“Hi Patty! I haven’t seen you for almost two months – great to see you again!” I greeted my practice member as she came in to see me early last week. “Yep, it’s been a while but I wanted to wait until I was done with all of my yard work and raking before I came in to see you,” she answered. “Why is that?” I inquired. “Well, I didn’t want to come in when I knew I still had work to do that could mess me up!” she responded. Although I don’t hear this kind of remark all that frequently, it still pops up often enough that I wanted to address it.
Many people are stuck in thinking that the purpose of the adjustment is to eliminate something. That is, they believe the reason to get checked is that they might have something they shouldn’t have, like pain, spasm, inflammation or interference in the nerve system (i.e., subluxation). This thinking is actually totally backwards. It’s not that something is present in your body that shouldn’t be there. The truth is that you have LOST something you need in order to be healthy and happy and to fully express life! Allow me to explain this in a way that is very easy to understand.
Light is energy. When it is present, we know it. We also know when it is absent because we experience what we call darkness. But the truth is that darkness is not a thing in and of itself, it is really the lack of something else! When we have only a little light energy present, we call the room DIM. When we have more light energy, we call it BRIGHT. And when we have lots of light energy present, we say it is BRILLIANT!
Similarly, heat is energy. When it is present, we know it. We also know when it is not present because we experience what we call coldness. But the truth is that coldness is not a thing in and of itself, it is really the absence of something else! When we have only a small amount heat energy present, we say it feels COOL. When we have more heat energy, we say it’s WARM. And when we have lots of heat energy being expressed, we call it HOT!
You also have an energy within your body that animates you – that is, it makes you ALIVE. We call this energy your Life Force. When you are not expressing any Life Energy, we say you are DEAD. When you are expressing only a little of this Life Force, we call it being SICK. If there is a little more, we say you are HEALTHY or WELL, and if you fully express your Life Force, we say you are WHOLE!
When you are fully expressing your Life Energy, your internal resistance to physical, chemical and emotional stresses is very high. It allows you to not only handle (adapt to) these things, but you consistently heal and you actually have the capacity to get the most out of every effort you give to life!
The correct thing to do is not to wait until you have encountered something that messes you up, but to instead make sure your nerve system is clear before, during and after every activity. Maximize your expression of Life Energy with a positive focus, a lifestyle, and by getting checked every week or two by your chiropractor. And, if you know you will be, are, or have been exposed to more challenges than usual, get checked again! That way you will continually GROW in every way!
It has been said that good things come to those who wait – I beg to differ! What are YOU waiting for?