It must be luck, because a lifetime of the chiropractic lifestyle couldn’t possibly have maintained me in a state of active organization for so long.
As Dr. William Boyd states in his Texbook of Pathology, “It’s amazing that a harp with so many strings can stay in tune so long.” Spoken like a true mechanist—someone with the view that our bodies are machines, that these machines are imperfect and destined to break down piece by piece. But this mechanistic view, based in the Newtonian notion that the role of science is to “tease out the secrets of Mother Nature so that we may control and dominate her,” has a fatal flaw. We didn’t build the machine. Rather we are created by an infinite intelligence, which provided an individualized portion of itself to be present in every living thing. This innate intelligence is complete in its wisdom and knowledge of how to receive the challenges of our world with grace, to cause constructive changes and adaptations. This is the Law of Life.
The vitalistic view of living things recognizes that there is more to us than a fortunate accumulation of happenstances. An innate intelligence gives rise to innate forces that continually direct the molecular and biological activities to greater order. You may know this as healing, homeostasis, or adaptation. It is simply the normal behavior of a body expressing its portion of life itself.
We are not machines. We are living machines. The power and wisdom of life expresses itself in our material bodies, communicating with, and acting as, the controlling agent of the nervous system. Because nerves are delicate little things, they are easily traumatized. You all know the chiropractic story: Bones on soft nerves causes those nerves to lose their ability to behave normally. This initiates a cascade of events leading to metabolic and cellular behaviors which, once named, take their place in Dr. Boyd’s book of pathologies. Yet these pathologies are just names and descriptions of the ways subluxations—disturbances in the nervous system—choke our lifelines to our innate intelligence. I believe that many of the problems we face today are due to lack of knowledge of the Law of Life. Nature needs no help, just no interference.
So much for luck!