Redefining ‘Food for Thought’

Redefining ‘Food for Thought’

I’m pretty sure most people would consider food to be all the usual things we buy at our local grocery store such as your typical meats, fruits, vegetables, grains and the like. But what I have come to realise and feel so much more is how our whole body acts like a giant receptor for the energy that comes into it through all of our senses, not merely via the mouth into our stomachs. And by ‘all our senses’ I am including our most very important ‘sixth sense’ – you know, the one that tells you someone is feeling depressed before they even utter a word to confirm it, or the one that smells something ‘fishy’ when a lawmaker is making a promise, but you get the sense that he is not being genuine.

This antenna of truth we colloquially refer to as the ‘sixth sense’ could actually be considered to be our most important, as the energy that enters it provides us the feedback that we then feel in the form of various sensations, telling us if they jive or not with what we know to be true. A still and more settled body therefore provides us with a more sensitive ‘receptor’ to distinguish whether or not an outside energy disturbs it or not, and this is more difficult to fool than our five other main bodily senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Anyone can say or sing something that may be appealing to the ear for another person, but that doesn’t mean that what they are delivering is truthful or beneficial for our bodies.

And this leads to the next aspect of this sharing, which is that there have been many times when, after having a challenging or stressful day at work, I used to find myself listening to music that I had not heard for years – music which interestingly matched the melancholy mood I was in, or evoked a feeling of being ‘taken away’ in an attempt to escape from something that was emotionally coming up for me to deal with via the events of the day, but which I was avoiding by listening to that type of music. The vibration of the music was therefore synonymous with ‘eating’ any other type of food, as it was going into my body and having a direct effect on the quality of my consciousness and state of being.

When we consider how the human body is comprised of approximately 75% water, and that researchers such as Dr Masaru Emoto have already proven that water can hold the vibration of consciousness in the form of various patterns of ice crystals based on the mental and emotional state of being of the people holding the water (1), it comes as no surprise that sound in all its forms (through speech, music, industry, nature sounds, etc.) has a tremendous effect on us in many ways.

Emoto’s work has even been further validated in that water holds energetic memories by experiments done at the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart. At this research centre they took microscopic images of water droplets placed by various people and amazingly each person’s droplets displayed a unique energetic pattern that was different from the others’, even though they were pulled from the same source of water! When different flowers were placed in the water and microscopically imaged afterwards, each flower left its unique pattern in the water droplets, even after the flower was removed, and these patterns were consistently displayed in all the samples from that flower (2). The implications of this research are quite staggering as it is showing us how our state of consciousness, in fact our every thought, creates an energetic imprint that directly affects our world around us, and especially our own physiology.

One could conclude from this that it is indeed possible that we ingest these thoughts and words spoken from others. Along with their state of being and vibration, they travel on into our bodies when we interact with each other. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of an angry outburst or emotional tirade could attest to this reaction inside of them.

I’m sure most people can relate to how they feel in their bodies after watching some grotesque, bloody and violent horror film compared to watching something like a BBC nature documentary on the Amazonian rainforest. But what we don’t always take into account is that these visual stimuli are just as much a form of nourishment (or not, in the case of the horror film) as eating a fresh homemade salad. When we bombard our eyes with visual stimulation in the form of violence and disregard for the human body, one can’t help but understand how these things become accepted as social norms, as if to say “Well, that’s just the way it is in the world.” Although these things are indeed unfortunately prevalent, it is most certainly not ‘normal’. It’s not just the violence that can have a lasting effect either. I know that when I have caught myself mentally checking out on YouTube videos under the guise of ‘doing research’, it has left me feeling disconnected from my body, as if I had really neglected it. It also affects our body posture while we are zoning out on those things, which leads to a contraction in us that lets in an energy that sometimes does not feel like it belongs (hence the zombie-like state many people are seen in while watching TV for long periods of time).

