Positive energy aids healing

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

Shoalwater man Alistair Smith is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Mr Smith receives fortnightly chemotherapy treatment sessions at Rockingham General Hospital, something he says can be good or bad, depending on his frame of mind.

For the most part, positive energy radiates from the father-of-two, thanks to his dedication to regular meditation sessions, tai chi and writing about the emotional and spiritual journey he believes he was destined to take.

“I feel like I’ve been given a slow near-death experience,” Mr Smith said.

“Cancer is a journey that life gives us and it’s up to us to try to find the wisdom to understand the process and our reason for being on Earth.”

Mr Smith said he received palliative chemotherapy every second week before remaining hooked up to a home-based chemo pump for 47 hours afterwards — a process that left him physically exhausted, but mentally alert.

He took up meditation in 1997 to help combat stress relating to his job as a civil engineer and now attributes his ability to fight feelings of despair to the spiritual awareness he has been developing ever since.

“It is as if the left and right side of my brain had been in conflict with each other for years,” he said.

“It was as if my intellectual ego had pushed all the creative energy down into my body and it became a tumour.

“Now, I have released that creative energy and spend my time writing about the journey cancer has taken me on.”

Mr Smith received the devastating news that he was suffering from colon cancer in January this year and, a week later, doctors discovered a tumour in his liver.

He said when he was first diagnosed he could not control the flow of tears, brought on by a feeling of helplessness.

But Mr Smith said his acceptance of the chemo entering his body helped to minimise the treatment’s side effects.

“When I see the chemo as my loving nectar that will heal me, it makes things much easier,” he said.

Cancer Council WA runs free relaxation and meditation classes at Hillman Hall, Rockingham.

Contact 13 11 20 for more information.

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