Cancer As a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals
Lawrence LeShan

Working with a therapist

If you decide to use the services of a therapist, it is important to choose one who is right for you. Dr. LeShan recommends taking the time to do this and suggests this method of finding a therapist: “Find the experienced and seasoned therapists in your area. Ask the local medical society and the local psychological association. Assuming that they are trained people, start a shopping procedure. See them one at a time until you find one that you like—someone with whom the chemistry is good and whom you would like to have as a friend. You may have to see a number of them. That is the first essential. Unless there is a liking, you may get somewhere, but it will take you nine times as long and be nine times as hard.”[1]

I agree with his assessment. I was fortunate to have Marilyn nearby. She was able to combine work with my dreams with psychotherapy—often I knew when it was time to see her again, because another dream would surface. She also has a deep understanding of the spiritual life and the role of the heaven-world in the life of the soul.

My answer to those who ask how to find the right therapist would be to seek higher assistance from the beginning. Ask heaven for guidance—your Higher Self or guardian angel can lead you to the right person. If you follow your heart, and any little leads that your Higher Self might send, it is amazing where it can lead you. This simple process works—ask and ye shall receive.

Once you have found the right therapist (or the best possible one), ask the heaven-world to overshadow and work through that therapist. Here is a simple technique that I have often used. You have a Higher Self and a guardian angel, and so does your doctor, surgeon, oncologist, therapist—in fact, anyone you are working with for healing. The night before any meeting with those involved in your care—especially any meetings that you expect may be difficult and touchy—call for the guardian angel and the Higher Self of everyone involved, including yourself, to meet in the heavenly retreats while everyone is sleeping.

In this way, everything can be worked out in the heaven-world ahead of time, and everyone will be totally prepared and able to discuss things when you meet in the physical. When you sit down to have the meeting the next day, simply acknowledge inwardly the presence of the guardian angel and the Higher Self of each person in the room.

It is a simple technique, but I have seen it work many times in all areas of life—business meetings, meetings with lawyers, meetings with family members, counseling sessions—in fact, any situation of importance.


1. Lawrence LeShan, Cancer As a Turning Point: A Handbook for People with Cancer, Their Families, and Health Professionals, p. 41.

Excerpted from A Journey through Cancer, by Neroli Duffy