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Your New Year’s ReVolution

It is a time-honored tradition of yearly commitment to change – the New Year’s Resolution.  We sit down and make a decision that this year we will begin a regular exercise program or new diet.  Or perhaps we will quit smoking or spend more time with our children.  Why is it that when we make these ‘resolute’ decisions, so many of these annual promises rarely last?  When we resolve each year, what we are really looking for is ‘a dramatic and far-reaching change’.   What we seek is a New Year’s REVOLUTION.

Often our New Year’s resolutions ‘revolve’ around actions we want to take or habits we want to change.  The focus is always on the action – the Doing.  To create a dramatic and far-reaching change, we must first understand that all of our actions come from what we are thinking and more importantly, who we are being.

It is a common belief that ‘when I do this…then I will have that…and then I will be happy.’  For example, if I work real hard, I will have lots of money and then I will be happy.  The truth is true success and happiness occur in the reverse.  When you are happy with an attitude of success …you will do the things that will bring you all you desire.  The being always precedes the doing and the having.

To create your New Year’s Revolution, you must first decide what you want, and then, more importantly, determine why you want it.   Ask yourself why you want to exercise or go on a diet.  Is it to lose weight?  Is it to get in shape?  But why do you want that?  With each answer to why, keep asking why.  Dig deeper.  Ultimately, you will find that the answer will always lead to a state of being…to be stronger…to be freer…to be happy.

Would you like to know a secret?  Come closer…you do not have to do anything to be happy!  All you need is to change your focus and decide to be happy.  Ultimately, this is the decision that needs to be made…to be happy.  It is an attitude.  How do you be happy?  Ask what it would feel like right now if you were happy.  Ask yourself how a happy person would be.  How would a happy person breathe…shallow or deep?  What would their posture be like?  How would they move?  What would they be thinking?   How else would they be?  Once you have the answers to these questions, you have the formula to be happy.  If you want to be successful… enthusiastic… compassionate, ask how a person with these qualities would be and be it by putting your attention on how it would feel right now..  You will find that once you develop these qualities, you will automatically do the things that will bring you the things that you desire.

Always start your New Year’s Revolution by developing your be.  Before taking action, spend a week, or even a month, being the person who would take that action by putting your attention on the feeling of it already accomplished.  You will reach a point the feeling will be so real you will naturally the action that will bring it forth easily and effortlessly.  It will be a natural expression of who you are.  Just as a flower effortlessly releases it fragrant scent and a bird naturally sings its song, so too will you naturally fulfill your New Year’s REVOLUTION.

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The Chiropractic Meaning of Life

From The Chiropractic Textbook by R.W. Stephenson, 1927

Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all the properties and actions. The expression of this intelligence through matter is the Chiropractic meaning of life; therefore life is necessarily the union of intelligence and matter. Force unites intelligence and matter. Universal Intelligence gives force to both inorganic and organic matter.

That force which Universal gives to organic matter as a higher order of its manifestations, is called Innate Intelligence.  The mission of Innate Intelligence is to maintain the material of the body of the organic unit in active organization. It does this by adapting the forces of universal, (which as physical laws are unswerving and unadapted and have no solicitude for matter) so they can be used in the body; so that all parts will have co-ordinated action, thus every part has mutual benefit.

This work of Innate is entirely Mental. For this reason the forces of Innate never injure or destroy the tissues. The forces of Innate are mental for they are far superior to physical forces, because they control physical forces.

This assembling of universal forces is called Creation, for they have definite form and purpose, eventually.

The headquarters of Innate’s control, in the body, is the brain, and the definite unit of this is called Brain Cell.  From the brain cell as a unit, Innate controls a unit of matter.

In the brain cell as a physical workshop of material, Innate Transforms the mental force into a definite unit, for a given tissue cell, for a given moment.

This specific force, when transformed, is a force which is either a physical energy or a form that controls or sets into action, physical energies. It is called Mental Impulse.

