Value Your Smart Body

Written by Karen Verna Carlson, N.D., Ph.D.. Posted in Holistic Living.

“Every cell is a little sentient being.” ~ Deepak Chopra, MD


Grasping that half-gallon carton of juice to lift it out of the refrigerator, my hand launches up like a rocket because the carton purchased yesterday is practically empty.  Nerves, bones and muscles involved in the maneuver had geared up for the weight of a full carton.  Yes, a miscalculation, but the prefix doesn’t negate the fact that some calculation did indeed take place.  Who made that calculation?  My intellect was occupied with the ominous dark cloud filling the sky above my laundry on the clothesline.



                             ~ Diversity Is Complicated ~

The late Harvard biologist, acclaimed for his research on genetics and cancer, Dr. Clarence Cook Little conservatively stated, “ We are familiar with the great diversification of activity in a large city.  It does not seem possible that our own bodies could quietly and steadily be carrying on a more complicated and extraordinary process of manufacturing, storage, repair, communication, transportation, police, waste disposal, administration, food production, temperature control.”

Thomas Edison remarked, “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.”  Thirty trillion is the ballpark average.  That’s 30,000,000,000,000 “little sentient beings” ~ more like a planetary population than a city’s.  June is the month hosting World Environment Day and World Ocean Day.  I think we should add a World Body Day to honor all those smart little cells working together more effectively than nations to insure the longest, most comfortable life possible.

                               ~ Commerce Is Intelligent ~ 

Maybe each organ is like a different country importing, generating and exporting specialties that benefit all.  Language certainly doesn’t seem to be a problem for moving just the right amount of air, water and fuel to even the remotest corners of Planet You, with cleaning crews functioning around the clock.  Each cell is smart, all right. 

Think about your smart heart.  The work it does might be compared to lifting a 10-pound weight three feet off the ground twice a minute for a lifetime.  How many people would it take as a coordinated work team to match that?  Hmmmm;  seems too much like a Zen koan.  Try clenching your fist (that’s about the size of your heart) then opening it more than once a second, repeatedly (that’s about the rate it pumps), without changing that pace for as long as you live.  Bet you can’t keep that up for more than a few minutes.  Your 100 billion smart heart cells do that job 24/7.  When they stop, so does your entire world.

                                   ~ Harmony Is Smart ~

Hard work really doesn’t imply intelligence, you say?  Scientists monitoring the rhythm of one heart cell’s beat, which is quite distinct from a different heart cell nearby, nudge the two cells closer and closer together.  The instant those cells touch, they pulsate together in a new rhythm. No international arguments about whose rhythm should predominate. No committee meetings fraught with endless discussion.  No bribes.  They just synchronize peacefully.  How smart is that?   

If you were the CEO of Planet You, how would you commend such effectiveness?  If your heart were a dog, you’d gladly take it for a romp.  If it were a philodendron in your living room, you’d joyfully give it a spritz of spring water and sweet words of praise.  With nary a “thanks” for your heart, you may even grumble about “having” to exercise and drink water.  Worse than an ungrateful attitude are the salty ______ (fill in the blank with your favorite junk snack) you feed your ingenious, loyal, hardworking heart.  Now, I ask you, is that the best way to treat your private planet?


~ This Web Is Wise ~

Smart citizen cells function so well on such a grand scale because there’s also a higher level of consciousness that provides leadership coordinating countless activities.  “The intelligence that binds the body together and orchestrates healing is a delicate web,” says Deepak.  That web or field of intelligence runs your body, Planet You, real well, coordinating food, sanitation, security, travel, construction, storage, climate, etc.  Aren’t you glad you don’t have to do it?  Whew!  Who wants THAT responsibility?

A simple paper cut automatically activates a progression of thousands of chemicals and tasks in just the right amounts and in just the right order with just the right timing.  This is a construction job far more complex than building a skyscraper!  It takes smart cells and smart leadership.

