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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #178 – Lifesaving Time

    I hope that my “365 Prescriptions for the Soul,” will be a welcome and healing addition to your day. The prescriptions I ask you to fill are designed for your total well-being. They come from hard-earned wisdom and experience with the difficulties of life. They are dispensed “as written” with love. At the end of each prescription is my “Soulution” to help you develop healthy self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth. Please take the prescription I have written for you here and fill it right away.

    Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

    ~ Kahlil Gibran

    I sit and look at a photograph of one of our sons and think about how much it looks like his son, our grandchild. I hope my son is spending time with his son. Unlike me, I hope he will not look at his son’s picture thirty years later and wish he could turn back and spend more time together.

    It is not fair that we cannot go back to earlier times after we become wise enough to know how we should have used the time. I want to go back and enjoy my children more. I want to be able to just sit with them and love them in ways I wasn’t wise enough to do years ago. It is not fair that we have to learn from experience.

    That is why I will send these words to you so you will not waste your life, but instead set your clock to lifesaving time and let it apply all year round. Then years from now you will pick up a photograph and smile recalling wonderful moments and the good feelings you are left with rather than the desire to go back and try again to get it right.

    Soulution of the Day

    Never mind daylight savings time; institute lifesaving time now.

    - Bernie

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    Dear Everyone,

    To start the healing process, here are the answers to my questions.

    1. When you get to Heaven, and are at the head of the admission line, how would you introduce yourself, and the person behind you to God? If you want to avoid being told to come back when you know who you are don’t get into role playing and say your profession or that you are a mother etc. Let them know you are a child of God and don’t need an introduction and let them know that the person behind you is also a child of God.

    It makes me stop and think that when you are out shopping with a friend and you say hello to someone and your friend asks you who they are, you should answer, “A child of God.” When you think that way you will respect others and enjoy their presence in a very meaningful way benefiting you and God’s other children. Hello Donald and Hillary.

    2. What can I pray for, for you? Again transcend your personal needs and think on another level which will reveal your love for all living things and not just self-love and selfishness. You can desire everyone to win the lottery with your prayers but for me the most meaningful answer, which I rarely hear is, “World Peace!”

    3. If you could be God for a day why would you want the opportunity? Again most people tell me about all the things they would fix but maybe God didn’t make a perfect world for a reason. So the answer I truly learned from is that the reason for being God for a day is to understand why. And I have often shared that a perfect world is not creation it is a meaningless, magic trick.

    The other day I read an article by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow on the internet which got me thinking. So here is my next question. If you were told you had just a few months to live, who would you spend your time with and what would you tell them?

    So many of us come up with all the mushy stuff that really is about all their emotions and not the message and meaning of our lives. I am not saying to deny your feelings I am saying to really get in touch with what your heart feels are the most important feelings we are here to live and express and not just a lot of words saying you love your family. I feel we need to live the sermon so they understand what life is all about and what we are here to do. Like being God with skin on.

    The following was in the article by Rabbi Gurkow. This happened many years ago in Russia but is still going on today in many countries.  Rabbi Gurkow, who lived and taught Judaism, was being taken away from his home to be imprisoned by the NKVD Russian Police. God gave the Rabbi the right words to use in talking to his family. Rabbi Gurkow’s message impressed the family deeply and they never forgot the words spoken by him. “Devote your lives to what they are taking me away for.”  Succinct and profound. I can’t help but think of so many spiritual teachers, with this same age-old message, who have been my teachers. My list would fill the page so I will not start typing them in. You and the world know who I am talking about.

    Peace, Love & Healing ,

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    I am going to have my weekly column on my web site www.berniesiegelmd.com from now on. You can sign on to our mailing list and have it sent to you or read it on the site. My books and CDs can be ordered through my website or directly via www.wisdomoftheages.biz.   Put code 36 in comment box for discount.

    Uplift for the week:

    Marriage is a wonderful institution…….But who wants to live in an institution?
    ~ Groucho Marx

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 12, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I’m going through a toothache with swollen gums. A tooth extraction is scheduled for Wednesday. I’ve taken the assigned medicines, but the swelling is still painful.

    I understand that there may be a spiritual angle to it. I was reading your book, A Book of Miracles, and in the section where you talk about creating miracles, given my situation, how can I create one, or at least know that All Will Be Well?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Your body believes what your mind visualizes.

    Love your body and teeth. See it healing and all going well at the dentist visit, with no pain. Visualize healing rapidly.

