1949-1961

A true understanding of the philosophy of chiropractic is impossible without studying B.J. Palmer’s writings during this time period. There were three distinct phases of his writings in these final years; the early 1950s, 1955-1957, and then his last books written just before his death in 1961. This last 12 years of Palmer’s life was marked by his failing health and his soaring spirit. We recommend, if you are new to studying the chiropractic Greenbooks, begin with  The Bigness of the Fellow Within, written in 1949 and then study B.J. Palmer’s last 8 books, written between 1957-1961.

B.J. Palmer’s philosophy during this time period is expansive. In 1959, Palmer writes,

“Your speaker has a deeply embedded hope that what he is about to reveal will be clearly understood, accepted, and applied so that mankind will grasp the fullest significance of his relationships WITHIN himself.

What we shall explain WILL, in years to come, be accepted in toto as a working and workable plan. WE will not live to see that day, but our prophecy is that it WILL COME to pass; perhaps not possessed by OUR people, but by the great mass who will then know what WE NOW vividly and graphically foretell.

Our disclosures are what man seeks today in his closer communion in his companionship with his Creator for the betterment of all mankind, that he may take his place in the GREAT scheme of things which his Designer so masterfully and skillfully intended him to be and do.

In this busy age, in the days of so-called physical scientific research, it is surprising to find man restless, unsatisfied. Against all these confusing unsettled ups and downs, ins and outs, he seeks a harbor – some mental port to anchor himself which he can rely on a consistent and persistent understanding which will stay put. When he fails to find what he seeks, his mind refuses the challenge of change.

Who and what am I? Why am I here? Where do I fit into the great scheme of things? Who and what is the authority? There is an answer. It is the great majestic order of the universe and its obedience to unchanging law; the certainty and regularity of seasons; the march of the sun, moon, and stars; the regular coming of night and day, sun and darkness; between the balance of man’s consumption of oxygen and its production of plant life; regularity of winter, spring, fall, and summer; the cry of a newborn child with its ever demonstration of abstract functional life.

This timeless, changeless order is an assurance of unchallenged authority; a sign of safe anchorage for the unsettled and undecided mind of man.

Increase in man’s knowledge does not mean the discovery of new things, but only his insight into his understanding of himself and his ability to use that which already is, always has been – like the growth of a child from infant to adult man, who digs deeper discovering worlds within man, new to him but old in time. When these are realized man can and will face uncertainty, secure in knowledge, at peace within himself, because he will be at peace with the Almighty law of the Universal as well as the Unital law within each created unit.”
(Giant vs. Pygmy, 1959, foreword)