Category Archives: energy healing

Negative Pleasure

Robert, Good day. I have a couple questions for you about negative pleasure but will give a brief history of myself first. Dx with pd in 2008 at age 42. I have not taken any pd meds of any type. Since dx I have tried numerous therapies to include: mercury filling removal, chelation, aspartame detox, lyme tx (both antibiotic and herbal), EFT, TMJ mouth piece, dental cavitation tx, hypnosis, shiatsu, chiropractic, acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, herbs, CoQ10, more supplements than I can list, glutathione IVs, vitamin IVs, DMPS IVs, nanobacteria supplements, colored laser therapy, ozone injections, detox baths, infrared detox, hyperbaric chamber, heavy metal detox, organic diet, copious reading on everything from emotional topics to body electronics, forceless spontaneous release as described by the Parkinson’s Recovery Project in Santa Cruz, and Howard Shifke’s protocol as described on his website. Possibly a few more, truthfully, there are so many it is hard to remember.

Unfortunately, I have observed no distinguishable benefit from any of them. Meaning, I have continued to be increasingly affected by pd on the same trajectory as always. In spite of this, I refuse to admit that pd is not reversible.

I recently purchased your book Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease. About halfway through it, I am finding it to be useful, though as you can see from above I have tried a good many of the therapies with no observable benefit. That said, I was intrigued by the explanation of “negative pleasure” on about page 146. I did say to myself,

“No, I won’t heal from this disease. I like to feel this way.”

When I thought and said that, I felt a tinge of something, not sure what…relief…peace…resonance. Bottom line, I need to deal with/heal from the illogical process of negative pleasure acquired in childhood. My question for you is, what is the best way?


You are certainly doing incredible work! It sounds like you have landed on what may be a primary reason your symptoms linger despite all the work you have done – the haunting influence of negative pleasure. When an unconscious feeling of pleasure is attached to a negative experience (such as the symptoms of Parkinson’s) it becomes “negative pleasure” which is an attachment of pleasure to pain.

Negative pleasure (which actually most people have experienced but do not realize it) is entirely unconscious. This of course is why it is so terribly difficult to heal and why you asked the question in the first place. It is a concept that is foreign to many people, but one that can keep us in a place of illness year in and year out.

The attachment of pleasure to pain often occurs in early childhood. It is  not an attachment that is not disengaged by resorting to logical reasoning alone.

I can happily report that you have made the most significant step already. Making conscious the role of negative pleasure as an obstruction to your recovery has taken you a long way toward healing it.

From my personal experience, you have to address the problem from both an intellectual (and logical) perspective and also address the underlying feelings that are involved. For me the latter challenge has been the most difficult.

On a purely logical plane, the question to ponder turns on the following:

What purpose does having symptoms of Parkinson’s serve me?

For example, perhaps having Parkinson’s disease has given you a reason to quit a job which was not in your best and highest good, a job that does not offer you pleasure and satisfaction. Before having the symptoms, your ego logic concluded you had to keep on working to take care of your family (or here … please fill in the gap with all the other reasons we can concoct for ourselves).

Or, perhaps having Parkinson’s gives you an excuse to become isolated and avoid contact with other people. Or … Obviously, there can be many answers to this question. It is important to reflect and meditate to find the answer that applies to your own situation. In other words, what do you get “not to do” that is intrinsically distasteful because you have Parkinson’s?

The goal in the end is to disassociate and untangle the dynamics of negative pleasure – to feel pleasure when there are pleasurable sensations and to feel pain when there is real pain to be experienced.

The reason it is so difficult to heal negative pleasure is that it comes from a place that has no words or logic. You can not talk it out of your body or will it out. So, how can you release an attachment of negative pleasure to Parkinson’s Disease?

Energy healers can provide help in this area. There will be a critical core of Brennan Healing Practitioners (all of whom have had extensive training and experience and know all about negative pleasure) who are well versed in this issue and help clients clear it out.

The Brennan healing work really is quite incredible I must say. It has been transformative for me. There are likely Brennan Healing Practitioners in your area who can help out as well.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Founder 2004
Parkinsons Recovery Membership
Olympia, Washington

Why Do People Die?

How about the title to this post – why do people die? It was inspired by my interview today posted above on Parkinsons Recovery Radio with Willem Visser, a craniosacral therapist. Now, a big part of his presentation was to explain more about what craniosacral therapy is and why it helps with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Some of you who receive regular craniosacral treatments may well conclude that you do not need to take 30 minutes out of your day to listen to this particular Parkinsons Recovery interview that I hosted today.

