THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
In the wake of the incredible devastation caused by hurricane Katrina, one of my practice members asked me the following question, "Do you have a plan B in case anything like this ever happened to you? In other words, are you prepared for the worst?"
I love this patient, but she is always focusing on the negative things in her life, instead of realizing how blessed she truly is in so many areas of her life. My answer to her was simply, "I have found that when I prepare for the worst, I always get something worse than I want in my life. So, I simply prepare for the best and that way I almost always get something better!" After some further discussion she eventually understood what I was getting at. Unfortunately, many people do in fact live their lives making contingency plans, or Plan B as this she had put it, and then wonder why their lives are so stressful.
You can't escape something you are giving your attention to! The fact that you give any energy at all to what you DON'T want can actually cause it to keep showing up in your life! In order to make a Plan B, you must focus a large part of your energy on what you don't want to happen. In doing so, you actually draw those things closer to yourself.
Now don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you should completely IGNORE potential dangers. It's just that most people spend all this time and energy getting very clear on what to do as far as Plan B, but they don't put anywhere near as much energy into creating PLAN A!
When you focus more of your energy on Plan B than on Plan A, Plan B BECOMES Plan A!
Most people have never prepared for their ideal scenario for only one reason - THEY HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE TIME TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY WHAT THEIR IDEAL LIFE WOULD LOOK LIKE! Oh sure, they've thought about what parts of their ideal life would look like, but rarely have they really crystallized their visions of what they want.
Many people think they have identified what they want, but when you ask them about it they simply recite for you their long lists of what they DON'T want. They have made a critical error by thinking that they can get what they want by eliminating what they don't want. But remember what we said before - you can't escape something you are giving your attention to!
How about you? Have you written down what your ideal job situation would be? How specific did you get with the details? What about your ideal partner in life? Do you know what qualities are most important to you? Do you have a clear picture of what you would like your net worth to be and have you looked into what steps are necessary for you to progressively move toward that goal?
What about your health? Are you focused more on not getting sick or coming down with some disease? Why not focus on actively creating a lifestyle that moves you progressively in the direction of health, happiness, and the full expression of life? Making sure you are under chiropractic care to be as healthy as possible is different than being under care to avoid pain. This subtle change in focus and thinking always works wonders and gets better results.
If you will begin to identify what you want, and focus on actively creating that, you will gradually see that what I am talking about is true. For when you consistently focus on creating what you want you will understand - YOU CAN'T ESCAPE SOMETHING YOU ARE GIVING YOUR ATTENTION TO!
"I have so much to do today, I will need to take twice as long to meditate."
Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought "I don't have time to exercise/meditate/eat breakfast/visit my chiropractor today - I've got too many important things to do?"
Well imagine this daily routine:
* Wake Up at 3:30AM
* Meditate for an hour
* Perform religious rituals for 30 minutes
* Meditation and prayer for 90 minutes
* Work until 5pm
* Tea and time to unwind
* Meditation and prayer from approximately 7PMm until 9PM
This is not the daily schedule of a reclusive monk or a navel-gazing spiritual wannabe but rather that of the Dalai Lama, known to be one of the busiest, kindest, happiest, most peaceful and influential men living on the planet today.
Why is it so hard for so many of us to make time for breakfast, let alone prioritize taking the time to take really good care of our bodies, minds, and spirit?
Well, one reason is that we were taught from an early age to put others first. Throughout childhood, most of us unconsciously absorbed the idea that our needs were secondary to those of our parents, siblings, friends, or neighbors. We were taught names for people around us who put themselves first, like 'selfish' and 'spoiled'.
If we dared to insist that following our dreams and living our truth really was more important than the hopes and wishes of those around us, we were called different names, like 'egotistical' and 'self-centered'.
And as adults, our conditioning now completed, we shame ourselves into feelings of worthlessness by comparing ourselves with a spiritual all-star team of 'selfless saints' and finding the contribution we make with our lives sorely wanting.
But do you not take wonderful, extraordinary care of yourself because 'you're no Gandhi or Dalai Lama', or are you not a Gandhi or Dalai Lama because you don't prioritize taking extraordinary care of yourself?
As Marianne Williamson famously said "We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world."
To be the best parent, spouse, child, employee/employer, etc. you must take care of yourself. When you do not you not only shortchange yourself, but also everyone in your life. By taking time each day to recharge your batteries and revitalize your spirit, you can ensure that you happen to life as often as life happens to you. Making sure you are adjusted regularly so you can better express your potential in all the things that you do, should be a regular part of your routine.
As you contemplate what kind of a vision, purpose, or mission would get you jumping out of bed in the morning and forcing yourself to get back in at night, enjoy these thoughts by playwright and social activist George Bernard Shaw:
"This is the true joy in life - to be used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life is mine, but as long as I am a member of my community I will try to serve as many people as possible and it is my privilege to do for them what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. I want to do all this free from nerve interference caused by vertebral subluxations. What about you?
