I want to tell you about my reaction when I was told I had colon cancer last week and how I have been dealing with the diagnosis ever since.  Not because I think you are particularly interested in details about my health, but because I did something very unusual—yet something anyone can learn to do, something that can eliminate suffering from your life.  

Here’s the relevant background

'cancer' Highlighted In GreenI have been visiting an oncologist (a cancer doctor) regularly for over eight years because of an earlier diagnosis of a type of blood cancer.  That illness was never very serious and had been managed originally by a very healthy diet, alternative procedures like acupuncture, and a bunch of herbs and supplements.  Eventually the condition did get worse and my doctor recommended (and I agreed to) a course of chemotherapy that resulted in total remission.

When I visited my oncologist about 10 days ago for a normal checkup she noticed that all my blood work was back to normal, as she had expected, except for my red cells being abnormally low.  They were so low that I had anemia.  She explained to me that the red cells should have improved along with the other blood markers.  She said she wanted to run some addition blood tests to find out why.

There was an event: I had anemia.  I didn’t give that event any meaning.  In other words, I didn’t know anything for sure as a result of that event.

The new blood tests showed that my iron and certain other related blood markers were very low.  That was another event and I didn’t give it any meaning.

The doctor said the most likely cause of the results was internal bleeding, so she ordered a fecal occult blood test to check for microscopic blood in the stool.  That test was positive.  That was another event and I didn’t give it any meaning.

To find out the source of the bleeding she ordered a colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist who did the colonoscopy told my wife Shelly and me that the biopsy of two masses in the colon indicated colon cancer.  At that point we knew the source of the low red blood count, the iron deficiency, and the blood in my stool.

I also learned that if the cancer had not spread beyond the lining of the colon and it was removed surgically, the problem would be totally solved.  If it had spread to other organs, then the prognosis could be serious.  But all I knew for sure was that I needed a relatively simple surgery to remove the piece of the colon that contained the two malignant masses.  That was another event and I did not give it any meaning.

And because, as I’ve explained on several occasions, virtually all feelings come from the meaning we give events and not the events themselves, I never got scared or upset in the least as I got each new piece of information about my condition.

But what if you were told your odds of survival were very low?

When I told Shelly I was writing this she warned me that some people might say: “Sure you’re not scared; you know you’ll probably be cured.  What if you discover the cancer has spread and the odds of you surviving were very low?”

I am in the process of arranging to have surgery in the next week or two.  My oncologist said that given all the information she has, the odds that the cancer has not spread and will be removed totally when the section of colon containing the malignant masses is surgically removed is 80%.  But I think that no matter what they find when the cancer is removed and analyzed, I probably will continue to give the pathology report no meaning.

I have gotten to the point where I am no longer attached to things, including my life, and, at the same time, I am incredibly passionate about my family and my work and all that I still intend to do until the day I die.

Create meaning consciously

How can I possibly be passionate if I have stopped giving meaning to events?  One criticism that has been leveled at the idea of living without giving meaning to events is that people without emotions would be robots, automatons.  They would cease to be human, as we understand human.

To begin with, I am not arguing that people should live without emotions.  I am simple stating that it is not necessary to live with the emotions that result from the unconsciously- and automatically-created meaning in our minds.  You can if you want to.  But there is an alternative approach.   It is possible to consciously create meaning when you want to.

Here’s how.  In a game we pretend that something is more important than something else.  If you get a little white ball in a hole hundreds of yards away with less “strokes” than someone else, you “win.”  Getting certain cards “beats” someone with other cards.  Amassing more property with houses and hotels than everyone else in Monopoly enables you to accumulate all the money and “win the game.”

In every game we make up the rules and then pretend that they are the “right” way to play.  And here’s the important part: When we “win” we are excited; when we “lose” we are disappointed.  In “reality” nothing has changed.  Our relationships, our work, our wealth, etc. are all the same.  And yet we can be passionate when playing a game.

It is possible to play life as a game.  It is possible to give meaning to your family, to your work, to anything you want to give meaning to. On some level you know that you made up the meaning, but while playing the game of life you experience it as real.  And when you do, you can experience joy or sadness.

The difference between consciously creating meaning and thinking the automatically- and unconsciously-created meaning is real is that you can choose to remember you are playing a game at any time.  When you think your meanings are real, you are at the effect of them.  When you know you consciously made them up, you are not.  (For more details about playing life as a game see an earlier post, https://www.mortylefkoe.com/life_is_a_game/.)

You don’t need meaning to act

Another common fallacy is the argument that you need to give meaning to events in order to be motivated to act.  You do not.  If you got fired from your job, you would not have to see it as a disaster to look for a new job.

In fact, by not giving meaning to events—thereby eliminating the possibility of stress and upset—you are able to think more clearly about the best possible action to take to deal with the events.  Moreover, I and many others whom I’ve trained to dissolve meaning automatically have found that when we dissolve the meaning we have given to events we see more possibilities for action than we had seen before.

If I discover that my cancer has spread and that I only have a 5% chance of survival past five years, even getting that information would have no meaning.  And yet I would research every possible allopathic and alternative treatment that might help me survive.  I would intend to be one of the surviving 5%.

How to deal with a doctor’s diagnosis

I remember reading 28 years ago in Dr. Bernie Siegel’s book, Love, Medicine and Miracles: “Accept your doctor’s diagnosis; ignore the prognosis.”  In other words, if a doctor’s expert opinion is that you have a specific illness, you probably do (but not necessarily).  But doctors can never predict for certain what will happen to you as a result of the diagnosis.  I realized many years later that a diagnosis is the event; the prognosis is meaning.

