(from our latest office newsletter)
by Dr. Stew Bittman
The first principle of chiropractic states that there is a Universal Intelligence in all matter, which maintains everything in existence and gives it all its properties. A Creator, if you will. A Unifying and All-Knowing Presence, that expresses Itself through all of creation, including you and I. This Intelligence maintains the entire universe in a blessed, magnificent, and incomprehensible state of balance and harmony.
The 20th chiropractic principle (there are 33 in all) states that there is a personification of that Intelligence in all living things, which maintains the same state of balance within that particular organism or individual, known as Innate Intelligence. Innate Intelligence is therefore our connection to Universal Intelligence, as well as to each other and to everything else. We are indeed all connected, all one, and, in many ways, all the same. These principles are the beacon toward which my life continually unfolds. When I remember them, work them, own them, share them, and live them, my life becomes a fearless, sacred dance, and I am free to share my God-given gifts in service to all. And the world and I in turn receive unlimited and abundant blessings as a result. It's really a heck of a deal, and it's immensely simple, just not very easy.
It's not easy because most, if not all of us, have been taught the complete opposite. Our society has trained us that we are separate, deficient, vulnerable, and powerless. We have become convinced that we are bad, that we live in a world that is bad, and that our badness will be judged and punished, eventually. It has taken some time and a lot of work on myself to realize that I could never be punished any more severely than I punish myself when I buy into these ideas. These ideas create internal conflicts, which I tend to resolve by being dishonest with myself and others. And my dishonesty causes me to punish myself. Kind of crazy, isn't it? How could I be bad, or separate, or deficient, or powerless, if God created me? Did God create any junk? And if God is continually expressing thru me, how could I be anything other than whole and perfect? How could my gifts be anything other than life changing and indispensable? How could I ever lack for anything? How could I not love myself? How could I ever do anything that would hurt myself? And since you and I are one, and God is expressing thru you, too, how could I not love you? How could I do anything to hurt you? How could I ever desire anything other than to serve you? These things are only possible when I forget my Source and my connection. And I work, diligently, daily, continually, to remember.
I received a gift from one of my teachers at our last workshop that has tremendously helped me to remember, and I'd like to share it with you. Whenever you encounter someone, look him or her in the eye and say these things to yourself:
-Just like me, God is smiling thru this person's eyes
-Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair
-Just like me, this person is looking for love and happiness
-Just like me, this person is learning about life
I am suggesting that even though we are truly unique, whenever we remember our sameness, we free ourselves to manifest our uniqueness in a way that serves everyone and everything. Only then will the world become the cooperative, harmonious paradise it was designed to be.