Peter was a successful businessman, managing from his wheel chair a crew of ten. About fifteen years ago he was involved in a car accident, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today he was concerned, his spouse Lisa discovered a lump in her breast. Despite the successful treatment, he was worried and searched for additional help.

Since Lisa was a faithful Catholic, he suggested that they travel to Lourdes. He  himself was  a non-believer, yet  was ready to undertake this difficult journey regardless of his wheel chair.

After they settled down in the hotel they gradually approached the grotto. It was evening. The crowd was calm and tense. All eyes were turned to the statue of Virgin Mary. Peter watched his praying wife. She looked lovely.  The tension rose more and more. When the crowd chanted 'Ave Maria', Peter watched his neighbor abandoning his crutches, raising his hands in devotion. And then without being aware of it, Peter rose in front of his wheel chair and grabbed Lisa's shoulder. She embraced him and helped him back to the wheel chair.

Back in Munich, Peter enrolled in a rehabilitation center, and after intensive exercise which lasted about a year, he walked again normally.


Let's examine what happens when one like Peter, decides to walk? Or better, what happens when you touch your nose. On the surface it seems obvious.  You want it, and it is done. Actually it is not as simple as that. Touching your nose involves three steps:

2.Imagining the task..
3.Execution by the WOB

Actually step one and two are combined. You cannot will without imagining what you want (1,2). Imagining is willing
, which may or may not be executed by WOB.

In his book 'On the Soul' (3,4) Aristotle says it explicitly: 'The soul of animals is characterized by two faculties, (a) the faculty of discrimination which is the work of thought and sense, and (b) the faculty of originating local movement'

'Movement is always for an end and is accompanied either by imagination or by appetite'
'To sum up, then, and repeat what I have said, inasmuch as an animal is capable of appetite it is capable of self-movement; it is not capable of appetite without possessing imagination.'

Aristotle's 'Soul' is the WOB

Elsewhere it was pointed out that Aristotle's 'Soul' is none other than the WOB (5). When we want to touch our nose, we actually imagine it and  WOB carries it out.

Following the car accident, Peter's spinal cord was damaged. At that time Peter might have  imagined that his legs were moving, however WOB could not fulfill his will. With time,  Peter lost hope that he will ever walk again. During these years WOB gradually reconnected the detached nerves, of which Peter remained unaware, since WOB did not inform him about it. Usually WOB communicates with our mind only when it needs help. When failing to maintain our fluid balance it signals to us 'thirst'. We drink only to satisfy the WOB. 

In addition to  restoring the detached nerves WOB's main task was to adapt Peter to his wheel chair. The decision to apply the wheel chair was Peter’s  (his mind), while the implementation was left to his WOB. During these years Peter had to imagine new ways how to manage his office, and  WOB fulfilled his wishes.
'For imagining lies within our own power whenever we wish' said Aristotle.

The miracle of Lourdes

At times one  turns to Heaven in order to regain confidence in oneself, and revive one's imagination (creativity). It was Peter's neighbor who changed his destiny. When he gave up his crutches he served as example for what might be accomplished. From the depth of his Soul, WOB mobilized Peter's faculty to imitate, which assisted him throughout his childhood (1). Peter stood up and embraced Lisa.

When witnessing a wonder you may wonder what is it to you?
In German: Hast Du Vertrauen dan traue Dich!


1. First encounter with WOB
2. Cancer Yogi
3. Aristotle. On the Soul. Written 350 B.C.E
Translated by J. A. Smith

4 The four causes of disease

5 A blind lady who regained her sight

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