With Parkinson’s, many of you have gotten used to not relying on yourself. I was trying to think of a way to express my feelings on this issue, and I decided it was time to go back to Oz as the place to re-energize the “self-reliance for recovery” conversation.
When first you are confronted with Parkinson’s, you are scared and you feel lost, much like how Dorothy felt when she landed in Oz. Parkinson’s is a strange territory outside your comfort zone and you lose confidence in who you are and what you should do. So, what do you do?
Initially, you are not certain what to do, so, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you follow a path with the hope of finding the answers from somebody at the end of the path. Along the way, Dorothy asks a scarecrow with no brain what he thinks she should do, and Dorothy asks a tin man with no heart how she should feel, and Dorothy asks a lion with no courage how she should be brave on her journey.
Clearly, she has lost confidence in herself…truly she is lost. She is so lost that she is willing to take a ride from a complete stranger who is supposed to fly her back to twister-ridden Kansas using a hot air balloon.
Finally, Glinda tells Dorothy that she had the power to go home the entire time. Dorothy had the power to heal herself. My best guess is that if you go to the store and buy some ruby slippers, click your heels three times and say, “I don’t want Parkinson’s, I don’t want Parkinson’s, I don’t want Parkinson’s,” you still will have Parkinson’s.
However, what if you say to yourself, “I have the power to heal myself.” “I have the power to heal myself.” “I have the power to heal myself.” And then you do something about it…you genuinely rely on yourself with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. You pick your Recipe soul, mind, and body recovery path, you get on your path, and you do not leave your path until you have recovered from Parkinson’s Disease.
Along the way many people will have an opinion about what you should do, and they all mean well. However, as a person once said to me, “My naturopath recommended what I should do, my yoga instructor recommended what I should do, my Qigong instructor recommended what I should do, and none of the recommendations were the same. It occurred to me that at the end of the day, I was the only one of the four of us who was going home with Parkinson’s Disease, so I might as well rely on myself for what I should do.”
And while you are relying on yourself to make this decision to do the Recipe and head down your recovery path, know that you are supported. Yes, supported. You are part of a world-wide community of courageous warriors doing the Recipe.
Feel assured that when you are doing the physical part of the Recipe, somebody else is doing it with you. When you are meditating, somebody else is doing it with you. When you are doing spiritual work, you are being connected to your Higher Self, and through the Universal Energy, we are being connected to each other. Yes, being connected to each other in the soul, mind, and body recovery Recipe…being, just being…all together as one strong force of recovery.
Years ago I saw an ad for a motivational seminar, and the catch-phrase is applicable here. It said:
“There are three kinds of people in life:
Those who make things happen.
Those who watch things happen.
And those who say, ‘What just happened?’
Which one are you???”
All of you know which one you need to be if you want to recover from Parkinson’s…let’s MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? How about grabbing hold of the Recipe, taking a dose of confidence and self-reliance, and heading down your path to your full recovery. You deserve it! Don’t you agree?
You are worth it!!!
All my best,