By Stew Bittman, D.C.
Just came in from shoveling 6 or 7 inches of snow (yes, this is April 17th and yes, 2 days ago it was 70 degrees!). While I was out there, reflecting with amusement about the complaints I will undoubtedly be hearing later concerning dead daffodils and buried golf courses and "I thot it was spring," I reached an even further realization of the Great Mystery.
Man, we really have no idea what's going to happen next, do we? Of course, that doesn't stop us from trying. We predict, we categorize, we even think we control, yet we are essentially clue-less as we hurtle thru space, somehow hanging on to this spinning orb we call home. The unfathomable conspiracy that allows us to live our lives proceeds in our behalf, and I feel very humble when I consider the countless factors involved that are all maintained in balance.
Being at the ocean this past weekend was a further lesson in humility, as I pondered the number of grains of sand on the beach, felt the awesome majesty of the sea, gazed in wonder at the whale spouts, and saw the teeming abundance of life in the smallest tide pool. Humble indeed. And humility is a state of grace. I have found tremendous peace in the Great Mystery, peace that I was never able to find in "the world" - even the world I worked so hard to manufacture to my specifications. After many years of being as good as anyone at trying to make sense of things, I now simply open my heart to all that is, and the perfection it represents. Even the things I don't like, and the things I wish would change.
People ask me where chiropractic fits in. If everything is perfect, why chiropractic? Why the need to change things, people, belief systems, attitudes, symptoms, or anything for that matter? Isn't the apparent unconsciousness that now pervades the planet - isn't that part of the plan? Here's my response: yes, it's perfect now, and when chiropractic steps up and assumes its rightful place; when the world is aware and freer of subluxation; when the world is expressing more ease and more harmony and more spirit; it will still be perfect.
There's a reason I was given the gifts I possess. And my gifts are not about change - they are about awakening. They are about creating space for others to make their own changes. They are about love. When I adjust someone with love, with no attachments or expectations or desires, the universe quivers in joy, because it can then express and experience its essential nature of joy with less interference. I didn't adjust the person to change them; I adjusted the person to help them connect to and express what is already inside. I don't teach people about the principle to change their belief system; I teach to help them remember who they are.
I have even surrendered my need to figure out why subluxations exist. "If Innate can really coordinate 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 things all at the same time, why can't it correct all subluxations"? My brain can supply lots of ideas; I just know they exist. And whether they arise from slips, from fear, or from an Innate attempt to adapt or protect, I know that I have been put on this planet to minimize them and to maximize life. I realize the perfection within the person, I connect to it, I see nothing else except for what is blocking its fullest manifestation. I am (thanks, Joe Accurso) a gofer for Innate. A servant. And to serve I must start where I am, and I must use my gifts.
I will never know if God wants subluxations corrected, I will never know the impact of my gifts on this planet, I will never know the Great Mystery. But with every breath, with every adjustment, and with every moment to which I am fully present, I know more about joy and peace. That's OK with me!