Well, might I encourage you to listen anyway. Why? Willem summarizes the work of Aubrey de Grey, an engineer, who is now focused on answering the question posted in the title above. Now, the interesting twist to Aubrey de Grey’s work is that he argues it is possible to live very long lives – up to 200 to 300 years. How could that be possible?

Listen to the interview. Your interest will be tickled too. (hint: it all has to do with cellular death).

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Olympia Washington

Accidents Happen: How To Cut the Pain from Injuries in Minutes

Yes, Accidents Do Happen. What Happens When You Are Injured?   

Everyone has accidents of one type of another. What do you do when you are injured? I used to ignore the pain with the full knowledge that in time – and it usually took time – my body will eventually heal from injuries when accidents happen.

Now my approach is different. I now run “lines of light” which is a form of energy healing. I learned how to repair the injured energy field using “lines of light” from a first class healing school. .

This particular healing technique is simple and I must say unbelievably effective. I can literally feel less pain when I run the “lines of light” across an injury within a minute or two. The pain is usually gone within 3 minutes.

I shot a 10 minute video to demonstrate the “lines of light” healing technique. This happens to be an energy healing technique I have used most frequently and with the most success. Please believe me when I say it really does work!

What to Do When Accidents Happen

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It is important to know about the “lines of light” healing technique I illustrate in this video not only for yourself, but for your children and family when they are injured. To discover more about energy healing, Click Reiki to receive  free download to your computer of an article that explains the history and value of energy healing with simple tips on how you can get started healing yourself today..
 Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Olympia, Washington
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Foot Injuries and Parkinson’s Disease


You believe in the correlation between injured feet (toes) and Parkinson’s?  And why?


I include injuries to the body as one of many possible causes of symptoms that are associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in my book, Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease. Why is an injury to the foot particularly problematic? There is an energy meridian from the foot which connects to the digestive system and other systems in the body that are essential to maintaining hormonal balance and harmony. If this meridian is disrupted the body’s ability to assimilate the nutrients that are essential to neural health is compromised.

The larger perspective turns on disruptions of the energy field (and distortions to any meridians) which are the causes of all illnesses. Most diseases – Parkinsons included, originates in the energy field. Any and all distortions are eventually transmuted to the body where they are manifested as illness.

Energy healers can see or sense disease in the energy field before it is manifested in the physical body. Energy work can be helpful in interrupting  a disease process already underway and restoring a person’s body to its natural state of balance and wellness. Once all contortions, distortions and blockages in the meridians and energy field are cleared and restored, the disease process is reversed.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

A New Lease on Life

Dear Robert,

I have just listened to the interview with Howard Shifke. Just prior to that, I prayed for a new perspective because I was in pain which was about to discourage me again. So, I put it on, layed down, fell asleep, and woke refreshed in a very listening state. Howard covered all the areas that I have not understood yet. I began to see the symptoms–like the annoying urinations–as gifts. All the symptoms give you a true reading on your problems. I didn’t understand the spiritual and inner connection and the inner process of self therapy, though I have in fact been working on this–with improvement. His sharing of methods gives me much more in resources. Howard certainly understands exactly what it is like and what is happening and the process of recovery. I have a great desire to keep going now. I’ve already started listening to my body, but now I have a handle on what I’m hearing. There are a few other details I could include such as I devised a standing meditation and am returning to liver detox. Maybe Howard would enjoy this email to learn he helped someone in his interview.

I have a little contribution that has helped me. It is a flower essence story again, but this one worked more powerfully than the others. It started at the end of summer 2010. in the Bach series, Agricola is a remedy for those who carry great problems but outwardly act like the happy-go-lucky life of the party. This flower remedy helped me overcome suffering suffering in front of others, which was a pretty awkward problem. I found this flower remedy through energy testing, which was a strong “yes” for me. Whatever it is supposed to do for people, for me it made me more emotionally caring for myself (thus diminishing signaling care from others) and more spiritually tuned to others’ joy. Now, I habitually look for joy in people, and they seem to know it, as they are glad to see me. In this vibration-connection, they are distracted from my symptoms and would rather like their happiness reinforced. At the same time, I try to reduce my show of symptoms so that there is less to see. This makes for a good social exchange, as both my jobs entail seeing a lot of people.

Thank you for developing the resource center that you are. Believe me, there is a crucial need for it–and how wonderful that so many people are waking up to a better picture of parkinson’s recovery! Publish this as you see fit.


Support for Healing Parkinson’s


Hello, I am so happy to have received the link to this website..VERY INSPIRATIONAL!!
I am an Energy Practitioner and Motivational Coach. I am presently working with 2 clients who have been diagnosed with PD.

My 1st client, after 3 years since diagnosed, he has been doing incredible work/ inner work on himself and is transforming and shifting to a higher level of consciousness, awareness and spirituality- which is bringing him much trust, faith and hope in his recovery. His attitude is very Positive and he is feeling GOOD more than not!!! NO DRUGS!!! HE IS RECOVERING!!

