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Spiritual Eating

Spiritual eating is adopting a lighter, high vibration diet and eating more mindfully. It involves being more aware of what and how you eat. People choose to practice spiritual eating for a variety of reasons, namely to raise their personal energy vibration, improve physical health and mental wellbeing and to practice what Buddhists call non-harmfulness.

Raising your Energy Vibration

Food in its natural state – termed raw, living plant based food – has the highest vibration of all. It includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains that have not been cooked above 48 degrees C. Vegan food (no animal or fish products) is high vibration, as is food that is without pesticides, additives, GM etc. At the opposite end of the spectrum, manufactured processed food including junk food and food high in additives or grown with pesticides has a very low vibration. Anything you consume that is actually dead (ie. meat or fish) has no vibration at all.

When you consume food that is fresh and natural, you are absorbing that high vibration into your body. High vibration foods are fruit and veg (even more so when fresh from the plant), salad foods, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. Fresh food has the highest vibration when eaten raw/cold. When food is cooked at high temperature through boiling, frying, grilling, barbecuing etc, much of the nutritional benefit and high energy vibration is lost as enzymes in the food are destroyed. Steaming and low temperature simmering are the best options for cooked food.

The main reason for wanting to raise your personal vibration is to improve your connection to Spirit and spiritual energies. If you are a Reiki or spiritual healer, a high energy vibration enables you to be a clearer channel for higher frequency healing energies. If you wish to develop your psychic and/or mediumship abilities, again the lighter and clearer a channel you are the better. A dense heavy body just weighs you down literally and metaphorically and you have to work extra hard to reach and communicate with your guides and angels. If you eat ‘lighter’, not only will you feel better physically and be more balanced emotionally, your head will be clearer so that you can more easily receive impressions and intuitions from spirit. Interestingly Doreen Virtue recommends eating pineapple to strengthen the pineal gland (relating to the crown and third eye chakras) to stimulate clairvoyance.

Many people like to incorporate a Rainbow Diet – a kind of full spectrum colour eating to energise the chakras. In other words, you need a balance of foods of all the different chakra colours to enable your energy body to be as balanced as possible. For example, red foods energise the root chakra; violet foods energise the third eye chakra.

You should also drink plenty of water, ideally 6-8 glasses a day. Water is a good conductor for psychic energy – which is why many of us receive insight and inspiration when lying in the bath!

Eating Mindfully

Being mindful of what you eat, when and how, is often included as part of a course in Mindfulness Meditation. Doing anything mindfully increases your self-awareness and makes you more present in all areas of your life, enabling you to be more grounded and effective in day-to-day life. When you eat mindfully, you are advised to chew your food very thoroughly in the mouth before swallowing. Chew each mouthful up to 40 times. This will help with the digestion process as food is then partially digested in the mouth before it hits the stomach. The body therefore needs to use less energy to digest the meal in the gut. Chewing food mindfully also makes you notice when you are actually full and need no more. It also heightens the sensory experience of taste and texture.

Most of the time people eat distractedly – watching television, talking to family/friends, thinking about problems or things they need to do, or just eating in a hurry because they need to do something else. Food is just shovelled down as quickly as possible with no thought to digesting it properly or savouring the taste. It is easy to eat more than you really need when you’re distracted. Eating mindfully both increases your self-awareness and improves your digestion.

Practising Non-Harmfulness

This Buddhist tenet is one that some people on a spiritual path choose to adhere to. Non-harmful eating includes products from animals that may have been killed or harmed in the process of providing that food. This would definitely rule out meat and fish and for some it would include dairy too.

Benefits of Spiritual Eating

This way of eating can be like a physical or spiritual detox. Eating higher vibration, raw, natural foods in particular can have a cleansing effect on the body. Digestion improves, allergies and intolerances are reduced, the immune system is boosted, energy levels improve and aches and pains including headaches are reduced. Physical health improves when you reduce or eliminate the unhealthy processed foods that cause inflammation and poor digestive health. Some people experience greater emotional balance and wellbeing – they are more tolerant, have greater ‘acceptance’ and less anger. A lot of negative emotions are caught up in what we eat and within our actual eating patterns which can gradually be released as we adopt a more healthy way of eating. Some people may find they have more intense dreams which can be a sign of a releasing of emotions on a subconscious level. Spiritual eating can also boost the depth and quality of your meditation practice.

