CANCER – understood from the Threshold perspective

The first requirement is a broad overview of the pathological condition known as cancer, in order to see it within the bigger picture context of continuously evolving human consciousness. Then there’s the insight to be gained from noting the location in the body where a cancerous growth first occurs. This always gives indications about the life in question, since nothing just happens out of nothing. Which in turn gives clues as to how the condition may be overcome. To keep this summary brief, much simplifying of complex processes will be necessary.

It’s assumed in this work that organisms naturally strive to maintain within themselves an equilibrium state, ie a working balance between the cosmic polar opposite forces of expansion (yin) and contraction (yang), as in inhaling and exhaling, and in the pH balance between acidity and alkalinity. Appreciating this universal dynamic polarity brings insight into all disease conditions, which can thus be seen as resulting from various states of imbalance.

Also, it’s becoming more widely understood how psychological factors can produce all manner of physical symptoms – including arthritis, allergies, thyroid and heart problems. Such factors go much deeper than superficial ‘lifestyle’ patterns. Cancers are always the outcome of an inhibited, distorted natural process – unique to each individual life, but conforming to a broader pattern. They are not random events that just happen to certain unlucky victims.

Some medical minds think only in physical, mechanistic terms, and thereby deny what may be the most significant element in the situation: the sufferer’s state of mind. Consequently, they find they’re unable to predict outcomes and so assume that it must be a random process and about luck.

Long term patterns of inhibition result in parts of the body degenerating into a devitalised state, allowing unregulated cancerous growth to flourish in that unbalanced environment. The causes of the inhibition may date back to a person’s early years before he or she was capable of realising what was happening.

For in an inhibiting culture, certain attitudes and behaviours may have been passed on through generations, such that they became habitual or ‘traditional’, ie normalised, and therefore beyond questioning. So, a significant factor in each cancer ‘story’ is how the life of the person in question has affected the functioning of the particular part of the body where the cancer process first manifests.

Western materialistic medicine
The currently prevailing mindset of orthodox Western medicine has long been dominated by     materialistic, masculine, male-dominated science. And this has focused almost exclusively on the physical-material realm, as if it were somehow more real and significant than the more subtle realm of consciousness, including emotion and thinking which are more to do with our feminine side. The importance of this aspect in wellness and illness is now being increasingly recognised and honoured.

Meanwhile, that old masculine mentality accounts for the continuing crude ‘war on cancer’ approach which treats the condition as an enemy to be defeated and conquered. Today that involves various ‘smart’ techniques for eliminating the more obvious symptoms, for example through launching targeted attacks on specific active components in the overall process. But this doesn’t bring any deeper understanding of the disease process as a whole, and so  provides no coherent strategies for preventing or overcoming the condition – beyond some destructive treatment and perhaps advising a balanced diet and more exercise.

Decay and disintegration
When plants are deprived of the vital solar energy and the water they need, the forces of decay and disintegration tend to move in and take over, naturally re-integrating rotting organic physical matter back into the soil of the earth. In human bodies, a chronic pattern of withdrawal of natural vitality creates particular localised environments of festering stagnation and putrefaction, ie fertile soil for unregulated cancerous growth.

Then, once the process has reached a stage where the symptoms are recognised, they tend to be mentally transformed into an unwelcome invader, to be named and categorised. At that stage the person who’s said to have ‘got’ cancer takes ownership of it, calling it ‘my cancer’.

The polarity of cancer
Investigating what might have caused any particular pattern of withdrawal of natural vitality and the consequent cancer raises crucial questions regarding:
1. How our emotional reactions and states are expressed physically, either in the expansive/radiating ways (the oriental yin principle) that characterise pleasure, or in the contracting/withdrawing (yang) ways that characterise pain, fear, anxiety etc. It’s their complementary interaction that exemplifies the primal dynamic polarity that governs all life processes. For polarity is inclusive, unlike the exclusive binary duality of ‘one or the other’. Also, each bodily organ has a more or less expansive or contractive quality.

2. How the shock or pain of a traumatic experience is absorbed and unconsciously buried or embedded at a particular location in the physical body can be crucial. For there it may remain unnoticed and unreleased for years, all the while inhibiting the flow of energy through the body, depleting vitality and causing otherwise inexplicable trouble in that life. So, despite the danger of oversimplifying this kind of understanding, dots can be joined up and practical connections made between emotional troubles and physical symptoms.

It’s all about consciousness
It follows that there are many potentially pathological effects resulting from pain, wounding, vulnerability, insecurity, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness and discontent, all of which have their long and short term effects on physical functioning. The lack of understanding of these processes is the result of a deep ignorance in humankind, ie the lost knowledge of how we humans have evolved as self-conscious individual beings, and have come to be the way we presently are. The basics of this knowledge have now been made available in Notes from the  Threshold* and other Threshold works published by Pathway Initiatives  Ltd.

Beware of naïve linear cause-and-effect thinking
Susceptibility to cancer is thus primarily about the consciousness of each individual and how this affects our physicality, immunity and self-healing capacity. Therefore, it would be naïvely mistaken to draw simplistic, statistical, cause-and-effect conclusions connecting the presence of particular physical substances or phenomena with the incidence of cancer. Labelling certain substances as ‘carcinogens’ is thus a distracting ‘blame game’ technique that conceals a lack of understanding of the cancer process, which initially is not strictly physical.

Statistics can imply whatever you want them to
Although various external influences may be harmful, especially to vulnerable organisms – including electromagnetic radiation, toxins and other particles in the air and water, and certain drugs – these are not primary generators of the cancer process. So, there’s a fundamental flaw in the current obsession with finding statistical patterns associated with the incidence of particular cancers, and then simplistically assuming the connection to be causal.