We rented the movie "robots" for my kids and I watched it in absolute fascination. The reason I became so involved in this animated film is that I believe that it is actually a metaphor for the current medical health care system and the drug companies...and unfortunately, for much of the chiropractic profession as well (I tend to be especially hard on the chiropractors because most should know better.)
Early on in the movie, the loving and inspiring head of the robot company in Robot City (Mr. Big Bot) is shown telling everyone, "You can shine, no matter what you're made of!" He talked openly and excitedly about the power every single robot (person) has inside to be able to use their own gifts in a way that will serve all the robots of the world (all humanity).
He finished his inspiring speech by telling everyone to, "See a need, fill a need!"
Shortly after that, we find out that this incredible leader has been shoved aside and held in a place where he can no longer tell the robots they have this power inside of them. We are told this had to happen because telling everyone that they can "shine no matter what you are made of" makes them feel so good about themselves that they rarely bought the company's "big ticket item." It stopped robots from buying upgrades.
The company stopped making replacement parts so that whenever a robot broke down, all that was now available was an expensive upgrade. The new leader goes on to tell everyone how the company needs to change the way robots see themselves. "The company needs to make robots see how much they need us," he says. "CREATE a need, and fill it!" One way they began undermining the robots' confidence in themselves was by changing the slogan of their company from, "You can shine no matter what you're made of," to, "Why be you, when you can be new!"
One robot named Rodney begins repairing robots by using what they already have. The head robots in the company then say, "What do you think will happen to our company once robots find out they can survive without us?!"
There are many other references in this movie that brought me to the conclusion that it is really about the medical establishment and their desire to control everyone and everything. These references are quite obvious once you watch the movie while looking to see and hear them.
This brings me around to the reason for this article. When D.D. Palmer (Discoverer of Chiropractic) saw what the first adjustment did, and when he figured out why it worked, he did what Mr. Big Bot said to do in the movie - "See a need, fill a need!" This need became every single person on the planet - the need to shine their light as brightly as possible! In fact, one definition frequently used in chiropractic is that SUB = less/decreased, LUX = light. So, subluxation = a state of decreased light! In other words, a state other than full expression of your Life Force!!! As Mr. Big Bot said, "You can shine no matter what you're made of!" D. D. agreed!
But in this day and age of everyone wanting to get their own stuff first - what has been called the "ME Generation," many doctors and chiropractors have resorted to taking advice from companies that do not espouse the phrase, "See a need, fill a need." No, they are like the evil robots in the movie that said, " CREATE a need and fill it!"
They are CREATING a need for their services by scaring people into what will happen to their health and their lives and making them believe they are not good enough the way they are ("Why be you when you can be new!"). They tell people that they will die at an earlier age than they should and that their lives will be miserable until that time unless they take all these drugs or have all these procedures done.
This may in fact be true for a few who choose to destroy themselves. But what about all of the BENEFITS and POSSIBILITIES that are available to people willing to take control of their health and life. Why not share that chiropractic care has allowed them to progressively express higher and higher levels of Life?! What about helping people SEE they already HAVE a need, instead of trying to CREATE a need by scaring the life OUT of them?!
All business people know about the law of supply and demand. The secret to being successful in business is to increase the demand, and then supply, supply, supply! But there are two ways of doing this. One way is to create a "false demand" by fooling or scaring people into thinking they need it. The other way is to simply help them see that they can express more of their potential by using your product or service.
Those doctors who scare people into care are operating from a scarcity or lack mentality. They say to themselves that they had better get theirs before someone else does - they are saying that there is a limited number of customers (patients/practice members) available, so they had better do whatever they must in order to get as many people as possible under care, taking drugs, performing worthless procedures.
The truth is, that there is an abundant supply of people who need chiropractic care (like..EVERYONE ON THE PLANET!!!) that we simply need to wake them up to the truth, help them become certain about this, and then THEY WILL DEMAND THE KIND OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE that most of you are experiencing right now.
I like to think I offer a type of chiropractic practice that helps people realize that they can continually shine more brightly. It is what chiropractors practicing objective straight chiropractic realize and experience every day. No pressure tactics, no fear, no formulas that turn you into a dependant junkie with no control of your health or life. You are here by choice. You want more for yourself and your family. You've demonstrated that you are individuals committed to a higher standard and never-ending improvement in your health and lives.
In a way we simply adhere to Mr. Big Bot's principle that you can shine no matter what you're made of! The trick is to help find your own unique gifts and develop them in your own unique way, so that as a better expression of your life you too can see a need, fill a need.
I do wish to take a moment to thank all of the fear-based doctors and chiropractors for all of their years of CREATING A NEED for the kind of practice those of us in objective straight chiropractic have developed - we are happily filling it!
One last thought please...What will the long-term effects of the health choices you are making right now have on the health and well-being of life on our planet? Does what you do and how you are doing it move the world in a direction you want you children to raise their own kids in - one that screams of health, happiness and the full expression of life? Or does it tend to move things in the other direction - one where people are living in fear of what may go wrong?