    Your immune system responds to your feelings.  A very simple and effective way to strengthen it is to laugh for no particular reason every few hours.  If you need help, think about something that made your laugh out loud at any time in your life, and remind yourself of that three or four times each day.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    Wanted to share the results of my latest CT scan with you….the tumor is the same size but the 3 lymph nodes that were impacted no longer are.  The doctor said he’d now say it is Stage 2 rather than Stage 3. Good news!

    A sign that what I’m doing is working….sure hope so!!  Now, to shrink the tumor!

    I hope you are well!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Believe in your potential.

    You can melt the tumor like a block of ice with God’s light, or you can turn off the blood to it and starve it to death.

    You can use those visualizations or come up with other images that work for you. Have faith, and love your body and life.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie (Follow-up from questioner post-surgery)

    My surgery went very well. I have followed all your precious advice and I really felt very good after.  I haven’t had any pains and the nurses were very surprised because they took out some lymph nodes, and I had some edema in my breast.

    Then I met the surgeon and she explained the treatment to me. She said that I can follow a clinical trial in order to check if I need chemotherapy or not, which was really a good idea for me. But a week after I met the oncologist, she said that they have decided that I should get chemotherapy even if I don’t need it. She doesn’t want to take any risk.

    So I was very anxious about getting this treatment even if I don’t need it. Then a week after my talk with the oncologist, I got an infection in my breast. So I should wait 10 days before chemo starts. I am so afraid of the chemotherapy. The oncologist is one of the best in Europe, but I don’t know if I can trust her.

    I don’t know how to meditate to prepare my body to cope with all this poison. I am afraid to be sicker than I was before my cancer. I am not sure whether to be ready or to refuse the treatment.

    Please help! Thank you!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You can either say no to chemo or in the next 10 days, every few hours picture yourself going to get chemo and having no side effects and feeling well. Visualize that you are hungry and have no hair loss or any other side effects.

    Your body will believe what you picture in your mind, and your body will do well. If you fear it and see it in a negative way, you will have all the side effects and problems just thinking about it.

    You decide if you are trying not to die by doing everything doctor tells you, or you are living as a person who does what is right for you.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

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    Q & A with Bernie – September 5, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    My sister is dying of pancreatic cancer (Stage 4, not able to do chemo due to not feeling strong enough). I haven’t been particularly close to her, but we’re generally on good terms. Other than letting her know I’m here for her, what can I do?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    It depends on her attitude and physical health, but tell her to let God know what she wants. She can tell God to cure her or make any changes she desires.

    Ask her to draw an outdoor scene for you with all the colors available in a box of crayons, and also to draw a picture of herself. You can scan the drawings and send them to me to see where she is—meaning, is she ready to die or not.

    Some of my books and CDs can help.  Browse through the titles and descriptions on my website.

    Whatever can make her happy is the key to the moment and her future.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    I have been diagnosed with progressive Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in my lungs and am waiting for test results to see if I have DI and kidney damage. I am doing a lung function test to see if my lung function has gotten worse, stayed the same, or improved.  Unless it has improved, my doctor wants me to do 2-CdA chemo, which is classed as savage chemo.

    I am unsure about doing this as it doesn’t have very good results. It was suggested to me by a friend who read your book. Could you possibly suggest which book or audio book I should use? I am on Cannabis and 3D Turmeric and am embarking on starting juicing to help. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Yes, I recommend that you start with Love, Medicine & Miracles, and then the Art Of Healing.   There are many others that you should browse through on my website to find those that appeal to you. (www.berniesiegelmd.com).

    Listen to my CD entitled Getting Ready which will help you prepare for therapy.  It is your choice, but your body experiences what your mind believes.

    Complementary therapies are very useful, and I recommend www.lef,org as a resource.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Those seeking more information on customized cancer care and research programs can go to www.is-canceralliance.com or call international strategic cancer alliance at 610 628 3419 or email info@is-canceralliance.com.

    Question for Bernie:

    I am an Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) student, and I just wanted to pass on my thanks for the amazing talk you gave. I’ve since listened to it five times and shared it with friends and family. I cried and laughed and found peace in my heart.

    Your joy, compassion, and wisdom are tangible. I told my husband that you are a rare breed, reminding me of my grandfather who many say the same about. They don’t make people like you these days.

    May God always bless you and your family.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You see in others what is within you.  I am only the coach. You are the gold medal winner.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 29, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    Hello Bernie,

    I am reading Love, Medicine & Miracles for the first time. I am struck by how necessary your words are in the realm of medical practices today, and how far medicine has skewed from the path of a true doctor/patient relationship toward true healing.

