Dr. Grace Konstanzer D.C.
From a very young age, I fell in love with sports and any sort of athletic competition where I could discover limitations, and then work to break through them. Every time I put on my cleats and stepped onto the soccer field, or jumped in the water on a cold morning for swim team, all that mattered was the present moment I was in. My head would be completely clear, I would feel a light fluttering in my gut, and I was ready to give whatever sport I was playing everything I had. I did not understand what I was experiencing then, but now I know that I was experiencing what many athletes call being “in the zone.” It is when you have complete focus, and your training, talent, and practiced technique harmonize. It is when your passion comes alive. It is when your mind, body and soul synchronize and you allow the Holy Spirit to be in complete control of the moment. You become the vessel through which the power of life is expressed in its highest form. I experienced this over and over again through sports. And it wasn’t long until I discovered I could access this power and state of being at any time. I applied it to my schoolwork and excelled. I applied it to my relationships and they flourished. I entered “the zone” whenever I could. The zone is where you are full, perfect, and complete, where limits do not exist, and love conquers all. Experiencing “the zone” would be a practice I would dedicate my life to learning and teaching others, but I didn’t know that yet.
In high school, I was introduced to volleyball. I fell in love. I participated in some of the most competitive games on the top teams in Southern California. I had training from the top coaches in my area, and like I knew how to do best, I gave the sport everything I had. I played artistically. As high school came to a close and it was time to move on to college, I was recruited by multiple colleges with excellent athletic programs. After visiting the United States Air Force Academy, I knew that was where I would go. It was more than top-of-the-line athletic trainers and coaches, a dedicated team, and an incredible training facility- it was the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. It was to give back to my country through service. It was to step forward and offer my talents, gifts, and abilities for the sake of protecting our God-given freedom.
The United States Air Force Academy is known for how challenging it is, and I excelled. After two years I was offered not only a scholarship to play volleyball at Vanguard Christian University in Southern California, I was also offered an academic scholarship and an additional athletic scholarship to play water polo and swim as well. I jumped at the chance. It meant that I would have more opportunities to enter into “the zone.” It meant I could find more limits to surpass in not only volleyball but also water polo and swim. After one year at Vanguard University, my athletic scholarship was increased. I was a valuable asset to a team that finished 14th in the nation. What an incredible experience with an amazing group of Christian women.
After graduating from Vanguard University with BA in Psychology, I was recruited for a sales representative position at E&J Gallo Winery. It was a great position to introduce me to the ‘real’ world after school, but it soon became apparent that I was called to do something more meaningful. While on my search to find my career, I was given the opportunity to teach physics and special education for adults class at a home school in Dana Point. I loved connecting with and teaching others. It didn’t matter their age or mental abilities. It was creating a space where the community could thrive and learning could take place that I was attracted to. It was helping others achieve their highest potential that excited me. I soon decided that being a teacher was my path, so I applied, was accepted, and attended Pepperdine University of Higher Education where I received my Masters in Teaching. I was set to teach in a school setting, but apparently, God had a different plan.
About halfway through my time at Pepperdine University, I was sitting at a dead stop in traffic on the freeway on my way home. I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw a car coming up behind me at full speed. The driver put on the brakes but it was too late, and she collided with me. My first choice was to go straight to my family Chiropractor, Dr. DiSiena, who I had always seen growing up. He informed me that I sprained ligaments in my neck and that I would need to be seen on an intensive care program. In the process of healing, I learned a lot about how the body heals, how the body functions, and the primordial role of the central nervous system. It was Dr. DiSiena’s compassionate care for me and inspired words of teaching that unveiled an incredible revelation. “The zone,” that I had discovered when I was young and so passionately and frequently visited throughout my life, is accessed through the central nervous system. It is the central nervous system that gives an otherwise lifeless body expression. And it is through chiropractic care that we can release the power of this expression to its fullest manifestation. It is the freeing of the central nervous system that gives us access to an intangible, creative, and omnipotent force- the expression of life in its highest form. The synchronization of mind body and spirit. The harmony of God is expressed through man.
I had half of a year left at Pepperdine University, but at that point, I knew I would not just be a school teacher. I would finish my time at Pepperdine, receiving my Masters in Teaching and then I would go further to get my Doctorate in Chiropractic. My life work would allow me to go beyond the teaching of basic education and into the teaching of the laws of life, what causes sickness, what causes wellness, and how to live an entire life without ever leaving the zone.
“The master maker of the human body did not create you and then run off and leave you masterless. He stayed on the job as innate, as the fellow within, as nerve transmission controlling every function of life, as spirit from above-down, inside-out, expressing, creating, exploring, directing you in every field and phase of experience so that your home is truly the world and the world is your home.” -B.J. Palmer
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, “You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun. Luke 4:18-19