Moving on to our olfactory senses, I can definitely attest to how yucky I have felt in the past after not wearing proper respiratory protection while using toxic chemicals at work, and also how calming the smell of lavender flowers are, or how the aroma of an Indian curry dish calls me into the kitchen. All these smells have a direct effect on our state of mind and how we feel in general. This is the basis of modalities like aromatherapy, using essential oils as a form of healing. Like the difference between a tender caress of one’s fingers through their partner’s hair compared to a harsh slap on the back between mates, the quality of these different movements can also have profoundly different results on our bodies, just as those of various scents. In fact, moving our body in a gentle and rhythmic way, focusing on touching and moving objects in this manner, can act like the best medicine for our body, cascading it in this gentleness as opposed to the hardness that can enter it via the manipulation of things with harshness.

If we consider all these sensory forms of ‘intake’, and hold the view of our whole body as a unified, delicate instrument that receives energy in all its forms, it really can change the way we approach our day and inspire us to only expose it to a quality that will enable it to stay settled, still, and open to expressing and receiving more love in our lives.

So perhaps it would be true to say that ‘food for thought’ could just as easily be converted into ‘thought for food’, as all the energies that our six senses receive can change our thoughts in a way that either supports us or takes us further away from our true harmonious and loving way of being. Those deviating thoughts can then continue this downward cycle by encouraging us to ‘eat’ things, via food and our other senses, that further numb or de-sensitise us in an attempt to not feel how we have been disconnected from ourselves or to avoid feeling the pain of a past emotional hurt. It all comes down to a choice; to feed ourselves with sensory inputs and experiences that either dull and mask who we truly are, or inspire us to express from our true essence, claiming our Divine origins.

OMG! Where’s My Wallet?

OMG! Where’s My Wallet?

You calmly reach into your jacket or maybe even the glove box of your car for your wallet, only to find it mysteriously missing, even though you could swear that you put it in that exact spot after the last time you used it. “No big deal, it must be in my other jeans inside the house,” you say to yourself, albeit in a self-convincing manner that already feels to be one that is losing confidence… rapidly. Before you know it, you are desperately looking in every nook and cranny of the house, ripping through drawers, cabinets and closets until the whole place looks like it has just been through an FBI drug raid!

I imagine I am not the only one who has gone through at least a semblance of the above scenario, whether it be via lost keys, credit card or even sunglasses, but after recently experiencing similar situations with both a seemingly lost passport and credit card, I decided to open up my own little investigation (minus the FBI tactics) to get to the bottom of why this has been a recurrent theme throughout my adult life. My amateur detective hunch was that it had something to do with presence (not the birthday type, either).

Earlier this year, in anticipation of an upcoming business trip to Europe, I offered to retrieve passports that I had packed away during our family’s recent move to our new home. “No problem, this should be easy” I thought, only to find myself hours later frantically rummaging through every box in the attic after all of our passports were not in the box I originally thought I placed them in a year ago. My anxiety level was going up every minute that went by without successfully locating them. I noticed during this whole process that my mind began to come up with all kinds of crazy scenarios that would explain their disappearance, such as “the box they were in was never loaded by the moving company” or “maybe I never even packed them in the first place.” I was beginning to believe they had fallen into another dimension, really!

During this panicked search, worrying that we would have to pay hundreds of dollars for an expedited passport renewal, I became aware of just how disconnected I had become from my body and how I was being led by the thoughts in my head rather than staying settled and present with myself. My breathing changed from gently via my nose to through my open mouth and my heart rate was higher than normal, all signs that I was a bit ‘out of it’ when it came to my normal daily rhythms. These were my initial retroactive observations that would go a long way in arriving at a clear concept of the ‘culprit’ responsible for this lifetime trend of losing things.

After not being able to locate the passport and indeed having to pay that huge fee for an expedited one, a number of months went by and I found myself back up in our loft area looking for a storage bin. As I opened the closet door and looked down at the bins, I could almost feel what was barely hidden right before my eyes. At the bottom of the stacked bins lay a number of small items neatly packed away, among them being all of our passports!!! “You’ve got to be kidding me!” I exclaimed out loud, in somewhat of a self-berating tone. But right after that I had to laugh at the crazy emotional rollercoaster that I had just put myself through, when they had been lying under my nose all along, as I had actually looked at those very same bins during my initial search at least three or four times. It was in this moment that, only upon reflection later, I would realise the biggest clue to this mystery had then been revealed to me. Neither did I know that I was about to get the clincher a few weeks later.