    As a mother of a child recovered from autism, I have often had to justify and defend against the prognosis of “no hope, no cure, so don’t bother.” When you mentioned the 2 out of 10 patients who are exceptional, just know we see that same dynamic play out in the parents of children with autism. There are those who, like me, chose to not accept the prognosis and instead did research, implemented dietary changes, and challenged the status quo.

    There are thousands of kids recovering from autism, and yet the general public is still unaware this is happening. I wrote a book to describe what it takes to be the parent who chooses to hold on to hope instead of despair. It’s called Victory over Autism. I plan to write a blog on the lessons in your book that are more relevant today than ever before. Just wanted you to know how it parlays to this generation of children, and the effort to heal them too.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Absolutely—and the preferred term is self-induced healing rather than spontaneous remission.

    Medicine, as it is practiced in the U.S., treats the result and not the cause. And the progress of change is very slow.

    Keep telling your story. Stories affect people. I could put your book on my website, too.

    Peace, Love, & Healing

    Questioner’s Response to Bernie’s First Answer:

    Absolutely feel free to include my book on your website. It is available in bookstores, Amazon and online.  My website is www.maryromaniec.com. Chapter 9 discusses the myriad of ways families have chosen to overcome the impact of autism, in the child and in the rest of the family members.  I write about how they go through grief, adopt certain characteristics and mantras, overcome guilt, and become resilient.

    I have quite a few friends who have similar stories as mine and have also gone on to write books.  One friend, Kathleen DiChiara, shares her story in her book entitled The Hidden Connection, which is about how she was given a grim prognosis for herself and her entire family, as they battled 21 severe disorders and syndromes.  Instead of accepting the predisposed outcome, she got educated on the idea of using food as medicine.  Today her family is entirely healed, and she became the main subject of a documentary called Secret Ingredients.

    Another friend started a large autism organization geared to helping other families find their answers (similar to eCaP).  That group’s name is Talk about Curing Autism (www.tacanow.org) and is now in 31 states. It has served over 50,000 families.

    Not to bog down your email further, but I just thought you would like to know that we are using your words from 30 years ago in a whole new paradigm.  We are the next generation of those changing the understanding of medicine, and healing!  Thanks again, Bernie.

    Bernie’s Response to Questioner’s Comment:

    I always say that parenting is the number one health issue. Growing up with love makes all the difference. My contribution to the growing library of parenting books is Love, Magic & Mudpies. You might enjoy reading it.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 22, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I heard a tape of yours years ago, I think from an interview by Tony Robbins.  You said everyone gets sick eventually, so why wait until that happens, do it now. I’m 57 and healthy, yet I don’t really know what I want to do, any suggestions on who to speak with to find out a path to take?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I said everyone dies, so don’t try not to die.  Instead, try to enjoy life by letting your heart make up your mind.

    Stop thinking and doing, and start feeling and caring.  Find your “chocolate ice cream.”

    If you can love and take care of one, get a pet and do something real for another loving, living being.  Find an organization you support and be a volunteer.

    Focus on giving and you will enjoy the best of life.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    I have had vitiligo since the age of 10 and practically all my life (I’m 31 now). I’ve been trying to find a way to heal my skin. I have changed my diet and am learning about integrative nutrition because I do believe that food is healing. However, I think for me particularly, my condition is not very much related to my food since I cannot see any difference regarding my vitiligo.

    I would love to have your input regarding this, and if you could help advise me, it would be really great—sending you much love, and my best.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I have very little experience with vitiligo. Ask yourself what negative words express (or describe) how you feel living with vitiligo.  Then, think about what else in your life fits those words, too, and then eliminate those situations, people, or other stressors from your life.

    Look in the mirror many times each day.  As you do, tell your body that you love it.  Your body will respond to your loving care and attention.

    Use healthy supplements with diet to be sure your body is not lacking anything. Highest Quality Vitamins And Supplements – Life Extension is a good resource.

    Read the article below and remember—when you give love, you are beautiful!

    Mind & Heart Matters – “I Hate You”

    by Bernie Siegel, MD

    Dear Everybody,

    Many years ago, while still practicing surgery, I was paged to the ER where I met and examined a young woman who everyone thought had appendicitis. However, I did not and so observed her rather than rush her to the OR, which everyone wanted me to do. Lo and behold, she recovered and was diagnosed as having a ruptured ovarian cyst. A year or so after that event, her younger sister, right before the Christmas Holidays, stumbled and fell into their fireplace. She put her hands and arms out to stop the fall and suffered severe burns on her hands, forearms, and neck. Because of my experience with her older sister, the family called me to come to the ER to see her.

