February 25, 2015
Food as Medicine: Consciousness Based Healthcare and Diet
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” – Hippocrates
How Does Food Impact our Bodymind?
From the beginning of time, food, herbs and other substances have been used to facilitate health and healing. The ancient tradition of Ayurveda finds its roots almost 10,000 years ago in the ancient Vedas. Chinese medicine and western herbology also date back thousands of years. These have a proven track record of improving the health of mankind and studies now confirm those clinical findings. Their efficacy is also reflected in the development of integrative and orthomolecular medicine.
That what a person ingests has an impact on their physiological, mental and emotional function is clearly evident when examining the ingestion of certain drugs or alcohol. It can also be seen in the effectiveness of many prescription drugs. What one ingests typically has a profound impact on one’s life.
Owning Your Experiential reality – a Self Experiment
The response to substances like foods, herbs, and supplements varies by individual and largely depends on the belief systems a person holds about them.
To discover one’s response to food simply start a one person case study: when ingesting certain foods notice the overall reactions that one has. If one is not sure if the substances ingested have any impact, one can also try a substance like alcohol to see where one stands experientially in being affected by substances. If one has reached a state of an unconditional diet (more on this below) no substance would affect the bodymind. In contrast, if an effect is noticed one can own one’s experiential reality as being at the effect of substances.
The Individual Diet
“Every division of medicine is bolstered by a set of principles based upon theoretical ideas and practical experience in dealing with patients. One of these principles in orthomolecular medicine is individuality: the fact that every person is unique and has different nutrient requirements and responds differently to treatment.” – Abram Hoffer
Anyone interested in food as medicine or in diet has likely encountered different claims of what constitutes a “healthy diet”. Many of these claims include case studies, often including the author himself, “proving” the effectiveness of the approach. Oftentimes, recommendations from different sources are in direct conflict with each other.
The reason for this is simple – there is no healthy diet that is applicable for everyone. Diet is extremely individual and depends on several factors, especially belief systems and current societal trends.
People are exposed to a range of ideas of what constitutes a healthy diet. These come from one’s parents, the media, friends, or other sources. As a simple exercise one can ask oneself “what is a healthy diet?” and be open to what arises from the subconscious. This will give a first clue and indicator of what one believes a healthy diet is. What arises will be different for everyone.
Unfortunately, following such a “healthy diet” may not lead to the effects intended. This is the case because deeper layers in the subconscious hold even further beliefs that we are not aware of. These belief systems that are at the “bottom of the barrel” are what a person has no conscious control over – one is affected by them without being aware of their existence.
All belief systems are not created equal. They have different relative strengths in their ability to impact us. The degree of impact has mainly to do with their pervasiveness in society. A belief system that everyone believes in will be stronger in its effects than one held by few.
One of the strongest sources of impact for belief systems today comes from science, especially the often revered “evidenced based” approaches. Current western society has, to a large extent, made science their religion and sees “evidenced based” statements as the gold standard of truth. This means that these belief systems, also known as “scientific findings”, have a strong impact on one’s beliefs about a healthy diet.
What is the solution? Look within. Rather than research all the literature available on healthy diets to “find the right one” instead search within your own self for your unique answer.
Mindfulness, Intuition & Kinesiology: Finding Your Own Healthy Diet
The approach suggested at the Health and Healing Clinic is to find your unique healthy diet while broadening your ideas of what is healthy for you (see “Unconditional Diet”). While it is important to notice that your healthiest diet will change over time, an individual and integrated approach can help no matter where you are on your healing journey.
This can be accomplished by different means including a consciousness based healthcare session (especially Parama Bodytalk), training in mindfulness, as well as intuition and the utilization of kinesiology (“muscle testing”).
Consciousness Based Healthcare & Diet
Consciousness based healthcare sessions like Parama Bodytalk remove factors that hamper one’s ability to use food as medicine. These factors can include stressors, physiological functioning, the microbiome as well as specific belief systems. Another aspect of consciousness based healthcare is to help a client move more and more into an “Unconditional Diet” where one is no longer at the effect of certain food substances.
In addition, consciousness based healthcare can help find the right diet at any given time. For example, Parama Bodytalk techniques can allow the patient to naturally learn what is healthy for them, and over time they will find they are increasingly attracted to healthy foods.
Another aspect in the process of utilizing food as medicine is the process of digestion itself. Consciousness based healthcare can directly support any aspect of the digestive process including the body ecology of the mouth, stomach and intestines. Consciousness based healthcare also treats food allergies and intolerances and can improve digestion overall.
The treatment of the body’s ecology is a specialization within Bodytalk. Within this specialization various bacteria, fungi, viruses and even parasites can be treated and balanced to increase digestion and overall health. Approaches described in books like the “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, the “Body Ecology Diet” or the “Microbiome Diet” support this same healing, however the impact comes much slower and with more effort.
Kinesiology & Diet
Kinesiology (also known as “muscle testing”) is a fundamental aspect of consciousness based healthcare. It is a process where muscle biofeedback obtains a “yes or not yes” response to a question. This response is possible because information itself is nonlocal and able to be accessed by consciousness. For this reason Dr. David R. Hawkins has named this process “consciousness research”. Kinesiology can allow a practitioner to access what the body needs as opposed to what the practitioner, client, or medical system might think it needs.
