Human Potential through Structure and Function

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I believe we all have a purpose.
I believe that some of us reach or at least work towards that purpose and some of us never realise that purpose.
I believe that people like Einstein and Da Vinci were able to harness that key ingredient to become that which they did and that which they were capable of becoming.
I believe it is my life work to help others to discover their own journey towards that purpose.

Today during a seminar we discussed how Structure and Function are so important to the form. If something is to function in a certain way then the structure needs to be such that the function is possible. Take for example a bridge. To enable the bridge to carry the required load the structure needs to be congruent with certain properties to enable this to happen. The function dictates the creation of the structure. The structure determines the capacity for function.
This is true of everything we see around us whether you believe in evolution or creation. It is logical then that the human body, mind and spirit follow this. The structure of the human body is such that it is capable of certain functions. Changes to the structure, however subtle, change the functional capabilities. Sometimes these changes are obvious such as challenges to our health and other times these changes are not so obvious such as subtle responses to changes in stressors around us.
It then goes to reason that in order to achieve certain results or outcomes we require certain structures which mirror the function we wish to achieve. An elite sports person changes their body to achieve their goals by intense physical training. When we think about physical changes this is easy to comprehend. A student changes their knowledge through study to become a professional within their chosen field. This is also a reasonable concept to take on board, the changing of the structure of ones mind through education.
Could it be that these two forms of structural change, body and mind, are interchangeable?
Can we facilitate change in our minds through changes in our bodies? Can we facilitate change in our bodies through changes in our minds?
By structurally changing our physical form can it have an impact on our mental potential?
Think of the last time you were scared or felt threatened. What posture did you assume at the time? Was it a flexed position of defence? What about when you last had a major win. Did you assume a posture which reflected that victory?
What about right now? Just notice the posture that you have assumed as you read this. Is it a posture that reinforces the possibilities of all that you are capable of or all that you dream of?
If not, how could you change that? You could sit up a little straighter, push your shoulders back – you’re feeling more powerful already aren’t you? But is this lasting change? What if there was some way that you could support your body to assume this new posture without you having to think about it? Imagine what it would feel like to connect with that feeling of power, of inspiration on a continual basis, to constantly have that positive feedback loop from your body to your mind and back from your mind to your body. You could conquer the world, or at least conquer your fears and surmount the obstacles which are stopping you from becoming that which you are truly meant to become, Couldn’t YOU?

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Christchurch City of Hope

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Many people will have heard about the earthquake that happened in Christchurch three years ago in February 2011.  A good friend of mine lived through the quakes and although she has told me much about it, it is so hard to imagine just how horrifying and terrifying something like that must be.  Christchurch is a beautiful city and I have some lovely memories of it prior to the earthquake and like many have had trouble coming to grips with the destruction that occurred.  Recently we had the opportunity to visit while passing through the area and while it seemed wrong to gape at the tragedy, I think the need to see it for oneself in some way helps comprehend what happened.

What was a lovely surprise for me though was talking to some of the locals and seeing the art throughout the city and the way each spoke in it’s own way of hope for a bright future.  Even the tourism campaigns speak of Christchurch as being the newest city in the world due to it’s status as a city that is, in many ways, yet to be built.  Some of the buildings are still being taken down and the rebuilding process is yet to begin as the whole project is such a gigantic one.  But it lead me to thinking, how many chances do we get to see a city which is planned in modern times and yet still has some architectural links to the past?  How many times do we ourselves get to start from scratch and rebuild our lives stronger and better than before?

I admire the people of Christchurch after what they have been through and how so many have lived life in limbo and yet still stayed with the hope of tomorrow.  I know the city will be amazing when the rebuilding does happen and it will be somewhere that I would love to visit once again.

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What Inspires You?

As I have mentioned before, one of the main reasons I decided to study chiropractic is because I believe there is an Einstein within all of us. I believe that everyone has something truly amazing to share with the world whether it is an idea or way of doing something, unleashing creative genius or sharing inspiration with others.
How Chiropractic fits in with this, for me, is that I believe an optimally functioning nervous system which co-ordinates every function within your body helps you function optimally, through peak physical performance, peak emotional performance and peak mental performance. I believe that if you are living at your highest potential then you are truly doing what you are here on earth to do. I love hearing about innovative new ways of doing things and ideas that are just so out of the box that they can seem almost miraculous.

Here I am sharing with you one such idea. I won’t give too much away as the story that this video tells and the way it tells it adds to the magic. Have a watch of it and be inspired.

So what is it that inspires you?
What do you think unleashing your inner Einstein would create?

Looking forward to hearing your awesome ideas.

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Philosophical Principal #17

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Cause and effect

Every effect has a cause and every cause has effects

There can be no effect unless there is first a cause, with every action there is a reaction.  There can’t be one and not the other.  This is seen daily by Chiropractors who study the cause and effect of different stressors on the body.  These stressors are commonly known as the ‘Three T’s'; Trauma, Toxins and Thoughts”.  Each of these is a cause in it’s own way.

Trauma – a physical impact to the body resulting in tissue damage such as a car accident

Toxins – chemical impact such as alcohol, drugs, environmental pollution etc

Thoughts – in particular negative thoughts which can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing.

Chiropractic examines the effect these three stressors have upon the body and how the body’s coping mechanism and ability to self heal are effected.  The body has an amazing ability to self heal but if it is overstressed this ability diminishes and the body is unable to cope.  This is where illness and disease are created.

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