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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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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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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Order of the Whole Creation

Order brings unity and harmony, while chaos brings discord. Chaos brings struggle, and there has been a struggle for thousands of years between the forces of order and the forces of chaos. In spiritual life, we progress towards order and unification both internally and externally. Understanding the whole of creation is based on our comprehension of creation’s order. Planting cycles, seasonal cycles, or lunar cycles all show order. The more we align with that order, the more harmonious and uplifting is our spiritual life. What do we see in the world today? We see deliberate disorder and deliberate chaos. Taking […]

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Essene Week 4-The Essene Mantra

The Essenes taught a way of being whole and peaceful that included following the laws of the Torah, but took one beyond rote performing of the laws. Their teachings were not meant to replace the Ten Commandments, but rather to offer a way to transform oneself into the living law of the Ten Commandments as the Ten Speakings. The teaching and lineage were given to King David, King Solomon, Samuel the Prophet, and to the prophets Elijah, Elisa, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Amos. Many of these prophets lived on the Mount Carmel mountain range and guided the people who gathered […]

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Effects of Over-Eating on Our Minds

Over-eating in general, especially of excess protein, and eating late in the evening are two sure ways to make the mind and body go numb. The body-mind life force becomes drained because it has to divert essential energy to support the over-strained digestive system and compensate for low cellular oxygen from blood sludging and high fats. By eating too much protein, one not only encourages bowel toxicity but often tends to become too acidic.  The more acidic our system, the slower and less clear our thinking becomes. When our blood pH moves from its normal level of 7.4 to even […]

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