Sunday, August 21, 2011
4:58 PM | Posted by Athena | | Edit Post
After about a month of eating a diet high in raw foods I said to my husband “I feel like a totally different person.” He smiled in response and said “Actually, I think you are more YOU than you’ve ever been before."
He’s right. Raw food has stripped away everything that was not the true me. It’s as if a veil has been lifted and I am seeing the world through brand new eyes. And boy is this world beautiful! The truth is raw food has changed everything.
The physical effects are clear and undeniable. I have lost fifteen pounds, my eyes and skin are clear, and I feel a deep connection to my body that I’ve never known. Many people in the health or spiritual community talk about the idea of embodiment – the sense of being in communion with our bodies and listening to the messages it has for us. Most of us walk around in our heads, seeking distractions, and paying little attention to our body until something goes wrong. Many of us feel uncomfortable in our own skin – I know I did. Thanks to raw food I now understand what embodiment really means. I’m learning to listen to my body and honor it for the amazing temple that it is.
Then there are the mental effects of raw food. It’s as if somebody flipped a switch – shedding light and clarity on all the things that were once shrouded in shadows and confusion. “What do I want to do with my life? Where am I going? What is the next step? Who am I?”... I never dreamed that by changing my diet those questions would be answered. Suddenly I have a strikingly clear vision for my future and what I am here to do. My mind is clear, my calling is clear, and that makes me far more effective in terms of co-creating my life.
But more than anything the effects of raw food have been spiritual in nature. I’ve always been deeply spiritual – it’s the reason I started exploring raw food in the first place. But I never thought the effects could be this profound! I find myself in tears of joy nearly every day – my connection to the Divine has deepened and expanded exponentially. The highly spiritually evolved (yogis for example) eat very, very little and there is a reason for this. Food consumes our energy and keeps us functioning at a lower vibratory level – especially cooked food. But raw food contains life force – prana and the energy of the earth and the cosmos – that’s why we call it “living food.” I have literally felt my vibrations rise, expand, and lighten over the past two months. Instead of dwelling in my lower three charkas (the ones associated with the ego, sexuality and emotion) I am in my heart. I feel an overwhelming sense of love and Oneness with all human and animal kind. And for myself.
I laugh more. I love more. I feel in my body and power. I have more compassion. All the unhealthy habits I once had have fallen away. (I can barely tolerate even a few drinks now.) And instead of writing erotica – which I spent many years pursuing – I am writing self-help and spiritual non-fiction.
I feel like my world has shifted on its axis. Indeed I do feel like a totally different person, but my husband is right – I’m just me. More me than I’ve ever been in my life. I am finally stepping into my highest self… and I have raw food to thank.
Our life is the sum total of our choices. We always have a choice.
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