Last week, I concluded one of my posts: “‘I have the power to heal myself.’ And I did. ‘You have the power to heal yourself.’ And you are. ‘Together we have the power to heal the world.’ This blog regularly is being read in 60 countries, so have no doubt that together we have the power to heal the world.” Today, let’s focus on “‘You have the power to heal yourself.’ And you are.”
To begin, please repeat this phrase until you feel it sink in and you own it: “I have the power to heal myself.” This is something you have to believe if you want to recover from Parkinson’s Disease. Ask yourself these questions, and a simple process of elimination will prove the point:
1. Does my doctor have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
2. Do my medications have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
3. Do my supplements have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
4. Does my physical therapist or massage therapist have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
5. Does my yoga, or Qigong, or Tai Chi, instructor have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
6. Does my Yin Tui Na (FSR) foot holder have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
7. Does Howard Shifke have the power to heal me to recovery? No.
8. Do I have the power to heal myself to recovery? Yes.
So, if we want to recover, we need to look at ourselves and individually say, “I have the power to heal myself!” And we have to know it, and we have to take action to implement it. We need to welcome the responsibility of our recovery and feel empowered that yes, “I have the power to heal myself!” Yes I do!!!
Although I do not have the power to heal you to recovery, I offer you my Recipe for Recovery, my personal road map following my path to recovery. Also, I offer one-on-one coaching for those who want one-on-one personalized guidance in following the Recipe for Recovery, and insight and assistance with the daily ups and downs of dealing with Parkinson’s and dealing with recovery from Parkinson’s.
I am hopeful that by providing the Recipe for Recovery, you feel empowered to scream, “I have the power to heal myself!” This is important because it is you, not me or anybody else, who has to take the responsibility to explore your own Parkinson’s and do something about it if you wish to recover. The feedback I have received privately echoes what people have commented publicly — once we understand that we have the power to heal ourselves and we start down the path to recovery, it becomes very empowering, and “I have the power to heal myself” becomes self-perpetuating.
Why? Because as we do the Recipe for Recovery, we feel ourselves healing from deep within. Some people have expressed it as an emotional shift; some have expressed it as feeling empowered; some people have expressed it as feeling energy circulating in their bodies; some people have expressed it as an improvement in their bowel functions; some people have expressed it as getting back their sense of smell; some people have expressed it as a spiritual awakening; some people couldn’t put words to it but expressed it as that nice feeling you get inside when you know you are doing the right thing. All of these actually say pretty much the same thing: “I have the power to heal myself. I have taken the responsibility to do something about it. I feel empowered by doing this, and I am seeing positive results.”
Quite a few people have expressed to me that what makes sense to them about the Recipe is that all other Parkinson’s “therapies” that they had tried had them relying on somebody else to help them…and the somebody else who was helping them did not believe they could recover from Parkinson’s. With the Recipe, they are relying on themselves, for the first time, in their Parkinson’s recovery, and not only do they believe they will recover, but they are on their path to recovery holding the personal road map of somebody who recovered. How empowering is that?
So, no, I do not have the power to heal you. However, my Recipe for Recovery healed me, and many people have been posting the positive results of how it is healing them on their path to recovery.
As Dr. Sha would say, “If you want to know if a pear is sweet, taste it.” If you want to know if the Recipe for Recovery will work for you as well as those who are doing it, give it a try. Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,
Thank you, Howard. The shift from believing that Parkinson’s is an incurable degenerative disease to believing I could heal myself has been one of the most profound and amazing experiences in my life. I remember it as a specific moment when I really got it, when I realized I did not need to follow the horrific progression of this disease that I had been reading about obsessively. It was one of the happiest days of my life, like being released from prison. When I first encountered your blog and realized that people can and DO, in fact, recover, I switched from thinking about at what stage I would kill myself to a willingness to at least try believing in my power to heal myself. Such a great alternative! And for me, it is working.
Though I know that not you nor anyone other than myself has the power to heal me, I will always be grateful to you for the gift of your Recipe for Recovery, your friendship, and your support along the way.
With love and best wishes to you, Marie
Hi Marie. You are welcome! You are an inspiration to all of us. As we have discussed, it takes a lot of faith, in yourself and in the path to recovery, to first believe you can recover, and then to take action in furtherance of your own recovery. And then for you, as you say, “it is working.” How exciting is that! Good for you.
With gratitude and love,
Hi I too have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was so relieved to read Howard’s recipe and words, as I have felt after the initial shock and sadness something in me knew there has to be an alternative way,and here it is I believe.
Thankyou Howard fr documenting what you did and felt in your recovery, I am on the way to recovery as I believe it is possible. I have now started the recipe!
By the grace of God go I.
Welcome to the blog! We all are happy to have you here, and are delighted that you have been able to get past the initial shock and sadness and are taking control of your recovery. Good for you!
I agree with Helen. After the first shock of my diagnosis, I wanted to believe there was something else. People encouraged me to get involved with forums and group therapy, however, I shied away from those. I felt that getting involved with other people on this disastrous road of taking more meds and more meds and more meds with no real results would be counterproductive. I LOVE this blog and the comments. We are all on the road to RECOVERY! That is so inspiring and encouraging! The difference between this blog and other PD forums is that we have HOPE! It’s not blind faith, because we are seeing real results! I’m excited to begin the full recipe the end of October when I am drug-free! Stay the course, all! I wish you well! Teri
Thank you, Teri. We love that you are here and that you are participating in the comments and the discussions. And, we LOVE that you recognize that yes, you are connecting with a group of people on the road to RECOVERY!
With gratitude and love,
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