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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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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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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Herbs for Balancing the Doshas

Allspice is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas, promotes peristalsis, and stimulates metabolism. Best for fall, winter, and spring. Anise is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas and promotes digestion. It comes from the tiny seeds of both Anisum vulgare and Anisum officinalis. In India it is known as “foreign fennel.” Best for fall, winter, and spring. Asafoetida (hing) is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It is a powerful stimulant of the digestive fire and dispeller of intestinal gas, pain, and bloating. It is […]

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Kundalini – The Spiritualizing Force of the Cosmos

Patanjali said, “Yogash citta vrtti nirodha”, which means, “Yoga is the cessation of the modifications, or fluctuations, of the mind.” This is a little piece of the truth. Kundalini is the spiritualizing force of the cosmos that everyone has within themselves. When one is ready, with shaktipat or hanihah, it can awaken. On a spiritual fast, 90% of the people experience this purifying awakening. In 1975, I took a spiritual intensive with Swami Muktananda in which he gave shaktipat. His way of doing this was usually to touch someone with a peacock feather. However, with me he blew into my […]

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Healing Through Self Love

One must love oneself enough to heal oneself. This is very much the foundation of spiritual life and holistic healing. What is it that makes you love yourself in order to heal yourself? First, it’s primarily based on a non-egoic statement articulated by one’s inner experience. A lot of people have lost touch with the full experience of their soul. There are different ways to deal with this, but to connect with your soul there is a path one has to walk in order to reconnect. Not everyone is willing to make the effort to reestablish that connection, so when […]

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Food for a Quiet Mind

When Ramana Maharshi, one of the most famous Self-realized sages of modern India, was asked what the most important aid to meditation was, he replied a pure vegetarian diet. He quoted the ancient Chandogya Upanishad D II 26.2: “When food is pure, the mind is pure, when the mind is pure, concentration is steady, when concentration is achieved one can loosen all the knots of the heart that bind us.” Yoga tradition, as emphasized by the Chandogya Upanishad, teaches, “The mind is made of food.” It says that the food we take in is divided into three parts: The gross […]

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The Dual/Non-Dual Illusion

Today I’m speaking about the illusion of the dual and the non-dual awareness. We have different levels of reality that we consciously and unconsciously operate within. We have the gross duality of good and evil, right and wrong. We have another level of duality that says, “Whatever God does is for the best”, which is a part of right and wrong but beyond the gross reality. We have another reality that says, “It doesn’t matter what God has to say, there is nothing separate from God.” This is spoken in the sense that it’s all one; that there’s no right […]

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