A Therapist by Profession, a Falun Gong Practitioner at Heart
Glenda McNiece, Australia
I was introduced to Falun Gong almost a year ago, hearing of a class practicing in the suburb of New Farm, in Brisbane. My partner Gerard began going to classes to learn Falun Gong after he was told a group of people were doing the exercises there. After a couple of months, I decided to begin practice myself, putting aside my Yoga exercises of some 15 years.
Twenty-two years ago I was involved in a motorbike accident which left me with a broken collarbone and back injuries including bruising around the vertebrae and a misaligned pelvis. From this, I suffered severe neck and sciatic pain. Over the years, I have managed, and to a degree overcome, these injuries by practicing Yoga, meditation and visualization techniques. Though my mobility improved, I still suffered some neck and shoulder and sciatic pain. I also had numbness and pain in my left foot due to a breakage ten years ago, as well as an ongoing intermittent pain in the abdominal region from menstrual and intestinal spasm.
When I first started practicing Falun Gong almost a year ago I felt immediate relief from the neck and shoulder tension, as if a great weight had been lifted from me! As I continued I found my overall strength greatly improved, especially through the arms and legs. As an alternative health practitioner, I practiced hands-on healing for many years, thinking it was a good thing to do. Whatever had helped me, I wanted to share with others. Although I was often witnessed to many miracles during that time, I found I was frequently taking home the symptoms of my clients' illnesses, and struggling to let go of other people's thoughts and feelings.
Through this painful experience, I eventually learned I was not only interfering with other people's karma. I was taking on their karma as well. From there, I made up my mind to focus on the tools of my profession, rather than use my own energy for healing.
Physically, I have noticed that the Falun Gong has greatly improved the balance and co-ordination between the left and right sides of my body. It has had a regulating effect on my menstrual cycle, eradicating cramps and breast soreness. My intestinal spasms are diminishing. The circulation in my left foot has been restored, as there is not the degree of pain after having walked any distance as it used to be. A great amount of heat is generated in my body whilst doing the exercises, and the physical sensations of energy circulation are very strong whilst practicing.
Beginning the day with Falun Gong has been wonderful for me. I have often woken in the morning worrying with one concern or another on my mind. After completing the exercise, I am always able to feel more positive. I am extremely grateful that Falun Gong has been introduced to us by Master Li.