The third healing intelligence, the thought intelligence, is broken up into 2 parts: the lower thought and the upper thought.
A thought allows you to freeze an event in time so you can play it over and over again. Why would this be important? So you can take a closer look at an event, deconstruct and examine it.
This is done for protection purposes. It allows you to ask yourself if this event is something you need to be concerned about or if this something that you need to protect yourself form.
The lower thought intelligence makes rules for what something is, what it means and what it’s supposed to be. We have rules for what it means to love, be loved, hate, feel rejected, sad. Etc. These rules were established by you through what others told you and your own personal experiences. Most of your rules were form early on in life.
Onces a rule is triggered, it sets of a specific thoughts, emotions, behaviours, etc that correspond to the rule. For example, if in grade 1, Miss Smith told you that you were stupid, you would store that in a file somewhere. Imagine 25 years later and 5 diplomas later, you get stuck on a problem, your brain will say, that’s because you’re stupid.
This is why it’s important for us to examine our reactions and why we have them. Most often, when there’s an upset, it’s because one of our rules have been broken in some way.
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The second intelligence is the emotional healing intelligence. The purpose of an emotion is to regulate your life force to cause you to take rapid action, create change and drive you towards a purpose.
The emotional intelligence is tied to the life force (see previous blog on the Bio-energetic healing intelligence) because it directs the flow of the life force. For example, when you experience the emotion of happy, your energy moves upwards in your body. Conversely, when you are feeling sad, your energy will flow downwards and towards your feet.
An emotion is designed to last minutes to hours, at most. It runs through your body so you can make rapid change. Imagine you are treated poorly by sometime and you get mad and angry. This emotional energy will allow you to say “Enough of this! I will not let this happen to me again!”. Then you will take the necessary steps and actions to keep this from happening again to you.
When an emotion lasts longer than a few hours, it is no longer an emotion but a state. You can experience the emotion of anger or you can know someone who’s always angry and therefore in a state of anger. In order to sustain a state, you require specific behaviours, structures or posture of your body, actions and thoughts to create the state over and over again.
Unlike the bio-energetic healing intelligence which is present in all living beings, the emotional intelligence is not. Some animals have this and other’s don’t. A snake may have a preliminary version of this intelligence to be able to react to it’s environment.
People who have difficulty making changes in their life or taking action often don’t have enough emotional energy expression to do that.
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The first intelligence is the bio-energetic or life force intelligence. Life force flows through you and allows you to effect your biochemistry in your body.
Life force drives your body’s processes and makes sure that the proper chemical and physiological reactions take place are the correct time to ensure that you stay alive. Ie. heart beats at a certain rate, lungs expand and contract at specific intervals. Life force is important for activity in your cells, connective tissues and for organ function, growth and repair.
Life force is present in all living things and it’s role is to keep your body functioning at baseline. It keeps your safe, secure and alive.
When you are at rest, your life force is slow. Movement is what allows you to change your life force. With increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature i.e. exercise, your body’s biochemistry kicks into high gear.
When your life force isn’t flowing properly, you feel lethargic and if it becomes stagnant, you start to feel ill. The lack of life force does not make you ill directly, your body will lack the ability to eliminate the toxins and move waste in and out, due to the lack of life force flow. When there is disease in the body, there is usually a problem with life force.
When we first start off working together, the treatment sessions are usually focused on getting your life force moving properly again throughout your body.
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Over the next few articles, we’re going to talk about the body’s healing intelligences.
Let’s begin by the premise that there’s a healing intelligence that exists within our body. This intelligence is the difference between a live body and one that is no longer living.
When we cut our finger, we do not have to tell our finger to heal. It does so own it’s own. The body signals to it’s cells that we are injured and the correct pathways take place to clot the wound and begin the healing process. All these reactions take place automatically without us having to think about them.
Could you imagine if we had to think about each and every process going on in our body? I.e. heart beating, lungs breathing, stomach digestion, elimination ,etc? We wouldn’t survive too long if that were the case.
