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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #252 – It’s Bitter and I Don’t Like It

    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.


    Suffering is not an elective; it is a core course in the University of Life.

    ~ Steven J. Lawson
    Founder, OnePassion Ministries

    We do not seek meaning, serenity, or answers when our life is stable and peaceful. We accept our good fortune and don’t question our beliefs. But when life blesses us with afflictions, diseases, death, or loss, the search begins.

    At workshops, I ask if any participants wish they could be free of all pain—emotional or physical. If any answer yes, I give them my phone number should they decide to cancel their wish. Why would they do that? Pain is the unwanted gift that defines and protects us. You would literally lose parts of your body and ultimately your life if you were numb to all experiences. Yet our society promotes numbness in so many ways.

    The bitter pill of grief and pain is what starts the search for your road to serenity. Taste the bitterness of life and feel the discomfort. Accept and learn from your pain, and it will lead you to a place of meaning and wisdom.

    Soulution of the Day

    Our afflictions are not imposed by the Divine.
    Rather, they lead us to the Divine more often than our joys do.
    Do not resist the bitter pills in your life;
    know that they will lead you to a greater awareness.

    - Bernie

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  • Q & A with Bernie – May 30, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    One of my loved ones received devastating news about the ongoing progression of this terrible disease of ALS. He is young, only 40, with a beautiful wife and two young children. How can I help him?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Remind him he has the potential to exceed expectations.  He needs to show his body love despite the diagnosis.  If he really does believe he, too, can heal, anything good he does for his body will send the message to it that he intends to LIVE.  He must not live in fear because that is self-destructive.

    I have a friend, Evy McDonald, who recovered from ALS.  She wrote a book, Atilla The Gate Agent: Travel Tales and Life Lessons From A Musical Laf-ologist. In the book, Evy details what she did once she had the devastating diagnosis. One thing she did was to sit in front of a mirror without any clothes on and love every inch of her body.

    Click on the following link for Evy’s own story of her miraculous recovery from ALS.
    http://www.gregtamblyn.com/blog/2010/04/23/six-months-to-live-the-story-of-evy-mcdonald/

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    My mom suffers from dementia and does not talk and hardly ever opens her eyes. She has been diagnosed with melanoma, and has a very large growth on her face from it. (This is all pretty new). She is showing some signs of pain with facial expressions.  We have her on Tylenol suppository 3x’s a day, but every so often there is still more pain.

    Do you have any recommendations?  This is just so overwhelming.  Anything would be helpful. Thank you so much.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Get a doctor to prescribe stronger medication that you can give to your mother either by injection or in other ways. Play peaceful music, and talk to her with positive words.  Be assured, she hears you no matter whether she looks like she is listening or not.

    Most importantly, many times each day tell her that you love her.   Talk about fun times that she had in the past, and if you have a beloved furry pet that is calm, friendly, and small enough for her to hold in her lap, by all means, let her hold it.

    Look through the CDs on my website and choose one that you think she would enjoy. Remember, people with dementia, who also find themselves coping with a painful disease, cannot usually show “normal” emotion externally, so you must simply assume that she is enjoying the CD, and especially hearing you lovingly tell her how much she means to you and always has—and now you are here for her.

    Being loving, kind, attentive, and thoughtful with your mother, who cannot tell you how she is feeling anymore, is very difficult.  You must learn to deepen what you have already learned about nonverbal ways that your mom can show you how she is feeling. You are caring for a mother who is coping with physical, emotional, and mental pain, but is no longer able to express herself as before.  Keep her reassured about how much you love her and want to make her feel better, and please, get her to a doctor who will give her prescription pain medication.  Tylenol is generally not used alone for the kind of cancer pain your mom is experiencing.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 23, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    It is an honor to “meet” you even though it’s by email.

    Many years ago, my father shared with me insights from your book Love, Medicine & Miracles. Lately, I came across the now “yellowed” book again, and have been reading it. It’s great, profound, and full of insights. I figured that now is the time to reach out to you.

    My father suffered a stroke 5 years ago.  He is now 80 years old. He suffers from aphasia, and possibly some cognitive damage, though it’s unclear how much is due to lack of language. His short-term memory and executive functions have been affected, too. Not to mention total loss of computer skills.

    He can speak fluently, but the words most of the time don’t make sense, and we need to work hard to figure out what he is saying.  He slurs, and doesn’t at times seem to remember certain things, though we go over with him more than once that a fork is not for soup, or how to use soap in the shower. It doesn’t seem to be getting better.

    Before the stroke, he worked a full time job. From what we’ve seen, the stroke came after a few very stressful days at work without enough sleep. I tried to analyze and figure what the message of the stroke is for my father. I think I came up with some answers, but am not sure, and also not sure how to help him heal through it. That is why I am, obviously, approaching you.

    My father, besides his regular work, was a cantor, and for him, singing was a major part of life, and who he was. Due to work and other circumstances, his singing pretty much stopped.  I could see the effect it had, though he hid it well on the outside.

