Language is one of the most powerful faculties that we possess. Through it we think, interpret, express ourselves, and communicate. As with any other faculty it can be developed, and as with any other faculty it can be used consciously and intelligently or unconsciously and mechanically.
Language is employed by the rational mind to make sense of and to attribute meaning to what we experience. It is important to recognize that the rational mind is limited by the faculties it employs. In many ways, the freedoms and limitations of the rational mind are determined by our understanding and use of language.
For example, R.A. Wilson has pointed out that “Reality”, as a concept, has two fundamental presuppositions already built in. The word implies not only that “Reality” is a noun, but also that it is singular in nature.
It seems to be more accurate (and more interesting) to consider “Reality” as being plural and mutable. When we consider “Reality” as a relationship instead of as an entity, we realize we are in the stream of life instead of waiting from the bank for the flood or the drought to occur.
To reiterate, language is one of the most powerful faculties that we possess. All language is creative, and the extent to which we choose to acknowledge this affirmation determines the extent to which we creatively and consciously relate to the world around us.
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things…When, therefore, we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never blame anyone but ourselves; that is, our own judgments.” The Enchiridon (5)
Epictetus propounded the view that the human capacity for choice makes us accountable for our actions and our internal states. He referred to this capacity as “volition”. The sphere of volition is composed of our attitudes, intentions, convictions, and actions. These are the things that define us and are ultimately the only things over which we have control. Accordingly, the freedom to govern our own nature comes with the opportunity and the responsibility to honor this gift.
For Epictetus, the freedom to make choices of our own account is an inalienable right. It is ours in virtue of being human, and affords us a kinship with the very same power that governs the universe.
“Thus the role of the chiropractor is to mobilize the biological resources of the organism, – to allow it to do for itself as much as it is able to do. He does not whip a tired organ into activity by stimulants, nor squelch over-excited nerves with sedatives or narcotics. What he accomplishes is not accomplished at the expense of masking symptoms, side-effects, and the general physical deterioration that so often follows dependence on drugs.”
— C.W. Weiant, DC, PhD
I often use the analogy of a smoke alarm when discussing symptoms and medications with my people. Symptoms, especially pain, are the body’s innate way of cueing your brain into the fact that something needs to be addressed. The role of medication is to alter your body’s chemistry. A major consequence of this altered chemistry is that the cause of the problem remains, but the signal alerting your brain that something needs to be reevaluated gets turned down or turned off. This is analogous to taking the batteries out of the smoke detector. The smoke detector is trying to tell you that there is a fire in the kitchen. Just because the alarm stops blaring does not mean you have addressed the cause of the smoke.
For me, Chiropractic is about helping people to develop strategies to access greater levels of resourcefulness. As Weiant says, to “mobilize” those biological resources. Mobilization is a direct result of establishing and improving clear lines of communication. When the system is clear, the message is clear, and the body can organize – and mobilize – accordingly.
As BJ Palmer says in Volume XXXII,
Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the Innate power that animates the internal living world?
In Grace and Grit, philosopher Ken Wilber presents a very important distinction between illness and sickness. When a person experiences a disease, at least two interrelated but non-identical perspectives come into play. Illness is a description of a pathological or non-normal state in the body. It is material, it can be measured empirically, and it often can be medically identified. Sickness, on the other hand, is culturally defined. It refers to the meaning ascribed by the person with the illness to their current state.
Science tells us when we are ill. Culture informs us when we are sick.
The Western mind has inherited the illusion that we consist of a separate body and mind, that we are separate from each other, and separate from Nature. The consequences of this illusion are evident as we continue to pollute our bodies, mind, and environment. As with any illusion, once it has been exposed, its power to hold sway is diminished. Behind the illusion is a universe that emphasizes unity instead of separation and cooperation instead of competition.
Consider that the way we treat our food, our water, our environment, our bodies, and our minds is the same, because we are the same. Remember that there is no such thing as a tiny act. The more conscious we are about the creative nature of our thoughts, our language, and our actions, the greater the opportunity we have to manifest a healthier life.
In the Middle Ages, Fortune’s Wheel was used as a way to depict the seemingly random ups and downs of life. When in dire straits, the suffering soul would wish for Fortune to turn her Wheel, and bring them back into good graces.
The Wheel serves multiple functions, from representing the rise and fall of heroes and common folk, to being a reminder of the transience of all situations.
Ultimately, your relationship to the Wheel is a function of where you place your center. If you attach to the rim, you will always be going down to the bottom or coming up to the top. Your life circumstance will be (perceived as) a constant oscillation between the opposites of lack and abundance, sickness and health, poverty and wealth.
If, however, you choose to attach to the hub of the Wheel, you are in the same place at all times. From the center of the Wheel, you still experience the same events and life circumstances as you would on the rim, but your point of view is quite different. Instead of identifying with the unceasing turn of the Wheel, you identify with the certainty of the center. As the Wheel spins and carries you forward through the journey of Life, at the center you have the opportunity to express your true nature, one that acknowledges the crests and troughs, but is not dictated by them.
The sound of one hand clapping is the sound of the Big Bang. It is the sound of supernovas exploding, of atoms colliding, of birds singing, and of the clink of dishes in the sink. It is the One sound that imparts form on the entire manifest universe, and you are that sound.
The nerve system organizes the internal and external waves of this sound as they shape and direct the experiences of life. The symphony of sounds with which we identify are ultimately the facets of the diamond of the One sound.
The basic principle of Chiropractic is Tone. Transcending and including the tradition of Chiropractic, Network Spinal Analysis brings deeper awareness to the body and empowers you to connect, transform, and awaken to your life, using the spine as the vehicle for change. It does not give you anything or take anything away. It simply helps you to rediscover what you have always heard and what you already hear – who you really are, the One sound.