I read Dr. Siegel’s comment long before I became able to automatically dissolve the meaning I unconsciously and automatically gave events all day long.

You can do it too

My purpose of describing how I’ve reacted to the recent changes in my health is not to brag or to imply I am enlightened or better than anyone else.  I would not reacted for most of my life the way I have recently.  For most of my life I gave meaning to events 20 to 50 times a day like almost everyone else does and I was upset and anxious much of the time.  I am telling this story because I learned how to stop giving meaning to events so consistently that I don’t give even a cancer diagnosis any meaning.  And, as a result, I have felt no upset or anxiety since my oncologist’s initial concern about my low red blood cell count.

There is nothing I am able to do now that you can’t learn how to do too.

Courage is highly overrated

Several friends who I told about the events I’ve just described said that I was displaying incredible courage.  Actually I’m not showing any courage at all.  Courage is acting in the face of fear; acting in spite of fear; not letting fear stop you.  I am not experiencing fear, so my ability to calmly think about what to do next and move forward is not a display of courage.

My friends’ comments made me think: If you are going to feel fear, it’s good to have courage so your fear doesn’t stop you. We look up to and want to emulate heroes, people who act with courage.

But there is an alternative that’s even better than courage: Eliminate the meaning that causes the fear so that you don’t have to act despite experiencing it.  If you put people who show courage on a pedestal as people to emulate, then you are saying, implicitly, that if you want to be a hero it is important to have fear that you can overcome.  If you don’t feel fear, you can’t act in spite of it and show courage.

Praising courage is part of a bigger cultural issue that assumes life is going to be difficult and praises people who learn from their “inevitable” unhappiness, their pain, and their sorrow.  If your life is miserable, you might as well learn from it, but actually, none of those unpleasant feelings are inevitable.

“You must be in denial”

Not too long ago I asked a friend for advice after telling him about a business setback I had experienced.  He assumed I was very upset and when I told him I wasn’t, he replied: “If you aren’t upset in this situation, you are in severe denial.”

Most people are convinced that it is impossible to live without at least some suffering.  Everyone knows that certain situations, like having a severe business setback or a cancer diagnosis, have to result in upsetting emotions.  The best we can do is show courage.

During the last year or so I have rarely experienced negative feelings of any kind; as a result I feel virtually no stress and no suffering.

My purpose of writing this post is to say the common assumption that suffering is necessary is wrong.  A cancer diagnosis or any other “undesirable” situation doesn’t have to be scary.  Events cannot cause stress; only your meaning can.  In fact, although you can’t always control the events in your life, you can totally control your experience of life.

I’ve written extensively on how to use the Lefkoe Freedom Process to dissolve occurrings.  See especially https://www.mortylefkoe.com/important-improve-life/ and https://www.mortylefkoe.com/what-they-seem-2/.  You can also view my TEDx talk, “How to Stop Suffering,” where I walk the viewer through the process for dissolving meaning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMdVM-t5kFs.

Next week I’ll start sending out a few videos about how to dissolve meaning. To get them click the link below:

Click here to to discover how to dissolve negative feelings.


Thanks for reading my blog.  Please post your questions or comments on how a cancer diagnosis does not have to result in anxiety and how we can control our experience of life.  Disagreement is as welcome as agreement. Your comments add value for thousands of readers.  I love to read them all and I will respond to as many as I can.

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  1. Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you Morty for all you are sharing and have shared that has helped so many-including myself. The understanding that it is the meaning we give to the event is what causes suffering and that I can choose to give it no meaning has changed everything for me. It has given me my power back. I know that no matter what, you are ok. Blessings!

  2. Nancy April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Monty,
    Thank you for sharing so many stories and experinces to help other people. I have tried many of your techniques and my heart feels lighter instantly. I hope the operation goes well. I have been giving meaning only to things that make me happy. Best wishes to you. Thank you once again.

  3. Wan April 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Inspiring and revealing.

    What else can I say.

  4. Aleksandr April 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Dear all,
    I have just sent the e-mail to Morty with my understanding of the cause of cancer and how we can help in such situation using some spiritual methods such as mantras. I would like to say that everybody can help Morty by invoking the energy of life for him by means of prays or mantras I speak about in my e-mail.
    This is my e-mail to Morty:
    Dear Morfy,

    There is a belief that is the Alpha cause of cancer and this is an energy as Omega aspect.
    The belief is that it is okay to express anger in some situation. This belief might be accepted many lifetimes ago. You should also know that any belief we create by making a decision. So, we have to
    undo the impure decision in order to make us free from the belief. I recommend you to do this, consciously accepting your wrong decision of the ego. Then, taking responsibility for decision of the ego, you can undo it and replace by the better one. Ask your higher self to help you.
    The Omega aspect deals with the energy of anger. When we feel anger we reduce the vibration of the spiritual life energy of love to the vibration that corresponds to anger. This new energy we collect in our aura and in the free space of physical atoms. This energy create an unsupported environment for the cells of the body and being burdened by this energy the cells starts ill. Dr. Bruce Lipton made an experiment taking ill cells from the body and putting them into good supportive environment where the cells very quickly without any medicine restored they health. We can change the environment for our own cells by making them free from the energy of anger. We can use the law that if the hight vibration energy meats the low vibration energy, the low vibration will be raised. Any pray can invoke the love energy, but there are the spacial mantras for this purpose. I recommend



  5. Hilda April 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty,

    Thank you for sharing and your thoughtful email of today.I trust your doctor will perform the surgery at his best.I wish you a full and prompt recovery.

