Chinese System of Yin/Yang Foods

From Dr. Cousens’ book, Conscious Eating: The interrelating and complementary principles of yin and yang are key concepts in traditional Chinese philosophy that are used to describe the dynamic nature of the universe. The principles of yin and yang, though polar opposites, do not exist without each other. According to traditional Chinese thought, everything, even the personality, can be viewed from the perspective of yin and yang elements. Yang attributes are contractive, hot, fiery, dense, heavy, flat, and low to the ground. A yang personality is powerful, strong-willed, extroverted,grounded, outgoing, focused, concrete, active, and prone to getting angry easily. An […]

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Essene Week 8: The Morning and Evening Essene Communions

The following Essene Communions are a synthesis of the communion poetry found in the Essene Gospel of Peace, Books II, III, and IV, formulated by Dr. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, which Rabbi Cousens has rewritten in the classical poetic style and spiritual tradition of the Torah Psalms of David. The essential idea of the Essene Communions is to recognize the unity of God in all things. The point is not to stop one from loving all of God’s creation and reverberating with the eternal presence in all, but to encourage us to be ecstatically involved in loving God in everything—opening one’s […]

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Shamanic Perspectives on Veganism

Why is live food veganism so important? While it is obviously good for personal health, the environment, and animal welfare, I’m going to talk about it from a rarely discussed spiritual perspective. Since 1986, part of my contribution to planetary healing, has been to ask, “How do we become superconductors of the Divine?” I answer this question in my book, Spiritual Nutrition. On an outer level, spiritual nutrition prepares the body, balances the chakras, opens the nadis, and refines the koshas (layers of the mind) so that we can take in the higher energies in our diet. An animal diet, […]

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Spiritual Anatomy

Kundalini is the cosmic force of the universe. It is the active feminine force of the universe that is a spiritual energy of the Divine on the planet. It is said that the cosmic force descends and stores itself at the base of the spine. People think it is in the first chakra in the yukta triveni, which is the area below the first chakra, where the three rivers meet. What are the three rivers? They are the shushumna, ida, and pingala. These are the three main nadis. What are the nadis? In our spiritual anatomy, there are 72,000 nadis. […]

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Week 7: The Seven Noachide Principles

The Seven Noahide Utterances or Laws (as discussed in last week’s newsletter) are: No idolatry. Idolatry is any service, devotion, or drawing forth energy, positive or negative, from any created thing, including angels, air, earth, fire, water, plants, stars, and so on, with the attitude of worship. In a more sophisticated spiritual act, idolatry is allowing ourselves to be controlled by external objects, situations, or people. Bowing to our own self-image is idolatry. According to the Kabbalah, anger is a blatant form of idolatry in which we let something external control our emotions and thoughts. It includes the worship of […]

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Challah Bread

Makes 14 loaves w/each loaf having 3-strand and braided about 10 times Ingredients: 9 cups Dry Raw Oat Groats (without husks) – before sprouting, about 12 cups after sprouting 1 ½ cups Raw Mesquite Meal plus 1 cup Coconut milk powder 1 ½ Tbls Himalayan Salt or Transformational Salt (or to taste) Sweeteners – 3 Tbls powdered stevia, 4 droppers full clear stevia, and ⅓ cup Lucuma powder Spices: 3 Tbls Cinnamon, 1 ½ Tbl Cardamom, 1 Tbl Vanilla extract, 1 ½ tsp Nutmeg, 2 ½ tsps Clove, 2 tsp Allspice. ( Nutmeg/Cloves add bitterness) 1 ¼ cup Coconut Oil […]

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Essenes Week 6: The Universality of the Essene Path

One world soul or working in unity does not in any way mean forcing anyone to follow a particular form of worshipping God. In this context, as Essenes, we are specially obligated to live in harmony with all creation and to perceive the world’s transcendent unity. It is our joyous duty to share by example this unity with all sentient beings. Our focus is not simply personal transcendence, but the social and spiritual transcendence of the whole world. We need to bring into the world a morality and spirituality imbued with an awareness of Yah’s presence. It is Kedushah or […]

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The Balance of Tiferet

One of the hardest things on the spiritual path is balancing gevurah and chesed. Gevurah is severity and boundaries, and chesed is love and kindness. The balance of these is tiferet, or beauty. It’s a struggle everyone faces within themselves. How far do I go? Do I further strengthen boundaries or do I let up a little bit and be gentler with myself and other people? It’s a struggle that doesn’t necessarily have a single answer. It’s a constant adjustment we make throughout life until we begin to consistently find balance. When gevurah and chesed are balanced, life is integrated […]

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The Perennial Conflict

Perennially, for the past 6,000 years, someone is always hoping that God will go away. This was the argument between Cain and Able. Cain’s position was that humans are at the center of creation, and there is no need for God. Abel’s position was that there is only God at the center of creation, and the creator is the creation. Cain killed Abel, which immediately resolved the argument; however, Cain was unable to sustain any of his theories, and he himself was killed about eight generations down the line. Every civilization that has denied the existence of God or removed […]

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Essene Week 5

Week 5: The Four Main Principles of the Essene Path In 1996, the following four principles of the Living Essene Way were recognized, acknowledged, and approved by all the main Essene groups in the U.S. at the Breitenbush Essene Conference. The four basic Essene principles are: Sh’ma Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai Ehad—God is One and many. Teshuva—to return to God by changing one’s ways to the ways of God; to know the Self and live the way of God.  Tikkun ha Olam—to actively participate in the healing and trans- formation of the world. Shalom—the peace on seven levels, leading to […]

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