WHERE THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE MEETS THE ART OF HEALING
Professor Karol Sikora is one of the country's top cancer specialists and I work as a healer. We've known each other for about 35 years ever since he invited me to talk about my work to his medical students at the Hammersmith Hospital in the 1980s. He'd been impressed by what I'd been able to do for a number of his patients.
As a result of our loose collaboration over the decades he's introduced me to many other wonderful consultants who are supportive of healing. I frequently send my patients to them either for treatment that is maybe not available in their part of the country, or for a second opinion.
I recently saw a lady who'd just been diagnosed with a tumour in her tongue. Her local oncology team recommended fairly radical surgery that was potentially life-changing. I felt she needed to have an urgent second opinion but didn't know who to recommend. I emailed Karol who responded within in an hour.
48 hours later, my patient had an appointment in London with a leading oral cancer surgeons. Sadly, he concurred with her local medical team and she really doesn't have any other medical option than radical surgery. But, we tried - and often there is a more positive outcome.
This is how healing and orthodox medicine should work. My role is not an 'alternative' to medicine but as something to complement it. Doctors can do things for my patients that I can't dream of - but sometimes healers can do something they can't.
At the end of his email to me last week, Karol mentioned a young woman that we both treat. Three years ago she was suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer but for some time she's been completely clear. "A PET-CT scan carried out last week shows she is disease free," he told me. "She needs to get away from all of us and get a life, go travelling, have a torrid love affair - anything but dwelling on her breast cancer and seeing endless specialists! Easy to say but difficult to do."
His comments made me smile for days and I've used them here with her consent. All of us believe her success story is down to a joint effort.
In the Introduction to my book, The Healing Journey, Karol Sikora wrote: "Matthew has a remarkable track record of working at the interface between body and soul. His knowledge is outstanding in both breadth and detail." If Karol ever asked me to return the favour I would say exactly the same thing about him. It's what makes him a healing doctor and me a medical healer.
That would be my vision for the future of healing - a situation where we work alongside orthodox medicine for the sole purpose of helping the patient.
“MY ONCOLOGIST HAS DISCHARGED ME FROM HER CLINIC”: A FANTASTIC STORY OF HEALING FROM A WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT
One of my last pre-lockdown workshops was held in October, 2019, for a small group in a beautiful venue that stands literally on the beach in Porthallow, Cornwall. We had a wonderful time and numerous friendships were forged that weekend.
People attend workshops for different reasons: some want to learn to develop their own healing abilities, some are drawn because they are ill and in need of healing, and a few join out of curiosity.
As part of the workshop experience I always do a healing demonstration - participants are curious to see how I work and the energy is palpable. That weekend I chose to work with Brigette. Whilst sometimes there is an immediate and clearly visible result, occasionally it’s only later that I get to learn the outcome.
“I just wanted to share with you some awesome news,” Brigette wrote yesterday. “In 2019 I was diagnosed with (secondary) incurable cancer. I had previously had breast cancer in 2018 for which I’d had surgery. I saw you in Cornwall at the healing retreat and was chosen by you for a healing demonstration.
“Since then, I’ve been having every test and scan possible. It’s obviously been a stressful time for me and my family.
“Today I received the news that the lesions in my spine are definitely benign and my oncologist has discharged me from her clinic. I just want to thank you for the part you played in my journey and to let you know (but you already do 😆) how positive intent, and healing truly works. Gratitude and love.”
You may have been at the Porthallow workshop that weekend and remember my healing demonstration so it’s wonderful to learn of the positive outcome just over two years later.
(Because of filming commitments, I’ve got no further workshops scheduled although I am holding regular healing circles this year.)
AN “SOS” FOR DISTANT HEALING
On Saturday night I received a desperate request for distant healing from a subscriber to the Healing Community pages of my website. Less 48 hours later she sent this wonderful update.
“Thank you so much for the distant healing you sent my Mum. Her recovery has been miraculous.
“She’s 80-years-old and on Saturday night was rushed to hospital with a blinding headache, nausea so bad she was unable to move, and blood pressure at over 200 on both the systolic and diastolic readings. She had previously beaten kidney cancer so only has one remaining kidney and it wasn’t working properly.
“The doctors discovered her sodium levels were dangerously low and were concerned she was having a stroke. I spent over six hours with her on A&E, only leaving after you’d started to send her distant healing.
“On Sunday morning I was utterly amazed to find her smiling and sitting in a chair when I returned to the hospital. Her blood pressure had dropped back into the normal range, she’d been able to eat and drink - and her blood tests came back with near-normal readings. Her headache was now a gentle discomfort and she could move without being sick!