The readers of this blog might think this is a fabricated story just for dramatic effect, but the truth is that about a quarter of the way into the writing of this piece, I actually ‘lost’ my wallet! Other than later providing the obvious title to this writing, it brought me to a point in my understanding of this pattern of losing and finding things that I had never had before. You see, even after the last episode with the passports, I dropped into that old pattern of scrambling around the house looking for it, calling the last store I used it at, assuming that someone stole it out of my car, etc. etc., even though no money had been taken out of any of my accounts. But this time, in the midst of my panic about the ramifications of losing my wallet and having no success in locating it, I simply called off the search, laid down on the couch, and surrendered. Not in the sense of giving up, but with the intention of saying no to the nervous energy that I had let drive me up to that point and to allow myself the space to feel all that was coming up for me in that moment.

You see, there was actually a deep sadness that I felt from the fact that I had created these emotionally charged scenarios by ‘losing’ things and in the reactions that ensued I had chosen to let go of what I now know is the true essence of stillness and settlement that is our natural way, which I had been connecting to more and more in my daily life. Immediately upon getting up and preparing for work, I received in my mind the exact location of my wallet – in my toolbox at work! – a place that I usually do not store it, for sure. The choice to become very still and accept the possibility of being more ritualistic in the way I store things to support myself revealed to me the truth of the situation.

There exists a myriad of ways that we avoid this natural stillness within us – eating sugary foods, drinking caffeinated beverages, intense exercise, over-working, creating dramas in our lives, etc. – but what became so obvious to me in this last episode of misplacing my wallet was that there was an underlying pattern here in which every time that I thought I had lost something, I inevitably ended up finding it right under my nose! I can’t tell you how many times this has occurred at my work, where I couldn’t find a certain tool, searched all over the airplane and hangar, thinking the worst, only to find it patiently sitting right inside my tool bag, as if to say: “Are you finished playing games and looking outside yourself for all the answers? I was waiting here all along!”

It was with this realisation that I had come to the underlying message that these experiences were offering me: that in life we have many times been taught to look for recognition, acceptance, approval, and ultimately love from an external source, without first connecting to and feeling that we have all that we need right here inside our inner hearts.

There truly is nothing to ‘find’ outside of us that can be any more meaningful, fulfilling or wise than what can be felt by allowing ourselves to simply be without the need to do anything to prove that we are good enough in the world. Continuing to search for these things outside of us will only result in the same kind of emotional turmoil that I had put myself through during all those years of apparently losing things. But now I can say with authority that I have truly found what is the most treasured thing I can imagine… ME, in my true essence.

… ME!

The Scientific Myth of Randomness

The Scientific Myth of Randomness

Many modern scientists provide a consistent message to humanity that everything we can observe in the Universe, including all of Nature and even the process of human evolution, is a result of the random inter-actions of physical matter that somehow combine to formulate not only a cohesively functioning human body, but whole solar systems and galaxies in a pattern that seems to infinitely replicate itself. This stance has been reinforced by the academic world for centuries now, so it’s easy to see how the notion of a random Universe has been promulgated throughout the scientific community, with differing views typically being met with staunch criticism.

The idea that life in the Universe and all the particles that have cohesively and repetitively united in a coordinated, energetic and physical form could be the result of some unguided and accidental alignment seems not only to be almost statistically impossible, but also one that spawns a nihilistic viewpoint, where life has no meaning and purpose.

It is difficult for one to include a Divinely purpose-full God in a Universe that is supposedly the by-product of randomly un-guided movements and formulations of energy and matter. The ramifications of a purpose-less and God-less Universe hold the potential to create in society not only a ‘given-up’ attitude towards life, but one in which self-indulgence and gratification at the expense of others and one’s own body are the norm.

