Saturday, September 20, 2008


Okay, I'll confess now; the title and image above were intended to be a bit misleading!

Based on the concept of inner brilliance that I embrace, one of my biggest tenets is this:

"The best doctor we could ever listen to is the one within."

I remind clients of this frequently. The wisdom inside of us can guide us about what we need in every moment. We've all experienced hunger and known that we needed to refuel with a meal or a snack. We've felt thirst and known that we needed more water to rehydrate. Our bodies feel really hot and we look for ways to cool down. When consumed with fatigue, we feel the desire to take a nap. Obvious and very evident to us all, right?

What about if we have a cold and we notice a strong craving for soups with clear broth, while feeling no appetite for anything heavy or rich? Or, if we feel irritable and then notice that it's been too long since we've had quality time with our significant other? Or how about if we have a stiff low back and we feel the urge to crawl around on the floor and do some "stretching" that's so original, that these moves won't be found in any stretching book? These might be a little less obvious, but it's the same thing!

In so many ways, the innate intelligence that is constantly working for us, is constantly giving us messages about what we can do for ourselves, when, how much, how often, AND in this present moment! From what we eat for lunch today, to the posture we assume when sitting down (without thinking about it!), to who we may need to have a conversation with, this inner brilliance is constantly guiding us in all of our decisions and actions; both concious, subconcious, and unconcious.

Our connection with this inner guidance is one of our best sources for advice. Some folks call this their "intuition" or what "my gut tells me". Whatever the words to describe it, this wisdom is absolutely and constantly present in every living person! The next time you find yourself wondering on any level about what you should do for yourself, try asking your own inner brilliance as your first step! Listen to your gut, you intuition, your inner wisdom, and do the best you can to follow this guidance. You can cultivate your awareness of this connection by paying attention and also by honoring what your body/being asks for.

Of course, sometimes your intuition may tell you is that it's time for a consultation with an expert, or a trip to the Emergency Room, or to ask someone for help. There is a place and time for every type of care. However, cultivating your connection with this "doctor within" is still the best way to know what's right for you. You may have your own practices that help you stay connected to this, and you may also consult health care providers that support you in having the clearest possible expression of this wisdom, to facilitate the expression of your maximum health potential on every level.

Your inner brilliance is truly the best doctor I can imagine ever consulting! Ask away!

For more information, see Inner Brilliance Chiropractic, the office of Dr. Holly Hochstadt, a chiropractor in Seattle.


Klein said...

Which is the best therapy for neck massage ?

Klein said...

Which is the best therapy for neck massage ?

ketz said...

There is a position and here we are at every kind of care. However, growing your relationship with this "doctor within" is still the best way to know what's right for you.

Sincerely yours,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Dr. Holly. What would you say to a patient who was scared of seeing a chiropractor?

chiropractic Beverly, MA.

Dr.DevineSeattleChiropractor said...

Seattle Chiropractor

Sam Esh said...

I could really use chiropractic care in Denver. It isn't fun having whiplash! My neck and back hurt so bad. All I want to do is lay in bed.

Jwel Rana said...

I am feeling lucky that you are directly answering questions.I am studying about chiropractic and osteopathy from several websites.But I am confused what actually people choose osteopath or chiropractor for get rid from back pain?

Avalaurie86 said...

Our bodies are designed to tell us when something is going on. I think it really helps to listen to what your body is saying. Then you can proceed in the correct direction and ask a doctor if you are unsure of what is going on.

Nancy Frye said...

I'm surprised that there are so many people who don't understand what a chiropractor really does. I went to a Las Vegas Chiropractor
a couple of years ago because I was having some neck pain and headaches. He was able to help put some discs back in place as well as show me some stretches I could do to prevent this from happening again. I think that going to a chiropractor is very beneficial for all people.

Jason Strong said...

My mom has been having some really bad knee issues and we aren't sure why. We are trying to find out ways that we can help her, and I'm starting to see that taking her to a chiropractor is going to be our best bet. I'm grateful for these services and all that they do to help us out.