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.
DARE TO LIVE: THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALING STORY OF SIMON LAWRENCE
Following scans and a biopsy, film maker Simon Lawrence was told by a consultant oncologist on 22 March, 2017, that he had terminal lung cancer and that little could be done other than to relieve his symptoms. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy would not reduce the size of the tumour.
“We had a frank discussion in clinic that surgical removal would not be an option either and therefore the likelihood of a cure from any treatment would be extremely low”, the consultant wrote.
Whilst most other people would have been left reeling and desolate by this news, Simon responded very differently as he explained to me when asking for an appointment.
“I have never felt a denial of this, but when the consultant spoke to me, I felt, and still (mostly) feel he was talking to someone else. There was no anger, nor poor-me feelings. I didn't feel my tumour had come from somewhere external, but was a part of me - like my arm or my finger. So I embraced it as such and decided to begin healing it from within. That was while I was still sitting with him in the clinic.
“I left with a strange feeling of elation, almost smiling! I felt my life had stopped, and from that moment I was starting again, refreshed and renewed, with new adventures ahead”, he explained.
Four years have now passed and Simon tells me, “I had been given just three weeks to live in March 2017, but during those weeks I was driven to Devon to see you and soon after I became strong enough to start chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Of course, I kept seeing you for more healing - both one-to-one sessions and your healing circles”.
“I was speaking to my consultant recently and apparently I now qualify as the world’s longest survivor of sarcomatoid mesothelioma, and I know it’s because of your healing. The chemotherapy had a 5 percent chance of doing anything, and my scan showed that I was in partial remission after two rounds. By then I’d also had two sessions of healing with you.
“The longest survivor with my specific mesothelioma is six months. That is testament to your wonderful healing. I will be forever grateful, and thank you for all the love you pass on to so many of us”.
Simon is writing a self-help book, “Dare To Live”, about his experience and also features on the home page of www.mesothelioma.uk.com
FROM MY ARCHIVES: A TOUCHING STORY FROM A HEALING CIRCLE
During this lockdown I’ve been collating boxes full of archive material stretching back decades. I came across this lovely story from the 1990s, from a lady who had taken part in one of my healing circles:
“One year ago today I participated in your healing circle in Kensington. I remember you saying how much you’d welcome feedback and I have been meaning to write for some time.
“I had been trying to have a baby for five and a half years and had almost given up hope when a friend suggested I went to one of your circles.
“During the course of the hour we sat linked together, I had many thoughts. I worked quite hard at constructing positive mental images of people I knew who were ill but then an astonishingly clear picture of myself with a fully pregnant belly, and one even more clear of a wicker cot on which holly leaves were attached just spontaneously came to mind with no effort on my part.
“My husband is half Chinese but has little contact with his family on that side. I found myself conversing with his Grandfather who had long since died and saying how much I wanted to extend the ‘Lee’ family.
“After the session I went to buy bread in a department store. The cashier was Chinese. I signed a cheque with my married name ‘Lee’. He commented that it was his name too. When I said that mine was also from China, he held the queue up and wrote the Chinese characters on the back of the till receipt saying that the ‘Lee’s’ were a very big family.
“Two weeks later I was pregnant. I hardly dared to bring myself to write to you because I couldn’t believe my luck. On November 23rd, exactly nine months after that day in Kensington, our little girl was born. She is absolute heaven and I am totally convinced that this is as a result of your healing circle.
“For this gift I cannot possibly convey enough thanks. To my mind it is also an extraordinary string of events which can be added to what must be a vast collection of similar such anecdotes from people who have had the benefit of your healing.”
ANOTHER WONDERFUL HEALING SUCCESS!
I love to receive emails such as this from the daughter of an elderly patient of mine. Diagnosed with lung cancer, her mother was unable to have chemotherapy because of a heart condition and her age, but she writes:
"My mum went for her lung cancer checkup and X-ray. She had the official results back yesterday and they couldn't see any cancer at all now."
HEALING WORKS AT A DISTANCE
It's wonderful to get positive feedback from those on my distant healing list, which you can find on my Healing Community pages, and this week I've been sent two interesting stories.
One lady on my list suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision needed for activities such as reading and driving. Her treatment involves an injection into her eye every 12 weeks.
"This last time it went horribly wrong and a massive infection took over my eye, causing incredible pain and loss of sight. The hospital have been injecting antibiotics into the eye," she explained.
"Thank you for the amazing distant healing yesterday evening. The heat that came through was so incredible as I tuned in that I could feel myself perspiring through the energy.
"I slept the most peaceful of nights' sleep and my eye now feels much less painful and has lost some of the remnants from the infection."
Someone else had placed their son's name on my distant healing list but wrote to say:
"He is now very much better. I think there probably is no need to continue now. It was amazing to know you were helping at such a difficult time."
