“There is a universal intelligence in all matter, continuously giving to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence, and giving this intelligence its expression.” -Stephenson
The above statement is the major premise of chiropractic, the big idea, what all chiropractic principles are derived from. In layman terms it states that the world we live in is not compiled of a random jumbled mess of matter (stuff), but rather that the matter of this world is highly organized and therefore is an expression of intelligence. This intelligence is the principle of universal intelligence, the principle of organization. Principles are difficult for individuals to comprehend, because principles are intangible laws. They cannot be touched, tasted, heard, or seen. Much like the principle of gravity; you cannot touch gravity, taste gravity, hear gravity, or see gravity; but you will certainly acknowledge it if you slip out of your tree stand in November!
We can acknowledge a presence of universal intelligence by observing the structure of an individual atom in an electron microscope, or to a larger degree by noting the intricate orderliness of the planets in our galaxy. Both examples are extremely complex and highly organized expressions of matter. The movement of our own planet is so highly organized that we use it to keep track of time. Days, months, years, and seasons are all determined by the earth’s movement.
Thoreau gave a great example of the existence of universal intelligence. Imagine you came across a pocket watch lying on the ground. You have never seen a watch before, or even heard of the idea of time itself. As you study the watch you observe it makes a rhythmic ticking sound, soon you determine the pattern of the watch hands, and then you take it a part to observe the complex organization of gears which make up the watch structure. After learning all of this, would you guess that this device you found happened by accident? That it randomly came together without any thought or intelligence required? Of course you would not. The pocket watch is an example of human educated intelligence; the atom, the universe, and the human body are more highly organized in comparison to a pocket watch. Therefore, we deduce the reasoning that intelligence was also required when creating those forms of organized matter, the principle called universal intelligence.
Now you're asking, that is some crazy cool stuff Dr. Zach, but what does it have to do with my health? Well, innate intelligence (view previous blog post) is the expression of universal intelligence within living matter. It is the principle of LIFE. Chiropractors remove nervous system interference to increase the expression of innate intelligence in living matter, or the expression of LIFE in your body. More LIFE in your body, the more health you can expect to have!