Myasthenia gravis is a disorder of the immune system with muscle weakness in the body, most notably in the eye muscle, often resulting in double vision or drooping eyelids. The severity of the disease symptoms can be severe, debilitating, and devastating.
The disease affects not only the body but also the mind, and the spirit of the individual. That is why the ancient Tao wisdom may help. Tao wisdom is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, which has become one of the top most translated works in world literature.
How can Tao wisdom help the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis?
First of all, the diagnosis of myasthenia gravis can be devastating. The onslaught of the disease can be sudden with no previous symptom or warning at all. Patients often ask the questions: Why me? What did I do? This may lead to anger or bitterness.
To add insult to injury, patients are often told that there is no cure because medical science has not been able to pinpoint the exact cause or causes of the autoimmune disease. This may lead to frustration or even despair.
Given that relaxation holds the key to alleviate the disease symptoms, it is important to maintain total relaxation of the body and the mind, and this is where Tao wisdom may play a pivotal part.
Tao wisdom stresses the natural cycle of things, including disease. That is, disease, like any human tragedy, may occur with or without a reason; in fact,
"The Creator has no judgment, no preference:
He treats everything and everyone alike.
Every manifestation attests to the mysteries of his creation.
So, we, too, embrace everything and everyone with no judgment, no preference.
His grace, never depleting and forever replenishing, shows us the Way.
Judgment and preference separate us from his grace, causing attachment.
Only with his grace do we find renewal and rebirth along the Way."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 5)
*the above quote taken from my book TAO The Way to Biblical Wisdom, which contains my translation of the 81 chapters of Tao Te Ching
According to Lao Tzu, in life, all things complement each other, such as life and death, joy and sadness, success and failure; nothing lasts because everything follows a natural cycle. Therefore, it is important to embrace everything without preference or judgment, and everything in life is a life-learning opportunity.
Relaxation and inner harmony may not only alleviate the disease symptoms, but also enable the patient to find ways of self-healing. Remember, nothing is set in stone. Self-healing begins with the mind first; the mind prepares the environment for the body to heal itself, even of an autoimmune disease.
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