Santa Barbara Wellness Directory
The Inner Path to Life & Health

By Dr. Allison Barriscale
Pride Wellness Columnist
Re-printed with permission by Pride News Magazine

"In every living thing there is an Innate
Intelligence guiding it on the path to health"

- Dr. Terry A. Rondberg

Have you ever wondered how two cells came together to form one, then divide and differentiate into the incredibly complex organism known as you? The same power that created us from two cells coordinates and regulates every function within our bodies. In Chiropractic Philosophy we call this power Innate Intelligence. Innate Intelligence is a subset of Universal Intelligence (from last column), that is unique to living things.

To clarify, it is important to understand that we are not talking about education or the ability to learn things; that I call acquired or educated intelligence. The intelligence we are talking about is the "knowledge" that every living entity is born with, which allows it to adapt to the environment to survive. If you put a plant on a windowsill, in a day or so it will have turned its leaves to face the light. Turn the plant around and in another day it will have turned its leaves to receive the light and energy it needs to maintain its normal functions.

The plant does not use logic to figure out that it needs light, or decide to turn its leaves to face the light. It does not "think" and it is not self-aware. Yet the intelligence it possesses allows it to go from a tiny seed to a lush plant, to send its roots into the soil for water and nutrients, and to search out and utilize light and air to transform those elements into additional leaves, roots, sprouts, and seed to be carried in the wind to start the process all over somewhere else. Not random action, but intelligence. Not education, but inborn knowledge, or Innate Intelligence.

In a human being, it is the Innate Intelligence that tells a newborn baby how many times per minute its heart should beat; how to ingest and digest nutrients and eliminate waste; how to develop and utilize white blood cells to deal with infections; how to communicate its need for outside assistance. No one has to teach an infant these things.

Yet, Innate Intelligence can only guide the internal functioning of that child. It cannot enable her to manipulate her environment or do more than her body will permit. For instance, she cannot walk to the refrigerator and get a snack if she's hungry, anymore than a plant can turn on a lamp when it needs more light. Therefore many actions take training and education rather than inborn Intelligence.

Every living thing possesses 100% of the Innate Intelligence it needs. Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal. This means that our bodies "know" exactly what they need and how to adapt to our environment in order to function optimally. If our health relied solely on our Innate Intelligence, we would all be perfectly healthy, because our bodies know what to do. However there are other factors at work. A master carpenter might be an expert at building a table, but if his arm is in a cast and he cannot apply force to a hammer, or if he does not have the proper tools, the table will not come out very well.

Our Innate Intelligence knows what to do at all times, however if it is hampered by lack of Life Force, or the lack of proper tools (matter), the result is less than normal functioning. The three elements Intelligence, Force and Matter make up what Chiropractors call the Triune of Life. If any one of these intertwined elements of the triune is diminished the result is less than optimal function.

Since a person's Innate Intelligence has all of the "expertise" it needs to properly maintain that body, there is no need to address that area; and since the matter, or tools provided to each person (the body and internal organs) are a result of the _expression of Intelligence through Life Force many Chiropractors do not involve themselves with this either. Their concern is with the Life Force, which provides the link between the Innate Intelligence and Innate Matter.

Chiropractic Adjustments free up potential energy and Life Force. Allowing every individual whether a newborn, an athlete, or a grandparent to enjoy more Life, deepening everyone's potential to heal biologically and at the core.

Due to greater Life Force flow, all areas of a person's life improve. In some, physical, emotional or mental challenges may clear up quickly, in others the process is slower, and in some, it is partial or not at all. Yet everyone will benefit on many levels from greater life-expression.

Allison Barriscale, Chiropractor

Café of Life

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."

- Mother Teresa

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