For example, here is an inadvertent experiment I am in the process of completing. About two months ago I drove a spike of wood under my nail. The splinter of wood went down under the nail to within one fifth of an inch of the matrix. It had broken off well under the nail and I could think of no way of getting it out. But my somatic sense did all that was necessary, without my help. I had thought it over and after a week or ten days, and decided to cut it out through the front of the nail. But before I had dug down very far I realised that the splinter was already on its way out. It had become attached to the nail, so I left it alone and, slowly but surely as the nail has grown, the spike has been carried with it.

But my intellect did not solve the problem. My thinking apparatus was not clever enough to do it. The humbling fact that the conscious part of my mind must acknowledge is that my bodily sense is more clever than my intellect, not only in one or two things, but in everything to do with the emergencies of life and health.

The same situation exists between you and your body. In emergencies it does precisely the right thing; much better than you can do it. When it comes to any of the body’s health activities—classified as acute diseases—my advice is, "Trust and leave it alone".

Indeed the point must be emphasised. Without question, under the direction of what is called somatic sense, the body solves with a remarkable degree of smoothness and efficiency all its health problems. But on this aspect of our lives, intellectually we are almost completely at sea. When any health emergency arises we follow false gods and are readily misled by large and confusing words. We stop using our heads when professional men "explain" with such a phrase as, "antibiotics defeat the staphylococci and the streptococci along with their secondaries the pyogenic staphylostreptococci".

Apart from their ability to get away with it, that bad language is no proof of any special gifts. Commonly such words become current among those who are more or less conscious of their lack of real understanding. There are those, of course, the stealthy ones, who consider it clever by this means to silence the non-technical critics.