    In addition, he was/is a very creative person—talented and well-educated (PhD in economics and engineering, an MBA, etc.) who moved to another country and things didn’t work the way he hoped for financially. He was working at age 75 because he needed to work. His work didn’t utilize his creativity and his knowledge. He was diligent, and did it because he had to.

    I think that, at the end, his body had enough and said, “You are not singing. You are not doing creative things in your life. You are also under pressure. You are not expressing yourself enough. It is time to cause a change. So now you won’t be able to sing. (He has the voice but the words are not there). You also won’t be able to express yourself. You blocked yourself, so now your body is forcing you to do it, too. You were under pressure to making a living. Well, now the pressure is gone. It’s for others to handle for you. From someone who was working and active to this sudden change that has a huge effect.

    I don’t know how and what to do to help, or whether what I am saying makes sense at all. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Play his music so he can hear it, and help him to find peace. There are many nutritional supplements which can help the brain, too. A company called Life Extension could be a resource for you.  Look for them online.

    Telling him you love him, and remember to hold his hand, gentle touch is always helpful to calm people. Even if your dad doesn’t appear to be in distress or anxious, he could be very upset inside, so just regularly playing his music, holding his hand, seeing if gentle massage to his neck or arms, legs—whatever he seems to like. Closely watch for his response if you try a bit of gentle massage, because he may not like it—don’t force him—just do it if you are absolutely clear that it isn’t making him more uncomfortable.

    You also have to accept that the will to live must come from him and not you, so talk

    to him about that, too.  Respect his wishes, maintain his dignity, and be loving and thoughtful.

    Give him a box of crayons to draw pictures with, let me know what colors he chooses, and then email me the picture, if you can.  I will interpret his drawing as I see things and let you know.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    I’m working on me and healing (and believing that I can).  It is certainly a process.

    I received an email from an estranged cousin of mine that her father passed away.  There is a long history there that is largely irrelevant.  Much like your black dot experiment, my cousin and I both see the history differently (and both believe our version is correct).

    Her email was cold and to the point.  I can feel myself wanting to respond in kind.

    Truly, keeping in mind the teachings of Jesus, Leo Buscaglia, and you!! I’m going to write the nicest, kindest response I can honestly draft.  I don’t tell you this for any “look at me” moment or positive reinforcement, but rather to let you know that I’m trying to put some positive and love into the world.  As my dad would say, “It ain’t easy McGee!”

    Bernie’s Answer:

    “It is done unto you as you believe” ~   Jesus

    “What if Jesus was the only normal person who ever lived?” ~ Holmes

    If you believe it isn’t [possible], then you will accomplish what you believe, and [that leads to] not healing.  Or, you can choose to believe it IS possible, then…

    Bernie

    Question (continuation):

    But what if in my heart, healing doesn’t seem possible for me?

    Bernie’s Answer (continuation):

    Let your heart make up your mind.

    What do your anger and fear accomplish?  Nothing but negative outcomes; instead, give your body the positive, upbeat message that you want to LIVE! Visualize your energy going to loving your body and visualizing it healing.

    Let your body teach you what you need to learn.

    Jesus ~ “It is done unto you as you believe.” So, start visualizing and believing in your power for true healing, and stop being negative and causing your immune system to shut down.

    Laugh and Love,

    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 16, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. I had a mastectomy and elected chemo and radiation treatments even though it was not required. I wanted to do everything I could to beat the cancer. (Estrogen-driven, HER-2 negative, early stage).

    In January 2016, I was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer, inoperable, late stage. What a shock. I am reading your book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Thank you for the wonderful insights. I am doing the work to heal broken relationships, get in touch with my feelings, and remove contradictions within me to learn to self-love and heal.

    I have gone from nightmares about my childhood pain and loneliness to dreams that still involve my family members, but I am letting go of the past pain. I started a Dream Journal to record what the dream means to me. I see changes in myself.

    You also write about interpreting a patient’s drawings. How do I get started on drawings? Is there a guide or book on drawing and how to interpret them? Like my approach with breast cancer, I want to do everything I can to beat non-smoker’s lung cancer.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are a survivor, and you have the potential. Childhood is the place where it all begins, so get those internal wounds out.

    My book, The Art of Healing—Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing, with 60 drawings can help you understand and them.  If you send some to me, I will be happy to look at them and give you my impressions.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    I’m from Brazil, and please sorry for my English. I have pulmonary hypertension and a lymphoma. To maintain my pulmonary function normally, my medicine is Viagra 25 mg, three times/day.

    I actually love your book Peace, Love & Healing, and your methods of self-cure, which is about winning the battle against disease yourself. Then I would ask what you could recommend for me. I am so grateful. From my heart, thank you Doctor Siegel.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Visualize what you desire and not what you fear.  Love your body and life.

