“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”
-Richard Buckminster Fuller
I recently received a newsletter from a friend of mine, Valerie Lipstein, about an ongoing study at Harvard University. The Zero Point study released some mind numbing statistics after ten years of study on the subject of genius.
Valerie noted that genius is demonstrated by the quality of ideas and thinking, as well as how we arrive at and synthesize that information to make use of it.. Genius has the ability to change how the world views things. Society and the world can change when we change our point of view. Often the changes serve to provide us with greater standards of living.
The conclusion of the Harvard researchers was that 99% of babies operate at a genius capacity during the first eighteen months of life.
Age five, 22% of us operate at our genius capacity.
Age twenty 2% of us operate at a genius capacity.
Over time the inner-voice of self-judgment begins to tell us “I can’t do that!” or “I’m so stupid!” or “What will others think?” and a myriad of other self limiting thoughts. Judgment is a learned process of doubt that happens when the weight of opinions of others becomes greater than our own opinions.
There is a great sadness to this process of self-judgment. Our minds are constructed to expand throughout life. The sheer volume of thoughts we have every minute is astounding. Those thoughts can either be constructive or destructive. Self-judgment is the major determining factor of which way we will go. We either choose to distance ourselves from genius, or to embrace genius and expansion.
Society often speeds up the process of removing ourselves from our genius capacity. For some reason we value the consistency of sameness. Kids can be ridiculed for having haircuts, clothes, even toys that are different than their peers. They can be ridiculed for not having the toys or technologies of their peers. Is it any wonder that people stop thinking? Few among us have the stomach to be laughed at, ridiculed and cast out from the physical and mental comfort of peer groups. Thus our genius capacity melts away into the fabric of a society that is largely unforgiving.
The Role of Chiropractic in Genius
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
-Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays
So, what has this got to do with chiropractic? Why would a chiropractor write about genius?
The first principle of chiropractic is that there is a Universal Intelligence that directs and produces all things. The principle of Innate Intelligence follows principle one. Innate Intelligence is a subset of Universal Intelligence that allows us to access all of the intelligence of the universe. We are born to be healthy, to grow and adapt. We are born to be a genius.
It is only when we succumb to physical, chemical and emotional stressors that the connection to Universal Intelligence through Innate Intelligence begins to fade away. Stress prevents the nervous system from fully expressing itself. That stress often affects the nervous system at the spine. The result is a subluxation of the spine. Chiropractic corrects spinal subluxation.
The spine forms a protective canal for the spinal cord. Motion in the bones of the spine produces vibratory signals that register the world around us. Those receptors on the bones of the spine send that information to the brain where it is processed and returned to the spine, muscles, organs, glands, arteries, veins… In other words every cell in the body is dependent on that motion in the spine.
When that motion is lost or reduced our body, when we are subluxated, is operating without a full instruction manual. The power of Innate Intelligence is reduced. The access to Universal Intelligence is diminished. In other words our access to genius is suppressed.
The saddest thing is that most of our neurological development takes place before age six. The Zero Point study says that by age five 78% of us have already lost our genius capacity. By that age we learn to ignore much of the flood of information that is coursing through our nervous systems.
I can’t tell you that chiropractic adjustments are the answer to this problem. What I can tell you that the chiropractic adjustment restores the normal vibration to the spine. Then the body’s Innate Intelligence is enhanced, and with it access to Universal Intelligence.
Do you want to have the best chance to have your nervous system perform at the highest level? Do you want your kids to have their nervous systems perform at the highest levels? Especially in the first six years of life when most of their neurological development takes place? Do you want them to have access to those thoughts that might be the ones that spur them in a direction that allows them to hold on to their genius capacity?
If the performance of your nervous system is important to you, then you should be getting adjusted and so should your kids. For those who have some caveman view of chiropractic, CHIROPRACTIC IS SAFE AND GENTLE! Often there is no “cracking of the spine.” The chiropractic adjustment is a dance with the nervous system, not a forced movement of a bone.
The chiropractic adjustment is not about neck pain and back pain. It can often help with those things, but pain is a fear based approach to health. The adjustment is about your quality of life and where you are going in life. The adjustment is a proactive approach to life. Are you going somewhere, or are you running away from something?
The older we are and the more damage we have accumulated the harder it becomes to get where we are going. Kids on the other hand are much like a blank slate. They heal quickly. Their nervous system can’t wait to turn back on and send them on the way to the next big thing.
Together we can make a stand for being as healthy as possible and stop the focus on all of the bad things that might happen to us. That is the directive of chiropractic.
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