At the retreat I attended recently at the Tree of Life I heard Gabriel Cousens talk many times about moving from the Culture of Death (where much of society is) to the Culture of Life (his vision for a healthier possibility). This seemed to so clearly describe something I’ve seen throughout my life, and especially as I’ve traveled this summer.
For almost 20 years I’ve chosen to live in places like Santa Cruz, Boulder, and Topanga (LA) where organic food and spiritual seekers are commonplace. So whenever I leave these spots I admit I have some culture shock!
Since leaving LA 2 1/2 months ago, the thing I miss most are all the bright and shiny, radiant people. I know LA gets criticized for being superficial and materialistic but since living there I am convinced that being beautiful and radiant is the NORMAL way to be.
I’m not talking about fake boobs and plastic surgery.
I have also heard the term “spiritual materialism,” usually used as a criticism, but I am coming to feel like a proponent of spiritual materialism… perhaps in a new way!
I think those who use that phrase critically are talking about those who pretend to be spiritual out of greed, or who are all talk and no action, as an ego-boost rather than a deep soul calling. I’m not a fan of that.
But as I’ve been traveling, I am so yearning to see more light shining through people’s bodies! We are light and so often I’ve wanted to scream, “Let it out!” I love to see people with their lights turned on who are also grounded in their bodies.
Seeing so many people and places, I’ve realized unfortunately how uncommon that is. I’ve witnessed what a mass agreement there is to, to use Gabriel’s words, “the Culture of Death.”
For example, visiting beautiful places like Yellowstone I was saddened to see the cafeterias serving Cokes, chips and sandwiches (white bread and processed meat and cheese), and how grumpy lots of the tourists were. I’d be grumpy too if I ate that! And I’ve seen how having money and opportunity does not always mean enjoying or really HAVING what one has.
We are what we eat and when we eat foods filled with light (living, raw foods) we shine more radiantly. When we eat grounding foods (which may include proteins, root vegetables or whole grains), we tend to be more grounded.
For the record, I have also seen many raw foodists and spiritually-oriented people who seem so far “out there”, in denial or rejection of the body and I’m not a fan of that either!
Every food has energetic qualities which, when ingested, enhance that same energy within you and your body. For example, this is why root vegetables help us root, or why bee pollen and seeds are said to increase fertility.
When one eats mostly processed food with little life force, one has little life force and a feeling of numbness. There is no blame in this. Most of our culture agrees to do this, and so in addition to the vulnerability that comes with feeling, there is also a fear of being alone and disconnected if we don’t go along with everyone else.
The truth is though that once we feel, we connect so fully with ourselves that the world begins to mirror this connection. We may need to make new friends, but those friends are out there!
I’ve realized that most people haven’t even experienced other options. Never mind Yellowstone, go into the typical grocery store across the country and there is very little organic, chemical-free, unprocessed food!
Go into a typical gathering and people are bonding over suffering, complaining together as a means of connecting (if the TV is off and they’re even talking)! When I notice this happening, with my clients or in my life, I tend to redirect the energy because I see so many more life-enhancing ways of connecting and expressing our precious energy.
So perhaps today, ask yourself what type of feeling would make you feel good (for instance: grounding, cleansing, or stimulating?) and then ask what foods seem to match that feeling. Try them and see how you feel.
Ask yourself what patterns you feel stuck in and see if you can cut back on foods you’ve been choosing that seem to match those patterns. For instance, the term “couch potato” is quite telling!
Food or otherwise, are there choices you’ve been making that have been bringing you down? Perhaps today, ask yourself what new choices you could make to enhance your life?
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