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Your Body Intelligence

Your Body Intelligence

I define intelligence simply as “know-how.” Intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies. Our own intelligence is far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside. Intelligence is more important than the actual matter of the body, since without it, that matter would be undirected, formless, and chaotic.

Ninety-eight percent of the atoms in your body were not there a year ago. The skeleton that seems so solid was not there three months ago. The configuration of the bone cells remains somewhat constant, but atoms of all kinds pass freely back and forth through the cell walls, and by that means you acquire a new skeleton every three months.

The skin is new every month. You have a new stomach lining every four days, with the actual surface cells that contact food being renewed every five minutes. The cells in the liver turn over very slowly, but new atoms still flow through them, like water in a river course, making a new liver every six weeks. Even within the brain, the content of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and so on is totally different today from a year ago.

Even though the rates of change may differ, change is always there. What I am calling “intelligence” takes on the role of guiding this change so that we do not collapse into a heap of bricks. That is one of the most obvious facts about the physiology, but intelligence is so changeable, so quick on the move–in other words, so alive–that medical textbooks devote almost no space at all to it.

Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990)

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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7:55PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank You :)

3:54AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thanks so much.

3:25PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:53PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Something to think about....thanks

9:01AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Never hurt of it, verry intresting!

5:36PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Thanx :-)

9:08AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Thank you for the information...

4:31AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

We are living with a most beautiful, most competent machine.
cherish it.

4:44PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

It's quite staggering how intelligent our bodies are!

9:36PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Regeneration and rejuvenation are so critical to health. I believe that is why sleep is so important because that is when our bodies heal and change the most. Thanks for this.

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