“How on earth can someone go from that awful state on Saturday night, to be sitting up chatting and smiling the next morning. It’s utterly unbelievable and there’s no way that sort of recovery could have happened without the healing you sent her.
“Yesterday morning (Monday) I received a phone call from the hospital saying she could go home.”
It’s fantastic to receive such wonderful feedback and, as I always say, healing works beyond our understanding of time and space.
”THESE RESULTS HAVE NOT OCCURRED BY MEDICAL TREATMENT ALONE”
I have been working with David, a joyful and positive man, following his diagnosis earlier this year of advanced prostate cancer that had spread to his bones.
As he underwent the standard “gold standard” treatment for the disease, regular blood tests showed a continual drop in his PSA marker. This test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood - it’s a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate.
From the outset David told his consultant that he was also receiving healing from me and noticed that this was recorded in his medical notes.
Having recently completed his medical treatment he had a scan and further blood tests followed by a meeting with his consultant, who told him he was in remission. As they looked at the scans on a screen, David noticed there were still white-coloured areas on previously affected bones. He was reassured to know that it was scar tissue and not cancer.
As he left, his consultant looked at him and said: “Keep up the visits to your healer because these results haven’t occurred by medical treatment alone.”
I always maintain that healing and medical treatment should work together and this would seem to be a good example of what can happen when a patient does so.
(The illustration is generic and not of David)
DISTANT HEALING DURING SURGERY REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
Having to go into hospital for surgery is a daunting prospect for most people and I receive many requests on the Healing Community pages of my website to send distant healing for someone about to undergo a medical procedure.
“I want to thank you for the distant healing during my operation on Monday,” a lady wrote this week. “I had been struggling with a 21 cm by 10 cm fluid-filled encapsulated seroma for over four years following treatment for breast cancer. I asked you to send me healing as I was frightened.
“I’m so happy to say that the surgery was a success and I felt as if I was surrounded by what I can only describe as pure unconditional energy of love. I was physically alone but spiritually supported to such an extent that it felt almost tangible.
“Sometimes, emotions need healing just as much as the body. The sensation of softening into a blanket of healing care was one of the most powerful feelings I have ever experienced. The terror of facing such a daunting procedure was dissolved and replaced by a gentle strength and a feeling of complete comfort. I can still feel this as I continue with my recovery.
“The pain is manageable, I’m not relying on painkillers, and the hospital discharged me 24 hours later!
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. No words can express sensations that are beyond the scope of human language.”
CANCER MAY NOT ALWAYS ‘CURABLE’ BUT IT IS TREATABLE - AND YOU CAN HAVE A FULFILLED LIFE
I was working with a patient who was sobbing and tearing at her hair with her hands in sheer desperation after recently being told that her breast cancer was now Stage 4. She was convinced that she was about to die but two years later she is still alive - and in an improved state with her cancer.
Cancer staging is based solely on how far disease has spread and isn’t necessarily an indicator of life expectancy. There are many diseases for which there is currently no cure but people live with them, often for decades, whilst medication and self-help keeps it controlled. In the meantime, life continues - it’s quality guided by attitude.
Kris Hallenga, a former patient of mine, is a shining example of this. She was living a totally normal life as a 23-year-old: travelling the world, falling in love, making plans.
However, when she found a lump in her breast and was told that it was not only cancer, but also incurable, life took on a completely new meaning. She was diagnosed at an age when life wasn’t something to be grateful for, but an inalienable right. Shortly afterwards, she set up the national charity, CoppaFeel!, which raises over £2 million each year.
Little did Kris know that the cancer that would lead her to a life she had never considered: a happy one. From founding a charity to visiting Downing Street, campaigning at festivals to appearing on TV, in the face of all the possible prognoses, she is surviving, thriving, and resolutely living. In 2009, she won a Pride of Britain Award.
She’s also written a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller - “Glittering a Turd: How surviving the unsurvivable taught me to live.” Now 36-years-old, it’s a handbook for living life to the fullest, shining a new perspective on survival.
Kris has survived far longer than anyone could have expected in 2009. She has had treatments that weren’t even invented back then. Nobody can explain her longevity, but she says: “I really think a massive chunk is having this sense of purpose and drive to survive because I still have things to do, to prove and to achieve. I think that’s boosted every cell in my body. Every cell is thinking: ‘We have to stick around for this.’”