Just before church service a few weeks ago a man complimented me on the purple shirt I was wearing. My daughter heard his comments and asked, “Hey Daddy, didn’t you used to hate purple when you were little?” “Yes I did,” I replied. “How come you like it now?” she continued. “I don’t really know, Honey,” I answered, “Maybe purple has changed somehow!” “No,” she smiled. “It didn’t change, YOU changed!”
Isn’t it funny how that happens? How many things do you now like that you didn’t before? How many things do you now dislike that you were fond of in the past? Did they change—or did you? Of course it is possible for things to change and become more likeable to us. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. The truth is that we change more often than things change. More accurately, our perceptions of what we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel change.
I don’t know if you ever stopped to think about it, but all of our perceptions are neurological. That is, we have neurological receptors all over our bodies that take in information from the environment and transmit them to our brains through a complicated series of chemical-electrical interactions. Once they reach the brain, these signals are interpreted and they become thoughts.
The fact that all perceptions are neurological is very important because if you have any interference in your nerve system (like the subluxation process), you may not perceive the signals you receive from the world accurately. Isn’t it funny how two or more people can witness the same exact event and yet have unique perceptions and interpretations of what they saw? It has been said that we see the world not as it is, but as WE are.
The subluxation process (neurological interference) causes the body to use energy at a rate that is greater than normal. When this happens, the body conserves or restricts the amount of energy it gives to any functions other than what is necessary to survive. When this happens, energy is no longer available for the highest brain activities – including higher levels of creative thinking. Then, even if we perceive things correctly, we may not interpret them in the most productive ways.
Self-help leader Anthony Robbins has said that the quality of our lives is in direct proportion to the quality of the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis. It’s true! But if we aren’t able to access the parts of the brain that think at the highest creative levels, we end up asking ourselves less than optimal questions about the things we encounter each day. This means that we may not be able to find those silver linings we keep hearing about inside the clouds.
Keep your nerve system clear with regular check-ups from your family’s chiropractor. This will allow you to perceive the world accurately and keep your energy use at maximum efficiency so that you may ask yourself better questions and come up with more empowering ideas about the world. Then, count your blessings every day. Go on a rampage of appreciation! Gratitude is the bridge to an outrageously joyous life! And as you do this consistently, you will progressively experience Heaven on Earth!
About the Author:
Dr. Donka is a nationally recognized author and lecturer and has shared the stage with many of the chiropractic profession's leaders. His practice, The Donka Chiropractic Family Health, Wellness & Life Improvement Center in Palatine, Illinois, is a wellness-based family practice. The focus is on maximizing expression of Life by reducing and removing nerve interference in the form of the vertebral subluxation. In addition, there is a very strong emphasis on education and development of a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle that includes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This with the understanding that there is no "finish line" as far as the process of health development is concerned.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #08.
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