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Vitalistic vs. Mechanistic

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There are two perspectives about healing. One is Mechanistic-it defines life as a random series of events, devoid of an organized and intelligent purpose. Sickness is to be treated, symptoms are to be eliminated, and the body needs expert opinions based on human knowledge to help it heal. The other is Vitalistic. It recognizes, respects, and trusts in the intelligence of life and the interconnectedness of this wisdom among all life.

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Vitalistic vs. Mechanistic

  1. 1. Vitalistic vs. Mechanistic There are two perspectives about healing. One is Mechanistic—it defines life as arandom series of events, devoid of an organized and intelligent purpose. Sickness is to betreated, symptoms are to be eliminated, and the body needs expert opinions based onhuman knowledge to help it heal. The other is Vitalistic. It recognizes, respects, and trustsin the intelligence of life and the interconnectedness of this wisdom among all life.Processes of the body are to be trusted, not feared, and an underlying confidence forhealing and proper function is emphasized. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, summedup the heart of this perspective well: “Humans are created to be healthy as long as they arewhole: body, mind, spirit. People are characterized by self-healing properties that comefrom within—an innate healing force. Perfect health and harmony is the normal state for alllife.” It is imperative that we define our core values and consciously make our life and healthchoices from the perspective which resonates best with those values. It is also imperativethat we choose practitioners who base their choices on the same foundation. The majority of the healthcare industry, news media, laws, and regulations do notsupport the Vitalistic approach. It is hard to go against the grain; those that do are oftenmet with resistance, opposition, and outright criticism, laced with fear and evenintimidation. That powerful emotion—fear—then becomes the motivating factor in ourdecisions. But fear is too unstable an emotion from which to make any good choices. I amreminded of the quote from Bertrand Russell: “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, andtends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” Max Planck, Nobel Prize–winning physicist and the father of quantum theory,acknowledged this new science well in a 1944 speech: “All matter originates and existsonly by virtue of a force…. We must assume behind this force the existence of a consciousand intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” Since then, and now in the 21st century, the relationship between this emerging scienceand health is becoming more accepted. Although promoted over 100 years ago by thefounder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, the recognition and practice of healthcare from aninherent trust of our amalgamation with a greater intelligence is finally being embraced.Deepak Chopra, M.D., sums up this principle well: “There is an inner intelligence in yourbody, and that inner intelligence is consciousness. It’s the ultimate in supreme genius,which mirrors the wisdom of the universe.” So when making life decisions, gather the information available in regard to the decisionat hand, then put all of it aside and recognize the core of your own beliefs. Once you’veidentified these life principles, weigh your choices from this place of knowing. Choose froma state of trust and conviction consistent with these essential values. They are theconnection to your strength. From this place of certainty, you will always choose correctly.

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