Spiritual eating makes you more aware of what you are consuming. You start to see food as the fuel you give your body and sometimes you realise that the body isn’t running as well as it should. If you feel lethargic, low in energy, foggy headed or have digestive issues, eating more raw natural foods can make a huge improvement.

I have been on my own healthy plant based diet for 3 months now. In addition to losing a stone and a half in weight (which was much needed!), I have found a huge improvement in my digestive healthy and immune system. I feel ‘lighter’, more energised and more clear-headed. I also know I am being guided and motivated by Spirit and there seems to be a real improvement in the power of my Reiki treatments.

Notes:-

If you are cutting out meat altogether you will need to take a Vitamin B12 supplement as this vitamin is only found in meat. (I have however recently discovered that apricots help the body create its own bioactive B12.) Vitamin B12 is available from health stores and I recommend Little London Herbal Stores on Trinity Walk, Nottingham.

Starting with the April Newsletter I will be looking at the Rainbow Diet, starting with the Root Chakra in April. I will be introducing a series of Chakra Shakes – a smoothie recipe to energise each chakra – as well as including suggested foods you can eat to energise each one. April starts with a delicious Cherry Berry Smoothie to energise the root chakra.

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. She is also currently studying Raw Food Nutrition to find out more about the healing power of natural food. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy and Fairy Blessing Guided Journey, as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses. She has been on the spiritual path for 15 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website http://helenshortland.com or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics & Enchantment.

 

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Chakra Quiz

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Try this fun quiz to determine which of your chakras are low in energy and in need of an extra boost. Please see my previous blog to find ways to energise weak chakras.

In the questionnaire you will see that there are 7 options for each question.  Jot down the number of each reply on a piece of paper. You can choose more than one option if appropriate.

At the end of the quiz, see how many times you recorded each number.  Each number refers to a chakra, ie. 1 = root/base chakra, 2 = sacral chakra, 3 = solar plexus, 4 = heart chakra, 5 = throat chakra, 6 = third eye and 7 = crown chakra.  You will be able to see where most of your energy is focused. In other words, if you have a dominant number 3 recorded, your solar plexus chakra needs the most attention and healing.  Similarly if you record a particularly low score with a particular chakra, that chakra may also need healing and energising.

Question 1:  Which area(s) of your body do you dislike?

  1. Feet and legs
  2. Between waist and hips
  3. Waist
  4. Chest
  5. Neck and shoulders
  6. Face
  7. Head

Question 2:  Which area(s) of your body are you proud of?

  1. Feet and legs
  2. Between waist and hips
  3. Waist
  4. Chest
  5. Neck and shoulders
  6. Face
  7. Head

Question 3:   Which area(s) of your body are most affected by health issues?

  1. Feet and legs
  2. Between waist and hips
  3. Waist
  4. Chest
  5. Neck and shoulders
  6. Face
  7. Head

Question 4:  Which colours do you like the most?

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Dark blue/indigo
  7. Violet

Question 5:  Which colours do you like the least?

  1. Red
  2. Orange
  3. Yellow
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  6. Dark blue/indigo
  7. Violet

Question 6:  Which are your favourite foods?

  1. Meat/fish/pulses
  2. Rice/orange fruits
  3. Wheat (bread)/yellow fruits
  4. Green fruit and veg

Question 7:  Which sorts of exercise/interests attract you?

  1. Fast action
  2. Dancing/painting
  3. Crosswords/puzzles
  4. Outdoor activities
  5. Drama/singing
  6. Mystery/crime novels
  7. Doing nothing

Question 8:  What sort of people do you look up to or admire?

  1. Sports people
  2. Artists/musicians
  3. Intellectuals
  4. Conservationists
  5. Speakers/politicians
  6. Inventors
  7. Mystics/religious figures

Question 9:  What sort of person do you think of yourself as?

  1. Get on with things
  2. Creative
  3. Thinker/worrier
  4. Emotional
  5. Chatterbox
  6. Quiet
  7. Daydreamer

Question 10:  What emotions do you consider are uppermost in your life?

