By Travis Robertson
5th Tri Student – Palmer College of Chiropractic
There’s a saying that says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” There is another 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 a vast knowledge comes a required vast responsibility. And so it is with Chiropractic. We have a vast knowledge of the living cell, the body, the world, the universe, and their purpose.
It is our knowledge, not our belief, that the universe is a purposeful place with an intelligent design. That knowledge sets us apart from other healthcare professions and people in general. This is the reason why some people look at you the way they do when your telling them something about Chiropractic. They sometimes have the look of, “they are just a crazy Chiropractor. What do they know?”
We know something that others do not know or choose not to accept. We know when others just believe. We see what others, at this time, cannot see. We know what drives the universe. We see, taste, smell, touch, and hear the simplicities of the universe where others merely perceive complexities. We, Chiropractors, 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. Our adjustments are what these people are receiving. Their own observation of the changes in their body, their attitude, and their life, after the adjustments, starts them on this journey of understanding.
The adjustment is truly a powerful thing. It is NOT, however where our true power resides. The adjustment is merely the medium, the key, that we utilize to unlock that patient’s inner power. The True power resides within each and every one of us. Within Chiropractic our true power resides in our knowledge, our knowledge of the Science, of the Art, and the glue that holds it all together, the Philosophy. They say that “Knowledge is contagious. Infect truth.” If there is anything that you want your patients to “catch” it should be knowledge.
I know that it is hard sometimes to talk Chiropractic, and I have trouble too. It is especially difficult explaining it to your 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. It may be at the end of this life, as it was with Pasteur, but they will know. At first they may only believe. This is a critical stage for them. In this stage they are relying on your knowledge, your power fully 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.
The first stage of a patient is typically one of fear, then faith, and finally knowledge. Each step involves a different type of awakening and realization about yourself, about life, and about the universe. Each time the understanding becomes more simple and obvious that at times it can be frustrating when other 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. This calling for Chiropractic 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 a world change for the better.
This was inspired to be written after watching the very motivating and entertaining movie, Spider-Man. Remember, “With great power (knowledge) comes great responsibility!”
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