Could it really be that simple? Is it possible that negative emotions bottled up inside can lead to cancer? Is it just the hypnotherapists that hold this view? Parkhill’s ideas seem to be supported by other researchers working with cancer patients. In his book “You Can Fight For Your Life”, psychologist Dr Lawrence Le Shan says “In all the cancer patients seen during the course of my research - over 500 - not a single one seemed to me to have access to more emotional expression than he had energy to express. All seemed to have more emotional energy than they had ways of expressing it. Typically there was a “bottled-up”
So, if, as it would seem, cancer is an emotional illness, how would hypnosis help? Whilst not a hypnotherapist per se, world renowned healer and author Louise Hay, herself a cancer survivor wrote in her book “You Can Heal Your Life”, “Now I knew from personal experience that DIS-EASE CAN BE HEALED, IF WE ARE WILLING TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND BELIEVE AND ACT”. It’s interesting to note that hypnosis has been well researched and shown to be extremely effective in producing change.
Parkhill doesn’t mince his words as to whether his methods work or not. To his sceptics he says “I will repeatedly say this: Let us line up 200 chronically ill people. You take 100 and so will I. We will both implement our best techniques, and when the smoke clears and we have each taken our people as far as we can in the direction of health, the resulting score will let everyone know what works and what doesn’t.
Whether it is healing the sick or tuning the goal-oriented, I could make the same challenge by applying what I offer in this book to a team of athletes or a classroom of students. The results I get will wake up a lot of sceptics”.
Perhaps the future of cancer treatment will be the application of modern medicine balanced with hypnotherapy?
Troy Robins is a certified clinical hypnotherapist based in Witney, Oxfordshire. For more information on hypnotherapy visit www.troyrobins.com.