    I admitted her to the hospital and every day visited her to care for her burn wounds. She was also a musician, and having her hands and fingers affected was a real blow to her life. There was no way I could stop all the pain she experienced when I was cleansing and debriding her wounds. I tried my best to distract her with my crazy childlike behavior, but nothing worked. She began yelling at me every day, “I hate you! I hate you!” I would leave her room thinking that this is not what I had hoped to experience as a physician. I wanted to help people and fix things—not be the object of hatred. Her mother told me that she observed me saying to her daughter, “maybe someday you will love me.” I do not remember saying that, but I know from my behavior, it sounds like something I would do.

    After she left the hospital I continued to see her in my office. One summer day when the temperature was in the nineties, Madeline showed up in my office wearing a turtle neck sweater with long sleeves. I asked her what she was doing wearing a sweater on a day like this. She said she felt ugly and scarred and was trying to hide her scars and ugliness from everyone. I tried to get the point across to her that she was not ugly, and that her scars were not what she and her life were now about. She didn’t agree with what I said. She told me that she was looking for a job the following summer and wondered if I could help her find something or knew of something she could apply for. An idea immediately came to my mind. I knew a local nursing home that needed some aides, so I called them to tell them Madeline’s story—and ask them to hire her even though she had no training. They agreed.

    The reason I hoped this would happen is that I knew their aides had to wear a specific uniform to identify them and it would reveal Madeline’s scars due to their short sleeves and open neck. I did not tell Madeline about that—just that I had found her a job. She was so happy to have a job that she didn’t ask me any questions. She had matured, and didn’t hate me anymore.

    A month later, in came Madeline for her routine follow up visit. After going over things, I asked her how her summer job was going. She said, “No one even noticed or asked about my scars.” I said, “Madeline when you are giving love you are beautiful.” The experience and my words did change her feelings about herself, and her life improved from that time on. With time, Madeline did not need more surgical care, so our relationship ended for several years until the evening I received this phone call from Madeline.

    “Doctor Siegel, my father died a year ago and I am getting married this summer. I was wondering if you would be my father at my wedding.”

    “Yes, Madeline. I would be honored to be your father.”

    Wow what a gift that was for my heart and how her request healed our past and said I love you to me. That summer I walked down the aisle with Madeline and after the ceremony we danced together to a song she selected by Kenny Rogers. The lyrics say it all: “Through the years you never let me down. You turned my life around.” Yes, I felt one of the most meaningful moments in my life.

    And Madeline became a nurse to continue loving and caring for the world. So go out and make a difference for yourself and others by being a love warrior.

    Peace, Love & Healing,

    Response to Bernie’s Answer:

    Thanks Bernie. I’m so grateful for you getting back to me.

    I actually see myself as being unique and different from other people, although sometimes it makes me feel limited, for instance, I cannot wear clothes that I would love to wear because I don’t want my skin to be exposed or for people to stare.

    Thanks again.

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 15, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    In 1988, I was diagnosed and treated for lung cancer.  I joined a support group and learned of you.  We were encouraged to get your book, Love, Medicine and Miracles. I did and we went to see you at Loyola University I think it was.

    I carried your book with me to my chemo treatments and live by your book.  I have given one to each person I have met who has cancer. Now my son has esophageal cancer and I have ordered one for him.

    God Bless you, Dr. Siegel. You gave me so much encouragement, and I pray that it helps my son as well.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I can be the coach, but the other part of the equation is that people have to show up for practice.

    Men think too much, and they can lose the desire to live when they can’t work or do something.

    Get him into relationships of some kind with living things—these can be pets or plants—but something to be responsible for and to care for.

    Also, have him read another of my books—The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing. It will help him to connect mind-body interaction, and there are 60 drawings by people to help explain it all.

    Remind him of his potential, and to visualize what he desires.

    Peace, love, and healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    I have a very close friend struggling with deep depression. He had an aneurysm in May and almost died. He has given up on life.

    I’m trying to help him. He’s such a great person and deserves so much better. Funny, he’s always had a lot of anger. Now there’s nothing but hopelessness.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Ask him what he would want to do if he had 15 minutes to live. Best answer would be to buy a quart of chocolate ice cream and eat it, instead of calling people to say goodbye.

