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In Her Words: I Follow My Heart
by Alice McCall
The following article is part of
March 2011's edition of Western North Carolina Woman's Magazine.
View the article in the online edition of the magazine!
exactly did I start following the wisdom and guidance of my heart?
Certainly it began in earnest in 2000, when I decided to step out of
my successful corporate career and embrace the unknown path of
assisting others in transforming physical and emotional issues at
the cellular level. This step into the unknown was
I focused on being courageous and trusting, as I continued listening
to my heart for guidance.
heart led me to leave Atlanta and move to an unfamiliar, sleepy
beach town on the gulf coast of Florida, where my new life and
career unfolded. In this quiet venue, my reputation grew quickly.
My client appointments rapidly increased, as did my speaking
engagements and the publishing of my inspirational and educational
articles. Although I was still living day-to-day with my finances,
life felt good and so did I. The unknown was becoming my new
lightning struck in 2007. I received an unexpected diagnosis of
breast cancer-ductal carcinoma, estrogen and progesterone receptive,
left breast at 10 o’clock. I was filled with fear. Who wouldn’t
be? Doctors, along with many friends and family, pressured me to
follow the ‘gold standard,’ traditional recommendation of having my
left breast and underarm lymph nodes removed, followed by procedures
with negative side effects to my body. And they wanted me to do it
heart, however, had something else in mind.
wanted me to courageously step into the unknown once again, despite
my fears and the fears of those around me. My heart wanted me to
walk my talk. My heart wanted me to be able to offer solid hope to
others that there is another way to transform health issues such as
cancer. It was one of the toughest decisions that I was ever led to
make. Even the time I was guided to fly to a foreign country on a
certain date and return on a certain date, which I did, was nothing
compared to this. Although traveling to a foreign country deeply
challenged my ability to “be in trust,” stepping onto my own
self-healing path was a quantum leap in trust. I had to be the
facilitator and the client at the same time! Obviously, this became
the crystal clear focus of my undivided attention. Nothing, let me
repeat, NOTHING was more important than my self-healing work, my
diet, and my holistic protocols.
pause here to discuss the different aspects of the fear a little
further. I was afraid because the “C” disease is serious, often
fatal. Although I had successfully worked with others to transform
serious health issues (such as stage 3 lymphoma, non-curable; and
stage 4 kidney failure),
what if I failed with myself?
worried, “Would anyone ever work with me again if I failed?” And,
of course, I was afraid because the medical community and many
others around me were pumping fear into me. Demands were made for
instant decisions, even though the diagnosis was considered “early
detection.” Everyone wanted to tell me what to do and how to do
Gradually, I got myself together enough to spend time within my
heart and soul, seeking God’s guidance. In this sacred space, where
I had learned to go for wisdom and direction, I was asked,
want to do?”
contemplated. I knew what I did
do. I did not want the negative side effects of radiation,
chemotherapy, and possible hormone therapy. I knew I wanted my
breast and the nearby lymph glands and nodes to stay in place. With
that realization, I was able to acknowledge
what I wanted
first time. I wanted to walk my own path. There it was. It
out in the open for me to see and feel clearly. My body responded
and resonated with this clarity. My breast, which had been inflamed
and agitated, suddenly calmed down. What a powerful reinforcement
within the sacred space of my heart and soul, I was asked, “Why
then are you so afraid? Why do you doubt success?”
reflected. I didn’t doubt God. I did not doubt my angels and
spiritual guides. I trust them implicitly. They are always there
for me when I work with my clients. There was silence in my mind
and thoughts, and then… oh, there it was - the truth. I doubted
What if I was not good enough to be facilitator and client at the
same time? What if I simply came up short?
have issues in our lives. In reality, however, if we are honest
with ourselves, doubting one’s own self always rises to the top of
the list. It was then that I looked this issue directly in its face
and bravely said to myself, “Looks like another opportunity for
self-mastery. If my heart and soul feel I can do this, then I can.