Depending on the organism involved, healing requires different levels and organizations of intelligence. This means that a single celled organism requires less intelligence than mammals and then humans. Whereas a single celled organism is responsible for basic functions, mammals have emotions and instincts and humans require even higher intelligence for complex thought and free will.
The healing intelligences in our body are: bio-energetic, emotional, lower thought, upper thought, soul and universal. Over the next several articles, we’ll go through these in detail.
Intelligences are resources that you have at your disposal. Each person has unique abilities within the healing intelligences. Some people may be gifted in the emotional intelligence and have a wide range of emotions that they are able to experience and take action from, while others may lack that ability to make quick change.
When you are aware of which your intelligences work best for you and where you are challenged, you can creating healing in your life on many levels.
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Are your days busy and filled with appointments and to-do lists? If they were anything like mine were, then there’s not much room for anything else.
I used to have most of my days planned from the moment I wake up (washroom, make lunch, meditate, journal, gym, work, cook, bed etc.) to when I go to sleep at night. At some point, I started to get tired and bored of my same old routine.
It wasn’t until I wrote my own eulogy (come to our advanced workshop on writing your eulogy) that I realized that I didn’t have any room for fun, spontaneity, and miracles in my life. These were important values to me and I had left no where in my schedule for them. How could they occur if there was no time for them?
From then on, I decided to re-arrange my schedule. Instead of a to-do list that was a mile long, I would pick 1 priority task for the day. If I got my 1 priority done accomplished, I would feel like I had made progress. I also made sure to do that priority early in the morning so the rest of the day wasn't spent worrying about it.
I started to place the people I interacted with ahead of the tasks that I wanted to do. Whereas before I was thinking about a clock and what I had to do next, I was now listening for times when I could have more fun or connect more with someone in a conversation.
Make a list of all the important things in your life i.e. your family, relationships, your career, fun, your health, etc. Do you schedule these into your day? Do you leave opportunities for miracles to happen in your day?
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I recently had the experience of throwing a temper tantrum which allowed me to observe myself and laugh.
I was mowing the lawn and I have allergies to grass. This is often frustrating as I would mow then sneeze, continue mowing and sneezing, trying at the same time not to run over the lawn mower cord and then getting frustrated and trying to mow faster so I could stop sneezing sooner. I’m sure my neighbours find it comical to watch me when I cut the lawn.
On this one occasion, the weather was hot outside and I was sweating. My sneezing was very frequent and I had managed on several occasions to get the cord tangled...and then I had it. I threw my arms in the air and exclaimed that I was never going to mow the lawn again. I stomped off into the house and got some water and came back out.
After cooling down a bit, I continued to do the lawn and was left with a tangled mess of a cord. After finishing, I opened my garage door, put away the lawn mower and threw the tangled mess of a cord on the floor. I texted my husband and told him that there was a tangled cord on the garage floor when he got home and he was not to ask questions about it but to put it away...
I wanted to throw the lawn mower over the fence and just get rid of it...too bad it’s quite heavy.
After calming down (again), I was able to laugh at myself. I had just had a temper tantrum. I realised also that I was blaming an inanimate object for my situation. How is it that my lawn mower could be responsible for my allergies to grass?
When you’re mind is in an overly emotional state, you don’t always make the best choices. Another lesson, I was looking for something (lawn mower) to blame for my situation.
Do you ever find yourself reacting emotionally and then laughing? Comment below and let me know.
How long does it take you to make a decision? Minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, etc? Nope, decisions actually happen in an instant. It make take you longer to analyse your variables but the actual decision is made in an instant.
Sometimes we hem and haw over making a decision and then we put off the decision because it’s easier to do so. This does not mean that we don’t have what we need at the moment to make a decision. Sometimes, if we have too much information, we may suffer from analysis paralysis. This is where we spend so much time analyzing that we are overwhelmed by the amount of information we have and we can’t make a decision.
