Cancer and karma

Many cancer patients search for deeper causes of their disease. "Why did it get me of all people??" is the question that besets them. No one wants to be struck by fate in a senseless, random way, and so they search for the hidden meaning of their cancer. "Did I do something wrong??" and "What is the disease trying to tell me??" are questions to which one would like an answer.

From Experiential Medicine 2005; 54: 103-108

As a doctor, I am rarely asked to answer such questions, probably because no one expects me to have anything to say about it. But from talking to cancer patients and their loved ones, I know that it troubles most of them. They buy all kinds of guidebooks, start a real spiritual search, grasping at any straw. Understandably, the most popular theories are those that not only sound logical to the medical layman, but also promise the longed-for cure.

As difficult as it is to find truly coherent, soul-enhancing approaches, I still believe that it is worthwhile to look behind the curtain of cancer and search for deeper answers that reach into the spiritual and usually the very personal. Scientifically trained and conservatively religious people see it completely differently, because they have the answers already ready: Cancer is according to the natural scientist genetically and by personal bad behavior such as predominance, lack of movement, smoking and environmental poisons explicable. That it catches the individual, is therefore a question of coincidental bad luck, insufficient clearing-up and lack of self-discipline. The conservative religious person also has his answer ready, which additionally brings an unknown divine destiny into play. But that’s where the problems start, because how can God love us if he punishes us with cancer??

Most religions solve the tricky problem by talking about compensatory atonement for past sins and that the disease was sent by higher powers, possibly even by the devil, so that we can do some penance and mature spiritually. Especially Far Eastern and esoteric teachers also talk about cancer being the karma of past misdeeds. What is true about these answers, I would like to examine in the following more closely. Now many readers will wonder how I can make such statements at all, I would know answers to such delicate and mystical questions. For who really knows what is going on behind the scenes of cancer disease? Who wants to judge whether things like God, rebirth, atonement and the like exist at all??

Therefore, I would like to say in advance that even I cannot answer all these questions with absolute certainty. I am not an enlightened guru, but a down-to-earth general practitioner with my own practice, who, however, on the basis of his many years of medical experience, would like to offer the reader hypotheses which should make some puzzles more understandable and also stimulate reflection. What helps me most is an energy-medical method that I developed myself – psychosomatic energetics – with which one can recognize the otherwise invisible subtle energy field (the aura) as well as mental energy blockades (emotional conflicts) of a patient that are deposited in it. In contrast to conventionally working colleagues, I believe that I am able to recognize deeper processes behind the material facade of the disease, which allow such further answers.

Conflicts, aura and cancer development

Before I describe a typical cancer case from my practice, I would like to introduce my working method. I first introduced Psychosomatic Energetics to the public in 1997, and in a short time it has become established as a standard method among many naturopathic doctors and practitioners. In most cancer patients we find with this method strongly lowered vital and emotional values, i.e. the charge of the two most important subtle energy levels is drastically lowered. As a rule, patients confirm that they generally do not feel as good as they used to. You are rather low in drive, emotionally immobile, easily tired and less fit than normal, all typical signs of lowered vital and emotional values.

Now, a low level of vital energy does not necessarily lead to cancer. We find it in the majority of our sick, though usually not as low as in most cancer patients. Therefore, it can be stated that poor vital and emotional values, especially in the case of prolonged existence, are a typical sign of the disease in the majority of all cancer patients. A low energy system weakens the metabolism and the cellular repair processes. Of course, the cell itself also plays an important role, so it’s important not to ignore the fact that in cancer there must undeniably be genetic readiness. Which component has the leading significance here is to be judged differently in each individual case: In children and younger adults, the genes tend to have the upper hand, later the environment and the disturbed subtle system. So, from our point of view, cancer develops in a multifunctional way, and a weakened subtle energy system plays a key role that has not yet received much attention.

If we examine the causes of the energy weakness more closely, we find with almost every cancer patient

  • an earth radiation exposure, as well as almost always
  • Very large psychological conflicts.