    So, ask him, “What is your chocolate ice cream?” I have so many stories about people who were ready to die but didn’t.

    What people chose to do varied depending on what they defined as their version of chocolate ice cream, but in each case, seemed to result in giving that person a second chance at life. One person moved to Colorado in order to “die in the mountains,” but started to recover.  Another bought a house on the ocean to sit and meditate until the “end,” but also began to see his health improve. Others bought a dog and/or made sure to build a lot of laughter into their lives.

    The common denominator was eliminating enough stress to recharge their bodies, minds, and souls with renewed interest in living life to the fullest.

    Peace, love, and healing,

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 8, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    In 1990 I became very sick, and subsequently became bedridden for three years of my life. My Mother was my primary caregiver. She purchased your books for me and took me to attend one of your lectures here in San Antonio, TX. She encouraged me to have hope and never give up. Eventually, with her help and some changes in my life, I started to feel better, although I still had residual symptoms from my illness. In my 30′s I was able to go back to school and get married. Six years ago I had a relapse, and my Mother became my primary caregiver again.

    This past May my parents took a trip to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. On the trip my Mother presented with the first symptom of her illness. When she got back from the trip, I knew she was sick; we had no idea what was causing her illness. I made the decision that I would do everything in my power to help her, and that I would hold her hand throughout the entire process.

    After numerous tests, the doctor diagnosed her with glioblastoma multiforme. She is very brave and a pillar of grace and strength. She asked the doctor what the treatment would entail. She never once asked “why me” or complained. Her doctor encouraged us to take her to MD Anderson for a consultation, only to find out that the surgery and treatment would greatly diminish her quality of life. She is now in hospice care, and I brought her home to my house so I can take care of her. I’m now her primary caregiver and consider it an honor and a privilege to try to give back to her all that she has done for me. I’m an only child and have no children. My father is disabled and unable to care for her.

    She is the matriarch of the family and has given so much to so many. She has been a surrogate Mother and Grandmother to numerous people in our family. What advice would you give to me during this very difficult situation? Blessings.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Let her know that she has been your teacher and that her love will always be with you.

    Tell her to love her body and life because the potential for healing is always there.  She can visualize her tumor melting like ice would when exposed to God’s light. Telling humorous stories about your childhood will help your mother, too, because laughter is restorative for the immune system.

    If the day arrives when your mother says she is ready to go, tell her to turn off the switch. Gently remind her that only love is immortal, and because it is immortal, it will connect you to each other forever.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    You have been a part of my world in reading and listening for many years. When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma, you were a calming and reassuring friend who was there night or day whenever I needed you.  You made me believe miracles do happen.

    The library had your books that I did not already own. Every CD was literally a life line.
    I had the melanoma spot on my leg removed and I said thy will be doneno chemo or radiation.

    Then my doctor told me I must start treatments! But a new PET scan shows lungs and body clear!!  It was gone! Spontaneous remission! I said please put that in writing. They did not want to know what I did. They said, “Keep it up, but it probably will come back.” No never!!

    I just want to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU. Sure, there were other things, but you were the human factor that has no comparison. Hugs to you and yours. You are a blessing to more people than you will ever know.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    God bless you.  I wish I could give you a hug right now.

    The potential is there when you don’t fear failure and choose life. What you experienced is called self-induced healing rather than a spontaneous remission.

    You did it, kid.  You made my day and helped me to heal.

    Love you,

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    Q & A with Bernie – August 1, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    As requested I attach my picture of me receiving the bone marrow transplant.  I had to use pencils and felt pens as we don’t have any crayons in our house.

    I am currently reading your book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, and my friend has also purchased The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing for me, so I am looking forward to reading that too.

    Your work is such a blessing.  I have only read 60 pages of Love, Medicine and Miracles, and it has helped me to get back on an even keel mentally and emotionally after receiving the confronting letter from my specialist.

    I look forward to your response.

    Also, what are your thoughts about the 3 week period following the actual transplant? Do you have any advice?

    With sincere thanks.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I get a good feeling looking at it.  You are all there, meaning no parts are missing from your body.  I would like to see your doctors and family in the picture; so make sure they are there for you.

    Count the hearts in the transplant and see if the number has meaning for you. Purple is a spiritual and healing color, but it can also represent dying and becoming a spirit.  I don’t get that sense from your smiling face, but I want you to be spiritual on your journey and see God as a resource for you.  Use the energy and love of creation.

