Monday, May 17, 2010
Thoughts: Nutrition and Spirituality
Here is an interesting article by James Redfield the Author of The Celestine Prophecy, The 10th InSight and The Secrets of Shambala, regarding pH Miracle Living and what he calls the Spiritual theory of food.
Most of those reading this article would agree that a new spiritual awareness is emerging in human culture. We believe that human beings are essentially spiritual beings slowly awakening from the mistaken idea that we are material beings living in a material world. We are made up atoms, which are much more mysterious than we ever thought, consisting of so-called elementary particles of minuscule size separated by mostly empty space.
What most physicists are understanding of course, is that these particles, rather than being material are actually fields (patterns) of energy. At our core, we humans are not made of matter at all, at least not in the ordinary sense. We consist of a most fascinating and mysterious energy that is capable of shifting and changing dramatically. How else can we explain the numerous documented cases of wounds healing and tumors disappearing suddenly in our bodies - and not in days or weeks but instantaneously.
We are spiritual beings learning how to conceive of ourselves as spiritual, and to live in a way that increases our energy and raises the level of our vibration toward ever higher ranges. In fact most of us believe that the systematic progress in energy level, generation by generation, is what animates human evolution. Our destiny as a species is to eventually achieve a state of vibration so high as to be pure light, just like the mystics and prophecies of every religion have indicated. We know, finally, what human life is all about.
Interestingly, as this awareness increases, an old issue is again rising to the fore. If we are essentially spiritual beings learning to vibrate at a level of light itself. How does food and nutrition relate to this process. Can we eat anything we want and still increase our energy levels? Despite the common idea that we can somehow transmute bad food into good, I believe most of us realize that our diets have to somehow be congruent with the spiritual reality of our being and destiny.
For some time now, I've been looking for a higher more evolved spiritual theory of food. And recently I have discovered the work of Robert O. Young, who I think takes us a long way toward just such an understanding.
I would characterize Dr. Young's theories as complex and yet simple. On the one hand, he is a respected biological researcher who knows the chemistry of the human body, but on the other, he has reduced these complexities to a simple understanding that there is only one disease that ever afflicts humans, and only one cure. I would add, as well, that there is only one diet, which solves all the problems of obesity, and why the usual ways of dieting don't work, and healthy weight maintenance.
That truth is this: health can be measured in one basic way, whether our tissues are more acidic in PH or more alkaline. And that condition is determined in large part by the kinds of foods we eat. You see, when the foods we eat are utilized by our cells, they leave an ash that is either acid or alkaline. If it is alkaline, it is easily handled by the body and kept in balance. But if it is acid, it is extremely toxic and throws the body into stress and eventual disease and decline.
What's amazing is that Dr. Young broadens this truth to include the larger picture of what happens during human disease -- including both infectious diseases and such chronic ailments as arteriosclerosis, cancer, and AIDS -- and how germs and microbes all fit into this process. To begin with, Dr. Young explains the shortcomings of the Germ Theory of disease advanced by Louis Pasteur, which essentially states that we live in a world where dangerous bugs exist out there that can invade our bodies, overwhelm our defenses, and kill us.
Current scientific evidence presented by Dr. Young shows something different. Microbes live in our bodies all the time, and change form into bacteria, viruses, yeast, or mold as the internal environment changes. In healthy bodies these microbes are inert, or have positive roles in cell and gene repair. But when our body tissues become overly acidic, these microbes come alive and take on a different purpose in the body, a role which is perfectly logical if you think about it: they are there to decompose dead tissue and recycle it back into the soil of the earth. That is what Dr. Young means by only one disease. When our tissues become overly acidic, this is the condition that all organisms go into just before death, so the microbes inside get the signal that we are dying and go into action to decompose us. The symptoms would begin at the weakest link in our bodies, so it might start with any of the diseases humans get. But in reality there is only the one disease: over acidification that tells the microbes we are ready to die and decompose.
Dr. Young shows that every disease is associated with this process in one way or another, and in this light, such mysteries as auto immune disorders like arthritis, as well as cancer and AIDS, become understandable. Arthritis happens when the immune system desperately tries to get rid of acidic tissues. AIDS is a systematic overwhelming of the immune system by microbes flourishing in an acid environment, and cancer is one of the end point diseases. What happens when an organism (an animal or a piece of lettuce left out of the refrigerator) decomposes? It Molds. Cancer is our tissues molding! If, then, there is only one disease, there is only one cure: the re-alkalization of our tissues. To do this we have to begin to eat foods which are alkaline in nature, food that Dr. Young has carefully researched. They are just the ones you wound expect, what I have called alive foods: fresh, green vegetables, the juices of green sprouts, such as barley and wheat and soy, and beans and peas of all kinds. The killers are moldy, stored grains, breads that turn into sugars that feed the yeast in our bodies. Meats and milk products, liquors, and some nuts and other sugars as well. If you think you are being healthy by drinking a lot of the sweet fruits and juices, you should think again. They create an acidic tissue environment.
If you are interested in these ideas, I would suggest that you look into Dr. Young's work directly. Is he right about everything? I don't know... You will have to check into them for yourself. What I am endorsing is his theory of nutrition and the relationships between health, energy, disease, and diet. I believe that this theory will ultimately gain supremacy in human culture and science.
We have crossed a threshold of understanding. If we believe we are spiritual beings here to further evolution toward an ever higher human energy level, then we now know how what we eat is related to this mission, and its implication for how well we can pull it off. Changing what we eat is difficult. Each of us must make a choice. We are either raising our energy and expanding our aliveness or we are in the process of decomposition.
- James Redfield Author, The Celestine Prophecy, The 10th InSight, The Secrets of Shambala.
Challenges: The truth is out. There is no way to go back to sleep.
Triumphs: “Zen. . . does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) The Way of Zen, 1957
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Buckwheat pancakes with agave syrup! Mmm mmm mmm!
Lunch: A beet, carrot, celery, ginger juice. Chocolate cookies with peanuts.
Dinner: Kale from the garden I am growing with avocado. Mmm nothing beats a fresh green from your very own garden!
Dessert: No dessert.
Recipe: Recipe for Chocolate Cookies with peanuts will be in the earth diet book that is released in November this year.
Exercise: I exercised my lungs by taking deep breaths :)
169 days to go!!!