I think of that old saying, "It's not about what you eat. It's about what's eating you." I must say that I thoroughly concur with that simple pronouncement these days.
But I certainly didn't always. I used to believe that there were good foods and there were bad foods. Living for years in Ashland, Oregon, I became strongly aware of all sorts of toxins and other problems with our food. I thus ate organic as much as possible and adhered strictly to vegetarianism. I grew Kombucha mushrooms in my kitchen cabinet and drank the tea. Sprouts, tofu, blueberries — if I deemed it healthful, I ate it. If it didn't seem healthful, I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. And then I had two experiences that caused me to wonder if it was far more about thoughts and far less about food.
A fellow named Bernard, something of an itinerant guru, began coming to the yoga class I attended and talking at length to anyone who would listen about the power of their mental focus. One night after class, a friend of mine began rattling on about her chronic fatigue syndrome. "Stop! Stop right now!" Bernard actually shouted at her. "Don't talk about it! Don't think about it! Whenever you think or talk about your problem, you're actually giving energy to it and feeding it!" A hush fell on the room and people drifted away. My friend and I both deemed Bernard blunt and weird. But was he correct about the power of thoughts?
Bernard spent much time in nature, and he related how one day he was hiking in the woods and came across a stream that was marked with warnings not to drink the water due to contamination by a nasty bacterium that had been talked about in the news. To our surprise, Bernard said he knelt and drank from the stream until his thirst was quenched, for he knew that if he didn't fear the contamination, it could not harm him.
And it didn't harm him. He was fine. Hmmmmmmm. How could that be? I wondered.
A second incident occurred after a new Albertsons supermarket opened near our home. All the produce looked waxed and perfect; thus I knew it had been heavily sprayed. "This food is dead," I said to myself. Nevertheless, I noticed that the store did a thriving business with its sprayed and packaged (shudder) food. And I had to admit that the patrons appeared to be robust and healthy for the most part.
One day, a friend with environmental illness asked me to drive her to the organic natural food co-op on the other side of town. Since I didn't need anything myself, I waited in the car to enjoy watching the colorfully-dressed, unique-looking people go in and out of the store. And then I noticed it. Many of them looked...how do I say it...ill. Many looked decrepit, pale, ailing. I blinked repeatedly as I watched.
Why weren't the people at the health food store looking healthy? Why weren't the people at Albertson's looking somewhat sickly? If it were just about food, wouldn't it work that way? Yes, there's a time lag, but surely there should be some indication of a positive difference in the health food people. I was still puzzling over my observation as I prepared to leave Ashland.
When I moved to Florida eight years ago, I was shocked to discover that the availability of organic food was about 20 years behind the West Coast. (That has since changed, though.) So I had to relax my standards. And interesting enough, my health has been better these past eight years than it ever was in Oregon.
Coincidentally, I received my first Abraham-Hicks tapes, sent about eight years ago, from a friend in Ashland. When I heard Abraham flat-out say that they were surprised we can find anything to eat, for we've found something wrong with almost every type of food, I could totally relate.
Here's honest Abe: "It's not an easy thing to live in your environment and be at one with food. Almost everything you hear about food tells you that there is something wrong with that food. We don't know how you find anything that you don't feel guilty about eating. It will take some effort to find yourself happy relative to that process again.
"A child, before he is influenced by physical surroundings that have come before, would find himself gravitating naturally to things that were most in harmony with what he wanted. If he were introduced to a buffet meal at the age of one or two or three, he would gravitate to those things that are a vibrational match with his well-being.
"But as this little one reaches for something and finds it delicious, something like a sweet, and his mother, or mentor, worries about it — now his attention to her worry causes him to not be a vibrational match to well-being. And there it begins, in that very early state.
"It has always been about allowing the well-being. It has never been about what you are eating — ever."
— from an Abraham-Hicks workshop, Salt Lake City, UT 9/9/00
And here's more:
"Befriending your body is the only way we know of coming to understand that your body is resilient and that it knows what to do and that it will be whatever you ask it to be. But you have to ask it to be that in a place of nonresistance [focusing your attention on what feels emotionally good.] It is the most significant information we have ever expressed relative to your physical body and food. You must love your body, and then lovingly give it the food. And when you love your body and lovingly give it the food, it matters not what food you give it." —from an Abraham-Hicks workshop, Asheville, NC 10/29/00
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I've approached health and nutrition from many angles over the years, and my personal experience and observations have brought me to this conclusion: It's all about thoughts. It's all about mental focus. It's all about that.
Bernard, you odd, rude fellow — wherever you are, you take good care. I know you will.
And Albertson's...well, if people like your perfect, gleaming apples, your apples will also like them and serve them well. I've come too far to argue with that.
"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."