November 27, 2012

Beyond the Body
by Rose Panaco

There is nothing outside you. This is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the kingdom of heaven is restored to you. For god created only this and he did not depart from it nor leave it separate from himself. The kingdom of heaven is the dwelling place of the son of god, referring to all of us he calls son, who left not his father and dwells not apart from him. Heaven is not a place, a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else, nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within.

What could god give but knowledge of himself? What else is there to give? The belief that you can give and get something else, something outside yourself, has cost you the awareness of heaven and of your identity, and you have done a stranger thing than you yet realize. You have displaced your guuilt to your body from your mind. Yet a body cannot be guilty, for it can do nothing of itself. You think you hate your body yet deceive yourself you hate your mind, for guilt has entered into it, and it would remain separate from your brother's which it cannot do.

Minds are joined; bodies are not. Only by assigning to the mind the properties of the body does separation seem to be possible, and it is the mind that seems to be fragmented and private and alone, its guilt which keeps it separate, is projected to the body, which suffers and dies because it is attacked to hold the separation in the mind, and let it not know its identity. Mind cannot attack, but it can make fantasies and direct the body to act them out. Thoughts create, body responds. Yet it is never what the body does that seems to satisfy, unless the mind believes the body is actually acting out its fantasies, it will attack the body by increasing the protection of its guilt upon it.

In this, the mind is clearly delusional. It cannot attack, but it maintains it can, and uses what it does to hurt the body to prove it can. The mind cannot attack, but it can deceive itself. And this is all it does when it believes it has attacked the body. It can produce guilt, but it will not lose it through projection. And though it clearly can misperceived the function of the body, it cannot change its function of the holy spirit it establishes it to be. The body was not made by love. Yet love does not condemn it and can use it lovingly, respecting what the son of god has made and using it to save him from illusions.

Would you not have the instruments of separation reinterpreted as means for salvation, and used for the purpose of love? Salvation means to truly learn the truth and know. Would you not welcome and support the shift from fantasies of vengeance to release from them? Your perception of the body can clearly be sick, but project not this upon the body. For your wish to make destructive cannot destroy, can have no real effect at all. What god created is only what he would have it be, being his will. You cannot make his will destructive. You can make fantasies in which your will conflicts with his, but that is all.

It is insane to use the body as a scapegoat for guilt, directing its attack and blaming it for what you wished it to do. Your negative thoughts as hate for a neighbor, will return back to you, causing the body to react in sickness. It is impossible to act out fantasies. For it is still the fantasies you want, and they have nothing to do with what the body does. It does not dream of them, and they make it a liability where it could be an asset. For fantasies have made your body your "enemy" weak, vulnerable and treacherous, worthy of the hate that you invest in. How has this served you? You have identified with this thing you hate, the instrument of vengeance and perceived source of guilt. You have done this thing to a thing that has no meaning, proclaiming it to be the dwelling place of god's son, and turning it against him.

This is the host of god that you have made. And neither god nor his most holy son can enter an abode that harbors hate, and where you have sown the seeds of vengeance, violence and death. The thing you made to serve your guilt stands between you and other minds. The minds are joined, but you do not identify with them. You see yourself locked in a separate prison, removed and unreachable, incapable of reaching out as being reached. You hate this person you have made, and would destroy it. But you would not escape from it, leaving it unharmed without your guilt upon it.

Yet only thus can you escape. The house of vengeance is not yours; the place you set aside to house your hate is not a prison, but an illusion of yourself. The body is a limit imposed on the universal communication that is an external property of mind. But the communication is internal. Mind reaches to itself. It is not made up of different parts, which reach each other. It does not go out within itself it has no limits, and there is nothing outside it. It encompasses everything. It encompasses you entirely; within it and it within you. There is nothing else, anywhere or ever.

The body is outside you, and but seems to surround you, shutting you off from others and keeping you apart from them and them from you. It is not there. There is no barrier between god and his son, nor can his son be separated from himself except in illusions. This is not his reality, though he believes it is. Yet this could only be if god were wrong. God would have had to create differently; and to have separated himself from his son to make this possible. He would have to create different things and to establish different orders of reality, only some of which were love. Yet love must be forever like itself, changeless forever, and forever without alternative, and so it is. You cannot put a barrier around yourself, because god placed none between him and you.

You can stretch out your hand and reach to heaven. You whose hand is joined with your brother's have begun to reach beyond the body, but not outside yourself, to reach your shared identity together. Could this be outside you? Where god is not? Is he a body, and did he create you as he is not, and where he cannot be? You are surrounded only by him. What limits can there be on you whom he encompasses?

