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  •  dear peregrine kate, (5+ / 0-)

    your diary is so deeply thought-provoking and put me back on memory lane. I went through the diary with you as if the fears were my own and as if your thoughts could have been mine, if I only knew of how to formulate them. I am so glad "you beat the system again" and made it successfully through this part of your journey.. Happy for you, enjoy all of it and celebrate! My niece travelled to any place she fancied to see and tried to "inhale" all the beauty she could find.

    I just wanted to say something to your experience you describe, while getting the scan.

    In fact, while I was in the scanner I heard a voice, not mine, resonating inside my head: “Nothing to see here.” I’m not that gifted in terms of intuition, and I was startled by that message, though it was reassuring.
    I was reminded that my niece had several such intuitions in a way that made her very sure of the feeling "oh, no, there is nothing here yet and I am fine, I just know it" or (against the statements of her physicians that everything seems normal) that told her "oh, no, there is something wrong, definitely, and I know there is".

    Each time her intutitions were proven to be correct and turned out to be true.

    I don't know if this might help a little, but never lose your belief in what "some inner voice" tells you. Whatever others say. This turned also to be correct the other way around.

    She knew when things were going "not right". She always was still surprised and upset when that was the case and tried EVERYTHING to believe in some type of healing. And yes, any healing method is good ... until you know the opposite. And from what I observed with my niece, you will know.

    I know that nothing is so hard as not listening to the thoughts of fear and anxiety. And for me, any way of finding a way to do just that, is good. I am thinking about traditional spiritual methods I have seen and how they effect the coping capabilities with those fears. Never let other people tell you what you should believe or not.

    And though I used - in my earlier days - to respect knowledge in science, I find it always amazing how fast one reaches the limit of not knowing. Nature's biology and biochemistry is just too complex to not reach fast the realm of utter humbleness towards the mysteries of our bodies and environment. I find pleasure in not knowing and I find in a way great relief in accepting whatever I am to discover.

    There are beautiful cherry trees blossoming in front of my view out of the window and in my mind I send those to you. All the best to you. May the healing continue.

    •  My dear mimi. This is an extraordinary comment (2+ / 0-)
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      from you (and please believe me, you are a fine commenter despite your protests to the contrary). I am deeply grateful to you for sharing your insights with me, both those you acquired in accompanying your niece and those you've learned through other experiences.
      Listening to that small inner voice is indeed essential. I haven't the greatest history along those lines, frankly. I hope I have the courage and the clarity to do that when it matters most.
      Thank you for the wonderful images of the cherry trees, too, and your best wishes. {{{{{mimi}}}}}

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:59:29 PM PDT

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