Health is the greatest motivator as nothing motivates anyone more than life or death. The simplest changes of soaking ones feet can cascade into a avalanche of desire to change their habitual habits by taking responsibility in how they think, eat and move. And what is so exciting is subconsciously we eat the same amount of weight of food daily. How easy can it be? The body doesn't lie.
Alas, this is not true for a large number of people. I have a sister-in-law with cancer. She smokes, and pretends to certain people that she has quit. She has decided to change her diet, in response to her cancer (to its to date promising treatment, that is) to vegan four times. But you know, she just "can't give up meat, or cheese." Not even for her life. What motivates her is what she likes to eat, regardless of what it does to her, and the myriad rationalizations for smoking (it's not lung cancer, I'm tense, it's hard to quit). Each of these unhelpful things she does is a direct response to physical pleasure and comfort. An ideal body, in the abstract, considered for its needs, doesn't lie, but then it's also not a real thing. For people, the body lies constantly.
How I wish health, life and death, were the greatest motivators. This is wildly at variance with observation, however.
In AA you learn the not picking up the drink is like the tip of the ice berg. It is a thinking disease. The mind can get it instant that they are addicted to smoking or whatever substance that is abusing their body, but it might take the body a life time. That is why no one addicted to smoking can smoke one or two cigarettes a day or a alcoholic can have one drink and not be physically effected. Addiction is a disease that tells the addict they are not addicted. It is the mind that lies not the body. Its too bad I have witnessed a lot of deaths along with recovery. And I have seen many people recover from alcoholism who are sent to meetings by the court system. And some if they had a choice would have chosen jail as they still could have kept practicing their drug of choice. I love when Dr. McDougall shares when going to the doctor he doesn't he doesn't tell the person with lung cancer to keep smoking.. or the alcoholic to keep drinking. I work with people who are getting ready to make their physical transition and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to put together their lifestyle and their condition as their identity is the lifestyle they share with their culture. That is why it is so frustrating when you know subconsciously we eat the same amount of weight of food daily and it is only the higher density foods that are easy to overeat. As Dr. McDougall shares the oil you eat the oil you wear. Look at the oil crisis today. Look at the medical crisis.. what is the fat the medical industry is wearing? Gamblers you can't smell or see. They look normal. Don't buy the masquerade. Everyone has that 300 lb. monkey on their back.
The conscious mind is like the creative mind of the keyboard of the computer, the subconscious is like the processor a million time faster than the keyboard. In AA the second step tells the person they have a thinking disease. The only requirement to AA/NA/OA is the desire to stop drinking (using). Sometimes the person has to pray for the willingness to stop. Desire and suffering come from the same root. A alcoholic/addict only has recovery one day dependent on a Spiritual reprieve. Some people stay sick to teach you how to get well as some get well to teach you how to get well. There is no judgement, no one is thrown off the bus of addiction.
In the above link Bruce Lipton goes on to share about cancer:
That’s fine and dandy for people with heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, but what about cancer? Even the strictest lifestyle changes don’t cure cancer in everyone. What about genetic predispositions to getting the disease? “It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer,” Lipton admitted, “but with epigenetics, all of that has changed.”
Then he explained how his research revealed the science of epigenetics. “I placed one stem cell into a culture dish, and it divided every ten hours. After two weeks, there were thousands of cells in the dish, and they were all genetically identical, having been derived from the same parent cell. I divided the cell population and inoculated them in three different culture dishes.
“Next, I manipulated the culture medium—the cell’s equivalent of the environment—in each dish. In one dish, the cells became bone, in another, muscle, and in the last dish, fat. This demonstrated that the genes didn’t determine the fate of the cells because they all had the exact same genes. The environment determined the fate of the cells, not the genetic pattern. So if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.”
Dr. Lipton then took this a step further, which brings us back to the cancer question. “Here’s the connection: With fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is the equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium,’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based upon your perceptions of life. So this means that your perception of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.”
This echoes, from a highly scientific point of view, what the intuitive and spiritual healers have been advocating for years: your mind can and does contribute to both the cause and healing of whatever ails you—including cancer.
Other than the mind, two other factors impact the fate of cells, according to Dr. Lipton: toxins and trauma. All three factors have been associated with the onset of cancer.
With this body of knowledge comes promising news. According to Dr. Lipton, gene activity can change on a daily basis. If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts. In fact, Dr. Lipton’s research illustrates that by changing your perception, your mind can alter the activity of your genes and create over thirty thousand variations of products from each gene. He gives more detail by saying that the gene programs are contained within the nucleus of the cell, and you can rewrite those genetic programs through changing your blood chemistry.
In the simplest terms, this means that we need to change the way we think if we are to heal cancer. “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience,” Dr. Lipton said. “What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”
That dynamic points to a three-party system: there’s the part of you that swears it doesn’t want to die (the conscious mind), trumped by the part that believes you will (the doctor’s prognosis mediated by the subconscious mind), which then throws into gear the chemical reaction (mediated by the brain’s chemistry) to make sure the body conforms to the dominant belief. (Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95 percent of our lives.)
Now what about the part that doesn’t want to die—the conscious mind? Isn’t it impacting the body’s chemistry as well? Dr. Lipton said that it comes down to how the subconscious mind, which contains our deepest beliefs, has been programmed. It is these beliefs that ultimately cast the deciding vote.
“It’s a complex situation,” said Dr. Lipton. People have been programmed to believe that they’re victims and that they have no control. We’re programmed from the start with our mother and father’s beliefs. So, for instance, when we got sick, we were told by our parents that we had to go to the doctor because the doctor is the authority concerning our health. We all got the message throughout childhood that doctors were the authority on health and that we were victims of bodily forces beyond our ability to control. The joke, however, is that people often get better while on the way to the doctor. That’s when the innate ability for self-healing kicks in, another example of the placebo effect.
It is important to keep seeing your sister as a Light body. Opposites aren't able to occupy the same space.. if the room is dark and you turn on the Light, the darkness leaves. The opposite of the physical is the invisible, keep seeing the physical being healed by the invisible with a God of your understanding, for myself it began with leaf on tree with a room filled with drunks. Many who are no longer in the physical realm, only to occupy my Spiritual domain. My heart goes out to you. And for your sister, there for the Grace of God go I.