In applying kinesiology to diet one simply would familiarize oneself with the practice of muscle testing and especially self-testing. One then can practice testing which foods and food combinations would be the best ones to eat at any given time (in effect asking “is it a priority to eat/ingest this?”).
For most people there exists a degree of error in using kinesiology, especially in the beginning. All testing results should be weighed against a common sense approach (e.g. do not test whether you can eat arsenic!). As testing becomes more second nature and more reliable one will also find that one will increasingly know intuitively what foods to eat at any given time.
Intuition & Eating
Through the mechanism of intuition a person can access deeper layers of information, even from the subconscious. Once intuition has been honed one can then simply follow that intuition.
Initially, belief systems, attractions, aversions and cravings will impede access to one’s intuitive awareness. However, the more these are removed the more reliable one’s intuition can become. One can always ask oneself whether this is really the best food to eat at this time (is it “priority”?) or is it a craving or a food that one believes “should be eaten”? With radical self-honesty one can become clearer about one’s motives and hence receive more reliable intuitive awareness.
While it is not possible to train one’s intuition, it is possible to clear away factors that are blocking intuitive awareness. Many psychological, spiritual or consciousness-based practices are intended to do so. Formal programs that harness the power of intuition are Mindscape, the Silva Method and clinical hypnotherapy (based on Milton Erickson’s approaches). Consciousness based healthcare also clears away blocks and allows a clearer intuitive awareness.
Mindfulness & Food
Simple mindfulness practice also strengthens insight and awareness. The practice of mindfulness through the quality of observation itself deeply affects any area of life. Whenever the power of awareness rests laser-like on something, changes begin immediately. Hence, mindfulness applied to eating will directly affect one’s diet and eating habits. Mindfulness practice will not only directly affect the food we eat over time (“observation changes the outcome”) but also will harness the power of intuition and clear away the debris of self-delusional perception in regards to food and other areas of life.
Mindfulness is not limited to the food we eat but also how we eat or even how we cook. Mindful cooking is a key way a person can use food as carrier of intention for healing.
A person came to the Health and Healing Clinic to “find the best physical lifestyle for them”. As part of the healing session Parama Bodytalk was used to “search and retrieve” all factors and belief systems regarding what a healthful diet is for that person. These factors were then anchored into the brain to bring them to conscious awareness. These factors were also connected to the energy of “feeling drawn” to this optimal diet. In this instance, this was a “learning formula” that learns as the client eats different foods. Over the course of the 6 months following the treatment the client naturally developed a taste for a “green leafy” based diet and moved away from the standard American diet because “it didn’t taste right anymore”.
Food as Carrier of Intention
“Food is Consciousness” – Ayurvedic Principle (Vasant Laad)
Food, like any substance, is deeply affected by intention. When a person enters one of the great cathedrals or a Buddhist temple one can feel a palpable energetic difference because of the intention towards devotion of the people who built and use the space. The work of Dr. Tiller in particular has found that intention can be “imprinted” on physical objects. This is a critical principle in using food as medicine. Any herbs (or medication), prescribed will invariably have a different effect if imbued with intention.
In practice the practitioner or Doctor holds an intention about a certain effect as well as the intention to imprint it unto the medicine. Because of the background knowledge and understanding of the practitioner this creates a morphic field or a “carrier wave” that the patient’s bodymind will interact with when ingesting the substance.
This principle can also be found in homeopathy where the morphic field of the substance is still present due to the focus, intention and understanding of the producer. In a similar way a consciousness based healthcare practitioner can utilize the morphic fields of various substances for healing during a session, even without the substances physically present. This principle is used in Parama Bodytalk where a specific substance is utilized by focused and intention, creating a morphic field that directly affects a certain aspect of the client’s bodymind.
Applying These Principles to Your Own Diet
This principle of imprinting a morphic field through intention onto a substance can be used by the patient in daily application when eating. The focus and intent of transforming the food into “medicine” is the key. While the patient may lack the depth of understanding and fixity of focus to impact the food as strongly as a consciousness based healthcare practitioner, there is still a significant effect. Prayers over the food at mealtimes have historically played this role but the concept can be broadened to suit all spiritual pathways. As an example the Holy Spirit can be invited to transform the food (e.g. we “invoke the Spirit to transform this food so when we eat this food we become completely nourished, completely healed, and total servants of Thee O Lord”).
The Unconditional Diet
An Unconditional Diet is a diet where the substances ingested no longer have an effect on the physiological, mental, or emotional functioning of a person. One has become “immune” to the effect of the substances ingested. Furthermore, a process called transmutation has taken effect. Dr. John Veltheim describes the process of transmutation as a process whereby a person will transmute any substance ingested into the ingredients a body needs for functioning. This was exemplified by a native tribe in South America that lived solely on corn products, but not only had all nutrients their body needed when this was measured, they even had those that are found within corn itself. Interestingly, after this tribe was educated that their food was lacking certain nutrients, these nutrients were soon no longer found in their body. (Veltheim, Parama Unit2)
“All healing begins in the gut” – Hippocrates
The importance of utilizing substances like daily food, medicinal herbs, as well as other products, such as medication, has been used by all major healing systems throughout time. The seeming disparity in their approaches reflects the individual nature of medicine. The Health and Healing Clinic acknowledges this highly individual aspect and hence meets a client wherever they are on their healing journey whether this is overcoming major food allergies, using food and herbs as medicine or moving towards an Unconditional Diet.