I know how hard it can be, facing cancer or other serious diagnoses. Belonging to a group of like-minded people can be immensely helpful.
I sincerely hope you will find that the Healing Journey material and any contact you have with us helps you experience peace and gain a degree of mastery over your situation.
Alastair Cunningham O.C., Ph.D., C.Psych
What can I do to help myself heal, with cancer?
When cancer strikes us or our loved ones it can be one of the most frightening experiences of our lives. More and more people are asking if there are things they can do to help themselves, in addition to receiving medical treatment. We would all like relief from the stress and emotional turmoil that the disease brings in its wake; we would like to do whatever we can to make a recurrence less likely; and if we have advanced cancer, we may desperately want to know whether we can help ourselves to live longer.
The Healing Journey is a program for people who want to learn how to help themselves when they have cancer, or other serious chronic diseases. It is a practical course, providing simple, psychological and spiritual tools which promote inner harmony, peace and healing, methods that can help any of us become a "healed person". The program has been developed and tested over more than 25 years at a large cancer treatment and research centre. Our published research, and the research of other scientists, shows that using these methods regularly can significantly diminish anxiety and depression, restore a sense of control, and relieve symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and pain. We have also published some evidence that when people with advanced cancers get very involved with helping themselves psychologically and spiritually they may live longer than medically predicted. Three papers on this subject are reproduced on this web site, together with references to many others from our research group (see the link to: The Research).
Who are we, at the Healing Journey Program?
We are a small group of therapists and others, operating from the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Toronto, Canada. I'm Alastair Cunningham, director of the program, a scientist and psychologist, and a professor at the University of Toronto. I'm a cancer survivor myself, and I know from that experience and from talking to thousands of people with cancer just how frightening and stressful the disease can be, both for them and for family members. My colleagues and I have been teaching people self-healing methods for over 25 years in the Toronto area. Having seen how helpful this can be to many cancer patients and their families and friends, we now want to spread the program much more widely, using the great power of the internet. We are therefore putting the program manuals on this web site, and trying to make audio learning aids available as simply as possible, to anyone who wants them.
Putting the Healing Journey on the Internet:
The Healing Journey Program has several levels, and our aim is to make the teaching materials freely available on the internet. Workbooks for the first 4 program levels can be downloaded from this website. For Levels 1 and 2, audio tracks are supplied, and these can be downloaded as mp3 files - see the link on this website to the U.K. site of "The Cancer Resource Center" in London. If you prefer to order hard copies of the notebooks, and cds, you can do so through the order form on this site- see on "Books, Audio and Video Resources".
If you are a cancer patient, and don't have access to "live' programs of this kind, I would suggest downloading or ordering our Level 1 workbook and the 4 associated cd / mp3 tracks, then working at home on the healing techniques of deep relaxation, mental imaging, thought management and goal setting. If you know others with similar problems, these techniques can help anyone with health issues. It is an excellent idea to form a small group and work on healing together.
Practical ways of accessing this material:
If you live in or near Toronto, you may wish to attend our program in person at the Princess Margaret Hospital. To enroll please phone Jan Ferguson at (416) 946-2062.
In addition, the Healing Journey Program is now also offered at a number of Wellspring Cancer Centres in Mississauga, Toronto, and other parts of Canada. You can contact Wellspring at 416-961-1928 or go to their website at www.Wellspring.ca.
If you can't attend the programs personally, you may look at these other options:
the .pdf text file "Healing
Journey, Level I Workbook"
(if you are not comfortable with computers, downloading etc, you can
probably find a friend or relative to do it for you), or order it along
with the CDs below.
2. Audio material: 2 CDs. You can order them through this link.
Dr Cathy Phillips, at ............ 416-487-5734
Dr Andrew Matthew, at ........ 416-946-2332
4. If you would like more detailed information on how to help yourself, you can try my books, "The Healing Journey", "Bringing Spirituality into your Healing Journey" and "Can the Mind Heal Cancer?" which are advertised elsewhere on this web site (under "Books, Audio and Video Resources"). All contain extensive bibliographies of related works by other authors.5. If you find this work helpful and want to make a donation to assist us to continue, please, follow this link.