THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2011



 

The Chicken-Eagle

 

”The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become”.  -Ben Herbster

          When someone mentions an eagle, what do you think of in your mind?
          Many people imagine a big bird, flying high up in the air, with its wings spread out, moving around gracefully with so little effort.  The eagle has very sharp eyes which can see a long distance. When it sees a meal, like a rabbit on the ground, it can come down very fast and grab the animal with its sharp claws.
         The eagle is called the king of the birds. It has great strength, super vision, and really strong claws.
         A story is told of a rancher who found an eagle’s nest that had been knocked off a cliff in his 450 acre ranch following a big storm.  Much to his surprise, when he examined the large nest he saw that there was still an unhatched egg in the nest.
         He took the egg with him and put it with his chickens and the mother hens. 
         Soon the egg hatched.
         The young eagle was born almost as big as many of the full grown chickens. 
         He grew up with all the other chickens.  Whatever the chickens did, the eagle also did.  He thought he was a chicken, just like them.
         Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learned to fly a short distance. He would peck for worms and seeds just like the other chickens.  He thought that was what he was supposed to do.  So that was all that he thought he could do.  And that was all he was able to do.
         One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him.
         “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” the hens told him. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we are chickens”.
         So listening to the chickens, and never reaching or developing his full potential and capabilities, the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s all that he thought he was.
         As sad and disappointing as that story may be it is even more heartbreaking to know that most of the members of the human race are living their lives as “chickens”.  Subluxated spines produce malfunctioning nerve systems, which do not allow for the best expression of innate intelligence (the principle of organization that results in the ability of a living organism to organize and reorganize its physiology in order to adapt and survive in an ever-changing environment).
         The end result is a mind and body that will never reach its potential.  That means you’ll never be as smart, happy, physically strong, creative, etc. as you could be if you remain subluxated.  You’d be living life as a chicken instead of as an eagle.  You can never reach your potential in life without regular chiropractic care.  This statement is not up for debate and there is nothing you can do instead of chiropractic.  
         By restoring normal alignment and function in your spine, you reestablish and maintain the neurological connections between your brain and your body, so that you can resume purposefully expressing your innate intelligence and properly organizing all of the parts of your body to work harmoniously together and consistently grow stronger and healthier every day.  You’ll want this for your whole life, not just when “things hurt”.  Those of us that have children recognize the impact that chiropractic care can have on their developing lives as they will benefit the most form regular care.
         So, make sure as many people as you know stop being chickens and become the magnificent eagles they were meant to be.  
 

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world."
~Maria Montessori
 
“The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world”.
~ Roger Williams

 
-Thank you to Dr. Lessard for sharing the Chicken-Eagle Story and inspiring this article.
 
 
With Great Power...


         "With great power comes great responsibility." Co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko first wrote this classic line in a Spiderman comic book back in 1962.  I’ve been a comic book collector since the age of 12, and while not even a big Spiderman fan, I was always drawn to that statement.
         There is another saying that most of you have heard that says, "Knowledge is power."  Now, if "knowledge is power" and "with great power comes great responsibility," would it make sense to say the following … “With the acquisition of knowledge comes a required responsibility.”
         And so it is with Chiropractic.
         It is our knowledge and understanding, not our belief, that the universe is a purposeful place with an observable organization that hints toward some type of intelligence.  That knowledge sets us apart from other healthcare professions and many people in general that view the universe, health, sickness, etc. as a bunch of random accidents.  This is the reason why some people may look at you the way they do when you are telling them something about Chiropractic.
         We know something that others do not know or choose not to accept.  We know when others may just only believe.  We see what others, at this time, cannot see.  We see, taste, smell, touch, and hear the simplicities of the universe where others merely perceive complexities.  We are a ribbon of change, of simplicity, of love, that is unfolding in the universe right now.  Millions are awakening to this simplicity, this knowledge every year.  Your own observation of the changes in your body, your attitude, and your life, after the adjustments, started you on this journey of understanding.
         The adjustment is truly a powerful thing. It is NOT, however where the true power resides.  The adjustment is merely the medium, the key that chiropractors utilize to unlock their practice member’s inner power (innate intelligence).  The true power resides within each and every one of us.  That is important to remember.
         Within chiropractic the true power resides in our knowledge; our knowledge of the Science, of the Art, and the important glue that holds it all together, the Philosophy.  You may also remember that sayings in those antismoking commercials "Knowledge is contagious.  Infect truth." If there is anything that you want loved ones to "catch" it should be knowledge and understanding of how their bodies work.
         I know that it is hard sometimes to talk to someone about chiropractic, and I sometimes have trouble at times too, especially when I know that the person may not be ready to receive the information I’m sharing with them.  It is especially difficult explaining it to family.  They are sometimes the most difficult ones to reach for that awakening that you are trying so desperately to achieve.  Keep on them and they will come around.  Hopefully, by the time they do, it will not be too late. 
         Just realize that at first they may only believe.  This is a critical stage for them.  In this stage they are relying on your knowledge, your power, for most belief is done blindly.  Your power will be tested to the extremes during this stage and for some people they will forever remain in this stage.  Talk with me if you ever need help discussing any aspects of chiropractic with them.
         The main stages a practice member my typically go through usually consists of fear, then faith, and finally knowledge and understanding.  I went through them too.  Each step involves a different type of awakening and realization about ourselves, about life, and about the universe.  Each time the understanding becomes simpler and more obvious that at times it can be frustrating when others don't understand what you understand.  Believe me. I've been there.
         Remember, our Knowledge is our Power and with this tremendous power comes a great responsibility.  The responsibility that we have is to "infect truth” (knowledge and understanding).  This responsibility is both a gift and a curse and at different times you may see it in these different lights.  Hold strong and let the knowledge flow, and watch a life, a community, a country, and/or the world change for the better because YOU took the time to talk to someone about chiropractic.
         Remember, "With great power (knowledge) comes great responsibility."

         As always, I look forward your comments.


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