Dr. B.J. Palmer gave the profession this beautiful tool.
An educated awareness of the great potential for the chiropractor to slip from his or her objective when confronted by and living in a constant stream of an outside in worldview.
Designed to be used by the chiropractor and one’s colleagues, this gift was intended to help keep the profession on a focused path to ensure the proper delivery of our message and service to mankind.
You I Better Check Yourself Myself
A week ago I was fortunate to realize I have been slipping a bit lately.
While at Life West’s Lyceum presenting on the Essence of Chiropractic, I realized I have in fact been leaving quite a bit of the essence out of my description of the profession to both those in my office and those reading these words here.
It was in the various talks that I realized I needed to check some of my slipping. You see, I have become a bit too mechanical in my descriptions of what chiropractic is lately. I have been studying the science of vertebral subluxation in great depth and been so focused on producing data documenting the associated physiological changes, that I have neglected a core distinction of chiropractic.
Dr. Cory Rodnick put it quite simply. He reminded us that the body is in fact not self-healing. A corpse does not heal after all.
It is LIFE that does the healing.
There is Nothing Bigger than LIFE
Many of you will recognize this banner from the Dynamic Essentials (DE) stage. I first saw it in April of 2012 in Sarasota but did not really think much of it. I thought it was referring mostly to Life University and thought it was a simi-clever play on words, but now it make more sense.
It is this vitalistic concept behind life, the Innate Intelligence of the body, and releasing of the Life Force within the living, animated body through the correction of vertebral subluxation that makes chiropractic unique.
Without vitalism, chiropractic is nothing more than medical manipulation. We may as well be practicing physical therapy without our vitalistic premises.
Don’t Let the Mechanics Get in the Way
It is very easy to explain chiropractic in mechanistic terminology. The majority of the world can easily accept this. However, to stop there is to do injustice to the profession, the pioneers and the public who deserves both the service and the message.
After all, what could be more valuable than the restoration of the mental impulse? Those vital life giving and sustaining messages from the brain to the body from that perfect Innate Intelligence that created the body in the first place?
As Dr. Palmer put it so many times, it really is as simple as that.
WE CHIROPRACTORS work with the subtle substance of the soul.
We release the prisoned impulse, the tiny rivulet of force that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them into life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.
In the dim, dark, distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life; it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms.
Through eons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its forms until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form, and absorbs the spirit into itself again.
And yet you ask, “Can Chiropractic cure appendicitis or the ‘flu’?”
Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the Innate power that animates the internal living world ?
Dr. J G Gregorson