    I don’t know if your family took this event as you did,nevertheless, I trust their strength is helping them to cope with the whole issue. After all, they have one of the best teachers as a roll model.

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one to see things without drama, it might sound too practical, but always with the intention to help. I am grateful for your teachings and reinforcements.
    I look forward for your blog post not later than April 16 *;) winking

    In the mean time, have a wonderful day, because as my motto says, we only can..
    Be, Do and Give Our Best Always.

  6. Ken April 2, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Hi Morty! This was one of your best blog posts. The things you said really resonated with me. I received your email regarding your surgery today. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. You are a true inspiration and I always learn so much from your work. God bless you.

  7. Susan April 2, 2014 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and send my wishes for a speedy recovery to you. You are an inspiration to all of us!

  8. Judy April 2, 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Morty, positive energy for a speedy recovery is coming your way! Thank you for this post – how wonderful to be able to see all events equally and apply the meaning you choose, when you choose.

  9. Rochelle March 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty,
    You are my hero and inspiration. If loving thoughts and prayers could heal you then you are healed! All my love for a speedy recovery so we can have a yummy dinner together soon!

  10. KF CHEUNG March 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I am a western doctor researching and practising Positive Medicine (maximizing the mind power to heal disease for better health)..
    Since medical literature had proved that repeated stress can cause cancer formation or increase recurrence of cancer (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159112001833 ), why not create a positive meaning to each and every event in daily life to boost good hormones which lead to better healing?
    Humans protect our life and tend to see enemies around us and within our body (disease labelling), i.e. we are naturally negative driven,. I advice my patients not to be zero driven, but instead positive driven to see doctor (positive medicine approach) to look for health rather than to look for disease from doctor (negative medicine), or view events in life positively. e.g. if i found out i had cancer, i would say to myself that it is a reminder that I may have subconscious stress about external or internal environment which I had to find out and deal with to improve my life.
    Target to practice – Even life event is a learning opportunity to improve my life, thus I should be happy.

  11. Russ March 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty:
    I just read your article and would like to thank you for always wanting to share your learnings and insights with others. I feel blessed to have a friend who lives his life with such grace and generosity. I wish you continued joy and passion!!!

  12. Osman March 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Wish you speedy recovery! Your “alternative approach” towards life and its apparent sufferings is indeed a better approach than what society preaches! Thank you Morty! :)

  13. karthik March 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you and get well soon!

  14. Diana March 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty,
    Great article. Inspiring and insightful. I like the part about courage being over rated and that there is no reason to have any fear. Your positive attitude, conviction and resolve will make you the 5% who survives!
    Blessings to you and your family

  15. Caitlin Russell March 20, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Wishing you the best recovery possible Morty! You have touched many lives and will continue to do so.

  16. Tom March 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you Morty
    We love you :D

  17. Molly March 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty,

    I’m sorry this diagnosis has come and really get your being with it in a space of acceptance, detachment, and peace. You have lived a life committed to making a difference and have been blessed with a loving family. I get the paradox of honoring the two at the same time.

    I appreciate your sharing your journey with us. You are an inspiration! I love you.


  18. Darl March 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you Morty for a very inspiring blog this week. I am hoping for a speedy recovery and the very best. :)

  19. Elizabeth March 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Deeply moving article. Am going to save and re-read and print out. Many levels here. Most importantly for now I want to say thank you for offering up your own life as this powerful example of your teachings… and I am thinking good thoughts in your direction. I’m sure all of us you’ve helped are doing this, though we can never repay the gifts you have shared. Wishing you many years of health and passion.

  20. Ann March 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply


    Thank you so very much for sharing. I am with you in prayers. I am sorry that I did not have this information a few years ago, when my mom was first given her cancer diagnosis. She passed away last year June. I think that attitude is everything and with an attitude like yours you will come out wining. Sending love and healing your way.

  21. Terry March 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty, You continue to be a teacher and I”m honored to hold you as a dear friend. You’re words and teaching are profound, and more so, your living demonstration. I believe it was Ghandi who said, “My message is my life.” You are in very good company : ) I believe there is nothing that loving can’t heal. You have many who love you, and I’m in that group. I love you.

  22. Laura March 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I hope you are healed completely soon. May you be blessed and strengthened during this time. Thank you for all that you do for your readers. :)

  23. Marion Claire March 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, Morty,
    I’ve been where you are and you’re absolutely right. I’m a colon cancer survivor since 2005 – going on 9 years. I’ve always thought there was something ‘wrong’ with me when I was diagnosed because I didn’t panic, I knew I was going to recover and continue to lead a long and healthy life. I don’t often talk about my experience because, even tho I had some trauma, some unexpected glitches on the road to recovery, I still think I had it much easier than many of the people I’ve spoken to who suffered from some type of cancer. To this day I don’t know why I faced the experience so calmly… I wasn’t proficient in the Lefkoe Beliefs Process at the time. I just had a deep, unshakable belief that what was wrong could be fixed (it was) and that whatever I had to face, I would face it with strength and calm and get through it (I did). Looking back, I think I must have automatically done what the LBP says to do… I faced the event without giving it all kinds of emotional meaning that had nothing to do with the event itself. I’m fortunate not to have had a recurrence since, don’t expect one, but if it comes, I suspect I’ll react the same way: just deal with it without a lot of emotional sturm and drang. Thanks, Morty, for letting us in on your thinking and your experience.