                                 ~ Security Is effective ~

And how about homeland security?  Every day, our immune system lymphocytes (manufactured in bone marrow with appropriate timing and in just the right amounts) travel in our bloodstream to identify billions of terrorist bacteria and viruses.   Lymphocytes can “remember” each dangerous intruder by labeling it with antibodies, like sticking on post-its. (There are thousands and thousands of different kinds of antibodies.) Then our body formulates, produces and dispenses the best pharmaceuticals tailored to kill or disarm microbial invaders.  It files each formula, and retrieves it when needed again.  All this is so smoothly administered, there’s not even any inconvenience of removing shoes or confiscating toiletries!  Such brilliance.

Rev. Russell L. Dicks and Richard C. Cabot, M.D. wrote 60 years ago in The Art of Ministering to the Sick about compensatory reserves demonstrating the body’s wisdom.  Two or three feet of our 25 feet of intestines can be removed and hardly be missed.  A kidney removed causes the remaining one to grow and do the work of two.  Surgeons cut and tie dozens of blood vessels, and circulation easily diverts to many others available.  A festering splinter is walled off by dead white corpuscles (“pus”) to contain the attackers while allowing free circulation to flow all around the site.


                                    ~ Ingenuity Is Prodigious ~  

Dicks and Cabot refer to “… a great healing power in ourselves that makes for health, a never slumbering intelligence which doctors try to imitate and supplement with medical and surgical work.”  They claim, “...we always have this prodigiously ingenious and powerful force at work on our side.  This applies whether you are a cancer survivor or coping with headaches.”           

A quarter century after winning the Nobel Prize in 1912 for suturing blood vessels and transplanting organs, Dr. Alexis Carrel wrote, “An organ builds itself by techniques very foreign to the human mind.  It is not made of extraneous material, like a house.  Neither is it a cellular construction, a mere assemblage of cells.  It is, of course, composed of cells, as a house is of bricks.  But it is born from a cell, as if the house originated from one brick, a magic brick that would set about manufacturing other bricks.

                                    ~ Metamorphosis Is Magical ~ 

“Those bricks, without waiting for the architect’s drawings or the coming of the bricklayers, would assemble themselves and form the walls.  They would also metamorphose into windowpanes, roofing slates, coal for heating and water for the kitchen and bathroom.  An organ develops by means such as those attributed to fairies in the tales told to children.  It is engendered by cells, which, to all appearances, have a knowledge of the future edifice, and synthesize from substances contained in blood plasma the building materials and even the workers.”

Although you may not be responsible for running Planet You, lifestyle and attitude choices that only you can make help or hinder operations on a daily basis as well as long-term. 

The Further Education of Oversoul Seven (1979) by Jane Roberts states, “…each person has a private kingdom for his or her very own, because your body is the one part of earth that is really yours…. In a way, it’s your portion of the planet, sprung up in a living, moving statue of earth-stuff, for you and no one else.  So, how you treat your body is important.

                                            ~ Mind Is Monarch ~

“You don’t just live in it, either.  You live through it, moving in all its parts.  The body is your own magical country.  Your conscious mind is like a monarch.  Now, a good king or queen is loving and gives the people freedom to move about the country.  In this case, your own feelings and thoughts and desires are like the people in your kingdom.  So you should treat your own feelings graciously, and you and your kingdom will flourish.  Some monarchs are dictators, setting up all kinds of impossible laws and taboos, because they’re really afraid of the people who make up their kingdom.

“If you’re a good king or queen, you’ll realize that your kingdom is a good one, and you won’t be afraid of your own people…your thoughts and feelings and desires…but will encourage them.  And you and your body will have all the freedom necessary to grow.”

Your majesty, please value the magical Planet You, and make it last with wholesome nourishment, expressive activity and uplifting thoughts.  




Writer's Bio: Karen is a naturopathic physician who has taken holistic healing and education into the realm of quantum physics. She is credited with “the first major breakthrough in Swedish Massage ~ research demonstrating energetic interconnections ~ since Peter Ling systemized it in the early 19th century.” International recognition for her healing and educational work includes an honorary degree, a silver medal, listing in Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, appearances on TV and radio, lecturing in Europe and in the U.S. for professional symposia, colleges, corporations, community groups, and being featured in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. She has published more than 200 articles on holistic health and education. She has facilitated joyful well-being and health for hundreds of students she has personally certified in holistic healing and holistic massage and for hundreds more clients she has personally touched including luminaries in science, medicine and religion.
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