“In every living thing there is an innate intelligence guiding it on the path to health.” —Terry Rondberg, DC
The law of organization within the universe applies to the human body as cells, tissues, organs and organ systems all show a level of order and structure. The unique aspect of living organisms is the ability to actively stay organized. When we compare the organization of a rock and a human body that both have atomic organization but, the rock lacks the ability to actively organize like the human body does.
For example, if you break the rock in half, it remains broken. There is no active organization that brings it back together. If you break a bone in the human body, there is active organization towards healing of the fracture. This active organization is what chiropractors term “innate intelligence.”
The simplest way to comprehend innate intelligence is by referring to it as the law of life. Life as in being alive! This law of life is a philosophical term to comprehend the active organization in a human body. Your body is intelligently organized for the greater good of thriving in a complete state of harmony.
This active organization is an inner perfection trying to adapt to the highest degree possible to those external invasive forces that are breakdown cells and tissues. This inner perfection is striving for a friendly state of health and structure. It’s striving for more cells and tissues that work together. Innate intelligence or the inner recuperative power within your body is constantly striving for making the body to be as good as it is possible to be.
For example, every contraction and relaxation of your diaphragm is supported with a mental impulse from the Phrenic Nerve to and from your brain. The Phrenic Nerve communicates to your diaphragm via impulses to help coordinate breathing. An average person can have their diaphragm flex and relax about 16 times per minute, which means you take in about 23,000 breaths a day and, on average, over 8 million times per year! What’s the value of knowing about your Phrenic Nerve and diaphragm contraction and relaxation? The value lies in understanding that in order to properly breathe your average 16 breaths per minute, there is an innate intelligence guiding inner wellbeing through neurological communication or impulses between your brain and diaphragm producing health and wellbeing with the right amount of breaths per minute for the trillions of cells to get the proper amount of oxygen.
Innate is a word that describes being born with it. In chiropractic, it differentiates the living from the nonliving. In our human body, there is an innate intelligence that is actively keeping us in a state of organization.
One way to make sense of innate intelligence is by taking a greater look at organization within our body. Biology recognizes that there are levels of organization-with the atom being the most basic essence of organization. As you bring together more matter (atoms), the level of complexity increases from the simplest unit of the atom to more complex degrees of organization starting with the simplest form of molecules moving up in complexity to organelles, cells, and tissues which create organs, organ systems and finally your whole organism or body in our example.
All of these levels of organization are held together by the principle of what chiropractic refers to as innate intelligence. Wherever there is organization there is intelligence, the two are inseparable.
Your body’s innate intelligence can be visualized when you look at the magnificent capabilities your vital organs play in keep you in a state of harmony. Your brain is coordinating the entire body’s trillions of cells, your heart is supplying oxygen and energy through the bloodstream, the your kidneys are excreting waste and fluids, your liver is detoxifying and producing of digestive enzymes and your lungs allow you to take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the blood stream.
Your body functions with organization, which means you have an internal wisdom or innate intelligence that is expressing this organization.