Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope, plus faith, plus action

I will be the first one to acknowledge that fighting Parkinson’s requires a lot of hope and a lot of faith. However, I also will be the first one to tell you that no matter how much hope and faith you have in your recovery, hope and faith without action are meaningless in Parkinson’s recovery.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, but you never study and learn the material, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, but you do not swing the club, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, but you do not take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, and you study for 5 minutes, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, and it is the first time you have hit a golf ball, and you hit only 1 ball, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, and you take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go 1 time, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition.

Think about this:

  1. If you hope to pass a test in a subject where you have no previous knowledge and you have faith in yourself, and you study every day for one hour for a few months leading up to the test, what is your chance of success?
  2. If you stand at the Par 3 tee and hope for a hole-in-one and have faith in your ability to make a hole-in-one, and you have taken golf lessons and hit an hour’s worth of balls from that tee to that hole every day for a few months, what is your chance of success?
  3. If you hope for a bullseye and have faith in your ability to make a bullseye, and you take the arrow out of the quiver, place it in the bow, pull it back, aim and let go after practicing an hour a day for a few months, what is your chance of success?

You need action to bring your hope and faith to fruition…continuing, repetitive action. Action is success, in and of itself. The Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is soul, mind, and body action. Doing the Recipe is success in your recovery journey just in the doing.

As Shunryu Suzuki says in Not Always So, a bullseye is the result of 99 misses. Hope and faith are the things that get you coming back day after day after day and doing the same thing, which increases your hope and faith that you will be successful, which increases the vigor with which you perform your actions.

The saying from Dan Millman that sat next to my computer screen for years said, “We can control efforts, not outcomes.” I agree with this. However, I have found that although I may not be able to “control” the outcome, the more I stay focused on positive efforts and the more I repeat them with the hope and the faith of a desired outcome, the more likely I am to be successful with the desired outcome.

I knew I would recover from Parkinson’s, and every day I controlled my efforts. I had hope and I had faith, and they were the fuel that ignited my undying action and my passion to succeed by enjoying the journey on the way to my full recovery.

Repeat this phrase, “I have the power to heal myself.” Okay! Now, put it into action with your best efforts. Believe in yourself and your recovery.

Control your efforts. Grab onto the Recipe, and take action in your recovery. The success is in the doing.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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16 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope, plus faith, plus action

  1. Jan - UK says:

    I am sitting at the computer in my gym gear ready to do some cycle excercise and the recipe quigong — if I was putting it off ( excuses! ) — this blog was a definate nudge to get my act together — thanks Howard, a true warrior leader .

  2. Sharon says:

    Thank you for this encouraging blog.

  3. Chris Meyer says:

    So I can’t directly control the outcome of my recovery?
    But by taking action, I can influence the outcome?

    I guess I’ll take that!

    So hope and faith help me take action,
    and action can help improve outcomes.

    Looks like there’s plenty of reason to take action,
    aside from the fact that action is fun!

    Have fun taking action all my dear friends,
    and see how good action can feel!

    Chris in Wisconsin

  4. Penny Wassman says:

    Hello again dear Howard…thank you for this inspiring and empowering post…it helps me to realize I have choice and there’s a kind of surrender involved within that idea…I can choose to (a) surrender to Parkinson’s and with it, the diagnosis of incurable disease… or (b) surrender to faith, acceptance, and curiosity…there’s lots for me to learn as I take action and choose the journey to recovery. You’ve laid the how to’s all out for us on your website…I am so very grateful.

  5. Karen Wise says:

    Another great week, another blog and we are all moving forward towards recovery! We are having a beautiful fall here in Wisconsin. Last night all the yellow maple leaves fell to the streets and sidewalks of my little neighborhood like a yellow blanket. It is wonderful to be alive and loving life! I say roll over to PD because I am living the dream!

  6. Henrik from Sweden says:

    Thank you Howard and all of you! With the book and the recipe in action I have a new Life. This was proven by my recent visit to my neurologist. To my big surprise he gave me his full support regarding my progress following the recipe (!). I can tell you it was a big surprise for him also, (even if he admitted he has seen progress with TCM Before). My PD was discovered in an early stage. My neurologist also said I do not have to visit him again, because I am not taking his pills anyway… Even if lot of hard work still remain, I have a happy Life now!

    • Chris Meyer says:

      I’m pretty much in the same boat, Henrik. Symptoms were never terrible, took a light dose of the pills for a short time early on based on the advice of my first neurologist. Then I switched neurologists, dropped the meds, started Howard’s TCM/soul-mind-body method and never looked back. My current neurologist wants me to keep seeing him because he works at a university research hospital and wants to find out why I am doing so well.

      Let us keep at it and go for our full recoveries!

      Best regards,

      Chris in Wisconsin

      • Henrik from Sweden says:

        Thankyou Chris! Let´s keep in touch.

      • Akhil Mahajan says:

        Hi Chris, nice to hear you are recovering. How long have you been doing this recipe?

        • Chris Meyer says:

          Hi Akhil,

          I’d say about two years. Aside from my physical health holding or improving, I’m most pleased with improved anger and worry management – the core causes of PD in my view. I’m having more fun and helping others have more fun. In fact, I’m having a good time writing this note to a nice guy like you.

          Thanks for prompting me to write this with your simple question. I’m reminding myself of the importance and total legitimacy of just having a good time.

          Best regards and good luck to you,

          Chris

  7. Margaret says:

    Wow it’s so encouraging to hear of everyone’s progress. I too am improving phenomenally, I have reduced the dosages in my alternative protocol. I have less symptoms now and feel much better physically/mentally/emotionally and spiritually than when I was taking the larger dosage and maybe than I have in forever. I am also newly diagnosed Jan 2017. I am so grateful to Howard and the recipe and this community. I look forward now to a bright future
    Thank you Howard, I am and we are worth it !!!!!

  8. Rosa says:

    Hello Howard,
    I’m new to this blog. This is my first comment. My husband and I just finished reading your book and my husband is following the recipe.
    I have a question he keeps asking. While doing the exercise for the brain vibration, the faster he repeats the chant the more vigorous his hands shake. Why do you think this is so? Is it normal for the tremors to increase when he increases the speed of the chant?
    Thank you

  9. Rosa says:

    Thank you so much, Howard. I’m honored to have received a reply this quickly directly from you. You have become a household name in our family.
    It is very encouraging knowing this is normal and an indication that the energy from his brain is actually increasing and pushing through to overcome the blockages.
    Many blessings and good wishes to you for making a difference and giving hope to so many who have been misguided by western medicine that there is no hope for recovery.
    Does anyone know if pressure on the vertebrae should be light or heavy when performing the governing vessel meridian messages?

    • Howard says:

      Hi Rosa,

      You are welcome. Thank you for your kind words. Light pressure on GV acupressure because it is on the spine. Wishing you and your husband well.

      Blessings,
      Howard

  10. Rosa says:

    Hello Howard,

    Thank you so much. I was using too much pressure. So good to know.

    Wishing you health and happiness always.
    Rosa

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