The departure of the mental impulse from the brain cell is called  Propulsion.  If it is like a physical energy, it requires effort. The forces of Innate Intelligence operate through or over the nervous system.

That which has efferent direction and which conducts the mental impulse is called Efferent Nerve.

Since the physical energies can suffer interruption in their transmission, in a like manner, the forces of Innate can suffer interference with transmission; and that is the basis for the existence of Chiropractic. This comparison, also, is the basis of some theories, which contend that the mental impulse is a physical force and therefore subject to the same laws as any other physical force; but it should always be remembered that these physical energies are in the  adapted form  (if this theory is used) and therefore not injurious to tissue as electricity would be. The conveyance of the mental impulse over the efferent nerve is Transmission.

Over this route of specialized material the mental impulse travels to Tissue Cell where it is Received, whereupon the mental conception of Innate, as to what that cell should be or how it should act, comes to pass. That which was only mental, now becomes a physical fact.

It shows by its very character that an intelligence planned the form or the action, and this evidence of intelligence is called Expression; meaning the coming forth through matter; the showing of intelligence. Things which show this are said to be alive and such expression is called life.

The character of this action is determined by the character of the tool used by Innate to express herself, therefore the purpose or the action of this tool which is the tissue cell, is Function.  The function of matter is to express force. In the tissue cell, which is a specific kind of matter, the specific forces of Innate are expressed in a specific manner by an instrument built for the particular kind of expression.

The prompt and correct action of that tissue cell, being actuated by Innate’s specific force in harmony with all other cells, is called Coordination.  In this, we see the working of the law of cause and effect, and that every process requires time.

In order to perform its function, the tissue cell has motion, both molecular and as a whole cell. This movement is called  Vibration.

These vibrations give off physical forces which are impressed upon the afferent nerve as a form of force called Impression.

These impressions are transmitted over the Afferent Nerve.

This Transmission  is similar to transmission in the efferent half of the cycle, for the forces are similar.

When it reaches the afferent  Brain Cell,  it is  Received much in the same manner as the tissue cell receives, for brain cell is a tissue cell, after all.

When this force has reached brain cell, it is immediately admitted into the Mental realm by Mental Interpretation.

The product of this act of interpretation by Innate is a Sensation.

When Innate has a number of sensations, she has a correct image of the condition of the tissue cell and this is named Ideation. Ideation can be the possession of nothing but intelligence.

The intelligence in the body, of course, is Innate Intelligence.

When Innate Intelligence knows what the tissue cell needs, she plans ways and means to make it adapt to its environmental conditions and the mental process of doing this is Intellectual Adaptation.

The great source of supply from which Innate draws her forces is UNIVERSAL INTELLIGENCE.   `


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The Key to Begin Healing

Have you ever had a pain that just wouldn’t go away?  An injury that doesn’t seem to want to heal?  Any chronic health problem or challenge?   It is my intention in this article to share with you a subtle, but powerful solution to this dilemma.  And although the solution is simple, I can guarantee a part of you will not want to do it.  In fact, a part of you will scream, “NO!  I WON’T DO IT.”   Let’s explore this.

In any healing process, the first step is awareness.  You have to become aware of a problem before it can be changed.  If you have a piece of lettuce in your teeth, you can’t remove it until someone points to their mouth and says, “There’s something in your teeth.”  In the healing process, this awareness usually starts as a symptom, such as a pain or discomfort.

The next step in any healing process is acknowledgement.  You have to acknowledge that there’s a problem.  If you ignore the pain or discomfort that you became aware of, what usually happens?  It gets worse, doesn’t it?  So acknowledgement is necessary.  The admittance that “I have a problem and something needs to change.”

Now we come to the next step in any healing process.  And this is the key to truly begin the healing.   This is the step I referred to earlier.  This is the step that you will probably resist and stop reading this article with an adamant “NO!”

The third and critical step to any healing process is ACCEPTANCE.

