The Metaphysical Cause of Cancer

metaphysical cause of cancer
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When my sister developed cancer earlier this year, I was anxious to discover the metaphysical cause of the disease.

I have always believed that disease manifests on an energetic or emotional level first and then onto a physical level. In an energetic Universe, this theory holds true for the creation of everything and everyone.

Louise Hay, who is an expert on the metaphysical causes of disease states that cancer is often a product of unresolved fears or traumas.

According to her book, “You Can Heal Your Life“, Cancer is caused by-

“Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.”

Louise herself developed cancer and pinpointed the spiritual and emotional cause to the childhood abuse that she had never worked through. It was only once she worked through the trauma and emotions that bubbled within her that she was able to fully eradicate the cancer from her body.

There are countless stories such as these, and I myself have always looked for the emotional and energetic cause whenever disease comes my way, but when my sister was diagnosed with cancer I was at a bit of a loss.

I understood that it was her journey to go through, but at the same time none of the metaphysical causes stated by Louise or other metaphysicians seemed to resonate. My sister had never experienced a dramatic trauma in her life and she also struggled to resonate with the descriptions that I found and read to her.

She even saw a holistic counsellor that took her on meditative journeys and received regular counselling from a psychologist, but her mental health and state of mind always came back as being extremely healthy and positive.

After months of pondering, I decided that I had to let it go and allow my sister to work things out for herself. If there were some unresolved emotions lurking in the past, I had to allow her to go through the process.

That opportunity never really came however, as just a few short months after being diagnosed she passed away. It all was very sudden and abrupt.

This got me thinking even more about the deeper cause behind cancer and as I was drifting off to sleep one night, the answer floated into my mind.

Souls that develop cancer are highly evolved, advanced souls that are healers. The cancer comes to remind them of their healing abilities or to allow those around them to heal through their experience.

Souls that develop cancer have agreed to sacrifice a lot in order to help the spiritual advancement of those around them and those in their soul group. In doing so, they also advance their own soul and are able to bring their healing powers to the world. 

After hearing this message I wondered if I just wanted to believe it because it was my sister and it made me feel better, but when I started looking at other people in my life that had cancer and the affect on those around them, it started to really resonate with me.

Cancer is one of those diseases that brings out the true nature in people. It forces the person and those involved to deal with a host of issues such as death, fear, pain, anxiety, stress but also love.

I used to ask my sister constantly to describe how she was feeling and while fear was present, she often commented that she felt much more love. In fact, one of the only times I saw her cry through this journey was when she was expressing her gratitude for all the love she had received after being diagnosed.

Her diagnosis brought my entire family together and acted as a catalyst to mend strained relationships and grudges that were decades old. There is no doubt that part of her purpose was as a healer.

Aside from what I witnessed with my sister, here is what I believe to be the metaphysical causes of cancer-

  • Cancer occurs in advanced souls who have come to heal, it is through their journey with the disease that they are able to deliver healing energy to those around them. This healing can happen on a spiritual, emotional and even physical level, it can also occur directly or indirectly.


  • Cancer can also occur when a healer needs to be reminded of their gifts. Often through their journey with cancer they are reunited with their healing abilities, this can happen on both a conscious and subconscious level.


  • Cancer does not always have to be linked to an individual trauma, rather it can indicate a deep healing that involves an entire soul group. When someone develops develops cancer, it acts as an awakening and healing process for other members of the same soul group. This healing process can be a product of multiple lifetimes and can also take multiple lifetimes.

While everyone’s journey with cancer will be different and will stir different emotions for different people, at the end of the day I believe that cancer is a sign of an advanced soul with healing abilities that has either gone on this journey to help heal others, or needs to be reminded of their own healing abilities.

I would love to hear if this resonates with you, feel free to share your comments below!

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  • JAM

    I have an unruly uterus, she has an evil mind of her own. I don’t like to say evil really, but I experience excessive bleeding and crippling pain, for what I thought must be a reason. I went to 3 Docs, they found not enough wrong to actually diagnose. 2 out of 3 said it was stress. So I think, get rid of stress, resolution, right? Well I’m a high strung RN, always been high strung, take life too seriously maybe. But the Docs say to have a hysterectomy. My fear, there it is FEAR, is that when my uterus is gone, where is my stress going to manifest and rear it’s ugly head? At least I know where it is now. not comfortable by any stretch, but a security I knowing it’s localized. Believe me I want to no longer experience the unruly uterus, but there is security in knowing where my negative energy goes. I’m thinking if I don’t find a seriously grounding outlet I could develop say cancer. WTF! that doesn’t sound like an alternative I care to face.