    I am attaching two drawings of bone marrow transplants. One looks like a prison scene. In the other, she is in God’s hands, and her doctor, family, and life are all there for her.  Even the chair in her room is filled with colors.

    So, create the picture you want to happen and visualize it several times a day.  You are a survivor, kid.

    Peace, Love, & Healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    This is more of an observation and a validation of how you advise and see things in patients who have cancer.  In 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 bladder cancer.  I went through the appointments with the oncologist and urologist and we developed a plan.  Chemo, a radical cystectomy, and a right nephrectomy were in that plan.

    The first thing my urologist said demonstratively to me upon the cusp of treatment was, “You’re going to be just fine.” My oncologist’s first words were, “I’m treating you for one thing and one thing only—a cure.”  A great start to it all.

    The first thing I thought of was the possibility of dying, no fear of it though.  When undergoing chemo, I’d walk out back in of our six acre property and sit on my bench, just listening to Nature.  I felt its rhythm and saw myself as part of it.  I also visualized being in my daughter’s yard and doing landscape work “by her Dad” a year from that time.

    I said to myself, while sitting/observing, “This is an interesting learning experience, an experience heretofore only observed, not lived.”  It is now three years out; I was pronounced cured last September at two years out.  I am strong and active, and I always tell my immune system to keep me strong and to be vigilant for me.

    For me this worked.  Why? It was partly because I attended some of your lectures almost 30 years ago and learned what our bodies are capable of, given an optimistic attitude.  I’ve never forgotten those lectures, and I tell friends of my experience then and of three years ago.  Now, as a Golf Professional, if only I could be consistently under par—in golf, not life.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are my therapist today. As a kid, I gave up on golf because no matter how hard I tried, I could never get that darned golf ball into the hole.  It never seemed to go where I wanted it to go.

    Now I understand how to play the game, though I am not a golfer.  But I firmly believe that we all have the potential to make a hole in one with our lives.

    Bless you,

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    Q & A with Bernie – July 25, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I heard you speak years ago in Boston; loved hearing you in this summit.  Do you know of anyone who has had success with glioblastomas?  I am receiving traditional treatment now but would love to look for alternatives.  Thank you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Yes, I know of several people. It is an all-inclusive thing, from loving your life and body to imagery and faith.  Read one of my latest books, The Art of Healing—Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing, and I also recommend my book entitled Faith, Hope & Healing. Browse through the list of CDs I have available on my website, too, at http://www.berniesiegelmd.com/ I would also suggest that you find a naturopathic physician to add to your team for guidance with diet changes, supplements, etc.

    For those seeking more information on customized cancer care and research programs go to these reliable sources:

    Remember, you have the potential. One of the people who was told he would die in a year was a med student who got mad at his textbooks and doctors and changed his life. He cured his colitis while curing his glioblastoma.

    Peace, love, & healing,

    Question for Bernie:

    How do I better handle living with a husband that is not physically engaged and slightly emotionally engaged and so full of his own wrong assumptions he doesn’t hear what I say?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    If you want to live with him say no to what you do not want to do.

    Listen to him and don’t say anything—just make a quiet, background sound like hmmmm.”

    He needs to hear himself before he can listen to you.

    Say “I love you” to him every time he gets angry.  Say “you are so handsome when you are angry” to him and observe his reaction.  This is how you can be a “Love Warrior” if you stay with him, or you can leave.

    Peace, love, & healing,

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    Living in the Time of Your Lfe

    Dear All,

    The following comes from a man I love, William Saroyan. His words go straight to your heart and your mind. The following comes from a foreword he wrote to his play In the Time of Your Life. Like I do, he loves finding pennies. And I can’t recommend his book, The Human Comedy, enough.

    Please devote yourself to living this and you will save the world as we know it:

    “In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time, there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

    Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

    Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of you. No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is any man’s innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand: Have no shame in being kindly and gentle. In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.” (In the Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan)

    And this from Mother Teresa~

    Spread love everywhere you go
    First of all, spread love within your own house.

    Give love to your children,
    To your wife or husband,
    To a next door neighbor

    Let no one ever come to you without leaving
    Better or happier.
    Be the living expression
    Of God’s kindness,
    Kindness in your face,
    Kindness in your eyes,
    Kindness in your smile,
    Kindness in your warm greeting.

    Peace, Love & Healing,

    PS: One on my former associates died and the message I received from him via my mystic friend was: “You think you could get rid of me this easy.” and “It’s better here than I expected.”

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