Once you become aware that there is something happening that needs to change, and you acknowledge it for what it is, to truly start the process of it changing and healing, you must accept it for what it is.  You must feel it, experience it and accept that in this moment this is what is.   You must accept that your life up to this point has led to this experience.   You must accept responsibility that the structure of your life as you have lived it, your behaviors and actions, and your thoughts, beliefs and the meaning you give things led to this experience.  And, most importantly, you must accept that you have the power to change it and only YOU can change it.

One of the greatest stories of the power of acceptance is the story of Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning and a survivor of the Holocaust. Victor Frankl was a prisoner in the Auschwitz death camps during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Surrounded by the smell of burning bodies and the sounds of children’s screams, Frankl found himself in an experience where death was certain.

One day, Frankl was taken to a dark room in the basement of a burnt out building, so that the “doctors” could give him a “routine checkup.” Before he knew it, he was strapped to a table and the men began sterilization surgery on him … without anesthesia. As he lay on the table in excruciating agony, he had a realization. These men had the liberty to go where they pleased and do what they wished, but, they did not have the freedom to think for themselves. They were puppets of a dark master, of which they must perform such horrible acts upon another human being. Although they had liberty, he, Frankl, had the freedom to create in his mind whatever picture he desired and think his own thoughts. With this sudden insight, he accepted his situation and began spending all his time with his eyes closed imagining himself running through green fields with his children and grandchildren. He saw himself being free of his horrible surroundings and envisioned himself traveling to America to share his story and newfound wisdom.

Victor Frankl survived the death camps. He traveled to America and wrote his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which has been a source of inspiration for millions of readers. If Frankl had not accepted his situation, he would have suffered through his experience and probably never survived. By accepting his appalling circumstance and creating a new vision within his mind, Victor Frankl not only lived through it, but healed himself in the process and helped millions of people around the world to accept their situation and heal as well.

So what comes after acceptance?  NEXT!!!  This is what is, but what’s next?   What is your ideal?  And your ideal is not to be free of pain or cured of your illness.   The ideal is what is on the other side:  abundant health, vital energy, full self-expression, living on purpose.  Create a vision of your ideal and align the structure of your life, your behaviors and actions, and what you focus on with that vision … and watch the magic of healing, growth and success unfold.

If you want support with this process, please call our office at (954) 202-7477 or email me at drbarry@placeforhealing.com to experience the health and wellness benefits of reorganizational healing and network spinal analysis care.


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Chiropractic Mastery in Denver, Colorado

This weekend I am flying to Denver, Colorado to participate in the new Chiropractic Mastery seminar with Dr. Donny Epstein.

Below is the agenda for the seminar!.

I am STOKED and I look forward to sharing with you when I return!

With Appreciation,

Dr Barry

 

Chiropractic Mastery with Dr. Donny Epstein

For 35 years, Dr. Donny Epstein has been at the forefront of advancing the chiropractic profession and the global wellness movement. Founder and developer of Network Spinal Analysis, his models and methods have been researched at universities, incorporated into post-graduate programs in several disciplines, published extensively in professional journals, and featured on television as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world.

Having studied with some of chiropractic’s greats, Donny will share, for the first time in North America, some of the most essential skills he has learned over the past four decades. Today, a healing and chiropractic master in his own right, Donny has amassed through practice, studies and creation of techniques and applications, the vital skills, tools and strategies that are essential for all chiropractors – regardless of their chosen technique.

There are secrets of healing, communication, understanding and connecting with those you serve, rarely discussed in the chiropractic profession, or which have been lost with the passing of some of the chiropractic greats upon whose shoulders we now stand. If you are looking to create chiropractic mastery in YOUR practice or to simply better serve your patients, this program is a MUST!

In this program you will:

Discover a new understanding of the relationship between an individual’s spinal findings and their health, well-being, consciousness states and life experiences.

Learn how to transcend technique, and truly read the body’s adaptive language to increase your clinical effectiveness.

Acquire more effective palpation skills, and learn how to passively receive information about the patient/practice member in ways you may have never dreamed possible.