If there is no divine order, meaning and purpose to the way the Universe is working, then it is easy to see how people would resort to this view of life. One can almost hear these people say “What’s the point, anyway? I might as well live it up, have fun, and party ‘till I drop!” In addition, because of this atheistic and nihilistic philosophy held by most of our scientific and academic community, the standpoint that there does not exist an after-life or reincarnation further supports the people who look to these so-called experts to let go of any responsibility to see how they live their lives as critical to the evolution of humankind, but instead adopt a more self-centred and care-less way of existence. For if everything is random and meaningless anyways, how can one truly make a difference?

But what if every-thing that happens is a result of an energy that made it happen and has at its essence a most meaning-full and coordinated source?

If everything that manifests is the result of the random combinations of quantum and molecular particles, how could the human body (which is comprised of approximately 7 billion, billion, billion atoms[1]) consistently develop from the combination of a single sperm and egg into a complex organism with literally trillions of differentiated cells (with a myriad of intra-cellular organelles), that are all working behind the scenes to coordinate every single metabolic function, and on some level know which one will be, for example, a liver, blood, brain or kidney cell as each cell dies and is regenerated, some in a few days and others in a number of years? In essence, it’s as if we get a whole new body during this period of cellular rejuvenation.

When one considers how all the plant and animal organisms on the planet are displaying this same kind of consistent order in the way they develop and control all the chemical and physical functions of their bodies, it’s easy to appreciate how there may exist some kind of energetic template that coordinates it all to work with such precision and consistency. Observing how there are so many relationships found in Nature that work harmoniously and many times symbiotically with other organisms in their living environments – on both a micro and global scale – the probability of this all occurring by chance seems staggeringly implausible.

Another marvel in Nature that is typically chalked up to coincidence by the scientific community is the way that the size of the Moon and the ratio of its distance both to the Earth and to the Sun make it perfectly align to provide us with the amazing astronomical phenomenon we know as a total solar eclipse. Although solar eclipses occur on other planets in the solar system, due to their greater distance from the sun and larger moons, none parallel the almost statistically impossible alignment as witnessed from Earth. “This happens because although the moon’s diameter is about 400 times smaller than the sun’s, it’s also about 400 times closer. That makes the sun and moon effectively appear to be the same size in the sky”[2], thus creating an alignment during a solar eclipse where both heavenly bodies magically constellate, perhaps showing us another example of the Divine order of the Universe.

There seems to be a real irony here in that the same scientists that so adamantly utilise statistics and probability equations to determine whether a given observation or experiment is proven to be valid, somehow fail to apply these same basic principles to the above-mentioned phenomenon. It seems like there is possibly a deeper reluctance to see the potential truth that there is indeed a Divine Order to our lives, because to do so would disprove the now long held view in science that separates God from Science, even though it would in fact provide the bridge of understanding that explains so much about what we observe in our lives to be from a meaningful and coordinated intelligence.

Imagine for a moment that even those times when a close friend gives you a call the second after their name popped into your awareness and when you really needed them most, it was another example of how nothing is truly random, but that there is indeed a support that is provided – call it the Universe, God, the Force, or a higher Power…

In any event it is showing us how we are super-connected, and that in that connection lives a network of energetic communication that is always pulling us up to the next stage of our evolution, unfolding back to the soulful way of being that is our true, innermost nature. Perhaps it is this interconnected, energetic web – that allows us to feel how a friend across the globe is needing our assistance – that we are attempting to emulate with the World Wide Web we now commonly refer to as the ‘internet’.

When we look at the spiral shapes that follow a very specific mathematical equation of expansion known as the Fibonacci sequence, and are found throughout Nature from objects like Nautilus shells and unfolding ferns to pinecones and even spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way, it is extremely difficult to possibly imagine that this pattern repeats itself all over the Universe by some random act of ‘luck’ or by accident.

But what I see in this is nothing short of a powerful confirmation that there exists a divine energy that flows through everything, including us all, informing it with all the multidimensional intelligence that it needs to not only function, but constantly evolve to the next level of awareness we are being called to honour.