Louise Hay is a promiment thought leader on the subject of metaphysical healing. Her personal story is a powerful and much needed reminder of the importance of understanding the origin/creation of illness from a perspective of mind/body/spirit, and the essential work of shifting chronic thought patterns when it comes to successfully reversing chronic illness. She also goes on to explain why there are no "incurable" diseases and that "resentment" is a common metaphysical cause in the manifestation of cancer.
"A number of years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer of the vagina. With my background of being raped when I was 5 years old and being a battered child, it was no wonder that I'd manifested cancer in the vaginal area. Having already been a teacher of healing for several years, i was very aware I was now being given a chance to practice on myself and prove what I'd been teaching others.
Like anyone who has just been told that they have cancer, I went into total panic, yet I knew that mental healing worked. Being aware that cancer comes from a pattern of deep resentment that is held for a long time until it literally eats away at the body, I knew that I had a lot of mental work to do.
I realized that if I had the operation to get rid of the cancer but did not clear the mental pattern that created it, then the doctors would just keep cutting on Louise until there was no more Louise to cut. If i had the operation and cleared the mental pattern that was causing, the cancer, then the cancer wouldn't return.
When cancer or any other illness returns, I don't believe that it's because the doctor didn't "get it all out," but rather, that the patient has made no mental changes and so just re-creates the same illness. I also knew that if I could clear the mental pattern that created this condition called cancer, I wouldn't need the doctor. So I bargained for more time. The doctor grudgingly gave me three months, at the same time warning me that my life was endangered by the delay.
I immediately began to work with my own teacher to clear old patterns of resentment. Up till that time, I hadn't acknowledged that I harbored deep resentment. We're often so blind to our own patterns. A lot of forgiveness work was in order. The other thing I did was go to a good nutritionist and completely detoxify my body. So between the mental and physical cleaning, in six months I was able to get the medical profession to agree with what I already know: that I no longer had any form of cancer. I keep the original lab report as a reminder of how negatively creative I can be.
Now when I hear about someone's illness, no matter how dire their predicament seems to be, I know that if they're willing to do the mental work of releasing and forgiving, almost anything can be healed. The word incurable, which is so frightening to so many people, really only means that the particular condition cannot be cured by "outer methods" and that we must go within to effect the healing. The condition came from nothing and will go back from nothing."