Do you wonder how the human body works? All my life, I have searched for a Manual for How the Human Body Operates but never found one. Honestly, I find it hard to fathom that I am writing it. But here goes:

Who we are is a trinity—spirit, soul and human body—that functions as one single entity. As a spiritual being, our job is to take control of our physical body much as an experienced equestrian takes the reins of a wonderfully challenging horse. 

Our most important understanding is: We are creators. As creators, if we continually focus on problems in the world outside ourselves, we are simultaneously creating a life of problems in our own personal world. It does not matter whether we love what we are focusing on, want it in our lives or would never want it in our life. What we focus on outside ourselves is what we create in our own inner world.

Our spirit is a creator. Our soul functions as a creator, and the seven-dimensional bodymind we live in for this lifetime is also a creator, making us creators to the third power. Each person is co-creating his or her own unique world and our heart—not our brain—is the sovereign ruler of both our bodymind and of our own personal kingdom.

We have two consciousness operating systems, heart and brain. Every moment we are not spiritually awake, our brain defaults to being in charge of our consciousness.

Brain: Great Servant, Terrible Master 
Our brain is not capable of strategically creating our world in a loving manner. Without the heart directing it, our brain’s strategy consistently defaults to problem solving. If there are no problems for it to solve, the brain generates unending problems to fret over. Even when we start waking up, the past/ future world of time is so familiar, so seductive that we all fall asleep dozens of times every day, rarely even noticing it. 

In the brain’s version of reality, everything is divided into right versus wrong, good versus evil, Republican versus Democrat and infinitely more polarities. Even though the world of time is so familiar and seductive, it's a miserable place to live. The brain's divisive way of thinking is the root cause of all society’s pain and suffering.

Like “the ghost of Christmas Past” in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, our brain drags heavy chains of shame, guilt, missed opportunities and failures into all its versions of the past. When the future is contemplated, the brain projects all its fears, anxieties, worries and “God only knows what can get you” scenarios. In the logic of our brain, our past dictates our future. It's like being in a self-imposed prison where all our unresolved fears, beliefs of lack and limitation, shame, guilt and missed opportunities form the bars of our cell.

Worse, the brain observes life from a very limited perspective. It has a speed limit of twenty-four frames per second, which limits it to only acknowledging two dimensions, physical and mental. To our brain, it’s as if our spirit, soul and the other five dimensions of our bodymind are non-existent or at best irrelevant. For example, the brain thinks about our feelings rather than actually feeling them

When strong feelings come up, and we don’t actually feel/experience them, all those unfelt emotions build up into tension, pressure, inflammation and irritation in the parts of our bodymind where we would have experienced those feelings had our heart been in charge.

The unresolved tensions cause our brain to generate thousands of toxic thoughts. And those thoughts will always be about the past, future or some past/future construct. Every moment our brain is not directed by our heart, the way it thinks isolates us from our spiritual connection. We find ourselves going it alone in an unjust world where the brain projects its angst against unfairness, lack and limitation into its perspectives of reality. 

How Posture Affects Your Brain's thoughts

Current pet scan studies reveal that ninety percent of the brain's functions are directly linked with posture. Ninety percent! Wow! Let's examine this "function of the brain" more closely. 

We have 15 powerful yet distinctly different circulatory systems that flow vertically up and down our head and spinal column, up and down our arms and legs. But any way that we slump compromises all those circulatory systems, dimming our life force down. Dumbing it down too. 

The brain automatically reacts to the compromised circulation by taking us back to the earliest unresolved moment in our past that’s similar to how we are slumping. The brain superimposes the unresolved feelings and coping skills of that earlier time over what we are currently experiencing. All this happens in a blink of the eye. Spiritually we just nodded off to sleep.

Technically, we’re experiencing a hallucination. Our brain has superimposed the unresolved feelings, beliefs, attitudes and coping skills of that earlier experience over the present moment. And we become the six-year-old who doesn't fit in or the twelve-year-old who can't do anything right. The beautiful moment we were experiencing fades into the background. We are not actually living in the present moment. Welcome to the brain's world.