Both are typical factors in cancer patients, which together act as energy blockades and rob the sick person of vitality and emotional energy. I would like to examine the significance of these two major energy blockages in more detail, especially with regard to the role that the individual cancer patient plays in this as a causer or contributor. Ultimately, and I don’t want to hide this fact, it also involves a question of guilt in a broader sense.

Earth Radiation

Experienced dowsers as well as many natural healers can confirm that there is hardly a cancer patient without strong earth radiation load (mostly in the form of geological faults, underground water veins as well as Curry and Hartmann grids). We have made the experience in practice that a good energy tester with a special homeopathic test ampoule (Geovita®) can very reliably determine an earth radiation load. After that you should let a good dowser come and put the bed in a good place.

Earth rays should not be shielded, as this is ineffective in the long run in all cases we have observed. Sometimes this makes the exposure even worse!

If one now investigates the question why someone lies down in a disturbed place, in my opinion unconscious self-punishment motives and above all the famous "unfortunate coincidence" play a role besides ignorance (which as is well known does not protect against punishment). Self-punishment because energetically healthy adults, as well as animals and small children, usually avoid a bed contaminated with earth radiation, if they can do so at all. Experienced dowsers report again and again of the amazing observation that cancer patients in a place automatically on the most heavily geopathically disturbed place to sit down tend. Apparently cancer patients are literally attracted by the "lousy vibration", and I would like to interpret this as a pathological and self-destructive sign when people do something harmful to them.

Another puzzle is the "unfortunate coincidence", because with today’s architecture, which regrettably ignores earth rays and fixes bedrooms in an immovable way in terms of planning (because that’s where the bedside counters are placed, etc.), it’s not always the case.), the individual has a one in ten risk of being in a severely geopathically disturbed bed after moving in, and a one in five risk of being in a moderately disturbed bed space. The question now is, what secret mechanisms are behind the ominous coincidence, so for example, whether one can derive a fateful destiny from it. Another question is why do people have self-destructive impulses in them?. Both questions lead into the next topic, that of karma and conflict.

Karma and conflict

In very many cancer patients, I find particularly large conflicts that act as energy blockages and are now considered by me to be important triggers of cancer. Often the so called "central conflict" is located exactly in the area of the primary tumor (or just as often in the corresponding energy segment). The central conflict is the largest of the average three to five major conflicts found in most patients over the course of one to two years of treatment. In addition, one must know that conflicts are always docked to a certain segment, for example, a mental conflict with the theme "anger" will always sit energetically in the upper abdomen ([Abb. 1]). The segment corresponding to the upper abdomen is the neck, so that, for example, a patient with liver cancer is disproportionately often

  • either a central conflict in the upper abdominal energy center (the 3. Chakra),
  • or the throat energy center (the 5. chakra) will show.

Major chakra3 conflict - Image: R. Banis

Fig. 1: The arrow symbolizes the "predatory Energy that the conflict drains from its bearer. Therefore, large conflicts often have more energy than the conflict bearer!

A typical example from a (unfortunately already deceased) patient may explain this:

Case study

This is a retiring 71 year old who is reserved and quite spry for his age.
He contracted hepatitis C during the Second World War, since then he has been largely healthy and has always taken care of his health.
Recently, jaundice appeared and advanced liver carcinoma was diagnosed in the clinic.

In the energy test only 60 % vital and 20 % emotional values, astonishingly no geopathy (the severely disturbed bed, in which he lay for decades, was already adjusted 3 years ago on the advice of a dowser). Active central conflict in the throat (corresponding to the upper abdomen) with the theme "hasty".
The patient confirms to be an inwardly very driven, restless person despite his outer calmness. Incidentally, central conflicts in the 5. Chakra typically around a phlegmatic character type (compulsive), which is already evident by his accurate writing when filling out the registration form. It also fits that he used to be appreciated as an office worker for his punctuality and orderliness.

According to his words, he rather suppressed feelings. One can see from the case of this patient that the central conflict not only determines the disturbed areas of the body, but also defines the individual personality.

