"On the Path to Wholeness"
Hello, my friends.
The most difficult thing - but an essential one - is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all. Life is God, and to love Life means to love God.
- Leo Tolstoy
The expression of Universal Intelligence through matter is the chiropractic meaning of life.
- R.W. Stephenson, 1927
I'm not the smartest guy in the world, or the most eloquent writer, but one thing I seem to have been blessed with, and the thing I treasure most in my life, is an awareness of my own inner self, or what B.J. Palmer, the developer of my profession, referred to in one of his early writings as "that something."
Whatever it is, I believe it to be all that matters. It may be what Lao-tzu called, "the Tao," or what Jesus was talking about when he said, "The kingdom of God is within you."
This is the place I try to find when I write these little articles. I generally come down here to the office and sit in silence in front of a blank page, waiting for a certain feeling, an almost melancholy one that I think Sonya Kitchell is trying to describe when she sings,
"Happiness has been good to me
But sorrow sets inspiration free."
It's not sorrow, exactly, or I don't think it is. I believe it to be a re-connection with that core of us that we all share, that place that's best accessed when we're able to quiet the outside world and the voice in our heads, that place where, as Eckhart Tolle has written, "Stillness speaks."
As I sit alone at my desk, surrounded by the darkness and quiet of the other rooms, it's not that difficult to get into the right "feeling" - it actually comes pretty quickly. The problem lies in translating the "essence" of it into something tangible on the empty page. That part can be agonizing. It's probably where Sonya gets her feeling of sorrow.
I sometimes pace the office for hours, waiting… trying. I sometimes end up writing something relatively meaningless, something I'm not proud of, because I've made a commitment to the printer and the newspapers. But then there are the other times, the ones when the words begin to flow from that magical place, words that I could never write with my own head or my own hand. I'm like the little boy who when his mother got annoyed and said, "Stop sneezing!" answered, "I'm NOT sneezing! IT'S sneezing ME!"
And the Point Is…
All good things - health, happiness, peace, love, the achievement of our hopes and dreams - emanate from that same Creative Source that gives birth to our world, however we choose to think about it. In chiropractic philosophy, we use the term "Innate Intelligence" to refer to the "essence" within each person, from which flows the "Life Energy" that animates our bodies and allows us to adapt, heal, grow, and coordinate the many functions that culminate in the good health, total wellness, and perfect wholeness that is our birthright.
Some have said that such concepts border on religion, or even cultism, and have no place in respectable medical or scientific circles. Yet, even Albert Einstein admits to "a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, in comparison with it, all the systematic thinking of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."
I know within my heart, I know as well as I know my own name, that the doorway to health, happiness, wellness, wholeness - the path to all good things, to all things that matter, is to restore, maintain, and continually strengthen the connection between that Source within us, that little holographic piece of the Life that Tolstoy says is God, and the bodies and minds that we, in our limited understanding, have come to think of as ourselves.
I know that the keys to that connection are a clear mind and heart (a positive focus), a clear body (good lifestyle choices), and a clear flow of Life Energy from our Innate Intelligence, into the brain, down the spinal cord, through the spine, and out to every organ, tissue, and cell. As a chiropractor, I know that my purpose is to teach others about those keys, and to lead, inspire, uplift and empower them along their journey. May this little article help to light the way.
Wishing you health, happiness and peace,Dr. Frank Bowling