Please Don't Laugh at Me
For thirteen years, Ms. Li walked on crutches, mostly confined to
"My paralysis was caused by drug poisoning. Even though I was
hospitalized for three years, still the doctors couldn't do anything
for me. At home, I would sit in my bed most of the time, waiting for
others to serve me."
"Could you move around?"
"Very little. My feet felt numb as though I were walking on
cotton. My right shoulder and back were pressed together as a result
of walking on crutches. My internal organs were not functioning well
due to lack of proper movement. Indeed, at the prime of my life, I had
become a liability for my family. I longed for a miracle that would
"Then one day in 1986 I read Lao- shi's book on ChiLel. From
his book, I learned the simple movements to deliver chi to myself. Yet
the idea that I could improve my condition or even to stop being a
cripple was unthinkable. People would think I was crazy. So I kept
ChiLel a secret. I begged people silently not to laugh at me for
trying to do the unthinkable.
two years of practicing the movements alone, my condition improved
enough so that I could walk around my house with a stick. When I could
finally walk to the park, I joined the ChiLel class that met there.
"On my first day, the teacher, surprised to find I had a lot of
chi, asked 'You've just started, how can you do the movements so
"When I told her my story, she embraced me and told me that I
was finally home. With this sympathetic group, improvements were
immediate. I accomplished more in two months than in the years I had
spent practicing alone. Now I can walk freely and my body has regained
its original form. Indeed, I have better health than the average
person. My dream has finally become a reality, and I am free at last!"
I thanked Ms. Li for sharing her story with me. At the same time, I
wondered how many people in this world are being laughed for daring to
do the "unthinkable," bringing miracles to themselves