People who are lucky enough to experience a spontaneous remission have three things in common, according to Dr. Joan Borysenko. This does not necessarily mean that you will experience a remission if all these things are present in your life.
Borysenko’s research in 2013 found that individuals who experienced spontaneous remission shared these traits:
- A belief in human potential—that it is possible for human beings to heal themselves of illness
- A belief in their own potential—that it is possible for them to heal themselves
- They experience a spiritual transformation.
My Self-Healing Experience
Though the remission in my case was not exactly spontaneous, it did happen relatively quickly (in a few years) after I discovered I had lupus and started my spiritual journey. At that time, I did start to believe that the body knew how to heal itself.
I had heard many stories of people whose cancer went into remission. I also believed very strongly that I, too, could get better.
It took a while, but I did go through a spiritual transformation. It was not dramatic. I became less angry and more grateful. I stopped gossiping and judging myself and others. I learned to love myself and appreciate others and the beauty surrounding me. I started to keep a gratitude journal, where I listed at least five things to appreciate each morning. I forgave others for perceived wrongs in the past and present.
I think these last two practices are extremely important when one is ill. Gratitude not only helps you see what is going right in your life, no matter how sick you are, but also brings more to be grateful about. And, as it is often quoted from A Course in Miracles, “When you are ill, look around and see who it is you need to forgive.”
Learn More in Speak Your Truth
This research and more is included in my book, Speak Your Truth. Part memoir, part self-help book, I wrote it to share my self-healing journey with you.