The National Council of Psychotherapists
Chapters 8-13 of Len Mason’s book, reproduced by kind permission of the author.
Anorexia is a little more complicated. I have found that it seldom has much to do with slimming, but is again a behavioural reaction to an emotional event. This may be coupled with attention demands (love) and possibly occasional punishment of those, (often parents) who do not like to see the patient thin and starving.
The ‘bingeing’, which sometimes accompanies this condition, is interesting in that the appetite cannot be suppressed any longer. The need to survive and eat takes over, and vast quantities are eaten quickly. This then cannot be assimilated owing to the speed and amount consumed, and is rejected, or one’s appetite is satisfied and the original compulsion takes over and again the food is rejected.
In therapy it is necessary to first remove all compulsive behaviour with the use of C.E.R.T.., then rationalise motives and way of thinking, so that for instance, if love is not available, then accept life without it, albeit temporarily. Accept the situation as it is, think in a constructive and positive way about it, and enjoy life. With a new mental approach the problem is then solved, and normal appetite can return.
This behaviour pattern is seldom, if ever, at a conscious level; it may be necessary to forgive, at a subconscious level, those whom you have sought to punish.
Anxiety generally stems from an emotional upset. (Negative thinking about an event.) This is followed by continued negative thinking thereafter, i.e. worry, and it is worry that is at the root of all problems, especially anxiety.
God gave us 10 commandments; here is the 11th;
‘THOU SHALT NOT WORRY!”
Or as Jesus said, “BE NOT ANXIOUS.’
Fortunately we do have choice of thought; we can think of anything we like. If we make a big memory record it is likely to be replayed frequently. If we only make a small memory record it will fade. If we dwell on a replayed memory record we reinforce it with energy and make it stronger. Thus if we are in a state of assumed dread or threat to our person or ego and we dwell on this, giving it negative mental energy, an anxiety state will ensue, and worsen in proportion to the focused mental energy given to the dominant memory.
The treatment therefore should consist of removing the causal emotion, etc., using C.E.R.T., then consciously lessen the importance of the event by decision, dwelling on positive, constructive thoughts, thus allowing the memory to fade, which will in turn remove the state of anxiety.
Pain is a warning that should not be ignored. It can be a warning of a physical hurt; for instance, a broken leg, a cut hand, etc., - or of a psychological hurt; headache, stomach cramps, backache, etc.
Up to now very little has been achieved in the removal of psychological pain, except for some beneficial relaxation, but now with the aid of C.E.R.T. one can be helped much more positively. It is the direct removal of the hidden causal energy which is effective; but again it is essential that the patient understands that this pain has been the direct result of choice of thought, and that therefore he or she must in future take control of ‘Self’ by positive thinking and so avoid the creation of pain-inducing negative thoughts.
This method has removed severe pains of many years standing, and is of course without side effects.
This very unpleasant condition is, again, usually a psychosomatic state, which can be most distressing and debilitating.
It may be caused by any event or fear, from birth trauma, to business worries. C.E.R.T. will remove the original cause; and provided that thoughts are controlled thereafter, to avoid worry, no recurrence will take place.
If asthma persists without effective treatment however, it is one of those conditions that may be ‘managed’ by the sufferer.
Secondary gains may be obtained from it; for example, the attention of a loved one, avoidance of unpleasant tasks, duties, or situations. It may even be to manipulate people to the advantage of the sufferer. If these secondary gains are evident it may not be possible to persuade the patient to relinquish them.
Fortunately these conditions are not too frequently observed, and most people, especially the young, cannot wait to rid themselves of this tiresome complaint, but to quote an old proverb, ‘It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good!’
ENURESIS (BED WETTING.)
When a child is brought to me suffering from enuresis, it is nearly always a problem caused by a feeling of insecurity, or a need for added attention.
“Does my Mum love me?” “Does my dad love me?” “Will we move house, and will I then lose all my friends?” These and other anxiety inducing states are the sort of situations which result in enuresis. The child is saying in effect, “Take more notice of me.” “I want to be seen and loved; regarded as a person.” “I don’t want to be ignored, I am me!” There may be one or two other reasons, but generally speaking these are the major causes.