A quick way to come up with a quick decision is to imagine that someone was offering you a million dollars to make your decision right now, you’d be able to make it. You would just pick an option and then deal with what came next when it came. Same process would work if someone held a gun to your head to do something. You would find a way to do something.
You decide in an instant. Forgiveness is a decision, losing weight is a decision, being healthy is a decision.
What have you put off making a decision on? Putting something off takes a lot of energy in your body. It also creates tension. Now imagine if you had 10 things that you were putting off making decisions on? What if you had decisions accumulated over years and years? How much energy would this required?
Choose now to make a decision on something and comment below after you have made your decision. How does it feel?
If you’re like me, when things seem “good”, you want to slow down time and when things are “bad”, you want time to speed up.
I noticed this over the weekend. I was invited to give 2 presentations at a retreat, one in French and one in English. As I am not as comfortable speaking in French as in English, I tend to dwell on it and wish that I could finish my presentation sooner....to "get it over with". This also happens when I’m sick...I wish I can fast forward over my discomfort until I’m well again.
What I realized in trying to fast forward time, is that I was also fast forwarding aspects of my life. At what point will I actually enjoy the time? If I am only waiting until the end to see the outcome then I would have spent my whole life with my thoughts on my future. I decided to shift my perspective of time.
I decided I was going to enjoy every moment leading up to my French presentation and be present during it. If I had the thought of wanting to fast forward something, I would wish to slow it down even more. I decided I wanted to know every moment whether it was comfortable or not.
The pain I had in my neck. I want to explore it further. I no longer wanted to wish it away. Instead, I wanted to be friends with it and learn why it was there.
After spending an entire day trying to enjoy and slow down time, I was amazed at how quickly it passed by. I guess that’s how life is, if you don’t enjoy the moments, they just pass you by.
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A few weeks ago, I was sick with a cold and cough. During this time, my sinuses were so congested that I lost my ability to smell and hence and taste food. It was an interesting experience to eat and not to taste food. It was a good reminder of not appreciating what you have until you’ve lost it.
Think about the time when you sprain an ankle, rib or even toe. You don’t realise how often your body uses a part of itself until it’s injured. Whenever I’ve hurt my ribs, I am reminded of what joy it is to breathe fully and deeply without pain and how I take that for granted.
When I lost my sense of smell, I was able to observe both the good and bad of it. I missed the foods that I loved to eat and I enjoyed that I wasn’t able to smell the gross stinky stuff that I didn’t like. But with that, I also realised that life is a reflection of this. If I go through my life numb, perhaps I wouldn’t get hurt as much or feel the pains and aches. I would also miss out on the joys and the laughter and all the other emotions.
The worst times in life often are followed by the best. The worst breakups have lead to further understanding of who I am and what I stand for. It’s lead to strength through rising up or being picked up by friends and starting again.
Appreciate both the good and the bad times. Buckle up on the roller coaster of life and have fun screaming on the way down! Bring your friends with you and enjoy in the experience together.
My foot started hurting one day and I went through the process of trying to figure out why. Perhaps I had injured it while at the gym the previous day? It’s possible but I didn’t remember it even being sore.
When I took the time to connect and breathe into my ankle, I was able to localize the pain to my heel. I started to ask my heel what it wanted to tell me. Was it in pain from overuse or something else?
What came back were the words, “achilles heel”. Which lead me to ask, what is my achilles heel?
Side note: An Achilles' heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.
My Achilles Heel is my ability to procrastinate doing something that I don’t want to do i.e. my taxes and then needing to rush to get it done.
I examined my life and observed areas that I was procrastinating in the moment….my taxes, writing a letter for a patient, working on my next presentation, booking an oil change, getting my summer tires on, and the list went on from there….
I laughed at myself and thanked my heel for the message. I gave my heel a couple days rest from the gym, took Arnica for the pain, started on all the projects I’d been procrastinating and the pain is gone.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.