  24. Suzan March 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply


    I had a scare this week. My mammogram found a lump. I was up most of the night after being told about the lump. But I decided that I was not going to let the outcome ruin all the good things I had going in my life. I have worked hard to get to where I am and I was not going to let anything take that away from me. Then I read your blog and it just confirmed what I was doing. It also gave me a roadmap to follow for future challenges that will happen…..that’s life. Luckily I found out this morning that I have a benign cyst that needs no further treatment. But this has been a great lesson for me for what comes up next. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m sure it has helped enumerable people. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Stefan March 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty – when my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer, she took much the same approach as you have done in your blog piece. She decided that she would continue playing the piano and holding seminars. She treated the diagnosis as simply another step on life’s path. And she was totally accepting without judgement of whatever was to come next for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Shelly, Brit and Blake. You’ll beat this.

  26. Gina March 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty Thank you for sharing your amazing thoughts and perspective with us. Every blog, every talk I have ever heard from you has been inspiring and thought provoking – this one was no different. You are a shining example as a being in this world and of the Leftkoe method. Your courses have given me marvelous tools and insights into the day to day events and occurings in my own life. I am very sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis and I will be holding you in my thoughts and in my heart. You truly are a gift in this world – we need you to be well and keep on shining!! Wishing you the best of care, an easy journey through this all and a speedy and healthful recovery.

  27. Gina March 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty Thank you for sharing your amazing thoughts and perspective with us. Every blog, every talk I have ever heard from you has been inspiring and thought provoking – this one was no different. You are a shining example as a being in this world and of the Leftkoe method. Your courses have given me marvelous tools and insights into the day to day events and occurings in my own life. I am very sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis and I will be holding you in my thoughts and in my heart. You truly are a gift in this world – we need you to be well and keep on shining!! Wishing you the best of care, an easy journey through this all and a speedy and healthful recovery.

  28. Blake March 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure if I’m more touched and inspired by your blog or all of the responses it elicited. I am beyond blessed to have you for my dad. Thank you for making the world a better place and for being the incredible role model that you are. It is an honor and privilege to be your daughter. All my love, Blake

    • Morty Lefkoe March 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you daughter. And it is an honor and a privilege to be your father. I am so proud of you I could burst.

      Love, DAD

  29. Molly Malone March 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    The best cancer site I know of online is http://www.cancertutor.com if that is any help.
    You are in my family’s prayers, and we wish all blessings on you as you speedily and fully recover!
    ~ Molly

  30. Jocelyne March 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty, Thank you for this sharing your insights about how to deal with the hard realities of life. I’ve just lost my job a couple of weeks ago and decided not to let it get to me. I’ve stopped the hamster in my mind from sucking the energy out of me and I practice calming my mind so that I can think more clearly on what is my next step. The Universe will provide me with whatever it is I need in my life. I truly believe that. Thank you again and very best wishes for a speedy recovery. The world needs more people like you, Morty.

  31. Jacqueline March 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty, my work is very similar to yours, same message just a different approach. I too have suddenly become ill.

    I simply wanted to say thank you for sharing, it’s made me think. Equally I know only good can come from your situation, that is one of life’s guarantees, the rest is simply the journey.

    Much love and heartfelt blessings. Jacqueline x

  32. Beau Branson March 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but happy to see the amazing equanimity with which you’re responding. I think that’s a real testament to you and to the Lefkoe Method.

  33. Angela March 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    You are gonna live forever Morty!! :), remember that God is with you!

  34. Abiola March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty — Sending you much love and support. I see you healed, happy and strong. Thanks for the teachings.

  35. Cynthia March 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    The meaning you will give the pathology report, should the prognosis be negative, is that it is simply a good reminder to keep on investing every moment of life with the most joyous meaning you can assign to it.

    Prayers and best wishes for a healthy prognosis and speedy healing from the surgery.


  36. Karen March 19, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Suffering has been my best teacher. I am not a martyr but I know the incredible growth that I have experienced from each trial. “In this world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” was spoken by Jesus. This is a universal truth. Suffering is inevitable in this life. We can choose to respond to it with faith or with fear. Could it be, Morty, that you are simply responding to events with faith and not fear?
    Love, Karen
    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

  37. Isabella March 19, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Dear Morty, thank you for sharing! Please allow me to add my thoughts. In our universe I always get what I bring. So if I get a cancer diagnosis I have to ask myself what aspect of myself brought the cancer into my life. I have to look for the lesson in the experience of the diagnosis and the illness and by doing so I become grateful for the opportunity to learn to know myself. The event becomes a gift.
    Morty, whatever your journey will be, I trust you will be doing well!

  38. Bruce March 19, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    It’s a real inspiring story to hear how your dealing with such a serious disease. Your method of following logic rather than emotions must help tremendously with your overall health. I wish you well and a speedy recovery. I’ll keep you in thoughts and prayers. Take care my friend.

  39. Lishui March 19, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    dear Morty, there are a couple of other occurrences in there that you didn’t notice but that are important because you DID give meaning to them:
    1. “I also learned that if the cancer had not spread beyond the lining of the colon and it was removed surgically, the problem would be totally solved.”
    …there is a meaning given here that cancer can spread, that cancer is a problem, and that surgery can solve the problem. all of this based on the meaning given to cancer, specifically, that cancer spreads, that it is a problem, that it is the cause of symptoms …many meanings given here, which are not based in established scientific fact. they are based in medical beliefs which are a few decades old, are not based in repeatable science, and which do not produce good results.
    2. “If it had spread to other organs, then the prognosis could be serious.”
    …there is a meaning given here that is also not appropriate. the meaning given is that “prognosis” = “likely outcome.” this is not scientifically correct. Prognosis is simply what the doctor’s best guess is, based on many factors, several of which have nothing to do with your own case!

