THE MIRACLE OF SELF-HEALING
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
BY JOHN BECK, MBSRA.
I was a school teacher for thirty-two wonderful years. In 1976, as HOD, I was privileged to be approached by the Cape Department of Education to assist in the founding of South Africa's first Outdoor Education School (School in the Wilds/Skool in die Wildernis) based near Villiersdorp, a hundred kilometres from Cape Town.
THE TURNING POINT
In 1981, as the pioneer teacher of outdoor education in South Africa, and as a very fit young man enjoying long-distance running, spear-fishing, motor-cycling and mountaineering, I bent forward and picked up a plastic chair. Immediately I experienced excruciating leg pain. I fell over in agony and shock, and was totally immobilised for many minutes. I was taken to three doctors over a period of as many days, but no medication nor injection nor heat treatment helped in any way. I could not walk nor sleep because of the intense pain. A doctor summoned an ambulance, and I was taken to hospital in Cape Town, where a laminectomy was performed on what the surgeon described as the worst damaged disc he had ever removed.
I was pain-free for three months, and then, just as suddenly, the bullet from hell hit me again, as I got off my motorcycle to go to an early-morning staff meeting at the farm admin office. An ambulance was immediately summoned, and back to the same surgeon I was taken. After an examination and X-rays, the surgeon announced that my operation had failed, and that he would have to repeat the surgery the next morning. Through my curtain of excruciating pain, I remember telling the surgeon that I would have to refuse the second operation, to which he responded, “If you do not have this second operation your stomach lining will be destroyed by the powerful pain medication which you will have to take, and I must inform you that you will probably be wheelchair-bound in your retirement.” I thanked the surgeon for this information, but repeated my refusal of the second operation. The surgeon told me that he would wash his hands of my situation.
RECOGNITION OF CELLULAR INTELLIGENCE
On reflection I realise that my cellular intelligence had made this decision for me, but what followed was an awful nightmare of continuing, disabling pain.
Colleen and I were married six months after the operation, and when our first-born, Nicola, arrived on the scene, we decided to move back to Cape Town for her schooling.
I continued to suffer on-going, excruciating back and leg pain for more than seven years as a result of my decision not to repeat the operation. I had to take medication which numbed my lower legs to the point that I could not feel my feet in my shoes, and there were many days when I could not even get into my car to drive to school, let alone not being able to depress the clutch pedal.
FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH EWALD AND GAIL MEGGERSEE, THE FOUNDERS OF BODY STRESS RELEASE
After those long years of suffering, the miracle happened. I discovered Body Stress Release, which turned my world around. In fact, I believe that Body Stress Release discovered me. My brother-in-law visited me and told me that he had recently injured his back, had gone to Ewald and Gail Meggersee for Body Stress Release, and had experienced amazing and complete healing. I was most sceptical of “some back-yard people practising a mumbo-jumbo technique on gullible people”, but Brian insisted that I go to them. So, armed with all my X-Rays, I went to this couple for my first session. My thoughts, on leaving their rooms, were that this extremely gentle touching and pressing was an absolute waste of time and money, and resolved not to return for my two follow-ups.
AN AMAZING HEALING EXPERIENCE
However, the events of the next two days revolutionised my mind-set. When I awoke next morning, I experienced an increase of pain – but it was a very different pain – I have often described it as a “healing pain”. The following morning I was almost completely free of pain, and it was then that I realised that BSR was so much more powerful than I could ever have imagined.
I went for a total of four appointments in two weeks, and as from that fourth appointment, some thirty years ago, I have never experienced that awful pain again.
THE MIRACLE OF SELF-HEALING
I had experienced the miracle of self-healing. As Ewald and Gail told me, Body Stress Release assists the body in healing itself by gently releasing the overload of muscular stress (body stress) which impinges on the neural system and breaks down our wonderful body-brain communication. The harmful overload may be caused by physical, emotional or chemical stress. Precise releasing of the locked muscles improves our innate self-healing ability.
CHANGING MY LIFE FOREVER
This life-changing experience had an amazing impact on my health and well-being – so much so that I decided that I had to change my much-loved teaching career, in order to help others in exactly the same way that I had been helped.
I gave up my teaching career at the end of 1996 and in 1997 I studied Body Stress Release and opened my practice here at home in Pinelands. Colleen, having witnessed the transition in my situation, and having experienced the benefits of BSR herself, resigned from her teaching career of twenty-two years, and trained as a BSR practitioner in 2006.
Today, after more than twenty years of BSR practise, it is our continuing passion to assist people in their own self-healing. Colleen and I have two practices at our home in Pinelands, and we love the happy, busy, friendly and healing atmosphere which they have generated.