If you can’t get to my site, the short story is this, Ron:
I had just started my daily 8-mile run on January 2nd 1981 at 10am, and hadn’t yet had the time to cross the street to face traffic when this pickup truck lost control, left the road, hit me, and dragged me 100 feet. I was rushed to the hospital in a coma, and during that time had an out-of the body experience. When I came out of the coma
I was told I’d never walk again. Like you, I used what I knew of tai-chi and Chinese arts to get this thing called “chi” pumping through my legs from the dan tien and after awhile was able to do the mind over matter thing with it by mind-control rather than physically trying to move my legs, bypassing whatever wasn’t responding; rather a neat trick, actually, to move a limb by thought alone -- when you think about it (pun).. I graduated from my chair in 9 months to a pair of canes, then to one cane, then none. I peaked-out after about 3 years maybe a little more afterwards, but kept doing therapy afterwards. Karate has helped me greatly in the recovery arena. Acupuncture has also restored some movement as well as other things. It has been a long, slow, and sometimes painful haul (esp. in the beginning). Like yourself I have no properception (sp), meaning I can’t tell for squat what my legs and feet are doing or where they are and have to consciously lift one foot up, move it forward, put it down [purely mechanical], else either it doesn’t happen or I fall on my face when I get distracted as well as a host of other interesting things I no longer think about unless the occasion calls for it and take things in my stride (pun again? Loaded with em). I was on codeine cocktails for awhile but weaned myself away years ago and either aspirin or Celebrex does it for me a fair percentage of the time.
I know about pain and can think it away – sometimes and some places, so maybe I already have some control over alpha waves.
Now this thing called “TC” that Van Canna Sensei mentioned above. It has made weak men strong and transformed the feeble into fearless fighters -- that’s how good it is. Plus it has also flatly physically destroyed those who didn’t do it right by their own dismerits. For me, Van came to me at just the right time and the TC has been just what I needed in the past two years I have been Van’s student. It has been a tremendous physical, emotional, and spiritual uplift as well as having me realize that this is cool stuff.
I am working now, but in a few months I will not be and will have some spare time. Perhaps then I can explore the avenues which you suggest, Ron, as I am greatly interested in finding out more tools to help keep me ticking a little while longer. Your riposte has also been a great encouragement to me because when I feel alone even though I am surrounded by friends and colleagues, and someone reaches out from within the dark and says “Hey! I’ve been there” I don’t feel so isolated.
from Uechi-ryu Etcetera