    Ask yourself what words describe what you are experiencing, and then remove from your life everything which fits the negative words you think of.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    Hope you are well! I’ve been thinking of you recently, as I was diagnosed with colon cancer last month. My oncologist is recommending chemo and radiation.

    I have decided to postpone treatment for six weeks and try a ketogenic diet and natural herbs, etc., to try and shrink the tumor a bit.

    I’m not a fan of chemo….so darn toxic! And, there is, as you know, quite a bit of research out now that discusses not only the toxicity of chemo, but also that it stimulates cancer cell growth.

    I am doing visualization, meditation, getting sugar out of my body, and  taking certain herbs that “claim” to kill cancer cells.

    So, truthfully speaking, do you think I am being foolish? The thought of doing radiation and chemo just feels so wrong for my body. I just can’t process it to the point of thinking it’s a good thing. Any thoughts?

    Thank you and big hug!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    The key is doing what is right for you versus trying not to die. Think about healing your life and body and eliminating disease versus killing the cancer. Nourish yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually in an environment of calm, steady, strong support from yourself and others for success on your healing journey.

    So, you decide what you can live with without guilt and what is correct for you.

    I do suggest you read Love, Medicine & Miracles and The Art of Healing—Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing, and draw pictures of yourself and all your treatment options.  I can review them for you to see what your intuitive wisdom is saying to you so you can tap into that power instead of always deferring to your thinking mind. It is the inner wisdom which speaks the truth.  There are many alternative resources, too.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

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    Potential Versus Statistics

    Dear Everybody,

    Here are some e-mails that came to me via my website, and I want to share them with you as examples of courage, wisdom, and learning to love yourself.  Enjoy reading them.  Bernie

    SURVIVOR BEHAVIOR

    My parents, who are now gone, sent me Love, Medicine and Miracles after I had brain surgery in 1987. Enclosed in the book was a kind, encouraging letter from you, which I kept and read often. Eleven years ago, at the age of 64, I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at a hospital in Kent, England. A CT scan and a radioactive bone scan both showed there were three metastases, the Gleeson Score was 8, and the PSA 951(British scale). I was devastated when the urologist gave me less than a year to live. He prescribed three monthly Zoladex in order to achieve that paltry aim.

    The following Sunday the whole church surrounded me, laid their hands on me in prayer until finally one brave and faith-filled church member prophesied that I would not die of prostate cancer. This greatly boosted my confidence!  A few weeks later my wife and I took a few days break at a hotel near Southampton. On the day we left my wife wanted to buy ‘a few clothes’ in a local department store. Realizing she was likely to be some time I walked along the street and saw a charity shop. After browsing the second hand book section, I selected a novel to read, then noticed that on that day there was a ‘two for the price of one’ offer for books, so I snatched up a rather tattered paperback with the word ‘medicine’ somewhere in the title. When I got home and started to read this second book I saw it was Love, Medicine and Miracles, written, of course, by you.

    This was my first encounter with Carl Jung’s synchronicity. I devoured the contents of the book in the days and weeks that followed and learned about visualization, meditation and how to pray effectively. The book served me well for years until it finally disintegrated about two years ago. I quickly bought another copy, along with Peace, Love and Healing.

    The visualization I use every day involves the in-dwelling Holy Spirit destroying the tumor, then showing me that my prostate has become soft and smooth all over. The Holy Spirit is accompanied on His journey through my body by me (or rather my spirit).  Afterwards, He takes me on a tour of all my bones and all my organs to indicate there are no metastases anywhere in my body.

    In January 2016, I had my usual two scans for the year in a Cambridge hospital, and as usual, I was told “no metastases.” This was as I had expected because my condition has been like that for years. I am still on Zoladex, but now it is supplemented by bicalutamide. I feel well and have never felt any pain from cancer nor suffered in any way. I’ve never had any drastic treatments at all, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

    I am now at 75, an enthusiastic member of our church’s prayer team and look forward to seeing all my grandchildren grow up. The youngest are just seven-years-old. I suppose I am still a work in progress as I have no actual scientific proof that the primary tumor has gone, and also my PSA is still hovering at just over the 100 mark.  However, I have no intention of obtaining another biopsy, and over the years I’ve learnt to be skeptical about PSA as a measure of prostate cancer. Thank you and kind regards, from Great Dunmow, Essex, England.

    Bernie’s Comment:

    Again, there are no coincidences. I have received many letters and e-mails like this. Read on.

    A lawyer wrote to me saying that he was told he had a 5% chance of living two years due to his cancer. While having his car repaired, he went into a used book store and found my book on the shelf. He bought it, read it, transformed his life and his cancer disappeared. He is not a normal lawyer as it is damn unusual for a thinking lawyer to make those changes. His doctor didn’t want to hear about what he did when all his tests and scans came back clear of cancer. I learned to ask people why they didn’t die when they were supposed to and they all had stories to tell about the changes they made in their lives.

