Food Effects on the Mind & Spirit

“Particular energies exist within each food that affect our physical functioning, the nature of our thoughts, and even the expansion of our consciousness” For thousands of years different cultures have been aware that the types of food we eat have subtle effects on the mind. Herodotus, the Greek historian, reported that grain-eating vegetarian cultures surpassed meat-eat-ing cultures in art, science, and spiritual development. It was his view that meat-eating nations tended to be more warlike and more focused on expression of anger and sensual passions. It is said that the ancient Egyptian priesthood ate specific foods to increase their spiritual […]

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Heavenly Garden Soup for the World

Serves 25 Ingredients: 8 purple potatoes 2-3 sweet potatoes, chopped 2-3 yams, chopped 1 yellow Finn potato, chopped 8 carrots, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 purple cabbage, chopped 1/2 green cabbage, chopped 1/4 head cauliflower, chopped 1/4 bunch of cilantro, chopped 1/4 bunch spinach, chopped 1/4 lb shiitake mushrooms, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 Tbs mellow miso 1 1/2 Tbs dill 1 tsp basil 1/4 tsp ginger, grated 2 gallons water Heat water to 115 degress F adding all ingredints, except miso and cilantro. Heat 3-4 hours, adding cilantro during the last half hour. When soup is ready, […]

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Role of Enlightenment in a Relationship (Pt. 1)

There are many portals to the Self – nature, body awareness, breath, silence, yoga, meditation, and remembering that we are prior to the mind (jnana yoga or Zero Point Process). Silence is powerful and allows an opening to the Divine. A near death experience can be a doorway to the Self because we have a direct experience of the subtle body. The Nothing has the appearance of the Manifest in the three-dimensional world. By becoming aware of the empty space around you, you become aware of “no mind”. The inner space is silent and still. Nothing real can be threatened. […]

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The 6 Tastes

From Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD: There are six tastes and food qualities that help to inform us how a food will tend to affect and interact with our doshas. Each taste is nature’s way of signaling us as to how the food will energetically act on our body and mind. The six tastes are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. The sweet taste can be experienced by the varying degrees of sweetness that are in sweet fruit, sugar, milk, rice, and grains. Sweetness increases kapha and decreases pitta and vata. Sweetness has the qualities of being […]

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Specific Healing Qualities of Food

From Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD: The next step in understanding the particular energy of a food is to realize that each food has specific healing qualities, which is different from a general pitta or vata or yin or yang effect. This is highlighted in Dr.Bernard Jensen’s book, Food That Heals,and in the classical juice therapy book by Dr. N. W. Walker, Raw Vegetable Juices. Jensen’s book lists the foods and Walker’s book lists the food juices and their specific healing qualities.The juices in our spiritual juice fast retreats are used according to these heal-ing principles. The different Chinese medical […]

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Pumpkin Hemp Seed Mylk

Pumpkin-hemp seed mylk is a great source of protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, zinc and potassium & will last 3-4 days.  Recipe for One quart (32 oz): Ingredients 1 cup soaked pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup hemp seeds Approximately 5 cups Filtered water sweetener and spices optional – we do not add any sweetener at the Tree of Life Directions Add seeds to blender Add filtered water to blender pitcher to the 7 cup Blender on medium fort 30-seconds, then blend on high for another 30-seconds Turn blender off Place nut mylk bag into pitcher or bowl and pour mylk into bag Hand […]

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Coconut Cream Pie

Crust: 1 C almonds, soaked 2 T raisins, soaked (Phase 2 only) 1 T Tree of Life mesquite pod meal 1/2 T Celtic slt Homogenize ingredients in a food processor or high-power juicer to make crust. Press crust firmly into pie plate.  Filling: 2 C coconut pulp 4 T coconut water 1 T coconut butter Blend in a high-power blender coconut pulp, butter and water, adding coconut water until achieving desired consistency. Pour the cream into the crust. Chill for 1 hour and serve with fresh berries. 

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Optimal Diet for Pregnancy

As I move into a discussion on the optimal diet for pregnancy, I want to remind the reader that from the conscious eating perspective there is no one optimal diet for everyone. The secret to a successful vegetarian, vegan, or live-food diet is understanding your dominant dietary type and Ayurvedic dosha. This applies to everyone at any time and not just during pregnancy.One additional point is that people often confuse a therapeutic diet with building or long-term healthy optimal diet. Therapeutic diets such as only fruits for cleansing, less than 10% fat diet for heart disease, or prolonged juice fasting […]

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Sandalwood

Stillness Unity Being Sandalwood is a parasitic evergreen tree, growing to a height of nine metres (29 feet), with leathery leaves and small purple flowers. the essential oil is extracted from the tree’s heartwood. Native to southern Asia, most of the world’s Santalum album is grown in the mysore region of eastern India. The long history of sandalwood in the cultural and spiritual life of Asia cannot be overstated. The wood was carved into furniture, temples, and religious icons, is burned as an incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples, and retains an important place in Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and traditional Chinese […]

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AMZ Soup

Warm Soups The best way to prepare a warm soup is to heat it until hot to the finger, which is about 105-115 degrees F. Cooked soups are often heated to very high temperatures which destroys all the enzymes, and we then wait for them to cool to eat them. By not heating soups excessively, we do not have to wait so long and the ingredients are still alive. Another way of preparing the soup is in a crock pot at low temperatures (115 F or below) for 6-8 hours, but this presents the danger of becoming a culture for […]

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