Intelligence is the great mystery behind life

As I come towards the close of my seventh decade on planet Earth, I think what a mystery it is that I made it this far. Has it all been just luck or has there been some organisation that has led me to this point in time? Life itself is perplexing – a great mystery. People have differing opinions on the essence of life. Mark Twain stated, “Life is just one damn thing after another”. Philosophers and scientists have their own views on what life is or why it is, and so it is a great unknown.

In my studies of the human body and in my years of practice as a chiropractor, I came to appreciate what a phenomenal thing life is and of the intelligence that both creates and maintains life. Yes, intelligence is the great mystery behind life.

Innate Intelligence

The chiropractic profession coined a term many years ago, Innate Intelligence, to describe that “something” within each and every one of us that is there from birth until death. Some people refer to it as the doctor within each and every one of us.

Innate intelligence cannot be found by scientists in a lab, but we know of its existence by its manifestation. Look at a newborn baby. It has no educated intelligence but has this inner organisational force which not only keeps it alive but performs a multitude (millions) of functions. When you look at that newborn baby, you can only marvel at the life within – Innate Intelligence! When we look at ourselves, we can only marvel at this Innate Intelligence, even with our physical material ʻimperfectionsʼ.

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This intelligence knows when to sneeze, to urinate, or blink your eyes. It knows how to heal a cut or mend a fractured limb. It can grow hair, fingernails and tell you when you are thirsty, hungry, or sleepy. When you do become ill, it raises your body temperature to burn out bacterial and viral toxins.

The intelligence keeps your heart beating day in and day out during your lifetime, on average, 2,575,440,000 times. If you keep that pump healthy, it never needs replacing. Your brain matter consists of 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Scientists estimate that each of those cells communicate with 10,000 other nerve cells. The number of intercommunications is staggering. Some say it is equivalent to the number of stars in the universe – one human brain!

Your liver has many vital functions involved in metabolism and detoxification of the blood. Your kidneys also have many functions including filtering the blood and balancing your body’s chemical balance.

All of these processes in your body, of which there are millions at any point in time, take place without your conscious awareness or concern. How often do you stop and say to yourself, “I hope my heart doesn’t stop during the night”. The question that we need to ask ourselves is if there is any person on the planet, whether doctor or scientist who totally understands how this intelligence and the life within each one of us works? It’s pretty marvellous when you think about it.

We take this intelligence that runs us for granted as it performs its miracles every day. The physical body may deteriorate somewhat with age, but the life within is still there creating its magic. It’s been said that the human organism is the most complex form that we know of in the universe. If so, let’s have more respect for it.


So when you wake up in the morning say a ʻthank youʼ and appreciate your Innate Intelligence. Treat the temple in which it resides––your body––with the utmost care, at any age.