Your “prayers not answered” means your “expectations not fulfilled.” The TAO wisdom explains why: your attachments to careers, money, relationships, and success “make” but also “break” you by creating your flawed ego-self that demands your “expectations to be fulfilled.”

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Breathing Right for Myasthenia Gravis

Autoimmune diseases are complex disorders involving a compromised immune system. To date, the Western medicine has not been able to come up with any effective cure, except recommending toxic pharmaceutical drugs to control the symptoms. One of the underlying causes of autoimmune diseases is stress, which also plays a pivotal role in aggravating the disease symptoms.

Surprisingly, stress has much to do with breathing—yes,  the way you breathe can adversely affect your whole body system, including your immune system. In addition, breathing right can also reduce your stress, both the physical and the mental stress.

Your Creator has given you powerful lungs, which are capable of taking any strenuous workout well into your seventies. But your respiratory system may be severely compromised due to cigarette smoke, alcohol, gallstones in the liver causing allergies, disorders of the nose and nasal cavities, and diseases of the bronchi and lungs.

Your body wellness replies on breathing right.

Breathing gives you invisible food to all your body cells and organs by supplying them with life-giving oxygen. Your intake of oxygen depends on the quality of the air as well as the how deeply you breathe in and out. All centenarians have one thing in common: they all breathe deeply and slowly. Conscious deep breathing may calm and integrate your body and mind, contributing to overall peace of mind, which is important to your physical and mental health.

The secret of breathing right is to take your lungs everywhere and breathe deeply and slowly. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, many people simply take breathing right for granted.

The wrong way to breathe

  • Hold in your stomach or have a flat stomach while breathing in and out.
  • Take rapid, small, and shallow upper-body breaths (leading to aches and pain). 
  • Exhale carbon too quickly (disturbing the balance of acidity and alkalinity in your body–known as the pH level).
  • Use your neck and upper-back muscles to breathe (resulting in high blood pressure and racing heartbeats).
The right way to breathe

Breathe with the diaphragm: breathe deeply through your nose; your belly and diaphragm should move noticeably while breathing.

How to breathe right:

  • Sit comfortably in a relaxed mode with your feet resting comfortably on the floor.
  • Place your hands on your stomach.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose on a count of five, while gently pushing your hands up on your stomach.
  • Hold your breath for a count of five.
  • Breathe out slowly through your mouth on a count of five, while pushing your hands down on your stomach.
  • Repeat. Allow your eyes to close as your breath deepens and your belly begins to rise and fall.
  • Begin your 10-15 minute breathing session several times a day until your breathing becomes second nature to you.
Optimal breathing benefits the flow of qi (internal vital force). In the Orient,

Yoga, Qigong, and Zen meditation, all teach correct breathing as the basic principle for practice.

Breathing right leads to correct posture, which also affects the natural flow of qi, which is the internal life force energy responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to different organs and tissues in your body. Good posture contributes to breathing right. Incidentally, rodents, with the shortest breaths in the animal kingdom, also have the shortest lifespan. Therefore, breathing right is an important component of your body's overall  wellness.

Stephen Lau
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Natural Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease characterized by weakness of muscles in the body, in particular, the eye muscles. One of the main causes of the disease is a dysfunctional immune system, and stress is a major contributing factor.

Stress is an enemy of autoimmune diseases. Chronic stress can cause your body to maintain physiological reactions for long periods of time, and these reactions can damage different parts of your organs and tissues, including your immune system. In addition, stress can lead to depletion of vital nutrients in your body, particularly DHEA (a hormone critical to aging and longevity), vitamin C, and the B-complex vitamins. Therefore, it is important to stress proof your body, and sleep is the best anti-stressor for your body and mind.

There is no known cure according to conventional Western medicine. However, its symptoms can be controlled, not necessarily by steroid medications with their undesirable side effects, but by total relaxation of the body and the mind. Relaxation is the most natural state of being. To maintain this state, you need natural herbs, not man-made pharmaceutical drugs.