Everyone has experienced what he would call a sense of being transported beyond himself. This feeling of liberation far exceeds the dream of freedom sometimes hoped for in special relationships. It is a sense of actual escape from limitations. If you will consider what this "transportation" really entails, you will realize that it is a sudden awareness of the body, and a joining of yourself and something else in which your mind enlarges to encompass it. It becomes part of you, as you unite with it. And both become whole, as neither is perceived as separate. What really happens is that you have given up the illusion of a limited awareness, and lost your fear of union. The love that instantly replaces it extends to what has freed you, and unites with it. And while this lasts you’re not uncertain of your identity, and would not limit it. You have escaped from fear to peace, asking no questions of reality; but merely accepting it. You have accepted this instead of the body, and have let yourself be one with something beyond it, simply by not letting your mind be limited by it.

This can occur regardless of the physical distance that seems to be between you and what you join; of your respective positions in space; and of your differences in size and seeming quality. Time is not relevant; it can occur with something past, present or anticipated. The "something" can be anything and anywhere; a sound, a sight, a thought, a memory; and even a general idea without specific reference. Yet in every case, you join it without reservation because you love it, and you would be with it. And so you rush to meet it, letting your limits melt away, suspending all the "laws" your body obeys and gently setting them aside.

There is no violence at all in this escape. The body is not attacked, but simply properly perceived. It does not really "lifted out" of it; it cannot contain you. You go where you would be, gaining not losing a sense of self. In these instants of release from physical restrictions, you experience much of what happens in the holy instant; the lifting of the barriers of time and space, the sudden experience of peace and joy; and, above all, the lack of awareness of the body; and of questioning whether or not all this is possible.

It is possible because you want it. The sudden expansion of awareness that takes place with your desire for it is the irresistible appeal the holy instant holds. It calls to you to be yourself, within its safe embrace. There are the laws of limit lifted for you, to welcome you to openness of mind and freedom.
Come to this place of refuge, where you can be yourself in peace. Not through destruction, not by breaking out, but merely by a quiet melting in. For peace will join you there, simply because you have been willing to let go the limits you have placed upon love, and joined it where it is and where it led you, in answer to its gentle call to be at peace.

Continually blossoming

Chiropractors Are an Endangered Species

For the past several years a situation has occurred in our profession that some may see as a good thing, but, in reality, could signal the beginning of the end for chiropractic.  Over the last several years, more of our doctors have been either leaving chiropractic by retirement or death than have been entering our chiropractic schools.  In short, our numbers are shrinking. 

Those of short sightedness are probably applauding these events, as they believe that there are too many chiropractors.  They believe that a reduction in the number of DCs means more business for them.  This selfish view not only is incorrect, as it will not increase their business, but if left unchecked, spells doom for the unique offering chiropractic brings to humanity.

There are two factors that are currently causing this shrinking of our profession.  One is economical, and one is entirely of our design.  In both of these cases we, as a profession, have been taking the wrong steps to reverse this trend. 

From an economical standpoint, becoming a doctor of chiropractic was always seen as a good financial decision as a career.  Although we like to think that most of our students got into chiropractic school because they wanted to be a part of our profession, we must realize that a large number of them would probably not have chosen chiropractic school if they did not also anticipate the potential for a financially rewarding life.

We must also look at our schools as part of this problem.  Almost every school is down in enrollment.  Many schools are financially on the brink of major crisis.  As much as they would like to increase the enrollment, they have themselves contributed to the very problem that they are experiencing. 

The cost of chiropractic education is very high.  Most students come out of chiropractic school with over $200K in debt.  This is a staggeringly high figure considering the amount of money students spend to go to technical school for the return they expect to get 4 years after graduation.  How many potential chiropractic students do you think decided to go into other industries instead after looking at the potential educational debt issue?

Now, we must realize that the schools are not the only culprits in this situation.  State boards and the CCE accrediting agency should take the lion share for our professions present downturn. These groups have been increasing the “pre-chiropractic” entrance requirements.  This increase has come in a total void of any evidence to show that an increase in pre-chiropractic education produces a better doctor.  If we wish to say that we are a “scientific profession”, or utilize “evidence based” thinking, where is the proof that increasing pre-chiropractic college requirements has ever produced a better or safer doctor?  It simply does not exist.

Increasing requirements does nothing except to increase educational debt for the student while placating the inferiority complexes of those who are pushing for more education before they can join the ranks of those of us who had less pre-chiropractic education before them.  The mentality of “last one in close the door behind them” is a big factor in the current negative trend in our profession’s population.

So what is the solution?  No, I do not believe you can now roll-back the increase in pre-chiropractic requirements. And, I do not believe you can decrease the cost of tuition.  But a freeze in both would be nice.  Our schools should consider a moratorium on increases in tuition. 

Even more important is that our accrediting agencies and state boards should take a break at the ego boosting activities of making it harder to get into chiropractic school.  Some of the best servants and doctors our profession has ever seen did not have degrees before they got into Chiropractic College.

In nature, a species whose numbers are in decline is considered endangered.  If this condition continues, they become extinct.  In order to avoid suffering this fate, chiropractic must continue to grow. 

Proud to be Chiropractic,
Bob Braile, D.C., F.I.C.A.

President, Georgia Council of Chiropractic

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