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Making A Believer

While in Atlanta, at The Southeastern Parkinson Conference, I had the honor to perform  Reiki (an ancient form of hands-on energy work), on almost a dozen conference participants. Some had tried the therapy but most had not.

Even having done Reiki on hundreds, if not more, I am continually impressed and in awe of what I have seen result from a session:

– One gentleman hadn’t slept well and 3 minutes into the session slept for about another  25 minutes. Like most Reiki recipients, I saw his eyes get clearer, his facial expression soften, and his stress melt away. He was relaxed and at peace, following the session.

– Another gentleman was battling with his body with a bout of energy draining dyskinesia  (severe and tiring uncontrollable body twitching an moving) that had plagued him all day. After a brief 15 minute session, his twitching subsided for the day or more.

– Two friends were exhausted and worn out. Following both their sessions, their stiff limbs softened and released as did much of their stress.

– I got to help a friend who had a severe tremor in her foot which caused the whole leg to shake. After less than 10 minutes, her tremor stopped and she fell into a deep relaxing slumber.

These are just a few of the wonderful transformations that I have seen and personally experienced. Reiki came into my life over 15 years ago. I know for certain that due to Reiki, I feel better, continue to improve, and have a tool that I find helps me get better. I am not a scientist but after all the people that I have seen benefit from Reiki, there is little doubt that Reiki has real merit.

Skepticism

I am neither a doctor nor am I a scientist. I am simply a Parkinson’s patient living over 25 years with what I have been told is a “progressive, degenerative, and chronic illness”. My theories hold no scientific merit and my empirical data is close to nil, and yet  the proof is in the results of my actions. As I write this blog post, I can tell you here and now that I am as well as I have been in many many years. I don’t reveal this information for applause or braggadocio but to explain that I truly believe there may be tweaks, nudges, and slight alterations to our “conventional” perception of illness to take it even farther. Call it faith, call it hope, call it luck, but if it works for you and you improve why put a label on it? Just accept that what works for you works for you.

As a Reiki practitioner and master, I can tell you that I have seen a change of some sort in every person that I have worked on over the past 15 years. The distinct change in the  person’s eyes, the calmness in their demeanor, the deepening of their breath, and often the clarity of their mind are noticeable results following a Reiki treatment. Even when the client is unable to identify a change or is unable to recognize any difference, it is often quite obvious to the energy worker.

Reiki has given me such peace, control, and strength. I found it as a skeptic but when I discovered the tremendous benefits of calmness and energy that it brought me, I new this was what I needed. That was 15 years ago. I am not supposed to get better, but I am. I have no doubt that Reiki is one of the key tools to my success.

I have little doubt that we humans are susceptible to many stressors that we don’t often think my be a stressor. Consider electricity, Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) and exposure to busy streets, or a hectic and loud room. For me, if I am exposed to high energy power lines or even an electronic store full of appliances, I can feel that energy bombarding my body and going right through me.

If carrying crystals or stones in your pocket calms your mind and body and you feel an attachment to the energy of the object, by all means, do it. As wacky as it may sound, I have found benefit and protection by carrying stones with certain properties. At little cost and no risk, what is the harm in carrying a piece of quartz and malachite to see if it helps.

Putting a cap or at least reducing your stress level will no doubt reduce your symptoms, improve your state of mind, and improve your sleep. Sometimes taking a break from outside influences like television news, newspapers, reality TV, and people with negative attitudes, will seem like a vacation. You need positivity and to hear the good stuff. What we hear, see, and touch leaves and imprint on us. If the mind is a computer and we program it with negative software, the more likely we are going to need to upgrade our virus protection.

If we remain skeptical and close-minded about exploring options that are foreign to us, we cheat ourselves and an awaiting opportunity. If you are open enough to explore a complementary therapy, I encourage you to investigate the therapy and practitioner, go in with an open mind, and be flexible to try another therapy if you discover this therapy isn’t right for you. Make sure the therapy is noninvasive, within your budget, and that the person doing the therapy is certified and experienced.

A Soft Voice in A Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease – 12/12/12 Book Launch!

To all our friends, followers and fans – I am excited to announce that today/Wednesday 12/12/12, I’m officially launching my first book: A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease.

As today is 12/12/12, I’m asking you to help promote the book by doing one or more of the following to help us get the word out about the book.

I hope you enjoy my book and find health and hope!
Karl

Getting Away

What a beautiful day!

I am back after a brief respite. I had forgotten how important vacations can be and just what they can do to recharge your energy. I took almost 5000 pictures on my trip out West. I thought I’d share this one. Enjoy!

What Does A “Cure” Mean?

What does a cure mean to you? Does it mean stopping the illness dead where it is or does it mean a complete elimination of the illness totally and completely?

These questions are not easily answered and are a puzzle for patients, researchers, doctors, and most of the rest of those involved in the Parkinson’s disease community. I have pondered the question for some time now and think I may have a realistic idea of what may be a fair idea of a cure.

