|Chiropractic Philosophy - Is It Really So Important?
By Sid Mouk, D.C.
I got so mad listening to Jim Parker. Here I was a proud graduate of a "scientific" Chiropractic college up Chicago way and had passed a number of state boards with no problem. But after 3 years in practice, I wasn't doing too well (a polite way of saying I was s-t-a-r-v-i-n-g). Out of desperation more than anything else, here I was in Dallas with several thousand other DCs (many of whom looked very prosperous) listening to a little man named Jim Parker rattle on and on in his gravel-rough voice about things that hadn't even been mentioned during my entire college career.
Crazy things like "Innate Intelligence" and "Above Down Inside Out" and "The Power That Made The Body Can Heal The Body". He even talked about some nonsense he called "LLL (Lather Love Lavishly)" and then he had the gall to say it was the essence of all Healing. Filled with what I thought was "righteous indignation", I was really upset. Here I had spent 4 years in Chiropractic college studying all the basic sciences, a great deal of physical therapy with a small amount of spinal adjusting thrown in here and there and he tells me that LOVE is what does the Healing and that Chiropractic Philosophy is the driving force behind this profession. I truly thought the man was out of his mind and that everything he said was sheer lunacy. Of course, being filled with such foolish and unwarranted arrogance, I was totally and completely wrong and Dr. Jim was totally and completely right.
At that time, I was egotistical and foolish and was sure that I was smart enough to do this Chiropractic thing. But life has a way of teaching us, in no uncertain terms, where our mistakes lie. Mine were right there in my face, front and center. But in my arrogance, I couldn't see them at the time. It took a powerful mentor like Dr. Jim (teaching the total philosophy, art, and science of Chiropractic) to show me, finally, how to "allow" the Universe/God to utilize me as a channel of Healing for my fellow man.
The true power of any group of people is derived from the philosophy that propels them to great achievement. Without it, they're just people doing a job and living out their allotted time on this planet. With it, they become a cohesive driven force that is unstoppable. A personal and group philosophy is essential for all human achievement. Nothing just happens on this planet. It has to be made to happen because of our total commitment and deep belief in our destiny and in what we have to do to achieve it.
We've seen this throughout the course of human history. Small groups of people achieving far beyond anything that would have been expected and, as a result, often changing the history of this beautiful planet. Driven by a philosophy (or "cause" or "destiny"...call it whatever you will) that, once it infused the entire group, pushed it on to great achievement.
This has the potential for great good or great bad. It all depends upon the "truth" behind the group philosophy. The communists in the latter part of the 20th century showed the world what a comparatively small number of people can do to endanger an entire planet. However, their cause was based upon egotism and the need for power and not "truth", so they failed and were destroyed as a result. Hitler and the Nazis also made great changes on this planet but their philosophy of hate destroyed them in the end. And we're seeing it today in the extremist Muslims who are willing to kill themselves and others to promote what they conceive to be a worthy cause. They, like others following a faulty philosophy, will ultimately fail, too. Any philosophy based not upon LOVE but, instead, upon human arrogance is doomed to fail.
But, on the positive side, we've seen it in the small groups of early Christians who, strongly persecuted though they were, prevailed over the multitudes of non-believers of that time period and radically changed the thinking of the entire western world. And we've also seen it in black people of the United States with their unstoppable drive to achieve total equality.
Without a powerful driving philosophy based upon universal truths, we all tend to flounder around just taking up space on this planet for the short time we're here on Earth. With a powerful philosophy pushing us to great achievement we can become one of the massive unstoppable forces in the history of this world that will literally run right over any opposition and dramatically improve life on this planet forever. The ultimate strength comes from the truth behind the philosophy. If their philosophy is based upon truth and universal laws (and Chiropractic philosophy certainly is), the group has the potential to help this entire planet and its people evolve to a much higher state of being and to live life on an extremely high plane of existence in the future.
Our philosophy is based upon truth and that's a good start. But thinking about it and contemplating it is one thing, taking action on it is something totally different and totally necessary in order for great achievement to take place. Are we going to do this? Just look around this profession and see the promising signs of the "ground swell" of powerful no-compromise energy that is rapidly coming to the forefront in Chiropractic. The spirit that drove the early Chiropractors is back and forming an unbeatable combination that the drug companies, the medical politicians, and the physical therapists don't have a prayer of stopping. I believe that we've all decided not to remain a pathetically small and powerless group on the fringes of the healing community and that we have decided to lead the way into the new millennium.
In 1964, Ronald Reagan made a statement that could well apply to all of us associated with this profession. He said:"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us that we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
It will be difficult and discouraging at times as we go through this transitional period in the history of Healing (and the present powers-that-be are going to fight back desperately with every means at their disposal) but I'm convinced that we have accepted our mission, our "rendezvous with destiny", the reason why all of us in Chiropractic are here at this time on this planet. Do we have the will, the stick-to-itiveness, the ability to sustain our herculean efforts throughout the tough times to come as well as the good times? Only we can answer this question. But as we hit the inevitable "walls" on our predestined journey, we should remember the powerful words of Winston Churchill spoken during the darkest days of World War II: "Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up."