Many people believe they have to see me personally to gain benefits but accounts like this demonstrate that healing works beyond our understanding of time and space.
As well as anecdotal evidence, much scientific research has been carried out with distant healing. For example, a French study showed that people could inhibit the growth of a destructive fungus at a distance of 1.5 meters, using only mental intentions. This study was successfully replicated at the University of Tennessee, using the same organism, at distances of one to 15 miles.
PROFESSOR 'CANNOT FULLY EXPLAIN' THIS HEALING!
It's always rewarding to hear of a successful healing - but it's even better when it can't be explained by a doctor!
This week one of my patients sent me an intriguing message:
"I've had another Dexa scan (a bone density scan) and I spoke to my professor this morning. Earlier this year my bone density had increased by 15% and this most recent scan shows an increase in bone in the ball joint into my pelvis. All down to you, thank you."
Although the healing had been attributed to me, I was curious about any possible contribution from medication.
"I used to have calcium injections for bone growth, before I had cancer in 2014. As a precaution, these stopped in 2015 as I only had one kidney," my patient explained.
Her professor has now written: "Interestingly, her bone density looked a lot better and I can't fully explain that."
During a workshop last autumn I gave healing to a lady suffering from secondary breast cancer that had spread to her bones and spine. She'd been told she had three months to a maximum of five years to live.
"I've recently had a PET scan which has come back with results of no active cancer", she wrote yesterday . "I have healer friends who have also helped, but just wanted to share and thank you."
"I was terrified at the prospect of such major surgery but you provided reassurance and calmed my terror. Your support and distant healing helped me so much that the morning after the operation I was able to sit up, smiling and eating breakfast whilst chatting to my nurses and other patients with my tummy cut from one side to the other and one side of my chest removed and rebuilt!
"My recovery in hospital was speedy and my pain levels were reduced. My mood was so bright and happy that the nurses and surgeon asked how I was so upbeat and recovering so quickly. I explained that you'd been sending me distant healing. Many of them either knew about your work or became fascinated by it.
"I've continued to remain cancer-free. Your healing transformed what could have been a horrifying experience into something filled with positive support and hope."
HEALING SOMETIMES WORKS IN STRANGE WAYS!
"Many years ago I attended your two-day workshop in Brighton. You asked for someone to demonstrate on and my arm shot up in the air to volunteer. You asked what my problem was and I said I had a frozen shoulder.
"'How did this happen?' you asked.
"' I can't say. It's personal,' I replied.
"It was actually caused by my ex partner stamping on my body and I was too ashamed to admit it. So when you chose someone else, I was so upset that I walked out.
"The next morning, my frozen shoulder was healed. And I was so grateful because sometimes you'd said that the healing goes to someone else."
THIS IS A RARE HEALING!
The young woman leapt out of her car as it pulled into my driveway and threw her arms tightly around me.
"It's gone. The scan doesn't show anything," she said with enormous excitement.
Zara had been diagnosed at the beginning of this year with a rare disorder known as Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). If your body makes too much of a type of immune cell called histiocytes, they can cause tumours, lesions, and other tissue damage. In about 8 out of ten people, LCH leads to tumours called granulomas in the skull and other bones.
She had undergone surgery in January because a tumour had broken a vertebra in her spine and surgeons, unable to remove it, inserted metal rods to stabilise her spine. Just before lockdown Zara had written to me for an appointment whilst waiting for treatment to start.
About a month ago, having received no medical treatment, she had her first healing session with me. She then had a second appointment last week. However, a few days earlier she had another MRI scan - which revealed no trace of the tumour.
This sort of healing is rare as I'd normally work with a patient over many months. But, after working for over 40 years, I'm still baffled by occurrences like this. Why are there occasionally extraordinary and inexplicable healings, whilst others are slower - and sometimes nothing at all happens?
I stopped analysing these imponderables many years ago as I had no answer - and it got in the way of my work. I have to remain in an almost child-like state where anything is possible ... unless challenged by logic.
A LIFE CHANGING HEALING!
I thought you might be interested in a message I received from the husband of one of my patients. It's always wonderful to hear that someone's life has been changed as a result of healing ...
"I just wanted to share some good news we had this morning - it continues from the steady improvement we have seen since Sue has been visiting you.
"Twelve months ago, her blood tests were described as 'grossly abnormal' and she was placed on the liver transplant list. However, today she spoke to her consultant and he describes her progress as 'highly unusual'.
"Her progress has gone from 'grossly abnormal', to 'abnormal' to 'borderline' and now to 'marginal'.
"Progress is so marked that she is now considered not to need a transplant and has been taken off the list.
"She's actually had no treatment from the hospital - the only treatment she's had is from you! So, a massive thank you from both Sue and myself. We are over the moon!"