Understand profound concepts in relating health challenges and spinal defense strategies to spinal findings and your technique’s applications.

Learn how to improve function and physiology in individuals with symptoms or health challenges.

Learn a chiropractic master’s way of being and touching when assessing and adjusting the spine.

Find out what vertebral fixation REALLY is and know more about retracing, tracking and predicting progress.

Enhance your understanding of pain and discover how to communicate pain as an invitation to change.

Learn simple universal spinal techniques to get massive changes.

Gain new insights into physical, emotional, mental or chemical stress, and how to predict the type of responses and changes a person will see in care.

Recognize how the spine modulates the stress response, emotions and the sense of self and use this knowledge to increase relevancy of care for just about everyone!

Discover through palpation how to know when a life defense pattern or “cause” has occurred, what type of stress produced it and how it is currently influencing the individual.

Achieve instantaneous rapport and speak to their higher desires, rather then speaking to client’s fears.

Develop new tools for assessing spinal change and progress.

LEARN THE SKILL SETS BEHIND THE MASTERFUL CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT AND INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EVERY ADJUSTMENT YOU DELIVER!

This is an exceptional opportunity to step up your skills and gain greater CHIROPRACTIC MASTERY WITH DR. DONNY EPSTEIN.


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Why Does Healing Often Hurt?

When I started Chiropractic school, I was invited to a housewarming party of a fellow student named Helene.  At this party, I met a woman named Cathy who was in a wheel chair.  We began talking and she told me that she had been paralyzed from the waist down since the age of six after what seemed to be a minor fall.  After the fall, the feeling in her legs began to disappear and after a few weeks she could no longer move them.  It was now over 50 years later and she had never regained her ability to feel or move her legs.  The party ended, I said my good-byes, after which I would sometimes think of her, but never thought I’d ever see her again.

Four years later, it was time for graduation.  My friend, Helene, who had the original housewarming party, invited me to a graduation party.  We were having a great time, when suddenly a woman walked into the room that looked so familiar.  I asked Helene who she was?  She said it was Cathy!  I couldn’t believe it.  Here was a woman who four years ago had been confined to a wheelchair for over 50 years, and now she was walking into the room!

I stared at her like a little child who was seeing an angel.  She saw my stare, recognized me, and came over with a smile and said, “Nice legs, huh.”  I laughed and tears came to my eyes.  I asked her, “What happened?”  She explained to me that she had been under Chiropractic care, specifically Network Spinal Analysis (described in the next chapter) for the last four years, getting her spine adjusted every day, sometimes three or four times per day.  The process was slow, but the feeling and mobility had returned to her legs.  I asked her what it was like, and do you know what she said?

“It was the most painful experience of my life.”

This wonderful true story demonstrates that healing can often be a very painful experience. Often when you become aware of something, the discomfort may increase.  Have you ever had your arm fall asleep?  You may have woken up in the middle of the night to feel a strange arm next to you.  You throw on the light and realize that it is your arm!  You rub it, squeeze it, and pinch it to get some feeling back into it.  How does it feel when sensation begins to return to the arm?  First it tingles, then it stings, then it burns, then it throbs, then it just outright hurts!  After the pain subsides, your arm comes back to life.

Even though pain, discomfort, or other symptoms are increasing, it does not mean the problem is getting worse, it just means you are beginning to feel more.  Healing is not about feeling better, it is about being able to better feel.

When you become aware of your body and acknowledge every aspect of yourself, healing occurs.  You can accept who you are, what you are going through, and who you are becoming.

 


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Happy 118th Birthday, Chiropractic!

Today is Cbj_our_goalhiropractic’ 118th Birthday!

Read below in the next post to hear D.D. Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic, describe how he discovered this revolutionary healing science, art and philosophy.

Also check out below “The Chiropractic Oath” and “The Truth” written by D.D.’s son, B.J. Palmer, DC, the developer of Chiropractic.


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The Discovery of Chiropractic as told by D.D. Palmer, its founder.

Palmer-DD-chiropractorIn the dim ages of the past when man lived in rude huts and rocky eaves, even up to the present time, he resorted to charms, necromancy and witchcraft for the relief of mental and physical suffering. His whole object was to find an antidote, a specific for each and every ailment which could and would drive out the intruder, as though the disorder was a creature of intelligence. In his desire to free himself from affliction and prolong his existence, he has searched the heavens above, he has gone into the deep blue sea, the bowels of the earth and every portion thereof. He has tried animal and mineral poisons, penetrated the dark forest with superstitious rite and with incantations, has gathered herbs, barks and roots for medicinal use. In his frenzy for relief, trusting that he might find a panacea, or at least a specific, he has slaughtered man, beast and bird, making use of their various parts alive and dead. He has made powders, ointments, pills, elixirs, decoctions, tinctures and lotions of all known vegetables and crawling creatures which could be found, giving therefor his reasons according to his knowledge.

One question was always uppermost in my mind in my search for the cause of disease. I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table, working in the same shop, at the same bench, was not. Why? What difference was there in the two persons that caused one to have pneumonia, catarrh, typhoid or rheumatism, while his partner, similarly situated, escaped? Why? This question had worried thousands for centuries and was answered in September, 1895.

Harvey Lillard, a janitor, in the Ryan Block, where I had my office, had been so deaf for 17 years that he could not hear the racket of a wagon on the street or the ticking of a watch. I made inquiry as to the cause of his deafness and was informed that when he was exerting himself in a cramped, stooping position, he felt something give way in his back and immediately became deaf. An examination showed a vertebra racked from its normal position. I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced. the man’s hearing should be restored. With this object in view, a half-hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever and soon the man could hear as before. There was nothing “accidental” about this, as it was accomplished with an object in view, and the result expected was obtained. There was nothing “crude” about this adjustment; it was specific, so much so that no Chiropractor has equaled it.

If no other discovery had been made, this, of itself, should have been hailed with delight. It was the key which has ultimately unlocked the secrets of functional metabolism; it is the entering wedge destined to split the therapeutical log of superstition wide open, revealing its irrational and ignorant construction.

Shortly after this relief from deafness, I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing “accidental” or “crude” about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time. I then began a systematic investigation for the cause of all diseases and have been amply rewarded.

I founded Chiropractic on Osteology, Neurology and FunctionsÑbones, nerves and the manifestations of impulses. I originated the art of adjusting vertebrae and the knowledge of every principle which is included in the construction of the science of Chiropractic.

The amount of nerve tension determines health or disease. In health there is normal tension, known as tone, the normal activity, strength and excitability of the various organs and functions as observed in a state of health. The kind of disease depends upon what nerves are too tense or too slack.

Functions performed in a normal manner and amount result in health. Diseases are conditions resulting from either an excess or deficiency of functionating.

The dualistic system — spirit and body — united by intellectual life — the soul — is the basis of this science of biology, and nerve tension is the basis of functional activity in health and disease.

Spirit soul and body compose the being, the source of mentality. Innate and Educated, two. mentalities, look after the welfare of the body physically and its surrounding environments.

Chiropractors correct abnormalities of the intellect as well as those of the body.

These discoveries and their development into a well-defined science are worth more to the student, practitioner and those desiring health, than all the therapeutical methods combined.

I am the originator, the Fountain Head of the essential principle that disease is the result of too much or not enough functionating. I created the art of adjusting vertebrae, using the spinous and transverse processes as levers, and named the mental act of accumulating knowledge, the cumulative function, corresponding to the physical vegetative function — growth of intellectual and physical — together, with the science, art and philosophy — Chiropractic. It is now being followed, more or less, by 2,000 Chiropractors, and its use is being attempted by several other methods. It was I who combined the science and art and developed the principles thereof. I have answered the time-worn question — what is life?

~ D.D. Palmer, DC, founder of Chiropractic