It might seem a little strange linking food to spirituality. Perhaps it’s even a totally foreign concept to you; food is often reduced to the nutrients they contain, or seen as fuel for the body. Hey, you probably just eat for your taste buds! I was that person, too – until a few health issues made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body.
In fact, spiritual nutrition can be summed up as complete nourishment. Nourishment for everything that we are, all aspects of who we are, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically. In short, good nutrition creates health in all areas of our lives.
Why does this matter?
On its most fundamental level, when food passes from farmer, to cook, to dinner plate, it continues to grow and change on a spiritual and energetic level. The more we’re able to preserve food at its highest vibration (minimally processed / organic / pasture-raised / wild-caught / free-range) the more this vibrant life-force energy is passed onto us (just think of how you feel when you eat the foods that make you happy compared to the ones that make you feel lethargic and irritable afterwards).
While it’s not always possible, affordable or even accessible to eat foods that are as close to its natural state, by being conscious of where your food is coming from, and how it’s prepared, can help you appreciate what effect it can have on your physiology.
Take the case of cow’s milk, for example. Cows are often injected with large amounts of steroids and antibiotics, which automatically get passed on their milk. Most cows also feed off pesticide-infested grass. The milk therefore can contain pus from cows that have mastitis, which is also treated with antibiotics. While cows are treated with drugs, not all bacteria can be destroyed. Knowing this, can you imagine what affect it can have on our bodies?
Below are four radical ideas about food from The Mystic Cookbook, a new book written by Denise Linn and her daughter Meadow Linn, that might make you rethink food in a whole new light:
1. Studies have shown that music can affect plant growth. When soothing music was played to one group of plants, they flourished. Another group of plants heard only hard rock music, and they grew weak and sickly. The plants actually had a physical response to the music, which means it’s highly likely that plants also pick up on the energy and vibrations of the people that tend them. (If you like reading about how your environment can influence the state of your health, you might like to read this remarkable story about a Greek man with cancer who outlived the doctors who tried to treat him.)
2. Where is your food coming from? The egg – bought home by you, and cracked into a hot frying pan for your morning breakfast – absorbs energy from the foraging hen, the woman who raised the flock, and the land that grew the grass the hen consumed. However, an egg that was laid by a caged hen, transported in a semi-truck across several states, and packaged in a warehouse before arriving at your grocery store will have a different kind of energy. Your food has had many adventures before reaching your dining table, and one can impact its vibratory rate.
3. Using a microwave can also affect the energetic characteristics of food. A common science project for schoolchildren is to water one plant with regular tap water and another with water that’s been microwaved and cooled. In nearly every experiment, the plant that receives the microwaved water becomes weak and often ends up dying. While there’s still much debate on the health risks using a microwave oven, infusing it with electrical and magnetic energy will affect its overall energetic characteristics.
4. Your body hears you… and believes you. Your physical form has an innate consciousness, and in many ways, it trusts what you tell it. Your body knows how you feel about your food and will metabolise it differently based on your mood and your feelings about what your ingesting. French people’s lack of food anxiety (combined with smaller portion sizes) is a significant factor in their ability to consume rich foods without detrimental health risks (aka ‘The French Paradox’).
I’ll leave you now with one of my favourite quotes on food: