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Adventures in India Part 1


As the first week in India have passed by, I am left with many lessons and experiences that have already helped shape and develop me into the practitioner and more importantly the person I aspire to become. 

The first few days taking care of people deep in the desert of Maharashtra were quite daunting yet rewarding. It was a great way to start out my career as a Doctor of Chiropractic. The ashram was hosting this wonderful Chiropractic Camp and people came from all over the country. Everyone from locals to people coming from the far reaches of Delhi came. I personally had one man travel 400 km one way 5 times to see me. 

That first day was so challenging. I saw every condition under the sun, people were carried in on wheelchairs, malnourished, deformed and everything else you could possibly think of. It was so heartbreaking to see children in terrible condition, however it was inspiring at the same time as I saw how dedicated the parents were, many of them carrying their children on their backs into the clinic. All of these people had seen every other kind of doctor, most with no hope whatsoever. I was amazed at how many people had reports, x-rays, and MRIs. 

The first two days my insecurities started to surface. It was so difficult looking into these people’s eyes not being able to tell them what would happen. What could I and more importantly chiropractic do to help these people. I have seen chiropractic do some amazing things, everything from help people overcome laminectomies to hyperthyroidism. However, these people were in terrible shape. What would happen if I couldn’t do anything for them? On top of that it was hot and conditions were harsh, I started to get an upset stomach, could I even make it through the two weeks? 

Victor Frankyl said that when you are pushed to the brink you have two choices, you can give in or use it as fuel to create a new possibility for growth and salvation. One thing I have learned in my short time dedicating my life to universal principles, is that every time you are pushed to the brink, if you remain grounded in the principles the universe always will answer the call. Answer the call it did.

BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractor once said that:

“We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul… That power that animates the living world…”

That always sounds great in principle, however the leap from knowledge to wisdom, from thinking to doing is often arduous and difficult. Despite the difficulties everything started to take shape. The universe answered the call. I had a child with cerebral palsy who couldn’t walk come in after his first adjustment and take his first steps. Another child with hydrocephalus had a reduction in the size of his cranium. A 4 year old baby with sever brain injuries took her first steps with us, a man confined to a wheelchair for years came walking into the clinic after 4 visits without his wheelchair. These were among the few great things to happen along with the countless cases of people starting to feel well. 

I had one man tell me he was going to pray every night to the gods for me, while another who barely spoke English, struggled to tell me, “He will never forget me in life…” The subtle substance of the soul? The gap between knowledge and wisdom had just dissolved away. 

If that great inner power can be unleashed and utilized in the sickly, mutilated and almost dying, think about what it can do for anybody. What attracts me most to chiropractic is not the physical act, but the vitalistic and sound principles that it is built upon. The fact that it teaches those to trust that inner power in their bodies, what we Chiropractors refer to as Innate Intelligence. 

When is the last time that you trusted your inner voice? Today in society there are many reasons not to trust the light of your own soul: friends, media, family and our very own ego. One of my mentors once told me that you become a master when the inner voice becomes louder than all of the voices from the outside combined. Listen to that voice, I guarantee it will lead you into the right direction and in the process you might be surprised what you find.

Dr Matthew Horkey
Dr Matthew Horkey
Author | Speaker | Wine Enthusiast

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