Herbal medicine is the most widespread of all forms of medicine. Aromatherapy is one form of natural medicine, which makes use of essential oils from plants. Essential oils, with concentrated substances obtained from plants, have efficacious medicinal values. It is based on the concept of smell, which affects not only your emotions but also your moods, and therefore conducive to natural physical and mental health through total relaxation. Aromatherapy has a long history and tradition: the Arabs were the first to use essential oils to promote health and wellness through body and mind relaxation.

To maintain the efficacy of essential oils, do not use oils consecutively for several days. Also, do not inhale too much at one time: more is not necessarily better, because the olfactory center of your brain may become overwhelmed, causing headaches or even nausea.

A good way to use essential oils is to place a few drops on the surface of the bath water just before bathing. Another way of application is to dilute it into a base vegetable oil before applying to the skin in massage.

To optimize the use of essential oils, also build up your body's stress-proof reserves by getting adequate sleep. You can create a bedtime ritual for yourself. Parents often give their sleep-resistant children a routine ritual. This strategy can also apply to grown-ups. Do not get into the habit of watching TV to make you doze off. Once the habit is formed, you may find it difficult to sleep without the TV. Do not rely on medications to make you sleep.

Try using essential oils to manage and control your myasthenia gravis symptoms. You feel much relaxed, and there is nothing to lose but everything to gain in terms of your physical and mental wellness.

Learn How to Use Essential Oils: Get everything you need to know about aromatherapy, including making your own recipes for natural healing of the body and the mind through total relaxation.

Stephen Lau

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Hope in Healing

To be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis is devastating, creating anxiety and fear, especially if your doctor tells you there is no cure, only treatment of the disease symptoms.

The good news is that we were all born with a natural gift -- freedom from anxiety and fear, expectation and regret, ambition and disappointment. However, as we grow older, we knowingly or unknowingly abuse or misuse that natural gift.

This is how.

We begin to develop our sensations and become affected by them. We all have our five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting; they then become our perceptions and sensations that are stored as memories in our subconscious minds. Over the long haul, these accumulative experiences form our beliefs and personalities, and make us who we are. In other words, these memories become our bondage and we no longer have that innate freedom.

It is difficult to regain that natural gift once we have relinquished it. To illustrate, if we experienced something unpleasant in the past, we might have anxiety and fear that it would happen again. On the other hand, if we experience something pleasant, we would expect it to happen again; our expectations begin to precondition our minds to do certain things that we think will enable us to fulfill that expectations; by doing so, we pick and choose; any wrong choice or decision may lead to regret. By the same token, disappointment may be the consequence of ambition. 

Develop the mindset of living in the present. Essentially, it means focusing on what is real in the now, rather than letting the mind shuffle between the past and the future. The past was gone and therefore unreal; the future is yet to come, and therefore also unreal. Only the present is real; it is a gift, and that is why it is called "present." If we live in the present, we appreciate what we have, and not what we are supposed to have; more importantly, we have no fear and worry of what might or might not come.

This 125-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle, instead of as if nothing is a miracle. To do just that, you need wisdom to "rethink" your mind, which may not be telling you the whole truth about your thoughts and life experiences; you need wisdom to "renew" your body, which lives in a toxic physical environment; you need spiritual wisdom to "reconnect" your soul, which is the essence of your spirituality. Most importantly, you need wisdom to "realign" your whole being because the body, the mind, and the soul are all interconnected and interdependent on one another for your well-being to live your life as if everything is a miracle. Your mind is the roadmap and your soul is the compass; without them, your body is going nowhere, and you will live your life as if nothing is a miracle.

Without anxiety and fear, you will become a better, happier, and healthier you. With enlightenment, you will live a stress-free life. Learn how to overcome your stress by letting go your ego-self. No Ego No Stress!

Stephen Lau

Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Wisdom in Living

The journey of life is long and unpredictable. We all need wisdom to guide us along the way so that we will not get lost; even if we do, we may still find our way back to where it will eventually lead us to our final destination.

This website may provide you with wisdom as your compass and roadmap on your life journey.

