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Unformatted text preview: “B.J. OF DAVENPORT”* —philosopher, scientist, artist, builder—the bit of a mortal being whom Innate Intelligence developed. *Oil Portrait by Raymond P. R. Neilson Studios, 131 East 66th Street, New York City CONFLICTS CLARIFY By B. J. PALMER, D.C., Ph.C. President, the Palmer School of Chiropractic CHIROPRACTIC FOUNTAIN HEAD DAVENPORT, IOWA, U. S. A. COPYRIGHT, 1951, BY B. J. PALMER Printed in the United States of America W. B. CONKEY COMPANY PRINTERS AND BINDERS HAMMOND, INDIANA FOREWORD At the beginning, we anticipate this subject, as presented, will be taken at face value and understood by some, even many of our profession. Many, in our opinion, possess preconceived ideas which need reconstruction. We record our knowledge, gained through research, of the fundamentals upon which Chiropractic rests as promulgated by our father but never clearly explained by him. By careful reading of his writings, gleanings of these ideas are apparent. To be consistent with the objective of this book, these are written with WE and US in mind. Ordinarily, “we” and “us” imply and are understood to be TWO different and separate persons. Ordinarily, “I” implies ONE fellow who lives in a material body and runs it. Whenever and wherever “I” is used, we refer to the educated fellow who thinks, speaks and writes for himself alone as one of the two fellows he is. He does so within the limitations of his education. This book, so far as the author is concerned, writes from the duality of personalities—the inseparable, indivisible, Siamese-twin personalities living in one structure—the Innate and Educated individualities. WE serves several purposes: 1. It eliminates that disgusting and egotistical selfish pronoun “I” which constantly intrudes itself. 2. It permits the author to delineate his concept of the duality of personalities inhabiting one human home. 3. It broadly includes and spreads credit where credit is due, to any, every, and all people who have or are cooperating in building the structures, organizations, institutions, and associations which are an integral part of their lives. It will be difficult for the reader, as he reads “we”, to think “we”, because he will constantly interpret it into ordinary channels of thot of TWO different and separate people. To read this book and gain viewpoint of its author, reader must know “we” or HE will fail to gain the fundamental purpose of this book. B. J. PALMER vii CHAPTER 1 The Story Of ABNORMALITIES “Abnormality—not conformable to rule. Anomaly; malformation.” Dunglison. Studying abnormalities brings us to THE fundamental creation governed by rules; and rules, when universal, are law. If law is allowed full expression, abnormalities could not exist. They are what has occurred when natural law has been sidetracked and then tried to get to the normal destination in best manner possible under the circumstances. Creation exists always in a superior form to that in which it may be manifested. Created material thing never equals IDEALISTIC thot that tried to bring it forth. In all things created, we find them consisting of two phases—mental half preceding, and physical or material expression superseding or following; or law rules thru commands and this execution thru material substances makes successive steps. Creation is for purpose of expression—that is the intention—but not all created forces get into expression in normal quantity. For example, man may wish to make a watch. He must think about the watch, its every wheel, pins, every portion of its case, every spring—all must be thot out. He must see entire ways and means, and must even have watch running, in his mind, before he can proceed to make the intricate object. His attempts to culminate those ideas into a fine piece of mechanism may fall short of his ideal—that is, where perfection does not reach the poetical thots. He reasons, perhaps deductively, on a piece of paper. He must have a certain number of wheels, such a size; a certain number another size; he must have springs of certain strength; so many carats of gold. He figures further that if those are put together in definite form, springs wound, then wheels are going to keep going. He calls this accumulation a watch. It is put on the market and sold as a PRODUCT. Product of what? Product of what mental ability can do with material things. 