Flipping the Script on Cancer
Editor’s Note: The following write-up comes to Laguna Beach Vibe by way of our very talented and in-touch horoscope editor, Servet Hasan. A contributor to Llewellyn's Complete Guide to Mindful Living, Hasan is a student of the mystic masters of the Far East and is widely regarded as a thoughtful and powerful motivational speaker who inspires others to attain their full potential. Below, Hasan shares insights into how she’s flipping the script on living with cancer.
"The Big C"
Like most people, I initially related that chilling description to cancer as something to be avoided at all costs. But once I was actually diagnosed with the disease, it slowly became less powerful as a sinister nickname and for me at least, morphed into something completely different.
Today I think of The Big C as The Big Change. What became obvious was the immediate and dramatic shift in my values and priorities. I found that there’s scientific research that backs up that notion of change.
But I discovered that most of those life-altering changes are about making adjustments to your lifestyle. Fortunately, I’ve been on a spiritual path for a long time, and I’ve even published books on the subject of life’s transitions. I didn’t need a life-threatening illness to help me surrender to a healthier way of living.
I already ate well, exercised, meditated, treated myself right, savored the small things, slept enough, de-stressed on a regular basis, and set boundaries, just to name a few of the healthy living habits I’d not only developed but mastered over the years. Nevertheless, I got sick. Ah, but there was a bigger change that was about to take place because of my illness. The challenge was for me to become clear on what I wanted out of life.
Figuring out what we want
It seems simple enough, but when asked, most people have no idea what they really want. I was no exception. So, I set about figuring out what it was that I really, really wanted. Turns out that exploration amounted to about 90 percent of what I need to achieve change.
And, believe me, I wanted to achieve it quickly. Now. Without fail. One of the ways I accomplished this was by utilizing a method I remember reading about years ago. Jack Canfield wrote about it in his book The Aladdin Factor.
He suggested the reader make a list of 101 things that they want. And, it has to be exactly101 wants —not an easy task. In my case, I really had to start digging deep somewhere around No. 50 or so. But it works. Discover what do you want, and then make the change.
The Big Change will get you there before your time is up — however long that might be.
Change is as avoidable as change
When you seriously think about it, none of us ever escapes change — whether it’s the loss of a job, a home, money, or even a loved one. But instead of falling into fear or avoidance, find your way back to happiness and wholeness by embracing the opportunity for growth and renewal in every transition.
Accepting change shows you how to take the next step forward in the actualization of your selfhood. I use this as a catalyst for personal evolution — a means of tapping into the answers that already exist within us. These are answers that can help us transform even our deepest pains into our greatest gifts.
This was my transition. Taking place right here, right now.
Are you facing a life-challenging transition and find yourself not sure how to move through it? Send a brief summary to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss it here each month.
About the Author: Servet Hasan is a clairvoyant, medium, and award-winning author of the Life in Transition: An Intuitive Path to New Beginnings, The Intuitive Heart of Romance and Tune Him in Turn Him On. She is also the horoscope editor at the Laguna Beach Vibe. Discover out more about her at www.servethasan.com.