Hey Balanced Souls!
I want to share some information on how we look at ourSelves, our Health, and the Healing process in general. This info has been really important for people coming in to my office for care, and has opened doors for people in new ways…
May you be inspired, and open to the next thing!
Health can be looked at as a temple, with four pillars holding up the corners, a foundation and a roof. Hunh, just like the body is a temple. (hmmmm…..)
When we understand this analogy, we can really see how important a Balanced life is (and yes, I totally enjoy losing Balance at times, and know that the contrast of ImBalance is just as necessary for us as the peaceful times….but this is the base of what I Know to be True, so just go with it).
So today, I just want to share what the Foundation of the temple is with you. This knowledge can truly help you integrate and understand your BodyMind on a completely new level. This understanding is the most valuable information I can give you, or anyone, truly.
Let’s look at this Foundation, shall we? It’s the Nervous System. And I know, I’m a chiropractor, so of course I’m going to say that the nervous system is important. Except…my reasons are a bit different than the reasons most chiropractors will give you, I promise.
So here’s what you need to know: the nervous system is divided in a few different ways, and each division helps us know the world, and ourSelves, more deeply. I am not even going to get chatting about what the different parts of the brain are in charge of, but let’s just say that impulse, memory, emotion, speech, movement, balance and our sense of Self in Space all originate in the brain. It’s the Ultimate Integration center, where all the aspects of our Stuff end up getting figured out (from an anatomical perspective, not spiritual or energetic. Let’s keep this convo easy by addressing mostly Western anatomy).
From the brain, we have Central Nervous System (CNS) and Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Brain is top of CNS, and the CNS is our core. It happens to be a big ol’ information highway, with an empty (blissfully) center. It is the first part of the nervous system to develop in utero. It’s our core of Strength, Understanding and Integration. When there is an issue at this level, we cannot move. We cannot perceive. We cannot be in the world as well-functioning human Beings.
The PNS is where information goes out to and comes in from the world around us. This is how we give and receive the world around us, and bring it into us, to make it part of us. This is where we feel safe, or learn fear, or share intimacy, or push away. Boundaries are first established in the core, and enacted by the PNS.
The PNS becomes several different branches, all vital for the development of Whole Self. There are the sensory and motor divisions, which (I think you get this, but I’ll spell it out for ya) sense and bring information IN, or express impulses and actions OUTward.
Then we have the Somatic and Autonomic divisions of the PNS. Somatic nerves coordinate and balance our voluntary functions and senses (hearing, touching, etc) and is made of cranial nerves (yep, those are in the skull), spinal nerves (those go to skeletal muscle and joints etc) and everything else that you have voluntary control over. This is nervous system relates to how we CHOOSE to react to the world, our grace, our ability to get away, and survive, etc.
The Autonomic nervous system governs everything you DON’T consciously control: eyes, heart, blood pressure, digestion, elimination, and the function of the glandular bodies (thymus, adrenals, thyroid, ovaries and prostate, coccygeal, pineal, pituitary and pancreas). The ANS is the part of the nervous system that turns on the “flight or flight” nervous system (sympathetic), or the “rest and digest” nervous system (parasympathetic). Both systems cannot be “on” at the same time, as the needs of each system are significant: either you are pumping blood and hormones to your muscles and heart to get away or fight, or you’re pumping blood and (different) hormones to your gut and glands to digest food and heal your body.
Healing cannot happen when we are in Stress Mode (which is equivalent to Survival Mode). How often are you stressed?
We all are stressed. A lot.
So now you know, that when you are stressed, you are NOT healing. You know how your body is organized on its most basic level. And here’s one more tidbit: we only feel/sense/are aware of 5 % of what is going on around us, inside us, and everywhere in between, at any given moment.
Now, this level of awareness can be shifted with intense spiritual practice, but have you ever noticed, that when one is steeped deeply in Enlightenment, that they eschew society on some level? This is because they aren’t as equipped to survive in the way the human form wants itself to survive. Meaning, they are more sensitive to depletion, injury, illness etc…which may not matter to them, but on some level, it matters to the brain, because the brain wants to survive and function as long as possible. We are in general only aware of 5% of stuff because otherwise we would go crazy, literally. We would not be able to interpret what is important, true, and necessary for survival in any given moment.
Where do symptoms and dis-Ease come from? That’s the 5% of stuff we can perceive as being “wrong”. The other 95%, we don’t know about. We don’t sense it. We CANNOT pick up on it…EXCEPT that we DO have ways to making sure the nervous system is functioning at its best. So even though we don’t “feel” dysfunction when it begins, we can “see” it in a nervous system that isn’t functioning properly.
Well, if the nervous system is in charge of everything working with Ease, and in charge of sensing what is working and not working, it’s safe to draw the conclusion that symptoms arise when the nervous system that something is wrong in our BodyMind. And when we make corrections to the nervous system, we actually prevent the dis-eases from manifesting and becoming debilitating.
Dis-Ease occurs over time, due to an imbalance in the nervous system (because when the nerves do not function properly, organs, glands, joints, muscles and EVERYTHING degrade and decline).
Preventing this from occurring is vastly easier than letting symptoms arise, but sometimes there’s an injury, accident, or something else that we weren’t planning on, that causes the body to swing into dysfunction. We can correct that, too. It just takes longer.
And symptoms (remember, the last 5% of a pathological process is when we can FEEL the symptoms) go away first when someone is getting proper care! But the DYSFUNCTION is what we want to feel and balance. That’s why there is such a think as Wellness Care: it’s keeping you OUT of symptoms, keeping your BodyMind functioning as well as possible.
So the foundation (because it both integrates and expresses) of your health is your Nervous System. If it’s not healthy, you are not healthy. If it’s stressed, you are stressed. If it’s talking, and you are not listening, the problem WILL NOT go away! That’s the real kicker: “Oh my pain was really bad and went away on its own.” Right! Your body compensated for that dysfunction by throwing itself into another type of dysfunction. You will get more symptoms later.
Or, I could adjust you. I could help your body to actually heal itself, and then you won’t deal with this issue any longer. The body, the nervous system, remembers EVERYTHING that has happened. That’s a lot. Can you feel it all right now? Nope! Just the most recent stuff. Hunh. No wonder we think that aging and dis-ease are synonymous. It’s when years of compensatory patterns rear their ugly heads, and we get sick, hurt, and do not know what healing actually is.
When we get chiropractic care, our nervous system can actually let go of the old patterns of dysfunction, and then handle the stress we are under more efficiently, because it’s no longer burdened by the past.
The releasing of tension, stress and dysfunction from the nervous system is actually SYNONYMOUS with the expansion of Consciousness. It’s a spiritual tool!
As our nervous system functions better, our movement improves, our rest becomes deeper, we easily assimilate nutrients, and our thoughts become clearer, and more optimistic about life in general. In the following posts on this topic, I will explore each of these topics and how they are fed by the nervous system, and how each aspect of health actually feeds the nervous system as well.
In the meantime, call your local chiropractor. Find a friend who was a good recommendation and get yourSelf under care. Why? The chiropractic adjustment is the only way to release that stress from the nervous system. It’s safe for all ages: get your babies checked. Get your granny checked. Every adjustment helps clean up old stress, and prevent further disease.
It can be a tool for spiritual growth, emotional release, stress handling, and immune boosting: always available, even when you are feeling great. This is so powerful!
Stay healthy, stay well,