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What Imagery Can Be Used to Help Keep Dysplasia from Becoming Cancer?

06 Jan


I have been using so many of your meditations for years. They have helped me get through so much and I am so grateful.

I do not have cancer, but for the past 4 years, mild to severe dysplasia - keeps being found in my cervix and removed. It's my understanding that dysplasia is precancerous cells.

I have a VERY difficult time eating right. I am addicted to sugar - I use your addiction meditation and your general wellness meditation regularly.

Would listening to the cancer meditation be good to help me visualize healthy cells? Or could it be a bad idea since I don't even have cancer and so I should not meditate using a cd made for those who do?

Karen B.

Dear Karen,

Thanks for a good question – one that we get often. I'm glad the imagery's been helpful.

I think the best imagery for you to listen to is our Healthy Immune System audio. That will help you visualize healthy cells vanquishing unwelcome ones without invoking an excessive and unnecessary focus on cancer – although a healthy immune system does, in fact, eliminate random, mutant cancer cells all the time, actually. They just never collect enough to pose a threat. Still, no need to use imagery that's entitled "Fight Cancer" when you can have one that says "Healthy Immune System".

2143As for the excess sugar in your diet, as you already know, it's not the healthiest thing, for cancer avoidance or for a lot of things, and it's good you're using the Weight Loss imagery for that addiction. Very soon Traci Stein will have a new program available called Healthy Weight & Body Image that you may want to try as well.

The funny thing about sugar is the more you eat, the more you crave. Once it's eliminated from your diet, it's pretty amazing how soon your body can stop missing it. So don't give up on that goal!

All best wishes to you,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.