The ego mind looks to the past. It is a function of what already has occurred, and it simply cannot see how wonderful life can be in the future. It fights you because it knows when you open your heart and soul in faith, you surrender the ego mind.
It is the lack of surrender of the ego mind attachment to the disease that keeps you where you are. If you look at the end of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, you can see where I had to surrender my ego mind attachment to the disease to finish my recovery. “Dear God, I surrender my ego to you. I surrender my attachment to my Parkinson’s Disease to you. I am not afraid anymore….”
What was I afraid of? Everything! I was afraid of “what comes next.” Essentially, fear of life. Life presented too many opportunities to make a mistake, say the wrong thing, worry what others were thinking, etc.
My ego mind kept saying “stay where you are, it is miserable here, but at least you know what to expect each day. How can you trust that if you take the leap of faith that things will be better.” Fear, fear, and of course, FEAR! (False Evidence Appearing Real). That is the way of the ego mind.
It is why when I finally said, “Okay God, I surrender to you. Take me, all of me,” the “me” was my ego mind. The ego mind cannot create a future it has not seen. Since it cannot see the future like God can see the future, the ego mind keeps us locked up in fear of surrendering our future to God.
This makes no sense because God is in charge whether we surrender to God or not. The surrender of the ego mind opens the heart and soul to all of God’s graces and blessings of love, joy, gratitude, and yes, yes, yes…RECOVERY! Know it, and be it.
Surrendering the ego mind is not giving up your free will. Simply put, surrendering the ego mind is not trying to control everything by trying to impose your will over God’s will. It has to do with acceptance, surrender, and gratitude.
Acceptance. Surrender. Gratitude.
1. Acceptance. I accept what is happening in my life. God’s will.
2. Surrender. I surrender. Nobody owes me an explanation why whatever is happening in my life actually is happening. God’s will.
3. Gratitude. I am grateful for my life, so I am grateful for what is happening in my life. God’s will.
Combination of the three. “Thank you, God. I am grateful for my life, so I am grateful for what is happening in my life. I will take it from here.” Your free will. You decide what to do next, what solution is needed if any, where to take it from here.
Your recovery is inside you already. Use the word “I” to refer to your spirit, your soul. Have faith in God and help your soul grow in abundance to clean out the toxicity of the mind and body:
“I am better already. Thank you, God. I am grateful.”
Have these words on your lips and in your heart and soul at all times. They represent trust and faith in God, and they squash your ego mind into submission to God’s healing power.
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Note: In case you missed the exciting news in the previous blog post, Elaine J. had her full recovery. Click here to read all about it!
Thank you, Howard.
Wonderful words to keep in mind: “I am better already. Thank you, God. I am grateful.”
Sharon in North Carolina
Hi Howard, “Wonderful Post“ I really appreciate all you do! You have helped me so much
Wonderfully put Howard and so, so true!
My ego mind kept me trapped in my PD body for a long time – letting it go and surrendering has given healing on every level and incredible joy in this beautiful life.
I am thankful!
Peace and love to all,
Oh boy. I know that ego mind 🙄
The longer I do the recipe the more I realise the importance of surrender. It feels as if surrender is the cornerstone of Recovery.
thank you Howard for sharing
Thank you Howard. Sometimes I do feel stuck in the same routine every day. I will work on letting go and be less controlling and ego minded.
Beautiful and simply put! I think my ego mind likes to complicate matters!
“I am better already. Thank you, God. I am grateful”
Love and healing to all !
Have a wonderful memorial day weekend!
Thanks you Howard,
You always come with the right words in the right moment,
Love to you all,
I can’t negotiate with God, but how to surrender without a willing force.
When I say this: “I am better already. Thank you, God. I am grateful.”
Ego says: Oh is it? Where how? I don’t believe it ?
But one progress I made: my sister called me and said this yesterday evening:
Je straalde en hebt een hele mooie zachte uitdrukking en vol rust. 🌈❤️
(Translation: You are beaming and have a very nice soft expression in your face and are full of peace 🌈❤️”)
There comes the ego: that I look calm is because of my slowing 🤣🤣🙄🙄
I was just a couple of days thinking how to tap into spiritual life. Ha, God heard it and said Howard please tell them over and over again. Otherwise, they might loose faith.
Thank you Howard
So trust in God and believe the almighty universe has my back? Sounds so naive, my ego mind has a field day with this – and yet…
There are practical benefits to living with such faith and confidence: I tend to perform better when I’m not shaking in my boots, and I’m generally happier, too.
Anecdotally, I’ve had the darnedest things happen when I’ve just let go and prayed!
Sure, I could say the universe is just one big collection of unlikely events, so don’t get too excited, but I’m not giving up on my miracles that easily. I’ve decided that we’re here to learn to trust and work with this intelligent and benevolent universe.
Come to think of it, what other choice do we really have anyway?
Winding up for the leap in Wisconsin,
It truley is a wonderful life .. I want to wake up and smell the coffee every single day .. with Howard’s resolve .. we can make it .. we are worth it .. xx
Thanks for this wonderful advice, dear Howard!!👍
Thank you Howard
I have been having a lot of trouble lately with my ego so this was very apropos for me. Maybe I can let go now. Thank you Howard.
Pat R. in AZ
ps I’m still looking for someone about my age to pen pal with. I’m 86 on June 14.