    FUZZY PET LEADS TO HEALING

    Susan learned she had cancer and a year to live. Her partner deserted her when he couldn’t handle the emotions he was feeling. Susan was depressed and looking for some help, so she let a stray cat into her home to keep her company. She took the cat to a vet to be sure it was not sick and a risk to her while she was being treated for her cancer. The vet diagnosed the cat as having feline leukemia and a year to live. Susan returned home devastated that they would both be dead in a year, but she noticed that the cat wasn’t depressed, and was happily tearing around the living room having a ball. Susan’s thought: maybe the cat knows something I don’t know. The cat lived twelve years and Susan is still around, married, and well.

    NEVER A STATISTIC BE

    A Harvard medical student having visual problems is diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Upon awakening blind after surgery, doctors told him that he would remain blind, and had a year to live. A week later his sight came back, and he went to the library to research glioblastomas. All the books said the same thing about his expected survival time. Thank God he wasn’t a typical student who would go home and die. He got mad as hell at the message he received. He transformed his life, too, and cured both his brain tumor and colitis.

    Bernie’s Comment:

    Do not let statistics kill you. Do not see death as a failure. We have incredible potential built into us. As Ernest Holmes asked rhetorically, “What if Jesus was the only normal person whom ever lived.” Have faith and let others lay their hands on, as Norman did. If you can’t believe, read the book The Energy Cure by William Bengston. I know people who were cured when they left their troubles to God. So give life a shot. You have nothing to lose. With a house full of pets named Hope, Faith, Miracle, Love, Sex, and Rags I am constantly living the message and receiving therapy.

    Peace, Love & Healing,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 2, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I am chaplain pastoring a woman with brain cancer.  The cancer was arrested after three “awake” surgeries and chemo, but now it has recurred as an aggressive malignancy. My patient feels forced by the doctors to go through radiation therapy. She is trying through fantasy trips, etc., to get in touch with her inner self to make the right decision for herself!

    The problem is that so far no clear message has been given. Her dream is to go on a Jacob´s Way pilgrimage in Spain. She is afraid that if she does the therapy, afterwards she will be too weak to go on this journey. However, she is also afraid of not doing what the medicine world tells her she should do. She drew a picture of her cancer shown as a side slice of her brain—a rainbow was on the rim outside—the cancer cells were being attacked by small yellow arrows.

    The rainbow continued underneath the brain sweeping up as a curve to the right upper corner of the paper. Could this drawing hold a message that would help her make her decision? We are living in Germany–if you have contacts here to doctors with your insights, let me know.

    Many thanks for you and your work. Blessings to you and your family!

    Bernie Answer:

    Yellow is energy, so whatever the arrows represent will help her. The rainbow is harmony of all the emotions and feelings.

    These are good signs. Tell her to work on finding harmony and rhythm in her life, and then change what needs to be changed.

    Tell her that what she visualizes her body believes. Tell her to see her treatment as successful, with few or no side effects, so she can do what makes her happy in her life. You can scan and e-mail me the drawing, too, for more comments.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    Thank you for you inspiration and humor. I have a friend who has been ‘surviving’ cancer now for 7+ years. She beat stage 4 colon cancer, and then went on to have lung cancer (in both), urethra (removal), then 4 hot spots, and now 8, with her numbers at 163. She is positive, and starts every day with a upbeat quote on Facebook. She also posts pictures of her on FB from her cancer treatments at the University of Miami in bed with a big smile. She is amazing, traveling 190 miles each way every other week.

    Her 69th birthday is the 23rd and she is so grateful to know she is going to celebrate it. I bought her How to Live between Office Visits, and am sending her a copy of your outstanding interview done with Joan Borysenko for Hay House.

    She has accepted the fact she will not be cured, nor go into remission now, but plans to live her life to the max a long as she can, taking full advantage of days she feels good.  She was determined to make it to our 50th high school reunion last September and did, being radiant and ‘full of life.’  It makes me sad to know that if she had been your patient, and with her optimism, she would have healed!

    Maybe there is something in your book or CD I’m sending that will give her added hope, and there will be a healing.  You are amazing, and I wish all doctors thought and worked as you do. The world would not only be healthier in body, but in spirit as well, which we all so greatly need at this time!  Thank you dear man!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Tell her the potential to be cured is always there and through healing her life, rather than fighting a war.  She should love her life and her body unconditionally, sending the body the unmistakable message that she wants to LIVE.

    When we find harmony and rhythm through transformation and change, amazing things happen.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    First off, I want to say great blog!

    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.

    I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Quiet your mind by envisioning a still pond, and then close your eyes and take a deep breath in, imagining energy and creativity filling your mind and body.  As you blow that deep breath all the way out, imagine any distractions going with it.

    As you begin, think about it as if you were writing a letter, and then let it flow.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – April 25, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I received a copy of your book 365 Prescriptions for the Soul from a staff member who I had cared for during her sick leave when going through breast cancer.  I work as an occupational health nurse. My work has become more toxic the last number of years with bullying and horizontal violence.