I have the proven skills and knowledge from my practice. I just
need to get out of my own way and trust the process.”
this brave declaration, I spent time energetically shifting my
self-doubt within all levels of my being. I tossed my fear and
doubt out the window and stated my intention. “I intend that I will
be guided to successfully heal myself of breast cancer, so that I
can offer hope to others and share what I learn.” Then I embarked
on the most courageous journey my heart has ever asked of me.
a half weeks after using my knowledge of
Level Healing®, together with the help of God and my
angels, and my skills in hypnotherapy and psychology, the place
where the cancer resided felt dormant. I don’t want to paint this
as an easy picture, because during this five and a half week period,
I was laser-focused on working on my mind, emotions, spirit, and
body in many, many amazing sessions. It was my singular point of
concentration. I recorded several of the sessions in my journal and
was inspired to express many of my experiences in what I call
spiritual drawings - drawings that just came right out from inside
had spiritual validation that the cancer was healed from the inside
out, and I felt the energy inside the lump in my breast go dormant.
However, although smaller, the lump was still there. I had no
medical proof until two and a half months later when I learned about
thermograms, a safe alternative to mammograms.
the doctors’ report from the thermogram scan, it showed no
indication of cancer! You can’t imagine how jubilant I was, how
filled with gratitude. In fact, I was constantly filled with
gratitude for the amazing support I had in my personal healing
sessions. My deceased father and grandmother were present. The
angels and guides that help me when I work with clients were
present. I truly felt completely supported.
learned there are many things we can do to support health and
disease, as well as heal, that cost little or no money. Even though
they cost no money, these things have a big impact on the cells of
our bodies. Lots of sleep and deep breathing to oxygenate the cells
certainly fall into this category and were high priorities for me.
Also, diet and nutrition were very important parts of my journey, as
was a focus on maintaining a healthy immune system and positive
emotions. Learn about
these supportive tools in Wellness Wisdom.
been over three years since my diagnosis, and there is still no
indication of cancer.
breast and lymph nodes that were to be removed are healthy parts of
me. I am blessed for many reasons. I am blessed because without
this diagnosis of cancer, I would never have done the work to
resolve deep emotional and mental wounds within me. I am so light
and bright as a result. Nothing gets to me anymore! This is a true
blessed because of the spiritual support that I continue to
receive. I am blessed because my intention to heal, so that I could
offer hope to others and share what I have learned, continues to
manifest. My personal wellness journey has produced
CDs, speaking engagements, articles such as this, radio
interviews, audio clips on breast cancer sites, and the list keeps
growing. Wow! All of this has occurred because I got out of my own
way, threw away fear, and followed my heart’s wisdom. I have
learned that when you do, it always works out.
years have passed since that pivotal self—healing journey. Where
has my heart guided me since? To Western North Carolina. I was
specifically guided to leave Florida and move to the greater
Asheville area. Once again, I stepped out on faith, knowing no one
in this area. Everyone thought I was a little crazy. I, however,
knew it was perfect, because my heart has never been wrong! And
surely this is exactly where I am supposed to be, because I have
been warmly welcomed personally and professionally.
about all those fear driven friends? I left them behind. I chose
to surround myself with those who supported me in my choice. I also
learned never to make a decision when immersed in fear. Someone I
know made a hasty decision in the midst of her fear. After
receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer, within days she had her
breast and lymph glands removed. When her removed breast went to
trace of cancer was found.
she still cannot release her anger from this experience. In my
opinion, the proven advice of taking time to seek other opinions and
paths is always a prudent one.
espousing that everyone take the path I did? Absolutely not!
proponent of, however, is that everyone listen to the wisdom of
their own heart, soul, and body when making important decisions,
versus giving the power and responsibility over to others, or to
your ‘ego’ mind. Wisdom that is perfectly tailored for each of us
is sourced within. The center of their heart is the first place I
take clients to assist in accessing their own spiritual wisdom.
Many receive guidance that their path is to use traditional medical
protocols while working with me for support and complete
transformation. If that is the case, that is how I assist them.
I was guided to create
Heart and Soul,
which talks about the importance of following your heart and gives
tips for doing so. One of my main messages on this
CD is that
following your heart is a journey that demands trust, and the more
you do it the easier it becomes. It gets easier because in
retrospect you realize each time that things always end up okay or
maybe even better than you thought they could. This makes it easier
to release fear and move forward the next time.
really is easier to trust the wisdom of one’s heart versus trying to
figure everything out with the analysis of one’s mind. Mental
analysis can often bring what I call ‘analysis paralysis.’ It is
easy to get stuck in that pattern and never move forward. There is
a graceful fluidity in trusting one’s own wisdom and moving ahead.
I offer this story from my heart to yours.
ability to courageously travel with trust was learned with love and
is shared with love.