Do you wonder how the human body works? All my life, I have looked for a “How to” Manual for the Human Body and not found one. Honestly, I find it hard to fathom that I am writing it. But here goes:

Who we are is a trinity—spirit, soul and human body—that functions as one single entity. As a spiritual being (who we are), our job is to take control of our human body much as an experienced equestrian takes the reins of a wonderfully challenging horse. 

Our most important understanding is: We are creators. What we believe and what we focus our attention on somehow transforms into the unique world that we experience. Our spirit functions as a creator. Our soul functions as a creator, and the seven-dimensional bodymind we live in for this lifetime is also a creator, making all of us creators to the third power. Each person creates his or her own unique world and the heart is the Emperor of our bodymind and our own personal kingdom.

We have two consciousness operating systems, heart and brain. Until we start waking up, our brain defaults to being in charge of our consciousness.

Brain as Great Servant or Terrible Master 
Our brain was never intended to be the master of our consciousness. That’s the heart’s job. Without the heart directing it, our brain defaults to problem solving. If there are no problems for it to solve, the brain generates unending problems to fret over.

Until we wake up, our brain remains in charge of our consciousness. Even then, the world of time is so familiar, so seductive that we all fall asleep dozens of times every day. Even though the world of time is so familiar and seductive, it is a miserable place to live. 

Like Dicken’s Ghost of Christmas Past, our brain drags heavy chains of shame, guilt, missed opportunities and failures into its version of the past. When the future is contemplated, the brain projects its fear, anxieties, worry and “God only knows what can get you” into its version of the future. Worse, the brain observes from a limited perspective. It only actually operates in two dimensions, physical and mental, as if our spirit, soul and the other five dimensions of our bodymind are non-existent or at best irrelevant. 

For example, the brain only thinks about our feelings. If a strong feeling comes up, and we don’t actually feel it/experience it, the emotional build-up of pressure causes the brain to generate thousands of toxic thoughts.

The brain’s version of reality is an artificial construct that divides everything into right versus wrong, good versus evil, Republican versus Democrat and infinitely more polarities. This illusory way of thinking is the root cause of society’s pain and suffering.  

Ninety percent of the brain's functions are related to posture. Ninety percent! We have 15 powerful circulatory systems that flow up and down our spinal column, up and down our arms and legs. When we sit or stand erect, “the second habit,” all our circulatory systems run strong, making us powerful. Each time we resume good posture, we wake up from an unconscious state. Each time we wake up to the present moment, we replace yet another unconscious program with a more empowered one. Every moment we are in an erect posture lets us live powerfully on the earth. 

The moment we slump, all our circulatory systems become seriously compromised and every part of our life dims down. Worse, our brain takes us back into the earliest unresolved moment in our past that is similar to how we are standing or sitting. Then it superimposes the feelings and coping skills of that time over what we are currently experiencing. Technically, we are experiencing a hallucination. We are not actually living in the present moment.

When we slump, breathe shallow or don’t feel our feelings, our brain rambles on, generating about 70,000 stories a day about all our problems and how unfair life is. The good news is: Every time we resume breathing out strong (first habit), sit or stand erect (second habit) or feel our feelings (third habit), we wake back to the present moment where our heart takes charge of our consciousness. 

Heart Operating System
Every moment our heart is in charge gives our spirit and soul access to seven incredible dimensions (physical, etheric, mental, emotional, causal, hormonal and the dimension that deals with our beliefs, values and principles). Because our organs—actually organ systems—contribute their talents and portions of our total consciousness, and because all our systems operate simultaneously in real time throughout all seven dimensions, all our operating systems are very simple. And that makes them easy to understand.

In Section II, we learn that most accurate system of anatomy/physiology on the planet is “The Five Elements” of wood, fire, earth, metal and water, the basis of classical Chinese acupuncture. By combining the Five Elements with Applied Kinesiology (the science that explains which muscles make the electrical energy that each of our organs use), the understanding of how our bodymind functions is a lot simpler and easier to comprehend. 

Once the vastness of the human body is divided into understandable working sections, it becomes so much easier to diagnose areas of malfunction in the body. For example: There are 22 sets of muscles that make the electrical energy the stomach system uses, all in the neck, shoulder and arms. This lets us understand how stomach issues can cause neck/shoulder problems, or how neck/shoulder sprains and misalignments can cause stomach problems.

One of the main reasons I wrote Body Intelligence and this blog is: How we think directly affects the function of each one of our organs. Healthy thoughts cause organs to run efficiently. Unhealthy thinking causes by far, most of our illness. Dis-ease that comes from thinking in an unempowered way, over time, becomes disease, and is easily reversed by just thinking corectly.

Each organ functions like a highly esteemed cabinet members that continually lends their awareness and talents to the heart’s decision-making process. Only our heart—not our brain—operates at fast enough frames per second to take in all the talents and information from our organ systems. All that talent and wisdom gets translated into a language our mind—when directed by our heart—can understand and work with.

Why We Need Habits
The unconscious past/future world of time is so seductive that we all fall asleep dozens of times daily. As we lull into spiritual unconsciousness, we instantly default to our brain being in charge of our consciousness. 

"The Seven Habits" keep waking us back to the present moment, putting our heart back in charge of our consciousness. For example, the first habit; “Breathe Out Strong,” draws our spirit down into its home just below the navel. From there, our spirit controls all our chakras. That means: At each intersection of life, our values, principles and beliefs direct our thoughts and actions. 

Breathing out strong brings us the experience whole-body awareness. It also gives us the energy and courage to live our own hero’s journey, which is what life’s all about. Each of the seven habits keeps waking us back to the present moment.

And finally, the foundation of our character is a triangle of heart, mind and will. Heart is about cherishing everyone and everything and letting them love you back. Mind is about being truthful, honorable and walking our talk. Will is equally about being committed, decisive and single-minded. 

As we read about the five elements, we learn how simple and exciting it is to bring our consciousness into harmony with how our organs operate. As we read, and re-read certain sections, we re-wire our consciousness. Fulfillment and peace of mind begin to unfold like a flower blossoming under the unconditional love, warmth and guidance of our heart.

In this manual, this is what you will find:

  1. Introduction
  2. Section I The Seven Habits
  3. Section II The Five Elements
  4. Section III Spirit Living in Matter
Excerpted from Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm by John L. Mayfield, D.C.