My perception of a cure, at this stage of my life, is a treatment or medication that halts disease progression and at least minimizes symptoms of illness with no side effects or bodily harm. To this date, the closest thing to my definition is the power of Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Vegetarian Diet,Medication Management and Reducing Stress. It has taken me years to find what works for me. I believe that we  must find what works best for ourselves (avoiding anything harmful) through self discovery and the help of our doctors. What will work for some may not work for others. We are all unique and different. Keep an open mind. I’d like to think that we can all find the “cure” that we seek.

That’s my take on it.

I just watched Michael J. Fox’s interview with Diane Sawyer. While I can’t say that I agree 100 percent with everything he says in the interview, I will say, I agree with his optimism and strongly suggest that finding the positives in your life and not focusing on the negatives will make life more enjoyable.  Here is the interview: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/18/michael-j-fox-looks-past-stem-cells-in-search-for-parkinsons-cure/

What Are You Willing To Do To Help Yourself?

How far are you willing to go to help yourself? Would you try a complementary therapy that  made little sense to you but may have real benefit? Would you sell your favorite objects to gain back your health? Would you change your diet, your job, and/or your residence to get better? How open is your mind to the investigation of learning to find the answers of your illness and healing yourself?

Whether you have Parkinson’s disease, have some other ailment, or issue in your life, there is probably an element in your life that could use improving. I have yet to meet the individual who has been able to manage their daily stress, issues from their past, or fears, and not be in need of at least a little assistance.

Today, I can say that I am better now than I was 10 years ago. Having had Parkinson’s for over 20 years, I see this as remarkable and nearly miraculous. My medications haven’t changed for many years and if they have changed at all, it was a slight reduction in pills and not an increase. I can control almost all of my symptoms thanks to Reiki (complementary therapy energy work—see my prior postings on Reiki). I am not at 100 percent, yet, but it took a long time to get sick and it will a long time to totally heal.

I don’t like the words “chronic”, “degenerative”,   and “incurable”, and yet these are the words that label Parkinson’s and so many other illnesses. With these words, the medical community offers nothing but doom and gloom when what is needed is encouragement for motivation and life change.  Hope and direction is often what the patient needs. Sometimes a shift in thinking, perception, outlook, emotions, diet, lifestyle, and openness to healing is enough to make the transition improving one’s condition and see an improvement. For myself,  the gradual  transition to improving took time, energy, dedication, and sacrifice. Getting better for most of us Is not going to be a quick and easy fix, but if you open your mind to explore outside your comfort zone, you may very well find yourself seeing improvement in your overall health.

The Power Of Touch

Hollywood over several decades has subtly exposed the world to Reiki whether you know it or not. Whether it was Starman with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, The Karate Kid, The Matrix, Elektra, Hellboy, or numerous other blockbuster films depicting the power of human contact, Reiki has been a Hollywood co-star. What appeared miraculous on the big screen, is  within the grasp of anyone willing to devote time and energy to his or her own self growth and awareness.

Reiki is a complimentary medicine that incorporates the use of universal energy. A trained Reiki practitioner is able to transfer universal  energy through his or her hands and allow that energy to help assist the client. I have personally seen Reiki alleviate pain, lower blood pressure, stop or reduce tremor, calm a person down, or rejuvenate someone feeling fatigued.

Reiki is very much like explaining an emotionally moving photograph, a sunset, a song, or a work of art; you can talk about it all you want but not until you experience it for yourself can you fathom the raw power that it has to offer.

A standard Reiki session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. The client either sits in a chair or lies on a massage table, fully clothed, as the practitioner lightly touches the energetic centers of the body. Clients will usually fall into a deep refreshing sleep and wake feeling better than when they arrived.

I was a skeptic, about 13 years ago, but I tried it. Since then, I have taken classes and worked on hundreds of clients and seen astounding results. I am now a Reiki Master but I continue to learn. For me, Reiki has given me back parts of my life that I might never have gotten back. Parkinson’s patients, especially one who has had it for over 20 years, aren’t  supposed to get better according to the  medical community. Reiki is the only explanation.

It’s not magic nor is it surgery.  Reiki is a practice that you can learn to do yourself or find a practitioner who can help address your issues. I encourage you to explore what Reiki can do for you.

All Charged Up

 I have little doubt that Neurological disorders like, Parkinson’s disease, may manifest emotionally, possibly triggered by a physical or chemical jolt to the body. The body’s electrical circuitry gets scrambled and disconnects with the circuitry of the mind. If you think of the whole human body as if it were a battery that holds a charge,  you are dealing with a complex and sometimes fragile network of functions that are all reliant on the body’s ability to send out current where it is needed. When the current is weak or broken, problems arise.

“Burnout” is a familiar term that applies to both body and electricity. When stress, work, lack of sleep, improper diet, depression, and all the other invasions of modern day society pile up, the body along with the mind will shut down. Some of us are wired differently probably through genetics and are capable of repelling some of these outside forces, thus evading illness and remaining healthy.

If the body is an energy center in itself and it gets depleted from outside, it only makes sense that the answer to getting the body back in synch is to recharge it. For thousands of years Eastern medicine has proven that energy work and spiritual practices have real world medical benefit. Only through therapies like Reiki, Qigong, Acupuncture, Yoga, and Meditation can you replenish what is lost.

