The Law of Above Down - Inside Out
Chiropractic is based on a science, art and philosophy. In the very first week that I started at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1964, in philosophy class we learned that the body never does anything wrong. It always does the very best it can with what we give it; that it responds to all our thoughts as if they were commands. We also learned a holistic model that explained wellness, healing, and all of creation. The model was called “Above Down—Inside Out.” Here is how it works:
A brilliant insight, higher truth, a dream or noble plan comes into our consciousness (from above), from the spiritual dimension. When we take ownership of the truth or dream and commit to it, we take it (down) into our body. We take it (inside) ourselves and then, against all odds, we manifest it (out) into the world. As you might imagine, this model requires courage.
Above Down—Inside Out also explains how healing works. When we are badly injured, or have a terrible illness, it is often difficult for us to see ourselves as vibrantly healthy and whole. It takes courage to even imagine ourselves as a powerfully healthy person, but that image is exactly what we need to hold onto throughout all the dark nights of our recovery.
In the darkest part of our darkest night—times when our health feels like we may never be whole again—that is precisely when we must create, and own a positive image of ourselves as whole and healthy. Remember, our bodymind is image orientated. It needs an image to focus on before it can manifest it.
See an image of yourself doing action things, like running a marathon, hiking mountains, swimming rivers or your mind razor-sharp until the day you die. Imagine friends telling you how great you look, your color vibrant, your face beaming. Create an image of yourself in the vibrantly healthy state you want to emulate. Seeing the vision is the “Above” part of the equation.
Take that image “Down” into your body. Commit to it. Own it. Be it. This step takes courage. It's not for the faint of heart. Then, against all difficulties, make it happen. That is the “Inside Out” portion of the equation. Nothing happens until you have a vision and commit to it. Nothing!
Coincidently, this is also the model of how creation works. Spiritual reality and physical reality both operate under similar laws. “As above, so below.” If you want to heal yourself or manifest something, this is a model that has been proven to work.
When Energy Runs Backward:
When we are in the unconscious state, the flow of our energies is 180 degrees reversed. For example: Something we don’t like happens. Now, because of that outer circumstance or action, we have to do things differently (outside in). And since that situation now exists, our brain unconsciously defaults to taking it as “fate.”
Our brain—when not directed by our heart—only goes to critical thinking. The elevator does not go to the top floor. The undirected brain unconsciously believes that we must give our power up to outer circumstances, that we must now see the world differently (below upward). This model of life is 180 degrees backward. We need to move beyond critical thinking and let our elevator go to the top floor. The model of above down, inside out is also known as “creational thinking.”
And yet most people unconsciously organize their whole life around the critical thinking model. At this time in history, it remains the dominant paradigm. The medical allopathic model works in this direction. The doctor gives your symptom pattern a diagnosis, then fights against the diagnosis. Once you have been given a diagnosis (outside in), that diagnosis defines the rest of your life (Below Upward). In this model you are defined as your disease: “I am a diabetic, I have a bad back, I am a cancer survivor.”
Creative, vibrant, high-energy children are often given an ADD diagnosis. Once they are thusly defined, they go from vibrant alive geniuses to problem children that need to be drugged and controlled. The diagnosis often makes these children believe that they are somehow damaged goods, and casts a pall on the rest of their lives. ADD just means they are smarter than normal, but an ADD brain takes much more discipline to handle.
In our highly-socialized society, most people believe that what naturally follows after about age thirty is: Every year you give up more of your physical prowess until some yucky disease drags you down—and then you die. So, when you hear yourself thinking or saying something like “my knee is shot,” or “I am a diabetic,” ask yourself: “Is that how I want to create my world?” If not, change the programing.
There is a huge disconnect between what most people think they believe, and what they actually believe in their gut. Most will say, “I am in charge of my destiny.” Yet when asked why they’re not doing what they want, they say, “Because of (some circumstance out there).” Any time we give our power away to a story, we are not actually in control. We are only reacting. Bacteria can do that.
