Returning to our Roots . . .
The Evolution of
Environmental Consciousness
By Kosa Ely



Growing up in Laguna Beach in the 60’s and 70’s was a unique experience I value to this day. At that time Laguna was the hub of art, vegetarianism, and individuality.

Over the years I’ve observed and participated with pleasure in the organic food revolution, the alternative medicine evolution, and the dawning of a new age of consciousness. From a historical perspective, however, none of this is new.

As far as the organic food revolution, we have had a brief eighty years since the introduction of chemical insecticides and fertilizers. Prior to World War I, almost all of our farming was organic, and most of it sustainable.

A farmer friend of mine shared his observations with me. “Using pesticides doesn’t kill most of the bugs, they’re just smart enough to leave and go elsewhere. Now the humans, on the other hand, are ‘so intelligent’ that they spray poisons on the food they grow, and then they eat it. Makes you stop and ask, ‘Who’s more intelligent, the insects or the humans?’”

To refrain from spraying poison on our food and to support farmers who avoid such behavior is just common sense. And it’s important for the future of our planet. After all, these poisons do not go away, but show up again and again in our air, our soil, and our rivers.

As for ‘alternative’ medicine, it is primarily based on ancient modalities and therapies that have withstood the test of time. Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbal remedies, to name a few, are no longer restricted to their countries of origin, but are reaching around the world to benefit our global community. I find it intriguing that these proven systems of medicine and healing are labeled as ‘alternative.’

Our indigenous brothers and sisters the world over live in harmony with the earth, partaking of wild foods that are both nourishing and medicinal. It is interesting to note that they are not plagued with the degenerative diseases that have enveloped our technological societies. Among a whole list of reasons, their wild food and medicinal herb intake plays a significant part. Along with boosting the immune system, Rainforest shamans believe that eating wild forest plants balances the energetic frequencies of the body and connects them to the earth and the heavens.

While we may not have direct experience of the benefit of wild foods, some of the latest research on the development and functioning of the human brain reveals that our brains do in fact require wild foods. Researchers have found wild foods to be in a category by themselves.

I asked Christian Opitz, biochemist, author and lecturer on wild foods, to explain why. “The bio-energetics and life force of wild foods is unique. You can survive on a diet devoid of wild foods, but then the body must go through adaptations and that adaptation is what Dr. Hans Selye called the stress response. In the 1950’s Dr. Selye showed that the brain of modern people is in a state of constant stress that would only be useful in a life-threatening situation.

“This stress response severely limits the body’s ability to self heal, and also contributes to a feeling of existential separation from everything in one’s environment. In the stress response state the parietal lobes of the brain are chronically overactive. The natural function of the parietal lobes is to give us a sense of physical boundaries so we can discern our body from other objects. While this is necessary for functioning in daily life, over activity of this brain center leads to over identifying with one’s physical body, and a feeling of separation from everything else. This is why the experience of connectedness is so rare for modern people.

“The inclusion of wild foods in one’s diet can directly contribute to an experience of feeling connected. Only wild foods contain the subtle energies and nutrients that enable the body to attune itself to its original design. This original design naturally includes a consistent experience of balance, harmony, and connectedness to all life.”  

For suburb and city dwellers, what is our chance of finding wild foods in our neighborhoods? How do we add them to our daily diet?

If you are adventurous, there are wild edible foods in fields and forests everywhere. Check the internet, your local library or bookstore, to learn what’s available near you.

Through the internet you can find wild food companies that ship their products directly to you. My favorite is wild harvested foods and herbs from the Amazon Rainforest, delivered to my door. Having personally experienced the benefits of eating wild foods daily, I believe this will be the next stage of our natural health evolution.

The emergence of the new age of consciousness is an opportunity for us to return to our roots, to accept conscious living, conscious eating, and conscious medicine.

It is an awakening of our relationship with the earth, and with our global family.

We each have the responsibility to be stewards of the earth, and to leave a living planet for the generations to come. After all, we are only guests here.

It is to those who tread lightly on the earth, and who listen to her songs, it is they who enjoy the bounty of the earth and know her secrets. It is they who find harmony and peace within, here on earth and in the heavens.

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