Wisdom in living comprises seeking God's wisdom through understanding human wisdom in order to live a meaningful and purposeful life, even in the golden years. The ancient wisdom of Tao holds the key to applying these principles of life and living in this modern world.

Stephen Lau

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Natural Remedies

To take or not to take myasthenia gravis medications—that is the question.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease. The main characteristic of myasthenia gravis is weakness of muscles, which can affect the limbs, the eyes, and the throat. Weak muscles of limbs may result in immobility; of the eyes may result in doubt vision and other vision problems, of the throat may result in difficulty in swallowing food. This muscular dysfunctional condition is believed to result from an immune disorder that causes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to become less effective.

According to conventional Western medicine, there is no known cure, except controlling its severe disease symptoms through medications.

To take or not to take myasthenia gravis medications?

Consider the pros and cons of medications to control the disease symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

The disease symptoms can be distressing, devastating, debilitating—even life threatening if there is difficulty in swallowing due to weak esophagus muscles. Getting the autoimmune disease changes completely your way of living.

Remissions and relapses are common even with medications.

The severity of the disease symptoms varies considerably even from day to day. As a result, it may be difficult to control the dosage of the medications taken.

Mestinon, Regonol, and Prostigmin are the most commonly used oral medications to treat muscle weakness without affecting the underlying disease that causes it. Therefore, these drugs are often given in conjunction with other treatments. All these drugs have different side effects: narrowing of the muscle of the iris in the eye, causing the pupil to become smaller; increased nasal and bronchial secretions, as well as increased saliva and urination; loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps; and urinary tract infections, among many others.

Doctors may be dangerous, and so are their drugs. Is the doctor just treating the disease symptoms or the patient? This is an important factor to consider. After all, myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that involves the whole body of the patient. Does the doctor have a holistic approach to the disease? Does the doctor give advice to the patient about diet and exercise other than just prescribing the medications?

Western doctors are taught in medical schools that illnesses are self-limiting—that is to say, we can get better on our own. If that is the case, then why do some doctors readily prescribe drugs to their patients?

It is a fact that the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry has been aggressively promoting their products with little or no regard for their safety and long-term side effects. In addition, the media have been convincing the public with myths about the potency of pharmaceutical drugs. Of course, the general public also plays a pivotal part in the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. According to a journal of the American Psychiatric Society, the seniors are using prescription drugs three times more than people in the general population.

Modern Western medicine has led many of us to believe that healing is a complex process, involving high technology, complex drugs and procedures. It is human nature not only to learn but also to accept belief systems, theories, and so-called facts without challenging them. Truly, medical professionals are experts in their respective fields, and, obviously, they know more than we do, and have more experience than we have. However, that does not imply that we must accept all their opinions without fully understanding what they are.

Most people are just too ready and too willing to look for a quick fix. They overlook that the human body is equipped with its own self-healing organism; this is demonstrated by the fact that when you accidentally cut yourself, the wound will heal by itself. Unfortunately, many of us may have doubt about the body's own capability in self-healing. Instead, we are willing to go along with what our doctors say, although many mistakes, even fatal ones, are made by these professionals. As a matter of fact, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 100,000 Americans died in hospitals from the side effects of dangerous drugs in 1998.

Because of the abuse and misuse of dangerous drugs, millions of people are suffering needlessly as a direct consequence of the unconscionable zeal of the pharmaceutical industry to rake up billions of dollars of profit aided and abetted by scientists and researchers who have been paid handsomely, even to the extent of falsifying test and research results.

It is a fact that billions of dollars are spent on treating diseases, while relatively little is spent on investigating the causes of diseases. This partly explains why many individuals have now begun to explore the avenues of alternative medicine for natural healing. They would just love to tell their doctors: "Doctor, you're fired!"

Take control of your health, and escape the sickness industry. This informative and inspirational book by Elaine Hollingsworth, the movie star turned heath crusade, explains in detail how understanding dangerous drugs, unreliable medical tests, and often-times unnecessary procedures may help you escape the sickness industry through natural self-healing.