Statistics represent sterile, dead information about the past, selectively sought, gathered and recorded as so-called data, which is often biased because the selecting was based on unquestioned assumptions and attitudes before being organised into abstract number patterns. The manipulating of the numbers is then normally intended to calculate the mathematical probability of certain medical outcomes occurring. However, what is not usually factored in is the inherent tendency of unhealthy societies to regenerate and perpetuate certain psychological attitudes and patterns of behaviour which predictably result in a range of illnesses that then show up as statistical ‘data’ – especially in this age of computer-generated ‘big data’.

Crisis psychology
A diagnosis of cancer usually prompts some kind of crisis mentality, a crisis being a situation of both jeopardy and opportunity for significant change. And with this comes the need to choose from a range of options regarding how to respond. A healthy response would involve a radical review of previously unquestioned attitudes, emotional and physical, and habits that prevailed up to this crisis… followed by profound changes concerning feelings, relationships and life in general – reducing anxiety, inhibition and withdrawing, while promoting releasing and free expression. An unhealthy response would be an attitude driven by fear of pain, loss or death, and a longing to get back to the imagined comfort zone of how things were before…ie the situation within which the disease condition arose.

Symptom fixing is not curing or healing
Microscopic analysing and experimenting with organic substances and chemicals, in the hope of finding the ‘building block’ causes of this or that cancer, are obvious ways of avoiding the need to examine one’s own inhibited, distorted attitudes and those of a society – as factors in the cancer process. For example, contemporary ‘smart’ physical treatments can ‘eliminate’ cancer cells, destroying tumours and thereby creating an illusion of a ‘cure’. BUT crucially, as is admitted by various medical authorities, zapping the symptoms does not address the underlying causes of the cancer process. So, if the deeper problems are not resolved, sooner or later the disease process will resume and/or manifest in other symptom patterns.

Therefore, whatever kind of treatment regime is opted for, orthodox or other, recovery prospects will depend on the person’s prevailing attitude towards his or her life. That’s because consciousness is primal, so physicality follows consciousness. And if the cancerous process has already progressed too far for the body to recover, death will have to be accepted as the inevitable, natural outcome for this lifetime.


The above is an edited extract from Threshold Wellness/Illness which also includes a section on Breast Cancer, as understood from the Threshold perspective.

Notes from the Threshold and Threshold Wellness/Illness are available free as PDFs, downloadable from


Threshold Wellness/Illness: Introduction

1. Mind before matter

We all know that our attitude and general state of mind affect our body chemistry, and that this affects how we function physically… which then may affect our lives in all sorts of ways. Also, while all the cells in our physical body are continuously dying and being replaced, we continue to function as conscious beings, whether we’re awake or asleep. This knowledge tells us that consciousness exists first, before physical matter, which is an extremely useful piece of information for understanding and dealing with all aspects of our lives. For example, trying to deal with different patterns of illness without first acknowledging that fundamental fact can result in all kinds of confusion.

2. Polar opposites

The simple yoga posture called Tree Pose serves as a useful method of discovering, in a very basic physical way, how balanced or not we are in body and mind. It involves standing erect on one leg with the other foot tucked up against the inside of the standing leg, above the knee and pointing down, with hands palm-facing-palm, and arms extended upwards above the head. Now, if you experience difficulty balancing and tend to tip one way or another it’s because you’re being pulled ‘down’, ie towards the centre of the Earth. That is to say, the  inward/downward force called gravity is overpowering the outward/upward force that draws us and plants away towards the sun and sky. This outward force was known in earlier times as levity, the polar opposite of gravity.

The full experience of this pose is a feeling of vertical release from the from the density and heaviness of matter and from the intensity of the lower, surface level, horizontal material world. You’re being drawn away from the centre of the Earth, and at the same time experiencing an effortless sense of lightness and balance. It’s about letting yourself be raised by levity, as opposed to wilfully exerting physical force to push against the Earth’s gravity. When you’re anxious or fearful – of pain, discomfort, falling or failing in some way – you physically tense up and contract, which makes your body more dense and more gravity-bound, so you feel heavier and are more likely to topple over. And if your mind is distracted and chattering away about earthly stuff, this too is likely to pull you ‘downward’ and result in imbalance.

So, Tree Pose serves as a reminder to stay attentive to the immediate here and now. Meanwhile, the interplay of the two polar opposite forces, gravity and levity, is the universal principle of polarity in action.

3. Some things chime with me while others don’t

You will probably have experienced at some time a feeling of being ‘in tune’ or ‘at one’ with another person or an idea expressed. Or you may have heard a vibrating tone evoking a corresponding response in yourself, perhaps through music… or the opposite, dissonant effect This kind of responding is known as resonating or being in resonance. So, you already know about primal consciousness, polarity and resonance, the three fundamental principles that govern the functioning of the whole cosmos in all its endless complexity. How these three function together is what’s revealed from the Threshold perspective.

The functional, all-inclusive, subjective and objective approach taken in this work contrasts with the more masculine, analytical and mechanistic mentality which currently dominates  Western materialistic medicine. Threshold thinking is based on an understanding that there is coherence, pattern and meaning to be found behind the apparently disconnected and random phenomena of this world. Which makes the joining-up-the-dots method of investigation and diagnosis a creative and often rewarding experience.

The whole document, Threshold Wellness/Illness, is available free as a download from

The greater context that brings coherence to any study of wellness and illness is sketched out in Notes from the Threshold, also available as a free download.