What if the Garden of Eden is not a myth but a reality? What if the eating of forbidden food brought a curse on the human race?
What if food is somehow subtly involved in our deterioration.
What if food introduced a trance state in which we make mistakes and then wonder what happened? Originally entitled Recovering Health and Wholeness, now totally updated with 100 new pages, this intriguing book looks at forbidden food, the curse from the Garden of Eden, and the reality of redemption.
In fact, resolving the food problem just might bring resolution to other life issues as well.
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Uncovering Food’s Mysterious Power over Us and Finding the Secret to Regeneration
Dr. Henry Bieler, a popular doctor who practiced medicine for over fifty years and who treated many Hollywood Stars, wrote a book called Food Is Your Best Medicine. Of course, he was talking about healthy food.
The other side of the coin is summed up in the words of Waldo McBurney, still going to work every day at age 106, who said, “We dig our graves with our forks.”
Food seems to be endowed with a mysterious power to make us better or worse, to upgrade or coarsen our existence. It is the vehicle by which culture stakes its claim over us. Then, by continuing to eat our cultural food, we are kept a part of that culture, and thus without even realizing it, prevent ourselves from becoming who we were really meant to be. It is for this reason that the average person lives in anxiety with a vague sense that something is wrong.
A steady diet of junk food, fast food, diet soda, and processed foods seems to be contributing to making Americans overweight, undernourished, and unhealthy in many ways. Somehow, the fast food fare is also contributing to a general coarsening of the population.
We are not as polite, as well mannered, or as noble as we once were. Our society is becoming impatient, selfish, harried, thoughtless and rude in countless ways.
Somehow, what we eat and the way we eat affect our way of living. Yet, though eating healthy food is good for you, it is not the total answer either. Health food cannot save you.
What then can we do? We must eat to live. Yet eating itself is somehow tied to our deterioration and demise.
The very act of eating has to be looked at and understood, so that we might eat in such a way as eat with understanding and with awareness, perhaps a dispensation from God, that will protect us from the curse of food.
Let us look at the food mystery and unpart the veil to the power that food has over us. If eating wrong food contributes to sickness, ill health and a downgrading of manners, can eating the right food stop our downward slide? And even more importantly, might we then, with awareness and grace, discover God’s plan of salvation?
Food has a curse attached to it. It was in the Garden of Eden where the human race fell from faith and reliance on the Creator. Food was involved in the fall. God had promised Adam that if he ate the forbidden food, he would surely die.
When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, it sealed the deal and made God’s promise a reality.
Today we, the distant relatives of fallen Adam and Even, must eat to live, but even as we eat, we are living under a death sentence. We try not to think about it, and for much of our life, most of us manage to sweep it under the rug. But as the years pass, we must begin to confront its reality whether we like it or not.
Eating good food (healthy, unprocessed, natural food from God’s garden) is likely to help us live longer. But even so, all it can do is prolong the inevitable. Even the best of food may not help us if we eat pridefully or while upset, angry, or in excess.
The best of food only helps us live longer. It does not remove the curse. The situation appears to be an insolvable dilemma. Because we must eat to live, we can’t just stop eating. Yet, food was involved in our fall and somehow contributes to our deterioration.
The evidence of food’s involvement in our fall can be seen today, if we care to look. First of all, many people simply eat too much of the wrong kind of food. And their food indulgence leads to illness and contributes to an early demise.
Food is also very often involved in our own personal misjudgments and errors. Many an affair or act of promiscuity is preceded by a meal. The salesman, recruiter, or person who is wooing you knows the best time to make his pitch is after the meal he invited you to. Somehow the food weakens our resolve and opens us up to some suggestion we might have resisted before the repast.
And don’t forget that marijuana, alcohol, and drugs are types of food: something we ingest. Somehow the drug, the marijuana or the alcohol separates us from awareness, from reason, from common sense, and from control. Then we say or do something we are sorry for later.
Medications are also substances to be ingested, and thus have the same trance producing effect that food has. While medications are often helpful, even life saving, they can also be addictive, over prescribed, or cause side effects. . . . .
Could it be that these effects of food and food-like substances are variations of the result of eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden? It could be, and it is.
Food disorders, addiction, emotional problems, and even sickness may have a common root. This book reveals why the whole human race has food issues, and why how we eat hold the key to our spiritual and emotional recovery.
Most people have issues with food. The reason is deeper than just what or how much we eat.