Empower yourself with knowledge to make the right medical decisions regarding your health, especially your myasthenia gravis. 

Teach yourself self-responsibility—your greatest weapon in improving health, and your first step in beginning natural self-healing against any autoimmune disease.

Stop taking dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, especially steroids, to begin your long but safe self-healing process!

Read my book for information on how I cope with My Myasthenia Gravis.

Stephen Lau
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Aging and Autoimmune Diseases

Aging always take a toll on the human body, causing autoimmune diseases and other age-related diseases. To avoid this scenario, delay the aging process as much as possible.

Aging begins as early as from young adulthood (around age 20 to 40) to middle adulthood (around age 40 to 65), and continues to old age (beginning at the age of retirement, approximately at age 65). Aging occurs throughout most of lifespan. Such a process is an accumulation of changes, which may be subtle or even drastic, that progressively lead to disease, degeneration, and, ultimately, death. Aging is difficult to define, but you will know it when you see it or experience it yourself. In brief, aging is a steady decline in health, which is instrumental in shortening lifespan; and the aging process is the duration during which such changes occur.

Whether you like it or not, your biological clock is ticking, and this will happen to various systems in your body: 
  • Your heart will pump less blood, and your arteries will become stiffer and less flexible, resulting in high blood pressure—a health problem that often increases with age.
  • With less oxygen and nutrients from the heart, your lungs will become less efficient in distributing oxygen to different organs and membranes of your body. 
  • Your brain size will gradually reduce by approximately 10 percent between the age of 30 and 70. Loss of short-term memory will become more acute. 
  • Your bone mass will reduce, making it more brittle and fragile. Your body size will shrink as you lose your muscle mass.

Your biological clock is ticking, whether you are conscious of it or not. Your biological clock may increase its speed of ticking if your body has more free radicals.   

What are free radicals? Your body is composed of many different types of cells, made up of many different types of molecules. Free radicals are molecules that contain unpaired electrons. Since electrons have a very strong tendency to co-exist in a paired rather than an unpaired state, free radicals indiscriminately pick up electrons from other healthy molecules close by. This chemical reaction converts those otherwise “healthy” molecules into free radicals, and thus setting up a chain reaction that can cause substantial biological damage to cells.

Free radicals are highly reactive, damaging not only cells but also chemicals in your body, such as enzymes (for digestion), making them less effective.

Aging causes oxidation, which literally means “rusting.” Free radicals cause oxidative damage to cells and tissues. Free radicals do not make you younger and healthier for longer; quite the contrary, they age you prematurely and contribute to many different diseases, including autoimmune diseases, cancers and heart diseases, among others.

Free radicals occur naturally as byproducts of oxidation, such as during respiration and other chemical processes. For example, during breathing, life-giving oxygen is produced and harmful carbon dioxide is released; digestion is another oxidation process, and your body obtains its energy from food through oxidation, during which free radicals are generated in the form of waste buildup. Ironically, what gives life may also take away life.

Free radicals are normally present in your body in small numbers, without causing too much harm. However, over time, the accumulation of free radicals may cause irreparable damage to your cells and tissues, if such accumulation is unchecked.

In addition, free radicals can also be caused by external factors, including alcohol, chemicals and pesticides (from foods and pharmaceutical drugs), heavy metals, such as cadmium and lead (from the environment), radiation (from the sun and other sources), and tobacco smoke

In particular, heavy metals in your body can dramatically increase free radical chain reactions. The more toxic metals in your body, the higher is the free radical activity.

Antioxidants are powerful scavengers of free radicals in your body. They are substances in foods that disarm free radicals. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Embracing Life Changes

Embracing Life Changes

Life is forever changing. A static life is not worth living. Ironically enough, many people resist any change in their lives; they desire consistency and stability. Unfortunately, whether you like it or not, changes, such as a cancer or an autoimmune disease diagnosis, are inevitable as you continue to age. The only ways to cope with life changes is adaptability and acceptance.

