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.
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.
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.