Last year, while going through treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I read a book called “Radical Remission”, written by Kelly Turner, PhD. I heard about it on one of my Lymphoma Facebook Groups. It promised to be a good read and bring hope to people with cancer. It proposed that there are other valuable things to focus on while trying to get well, and that although conventional medicine is relevant and many times necessary, there are things that can be done individually and without a prescription or doctor’s order that have shown to have a positive effect on healing and curing, many times, against all odds.
Dr. Turner and her husband, Aaron Teich came to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend and presented a weekend-long workshop on the principles that she discovered during her research. She had traveled the world with Aaron to interview people who continued to live, and live well even when medical science said they wouldn’t. She found that there are nine key factors that these people engaged in or kept in focus after given a grim prognosis.
In my own words, here they are, and in no particular order of importance (they’re all equally important):
- Having a reason(s) to live.
- Taking personal control of your health.
- Making significant changes to your diet.
- Herbs and supplements
- Fostering positive emotions
- Identifying and letting go of suppressed emotions
- Recognizing and following your intuition
- Embracing social support
- Spiritual connections
The information from the workshop will take a while for me to process. It wasn’t really learning new things, especially since I had already read the book, but to reflect on the in-depth discussion of each area, what each concept meant to me, and how the people in the workshop processed the information. We all shared a lot with each other. Most of us have or had a cancer diagnosis of some sort. Some were there as a support to a friend or family member, and some were there out of interest. It was an exceptionally enlightening weekend.
The Omega Institute was a magical place. No matter where you went on the 250 acre campus, there was a feeling of support, love, and wellness, and an urging to be creative and to discover. There were comfortable places to sit quietly and read, a lake with a nice beach to enjoy, hiking trails, and little treasures “hidden” all over.
The first day, near the meditation sanctuary, I came across theses stones which were arranged to spell out DIVINE LOVE. Two days later, the words were eliminated and the pile of stones were inviting anyone who wanted, to arrange their own message.
The story about this is if you ask the Green Man to guide you, he will. You can leave an offering in the little metal container. All I had was a little metal clip. I dropped it in and walked away knowing that if I ask, I will receive.
Before dinner one evening, I spotted this Adirondack chair under the illuminating yellow tree, and took up residence in it to read a while. On one of the arms, “capture life’s moments” was messaged for anyone who sat for rest.
This beautiful pathway leads to the dining hall on one end and Guest Services on the other. A path well traveled.
The Omega beach from my kayak.
A quick painting on the beach. The hammock defies physics, but it was so much fun to do.
There were other workshops going on at the same time, including a Women and Power Retreat which drew 500 participants. So, there was no room for loneliness. If being alone was something you wanted to do, it was easy to escape into the woods, catch a hammock on the beach, sit quietly in the meditation room or the Ram Dass library, or retreat to your dorm room.
If meeting people from all over the world was your thing for a while, there was no shortage of far-away guests.
Hawaii, Oregon, Illinois, New Mexico, California, Australia, Africa….