Adaptability is changing the mind's perception of the change you confront, and act or react accordingly to the circumstances. This mental perception requires awareness, without which actions or reactions may not take place, because often times changes are slow, gradual, and even subtly imperceptible. Awareness means knowing why and how changes are taking place.

.“We need a still and composed mind
to see things with greater clarity.
Because trouble begins in the mind
with small and unrelated thoughts.
So, we carefully watch the mind
to stop any trouble before it begins.”
(Chapter 64, Tao Te Ching)

Acceptance is taking the responsibility of the results of the actions or reactions taken. Acceptance may not be easy, especially if you have a pre-conditioned mindset of expectation or comparing the condition before and after the change.

Both adaptability and acceptance requires wisdom -- the wisdom to know and understand that nothing is permanent because everything remains only with that very present moment, and that everything follows a natural cycle, such as success .

"Success and failure are no more than expressions of the human condition.
So, accept both gracefully and willingly, with no judgment, no preference.
The Creator loves us unconditionally, irrespective of our success or failure.
What is meant by “accept both gracefully and willingly”?
Success is avoiding failure; avoiding failure is seeking success.
Both originate from fear and pride: the sources of human suffering.
Seeing ourselves indiscriminately as everything, including success and failure,
we see not only the manifestations but also the mysteries of the creation.
(Chapter 13, Tao Te Ching)

Tao wisdom is profound human wisdom based on not acquisition of knowledge but self-intuition of the nature of things. Through this self-enlightenment, one become wise, and accordingly knows how to live one's life as if everything is a miracle. Click here to find out more about Tao wisdom.

Stephen Lau 
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Expectations and Disappointments

Expectations and Disappointments

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Alexander Pope                     

If you are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, one of the many autoimmune diseases, you may feel devastated when the doctor tells you that there is no cure. When the doctor prescribes some medications for you to treat your disease symptoms, you expect they will be effective; when they don’t work, you then become disappointed.

Given that nearly all of us go through life expecting certain things to happen, we become greatly disappointed when things do not turn out the way we think they should. As a matter of fact, in life, things seldom go our ways, and life is never what it should be. Our disappointments can easily turn into anger, anxiety, despair, regret, and many other negative emotions that adversely affect who we are and how we process our thoughts.

To offset or diminish the devastating emotional consequences as a result of not meeting our expectations, many of us may resort to mentally expecting the worst, instead of the best, while hoping against hope that we may still be pleasantly surprised; deliberately lowering our life expectations to proportionately reduce the extent of our disappointments; and consciously expecting no expectation whatsoever with our complete detachment.

Processing expectations is more complex than we may think. The mental exertion to “expect the unexpected”, to “go with the flow”, and to “live in the present without any future expectation” is easier said than done, and may be even difficult or impossible for most of us. 

So, how do we live our lives in these circumstances? How should we process our life expectations?

THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING may provide you with the wisdom in the art of living well. This 200-page book explains in simple language with common everyday examples to illustrate the essence of Tao wisdom and how it may integrate with conventional wisdom to live a life of your choice. 
THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING is the wisdom in the art of living well.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Take Good Care of Your Vision

Given that myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disorder, the muscles and the nerves that control vision are often adversely affected, causing vision blur, double vision, and other vision problems.

To illustrate, the muscles that create movement and vision are normally under your conscious control. However, the involuntary muscles (such as the muscles of your heart and many other organs, including your eyes) are beyond your conscious control. In myasthenia gravis patients, weakness occurs because the nerves that activate your eye muscles fail to stimulate them because your immune cells (which normally attack foreign invaders) target and attack your body's own healthy cells—known as an autoimmune response.


“Vision Self-Healing Self-Help" is a 147-page book on vision health based on the my own experience of vision impairment due to my myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease affecting eye muscles and thus vision.

The book is also based on the Bates Method of vision improvement through eye exercises, as well as body, mind, and eye relaxation.

This book covers various types of eye disorders, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, among others. It also includes vision nutrition.