By the way, most of the patients confirm the correctness of the conflict theme we found. Thus, a person with an anger central conflict will usually have problems with open aggression and will tend to swallow unpleasant things rather than speak his mind openly. Subliminally, feelings of rage and thoughts of revenge are bubbling up in him, but he usually represses them in front of himself and even more in front of others and does not want to admit them. During my research of many years I have found a total of 28 conflict themes, which can be docked to all energetic body segments from the head to the pelvis and have the most different themes ([fig. 2]).

The 28 conflict themes and the seven chakras - Photo: R. Banis

Fig. 2: The 28 conflict themes and the seven chakras

The question now arises as to where such conflicts come from. Because of its importance in cancer, I would like to focus on the central conflict. The current models of psychology and psychoanalysis claim that such conflicts come from early childhood. In fact, some patients, for example, with the central conflict "anger", remember being beaten or otherwise humiliated as a child. However, if we look more closely at the time when the conflict arose, inconsistencies emerge. Surprisingly many patients cannot connect their conflict theme with any childhood memories at all, which is usually excused by psychoanalysts with repression. Nevertheless, a certain uneasiness remains, because it hardly makes sense to a patient not to know about such life-deciding experiences, and not to hear anything about it even when asked by his own parents.

The first suspicion that conflicts might not have to do with experiences in the present life germinated after I found a central conflict already in newborns. Where should it have come from, especially since the mothers cannot remember any abnormalities during pregnancy. The mystery became clearer when more and more people with experience in reincarnation therapy, as well as especially mediumistic, highly vibrating people, told me about psychologically traumatizing key experiences in their past lives. And amazingly, their content coincided perfectly with the theme of the central conflict! In the meantime, my own experiences have convinced me more and more that we, as individual souls, have numerous lives behind us that constantly revolve around the central conflict theme, concerning both the soul dynamics of the family of origin and all other details of our own biography.

Patients with experience in reincarnation therapy show the same conflicts as those without such prior experience. That’s why I generally advise against reincarnation therapy (even out of curiosity), especially also because emotionally very upsetting experiences often later prove to be too disturbing to the soul. In addition, with energetically open, highly vibrating people, memories related to past lives often show up more and more spontaneously, which seems much more normal and healthy to me. Nevertheless, there are a few patients who are relatively stable mentally and for whom reincarnation therapy can do good.

Specifically, this means, for example, with an anger issue, having been terribly angry at some point in a previous life, but not having been allowed to show it, perhaps because you were powerless at the mercy of an injustice. From one incarnated life to the next, such people have their key themes "evil perpetrator/violent (angry) victim" or "power/(enraging) powerlessness" staged over and over again, as if one were dealing with an endless loop. Perpetrator and victim can change once in a while, but the decisive aspect is certainly the aspect of suppressed aggression, which is rarely acted out. From this point of view karma has then not the meaning of reparation, as many mistakenly believe, but leads to dull repetition of the same thing over and over again. One always unconsciously looks for a family, a partner or a life situation where one’s own mental theme can be dramatized and revived, so that, for example, as in the case of the conflict "anger", one coincidentally often has to experience a powerless rage.

If you look at the unconscious dynamics of any conflict, there is always a self-defeating component at play, as well as a greater or lesser lack of energy. people with the theme "anger" therefore very often tend to addictions, with which they want to compensate their lack of energy. They also tend to engage in other self-damaging behaviors, are often overweight (more rarely anorexic), smoke and drink too much, are often rather comfortable due to their inhibition of aggression and lack of energy, and therefore suffer from lack of exercise. When modern epidemiologists speak of cancer as a partially self-inflicted consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle, they are elevating a consequence to a cause from a psychoenergetic perspective, and overlooking deeper psychological dynamics. Because the unconsciously angry person does not only live unhealthy out of pure stupidity and convenience (this of course also plays a role), but is mainly driven to do so by his unconscious soul dynamics.

In addition, there is another fatal circumstance, which has to do with the psycho-energetic laws of resonance, according to which like tends to attract like. A person with a large active central conflict is therefore more likely to be in the predicament of having a geopathically disturbed bed, for example, through resonance. Presumably, he also notices the disturbing radiation of his bedstead less, in accordance with the common observation that low-energy people generally react in a more emotionally coarse and often downright blocked manner. They usually don’t even notice how much they are constantly damaging themselves through their lifestyle. Only when you dissolve their energy blockades, such people can again perceive the negativity and harmfulness of certain influences to which they were previously exposed unnoticed. Incidentally, this also includes negative social influences, for example in the form of a destructive partnership.

