The Deeper (Spiritual) Meaning of Cancer
By: Peter Hinderberger, M.D.
There is a meaning, a message in any illness that we need to understand in
order to heal. When we contemplate on the essence of an illness, we come to
the deeper meaning of it. The most characteristic trait of cancer is absolute
freedom. Cancer cells do not obey any laws set forth by the human body: they
multiply without restriction, they take all the nutrients and oxygen they want,
and they travel to any organ at will.
This is freedom in the wrong place. On the physical level, every cell and every
function of the body need to follow organ specific, strict and predictable laws,
otherwise illness and/or pain occur.
On the spiritual level, however, the opposite is true: freedom of expression,
creativity, and individuality are the laws we need to follow. There is nobody
else on earth who comes close to our individual creativity. Every one of us
The purpose of life is to express God's love. How can we do this?
First, we have to become conscious about our thinking, feeling, and actions.
This is what Zen is all about: mindful awareness in all we think, feel, and
The following seven exercises are meditations to raise our consciousness and
transform thoughts and feelings into positive energy:
1. Seriousness needs to be transformed into humor
2. Imitation needs to be transformed into creativity
3. Doubt needs to be transformed into faith
4. Hatred needs to be transformed into love
5. Fear needs to be transformed into courage
6. Despair needs to be transformed into hope
7. Wish to die needs to be transformed into will to live
As an example you can focus on day one on seriousness. Remind yourself in the
morning that you want to be conscious about your seriousness. Whenever you become
aware of it, try to lighten up, look at the situation and find something humorous
in it, something that you can enjoy. This takes obviously practice, but these
exercises will be very rewarding, and remember: don't despair, there is always
Second, we have to find our selves, to find out who we are and why we are here,
how we can bring out the best in others and ourselves. This is a very personal,
individual path. We need to use our freedom to find out. This is not done by
imitating somebody else or stepping into our parents' footsteps. Unfortunately,
we often go the path of least resistance. In most cases, there are two areas
where we are “opportunistic”, and the consequences work against
expressing our true selves, our creativity, and our uniqueness: in our intimate
relationships and in our careers. 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Many
marriages that do not end in divorce are merely working relationships. Only
10% of all Americans enjoy their jobs.
Of course we need to look at our life style: eating habits, exercise, stress,
etc and help the body fight cancer with medicines that destroy the tumor, support
and detox the organism and modulate the immune system. However healing is ultimately
an inner path rather than jetting across continents to centers that offer the
latest cures and run up credit cards for paper bags of supplements.
Love, Medicine, and Miracles by Bernie Siegel
Cancer as a Turning Point by Lawrence LeShan
Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins
Visit Dr. Peter Hinderberger's practitioner webpage.