Improve your eyesight through awareness of good vision habits, such as blinking, shifting, eye palming, and soft vision, among others. It is never too late to improve your vision and to have better eyesight. This is a holistic approach to better vision.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, March 23, 2020

Use Your Mind Power to Heal

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that is treatable but not curable, according to modern medicine. Remember, nothing to set in stone; develop an empty mind. Healing always begins with the mind first and not the body. Therefore, harness your mind power to heal, and see the prognosis of your disease.

The mind is powerful in that it is the origin of all your thoughts, which determine not only who you are but also how you experience your life. Life is a journey of experiences, throughout which the mind plays a pivotal part. Whether an individual is going to be healthy, successful, or happy in life depends on the power of the mind. Mind power is the essence of being. Mind power holds the key to recovery from any disease, including yours from your autoimmune disease. Every thought counts in the process of self-healing.

If you wish to combat, if not to totally cure yourself of, an autoimmune disease, you must first of all have the intent to heal, without which there is no self-cure or recovery, and your battle against the autoimmune disease is already half-lost.

With intent, come concentration and focus to seek self-help to empower yourself with knowledge of self-healing, without which you may be at a loss as to what to do next. Out of sheer ignorance, many simply turn to conventional medicine for treatment; unfortunately, it may be a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Mind power is also evidenced in its capability to create "reality." Yes, it is all in the mind, and it is always mind over matter.

A placebo effect attests to the power of the mind.

Placebo effect is not just offering magic, hope, and comfort for a cure of a disease. The truth is that the placebo effect is significant—as much as between 35 and 75 percent of patients benefit from taking a dummy pill in studies of new drugs.

My Myasthenia Gravis

According to Western medicine, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis.

This book is based on the author’s own struggle with his myasthenia gravis. After more than two decades, he is now completely drug-free  with only very minor symptoms.

Follow the author's holistic approach to overcome your autoimmune disease.   

To get your copy, click here

Stephen Lau

Copyright © Stephen Lau

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Wisdom of Letting Go

The Wisdom of Letting Go

What Is “Letting Go”?

“Letting go” literally means releasing your close or tight fist in order to abandon or give up something that you are holding in your hand. If you are close- or tight- fisted, you also cannot receive anything. “Letting go” is detachment.

The opposite of “letting go” is “attaching to” something that you are stubbornly holding on to.

The Wisdom in Asking Questions

There is an old proverb that says: “He who cannot ask cannot live.” Life is all about asking questions, and seeking answers from all the questions asked, including questions about “letting go.”

To live well, you need to ask yourself many self-probing questions as you continue on your life journey in order to find out: who you really are, and not who you think or wish you were; what you really need, and not what you want from life; why certain undesirable things happened while certain desirable things did not happen to you. Without knowing the answers to those questions asked, you can never be genuinely happy because you will always be looking for the unreal and the unattainable, just like the carrot-and-stick mule forever reaching out for the unreachable carrot in front.

In many ways, the human brain is like a computer program. Your whole being is like the computer hardware with the apparatus of a mind, a body, and its five senses. The lens through which you see yourself, as well as others and the world around you, are the software that has been programmed by your thoughts, your past and present experiences, as well as your own desires and expectations. In other words, it is you—and nobody else—who have programmed your own mindset. All these years, you may have been trapped in a constricted sense of the self that has prevented you from knowing and being who you really are. That is to say, your “conditioned” thinking mind may have erroneously made you "think" and even "believe" that you are who and what you are right now; but nothing could be further from the truth.

By asking relevant questions, you may have the human wisdom to "change" that pre-conditioned mindset, and thus enabling you to separate the truths from the half-truths or even the myths that you may have created for yourself voluntarily or involuntarily all these years.

The important thing in questioning is to experience everything related to all the questions you ask concerning yourself, others, and the world around you. Live every question in its full presence.

Always ask yourself many “how” and “why” questions regarding whatever you may do, say, and want in your everyday life and living. Ask questions not just about yourself, but also about all those around you, whether they are connected to your or not.

Be patient toward all those questions that you cannot find the answers right away. Enlightenment may dawn on you one day when you ask fewer or even no more questions, because by then you may already have got all the answers; that is your ultimate self-awakening to the truths.