Another very difficult question deals with the question whether a reincarnating soul knows what is coming. For if one prenatally chooses a body with a cancerous tendency, one would basically be responsible for one’s disease oneself. However, this seems to me to be rather the exception, for instance in the case of congenital disabilities and certain early childhood tumors, where the soul senses exactly what is coming up. Furthermore, it seems to me that only a few people like highly evolved Tibetan lamas are able to choose their rebirth in a conscious way. I believe that most people get into certain rebirths through unconscious tendencies and laws of resonance, which they obey willlessly. In addition, the important postulate of free will speaks against a theory of predestination – those who believe in karma as immutable fate, as is still partly the case in India (according to the opinion of India experts, by the way, a major reason for the socially crippling backwardness of the caste system), see people as will-less robots, which they undoubtedly are not.

In summary, I believe that no divine providence or sinister forces are to blame for cancer, but that people cause their own illness to a greater or lesser extent. On the one hand, they do this by misbehavior such as smoking, obesity and the like, as modern medicine has epidemiologically established, but behind this lie unconscious self-damaging behaviors that have to do with conflict. Thus, behind the backdrop of the superficial events are hidden ancient mental wounds that drive us to do something harmful unconsciously. This also includes the dullness towards many harmful factors such as earth rays, cigarette smoke, environmental toxins or electrosmog, the laziness due to lack of energy, which leads to lack of exercise and the human social self-destruction of leading a more or less dissatisfied or even unhappy life. All these factors are pieces of a puzzle, the importance of which varies depending on the case – therefore, one has to see the totality of the problem, which is essentially controlled by unconscious conflicts.

Cancer therapy through energy therapy

Once the meaning of the central conflict is understood, the question naturally arises as to whether its cure can prevent or even cure cancer. The described example of the liver cancer patient proves that conflict healing in advanced tumors at most improves the quality of life and – as the patient’s son told me later – can make the suffering of his dying father bearable until the end (he hardly needed painkillers until the end). In the case of less advanced tumors, however, we see amazing improvements, especially when energy therapy is started directly after surgery and radiation or chemotherapy. Such patients often tolerate chemotherapy much better and, judging from the cases I and other therapists working in a similar way treat, seem to show much less relapse and metastasis.

Another glimmer of hope to prevent cancer in time consists in an early energy treatment. The best proof of this are numerous elderly people who have remained healthy into old age, in whom I can find no active conflicts and no other energy blockages such as earth rays. Apparently they owe much of their health to their unblocked energy. If one would now dissolve and prevent energy blockages in time (best already in childhood), above all by dissolving the conflicts, by geopathy-free beds, less electrosmog (e.g., by using a new energy source), then one would be in a better health.B. cell phones) etc., much would already be gained. Because such energetically sensitive children would automatically avoid self-damaging behaviors, which are often a cry for help from the soul, i.e. smoking, high-proof alcohol, other drugs, obesity and lack of exercise. In my estimation, this would drastically reduce the probability of developing cancer later on.


Cancer is conceived by some people – especially in esoteric circles – as karmic guilt, supposedly serving as retribution for past misdeeds. Many sufferers develop feelings of guilt based on this theory and become depressed because they feel guilty at a deep psychological level in the development of their disease.

The question is whether there is any relationship between karma and cancer, and what is the significance of this?. The lecturer has spent more than 30 years as a physician, alternative practitioner and researcher working intensively on this topic. He has studied many spiritual models and has his own method called "Psychosomatic Energetics" developed for tracing hidden psychic conflicts and studying their meaning content. A differentiated picture of cancer development has emerged, showing that the truth is probably more complex than conventional karma theories would have us believe.

Presented as a lecture at the 12. International Cancer Congress of the Society for Biological Cancer Defense e.V. (GfBK), May 2004, Celle


Correspondence address

Dr. med. Reimar Banis
Rubimed AG, Med. Department
Grossmat 3, CH-6052 Hergiswil

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