    I was recently diagnosed with smoldering multiple myeloma (consistent plasma cells in blood and with positive bone marrow testing).  I have listened to the documentary series from Ty Bollinger on “The truth about cancer: a Global Quest.”  This past weekend, I attended a maximized living seminar presented by Dr. B.J. Hardick in London, Ontario.  I purchased the book Cancer Killers by Drs. Ben Lerner and Charles Majors (who overcame secondary glioblastoma resulting from multiple myeloma and has now been cancer-free for 5 years).  The authors made reference to your work.

    I started seeing a naturopath specializing in oncology in Toronto. She is working on supporting me as best as she can, but said that all of her MM patients undergo conventional chemo.  Fortunately, my oncologist has recommended a “wait and watch” approach for now, so I am exploring all of my options.

    It is documented medically that there is no cure to multiple myeloma.  My long-standing faith in Jesus has been my strength, in knowing that he will lead me through this journey towards a miracle, so that He will be glorified and then help others as you have.  Please advise on any other direction you may have to my beating this cancer, and any contacts as close to Toronto, Ontario as possible.  Sincere thanks.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Dr. Mel Borins in Toronto knows me, and I am sending him a copy of this to him.

    We have worked together and he can be of help.  Nurses have a lot of trouble caring for themselves while caring for others. If you were asked by friends or family to do something you did not want to do, what would you say to them?

    Read Love, Medicine & Miracles and The Art of Healing and any others that appeal to you in the lists on my website. Read what defines an Immune Competent Personality on my website.

    There is always the potential for self-induced healing when you love your life and body.  What you believe manifests itself through your body’s response.

    Peace and Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    Today was the day. I drove myself to the hospital, full of anxiety.  On the way, I passed a country road where two dear friends, now deceased, used to live.  I thought of them, and began to feel their presence in the car with me.  I was no longer alone!  At the hospital, gowned, hooked up to an IV, and in the MRI, the procedure began with a buzzing thumping rhythm.  Suddenly, I was no longer in the hospital, but on a cliff overlooking a beautiful Scottish castle.  There was a lake in the distance, and the trees were in full glorious leaf.  The sound of the MRI was now BAGPIPES, and I relaxed and enjoyed the time there.

    When the technician came in to start the contrast IV, the sound of the MRI changed for the second part of the session, I was transported to Polynesia, to a sparkling white sandy beach.  Drummers were beating out a rhythm as they faced the calm blue of the ocean waters.  That lasted until the end of the MRI.

    Apparently, the shift had changed because there was another technician to remove the IV and help me out of the MRI machine.  I opened my eyes to see a man that looked just like Bernie Siegel!!!!!!  So, I said,” Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Bernie Siegel?”  He said, “Who’s that?”  So, I told him about you, Bernie, and how you have helped me and so many others.  He is going on vacation, and before he goes he will buy one of your books to read while he is away.

    What an experience for me, thanks to YOU.  I will share my story with others, grateful to give the help and hope you have inspired in me to them.  I am grateful beyond words….

    Bernie’s Answer:

    My wife was having an MRI of her brain, she dreaded confined, noisy space—well, you know it all.  So, when they told us that their music system was not working, I said I would go into the room with her and sing to her.

    I sang the whole time, and when we came out, staff and patients thanked me for singing. They said they opened the PA system up so that the entire radiology suite could enjoy my singing.  They told me I sang so badly that nobody had any problems with their tests.

    Peace, Love, and Healing,
    Bernie

    Question for Bernie:

    I was diagnosed w/ stage IV metastatic BC in 1995. I am celebrating 21 years April 19, also the anniversary of the Oklahoma bombings. I underwent all treatments including a BMT. I’ve had two recurrences, a painful broken hip and femur, broken ribs, and most recently bones in my feet keep breaking. I certainly commend the medical community for my initial treatment in keeping me alive, but I knew it was my job to find what could keep me healthy. I found that person in  a master practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. With her expertise in herbs and acupuncture, she’s been able to keep me going.

    I do the real deal of boiling down the prescribed herbs twice a day, three days a week for the last 20 years. The last cup is as bad as the first, but it is my medicine to keep me alive.

    It takes much time, effort, dedication, and money to go the route of alternative treatments. This is in tandem with my oncologist, who thinks this miracle is all his doing, but that’s OK. Whatever the case, it has worked for me, and I couldn’t be more fortunate.

    As you know, insurance companies do not cover this cost, and after twenty years I have used all of my resources. I can survive for about 2 ½ more years. I am single, no relatives, and one unmarried son. I am an MFT, now a CASA volunteer, was a starting partner for, “Spa for the Spirit,” which was a three day alternative mountain retreat for women with stage IV BC.

