The Triune of Man

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The difference between spiritual and metaphysical:
Definitions:
physical-pertaining to the material part of all things
metaphysical-pertaining to the non material aspect of all living things
spiritual-pertaining to a non material part of man.

There is a physical dimension of all living things to which the field of biology addresses itself. There is a physical dimension of man to which the field of medicine addresses itself. There is also a spiritual dimension to the human race to which theology and its practical applications, various forms of faith and religion relate (or should relate). In addition there is a metaphysical/innate dimension to mankind. Chiropractic addresses its attention to the physical/metaphysical, that is, the expression of one aspect of the metaphysical, the innate intelligence through the physical matter. This is the chiropractic definition of biological life (existing equally in all life forms).
Medicine has achieved a certain level of success when dealing with problems related to the physical dimension such as the problem of limitations of matter and trauma (which is also technically a limitation of matter). Much of medicine’s success is also due to the fact that problems in the physical dimension often resolve themselves coincidentally with or subsequent to, medical care. In chiropractic we describe that phenomena with the phrase “the body heals itself.” Medicine’s failure has been in trying to address, by strictly physical means, conditions which also have a physical/metaphysical cause. They simply do not have the tools.
Theology, faith, and religion have achieved a certain level of success when dealing with problems of a spiritual nature. (Their success of course depends on what the spiritual problem is and the validity of the belief or religious system. Failure has occurred when attempting to address problems that have a physical or physical/metaphysical cause rather than a physical/spiritual cause. Failures of medicine and religion prompted BJ’s humorous little epigram:

Christian science is all mind – Never matter.
Medical science is all matter – Never mind!

Chiropractic has achieved a good level of success when dealing with a physical/metaphysical problem-subluxation, which interferes with the innate intelligence (metaphysical) expressing itself over the nerve system in the body of vertebrates (physical).
The difficulties in our profession arise when we begin to address problems in the physical realm or ones that are in the spiritual realm. Improper nutrition is a physical problem. It falls into the field of medicine or some alternative matter-addressing profession. While medicine has been less than effective in this area this does not justify the chiropractor entering the realm of physical problems. If it did he might as well handle trauma cases, surgery, likewise, muscle and joint rehabilitation, which are part of the field of medicine.
Another, although less common area of inappropriate practice, is that of chiropractors attempting to utilize chiropractic to alleviate man’s strictly spiritual problems. Chiropractic is not effective in this area, no more so than is chiropractic effective in treating strictly physical problems such as trauma. The failure of chiropractors in treating physical problems is the reason chiropractors begin adding physical procedures into their practices and saying it is chiropractic. The failure of chiropractors in treating spiritual problems has resulted in adding religious practices to their practice and saying it is chiropractic. This is just as dangerous to chiropractic as mixing in the strictly physical realm. This spiritual mixing, while not as prevalent, is insidious and dangerous. Mixing in the physical realm will only cause antagonism from the medical/therapeutic community. We do not need that. Mixing in the spiritual realm brings down upon us the charge of cultism and it alienates members of the religious community. We cannot afford that.

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