Chemo-Dreamo can be defined as taking the experience of chemotherapy and changing the paradigm to be one of love and allowing instead of fear and anxiety. Empowering the patient to take control of what they can in this new world of doctors, hospitals and medications is a place to start. Then recognizing that the real work is on the inside - exploring and accepting feelings and releasing beliefs that may no longer serve. Adding in the music, meditation and mindfulness creates an experience that is expansive, uplifting and healing. It's healing because we become more of who we REALLY are and we can allow the medicine to do its best work.
Chemo-Dreamo was born as I attempted to resolve my own fear of chemotherapy and cancer. For many years I had been practicing a belief system that said that things like chemotherapy were the equivalent of poisoning yourself - that the natural way is best! I even went so far as to support the belief that the medical community was contributing to the problem instead of helping people. So you can imagine my consternation when my diagnosis revealed that the ovarian cancer was so advanced that chemotherapy was my only choice. I knew enough to know that I couldn't believe that I was being "poisoned" and still receive healing from that "poison." Things had to change - inside me!
And what was the result? Are you sitting down? What if I told you that ALL I went through changed my life forever in some of the most beautiful ways? What if I told you that ALL I went through brought people together, healed relationships, taught great lessons to those around me, and generated more love than I could ever have imagined. What if I told you that ALL I went through and WILL ever go through will help heal the planet herself? Could this be True?! Yep! This was my experience. I was willing to see it differently and it became something powerfully healing for me.
“Both the Buddha and Martin Luther King spoke of love being the only thing that can heal hate. And Lauren "loves" those cancer cells to death! While her process is, of necessity, a self-centered one, it is not selfish. Lauren shares her healing music and visual aids with others in the infusion center. ... Those of us in her Chemo-Sabe often sing to others who are undergoing treatment in the center. ... It is our hope that our example will prod changes in the treatment milieu, to allow for the inclusion of more than a medical model of healing.”