    There are also different meanings that could be given for your low iron, blood in your stool, and more. the cancer is a factor in all of this, but giving the meaning that this malignant problem is the CAUSE is not factual. and the word “malignant” means, literally, “evil” or “born to be bad.” this is also meaning given, and it is not founded.

    so there is a lot of meaning given here to the occurrences. your brain and body will have to respond to these meanings unconsciously given.

    Please be well, and if you would like a 15 minute summary of why cancer is not at all what we think it is (including “malignant,” or even “a problem”), here is a video I made about it as part of a free course about how our bodies respond to the meaning that we give to occurrences: http://mindtreehealth.net/healing-cancer/

    have a wonderful day!

  40. Dean March 19, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

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    You are in my prayers. God Bless.

  41. Elizabeth March 19, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Dear Morty, Thank you for writing today’s blog post. I wish you a speedy recovery. Lots of love is being sent your way. Elizabeth

  42. Janet Robinson March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Hello Morty,
    I really enjoyed this article. I am of the belief that our diseases and illnesses are 80% affected by our
    mindset. That is a belief based on research, but still, only a belief. So my first reaction was, how can someone who thinks all the right things get cancer? This is an extremely toxic world and the variables are everywhere so maybe we have to control more than our mindset. This has definitely given me ‘food for thought’. I think that you are an enlightened being to be able to not feel fear around this event.
    P.S. There are many alternate treatments for diseases, that help the body’s immune system to be
    at it’s best. I would look there.

  43. Larissa Marantz March 19, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is enlightening the way your assessment of events is so objective. Anxiety is non existent with this way of thinking. I appreciate that.

  44. Rebecca March 19, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I like Elsa’s comments about the engine falling off the plane. Not much you can do except try to enjoy the ride. May your landing be smooth, Morty. Thank you for all you’re teachings have done and continue to do for me. Rebecca

  45. Leisa March 19, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you! It is where I am headed as well!

  46. Jan March 19, 2014 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Dear Morty:

    While the cure for your kind of cancer is not specifically mentioned The drug therapy that is indicated in the following material is worth a look. I have attached the compassionate care sites and you may want your oncologist to have a conversation with the Dr’s. that are in research for this drug regiment. Also you may want to investigate the Moffit Cancer Research Center in Florida. moffitt.org They have extensive studies going on for many types of cancer and may have a specific cure that I am not aware of. The information that I was indicating above now follows. Good Luck in you Journey I hope I have helped. Jan

    Please note the links below with our compassionate use sites for cancers on the skin or near the skin (melanoma, breast, scalp, head and neck in general), which I also copied and pasted below. I recommend people contact the one closest to them and go from there depending on whether they can be treated. We provide PV-10 free of charge, and incur minimal costs ourselves otherwise. Also, please note below this the liver cancer guidance (and cancers metastatic to the liver). Thanks!
    http://clinicaltrials.govict2/showNCT01260779?Provectus&rank=9 htip://clinicaltrials.govict2/resuks?temProvectus
    http://www.clinicakrials.govict2/show/NCT009866617term—provectus&rank=3 United States, Kentucky
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
    Contact: Tiffany Metzger, CLS(ASCP) 502-629-3383 timetz02@louisville.edu
    Principal Investigator: Charles Scoggins, M.D.
    United States, Pennsylvania
    St. Luke’s Hospital
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States, 18015
    Contact: Rose Cabral, RN 610-954-6013 CabraIR@Olutorg
    Principal Investigator: Sanjiv Agarwala, M.D.
    Australia, New South Wales
    Melanoma Institute Australia
    North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2060
    Contact: Margaret Lett +61 (02) 9911 7304 Margaret.Lett@melanoma.org.au
    Principal Investigator: John F Thompson, M.D.
    Australia, Queensland
    Princess Alexandra Hospital
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4102
    Contact: Janine Thomas +61 (07) 3844 8500 janine1972@hotmailcom Principal Investigator: Mark Smithers, M.D.
    Australia, South Australia
    Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    Contact: Nancy Olszewski +61 (08) 8222 4765 RAHcancerclinicaltrials@health.sa.gov.au
    Principal Investigator: Susan Neuhaus, M.D.
    Dr. Goldfarb ran our Phase 1 liver study and can do more patients now for both liver cancer and cancers metastatic to the liver, like pancreatic cancer, as well as FYI below. Thanks, Pete
    Paul Goldfarb, MD

    Paul Goldfarb, MD
    3075 Health Center Dr Ste 102
    San Diego, CA 92123 US
    Phone: (858) 637-7888
    The physician’s office encourages new patient inquiries. Call the office at (858) 637-7888.
    Dr. Goldfarb has been practicing medicine since 1981 and was board certified in Surgery in 1976. Dr. Goldfarb received his medical degree from the State University of Nev
    Board Certification

  47. Sally March 19, 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Hi Morty,

    Well, this experience indicates passing an important test for you to determine how well you are really able to assign no meaning and therefore feel no fear.

