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FROM READERS: How I benefited from the School of Metaphysics course of study

March 10, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CST
Walter Hrycaj is the director of Columbia's School of Metaphysics.

Walter Hrycaj is the director of Columbia's School of Metaphysics

When I was around eight or nine years old, roughly fourth grade, I was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. Doctors call it a neurological disorder. My mom noticed that I started developing these ticks and twitches, and I made funny noises at times. She was concerned, so she took me to the pediatrician, and he diagnosed me with it.  I never heard of such a disorder. I asked the doctor if it would ever go away, these sudden bursts of energy I experienced, this explosiveness that was hard to control. The doctor said one of two things can happen: it can get worse as I get older, or it can get better. He also said that most of the time it usually gets worse during puberty and that this would be the most difficult time I would have with this.  


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It frightened me to think that I would have to live with this for the rest of my life and there was no cure for it; it would just eventually subside or get worse over time. I couldn't live with these options. I knew then that it was up to me to control or suppress this strong energy that I felt within my body. I did what I thought worked for me at the time. Sometimes I would just go outside and scream at the top of my lungs or tense and shake my body until I was exhausted. Still, I couldn't control it.  At that time in my life there were no medications for it, so I just bore it.

My mom decided to sign me up for martial arts classes at the YMCA. Maybe she had some sort of intuitive perception thinking that it would help.  Well, it did. I had an outlet to release this energy and direction for it. Eventually, like everything else that helped or I enjoyed, it either got cancelled or my step-dad complained about how much money we were spending, or my mom just didn't think it was benefiting me anymore.

These tics and twitches continued throughout my childhood and even got worse in certain situations. It then eventually progressed to loud vocal sounds and obscenities to the point where it was a distraction for others around me as well as myself. This escalated around the age of fourteen, right about the time of my freshman year of high school. I wondered if I could ever control it or if it would ever end.

I hated this, I hated not having control of it. I immersed myself in physical activity; soccer, track and field and skateboarding. I found that skateboarding was the most fulfilling for me and enjoyable. I found another avenue to direct my energies and use my creative mind. Around this time I began experimenting with street drugs (marijuana). Drugs seemed to help too, however, they weren't very healthy, yet they worked.

Over time, I began to become consumed with drugs and drug use. I stopped playing sports. I started smoking cigarettes and not really doing much at all. At this time in my life, I felt that there was no hope. I became depressed; nothing was working. I even went back to the doctor and he prescribed Paxil, a drug for depression. He also thought it could help with the Tourette's. This drug was horrible; I didn't feel right, I didn't feel like myself. I took myself off of Paxil. The doctor said I should have never done that because he had no idea what the drug could have done to me, and for all he knew it could have killed me.

One day I woke up and stopped the drug use, the smoking and began improving my life again, rebuilding myself. I thought well, if I have to live with Tourette's then why not accept it and be happy. I assumed it would never go away so I didn't try to fix it anymore, I just lived my life, accepted who I was and I thought that was it. This was not entirely true, I still wanted to improve.

At the time I found the School of Metaphysics. I was working as a personal trainer building my own business. I was looking for something that could help me grow the business. Little did I know that the school would help me grow in many ways.

I started to practice the exercises taught in the School of Metaphysics: concentration exercises, meditation, visualization and many more that would eventually develop a calm, still, more directed state of mind. I began to feel more peaceful and centered. I also noticed the tics and twitches began to subside. They didn't completely go away, however, I did have more control over the intensity I experienced in the past. My life started to improve and I regained hope that maybe there is a cure, maybe I can heal this so-called disorder.

After about a year of study, I had some mental control over my body and I could sit still for at least a half an hour. My attention improved, my ability to retain knowledge improved and my communication skills improved.  At this time I was given the opportunity to teach what I have been developing within myself for the last year. This also gave me a place to evaluate myself and give to others what was given to me.

At this time I received my first Intuitive Health Analysis from the School of Metaphysics. The first line of the report stated that there was anger in the mental system that has accrued over a long period of time. I also asked a question about the tics and twitches I experience from time to time.  The report stated that this was directly linked to the anger I experienced from the past that was never resolved. This information gave me something to work with. Now I knew what the cause of this disorder was What a relief.  I knew what I needed to do to heal, based on the suggestions of the report, however. I also had specific exercises and practices like breath work, forgiveness exercises and healing projections that I could immediately implement.

Needless to say, I continue to improve, stretch and refine as I set higher ideals and goals for myself, as I get better and better everyday.  I haven't completely healed this so-called disorder, however, the time and space of calmness, relaxation and peace between the reactions is much greater compared to the past.

Information about Columbia's School of Metaphysics:

Address: 103 West Broadway  Columbia, MO 65203
: 573-449-8312
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