    Recently, a college professor with BC told me I was every woman’s nightmare. Probably, but I have the thickest skin possible, and I couldn’t admire my own fortitude more. Cancer was the best worst thing to happen to me, and I have a PhD in spirituality.

    However, I need help. I am down to the wire and am looking for an herb sponsor. I have this gift of living for almost 21 years. I am as rare as a unicorn, and I know the right people will appreciate this and support it if I had a way to just connect with them.

    PS: You and Dr. Wayne Dyer were the first books I began to read in my spiritual quest.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are an inspiration. You could tell your story on the internet and ask for donations.  I forget what they call the site(s) where people do that.

    I hope people reading this on my website will respond to your needs. You can send your story to the herbal companies asking for sponsorship. You can’t lose by asking.  It is a survivor personality quality.

    Send us your address and I will send something myself, and hope others will, too.  Bless you – and buy a lottery ticket.  I do, and if I win, you win with me,

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Response: Thank you so much, Bernie.  I took your advice and contacted www.gofundme.com

    Could you please pass this link to my GoFundMe page so donors can find it?

    www.gofundme.com/5tzukxek
    Help Survivor Make it to the Finish

    Question for Bernie:

    How can I find my authentic self?

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Quiet your mind, like the still pond and you will see the truth. Meditate (you can choose from many kinds). Stop thinking and start seeing.

    Like the ugly duckling realizing she is a swan, or a tiger cub raised by goats, who only realizes he is a tiger when his mother goat dies, you must look at yourself as unique.  You are—we all are, but there is some “core” of our identity (like being a duckling before you become the swan) that we must get in touch with, appreciate, and love.

    The major influences in most developed societies include something about NOT valuing yourself, but the key to being a fully realized person is to find that core and learning to value and love it as early in life as possible.  It is never too late, though, to be enlightened about our inner knowledge and power—and to know that compassion and understanding never demands that anyone abandon their “truth,” which is your core, authentic self.

    Peace & Blessings,
    Bernie

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    Special Post – Help a Survivor Make it to the Finish Line

    Dear Everybody,

    I recently got a question from a remarkable 21-year survivor of stage IV metastatic breast cancer, diagnosed on April 19, 1995 at age 38.  Her inspirational story will appear in detail on April 25, 2016, in my Q&A column on this website, but in the meantime, I want to get this information to those who may wish to help her right away.  I suggested she use the internet to reach people who may wish to help her, and here is her response:

    “Thank you so much, Bernie.  I took your advice and contacted www.gofundme.com.  Could you please pass along this link to my GoFundMe page so donors can find it? The page is called Help Survivor Make it to the Finish and the link is:  www.gofundme.com/5tzukxek.”

    Here is an excerpt about her: “I am at a crossroad where I will not be able to continue treatment. My insurance does not pay for my treatments which run between $10,000-14,000 per year. After 20 years, I have gone through all my options and have enough money to live another 2 ½ years. I don’t own any property, am single for 20 years, and have no relatives to help.  I’m appealing for help to be the longest survivor of stage IV metastatic Breast Cancer!”

    I hope some of my readers can help this brave young woman, but in any case, you will be inspired by her story.  Read all of the details on my website, Monday, April 25, 2016, in the Q&A column.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – April 18, 2016

    Question for Bernie: (Part 1 of 3)

    I am terminally ill, even though I have tried everything I could to Live. I know we have never met, and it took a lot of courage to contact you, knowing you might or might not even respond to me.

    I don’t care what religion you are, but would like to share something about life from my experience with you and hope to make friends with you before my final day.  Thank you for reading this, and I hope to hear from you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Here I am.  Tell me about yourself.

    Bernie

    Question for Bernie: (Part 2 of 3)

    I contacted you because I want a friend and no one cares about me. My family shows no concern or love towards me, knowing my present situation.

    Would you like to be my friend? You might think what I am doing with a friend I barely know.  Life is more than that. I have never particularly lived my live so well, as I have never really cared for anyone, not even myself, but just business. Though I amassed a lot as a former businesswoman, I was not generous. I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business, as that was the only thing I cared for.

    But now I regret all this, as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world, I will live my life in a different way from how I have lived. Now that my life has gone down this path, I want to do what is right with this very short period so I can be happy after.

    If you would like to be my friend, then write back to me so we can talk more. Thank you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I will be your CD = “Chosen Dad” and help you to abandon your past and learn to love yourself and your life and heal. So let me know if you would like for me to be your “CD.”  Tell me where you live.

    Bernie

    Her answer to Bernie: “In Germany and where do you live? Do you have a family?”

    Bernie’s answer to her: “I am in the state of Connecticut, USA; we have a good size family and lots of pets.”

    Question for Bernie: (Part 3 of 3)

    You must be a very good person, and I respect you for what do you in your work. Let me have you’re your number and I will try to call you. I was praying for you, and I pray we continue to be friends. I have just had lunch and a cuppa and I feel great today, and hope you feel the same, too.  How is your day going? Hope you are doing great.

