If you have ovarian cancer, asking the right questions about these areas in your life may help you get insights about what may have lead to the cancer formation and what you can do about it.
The Ovaries and Creative Expression
The ovaries are the egg or ovum producing part of a woman’s body, approximately the size of an olive. They are literally the life-creating part of our bodies and hence are directly associated with our creativity.
It is important to understand how we define creativity and our personal, often unique, ways of honouring our creative side. To some, creating a new dish from one’s unique take on a recipe might be a form of creative expression, while others may only consider ground-breaking original ideas as creativity.
According to Louise Hay, the author of ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ :
“Most of us don’t feel safe in expressing our creativity so we often suppress our creative urges such as: wanting to write poetry because we think that it’s not good enough, or people may call our artistic creations as ‘silly doodles’ because think that its what ‘kids do’”.
However, it is important to understand that we, as humans, have always needed to express ourselves through art and creative solutions at all ages. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to take that acting class or finally remove your dusty harmonium from your attic!
The Second Chakra: It May Be About the Money, Honey!
The ovaries are located in the region of the second chakra, which is also energetically connected to money. As women, and especially as Indian women, we are often not expected to know much about our finances or even take an interest in being financially literate.
Both working and stay-at-home women expect the men in our life to ‘take charge’ and are happy with whatever financial decisions are taken as long as our monthly expenses are taken care of.
The financial security issue for many of us, is like a double-edged sword because, one, we are not expected to understand how it works and, two, not having enough money is associated with a loss of control over personal spending decisions – leading to a feeling of helplessness and dependence.
Are You Comfortable With Your Sexuality?
There are so many negative beliefs and unaddressed myths about sexuality that most of us don’t even choose to acknowledge ourselves as sexual beings.
According to Dr Christiane Northrup, the author of ‘Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom’, sexual energy is extremely creative and healing when cultivated deliberately and used in wholesome, uplifting ways.
In our society sex and sexuality is so taboo that we don’t even find ‘safe’ spaces in which we can talk about our desires, problems or ask questions in a healthy way.
Ovarian Cancer: How we hide it!
The statistics for ovarian cancer are alarming because mostly, by the time it is detected it is already in the advanced stages. After studying the kinds of beliefs that are associated with ovarian cancer, it is not surprising that we don’t inquire into them.
Questions around our beliefs about money, control, creativity and sex are often hard to deal with and are so hard to talk about that these beliefs may not always be obvious to us.
Most ovarian cancer symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, pelvic or abdominal pain seem so innocuous that one doesn’t seek attention immediately. Symptoms such as pain during sex may be attributed to psychological factors. Hence, it is almost as though the beliefs that lead to ovarian cancer are as ‘hidden’ as the ovaries themselves.
- How do you define creativity? Do you consider yourself a creative person? Do you follow through on your creative ideas?
- Does money have authority over you? Do you make compromises that violate your inner self for the sake of financial security?
- How often do survival fears dictate your choices? Are you strong enough to master your fears concerning finances and physical survival, or do they control you and your attitudes?
- Are you comfortable with your sexuality? If not, are you able to work towards 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?
- The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has general and medical information about ovarian cancer, inspirational stories by cancer survivors and suggested reading for those who would like to pursue a more integrated approach to their healing.
- Dr Christiane Northrup: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom“
- Louise Hay: “You Can Heal Your Life”
- Dr Caroline Myss: “Anatomy Of The Spirit”
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