  1. Passionate
  2. Easy-going
  3. Contented
  4. Sharing/caring
  5. Loyal
  6. Helpfully distant
  7. Sympathetic

Question 11:  What emotions do you have that you would like to change?

  1. Temper
  2. Possessiveness
  3. Confusion
  4. Insecurity
  5. Needing things to be black or white
  6. Feeling separate from others
  7. Not saying ‘no’

Question 12:  If you get angry, what is your most common reaction?

  1. Rage/tantrums
  2. Sullen resentment
  3. Get frightened
  4. Blame yourself
  5. Keep quiet
  6. Withdraw
  7. Imagine nothing happened

Question 13:  What are you most afraid of?

  1. Dying
  2. Lack of sensation
  3. Things you don’t understand
  4. Being alone
  5. Having no-one to talk to
  6. Losing your way
  7. Difficult situations

Question 14:  Which of these describes the way you prefer to learn?

  1. Fast
  2. Slowly
  3. Quickly but forget
  4. Through feelings
  5. By rote
  6. Instinctively
  7. Can’t be bothered

Question 15:  What best describes your reaction to situations?

  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Go with the flow
  3. Think things through
  4. See how things feel
  5. Ask a lot of questions
  6. See the patterns then act
  7. Drift along

Question 16:  If you are criticized or reprimanded, what is your usual response?

  1. Anger
  2. Resentment
  3. Fear
  4. Self-blame
  5. Verbal riposte
  6. Think about it
  7. Denial

Question 17:  How would you describe your favourite books, films, video games?

  1. Combat action
  2. Art
  3. Skill/intellectual
  4. Romances
  5. Courtroom dramas
  6. Detective stories
  7. Spiritual or self-development

Question 18:  Which category best describes your friends?

  1. Competitive
  2. Creative
  3. Intellectual
  4. Loving
  5. Idealistic
  6. Rebellious
  7. Spiritual

 

 

Energising the Chakras

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A weak, under-active chakra can be brought back into balance in a variety of ways.  This ensures stability and wellbeing of the individual at every level of body, mind and spirit.

Base Chakra

Imbalances in this chakra can manifest as a chronic lack of energy, exhaustion, problems with stiffness and painful movement particularly in hips, legs and feet. Healing and energising is also needed when someone is uncomfortable with their body which can lead to a sense of confusion or unreality, lack of drive or motivation and an aversion to dealing with practicalities and taking physical exercise.

To energise the base chakra:

  • A warm bath.
  • Massage, aromatherapy or reflexology.
  • Walking, running, drumming, dancing or jumping.  Just stamping the feet can improve circulation, co-ordination and our link to the earth.
  • Gardening for extra grounding.
  • Attend to practical matters.
  • Meditation to bring you back to the present and increase focus.
  • Eating, especially high protein foods. A good mineral supplement can also help. (Shortage of zinc is one of the most common causes of ‘spaciness’ and lack of mental focus.)
  • Haematite crystal for increased focus and grounding.

Sacral Chakra

This chakra is concerned with balance and flow including the ebb and flow of the emotions. Any imbalances in this chakra can manifest as poor balance of fluids and lack of flexibility such as irregular or painful menstruation, constipation, lower back pain, sciatica, fertility problems, arthritis and rigidity of joints.  Imbalances can arise when we become fixated on something that is unrealistic or inappropriate which can lead to unhealthy emotional dependency, lack of emotional flexibility and repression of feelings. Adults who display sacral chakra imbalances may have experienced a lack of close physical contact as young children.

To energise the sacral chakra:

  • Tai chi, chi kung, hatha yoga or belly dancing to increase sense of movement and balance and increase chi in the tantien.
  • Creative pursuits such as painting, drawing, writing or making music to help blocked energy start flowing.
  • Moonstone, rose quart and clear quartz crystals placed over the sacral chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra

This chakra is associated with the element of fire. Fire can bring comfort and warmth but can also bring fear and terror when out of control, echoing the emotional breadth of this chakra.  Imbalances in this chakra can manifest as anxiety, digestive disorders, lack of personal power, victimhood or dominating others.

