If you were to try to count and summarize a list of all the biochemical reactions that happen in the body on a daily basis, you’d probably be busy for the rest of your life doing just that.
Consider all of the billions of cellular reactions that happen in the trillions of cells of the body. Then consider all the tissue and organ functions. Thinking, feeling, proprioception (a form of biofeedback), negative feedback loops in all of the organ and inter-organ processes, the human body is a universe all unto itself.
Most of us would not be able to take apart a computer or a car and put it all back together again so that they worked like they’re supposed to. And the human body is vastly more complex than a car or computer. So why do many of us use a mechanistic approach in dealing with our bodies?
After all, the main difference between a car and the human body is that we are more than the sum of our parts. Other than “Herbie the Love Bug”, I can’t think of another car that has ever been conscious:).
We have been taught to experience our bodies as if they were machines. It’s more easy to comprehend yet that dumbing-down doesn’t help us in the long run.
Patients often ask me: “How do you do what you do?”. Or they will say, “I don’t know what you do, but it’s like magic!”
Rather than only studying about all the parts, we have learned (and continue to learn) how all those parts and cells and tissues and emotions and thoughts and things like faith and courage and meaning all work together to create us.
And rather than focusing on what’s going wrong and trying to fix it, we focus on the underlying control system that regulates all of these processes: the nervous system.
Typically if there is a symptom, or a problem, or you’re getting sick more often or you’re feeling stuck, then more than likely your self-regulation is off somehow. And by gently adjusting and tweaking that self-regulating system, your body will get back on track and heal (what it’s designed to do).
At the higher levels of organized body function, digestion and elimination, movement, coordination, balance, mood, sleep, cardiovascular performance, thinking are all based upon a properly functioning self-regulatory system.
So even though we’ve been taught to think of our bodies as machines, what would it be like to think of our bodies as something more of what they really are: A universe of possibility? What if we could learn to create a new body through focusing our energy (mental and other), will, clarity, a sense of purpose, and love?
It takes a level of energy and intensity that’s greater than the status quo. When you’re ready, we’re here to help.