Article Summary: To be healthy, you must be connected physically, emotionally and spiritually…this is the goal of Chiropractic.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
You were born to express vibrant physical, mental, and spiritual health—to radiate vitality, harmony, peace, joy, optimism, strength, love and healing at any age. This is your natural state! Yet disharmony, illness, disease, depression, fatigue, emotional isolation and spiritual disconnection touch so many lives. Too many of us walk this earth with our bodies, hearts and souls in pain.
Have you noticed that no baby is born depressed? Infants are full of wonder and awe—they breathe deeply, relax completely, radiate energy, and sparkle with light of life in their eyes. They are closer to their natural state, more connected to it, with a clearer conduit to the wisdom, intelligence and energies that percolate up from their source.
Chiropractic and many other natural health disciplines recognize that to be truly healthy and alive, you must maintain a clear conduit to your inner wisdom (also known as the source, innate intelligence, inner healer or whatever term works for you). The word “health” derives from the Old English word, “hale” meaning “whole.” You are healthy when you are whole, unified, integrated, and complete – not fragmented, disintegrated, disconnected, or incomplete.
The goal of Chiropractic is to help you better connect to your source so your inner physician may work its miracles. A complete disconnection from your source results in death; a partial disconnection results in dis-ease or disharmony. Many people are in this state—with less than 100% connection they are less fully alive.
The Connections of Physical Health
When a living system is suffering from ill-health, the remedy is to connect it with more of itself.
When you are physically healthy, your body is in a state of exquisite coordination and finely tuned balance. All of your body parts and systems fit precisely in their proper places, so they interact without blocking the function of other body parts or the flow of energy that bubbles up from your source. In this state, you experience abundant vitality, strength and joy. You have a flexible, balanced body; you breathe deeply and sleep deeply so you awake refreshed and invigorated. Your resistance to disease is high and the energy to adapt to life’s stresses and challenges is present.
An unhealthy person’s body parts are physically disconnected and don’t fit exactly right—showing up as imbalance, interruption of the energy flowing from your innate intelligence and weakened connection to your source. This results in dis-ease: a lack of wholeness, coordination, and harmony. In this state, you can experience stress, exhaustion, illness, accelerated aging and shortened life.
Interestingly, a person with dis-ease who feels fatigue may have tremendous energy, but it’s often trapped in their muscles, joints and other body tissues rather than flowing freely. That’s why people often have sensitive spots in their muscles or tendons called “trigger points,” and may jump when these points are even lightly touched.
The Connections of Emotional Health
Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
Henry David Thoreau
Emotional health is also dependent on being connected, both within yourself and to others. A strong, conscious inner connection is usually reflected in fulfilling outer relationships—and the more relationships in your life, the more happiness, joy, hope, optimism and vitality you will have; the healthier and longer you will live and the quicker you will recover from physical and emotional traumas and illness.
An emotionally disconnected person holds pockets of unresolved anger, fear,
resentment, pain or other negative emotions locked up within their body and mind. Whatever the cause (abuse, conflict etc.), trapped emotional energies prevent us from living fully in the present because some of our energy is still caught up in past traumas and fears that lead to chronic physical tension and emotional stress, which disconnects us from our deeper selves. In this dis-eased state, intuition is clouded, life’s purpose is confused and there you may have difficulty forming healthy relationships.
The Connections of Spiritual Health
If the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind.
The common purpose of all spiritual/religious practices is communion with your soul, the universe, the great spirit, the Creator, God, or whatever term you wish to use. When you are spiritually healthy, you are connected to the depths within you and the universe without. The more spiritually connected you are, the closer you are to love, energy, joy, vitality and wisdom of your source.
When you are spiritually connected, you are in harmony with your life’s purpose and meaning. You follow your heart, trust your instincts and remain conscious of the powers that create reality at every moment. You experience greater sensitivity, inspiration, empathy, compassion, intuition, synchronicity and meaningful unfolding in your life. Spiritually aware people speak of having “peak experiences,” of feeling deeply connected to the whole, or of communing with humanity or a loving presence. They feel joy, happiness and peace in these states.
The spiritually disconnected person feels separated from the love, energy, joy and vitality of their source, and a harmful sense of isolation, loneliness, confusion and fear permeate both mind and body. They are out of touch with their deepest needs and desires, their will to live is weakened and their purpose in life is clouded, lacking vision and meaning.
Disconnection and Reconnection
In addition to the older goal of helping patients to solve their particular psychological problems and overcome their pain, of ‘curing’ them, we have the added goal of helping them sing their own unique song in life, to beat out their special music in being, relating, creating. This is the goal of ‘healing.’
Lawrence LeShan, PhD
Chiropractic has discovered a powerful “disconnection” within your nervous system called the vertebral subluxation complex. This physical condition interferes with the flow of energy and information from your source and can affect physical, emotional and spiritual health. The result is dis-ease and miscommunication within the body, where you are less than whole, slightly dis-integrated, slightly fragmented. Chiropractors are especially trained to locate and correct or remove subluxations.
Reconnecting to your inner healer is always my goal as a Chiropractor. Chiropractic care permits your body/mind to gently release old stress and trauma, allowing your powerful natural healing ability to flow again from source and begin reconnecting. This fascinating process can appears effortless or difficult and painful—often it is both. As we reconnect, locked energies may be released, painful memories revived, stored toxins stirred, hurtful
experiences re-experienced. This process of reawakening is called retracing.
As old energies dissipate, you become sensitive to the deeper layers of your beingness. As your spine and nervous system release stress, you begin to tune into deeper laws of life that guide you and become more sensitive to the unseen hand that is always directing you to greater wholeness, awareness, growth and wisdom.
How has disconnection been restricting your innate life force? Contact the Ptak Chiropractic office today to schedule an introductory evaluation or maintenance appointment.