Do you realize how boring it would be if we were all the same? Identical twins do not have the same insides not even blood chemistry. Even the ones who are actually congenital twins do not have the same physiology because they have different nerve systems which control everything.
A great example is the true story of “Masha” and “Dasha”. A new mother was told that her twin babies had died at birth. However the truth was far different: they were sent to an institute near Moscow to be studied.
This was to be the fate of “Masha” and “Dasha” one of the most unusual sets of “Siamese” or conjoined twins ever born.
Identical twins are formed when a fertilized egg divides into two eggs. The two eggs grow into new babies that are identical in every respect. Conjoined or Siamese twins are formed in the same way as identical twins but the eggs, for some reason, don’t completely separate; instead, they remain partially attached. It was the unique way in which these twins were connected that caused Soviet scientists to take such an interest in them.
Although Masha and Dasha have four arms, they have only three legs. They stand on two of their legs, one controlled by Masha, one by Dasha (they were five before they learnt to walk) while the third, vestigial leg remains in the air behind them. The upper intestines are separated but they share a single lower intestine and rectum. They have four kidneys and one bladder, and often disagree on when to urinate. They have a common reproductive system.
Because their circulatory systems are interconnected, the twins share each other’s blood. Therefore, a bacterium or virus that enters one twin’s bloodstream will soon be seen in the blood of her sister. Yet surprisingly, illness affects them differently. Dasha is short-sighted, prone to colds and right handed. Masha smokes occasionally, has a healthier constitution, higher blood pressure then her sister, good eye sight and is left-handed.
The twins differing in health patterns present a mystery. Why did one become ill with childhood disease, like measles for example, while the other did not? The measles “bug” was in both of their bodies in their collective bloodstream; so why didn’t both get measles?
Evidently there is more to “getting the measles” than having the measles “bug”. This phenomenon was seen over and over again with the girls (flu, colds, and other childhood diseases were all experienced separately.) If germs alone had the power to cause infectious diseases, why would one of the twins be disease-free while the other was ill? What was it in their makeup that differentiated one from the other?
The answer was not far to seek. Although Masha and Dasha had common circulatory, digestive, excretory, lymphatic, endocrine and skeletal systems (they were joined at the hips), they had separate spinal columns and spinal cords. This was the only important difference between the two girls. Brings to light just how important a properly functioning spine and nerve system truly is.
A couple of weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the Parker Seminars in Vancouver. Over the span of three days I rubbed shoulders with some influential people in the chiropractic profession, as well as listened to some passionate and fired up speakers. The shining thread that I noticed between each of the poignant and memorable presenters was their passion and inspiration. It seemed to flow out from within. These individuals had found what lights them up inside and had followed their heart to where they are today. All had a zest for life, sparkle in their eyes and joy in their voice and expression of self. It was wonderful to be around such driven human beings. This got me thinking – what inspires me? What inspires you?
Dr. Jeffrey Cottingame, D.C. spoke that inspiration is to be aroused by divine influence. It is our spirits getting stirred up inside of us. Inspiration gets us excited about something and our enthusiasm pours out unbounded. You feel excited and can’t wait to talk about it, be around it, breathe it in, soak it up and live it. I believe that inspiration can propel people to another level of their being, in all aspects of their lives. It can open doors and lead to the fulfillment of dreams and success. When we get into our hearts we discover our greatness.
Inspiration can come in many forms both big and small. Often it can start small and build to greater and greater awareness. Maybe you spot a new vegetable that you think would compliment your dinner; perhaps a family member begins jogging and you become inspired by their choices; possibly you notice a small child helping their parent bring the groceries in and you feel moved to treat others just a little bit better. Inspiration could even spark a new flame of passion and give your life new direction and meaning. The key is to focus and notice. What does inspiration feel like to you? Does your heart beat faster? Do you get a flush of excitement? Does time slow down? Observe what you’re doing or thinking when the feeling hits and take notice. Our bodies have messages for us if we’d only listen. If you chose to move in that direction, inspiration can give you extra energy and passion for yourself and your life.
“When you’re inspired dormant talents come alive. When you’re inspired you become greater; you discover you’re greater than you thought yourself to be.”
~ Dr. Gilles Lamarche D.C.
It is becoming increasingly evident to me that when most people talk about listening to Innate, what they really mean is that they are listening to pain.
Listening to pain and listening to Innate are actually two very different things. Pain is the most obvious signal from our bodies. Yes pain is instructive and is valuable for us to listen to. Most often pain is a message from within that we are out of balance, out of alignment, that we need to change. In these instances pain is a message that we are disconnected or disconnecting from Innate. Sometimes pain is a result of change, of healing, of growth and is actually a good sign. Like when our bodies realign or we work out at the gym for extended periods. Pain often accompanies growth, a very important fact to realize because if our whole goal is to avoid pain our lives would become increasingly small.