    I am waiting on some lab results myself this week. Likely, I have an incurable auto-immune disease like Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Though I am interested in learning the diagnosis (and then getting a second opinion,) I am not feeling stressed about the prognosis either. I feel rather matter-of-fact about it. I’ll cross each road when I get to it, not before. I am most interested in learning the diagnosis so that I can zero in on effective treatment to lessen the severity of my symptoms, which are bothersome.

    I find it interesting that many people are offering you sympathy, though you don’t require it. When I explain my situation to others, I am not seeking sympathy; just imparting information.

    In your Freedom course, you teach how to dissolve meaning and focus on various ways to do so. In this post, you state that you never assigned any meaning to the events as they happened. Do you believe that there is a progression from learning how to dissolve meaning which arrives in our minds automatically and unconsciously to not assigning meaning at all? Or do you think you are still dissolving meaning, just very rapidly?


  48. jayanthi March 19, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I pray that the cancer has not spread and after the simple surgical removal ,you become totally well.

  49. Veralyn March 19, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I have always believed in lessons. Life is a continuum here and the beyond. Morty, lets all join hands in inviting every part of us to live more consciously. Your teachings bring that up to light. Thank you-Veralyn .

  50. Heloisa March 19, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    You’re an incredible person, Morty. Thanks for sharing this..and all your wisdom, I’ve learned a lot from you.
    God Bless you…:)

  51. Mike March 19, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Thanks, Morty. Inspiring post!

  52. Joss March 19, 2014 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I get it. I wouldn’t get it if you hadn’t taught me how to see events as only events not imbued with meaning. Thank you for sharing this. I trust you will share the game you find in it. And I truly prefer that you keep on teaching for a very very very long time…

  53. Lyn March 19, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

    I love this. Thank you, Morty!

  54. Julian Sirian March 19, 2014 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Great post, and thanks for your story.

    And I loved about what you say about courage. Being in a society which is fear driven, courage (of course) seems to be a state we should try to aspire to (and understandably so).

    While it may be necessary (at times) to display courage (when we are being unconscious, or EGO driven), this isn’t necessary when you are being consciously aware and not adding meaning to an event (and it feels so much better and natural as well.).

    I very recently had a situation, which got me super stressed. But after a while, my EGO sort of, ‘gave up’. The result was that I was pretty close to being in the present moment (which is great for being consciously aware) and observing feelings that were a mixture of fear, anxiety, relief and ecstasy…(very weird;-)

    Thanks for another reminder on why we shouldn’t unconsciously add meanings to events.

  55. Leila March 19, 2014 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Hi Morty, first of all get well soon. Also, I remember reading Ram Dass saying: we can all stay calm until the red bill comes through the door. At the time, I thought ‘so true’ – and here you are – the red bill came through the door and you are still calm. So cool.

  56. Mark March 19, 2014 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Why don’t you have a paypal link to buy your products?

  57. Costel March 19, 2014 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Great insights.
    Thank you for your generosity of sharing them with us.
    Good health and keep doing it :)

  58. Nadia March 19, 2014 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Hello Morty,
    Thank you so much for sharing this story. Wish you good health and lucky on the way to full recovery.
    Your post is amazing but while I’m reading it I’ve remembering one of your first posts on how you realize that you unconciously bulit your life on motto “never give up” and why you need obstacles on your way. It’s so close to what I built my life, too. Unfortunately, the events itself (I mean the desease and the business setback) described it your post made me think that you still have “Never give up” motto in your life. I wish I’ve mistaken though :)

  59. Bonnie March 19, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your situation. All the best for a speedy recovery.
    Please have a look at this site (Chris Beat Cancer). He had surgery to remove the cancer but didn’t opt for chemo or radiation and used a nutrition based approach to beat his cancer and has been cancer free for 9 years. Also on his site, he has many other people who share their stories and what they did. There are very many alternative solutions out there. Here is the link: http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

  60. Vicky Chrisikou March 19, 2014 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Hello Morty,
    You have been inspiration and strenght to me and continue to do so even during your personal …happenings… Yes you give new meaning to things and you do not give into fears and other people’s interpretations. That is personal sovereignity which goes together with courage and natural innate bravery. I wish you well, you are healthy in every sense of the word. I send you my love, prayers and support to you and your family. All the best!

  61. Jenn March 19, 2014 at 5:43 am - Reply

    I confess that, although I’ve subscribed to your feed, I haven’t really looked-into your method. This morning, however, the title in my inbox caught my attention and I gave it a read. I’m impressed with your choice to approach the illness in this way, as well as to share this process with others. I’m going to sit down and really look into this method. It’s hard to imagine who wouldn’t be helped by this peaceful, yielding approach to life and the surprises it offers. Wishing you well, with thanks for sharing this

  62. Dean March 19, 2014 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Morty, thanks for all your thoughtful posts as well as todays. My mother has been dealing with cancer this past year. For a long time, she was in denial and wearing herself out with worry. She finally accepted the diagnosis and is focusing on treatment. She also enjoys the company of people much more. I’ve learned a lot from you and look forward to learning more from you. Good luck with surgery and recovery. I hope your family is staying as centered as you.

  63. Dean March 19, 2014 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Morty, thanks for all your thoughtful posts as well as todays. My mother has been dealing with cancer this past year. For a long time, she was in denial and wearing herself out with worry. She finally accepted the diagnosis and is focusing on treatment. She also enjoys the company of people much more. I’ve learned a lot from you and look forward to learning more from you. Good luck with surgery and recovery. I hope your family is staying as centered as you.