    Thank you from your friend.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    I can’t handle phone calls now.  Just email me the things you’d like to talk about.

    Bless you,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    I am from Serbia, Balkans. I just read your book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, and I am very happy. Ten days ago, I found out that I have a tumor, and I knew that I was responsible for my tumor. After reading your book, I know that I am every person in that book, and every person in your book is me.

    My father and mother both died of cancer.  But you are the only person in my life who could tell me what is really wrong with my mind. I will have an operation in two weeks, and I am in peace because I found out that someone knows what I feel, and how to heal. Every word you’ve said is true. Sorry for my English, but I hope that you will understand what I am saying. I love you and thank you, Dr. Siegel.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    You are a survivor, and I send you my blessings and love. I am your new father, and I want you to picture the operation as being very successful, and that you heal quickly. What you envision will happen.

    If you get my book, THE ART OF HEALING, you will learn more about being a survivor.

    Bless you again,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    I just wanted to write to say that I love you for the courage you have had.  Thank you for taking a stand for the truth in medicine at a time when it must have been particularly difficult.  I send my best to you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Yes, but I knew the truth from my experience, and then I learned to tell stories so that doctors didn’t feel threatened.

    Thanks.
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    I have been reading your book and I can’t stop. Love it! I think now I know why the recovery from surgery has been so good. Because of the drawings you made me do with your observations. I think this is what made me decide to do it instead of continuing with my passion for natural healing.

    I feel at peace after doing the surgery and I just realized it is because not doing it had separated me from my sons. I have given my life to creating a wonderful family life, contrary to what I had growing up, but all of a sudden there was a high distance between my sons and I. They didn’t agree with my natural approach; my older one, who’s a lawyer in DC, wasn’t answering my calls, until the pain of not talking to him was so great that I wrote and asked him why. He simply replied (in Spanish): “…because it hurts me to see that you are dying and not doing anything about it.”

    The pain of having my family separated was stronger than the pain from the surgery. They were impressed at the hospital at my prompt recovery. I was only one hour at the recovery room, and then I just took Tylenol. I did not want the heavy drugs. I don’t like them. Three days later I went to the park, visited with friends, and have been very well. My sons are at peace and this gives me peace, too. Thank you for all your help.

    I have been writing my dreams down as your book recommends, and the question about what treatment to follow, Vitamin B17 or Chemo, kept coming up.  Then, one night this insight woke me up—Bernie Siegel is the symbol, and having found him means that I will be well no matter what I choose. This is because I don’t know how I found you in Internet. I had been thinking of you and your books and missing them, because they stayed in my house in Mexico when we moved here less than a year ago (without knowing I had cancer). So out of the blue I found you, you responded immediately and we established communication. This has been invaluable. Thanks again. Now I think I am going to draw my portrait and my family and maybe the 2 options. And, I am really truly sorry about your wife. I didn’t know. I am sending my love.

    I forgot to mention that your book made me feel compassion towards my surgeon. I was feeling resentful because she removed all of my lymph nodes, and she knew how important it was for me to keep them. But when I read what you said about how surgeons feel when they fail to save someone’s life, my feelings turned to compassion and an understanding that we were in this together. Right before I went to sleep I looked at her straight in the eyes and told her how much I trusted her. So I guess she did what she thought it was best for me, and now I am thankful to her.

    Thanks again for your book. Love it!  Have a good and blessed good night!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Bless you, my dear—you are on the path to healing.

    It is happening within you, so have faith and your troubles will be eliminated.

    Peace & Healing,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – April 11, 2016

    Question for Bernie (with drawings):

    They have your book ready for me at the bookstore. I will pick it up later on.  I have the appointment for the surgery, and I am about to cancel it. I am confused. I still believe in miracles and/or that the body can heal itself if we help it. The surgeon is pushing towards mastectomy, but she also said that if I really wanted, we could do a lumpectomy. That is why I drew it. I think the new drawings are key to my decision. Thanks for your help.

    I am attaching two new drawings. If you could please let me know what you think, I would greatly appreciate it.

    I counted the figures in the other pictures and some of them are amazing: in the alternative one there 11 sun rays: my birthday is October 11, same day that my Dad passed away couple of years ago. And October 1st (10+1) is the day they told me for the first time that I had cancer. Of course I didn’t believe it, and waited for the confirmation with the biopsy of November 9th last year.

    Three triangles—it has been three months since I started the natural treatment.

    Mastectomy: 6 tentacles, since I am a La Leche League Leader (its birthday is also October 11, 1956, just like mine). I thought that might symbolize all the women I’ve helped breastfeed over the years, and of course my two sons whom I breasted for years; 3 big lumps (I don’t know why because there are only 2) and 3 small lumps, which I think coincides with the calcifications; 7 yellow strips and 6 blue x’s.  Chemo: 8 river lines—I don’t know what to make of this?