Our brain has programs for everything we have ever done more than once. When unsupervised by our heart, it plays disc jockey, loading the program it considers most relevant in response to whatever situation we are facing. The brain is so effective at playing the most appropriate program for whatever we are experiencing, but actually we are just reacting to our outer environment. This process seems so familiar, so real because our brain has done this millions of times.

In the unconscious state, our brain generates approximately 70,000 stories a day as a reaction to all the problems it sees and how unfair life is. The good news is: Every time we resume breathing out strong (first habit) or sit or stand erect (second habit), we wake up to the present moment where our heart resumes its role as the sovereign ruler of our consciousness.  

Heart Operating System
Our heart innately knows, and desires what our spirit and soul desire. And that is to create our own loving world and then live in it. Every moment our heart is in charge gives our spirit and soul access to seven incredible dimensions: physical, etheric, mental, emotional, causal, and the dimensions that deals with our beliefs, values and principles.

Only our heart operates at fast enough frames per second to listen to our organs. Then our organs—actually organ systems—are included and contribute all their talents and wisdom, their portions of our total consciousness to our heart, in real time. That lets our heart create our own unique world in the most efficient and loving manner. All the talent and wisdom from our organ systems gets translated by our heart into a language our mind, when directed by our heart, can understand and work with. 

Our most important understanding here is: All our organ systems operate simultaneously, in real time, throughout all seven dimensions. Wow! That means all our operating systems are very simple. And that makes them easy to understand and work with.

In Section II, we learn that most accurate system of anatomy/physiology on the planet is the “Five Elements” of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, the basis of classical Chinese acupuncture. By combining the Five Elements with Western medical physiology and Applied Kinesiology (the science that explains which muscles make the electrical energy that each of our organ systems use), the understanding of how our bodymind functions becomes much simpler and easier to comprehend. 

Once the vastness of the human body is divided into understandable working sections, it becomes so much easier to diagnose areas of malfunction in the body. For example: There are 22 sets of muscles that make the electrical energy our stomach system uses, all of them in the neck, shoulder and arms. This lets us understand how stomach issues can cause neck/shoulder problems, and how neck/shoulder sprains and misalignments can cause stomach problems.

One of the main reasons I wrote Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm and later this blog is: All our organs take everything we think literally, and assume complete responsibility, as if it was their fault. Every moment we’re thinking about how irritated, disappointed or concerned we are about someone, all our organs and cells actually believe that we are thinking those thoughts about them. That causes the targeted organ to malfunction. The results are usually quite painful and physically disruptive, but are easily reversed by correct thinking. 

All our thoughts directly influence the health, or dis-ease of our organs. Healthy thinking helps our organs to run at their highest level of efficiency. By understanding the incredible simplicity and magnificence of how our body, mind and spirit work together, every aspect of our being starts coming into harmony. A good sixty percent of correcting any problem is simply knowing what that problem is.

Unhealthy thinking causes almost all of our illnesses. Dis-ease that comes from thinking in an unempowered way, over time, morphs into disease, but is easily and progressively reversed by thinking correctly.

Why We Need Habits
The unconscious past/future world of time is so familiar, so seductive that we all fall asleep dozens of times daily. As we lull into spiritual unconsciousness, we instantly default to our brain being in charge of our consciousness. 

"The Seven Habits" keep waking us back to the present moment, putting our heart back in charge of our consciousness. For example, the first habit; “Breathe Out Strong,” draws our spirit down into its home just below the navel. From there, our spirit takes control of all our chakras. That means: At each intersection of life when we are breathing out strong, our own values, principles and beliefs (the realm of our chakras) control all our thoughts and actions. 

As we read about the five elements, we learn how simple and exciting it is to bring our consciousness into harmony with how our organs operate. When we read, and re-read certain sections, this knowledge re-wires our consciousness. Fulfillment and peace of mind naturally unfold like a flower blossoming under the unconditional love, warmth and guidance of our heart.

In this manual, this is what you will find:

  1. Overview
  2. Section I The Seven Habits
  3. Section II The Five Elements
  4. Section III Spirit Living in Matter
Excerpted from Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm by John L. Mayfield, D.C.