1 CONFLICTS CLARIFY Anything—be it ever so simple—you use in your home, factory, office, or elsewhere, is a PRODUCT of mental thots. Creation mentally, then expression physically. Man exists with kidneys, stomach, intestines, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, spleen, liver, heart, etc. Each and every organ had to have a mental creation—a birth. Formerly, they were dust. They have changed form, composition, and function and are differently placed; therefore had to bring various atoms and molecules of matter together to make this organized and specialized compilation. Man is highly organized dust, having in common with all composite objects a spiritual creation. Do you know what dust is? Do you know that within dust is contained possibilities of everything that does exist? Do you realize forces are latent in a speck of dust? Is there proof that a grain of dust cannot evolve into a brain cell? We see marvelous metamorphosis of cocoon into butterfly. Why could not dust evolve (under guidance of intelligence) into Hamlet or Darwin? Finest imaginative brain is only dreaming dust. Grandest philosophers were expressions of intelligences working thru specialized dust. It is more marvelous how dust becomes a brain than how a brain becomes dust. Innate is a grand guide. All is intelligent alchemy. But WHO discovered, observed, studied and saw how this alchemist does all these things? Where is the finite mind studying this phase of the union? Evolution teaches that man has intellectually evolved from protoplasm. But what microscope can show the intelligence which directs gathering and organization of matter? If we are to believe medical science, then such could and would come together WITHOUT A SINGLE THOT anteceding present state. It was “automatic, sympathetic, or reflective in character,” something that JUST HAPPENED without intelligence. You will agree it took tall thinking for proper intelligence to conceive of as great a mechanism as we, to conceive necessities we would be up against; therefore, to fulfill that demand, SOMETHING studied every detail of our beings and made us. All is study of adaptation by this INTERNAL THINKER to the circumstance. This logic leads us to again affirm each of us has a thinking propensity that observes and reasons inductively. We maintain that organs mentioned, and many more, are product of an Innate Intelligence 2 ABNORMALITIES greater than the educated one we use daily. Innate mind WE cannot use; in fact, do not know how. How quickly observation of “NATURAL” things leads us to primary issue, of NATURAL creation, preceding NATURAL expression, consequently NATURAL products. (We do not like term “natural” but use it because laymen will understand it more.) Study everything, natural or artificial, we find products of man or those which go before man’s time. Everything that lives and grows is a product of thot preceding expression. When we observe flowers or vegetables, we see handiwork of a greater thinker propensity than man, and that product of an entire field of acres is better and greater in size, quality, and quantity than product of the watch; for fields and orchards are out of man’s sphere, for which he could not create the thots, let alone the product in manufacture and in the little mechanical device which he could make. Creative thots of men are small, compared with Universal thots. What made man? Therapeutically reasoning, he JUST CAME because “sympathy” and the ignorant non-thinking “reflex action” couldn’t help themselves much after the fashion of Topsy. He is supposed to be another clock shoved into the world and “just runs” until it runs down. No mental or intellectual creation exists for man (in medical lore). We search in vain for the Innate faculty that created him. As a result, we have a PHYSICAL birth for PHYSICAL purposes, turning out PHYSICAL functions; as a consequence, PHYSICAL products which represent the highest type of PHYSICAL (therapeutical) knowledge; then we mentally wonder where is the INTELLIGENCE, not physical, which rules this universe. Is MATTER a guide to itself? If so, it cannot account for abnormalities. A “rule” is guided by intelligence. It is subdivision of a law (“God?”) and certainly a universal law is not a corporeal substance, subject to being weighed. This individual is supposed to be born wound up; but what IT is, in mother or father, that winds him up, we do not know. There are many things about man we don’t know, but this phase of his JUST HAPPENING to run—altho the most important—is written, lectured, and told about the least. When machine JUST HAPPENS to run down (which may be at 3 CONFLICTS CLARIFY twenty, forty, or eighty) physical man is dead. Why he should “just happen” to run down at ANY age is untold. What it was that loosened PHYSICAL catch and set PHYSICAL spring running too fast so it ran down, is yet unsolved. Where this spring of life is located, is unknown. He exists as a physical automaton. We are told in physical man there are 129 “physical nerve centers” scattered helter-skelter over physical body, and each exists as a physical force maker. A PHYSICAL force without MENTAL creation. It JUST HAPPENS into the body somewhere scattered amongst what we eat, drink, and breathe. In all physiological work, therapeutically taught, knowledge of an Innate mind governed by laws and rules creating these recognized expressions are not recognized, as to creation. Study of function is devoid of any mental creation. Science does not see Innate mind behind Educated mind that creates all quiet, unostentatious, most important functions daily guiding