On the other hand, my second client , also has been about 3 years since diagnosed.. still very depressed and closed to any new thing that I bring to him to help his attitude to guide him in the right direction of his recovery. I have directed him to this website, the blog etc.. He refuses.. but every week I continue to see him to do energy work, massage and coaching.

There are times that he gets very inspired and makes a couple of steps forward, but the majority of the time, he goes backwards. He is not getting any support or encouragement from his family- and lives in a very stressful household. I am getting frustrated as a practitioner but know only too well that everyone chooses to either heal or not.. It is in their own time and I can not force anything..

Do I continue with my therapy?? I have been working with him now for about 1 1/2 years. He said that he was going to give himself til November 2008, with doing alternative work before he chooses medication.

His family wants him to go on medication, he really does not want to go on medication but does not want to do the work that will get him on the path to recovery. It is a catch 22- He does not feel good, there fore he does not have the energy or motivation to do the work- but not understanding that if he does the work (yes- will be hard at first) but by continuing, he will feel better. He eats well and takes all of the supplements that is suggested but not moving his body and has become VERY STIFF AND SORE- CAN NOT MOVE.

Can you offer to me any words of advise or encouragement or support for me. If the only thing that I can do at this time is just to be there for support for him, than that is what I will continue to do, but it is frustrating watching this 36 year old man going down hill when he does not have to be. He wants to see PROOF.. Like I said, I have directed him to this website for proof… but he is not looking…thank you so much for your time in reading my blog…


Warm congratulations to the one client of yours who is feeling so much better. He is clearly on the path of recovery. It is a bumpy ride, so having you there will make all the difference in the world. 

Your deep concern of course lies with your second client who is getting worse. Your question is : how do I help him? Your experience is very similar to my experience. Some people are deeply committed to heal and are willing to experiment until they find what approaches work for them. They do get better. I can assure you and your clients that there are many people on the path to recovery.

The second person would prefer to have someone fix them, to make the symptoms magically vanish.  I don’t blame them one bit.  When I have an ache – I feel the same way.  Of course – no such “cure” exists with Parkinson’s, yet many people prefer to believe it will happen to them.

There are many very deep, unconscious reasons why your second client will not do anything to help himself.  On the most basic level he does not have the energy to do anything but see you. A nutritional IV can help persons in such situations. A nutritional IV is a direct infusion of essential vitamins and minerals directly into the body. It is not a chelation. It is mainstreaming food the body is not getting. Some naturopaths and  some medical doctors specialize in nutritional IV’s. It helps people get back on their feet and  give a much needed burst of energy. 

Second, I would recommend you suggest to him that the reasons for his symptoms may in part lie in the area of toxins. There are many gentle ways to detox the body. It sounds like to me he is not ready to address any of the stress or trauma which sounds like is a key reason for the symptoms from your description. He may be open to doing a little detox work. 

Third, some people – and he may be one of them – take on a condition from another family member out of love. Sometimes it is a parent or a grandparent. Sometimes it is a brother  or sister. It depends. This is an unconscious entrapment into disease (his happens  to be Parkinson’s). This is a larger  family system issue that keeps people sick until they address the issue. He is unlikely to go there now, but maybe later. 

Fourth, when people are stuck like him, there is a very conterintuitive suggestion to make. Give him a mantra to say three times a day for a week. The mantra is

I refuse to get better.  I like my life just the way it is.
                                The answer is no. 

If he can connect that that place within himself  that refuses to heal, he may be able to move out of his stuckness. We all get stuck sometimes.

Why might he not want to heal? There may be negative pleasure in having the debilitating symptoms. This too is unconscious. He is not doing anything about his situation  because having the disease gives him something. The condition defines his role in his family and the roles of all the other family members.   If he gets better, it puts all of that delicate balance out of whack.

The point here is to make explicit his moment to moment choice to feel worse and worse.   You can talk about all the things that will happen like nursing homes and wheel chairs so the truth is spoken out loud. We all make choices in our lives. Maybe the truth of the matter is that his true (though unconscious) choice is to check out of living and die.   

Having said all of this, I think in the end your job is to honor whatever choice he makes. Who is to judge that his choices are not the best for him, whatever they may be? When you ask what you can do for him, I would suggest you now put this back on him.

Ask him what he needs from you. Then give it to him in a loving way – honoring whatever choices he makes.  You can facilitate his journey on whatever path he choices to take. Somethimes the most loving thing to do for a client is to honor their choice to get worse.

Keep up the wonderful work. Know in your heart that you are the perfect healer for him at this time in his life. 

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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