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MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL



Those who don’t believe in Magic will never find it. The word Abracadabra is of Aramaic origin – avra kehdabra. It means “I will create as I speak”. Thoughts as well as words are actions. They have energy and can be used for positive or negative results. Magic has many planes. Every form of magic is represented by the aspect which embodies it: natural, supernatural, psychological, spiritual, geo-magic, techno-magic, bio-magic, the magic of love and hate, and elemental magic. There is Magic in Life which give you strength and wings of understanding. The most important things in life can’t be proven…like a mother’s love. Conviction of the Heart is your power. Open up your Heart so that you can see beyond your eyes. You can push your own door open. When you have lost your Magic, breathe into your Heart and you will once again find your Soul Power. Nature gives us clues on how to live. Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that!


KITCHEN FARMACY & QI TIPS


I had the privilege of studying with Murray and Jan Snyder for a number of years. They were direct students of Michio Kushi, a Macrobiotic Gem of love and knowledge. There I learned the importance of cooking with energy for health and well being. Since all matter is composed of energy, we can view food as being energetically based. We cook with various facets of Universal energy. Taste is a form of energy. Why is food medicine? Food is sunlight; it is water and earth in condensed form. All the elements of the Universe come together to create food. In the highest sense, food is pure Universal medicine. Food grows to its highest peak of energy. They transfer Universal love to whoever eats them. We can connect to the essence of food because we come from the same source – Nature. Each food has an energy essence that travels to and through meridians or energy pathways to heal particular organs. Healing and cooling foods affect the overall metabolism of the body.


YIN FOODS support deep vital organs and structures like bones, lungs, kidney, liver, spleen and heart. They take more time to grow, are more cooling, watery, sweeter, and tonify Yin. Examples are: asparagus, barley, cucumber, egg yolk, seaweed and watermelon. For example, watermelon has a cold essence that enters the Liver, Heart, Bladder and Stomach meridians, relieving thirst and decreasing internal heat. It also releases toxins from the body and is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, kidney infections, liver disease, heart conditions, and high blood pressure.


TOO EXPANDED/YIN throws you off balance. Too much sugar, fruit makes you feel briefly energized, then: confused, sad, hyperactive. Symptoms include: lingering aches, moist conditions (runny nose, loose bowels), fatigue, and muscle weakness.


EFFECT ON ORGANS: if food is excessively cold or out of harmony with season, an external pathogenic factor is created. Cold/Yin consumes the Kidneys’ Yang, preventing the body’s Yang Heat from warming the body. Qi becomes sluggish and blocks the channels. These blockages cause pain and damage to Spleen, Stomach and Intestines and affects Heart and Lungs.


YANG FOODS stimulate warmth and growth. Food with a heating property will accelerate metabolic and organic functions. Yang foods are warming, take more time to grow, and are dryer and dense. Examples are: basil, cinnamon, garlic, onion and sweet brown rice.


TOO CONTRACTED/YANG: Too much salt, meat, dairy, eggs makes you feel competitive, then: impatient, stubborn, insensitive, stuck, angry. Symptoms include: sudden sharp pain, symptoms in back of body or head, muscle tension, difficulty breathing out, insomnia.


EFFECT ON ORGANS: If food ingested is too hot/Yang or out of harmony with seasons, a Yang factor can be created. This can cause an excessive amount of internal energy to be released, which can damage both the Qi and Blood. Excessive eating may cause too much Gu Qi (food energy) to accumulate. This excess energy produces an upward reaction of Stomach Qi which is detrimental to both Spleen and Stomach, causing the breath to become obstructed (Mother/Spleen affecting Child/Lung) and the psychic centers (Shen within the Heart) to become blocked. (Note: this excerpt is taken from a larger version of my 5 Element Theory on Nutrition Course.)


SHORT AND SWEET REMEDIES:


Winter colds: Combine 4 pieces of ginger root, 4 one inch slices white scallion, and 2 tbsp brown sugar. Boil in 2 cups water and sip throughout the day. Take a hot bath or shower as well.

Coughs: Combine 2 diced pears, 2 tbsp honey and 3 cups of boiling water. Sip throughout the day.

Insomnia: Blend two stalks of celery and drink.

Muscle Aches: Add 1 cup white vinegar to a tub of hot water and soak.

(Disclaimer: these remedies are suggestions and not intended to cure. Always be in contact with your healthcare provider.)


Magic transforms in dual directions: YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

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