The recovery from Parkinson’s is a soul, mind, and body recovery. The days can be difficult and sometimes the journey can be lonely. It is wonderful to have all of you here cheering each other on. However, on a personal level, to be successful in your recovery, you need to know the answer to this question, “Aren’t you worth it?” is absolutely, “Yes, I am worth it!!!”
I conclude every one of my posts by reminding you that, “You are worth it!!!” However, my knowing this about you is not what matters the most. The others cheering you on who know this about you is not what matters the most. You knowing this about you, that you are worth it, is what matters the most.
Here are some reminders to assist you in knowing that you absolutely are worthy and deserving of this recovery, that you are worth it.
Ultimately, your recovery comes down to faith, attitude, and action to make progress. I will begin with action.
Action. In the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, there are medical Qigong exercises that require you to take action to fight your Parkinson’s. These are not general Qigong exercises that one would learn taking an introductory Qigong class. These are medical Qigong exercises designed to heal the liver and kidneys and help them function better. Since one of the causes of Parkinson’s is: “Kidney and Liver, Wind, Deficiency, which is caused by overwork and insufficient rest which unbalances the body’s natural rhythm,” I researched medical Qigong to focus my initial action to rectify these deficiencies.
Qigong in general. Your hearts pumps your blood through your body. Your lymph system needs your assistance to move it throughout your body to build up immunities and cleanse toxins. Enter Qigong. Qigong is known as a soft exercise in that it does not require a whole lot of physical exertion, but it still builds up internal energy because you are moving your body slowly and stimulating your lymph system.
Medical Qigong for Liver and Kidneys in the Recipe. The slow Qigong movements are focused on these specific organs. However, there are additional benefits. The liver is paired with the gallbladder as an organ system. The kidneys are paired with the bladder as an organ system. And, the lungs (it is not possible to do these Qigong exercises without breathing in a whole lot more oxygen than just sitting around) are paired with the large intestine as an organ system.
So, by doing these medical Qigong exercises, you are working on healing your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, lungs and large intestine. It is why many people have reported back to me that within days of beginning the Recipe, they notice an increase in energy, their bowel movements have become regular and easy, their sense of smell has returned, that although they still feel pain, their shoulders and knees are looser, they can turn their head and look back when backing up their car…these are small signs of progress, but they are signs of progress nonetheless.
Here is how I envision the Qigong is working: I am going back to my Titanic analogy, but taking it to the next level. Here is what I have said on this point in the past: “You did not get Parkinson’s the day you got diagnosed, and it is not going to go away the day after the diagnosis. The captain of the Titanic only saw the tip of the iceberg, if that, but an ice mountain had been growing for a long time beneath the surface. When Parkinson’s finally breaks to the surface, there are a mountain of layers below that need to be dealt with to beat the disease.”
Now, envision the mountain of ice below the surface that sunk the Titanic. Further, envision that you are placed deep into the center of this mountain of ice and you have a tiny hammer and chisel. Your goal is that each day you will chip away at the ice in a symmetrical manner. To an onlooker at the surface, they cannot even see you are in there chipping away. To an onlooker at the surface, the iceberg looks just as solid as it did the very first time they saw it.
Every day you are chipping away more and more, and every day the onlooker at the surface sees no progress. On one particular day, somebody who knows you are in there tells the onlooker, “Hey, there is a person in the middle of that iceberg with a small hammer and chisel chipping away.” The onlooker shakes their head and tells the person, “If that is so, they are crazy and they are wasting their time. I have been looking at this iceberg every day and I see absolutely no change at all.”
Ask yourself this: “If every day I am inside that iceberg chipping away and watching the hole inside get larger and larger, aren’t I making progress?” And, ask yourself this: “If every day I am inside that iceberg chipping away and watching the hole inside get larger and larger, does it really matter what the iceberg looks like on the surface in determining whether I am making progress?” How about this: “When I chip away at this iceberg in a symmetrical manner and I finally reach the outer edges, won’t the entire iceberg go away and won’t it happen quickly?”
There it is in a nutshell (or iceberg), how the Recipe works. After nine months of doing the Recipe and seeing very little improvement of my symptoms, I started seeing a lot of improvement and two weeks later I had no symptoms. The causes were removed and the disease went away. This is also known as full recovery. And since I stopped doing the Recipe that day and over five years later, no symptoms have returned, this is also known as being cured.
The medical Qigong in the Recipe amounts to you taking action. The medical Qigong in the Recipe amounts to you chipping away at the iceberg from the inside out. To an onlooker, you look like you are accomplishing nothing, that you are crazy and wasting your time. Yes, your symptoms are an annoyance and an inconvenience, but I was not focused on relieving my symptoms. Instead, I was focused on ridding myself of Parkinson’s, and then the symptoms would go away. Actually experiencing the symptoms is what gave me the insight to understand what needed to be accomplished to beat this disease. I saw the enemy, I was able to endure what it had to deliver, I learned what I needed to learn to defeat it, and I took action. Every day you do something to defeat this disease, you are making progress.
That is the purpose of medical Qigong for the Liver and Kidneys…even though you may not feel your organs healing from deep inside, they are. How do I know this? Faith, faith, faith…and success. I recovered. I am cured.
Faith. At the beginning, you have to have faith in your own recovery, faith in the process you are using to lead you down the path to recovery, and faith in yourself to see it through to the end of the recovery path.
Attitude. You have to keep a good attitude so that no matter how you feel, you know you are making progress because you have faith that you are on the correct path.
Action. I have said many times that faith without action is meaningless for Parkinson’s recovery. Action proves faith! Action says, “I so firmly believe that I will recover that I am willing to do Qigong exercises every day even if I cannot actually feel them healing me from deep within and even if I do not get immediate relief of my symptoms.” Some people think this kind of faith is crazy. I feel that this kind of faith leads to recovery. Did you ever stop to think that the same people who call this kind of faith crazy actually have no faith at all in recovery? They still feel that one cannot recover from Parkinson’s. You are proving them wrong.
Progress. Every day you wake up in the morning you are making progress on your path of life. Every day you do something in furtherance of fighting your Parkinson’s you are making progress on the path of Parkinson’s recovery. With strong faith, a great attitude, and proper action, you come to the realization that every day you employ this formula, you are making progress.
And, one day you may wake up making progress in the path of life and realize that you have successfully completed the path of Parkinson’s recovery. It will be overwhelming. You will be cured.
So, what are you doing in the moment, NOW? Why not grab onto some strong faith and a great attitude, and start taking some proper action with the Recipe, NOW! Aren’t you worth it?
Look inside yourself and find the answer, “Yes, I am worth it!!!”
Absolutely, each and every one of you:
YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
All my best,