As we have been learning the different stages of the "Psychology of Cancer" today, we are focusing on stage 9 - "The Sense of Being Entrapped." It is difficult to imagine that in today's modern world people can actually feel trapped in unwanted situations. There are so many organizations, programs, systems in place in our society that offer support in many areas of struggle. Yet I've witnessed many people live in bondage and struggle with the same battles for a lifetime. Why I ask? Many reasons, guilt, shame, hopelessness, ignorance, image before society, etc.
We've learned cancer is a manifestation of conflict, a symptom that something in us is not in balance, or it is out of alignment. Many of us may not recognize it but our bodies are wired to help us survive and it will do anything to keep us alive. So the body itself can develop cancer as a way of dealing with your conflict. Feeling "entrapped" is an accumulation of all those emotions from previous stages we went over. The person feels trapped in a horrific emotional prison, from which there is no way out. So what do you do if you are in this situation?
I truly believe that our biggest entrapment lies in our minds. Our thoughts are so powerful and carry such a strong force of energy that can impact your reality to either make you or break you. Not just us but all of those around us. Have you ever caught yourself thinking badly about you, others, or a situation? Unfortunately, no school teaches us how to thrive in our minds. Mindset also requires training and it is a skill where you train yourself to leave toxic thinking patterns and learn new ways to think through your situation, and life in general. So how do we learn to think differently? How do we re-train our thoughts to frame a process of change in us?
Well, I know there are many self-help books out there, perhaps a workshop you can attend to or even therapy. But will these help you long term? The truth is that we ALL have some sort of emotional baggage, something to deal with, process and let go of. Unfortunately we are not trained to follow these steps and in reality, most of us hang onto all those feelings of resentment, anger, hopelessness, bitterness, etc.
I don't know about others, but I can tell you what has helped me to change my thought process is learning truth. I feel like humanity lives in a space of "Truth or Deception" and the truth is that you are highly "Loved and Accepted" by our savior Christ Jesus. Trust me this is not about religion, it is about having knowledge of who we are in Him. What has helped me change my thoughts is having relationship with Him, learning His heart for me and allowing Him to work and heal mine.
Through this process, I've learned that our "thoughts have power" and whatever we choose to focus on, will predominate our existence. Many people choose to focus on the negative and live in the cycle of negativity. What if you choose to focus on your future desires instead of your present circumstances? It will always be a choice and Jesus calls us to think... "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8 Whatever is not going well in your life is a result of your focus. If you don't like it, change your focus!
Your focus will feed your fears or your faith to change your current situation. If you are seriously looking to change your future, do not focus on things, people or the circumstances, as these are smaller than what you are longing for your life. Learn to think with "Intention" and "Strategically" seek God's wisdom so He can place in your mind what is needed for you to thrive in your situation.
"It is a weakness to live in reaction to darkness... It is a strength to live in out of response to the Father" Pastor Bill Johnson