Empower your thinking mind to increase its wisdom by asking questions to initiate its intent to learn, to discover, and then to change yourself for the better.

Ultimately, you will self-intuit the wisdom of letting go, which plays a pivotal role in how you are going to live the rest of your life.

To get your copy, click here.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Discovery and Recovery

The Discovery and the Recovery

Hippocrates (460 - 370 B.C), the father of medicine, once said: “Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” Take a step further: Let food be the “only” medicine. If you have developed a degenerative disease, start thinking of food as your medicine, in fact, the best medicine, if not the “only” medicine. Your body is designed to digest and utilize food to get its nutrients and energy. But only wholesome food can do just that—not even supplements, because all supplements are just what they are called.

If food is the “only” medicine for you, you will empower yourself with knowledge about food, and you will then pursue a proper diet with high quality, non-toxic, and nutritious food. That means, you will refrain from eating the commercially-prepared and chemically-loaded food obtainable at supermarkets. When food becomes the “only” medicine, you will also learn to trust your body; that is, you will learn what your body is telling you, and how it responds to real and wholesome food.

When you do become sick, you should also learn how to use herbs as medicine. Herbs from different parts of plants have different therapeutic values that promote self-healing without the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. As a matter of fact, many common herbs, such as cinnamon, garlic, and ginger, have been used as “food” medicine for thousands of years.

If food is your “only” medicine, you will make good use of it to improve your health and heal yourself of any disease, including myasthenia gravis.

Hippocrates had also said: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity.” Therefore, give your body that opportunity for natural self-healing by going drug-free, although it may take more time.

Your life is a journey through which you make many choices—some good ones and also some bad ones—that contribute to your health or illnesses. Life has a purpose with a unique destiny for each individual. Therefore, it is important that you know yourself, and self-healing is "knowing the self" as a part of your destiny. Sometimes and somewhere along your life journey, you may hit rock bottom and begin to despair. You may even ask the frequently-asked question: "Why me?" But that may also be the time of self-awakening for you. You may then begin to question how and why you have found yourself in that difficult and despondent situation. True self-awakening will make you take a different path—a detour from that journey you have been prodding along. Taking a different path creates the energy for self-healing.

Your self-awakening can be physical, such as a change of diet or taking up an exercise regimen. Your self-wakening can be emotional or spiritual, such as self-awakening to the power of love and compassion. Self-awakening may give you the desire and intention to heal, precipitating in changes that will ultimately heal not just the body but also the mind. Your very desire to heal is the healing energy for the body and the mind.

If you know yourself well, you will empower your mind with knowledge to heal yourself, and that empowerment generates more healing energy. If you know yourself more, you will make more right choices, than wrong ones, regarding your health. In making those right choices, you are well on the path to your own self-healing.

The bottom line: self-healing begins with knowing yourself through self-awakening to generate internal healing energy

According to the TAO, the ancient wisdom from China, your discovery in life is your effortless search for learning and teaching from unexpected people in unexpected places; your recovery is your subjective perception of all the connections of life with your own spontaneous flow with them. Embracing everything and everyone with no judgment and no preference is the way to the discovery and the recovery of your health.

“The Way is paradoxical.
Like water, soft and yielding,
yet it overcomes the hard and the rigid.
Stiffness and stubbornness cause much suffering.

We all intuitively know
that flexibility and tenderness
are the Way to go.
Yet our conditioned mind
tells us to go the other way.

We accept all that is simple and humble.
We embrace the good fortune and the misfortune.
Thus, we become masters of every situation.
We overcome the painful and the difficult in our lives.
That is why the Way seems paradoxical.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 78)

The recovery journey is never smooth and straightforward; it is always long and winding, with many detours and even setbacks. Healing is invisible, inaudible, and intangible:

“Look, it is invisible.
Listen, it is inaudible.
Grab, it is intangible.

These three characteristics are indefinable:
Therefore, they are joined as one, just like the Creator—invisible, inaudible, and intangible.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 14)

Discovery and recovery are part of your healing journey.

Stephen Lau
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