What causes prostate cancer? What kind of mental and emotional patterns can trigger prostate cancer? Here are some insights and opportunities for self-reflection.
The prostate gland
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis; just in front of the rectum. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate, from the bladder to the penis, letting urine flow out of the body. When the prostate is enlarged (which happens naturally with age), it squeezes the urethra and blocks/ slows down urination. The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes this fluid into the urethra, and it is expelled with sperm as semen.
The psychological importance of the prostate
For a holistic treatment of prostate cancer, it is important to understand it’s psychological significance. Along with the penis and the testes, the prostate also represents the Masculine principle. And so we often associate attributes like strong, powerful, macho, sexually aggressive and in control with men and the Masculine principle.
Unfortunately, our social conditioning, especially influenced hugely by mass-media hammers a one-dimensional understanding of masculinity and male sexuality. Problems of the prostate – also the penis, testes, anus, bladder – and even vaginitis, can stem from such distorted beliefs about our bodies and their perceived functions.
What causes prostate cancer
It is important to understand what causes prostate cancer through a symbolic lens:
1. Louise Hay
Repressed sexuality: Many of our social mores/ conventions deny and illegitimise sexuality. As a result, people tend to develop self-hatred, self-disgust and secretly act-out of something completely natural.
As Louise Hay puts it, ‘Our sexual organs were created as the most pleasurable part of our bodies. Denying pleasure creates pain and punishment.’
Loss of power: With age comes the fear of being less of a man. Not looking good, not being physically as strong as before, not being able to provide for oneself and others, and giving up one’s long-held dreams can affect us adversely. The remedy lies in accepting one’s maturation (gaining a different kind of power) and embedding a new belief ‘I am forever young, in spirit’.
Read a review of Louise Hay’s landmark book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ here
2. Caroline Myss: The 2nd Chakra Connection
Power & Relationships: The prostate and other sexual organs are associated with the 2nd (Swadhishtana) Chakra, which has to do primarily with money, sex, power, control … and relationships.
Losing control: The loss of control (real or perceived), or events/ conditions like addiction, rape, betrayal, impotence, financial loss, abandonment and loss of physical strength can exert a negative energy and create 2nd Chakra issues.
Fear: The sacred truth of the 2nd chakra is to ‘honour one another.’ It is important to understand what motivates our choices and actions. Is it fear or faith, for example?
To know more about Caroline Myss’s work on Chakras and their associated illnesses, click here
To read a review of Caroline Myss’s profound book ‘Anatomy of the Spirit’ here
First steps towards holistic treatment of prostate cancer
Since what causes prostate cancer is internal, the solution is also within. So you can find strength in your ability to survive financially and physically on your own, take risks, recover from human or material loss, bounce back and start afresh.
From a spiritual perspective every relationship we develop, helps us to become more conscious. The challenge, however, is to associate with people and emotions that support our development and release those that handicap our growth. Most of all, it is important to steer away from any hindrance to your holistic treatment of prostate cancer.
- Are you comfortable with your sexuality? If not, are you able to work toward healing your sexual imbalances? Do you use people for sexual pleasure, or have you felt used? Are you strong enough to honour your sexual boundaries?
- Are you a controlling person? Futhermore, do you engage in power plays in your relationships? Are you able to see yourself clearly in circumstances related to power and money?
- Are you strong enough to master your fears concerning finances and physical survival, or do they control you and your attitudes?
- Finally, what goals do you have for yourself that you have yet to pursue? What stands in the way of your acting upon those goals?
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