"Every dream comes with built-in challenges, and every challenge comes with built-in dreams." I like this quote because it talks about the fact that we can actually grow from every situation we create or find ourselves in if we choose to find the blessing in it. It also tells us that we can't actually have our dreams come true unless we are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them. But there is another part of this quote that many people would overlook.


My wife will at times get control of the TV remote and will put on those home improvement and interior design shows. Many of the redesigned homes will include shelves that are built in to the walls in homes, whether for files, books, decorations or entertainment centers. These structures are extremely valuable in that they act as a permanent centerpiece and foundation of the space and fulfill some very important needs.


You may be asking yourself what the quote above and story about the shelves have in common. Well, one thing is that someone (or something) had to DO the designing and building in each instance. In the case of the shelves, it was an interior designer and a carpenter. In the quote (and in every life situation it refers to), our Creator has done both the designing and the building-in of the challenges and the dreams as a permanent centerpiece and foundation of our lives, even if they go unrecognized or are sometimes hindered from functioning as fully as intended.


Another awesome example of something YOU have that is built-in is what we chiropractors call your innate intelligence. This inborn wisdom creates the life force that grows you from two tiny cells in your mother's womb into a newborn baby and continues evolving you all the days of your life. This intelligence decides which parts of each breath of air it will accept for use in your body and which parts it will breathe back out. It determines how to turn your bowl of cereal into new spleen tissue and send the waste out your back door. It heals the cut on your finger, enables you to deal with the stresses of work and family, causes you pet your dog and allows you to experience all of the joys of life!


You also have a BUILT-IN system to channel your life force through, as well as control and coordinate, all of your cells. The system I am referring to is your NERVE SYSTEM. Your life force flows from above-down and inside-out, through every single cell of your body from conception until death,



In other words, you need a clear neurological CONNECTION in order for your life force to continue helping you coordinate all of your cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, adapt to life's stresses, heal from any difficulties you may have encountered and continue growing into whatever your personal purpose and potential might be.


The specific chiropractic adjustment is designed to help you become and remain as completely neurologically CONNECTED as possible, so that you can be all that you were meant to be. What if your entire family were to BUILD-IN a regular program of adjustments as a part of your healthy lifestyle? Would all of your BUILT-IN abilities to fight off infections and handle most of the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses of the world be more fully expressed? Would you have a better chance at experiencing the normal state of EASE (health) that has been BUILT-IN as a natural part of life? Could the free flow of this awesome Power actually bring you the peace of mind and unrestrained joy you have all been dreaming of?


Now, I know that a dream that large is not without challenges - living a health-creating lifestyle isn't always easy or convenient. But remember; with each new challenge you successfully will also gain a new dream,'s BUILT-IN!


Everything Affects Everything

More and more, the health fields are acknowledging the interrelationship of areas of health and human function that previously were thought to be unrelated.


In the field of psychology, researchers are finding that depression weakens bones, anxiety about eating can affect the menstrual cycle, and stress can affect fertility. Whether these findings are actually true or not, they still underscore the fact that everything affects everything. We cannot be unhealthy mentally or emotionally and expect to be healthy physically. Conversely, we should expect our physical health to affect our emotional and mental well-being.


In a similar manner, we cannot expect what we put into our bodies in the form of medication to only affect one specific part. The entire body is affected by any drug that we take, regardless of its intended purpose. Those chemicals placed in the body in the form of caffeine and alcohol also affect our entire body. While everyone may not have experienced the wide-awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night, heart-racing effects of caffeine, we have all seen the numbness of thought and loss of reflexes and coordination brought on by too much alcohol.


There is an up side to all this. All those good things that we do to and for our bodies also affect us in every way. When school children eat a good balanced breakfast, it not only helps make their bodies stronger, it enables them to do better in their class work. When you exercise regularly, you are helping to improve the digestion, absorption, metabolism and utilization of the food that you eat. Exercise helps your respiratory system and your cardiovascular system but it also helps you to get the most from your sleep, which in turn affects your ability to handle stress, which affects your cardiovascular system and digestion.


Are you beginning to see the point? Nothing done to or for the body occurs in a void - anything relates to everything.


This principle is nowhere more obvious than in Chiropractic care. When a person undertakes Chiropractic care, for whatever reason, the adjustments have a profound and far-reaching effect upon the entire body. When the Chiropractor corrects a subluxation, the entire body is improved. Every system in the body functions at a higher level. The body has a greater potential to heal itself and resistance increases. Every aspect of one's life is better because of one little adjustment.


How much better is the question. Frankly, we do not know. These things are not measurable. Granted, in some people drastic changes are noted. People's bodies heal themselves where before they could not. Athletes show marked improvement in performance, children do better in school. But the major improvements are going to be imperceptible at the time, like eating an organic apple. You do not see the immediate effects of eating the apple but you know that the body is better for it.


We may not see the immediate results of an adjustment but we know that chiropractic adjustments add to our health and life and for that reason we should be receiving them on a regular basis.

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