  • Jessica Martinez

    This was beautiful. I am lost for words but I completely agree with you that stagnant energy can manifest into cancer. Ever since I was a child I have this sensation or feeling that i’ll probably die in my early 30’s. This thought never brought fear to me until I had children. Recently I have fear of what my family would do without me. So many thoughts run in my head of trying to clear away any negative energies before it becomes cancer, but now that I read what a beautiful vessel your sister was to your family I accept that if that is my fate then there is nothing to worry about. I feel an immense release in my heart after I read your story and I thank you for sharing it with us. I love your site, so much of what you add on here I resonate with. Keep up the amazing work, you seem to be a very wise soul. Your knowledge inspires me so much.

    • i am so glad this article was able to provide you some comfort and release. there is such power and relaxing and just letting things flow, even though it can be challenging! as hard as it is, it definitely helps to trust in the Universe and to know that no matter what, everything is working out as it needs to and for your highest good.

  • Armin Dumasia

    What you’ve felt Tanaaz, and how you’ve expressed it is very apt. It is true of what you say of advanced souls and their journey into healing. I guess from our brief chat the other day you would have gathered where I was coming from. And my own healing and advancement process through my Mum.
    What you’ve put out there is something that I hold very close to my heart and feel it ever so often, the soul groups and the people that come in to our lives to make a difference. They are an everlasting presence for us. Let go and the love will flow !

    • thanks Armin! yes it’s a hard pill to swallow because while you can see the beauty and the healing, at the same time you would do anything to have them back! there is no denying the healing that is unfolding, and i am so glad to see that it has resonated with so many people, including yourself. it does help to look at life this way though and to see the “bigger picture” behind it all. lots of love and blessings to you and your family xoxo

  • Julianne

    As I read this my heart Chakra burst open. My dad has recently been told that his cancer has advanced and now spread. This has obviously hit ourban family really hard but it has also pushed me to a different level of my understanding of life and spirit. I have been awakening further for just over a year and have been working with some energy therapies and expanding my knowledge of disease and it’s causation leading from emotions. I totally believe my dad has helped me along this path…consciously and subconsciously. He and myself have had deep conversations about life and spirituality and even all the past life visions I’ve recently been having. Since the change in prognosis I’ve spoken to a close friend and have voiced my feelings that I believe my dad’s health and subsequent death is going to be a further advancement in my spiritual development and it is going to open up further my understanding. It feels quite odd to be thinking this way and wouldn’t say to many but my trusted friend. So many confusing thoughts currently but his article has resonated so much that I have courage to know i can step forward with what is coming knowing that my dad’s health and paswing will be due to the amazing healer by dad is and how it will help me become the healer I’m destained to be. I hope this makes sense. Thank you for your words x

    • wow, thank you so much for sharing, my heart goes out to you and your family Julianne, i know it must be so difficult. i am glad this article has provided some comfort and understanding. in fact, your words have even provided me with comfort and understanding…losing a loved one or even facing that possibility is so so so challenging, there are no words. i wish you all the strength in the world right now and will send you lots and lots of love and light. peace to you and your family xox

  • Heather

    This post is very much in the spirit of “Beyond Survival”, a wonderful book just published by David Maginley, who works with cancer patients as a hospital chaplain after surviving cancer 4 times. His life story definitely illustrates your point about a healer being reunited with their gifts. See

    • wow! i cannot imagine surviving cancer 4 times! what an inspiration, i will check it out, thanks for sharing!

  • sherri James

    Thank you for this food for thought. I haven’t thought much about the good a disease like cancer can bring and/or indicate. What I appreciate is the linking of an expression we often think of in negative ways with a positive cause. I think that’s valuable

    • yes i try to do that with everything in life because it just makes life all that more easier! all the best to you <3

  • I’m so sorry for your loss! What a beautiful and powerful post. Your words completely resonate with me. I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer 5 years ago and it became an incredible springboard of change and reinvention. After working in the corporate world for 20 years I burned out. Cancer was my wake up call which led to a deep awakening. I can’t remember who first said it, but I often share, cancer was like a gift wrapped in barbed wire. In peace, Kate

    • wow powerful words! but it is so great that you can now see what lessons were beneath it all for you. lots of love and light to you!

