Carmen Azpeitia-Adib

“Are you willing to change what you eat, what you think, and how
you pray?” Greg asked me the first time we met nine years ago.
“Yes” was a quick response, like a reflex. I was desperate.  The all-
body joint pain was increasing while my hopes for a cure were
quickly diminishing. Top Stanford Hospital doctors and medical
professors were unsuccessful at giving me a prognosis, and thus
a treatment for my condition. I had been a disciplined athletic
person since middle school, with a perfect medical record, and no
known genetic predisposition for my condition. My ailment was a
mystery. “Come back in three to six months. Perhaps then, this
would have developed into Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any
other Immune Deficiency disease.” A scary predicament to tell a
first-time mother of a six-pound ten-ounce baby girl who was
able to carry and attend to until a few hours prior to being
admitted to the Emergency Room. Sitting on a wheelchair and
unable to move any joint, I begged the three doctors conferring
in the room to give me anything for the excruciating pain. All I
wanted at that point was pain relief! Vicodin was not an option
because I was nursing. An alternative was offered and I was sent
home warned about liver or kidney problems if taken over a
prolonged time. My internist had no objections for me to seek
help via alternative medicine. The search began. Acupuncture kept
coming to my mind. Several sessions with different
acupuncturists led to desperation. Hopelessness was lurking. But,
I had a feeling someone had the ability to help me, and all I had to
do was find that person.  He was found. His name is Greg Yau.

When I met Greg, I noticed his simplicity as much as his
unconventional practice. Nothing around him involves the ego,
from his clothes to the makeshift cot to the recycled glass
containers with strange looking roots and herbs. One could tell
everything around him is there to serve a purpose and nothing
else. Greg is a martial artist, but at simple glance his body does
not reveal his mastery. Even his well selected few apprentices are
unassuming. No special attire. No special rituals like head bowing
and such. The only sign of sophistication is the combination
strikes that Greg patiently and sparingly demonstrates. He seems
to instruct more with words and simple moves than by constant
demonstration. The friendly chatter and laughter during learning
time reminds me of children at play during school recess. I have
learned that Greg’s students are successful business people,
police chiefs, heads of martial arts schools, and the like.  Different
people with one obvious thing in common, they all emulate Greg.

My disconcerted first impression was over as soon as Greg smiled
and began talking to me. Immediately, I felt at ease.  With a
curious mind, and in my usual manner, I asked many questions as
if conducting an interview. One comment that stuck to my mind is
Greg saying, “our paths have crossed and there is a reason and a
purpose.” I agreed without understanding.  Now, I understand
and know the answer to both. I will never forget the first time
Greg inserted the four small needles. The excruciating joint pain I
had lived with for three weeks, which seemed more like three
years, disappeared instantly. It was like magic. I felt no pain
during the half hour acupuncture treatment. Greg warned me that
if I did not improve with three treatments, he would take me to
his teacher.  I had no warning of what was to come that same
night. At nightfall, my body, from neck down was in agonizing
pain never before or since experienced. Greg was called past
midnight because I was convinced I would not make it through
the night. With a calm voice he assured me that everything would
be all right. The pain pattern was being broken which meant that
healing would begin soon. He was right. Since then, I have
absolute trust in Greg’s skills and abilities. At sunrise, the pain
had subsided. My healing process had begun. I followed Greg’s
recommendations with exactitude and discipline. I never doubted
or questioned his words. I believe when he says that the mind,
body and spirit have to be in complete balance to achieve
optimum health. I believe that “disease is, above all, dis-ease,
absence of ease or Santi-sweet, joyous peace of the spirit
reflected through the mind in the body” as Baird T. Spalding
writes in his book Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far
East. For me, it took nine months of acupuncture, herbal teas, a
special diet (not extreme, nothing of Greg is extreme except his
knowledge and insights), and praying in a different way that I was
used to (religious denomination has nothing to do with it). Greg
showed me the way, and I followed.

When I was able to walk again and hold my then 16-pound baby,
my movements were very robot-like. I had forgotten how to walk!
Greg showed me how to walk in my adult age. It was amazing!
Greg would tell me that walking is just catching one self from
falling.  In order to walk I had to have that faith that everyone
that walks has, but hardly anyone notices because it becomes
second nature. To this day, I always try to catch myself from
falling, not only as I walk but in every aspect of my life. If I do fall,
I know it is just a reminder that somewhere, somehow I lost
faith.  And is essential to gain that faith back.

After Greg helped me heal completely, I went back to my doctors
at Stanford Hospital. They were amazed at my recovery and the
fact that I did not develop any of the diseases they had
speculated. For them it is still a mystery. Not for Greg, my family,
my friends, and myself. I understand people’s skepticism but I
also know that if the skeptics would doubt everything in life, they
would not even be able to breathe because even that is an act of
faith.  If you are reading this, you are blessed in more ways than
you can imagine. If you know Greg, you are blessed to have your
paths cross.  I am sure that your contact with Greg will enrich
your life in every aspect.  I wish for you to realize it.  It has been
proven to me that there are no coincidences in life.  We create
our own personal world that we live in with our thoughts, actions,
and feelings. May you create your world with love and become a
true Master.

P.S. Greg, I am eternally grateful.”

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