How many of us have heard an anecdotal tale of the old man who lived over a hundred drinking whiskey, smoking cigarettes, and eating chocolate cake everyday vs. the health conscious person who dies of a totally unexpected heart attack at 35? Of course these type urban legend stories are just that- legends, myths, cultural anecdotes. But there is always some truth behind these repetitive stories we tell. What truth can be found within a story like this?
The organic food movement is indeed a movement. The connection of food to consciousness and our spirituality is being examined by the community again, and food is again being elevated into the domain of the sacred where our ancestors once held it. As we are in the era re-memberance- putting our whole selves back together in alignment to source once again- lots of interesting debates and factions of opinion have formed around the subject of food that are at times empowering while at other times cause of division.
Through kirlian photography and intuitive knowing, we see that raw and organically produced foods possess more life force energy or a stronger electromagnetic field and because of the internet and increasing technology, we have access to extremely nutrient dense exotic super-foods from the farthest reaches of the globe.
Many people argue that being vegetarian or vegan is the only ‘spiritual’ diet to eat, while some feel that eating animal foods that have been cultivated in a humane and responsible way is appropriate- similar to the native american view on eating animal flesh, still others take it to another level entirely testing out very progressive almost unbelievable self-sustenance practices like living on only air- by consuming prana, or water, or sunlight only, etc.
So what is the right way? In objective truth, there cannot be a fundamentally right or wrong way to eat, only right or wrong for any given individual. Yet in this movement towards conscious eating, are there any drawbacks? The only drawback I have seen in the organic superfood craze is the tendency to sometimes become so fixed on the idea of only eating one kind or quality of food, that we alienate ourselves from food itself, rather than appreciating its everyday divinity.
For instance, say you have been invited to someone’s home who eats differently than you and they offer you a home cooked dish, customary to their traditions. While we always each reserve the right to maintain our boundaries of what we will or will not put in our bodies, it can be very liberating to be a little more flexible with our food choices, understanding that food made with love and tradition, while not our own preference or custom, can greatly nourish us new and expansive ways. Being open to things we don’t ordinarily choose for ourselves expands our horizons, connects us to other people, and allows us to appreciate food in any form it presents itself. Then we can appreciate food for the life force it is providing which is sustaining our bodies and life.
Food is food, yet sometimes it’s possible to be so hung up on certain specifications that we don’t appreciate the food right in front of us. Revisiting the man who lives to be 105 years old despite his eating or lifestyle habits which would be generally considered deplorable, the tale also goes that this old man loved to laugh, enjoyed the indulgences of life, was a prankster, had the heart of a child. Again, it’s just an anecdote, but there is power in this example.
If an individual is pouring so much time and energy into detoxifying diets and expensive supplements, let us be aware of how the energy is being focused. Is this person focusing on how amazingly glowingly healthy they are and using the foods as a permission slip to enhance this feeling, or are they using it a way to focus in on a feeling that they are not healthy and that their body is toxic? Beliefs are what dictate our reality. Therefore, harping on a belief that we are not yet healthy will reinforce that experience in our life.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that people have known since the beginning of time, particularly women; It’s the way you feel about the food that dictates how it nourishes your body. Your attitude informs the food and your cells and every part of your body on how the substance will transform into the life force you need to sustain. It may sound simple, but it is true.
The kitchen is the ultimate alchemical laboratory in which a simple substance can be transformed into a warm and glowing sensory experience imbued with love and good intentions. Have you ever noticed that your mother or grandmother sang or hummed while she prepared a meal? This is not arbitrary, this is instinct, and deeply ancestral. In ancient times, I know in my heart, the women who prepared the food instinctively invested harmonic sounds into the foods they prepared and with their strong beliefs and love, transformed the vegetables, meat, and foods in their hands into pure edible gold.
The point in all this is not to stop eating those beautiful and lovingly, ethically cultivated organic foods, and nor is it to deter anyone from standing firm in the beliefs they have about food and ethical food choices that empower them to embody their beliefs and core values. Instead, the heart of this message is to see food for what it is, in whatever form it appears. Food is always the result of something that was once alive, becoming an expression of energy that will sustain our own lives.
Approach it with gratitude, approach it with love, approach it with songs, and approach it with creativity. Whenever you get the chance, allow your food to be understood in the context of what it is- life. And be empowered and nourished in that knowing.