THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
This month we celebrated Columbus Day in memory of the man credited with the discovery of the New World in 1492. (We can argue if he was actually the first, but as a holiday, he is whom we celebrate.)
Recently, our presidential candidates have been talking a lot about change being needed in our country. But, how does lasting change really come about?
Change is the result of making different choices consistently. But, our choices and actions are the result of how we see ourselves and the world. So, it follows that no consistent change can come about unless we first change the way we look at and interpret ourselves and our world.
What does this have to do with chiropractic? Well, receiving information about the world and interpreting that information are neurological processes. In order to receive and interpret information about yourself and the world in the most advantageous way, you must have a clear neurological CONNECTION between your brain and all of the different parts of your body that take in the information.
As you may be aware, your spinal cord is contained within your spinal column. Because of this intimate CONNECTION between your spine and your nerve system, if you lose your normal alignment or function of any part of your spine, it can cause you to partially lose your CONNECTION between your brain and your body as well, and you may not receive information about your world accurately.
This partial loss of CONNECTION between your brain and body also causes you to lose your ability to purposefully organize all of the parts of your body to function in a harmonious way, and you lose your natural state of EASE.
Whenever you lose your natural state of ease (i.e., you are experiencing dis-ease), you use energy at a greater than normal rate, and your body goes into what is called survival mode. That is, the parts of your body not necessary to your immediate survival are effectively shut down. This includes the parts of your brain that allow you to think at the highest level and see the world as a friendly place filled with possibilities, as opposed to using only the parts of the brain that see the world and everything in it as a threat to your survival.
Chiropractic's goal is simple. It is to help restore and maintain normal alignment and function in your spine, in order to re-establish and maintain the neurological CONNECTIONS between your brain and your body, so that your Life Energy (innate intelligence) can once again go about its task of purposefully organizing all of the parts of your body to function normally, using energy as efficiently as possible and allowing you to once again regain your natural state of EASE and think at the highest level.
Albert Einstein once said that there are only two ways to see the world; as if nothing is a miracle, or as if everything is a miracle. Having a normally aligned and fully functioning spine will allow you to see A Whole New World, and then you can be like Christopher Columbus yourself, and see every day as something to celebrate, as you help create the kind of world we all dream of and hope for!
The greatest art form that exists on this planet is the human body. What a magnificently structured temple of sacred architecture our body is. Are we grateful for it? Some are, but most take this wonderful gift for granted. Many complain about the shape of their body - I'm too fat, too thin, too short, or too tall. They spend a great deal of time in front of the mirror focusing on what they perceive as imperfections of their body, rather than focusing on its magnificently balanced perfection.
When we look in the mirror, all of us will have things we like and dislike about physical structures. Working with people all day, I've become convinced that for every part of our body we don't like, there is a usually a part we admire. If we are putting ourselves down in one area, I guarantee, we are happy with another area. We may not like our thighs, but we will admire our eyes. We may not like our hair, but we will admire our skin. We may not like the shape of our body, but we will like the shape of our lips and our smile, and so on. Some body part may give us pain, while another functions beautifully. Actually, for many people, the majority of the body functions well and is a marvel.
To help you see how wonderful the human body is I've taken an excerpt from the God Memorandum out of Og Mandino's book The Greatest Miracle In The World.
... "Let us take inventory. Let us, first, call a roll of your handicaps. For how can I ask you to build a new life lest you have the tools?
Are you blind? Does the sun rise and fall without your witness?
No. You can see ... and the hundred million receptors I have placed in your eyes enable you to enjoy the magic of a leaf, a snowflake, a pond, an eagle, a child, a cloud, a star, a rose, a rainbow ... and the look of love. Count one blessing.
Are you deaf? Can a baby laugh or cry without your attention?
No. You can hear ... and the twenty-four thousand fibers I have built in each of your ears vibrate to the wind in the trees, the tides on the rock, the majesty of an opera, a robin's plea, children at play ... and the words I love you. Count another blessing.
