Ten years ago, I thought eastern healing and mind-body medicine were a bit of hogwash. Paralysis changed everything for me. 

I ended up in the emergency room unable to blink. I couldn't move and had no idea what was happening. As they put in the morphine drip to ease the pain, my relationship with the life I had known changed forever. The doctors told me I had Guillain Barre Syndrome, whereby the body attacks the nervous system.  Luckily, the diagnosis was hopeful: this type of paralysis typically lasts three months, with the possibility of lingering paralysis in face and extremities. 

On day three of my stay,  a volunteer healer at the hospital asked if I would be open to her working on me.  Although I was a bit skeptical she seemed like a very warm and knowledgeable woman and I didn't have much else to do so I said yes.  She placed her hands on my head and began a short session.  After five minutes, she stood back and asked if I could try and smile.  The nerve in my right cheek started to fire, making a half smile. I don't know what kind of energy medicine this dear healer was practicing, but she opened me to discover my body's potential.

I continued to meditate every night.  With a combination of the eastern healing and western medicine, I recovered at a miraculous pace.  The doctor's called me the "miracle girl," and in nine days I walked out of the hospital in perfect health.  I never knew the name of the volunteer who placed her hands on me. In her honor, it is my joy to share the gifts of what she taught me. 

I would never wish this type of experience on anyone but it was through this pain that my eyes opened up to the power each one of us has in our hands.  I now live a much healthier lifestyle that incorporates meditation, yoga, healthy food choices and taking the time to put the stresses of life in perspective.

We are more powerful than we know. Healing can happen when we set our minds to it!