Messages of pain most often are indicators that something is wrong.
Messages from Innate are guiding you to what is right.
Message from Innate always bring with them a feeling of peace, of ease, of openness. They tend to put a smile on our face. There is often a sense of coming home, of everything falling into place when we hear them. Message from Innate tend to be quite in nature, different from the messages from Ego which are demanding and loud. Learning to listen to Innate is a refined art. We must learn to quite our minds and go within. As we do our lives will blossom to be the grand masterpieces that they are intended to be. Learning to listen to innate takes practice and discipline as much of the outside world is trying to take us away from Innate. These are only hooks and distractions trying to pull you away from source. As you do go inward and listen you will cultivate your inner guru a friend like no other who is there as chief steward of your life.
Remember you will go within or you will go without.
We all have natural instincts, natural tendencies and natural preferences. When living in accordance with them we will live in balance and harmony with nature. Unfortunately our authentic selves have been distorted by the domestication process. Realize that it is not only felines and canines that have been domesticated. Humans have been too. Trained to follow rules, ideas and concepts. Lured by the seductions of wealth, power and acceptance. Training our intellect to condition our behaviors, our words and even our thoughts to be a certain way.
We are led to believe that if we work hard enough, paddling upstream, against the current of our natural selves we can achieve all of this and more. Sometimes it does and most certainly it creates inner turmoil between who you really are and who you think you are. Most people push through this turmoil living a life of struggle and survival with true joy and freedom seeming like things in the far off horizon. One day I will be truly happy when this finally happens.. and I will be free. The hamster wheel continues, running in circles as we race through our lives, working meaningless jobs, paying taxes, and doing what we are “supposed” to do.
One day you will awaken. Awaken to this truth. The truth that you are not living your life, you are living someone elses. A life you have been trained to live. “Yikes!” you exhale, this sounds all too true. “What is the solution?” you may ask. The answer is simple but the act is quite daring – “Surrender”. Surrender? you confirm. Yes, Surrender.
Surrender to your natural self.
Surrender to the eternal peace that lies within.
Surrender to the infinite abundance that is your natural birth right.
Surrender to the ease and flow of living in tune with who you are.
Because when you surrender and remember yourself as who you are your life will regain the magic and excellence with the grace and ease it was meant to be.
The monarch butterfly is one of God’s most beautiful creations - its colors, its elegance and its fragility. Hard to believe that the beautiful monarch butterfly was once a lonely less-than-beautiful caterpillar! Wow - how does this happen? The biological term is “metamorphoses” otherwise called transformation. There comes a time in the caterpillar’s life when the transformation shift begins to happen and the new cells of the butterfly begin to develop inside. Initially, the caterpillar sees these new cells as being foreign and detrimental so it mounts an all-out immune attack on them. Temporarily, the caterpillar wins and destroys these new cells of the butterfly. As time goes on, the determination to evolve and change into the butterfly outweighs the fear of change in the caterpillar. The new cells of the butterfly take over and emerge as a new entity.
This process of transformation is not unique to the monarch butterfly. In fact, it happens within us humans as well. We all possess the potential of transformation as well. We are all born into a programmed way of thinking, being and patterns of doing things. These were gifted to us from our parents, society, our past experiences and our own limited beliefs. This shapes our identity, our self or at least our ego-self. It is who we know ourselves to be. To consider ourselves as anything different would seem well…..different.
As our life goes on, as we do our own inner work to heal our old wounds and expose ourselves to new thoughts and upgrades in perceptions eventually our new, authentic, selves begin to emerge. Initially this new self will seem different and perhaps even a threat to our old self. Much like the caterpillar we may do things to attack this new being that is emerging. We may revert to old habits or thoughts that destroy the new budding butterfly inside. Unfortunately, many of us do this for the rest of our lives. We live settled inside the old, comfortable ways, living as the caterpillar scared of change and becoming someone new.
Some of us, who place our focus and energy on our shift, who nurture change and who learn new things will allow and support their butterfly to emerge. The process of transformation, just as it is for the caterpillar, can be and is often scary, and sometimes is uncomfortable. More importantly than the fear, consider the wonderful results and growth you can experience when you step forward.
Know that each time you are adjusted, each time you read an uplifting book, each time you take a workshop to listen to a new speaker you are placing energy in your emerging butterfly. Be gentle with yourself, just as the monarch butterfly is gentle and precious - so is the new you! I encourage you to continue your journey, be brave and see the wonderful potential within! Go for it!
~ Come to the Edge ~
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said: “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” he said.
He pushed them and they flew.
-Guillaume Apollinaire (French Poet)
Hi, I’m Dr Norm Detillieux, In addition to running a successful chiropractic studio The Lifehouse, I have offered a number of different workshops centered on wellness care, creating community, awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and a wholistic approach to health