There is nearly always some emotion connected with this effect as well, which may be removed using C.E.R.T. after which a reassurance of love and affection from the parents is highly recommended. This should include lots of cuddling and kissing, for boys as well as girls. It is not enough for the parent to assume that the child knows that it is loved; it needs to be told, and shown beyond all doubt. Love, affection, stability, and security are the answer to this problem.
An enforced stay away from home without the close proximity of parents, hospital for instance, or the premature baby in the incubator, may cause problems as the child grows older. Fortunately it responds well to treatment as soon as the child is old enough to cooperate and concentrate, and understand the relevant vocabulary, which is needed to remove any emotional wounds.
Excluding cancers caused by external physical occurrences, i.e.; nuclear radiation, asbestos dust, etc., all cancers seem to have an emotional trigger, and are therefore, in my opinion, a straightforward psychosomatic condition. In every case of cancer that I have helped with, this has been so. The time delay from the negative thoughts about a traumatic event, and the onset of detectable cancer can be anything from three months to eight years. There is some evidence now appearing that may even extend that eight years to anything up to seventeen years, but by and large the time factor is about six months to three years, with the rest being very much the exception.
Anger, resentment, remorse, and bereavement are well to the fore in the list of emotional causes. These, all being negative\e thoughts, can trigger off the cancer, especially if there is an hereditary factor or any irritant in proximity, cigarette smoke for example.
First and foremost is the patient’s acceptance of the condition, and a determination to do something about it, then sufficient C.E.R.T. can be given to remove the primary cause.
Too many, I fear, accept the diagnosis as a death sentence, and so for them it is. Maybe in some people is the desire to die; but for those who want to live the first priority should be C.E.R.T., to get rid of the trigger. If thought was the cause, then a changed way of thinking is required. To avoid the same thing happening again, the whole mental approach to life must alter.
It is most helpful if the patient relaxes deeply three times a day, for fifteen minutes at a time. This should be done preferably in self-hypnosis, visualising the cancer getting smaller, and being reabsorbed into the body from whence it came.
Another self-helpful act is to avoid foods that use valuable resources of the immune system during the digestive process, thus allowing those resources to be used beneficially in fighting the unwelcome intruder.
All red meat and pork should be totally avoided during recovery, and it is advisable to avoid ‘junk’ foods, food additives, colourings and preservatives. In fact, eat good wholesome fresh foods.
Many therapists insist on a strict vegetarian diet, avoiding also tea, coffee, cigarettes, frozen foods and eating as much of the fruit and vegetables at their freshest, and raw if at all possible. This I am sure cannot be detrimental and can only be beneficial. I think that the important thing is not to worry about what you eat. Eat and enjoy what you have, avoiding any guilty thoughts such as, “I should not be eating this.” In my opinion the worry would be harmful. To ask someone who, for instance, has cancer in the digestive system to drastically change diet, when extreme difficulty may be experienced in eating at all, may be unhelpful. Vitamin, mineral, and nutrient supplements may be recommended by a dietician on his advice, and at his discretion.
In the cancer support group that I attend, patients meet once a week for a chat and deep relaxation, after which meditation healing and ‘Laying on of hands” takes place. We ask for God’s healing, which in turn may help the patient to re-awaken the spiritual side of life which in these very materialistic days often gets swept under the carpet. “Haven’t got time for God and all that!” Well, he has got time for you! Accept it and give it. It’s all part of the whole person, and each part of a person affects the rest.
When this therapy has been carried out, all other medicine will be much more effective.
When using C.E.R.T. in these cases, apart from looking for the removal of primary and secondary causes, it may also be necessary to remove the cause of malfunction of the immune system, because this too is affected by the energies in the subconscious, and in truth, it is the malfunction of the immune system which is the actual cause of the spread of cancer.
According to oncologists, we all produce malformed cells in our bodies. To identify and destroy those rogue cells is a part of the immune system’s task. If therefore, something goes wrong with this pattern, the unrestricted growth of rogue cells can take place.
Fortunately the immune system responds to C.E.R.T. too!
The dietary aspect of cancer help is part of a holistic approach, and further details should be obtained from any of the authorities specialising in this field, A.N.A.C. for instance, and the Bristol Cancer Centre.
Len Mason (FNCP)