Food has a mysterious hold on the human race and it alters our consciousness. That is why when we start eating, we end up eating too much. Food is also connected with our ego life support.
We look to food to comfort us and to give us security. But the very food that comforts us also makes us resentful when we discover that it has enslaved us.
So we have a love/hate relationship with food, and food substances,
even as we have a love hate relationship with our mother and others who support our ego.
The answer, of course, is love. We crave a love that food will not satisfy.
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Eating Issues - A spiritual odyssey in search of health,wholeness, fulfillment and love
"This much I know," said Augustine, "I should take my food as my medicine."
“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
This book was originally written a few years ago when I found out that a good friend was diagnosed with cancer. Since that time I have continued my spiritual journey and continue to ponder and make discoveries about our fallen human condition. What I write is the result of my own searching. I present it with gratitude, and I offer it in the hope that it will be of help to you.
I recently read a fact sheet from the American Obesity Association which revealed that one third of Americans are obese. Another fact sheet discussed the correlation between obesity and diabetes, kidney problems, and certain types of cancer.
This morning I was paging through a popular magazine at the supermarket checkout counter, and I saw many pictures and several stories about well known Hollywood stars suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia, weight and dieting issues, compulsive eating, alcohol or substance abuse.
A person can have no weight issues, no substance issues, and eat the very best organic food available, and yet be perfectly miserable. That person will be surprised to discover the very subtle involvement of food and food substances in their unhappiness and lack of fulfillment.
Though we must eat to live, we must learn to eat so that our food does feed what is wrong with us. Because the effect is by its nature unconscious, it takes a good detective and a very aware observer to detect its subtle impact on our well being.
For example, the perennial question "why do good people do bad things?" can be answered in part by the fact that people often do bad things when they are in a trance. People do wrong or foolish things when under the spell of emotions or the influence of drugs. But believe it or not, the mere act of eating has an effect on our consciousness.
Eating introduces a mild trance state. When we eat, we are suddenly less aware, less disciplined, and more suggestible. It is no coincidence that office affairs often begin with an invitation to a cup of coffee or a lunch.
People exert their will through food. It often begins at home—where when you accepted mother's food, you also accepted her will. Is it any wonder that we develop a love hate/relationship with food? Food represents comfort. Food fills the emptiness. But food also represents someone's will, and we end up struggling with food through transference, when what we are really struggling with is the spirit of the one who imposed her will on us.
A few years ago, Dr. Margo Maine coined the phrase "father hunger," and in her book Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and Food, she discusses the importance of father in a child's life.
I have been saying the same thing for 25 years. Love is what we need to fill the emptiness. Father represents God in the eyes of the child, and when father is distant, it is to the child as if God is distant. It is resentment toward our failing father that separates us from our inner ground of good and leads to and sustains a host of emotional, eating and body image issues.
It is fortunate that resolution and recovery can take place despite an absent or distant father. Through understanding, we can learn to forgive our failing father and unloved mother, and through forgiveness find the love of the Father Spirit within.
We all like sheep have gone astray. We sense something missing in our lives. We sought the love of the world or the love of food, but when worldly love and food betray us, we are stuck with seeking more of the love that does not fulfill, like drinking sea water, or seeking stronger ways of numbing the pain and filling the emptiness.
Nowhere does the mysterious effect of food become more evident than when we are faced with a serious health issue. We may suspect that somehow food was involved in its inception and development, and we also sense that something about food might be a key to recovery.
Food is subtly involved in the tragedies of our lives. It also reinforces what we have become and prevents our finding our true self we might have been. Even the eating of cultural food somehow contributes to keeping us divided rather than experiencing unconditional love for and solidarity with our fellow humans from other traditions.
Though a person does not have an obvious food issue, he or she is still under the spell of cultural food, as well as misdirections, and errors associated with a fallen culture and its food. We must understand food if we are to resolve our issues and find love for one another.
If food has played a role in our cultural divides, and in our emotional, spiritual and health issues, we may discover the resolution of our struggle with issues through understanding them in light of the food connection. Perhaps with understanding, our food might become our partner in recovery, and we might find the love we have been searching for all our lives.Roland Trujillo is the author of 17 books and has helped people cope with stress and emotional issues for over 25 years. His radio show has aired for almost a quarter of a century. Join Roland in this exciting and mysterious journey into Forbidden Food.
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