When the flow of energy is backward, excuses replace goals and dreams. The mind focuses on unending drama, dysfunctions and problems. The entire realm of pain and suffering is created by acquiescence to fate. "Fate" is just a story, but it's a story the brain thinks is reality based on things that have happened in the past. Fate is one of the great lies.
Dreaming Your World into Being
Every moment we are awake, we live in the eternity of the present moment. When a situation comes up, we have up to 360 degrees of possibility and probability to create our own unique world the way we want it. In the present moment each person is a creator within the greater dream of Creator. We are the dreamer who dreams our unique world into being.
Our magnificent dreams are eternal, divinely inspired. Who we are is a spirit. We, and our dreams stand outside the limited past/future world of time. Our dreams simply are. We have the unique opportunity to see them as already existing and to play in the finished product, the end game. Using imagination from our stomach, our whole bodymind gets to participate in the manifestation of our plans and dreams.
When we use our imagination to play—as a child would—in a desire or goal as if it exists here and now, our heart uses that time to develop insights into how to make it happen in a more loving manner. More importantly, our entire bodymind gets to participate in the process.
While we are imagining playing in the end result, our liver is busy drawing up the plans that make it happen. Our gallbladder provides good judgments to give the liver’s plans integrity, then it makes all the necessary decisions. Our lungs breathe in inspiration and all the courage needed to pull it off. Our large intestine gets rid of stuff we no longer need to make room for the transformation and change that solidifies our vision. Our stomach ripens our thoughts and plans until they are complete. Our spleen helps us develop clear boundaries and to know when is enough. Feeling all the feelings that come up directly connects us with the awesome power of our spirit and soul. That’s the way to do it.
In this more conscious dream, our job is to determine what and why. What do we want and why do we want it. Ask questions like: What exactly do I want? Will it make me happy? How will this affect my family, my loved ones? Will this be good for me in the long run?
Then ask yourself why this is important to you with questions like: Why do I want it? Why is it important that this happens? What are my motives? Why does it even need to be? Why is it me that needs to do it?
Your job is what and why. God’s job is how and when. Give God’s job up to God. Then be present. When you single-mindedly commit, the universe participates. All manner of things happen that would not have happened had you not committed. *You can replace the term God with The Universe, Allah or whatever you choose.
After you have committed, it is vitally important to face every situation that appears to come at you with courage and gratefulness. After all, your spirit and soul are making all your lessons happen. The entire spiritual kingdom works on our behalf, setting up events so that what you desire gets manifested in the most direct manner to give you what you committed to.
You write the script. You direct the movie of your life, complete with where the sets are happening each moment. And hopefully in every scene you are the star or at least one of the principal actors. Do it consciously. Don't be an extra in your own movie.
All life is a movie, and we all play parts in each other’s projections. There is no scroll on the other side of the veil where what is supposed to happen has been written. We all just make our life up. Only then is it written.
We all have the opportunity to stand—moment by moment—at the center of eternity where all potential and all possibility are readily available to us. I do not know anyone who just suddenly woke up fully conscious.
We all wake up slowly, progressively from the unconscious dream, one event, one step at a time. It is a process of mindfulness that takes our whole life, lifetimes. I’ve never heard of an easy way to just pop awake, not in all the books I have read or from any enlightened teachers I have studied. No matter what we do for a living, waking up to the present moment is job one.
The past and future are illusions that are generated by our brain. In heart-consciousness, there is no moment but now. As we focus single-mindedly on our goals and dreams, feel all our feelings and focus gratitude on the goodness all around us in the present moment, peace of mind naturally wants to bubble up into our awareness. That’s our spirit’s natural state of being.
The turmoil of our mind dissolves as we learn to feel our feelings in progressively more situations until we always feel all our feelings. In the spaciousness of our mind, the experience of peace and contentment surfaces and permeates all that we observe. Happiness can be best defined as complete relaxation. In this state, our best course of action floats up to our consciousness and becomes apparent.
In these peaceful moments, the great truths coalesce. When we take these noble truths down into our consciousness and commit to them, we are living the spirit of “Above Down—Inside Out.” This model deserves large amounts of thought and consideration on our part.