  64. nathan March 19, 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring .

  65. Tia March 19, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Hi Morty,

    This was an awesome post. I especially resonated with “Accept the diagnosis, not the prognosis.” All too often we do exactly that and ultimately waste a lot of time and emotion when it is not necessary or out of our control.

    Best wishes as you move forward in this new journey.


  66. Ray Thorp March 19, 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I realise how much courage that it must have taken to write this post Morty and I commend you for your fore-site courage and feelings in doing so
    I hope that the news is good and that you will soon be well again and make a full recovery
    Life plays strange tricks on us all and when we get knocked down with the forces that this life sometimes gives we have to get up and come back ten twenty times stronger than before
    Good luck Morty, fight this illness with all your might for we are all with you and willing you to win

    God Bless

    Ray Thorp

  67. Elsa March 19, 2014 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I understand what you are saying. I remember being on an airplane when an engine fell off, and flames spurted out. I was reading, and decided to continue reading – no use getting scared – if this was the end for me, what good would it do, to spend that time scared. In other words, I chose (without knowing this) not to give meaning to the lack of engine. When we landed, I could see how shaken other people were. I wasn’t. I thought then that, later, I would feel the fear I hadn’t during the event. I didn’t.

    And then, all the best to you, that all can be removed easily, and that you again become 100% cancer free.

    And thank you for your thinking, doing, writing, caring.

  68. William March 19, 2014 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Hey Morty,
    Thanks for sharing all the things you do, and that includes this blog. I am sending gratitude and prayers your way.

  69. BT March 19, 2014 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I’m sure you will get into perfect health soon.I got this email from some health stuff I’m on. I’m not marketing this nor will gain any money promoting this. Please try this if you trust in alternate systems. I’m planning to buy after I get a real job.

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  70. Pam Furno March 19, 2014 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Hi Morty! I have taken your course about eliminating occurrings and have found it difficult to implement possibly because I was too connected to my victimization?…I lost my husband after a long series of events that I had given a great deal of meaning to and felt completely powerless to do anything at all. I now realize we each control our own actions and have no control over the actions of others (duh) but in the meantime, my son lost a dear friend who had come to our aid when both families bailed out (see absolutely no support) and he was killed in a car accident as can happen to teenagers. The immense pain the parents are feeling are bringing up triggers left and right and I am happy that I am processing but sad that I have not finished the “suffering.” Well you give me hope in this post because I need to dig up the material I gained from your course to revisit these meanings I had given to the events in my life. You are indeed a strong-willed person who will focus on the “lack of suffering” to the end and for this I am grateful and wish you the very best; to you and your’s forevermore. Love, love, love all your work and I am working on keeping it positive; becoming aware is the first step! Love and light, Pam

  71. Juan José March 19, 2014 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Dear Morty, all the best, from my hearth!

  72. anemarie March 19, 2014 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Hi Uncle Morty, I love your technique and your voice. I relate to everything you said. My 19 year old son is in the hospital recovering from a psychotic depression. I would not have been able to get through this had I not known how to surrender and release. I have full faith and confidence in this awesome Universe. I send you my prayers, blessings and vibes of healing.

  73. Ash March 19, 2014 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I hope you the best in your health.

    The most inspiring blog that I have read. And the only blog I have responding too.

    It is the blog, that clicked your methodology as to why, as to why I am responsible for the meaning that I have attached to the events, that madly dictate how I view life.

    There are days I consumed, reliving past events.

    It is the meanings that I attach to those events that are what are really holding my life back and dictating on how I respond to these events. (In a manner this the hard part, I am constantly reliving these events.) And only I am responsible for these, and not the events themselves, as they no longer exit, they have occurred and vanished in the ether of space and/ or time.

    Thank you very much.

    Wishing you thousands of more blogs.

    Ash xx

  74. naz March 19, 2014 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Morty,thanks for sharing and living the enquiry…there are some more learnings for all of us in this ‘rabbit hole’.Go with passion…without meaning or attachment…and resist the urge[if any]to be heroic!

  75. Rosina March 19, 2014 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Hey Mr Morty,

    You have something valuable to teach from you suffering. We all admire and respect you. Although I have read from self help books that it is 10% what actually occurs out there and 90% how we react to them, looking at your approach, I feel doubly convinced that it must be true. Let us all try to deplete giving meaning to our daily events and hence remove sadness and stress and despair and bring in all the joy and bliss and happiness in our lives. Hey Morty maybe its not too bad at all and wish you regain the best of health.

  76. dalia March 19, 2014 at 2:34 am - Reply

    G’D bless with full recovery

  77. Pedro March 19, 2014 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Morty, I just HAD to write you. Not because “cancer” is a topic that is more important than others you wrote about in the past, but because in our society this would make people’s “meaning index” go red. You are showing us that it is not all talk – you walk the talk. I personally have experienced tremendous strength, calmness and a fresh outlook about Life since I started reading your website.

    Last year I lost my family, became bankrupt and had a serious of personal setbacks that would make some people to take their own Life and yet here I am working through the issues, dealing with things as they come and have a inner sea of calm and focused attention. Just because I am not giving any meaning to things and quietly observing how the game unfolds. On certain days I even feel amusement when I see how things pan out, be it “positive” or “negative” (there is no such thing as positive or negative: the last buyer of the last ticket to the Titanic thought he was very lucky, a couple of days later the lucky guy was the one standing behind him in the line. So things are fluid and meaning changes anyway, so why create it in the first place?)