    • Lisa Johnson

      A gift wrapped in barbed wired wire…. yes.

  • Chris Bowman

    Healing into life and death, by stephen levine, is also very good reading. My sincerest condolences for your loss–your sister sounds ljke a ture inspiration!

    • thank you Chris, I will check it out!

  • Minoru Enomoto

    Thank you for your wonderful message. I had a cancer surgery in November 2016, then received radiation and anticancer drug treatment, and I am currently discharged from the hospital. Tears came out again in those words that only experts with cancer know. It was such a beautiful angel of your sister who flapped her crystal wings for you.

    • thank you so much for your kind words and huge big hug of congrats to you for your own journey, sending you lots of love and light

  • Stacy L B H

    Wow. I see this. Thank you. Love to you and your family.

  • Anne Parsonage

    This resonates so much with me and thank you for sharing this with us. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, surgery, Radiotherapy and then 5 years of Tamoxifen. I had completed my Reiki 2 a few months before and know I’m a healer in this life. I’ve had a lot of trauma in my life but the cancer was about me this time instead of my family, which I wasn’t used to. I have read of various reasons for cancer, including Louise Hay, and they didn’t sit with me, they made me feel like the cancer was my fault. The cancer didn’t change my life as I’d already done loads of work on myself and believe I’m heading in the right direction. This article fits so well for me and is the first article I’ve read that makes it feel positive rather than blaming. Thank you for your inspirational words.
    Love, light and blessings. X

    • thank you so much for sharing Anne, you sound like you have been a glowing inspiration for your family. i am so glad that this resonated with you. love and light oxox

  • Marty

    Just got a similar message about a young friend who was diagnosed last week with a malignant brain tumor. Thank you for your courage to see and share this information. Helpful confirmation for me. I’m so sorry for your loss, and have no doubt your sister will continue her work and connection with you.

    • thank you so much Marty, sending lots of light and to your friend <3

  • Sufian Hanif

    great article tanaz i will like to cnect with u try fb

    • thanks sufian, this is the best place to connect with me 🙂

  • Carolyn Johnson

    For years I have been asking to understand why the BEST people die of cancer. THIS article resonates with me deeply more than the answers from Lousie Hay’s work, which I love, but didn’t match my friends who died. They were the advanced souls who transformed us all by their love and light, drawing us together and closer to the Divine. THANK YOU!

    • i am so glad this resonated for you! lots of light and love to you xoxo

  • Caroleen Thompson

    I do see this in people, a lady who moved away from her home to be near her grown son, resented her choice for over 10 years and attracted breast cancer… thank you for this!

  • Ally Wicks

    This resonates with me very deeply. I lost my father to cancer in Feb 2017 and everything in this article makes so much sense. My father suffered from severe chronic pain for many years, he developed a dedicated meditation practice to cope with his pain. He radiated conscious compassion and I was honestly very mad to lose him. After he got his diagnosis, he told me he had been thinking “why me” a lot but then he started thinking “why not me?” I can see now that the battle with cancer was necessary for my father’s spiritual development and now that he has passed, his healing energy has consumed my mom and my sisters as we learn to practice mindfulness.

    • wow thank you so much for sharing this. I know how hard it is to deal with something like this but it definitely sounds like your dad was indeed a healer and is journey i am sure, will continue to inspire all of you on your paths from this point forward. sending you and your family lots of love

  • You have my deepest sympathy Tanaaz.

    I lost my brother to lymphoma in 2004. He was seventeen years old when he passed.

    It was tough during the early stages of mourning, especially since I was pregnant w/ my first child. My brother was the only person I’d ever felt loved me unconditionally, and his death created a void in my life.

    I am thankful that he’s no longer on Earth suffering, and have always believed he had a gifted spirit and is undertaking divine tasks that he was unable to do in the flesh. It gives me solace regarding his absence. Through the loss of my brother, I have learned to accept what I can’t change, all life is purposeful, and more.

    • thanks for sharing your story Justine. It is so hard to lose a loved one, especially when they are so young like your brother! I also believe that these souls go on to live out their purpose and divine tasks in other realms. Thank you for sharing what you have learnt, I am still dealing with a lot of grief but i am starting to make my way through! thanks again and many blessings to you xoxox