    Spontaneous remission: 22 yellow lines, 11+11, 22 is Tuesday, the day of the surgery; 11 yellow dots; 26 blue healthy cells = pounds I have lost through detoxing and eating mostly vegetables; 13 black, cancer cells (bad luck?).

    I really, really appreciate your input.

    Thanks a lot.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Drawings are hard to look at when they are bigger than my screen and I have to look at them in sections…but here are my impressions:

    I like the purple as it is a spiritual color and very good to illustrate loving yourself.

    Eight is a new beginning number.

    Count the new circles, too.

    I like the black circles dropping away.  Let them go.  Cut the string.

    What you choose as treatment is up to you.

    Yes, you have the potential, but most important is that you don’t ever see yourself as a failure if you don’t induce self-healing.

    This is not about failing, but about doing what is right for you.

    There is color and life, and if you bloom and blossom like the flower you drew, all will be well.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Comment from Writer of the First Question in Today’s Q&A:

    THANK you very much for your input.  I didn’t realize that I was feeling like a failure, but you are right. The minute I read that, I started to cry. Thanks.

    Here are the new drawings.  Thank you, again.

    Bernie’s Answer to Drawings and Reply:

    Chemo has nothing to do with you in the drawing, so how can it help you unless you let it in?

    The lumpectomy can help.

    The heart is open at the bottom, so keep an open heart to all the possibilities.

    I love the flower. I think your healthy immune system cells (blue 24 cells) are cleaning out the cancer and sending it away from your body (13 or 14 cells).

    Peace,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    I would like to ask you a question after watching your video on INN with Joshua Rosenthal. I have a history of kidney stones, and in fact I was said to be a famous case at one point by both doctors here in the Cayman Islands and in the USA. I have had more operations than I can remember due to kidney stones.

    I lost my left kidney, as they said if I had the kidney removed, I would stop getting stones. That did not work, but at the time, I was backed into a corner—either the kidney or go home to the UK. I had a child whom I love dearly and made the sacrifice, as he is from here.

    I do believe the cause is having lived in my family home, which was not the best. How do you think I can leave the past behind? I am now 51 years old, married, and have three children. I ask because I feel it is high time I removed the past. Thank you.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Yes, the past is over.  Now you must abandon it and start using your energy to love your life and your body.

    Put up pictures of yourself as a child and every time you see that picture, tell that kid that you love her.  Parenting, with or without love, determines our future life and health.  So re-parent yourself—become your own child and love that little child with all your energy.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Q & A with Bernie – April 4, 2016

    Question for Bernie:

    I was in a relationship for 44 years. I discovered that my husband is a sex addict. I had to leave the relationship for my own survival and healing. It has been almost five years since I left and I still feel such pain, anger, and betrayal.

    I have done a lot of personal work, but I’m feeling that I still have not released these negative emotions completely, no matter how hard I try. I would appreciate your guidance in suggesting how I might go about treating the cause, which is now manifesting in some physical symptoms.

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Your thoughts are created by you.  You may have heard this wonderful advice somewhere before, but I’ll offer it again because when I found it, I realized its great healing potential:

    “Let go, and let God.”

    If you are able to care for a pet, adopt one and learn about living in the moment.  The best examples of how to live in the moment are little kids and beloved pets.  If you can make the time required to take care and commune with a pet, by all means, adopt a dog or cat and enjoy the happiness he/she will give you. If you can’t have one of your own, go to a park nearby where people do walk their dogs and let them play off-leash.  Observe the delight these pets experience moment-by-moment as they romp around with each other, and then envision yourself just enjoying the moment you are in—wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

    Quiet your mind and the truth will then be reflected back to you. In that reflection, you will see that you are a swan and not an ugly duckling.  Before you can truly give love or assistance to anyone else, you must first love yourself and your life and your body.  Strength comes from finding your authentic self. Valuing that self by healing mind, body, and spirit, gives you open arms to accept what life brings.

    Peace,
    Bernie


    Question for Bernie:

    Serendipity—I have just discovered Love, Medicine and Miracles, and I am almost done with book #3.  I have two others waiting in the wings.  I also have one meditation CD.

    It just occurred to me to send my copy of Love, Medicine and Miracles to my GP. He is a Physician’s Assistant and seems receptive.  Looking for a bio on you, Bernie, I went to my computer and found much, much, more.  Where to start? I am so pleased to see you are still doing the same thing that you began in 1986. Love to you from a 96-year-young fan!

    Bernie’s Answer:

    Actually, I started speaking and developing my approach to living a genuine, healthy life in 1978, but Love, Medicine & Miracles wasn’t published until 1987.  And I’m still at it.

    You are a survivor and lover of life.  It is always great to hear from someone who is very actively engaged in life and learning.

    I hope to write an autobiography to share all my life experiences.  Keep loving your life, your body, your mind, and your spirit.  The world needs people like you.

    Bless you,
    Bernie

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