me, and if you have felt it, and used it too, you’ll have the same opinion. We know that healing is subjective, based on the individual’s personal experience. How can it be otherwise ? So why waste time to trying to prove what we already know exists ? What is far more interesting is the nature of energy, its characteristics, and the way it works within the physical body. What is it that we are actually working with, and can that mechanism be understood, at least in terms of patterns and behaviour ? It is that area which I intend to explore in this chapter.

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Lightball on the Stones by http://www.lightart-photography.de

I liken energy to love. Imagine trying to explain love to someone who has never experienced it. Where would you start, and can you imagine their incredulity and scepticism ? You’d describe the power of love, how it makes you view the world differently, how it can change your character and your very sense of self, and how it can become a force powerful enough to overcome any obstacle. You could describe how great works of art and literature have been inspired by love, and how empires have been won and lost over love. You might even quote some Shakespearian sonnets, or some Sufi love poetry to illustrate your point, and when questioned about where love might come from, you’d have to say it can start with the flash of a smile, the tenderness of a voice, and the cry of newborn baby. It sounds wonderful, but although we all know it exists, your explanation is unlikely to convince the hardened disbeliever, who looks to denigrate anything he cannot touch, buy or control.

Scientifically, love cannot exist. It’s too subjective, individual and dependent on personal experience, expectation and cultural and social factors. Science in its current form is reductionist and rational, based purely on objective observation, ignoring the human experience. Love cannot be dissected or reproduced in a laboratory. Yes, we can talk about hormones as catalysts for chemical reactions, but that is not love. Love takes place in the consciousness, not in a test tube. Energy is very similar. There is absolutely no doubt it exists, but how does it exist in a form which we can actually define and use, in healing terms ? Are love and energy the same thing ? Is love an energy ? Is energy pure love ? And where does consciousness fit into the equation ?

It is fascinating to know there is no actual definition of energy. The brilliant physicist Richard Feynman stated “It is important to realise that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is”. Now, Feynman was mischievous in the way he worked, and had no problem in challenging and upsetting the great minds of science. He was an iconoclast, and loved to provoke people. But by making that statement, he was also making a pertinent point. Feynman was exposing an inconsistency at the heart of physics. Effectively, energy is a mathematical abstraction. A human construct. Most of the ways we define energy are actually characteristics of energy, rather than energy itself. Yet it clearly exists. We know energy can neither be created, nor destroyed. But we still don’t know what it is.

The core of the problem, from the human perspective, is in separating our perception of energy with our perception of self. Where does energy stop, and matter begin ? Your body doesn’t exist, according to the ‘standard model’ used by modern physicists. You are composed entirely of atoms. But these atoms are 99% empty. They are almost entirely devoid of matter. If an atom was the size of the average football stadium, the nucleus would be sat in the centre, and only the size of an apple. Electrons would be whizzing around, but they would be smaller than a pinhead. Tiny pinpricks of light, disappearing and reappearing apparently at random. Effectively, the football stadium would be completely empty. And so it is with an atom. The atom, and as a consequence, your body, is almost entirely composed of empty space. Matter, as you imagine it, exists only at a sub-atomic level. Smaller than the atom. But that is where the problems start. Some would argue that even the atom, the basic unit we all learnt about in school, barely exists at all. An atom has absolutely no physical structure. Therefore it cannot exist. But it does exist, only not in the way conventional physics expected. The atom is composed of energy. Einstein’s famous E=MC2, a model of understanding, effectively states that mass equals energy and energy equals mass.

Any model, no matter how well it agrees with experiments, is still a model. It is not reality. The map is not the territory. It is just the map. Nobody can really explain what is going on, as it is inexpressible. All we can say is that the model, or the theory, makes good predictions. No more, and no less.

Extract from Strong Medicine – The Handbook of Healing