To energise the solar plexus chakra:

  •  Seated spinal twist hatha yoga pose.
  • Visualise a golden sun in your solar plexus chakra.
  • Learn to accept yourself for who you are.
  • Meditation without form or Vipassana/still point meditation to take you beyond your sense of who you are.
  • Spiritual development including recogising that people and situations are a reflection of ourselves to stop you taking things so personally.
  • Citrine and calcite crystals.

Heart Chakra

This chakra governs our interactions as we reach out to touch and embrace others. It continually strives to bring balance between external stimuli and internal emotions. The state of this chakra indicates our capacity for joy, compassion and tolerance.  Imbalances can manifest as feeling remote and isolated from the world around us or living your life according to other people’s rules. When you listen to your heart, you will be directed along a path which allows you to achieve your maximum potential.

To energise the heart chakra:

  • Join groups/classes or do community work to meet people and make new friends if you have been feeling isolated.
  • Gomukhasana hatha yoga pose to open the heart centre.
  • Find a balance between your personal needs and the needs of others.
  • Examine your values and beliefs to see if they are really yours. If not, identify your own and start to live by them instead.
  • Pink and green crystals to strengthen and energise the heart chakra.

Throat Chakra

This chakra is associated with communication, self-expression and finding a path of inner peace.  Individual expression can be stifled by overbearing discipline. When that happens, energy is either directed upwards where it is locked in a fantasy world of imagination or downwards to distort the lower three chakras as aggression or excessive manipulation and dominance over others. Imbalances here manifest as lack of inner peace, communication difficulties and understanding the communication of others, difficulties swallowing or breathing, throat and thyroid disorders, metabolic disorders, neck and shoulder tension

To energise the throat chakra:

  •  Singing, chanting a mantra or toning to release physical and emotional tensions.
  • Release and purifying hurt, angry feelings by writing them down and burning the piece of paper.
  • Creative/artistic expression such as drawing or painting.
  • Ustrasana (camel pose) from hatha yoga.
  • Examine core beliefs and see where there are conflicting viewpoints.
  • Don’t tell lies; try to practice open, honest communication.
  • Blue crystals such as blue lace agate, lapis lazuli and turquoise to assist self-expression.

Third Eye/Brow Chakra

This chakra governs perception, understanding, interpretation, perspective and thought processes.  It interprets information received by the brain. Imbalances here manifest as confusion, poor vision, jumping to conclusions or a closed mind.

To energise the brow chakra:

  •  Creative visualisation with images of light.
  • Cultivate a sense of detachment from strong emotional involvement to increase possibility of flashes of intuition and inspiration arising in the mind.
  • Send distant healing regularly to increase inner vision/clairvoyance.
  • Practice psychometry, with an open mind and sense of fun!, to receive impressions about an object, its history and owner.
  • Practice tratak (candle-gazing) meditation to strengthen third eye.
  • Indigo or violet crystals such as lapis lazuli or amethyst.

Crown Chakra

This chakra relates to spirituality understanding and concept of oneness or unity. The crown chakra is also the main co-ordinating centre of the body and connects the individual to universal sources of energy. Imbalances here manifest as limbic system disorders (body temperature, appetite, sleep patterns, emotions and movement), chronic fatigue syndrome and ME, lack of co-ordination, dyslexia, detachment and isolation or over-dependence on a person or way of living.  If the crown chakra is weak or prevented from working normally, it cannot provide all the energy and information required by the other chakras.

To energise the crown chakra:

  •  Physical exercises such as cross crawl (right elbow to left knee etc) to improve co-ordination.
  • Adho mukha svanasana (downward dog) hatha yoga pose to balance energy between feet and crown.
  • Improve body-mind co-ordination with activities such as juggling and rubbing your stomach while tapping your head.
  • Practice meditation and develop an interest in spirituality.
  • Reiki or other energy healing attunements.
  • Practice yoga nidra to visualise flow of energy and information throughout the body.
  • Clear quartz crystal to energise whole auric field and selenite crystal to live more in tune with higher self.

 

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. For further information about her courses, workshops and therapies, please visit her website at http://helenshortland.com.