By Jay Handt, BS, DC, PhC
From “The 34th Principle”
Is it religious to acknowledge that there is a power that is greater than us, that animates the universe; that is responsible for the unfolding of life? Is it religious to hold the belief that the power that made the body heals the body? Is it religious to believe that those two powers are one and the same, just as wave is to the ocean and the wind is to air? Why is it that modern science is beginning to acknowledge the existence of these forces, and the intricate part they play in the healing process without religious connotation or undertones?
Why is it that Chiropractors, whose profession was founded and developed around that philosophy, are so willing to trade places and head towards the antiquated, mechanistic approach to healing? Why are the young Chiropractors so resistant to Chiropractic philosophical foundation and opposed to the existence of universal and innate intelligence? I wonder what is driving them towards a failing model of health care and away from the principles that have made Chiropractic what it is today. Are they trading their souls for the chance to be accepted in society as doctors, not realizing that all science was built on the foundations of great philosophers, such as Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes and Palmer!
In all my years of practice, there has been one common denominator that has flowed through the thousands of patients that I’ve seen, and that is they were all seeking something different, something better, something that gave them more hope than the traditional medical route, which had failed them! If we don’t hold on to our principles and live by them and teach them, we are just as guilty as the medical doctor who prescribes aspirin for a headache. Though we know that the adjustment is much more far-reaching, it serves no greater purpose than the aspirin to the patient who thinks Chiropractic is just about pain relief!
The majority of people on this planet know and accept the idea that there is a higher power, and that this power plays an intimate role in their life, health and well-being. The question is, does it really made a difference what name one chooses to place on that power and the expression of that power within our bodies? D.D. Palmer chose to use the terms “Universal Intelligence” and “Innate Intelligence” to identify these powers. The definition of Universal Intelligence, as cited by R.W. Stevenson in “The Chiropractic Textbook” is, “A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.’ (Principle No.1) His definition of Innate Intelligence is, “A ‘living thing’ has an inborn intelligence within its body, called Innate Intelligence.” (Principle No.20) He goes on to say, “The function of Innate Intelligence is to adapt universal forces and matter for use in the body, so that all parts of the body will have co-ordinated action for mutual benefit.” (Principle No.23)
So great, yet so simple is this concept, that it took BJ a lifetime of research and 40 volumes of green books to explain it to the scientific community that was too immature to grasp how powerful his discoveries were. Ideas and concepts that BJ discovered are just now being validated by, of all things, more sophisticated medical research! Doesn’t it seem logical to empower our belief (our knowing) that Chiropractic works? It worked before we knew why it worked, and it will continue working far into the future, whether or not research proves it (even though we know it will!).
I feel sorry for the Chiropractic students and young Chiropractors who, rather than accept Chiropractic in full faith (the way medical doctors accept medicine in full faith!), become side-tracked with the idea of the need for scientific proof to validate what millions of Chiropractic patients already know – that Chiropractic works! They may find themselves gaining a wealth of knowledge, but failing to get the big idea as to the power of Chiropractic!
It is only when they come to the realization, that a person free of subluxations has a far better chance of living and expressing their life to their optimum potential than one who is subluxated, that their practices and lives will take on new meaning and become truly successful! Once you own the philosophy of Chiropractic, it becomes easy to see how truly scientific it really is! All modern science has its foundation in philosophy, including Chiropractic!
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