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Whatever we feed our bod-
ies plays a critical role in our
state of physical and emotional
health. Diet also impacts our
spiritual awareness and energy
in important ways. The relation-
ship between food, health and
spirituality are taught in many
wisdom traditions, from the yogis
of India to the ancient Essenes.
They all agree the earth was cre-
ated to provide an abundance of
natural foods that extend human
life, strengthen health and even
expand consciousness.
When humanity turns away
from natural life and stops feast-
ing on nature's blessings, sick-
ness, old age and early death
may result. When an abundance
of fresh, raw and living foods are
consumed, these conditions can
be improved, eliminated or re-
versed. This is the divine prom-
ise given by the One who has
created the earth, the plants, the
trees and all life. It is also the
experience of millions of people
who have discovered the life-
giving energy of these natural
delights.
Spiritual consciousness en-
compasses compassionate life,
an active awareness of our in-
herent oneness with each other
and with our sacred Earth. Rais-
ing sentient animals as a food
industry for hundreds of millions
of people has resulted in severe
environmental pollution of the
earth and its waterways.
When consumed for food,
animal flesh introduces foreign
proteins, cholesterol and fats
that are difficult for the body
to process, and may result in
degenerative condi-
tions of all kinds. These
animals suffer in sad
conditions, and the re-
sulting product is often
contaminated with a
variety of bacteria that
can cause acute illness
in humans.
The spirit within the
human being may also
be altered in a pro-
found way when meat is con-
sumed. As all things are formed
of vibrations, so the food we eat
contains vibrations of its own
that will be merged into the
body as we digest it. The residual
energies of fear, shock and death
linger in the cells of meat and
increase these vibrations in the
body of the human who eats it.
Animal consciousness also
enters in and subtly alters behav-
iors and beliefs. For centuries,
spiritual masters have pointed to
a plant-based diet as most ap-
propriate for attaining balanced
health and dynamic spiritual
growth.
The natural diet, which feeds
the mind, body and spirit the
most nourishing foods, consists
of plants that are raw and living.
Raw foods are fruits, vegetables,
nuts and seeds that have not
been heated above 120°. Living
foods include sprouted grains,
seeds, legumes and wheat, bar-
ley and other cereal grasses.
These vital foods contain an
abundance of essential enzymes,
vitamins and minerals in forms
that are superior for human ab-
sorption and nutrition. Raw and
living foods are sacred gifts from
our creator that can restore the
body to vigorous health and
bring us closer to the
source of divine con-
sciousness.
Dark green foods
and juices are par-
ticularly significant in
spiritual transforma-
tion. First, they quick-
ly purify and alkalize
the physical body. As
consumption contin-
ues, the body is tak-
ing in greater solar light. The
sun is transmuted into chloro-
phyll in the green plants. The
sun's powerful energy is what
the body and spirit are receiv-
ing from these foods.
The more we eat dark green
vegetables, grasses and juices,
the more vitality we feel. The
spirit thrives on nutrition derived
from light and can gain this most
easily by eating the plants direct-
ly in whole or juiced form, while
they are fresh and alive.
In addition to greens, a vari-
ety of fresh fruits and vegetables
are recommended daily. Sprouts,
such as sunflower, alfalfa and
broccoli are also important.
Among other qualities, they are
filled with antioxidants that com-
bat free radical damage. Sprouts
are considered alchemically to
be among the most potent foods
for quickening spiritual aware-
ness.
Other foods that are particu-
larly good for the soul include
spirulina, chlorella, blue-green
algae, and sea vegetables of
all kinds. The deep blue-green
color of these foods reveal its
relation to the spiritual energy
of the body, which is associated
esoterically to that same color.
Sea vegetables include Hijiki,
Arame, Kelp and Sea Palm. They
provide essential minerals in a
form most compatible with the
human body.
The connections between
food and spirit are many, just as
the human being and human-
ity as a whole are deeply con-
nected to Mother Earth. When a
diet of raw, organic, living foods
is eaten, awareness of this unity
is increased. Organically-grown
vegetables, grains, fruits, seeds
and nuts do not harm the Earth.
Growing food with conscious
awareness of our partnership
with the sacred Earth, as is done
in biodynamic farming, actually
improves the condition of the
soil and increases the nutrition-
al value of the food.
If you want to jump-start your
energy and feel the difference
this lighter consciousness can
bring, begin adding more raw
foods to your diet. A daily, morn-
ing smoothie with mixed fruit
and greens, or green food pow-
ders such as dried grass or spir-
ulina, is a great beginning.
Since health authorities ad-
vise that the typical diet is de-
pleted and in need of more fruits
and vegetables, you have every-
thing to gain no matter what you
are currently eating. Raw food
resources are gaining in promi-
nence daily, and temptingly tasty
dishes can be created as well as
simple salads. You will be feast-
ing on natural goodness as the
body rejuvenates, and the spirit
within awakens.
The views expressed are not a
substitute for professional health-
care guidance or treatment.
Rev. Chavah Aima is an expert
on healthy lifestyles, raw foods
and enlightened life special-
izing in health for mind, body
and spirit. An ordained minis-
ter and founder of the nonprofit
Enlightened Life Sanctuary in
Austin, Texas, she has for years
taught students from around the
world ancient and esoteric se-
crets of healthy living. She spent
14 years studying a wide variety
of Eastern and Western esoter-
ic systems, including Hermetic
Kabbalah, Rosicrucian Alche-
my, Kundalini Yoga and Tantra,
through a private mystery school.
In 2005 she created Alchemical
Yoga® to help people apply the
practices of ancient spiritual
systems. Her latest book is "Liv-
ing Light: The 21-Day Alchemi-
cal Regeneration Plan."
Visit: www.enlightenedlife.org
and www.alchemicalyoga.com and
her blog at chavahaima.plumbsocial.
com. You may also contact Chavah at
chavah@enlightenedlife.org
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