man intellectually thru all morasses and swamps of despair, did he have it to deal with. Trouble with man is HE (Educated Mind) is so all-fired important in his own estimation he has no time or inclination to recognize any other fellow greater who can do or is doing a thing greater than he. As soon as Educated foolishness comes off its perch and recognizes that Innate individuality residing within his body is his superior, is more capable of directing internal creative thots to an ultimate expressive end for his good, then he will begin to see himself as he is. What is ordinarily known as the “involuntary” side of man becomes at once THE MOST INTELLECTUAL VOLUNTARY PART; that which he should look up to and understand. Here is where man is outside of his educated sphere. We are taught to believe man is not the product of mind;— “sympathy” was his creator. Sympathy is some abstract not microscopically seen or chemically tested. Universally, a theological Creator (“God?”) is recognized; but individually, science and each physical scientist has aimed to show man just happened. You may say we are making this statement without authority. In therapeutical, physiological, and psychological work, only Educated mind is recognized, and certainly that mind does not make and duplicate itself. If it could, science by this time would have had universities where they could teach young men and women, with clinical ther4 ABNORMALITIES mometers, etc., how to make babies; and they would establish regular culture stations for that purpose. Psychology, non-therapeutically, does try to harmonize “a soul” with Educated mind; and while universally they maintain there is a “subconscious self,” yet they have not taken step by step means TO PROVE there is such in the body. As of today, “psychology” is regarded scientific only by a certain class of people who have great faith—a thing which the medical profession does not regard as worth wasting time over. Free thinkers would like to believe we are created mentally and then made by psychological laws, but they have no means of scientifically proving same. To establish contentions of psychological theorists, to show there is more than a “subconscious self,” that there IS an inner Innate Intelligence, which DOES govern our development and make us normal objects, and the how and why of all this, is the work of Chiropractic. With the key to the work of savants of all ages, we can decipher and confirm or refute problems which they theorized over but never knew, but would like to have substantiated. We solve what they thot they saw or were trying to see thru dimmed and hazy observations. It is conclusively culling chaff from wheat from both sides, for both have gone to extremes in trying to maintain what they thot were equal and just rights. In man there are two creations. Two mentalities (Innate and Educated) as one unit create all thots necessary for man’s internal and external expression, and personify them in a physical body. Sciences concede that man does think voluntarily with an Educated brain which is in his skull; yet to concede that he thinks “voluntary” in a brain other than thru that one is a sacrilege to therapeutics; and to further maintain he does “involuntary” thinking in his skull also is carrying the subject too far. Just how to account for the “involuntary”—“just happening”—of the human body was what gave origin to the PHYSICAL myth known as the “sympathetic nervous system and reflex action.” Other than that, man is not supposed to recognize in man any other creation, according to therapeutics. Why? You say, “Certainly, physicians acknowledge there is a supreme something behind man.” They do grant such when on bended knee in 5 CONFLICTS CLARIFY church, but when leaning over the operating table or death bed such existence is unknown. Physician tells us we have a PHYSICAL “sympathetic nervous system” which, within itself and without intelligence, makes all physical power necessary; it receives “stimulations” (and what a “stimulation” is, we have yet to find). No physiology as yet defines what is “stimulated” or details what such is from outside in form of “stimulating impulses,” and then liberated to flow down to do what it “just happens” to wish to do. With him there is no creative Innate Intelligence to direct its “flow” and without guidance they could and would go anywhere and play hide and seek with these 129 “nerve centers.” Even these actions when and where they do occur are subject to the therapeutical rule of JUST HAPPENING. No Innate Intelligence acts upon “stimulus” from the external. “Involuntary” man lives without intelligence; the thing that is happening to run digestion of food, secretion, excretion, calorification, is being physically performed “involuntarily” WITHOUT intellectual assistance. We find nothing in therapeutics to contradict that statement. They recognize nothing more or less than “nature” and that pinned down is “sympathy.” What is “sympathy” ? Dunglison tells us it is something “unknown” We don’t like to believe man is product of something “unknown.” Contrary to that it is an understanding product, therefore must have an intellectual creator, must have had apprehension before him, and that which is “unknown” to the M.D. is Innate Intelligence of Chiropractors—a quality and quantity known and dealt with daily. When we will to raise right arm, we must think “I wish right arm to raise.” We issue that command, intellectual currents are sent to muscles of arm, and it must raise. There is logical reasoning why arm did raise. A gathering of immaterial units (foruns) of power are being transformed in Innate brain. Some are intellectually directed to Educated brain, which in this instance will use them; and from there this idea, combined with units of energy, will proceed intellectually and definitely to point our Educated mind had directed, giving to muscles energy and vent to action thus expressing contraction; and with simultaneous actions of many fibres (not five minutes or an hour afterwards, but as soon as we sent the thot down) arm goes up. 6 ABNORMALITIES There is mental creation and physical expression in Educated portion of man. You might wish your stomach would churn your dinner faster. You educationally could think all night, and if there were any means of testing, stomach would work THE SAME as it did before. More than half of physical man, guided by Innate Intelligence, is not subject to being controlled by Educated. Opposite is true. This is one instance in showing distinctive physical line between two intelligences which have to do with creations of forces, absence of which will create abnormalities. To move your arm requires intelligence; how about continuous movements of stomach? That is one of hundreds of “involuntary” organs, tissues, bones, etc., which must be comprehensively engineered daily. In study of development of anything, we must get back to Innate mentality. A mentality IT IS for it expresses highest, keenest, sharpest type of individuality. To even suggest man is developed without anything intellectual to guide work is preposterous. Observe a flower. There is something behind it that is intellectual in expression, therefore development, for man can’t make a daisy yet they are commonly made to fill highways and byroads, and all is done with ease and frequency. We have heretofore considered such things “just happened,” therefore did not need study because whether we did or did not consider their normal or abnormal conditions they would come and go each year the same. They would continue to “happen” whether or not WE know it, yet therein lies our great fault. We have taken much of common productions for granted without understanding reason WHY. We have long overlooked common things and yet when duty bound to offer explanation as to why this or that normal or abnormal development took place “Nature” gets blame and what that is no student knows, as we leave our professor of “Nature” wandering in mires of despondency all for want of a practical study. This intelligence which makes roses and other beautiful things does so with utmost ease and without one quarrel; and among these universal products is insignificant man, yet he “just happens” to be here to help fill in the general schematic condition of things, whys of which are unknown. 7 CONFLICTS CLARIFY Each Innate and Educated mind of each unit has revolving within itself certain aims and desires. Your Educated mind has a hobby, and every man wants to tell what it is and what his objects are in attempting to give them expression. No man exists without a fad, and he is sure to pester his neighbor, giving vent to expression which is the developmental half of this cycle. Normal man is one of action, energetic movements; one who puts vim into everything he does. That is the man who is living life, creating ideas and expressing them thru transmission; or, in conformity with subject of this lecture, have an Innate creation of normal form and then have expression or development of same. Innate Mind has hobbies, is thinking them, and is as anxious to give vent to them thru your body as you are with Educated ideas. Innate’s aim is self-preservation and propagation with advancement in species, and to those ends is thinking thousands of thots every minute and hour, and it is creation and expression with THAT Intelligence as it is with us. We must consider man as a dual being, each intelligence of which is a distinct individual, each having a distinct portion to act thru. We are as two individuals residing within one house; a body with a father and mother. Mother (Innate) protects her divisions (children) and sees that they behave (perform their functions) in home (body) which she especially made for that purpose. Father (Educated) brings in wood (food) and water, and takes his family to circus, and generally looks after the farm on outside. Even this so-called “involuntary” half of man becomes voluntary. It...
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