    I wish you that eternal point of equilibrium. No matter what.

  78. tunde March 19, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Giving no meaning; that’s a new perspective. Well, I’m wondering how easy it is to do this because it has to be learned hence unnatural. My fear is that it can actually affect the usual emotional Being in us. How about giving ‘controlled meaning’. Yes accepting the diagnosis and using the positive side to cause the useful hormones to do the remedial job based on ‘Intention for living’. Remember hormones respond to emotional trigger. In any case I wish you a remarkable recovery Morty.

  79. Joke Veitch-Vaneehcoutte March 19, 2014 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Hi Morty, thank you for sharing this. it is indeed an eyeopener when one can really not make any significance on events. it shows how we can have a much easier and happier life.
    I do have a question, and maybe I have missed the blog you wrote about this. I must confess I do not read all your blogs as I have too many emails and have to skip quite a few. after today I will make sure yours is not one of them as I love the insight you have given me.
    my question is with grief when someone passes away. My best friend died a year ago and I miss her terribly. my life is going on, however I do have these very sad moments when I miss her and wish we could laugh or sing or go shopping together again. do you have any way of helping me ( and her mother who seems to still be in full on grieving time)and getting on with our happy life?
    with lots of gratitude and lots of healing sent to you.

  80. Alex March 19, 2014 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Wow amazing article… Just reading this piece gets me more in that Creator space. Inspiring & profound. Thanks and all the best Morty!

  81. Björn Ljunggren March 19, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I hope for a speedy recovery! You are an inspiration that Life is supposed to be Lived, not believed in!

  82. Christina Lake March 19, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    All the best for the future Morty, get well soon x

  83. Christina Lake March 19, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

    All the best for the future Morty, get well soon xx

  84. liesbeth March 19, 2014 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Hi Morty,
    After reading most of your articles I feel inspired and motivated and connected. Also this time. Apart from a feeling of awe and love I also feel so grateful that you share this with us! It takes a consistent and honest soul to do that and I want to remind you that you have great great influence on many people.
    I know that perhaps sometimes you doubt that but you inspire and give a lot of meaning! (funny joke he)
    Your story reminds me of my car accident last year. I immediately accepted what the moment brought and I noticed my desire to give it a meaning. Noticing and acknowledging that was enough to put me on the right track.
    thanks Morty and I wish you and Shelly all the best, love from Holland

  85. dianne March 19, 2014 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Get well soon Marty, A man cured himself from a serious illness by watching funny video that kept him laughing. Marty laughter is the best medicine.

    • Lori March 19, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Oh please, Dianne!

      Best of luck to you Marty. Recover quickly.

  86. Cathryn March 19, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    This is similar to the Course in Miracles.

    Perhaps Cyndi Dale, the Author of Advanced Charkra Healing would be a person of interest
    to consult. http://www.cyndidale.com

    I’m sure you will receive a lot of suggestions besides mine. However, mostly I wanted
    to let you know of my concern for your well-being.

    All the answers are available to us, once we ask and there are many people out there.
    Cyndi might just have something that makes the journey a bit easier overall.

    On Page 254. Maybe that would help a bit.

    Thank you for being Morty.

  87. Rob Janssen March 19, 2014 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the calmness with which you share your life and thoughts. Reading is to me a constant inspiration and helps me to become more humble and grateful. Enjoy the healing process!

  88. Abir March 19, 2014 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wish you a speedy and full recovery, Morty. Thank you for the inspiring post. I learned a lot.

  89. Angie March 19, 2014 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Hi Morty
    We are divinely guided – I was pondering something this morning, getting myself all hung up on something that hasn’t happened yet, and then I read your post. Your words hit me ‘Events cannot cause stress; only your meaning can.’ Thank you for this insight!! It is just what I needed today. I wish you a speedy recovery and please continue with this most important work, you are an inspiration to all. Much love Angiex

  90. Teodor March 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Hello Morty!

    Have you considered using Quantum Entrainment by Frank Kinslow to heal yourself? If you’ve had experience with Quantum Entrainment before, what’s your opinion about it?

  91. Almog March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    This is certainly one the most comprehensive and most inspiring text I’ve read. You, Morty, you are a living proof that anything is possible. Using everything you’ve learned in order to stay perfectly calm while receiving a series of “bad” news, not giving meaning to any event no matter how serious it could be seen as, this is the ability that each and every child in the world should be taught at school. It has to be a social consensus that events have no inherent meaning and that we create our own personal experience of life and that sufferring is not inevitable. I will certainly do my best in order to make as much people as I can aware of the wisdom and the knowledge you intend to teach people. I wish you much health and many more years of love and helping people govern the power of their minds.

    Love, Almog.

  92. Bart Schroeven March 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I salute your strength and your calmness of spirit, Morty. Wishing you a swift recovery so that you may continue your work and your passion for a very long time still.

  93. Cindy March 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Morty, what a wonderful and healthy way to address your situation!
    Thanks for all you do! I just applied this approach to a stressor in my life and it brought such a sense of calm.
    I wish you the ultimate health and good healing.

  94. Alex March 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    You’re incredible Morty. Thanks for all your wisdom, I’ve learned a lot from you.

  95. James March 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Morty, Thanks for sharing this – its encouraging to think that even “unfavourable” diagnoses need not cause fear or concern. I wish you a speedy recovery. Best wishes. James

    • Laura March 19, 2014 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Morty, Thanks for sharing this all of us, it´s a enormous lesson. I’ve learned a lot from you, God bless you.

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