Are you mute? Do your lips move and bring forth only spittle?
No. You can speak ... as can no other of my creatures, and your words can calm the angry, uplift the despondent, goad the quitter, cheer the unhappy, warm the lonely, praise the worthy, encourage the defeated, teach the ignorant, ... and say I love you. Count another blessing.
Are you paralyzed? Does your helpless forms despoil the land?
No. You can move. You are not a tree condemned to a small plot while the wind and world abuses you. You can stretch and run and dance and work, for within you I have designed five hundred muscles, two hundred bones and seven miles of nerve fiber all synchronized by me to do your bidding. Count another blessing.
Are you unloved and unloving? Does loneliness engulf you, night and day?
No. No more. For now you know love's secret, that to receive love it must be given with no thought of its return. To love for fulfillment, satisfaction, or pride is no love. Love is a gift on which no return is demanded. Now you know that to love unselfishly is its own reward. And even should love not be returned it is not lost, for love not reciprocated will flow back to you and soften and purify your heart. Count another blessing. Count twice.
Is your heart stricken? Does it leak and strain to maintain your life?
No. Your heart is strong. Touch your chest and feel its rhythm, pulsating, hour after hour, day and night, thirty-six million beats per year, year after year, asleep or awake, pumping your blood through more than sixty thousand miles of veins, arteries, and tubing ... pumping more than six hundred thousand gallons each year. Man has never created such a machine. Count another blessing.
Are you diseased of skin? Do people turn in horror when you approach?
No. Your skin is clear and a marvel of creation, needing only that you tend it with soap and oil and brush and care. In time all steels will tarnish and rust, but not your skin. Eventually the strongest of metals will wear, with use, but not that layer that I have constructed around you. Constantly it renews itself, old cells replaced by new, just as the old you is now replaced by the new. Count another blessing.
Are your lungs befouled? Does the breath of life struggle to enter your body?
No. Your portholes to life support you even in the vilest of environments of your own making, and they labor always to filter life-giving oxygen through six hundred million pockets of folded flesh while they rid your body of gaseous wastes. Count another blessing.
Is your blood poisoned? Is it diluted with water and pus?
No. Within your five quarts of blood are twenty-two trillion blood cells and within each cell are millions of molecules and within each molecule is an atom oscillating at more than ten trillion times each second. Each second, two million of your red blood cells die to be replaced by two million more in a resurrection that has continued since your first birth. As it has always been inside, so now it is on your outside. Count another blessing.
Are you feeble of mind? Can you no longer think for yourself?
No. Your brain is the most complex structure in the universe. I know. Within its three pounds are thirteen billion nerve cells, more than three times as many cells as there are people on your earth. To help you file away every perception, every sound, every taste, every smell, every action you have experienced since the day of your birth, I have implanted, within your cells, more than one thousand billion billion protein molecules. Every incident in your life is there waiting only your recall. And, to assist your brain in the control of your body I have dispersed, throughout your form, four million pain sensitive structures, five hundred thousand touch detectors, and more than two hundred thousand temperature detectors. No nation's gold is better protected than you. None of your ancient wonders are greater than you.
You are my finest creation. Within you is enough atomic energy to destroy any of the world's great cities ... and rebuild it. ... "(end quote)
No matter who you are, you probably have things you like and dislike, or even admire and despise about yourself. But both things you like and dislike are going to serve you in your life, and the wisdom is appreciating this balance and harmony and being grateful for it.
That said I'd like you to try a little experiment for the next month. Every time you are brushing your teeth, I'd like you to take that time to appreciate, be grateful for, and begin to love all your body parts. Yes, even those that may give you trouble from time to time. If you may have an area that is giving you some trouble, what is it trying to teach you? Then begin to see that body part as you'd like it to be, as if it is already perfect.
The feelings of gratitude and love are incredibly powerful and I know you'll feel much different about your self at the end of a month. So much so that you may want to continue with the experiment indefinitely.