One of the great mysteries of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is why it works? As a therapeutic tool, DBS is a brain surgery discovered  to work by accident. No one knows exactly how it works or why but the electrical signals generated from batteries implanted in the chest sent through wires implanted in the brain disrupt certain signals going to the brain. This proves that we are one big power plant that needs maintaining.

Energy work is mostly free and painless. Time, some dedication, commitment, and some self exploration may be needed to educate yourself about what works best for your specific symptoms.  As unconventional and new agey as energy work may seem to some of you,  I ask this: What do you have to lose in trying one or more of these therapies? Even more so , what do you have to gain?

As overused as the metaphor of the body being compared to an onion is, if you imagine the moments of our lives, both good and bad, constructing our thoughts, emotions, and overall makeup, we are what feel, see, eat, breathe, think, hear, and drink.  Delving into the onion and locating the parts that need changing can be challenging and take some time.

 There is as much understanding of why energy work makes a difference as DBS , the only difference is that the energy work doesn’t require drilling in the skull or implanting batteries in the body. DBS is brain surgery and can cost as much as a small house. It would make sense to me that before one resorts to the option of implanting hardware in the body that he or she seeks the less invasive option first. That’s just my opinion.

Be Skeptical–But Stay Open-Minded

Neurologists and researchers need to step back and look at Parkinson’s disease (PD) from another perspective. I believe that even though there may be a genetic  component as well as an environmental trigger, there is an emotional , energetic, and in some cases a psychological component that disconnects with the unity of mind and body.  

For myself, after altering my thought process, learning Reiki, reducing stress, and realizing certain changes that needed tweaking, I have found myself improving over the past several years. My medication has not changed in many years but I continue to get better!

I have just returned from a conference where I had the privilege to apply the amazing energy of Reiki on 8-10 PD patients or their care-partner.  The results were amazing.

Eyes that were tired and slightly glazed over were clearer and refreshed after just a 15 minute treatment.  Many of the participants were able to relax and even fall into a deep slumber. Tremors  subsided briefly and overtaxed muscles released. These are most of  the cases of what I experienced from  several  15 minute sessions.

Skeptical? So were most of them–but when many of them left, they admittedly stated that they felt better than before the brief Reiki session. Thirteen years ago, I too was a skeptic, but from my very first Reiki session, I realized the benefit of this healing art, for myself. My body glowed and mind quieted and calmed. The simple act of gentle touch made a world of difference. No pill. No surgery. A complimentary therapy gave me my life back and continues to improve my health.

The Truth Is Out Somewhere

I’ll admit it. If I see an episode of the X- Files on television, I have to stop and watch it, unless I’ve seen it more than once. The writing and storylines for the show were bright in thought and dark in content, usually. The drama was compelling and the chemistry between David Duchovny  and Gillian Anderson was electric . The show worked. Each week  the show explored a mysterious and unexplained  phenomenon like aliens, monsters, black projects, and potential government cover-ups. This was all fantasy–right? Maybe, fantasy and reality are closer than we think.

Just this morning, a probe deep in space uncovered a planet with 2 suns, just like Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Earlier in the week, 50 new planets were discovered, many of which may be capable of sustaining life. The truth really is out there –but it’s here too!

Another recent story that caught my eye was about a cat that was missing for over 5 years but was re-united with her family. Miraculous and breathtaking  events that are hard to fathom  happen every day. What we think we know or take as fact may not always be so! It all starts with a flexible and open mind.

The same thought and tact applies in the battle for beating Parkinson’s disease! Neurological disorders need to be approached from a completely different perspective. Drugs and surgery may alleviate or at least reduce some symptoms,  but they only stay effective for so long.

It is my strong belief that Parkinson’s is an energetic disruption in the body and not just the brain. It may likely be a disconnect between the body and the mind. For this kind of problem modern chemistry and surgical techniques are limited. The human mind and body are yet to be totally understood.  There are still parts of our own planet that have yet to be explored and that leaves room for questions.  In the same realm, there are parts of the body yet to be understood and illnesses that arise without  any known reason. As much as we want to believe we have things in control– we don’t.   

It is just for that reason that alternative or complimentary therapies (Massage, Yoga, Reiki, Qigong, and many more)that we  need to  do much more exploration and embracing of what may potentially work for our own healing process. I have little doubt that our bodies are capable of healing themselves. It very well may be that each of us requires our own unique cocktail of therapies to activate the process. For some it might be a change in diet and heavy exercise and for others it could be a hodge-podge of  try , try, try,  until I discover what works for me. I have experienced and seen amazing results in myself and in others. Medicine needs a radical mind-shift, but until then, knowledge and a willingness to educate ourselves on  opportunities for improving ourselves is our best solution. What could be more important?

Imagine a world where patients improve, medical costs go down,  productivity rises, and who knows where it could lead us? The truth is out there somewhere–maybe it’s here.   

This is strictly my opinion. I am not a doctor. I am not a  scientist. I am someone who has dealt with Parkinson’s disease for about 25 years.

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