The Intelligence Within

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Have you ever heard the expressions: “Trust your gut” or “Listen to your heart”?

Do you?

Have you ever had a gut feeling about something? What happens when you have a gut feeling about something and you do not listen to what your body is trying to tell you? What happens when you do listen? I find when I can follow my gut, or my heart, that life flows with ease and good things come to me.

In Chiropractic Philosophy one of our main tenets is that in each one of us there is an innate intelligence governing all function within our bodies and sending us messages to guide us in our lives. These “gut feelings” that we have are messages sent to us by our innate intelligence which is trying to get us to listen.

In our society, due to the large volumes of information we deal with on a daily basis, we often spend a lot of time in our heads processing and analyzing our situation. We use our educated mind to make choices for ourselves and decide the paths we are going to take in our minds based on our previous life experience. Our educated mind was a blank slate when we were born and we have been accumulating knowledge and information to “educate” ourselves and survive in our lives. Our educated mind is finite and shaped by our personal experiences.

On the other hand, our innate mind, is infinite and all knowing. When we can bypass our educated mind to be quiet and listen to our innate intelligence it will reveal the wisdom to us and guide us in our lives. This is not an easy task however, and it is a lifelong journey for those who choose. However, simply making the choice to become aware of your innate intelligence will make a profound difference in your ability to hear what it has to say.

How can you connect more deeply to your innate intelligence? The first step is to become aware of your present state? So how do you know if you are connected to your innate intelligence, or to your heart? Here are 3 different areas to look at to help you know if you are connected.
1) How are you feeling?
At any time you can check in to your emotional state. It is simple, when you are experiencing positive, joyful emotions, you know you are connected. If you are feeling negative, unhappy emotions, then you know you are not connected.
2) How are your energy levels?
When your energy levels are abundant you are connected; when you have low energy you are not connected and are not following your heart.
3) What kind of language are you using?
The type of language you are using is a reflection of your internal state. Using words like “I choose to…”, “I love to…”, “I want to…”, are signs that you are connected and doing things that come from your innate intelligence and are an expression of who you are. Words like “I have to…”, “I should…”, and “I need to…” are less connected expressions that imply that you are doing things that are not coming from your personal self-expression.

These are all things that you can be aware of throughout your day and check in on a regular basis. If you feel that you are connected, great, keep doing what you are doing and notice the factors that are helping you be in a connected place. If you are not connected there are many different things that you can do to help deepen your connection. I find a quick and easy way to get connected is to think about something that I am grateful for. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrational states and has the power to shift your state instantaneously. If you can focus on something you are grateful for and hold it in your mind and experience the emotions associated with it, then you will get connected.

Transforming your mental state quickly can be a difficult task, especially if you are feeling really badly, so do not be hard on yourself if you find it difficult, acknowledge your state, focus on the feelings in your body and do not try to fix anything.

Longer term strategies for connecting to your innate mind are activities that are focused on getting you out of your head and into your heart. Meditation is a fantastic tool that I recommend to everyone that helps to quiet the mind. Breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi and other forms of exercise are also great. Prayer is also a wonderful tool to connect to your own personal god and the intelligence within you. Finally chiropractic adjustments are inherently designed to help you connect to your innate intelligence by removing interference from your nerve system, which is the communication superhighway for your innate intelligence.

Our innate intelligence holds the answers to all of life’s questions. When we consciously try to listen and follow or hearts our life unfolds with ease, simplicity and joy.

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