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Food is a Love Note from God

Food is a love note from God. Its letters are written by the rays of the sun. It says I love you and I shall take care of you and sustain you with the offerings of my earth. If we take time to read the love letter, by chewing carefully and feeling the messages that are stored in food by the sun, earth, wind, water, and even by those who have grown, harvested, and prepared the food, its assimilation takes on a whole new meaning. This is a specific way of receiving God's grace, a holy sacrament to be experienced slowly, carefully, and consciously."

~ Gabriel Cousens

The this in the last sentence, This is a specific way of receiving God's grace, he is speaking about the act of eating. He wrote a whole book about it: Conscious Eating.

I didn't used to get it. As recently as 5 years ago, I would make fun of my wife, Samantha. I would moo like a cow, and exaggeratedly chew like a cow, making goofy munching noises if she wanted to go to a vegetarian restaurant.

One time, her sister May, and their mom were visiting us here in America, and we took them to New York, to check out the spectacle there.

(To me, their mom is like a creature from a different planet. Because I can't communicate with her directly - she speaks the local dialect (spoken nowhere else, but on the tiny island of Taiwan), broken Mandarin, and just a few words of Japanese and English.

It is through the the most rudimentary of language - a combination of all four of the above - that I communicate with her. My bond with her is a bond of love, that runs through both Samantha and May. My love bond to May also runs directly through Samantha.

So strange it is, I often wonder. How these two individuals, Samantha and I, from opposite ends of the Zodiac and the planet, ended up together. )

in New York, Sam found some funky vegetarian place, and took (dragged, in my case) us all there. After looking at the menu, and all the green foods, and salads, and other green stuff - I got up and left. I went down the street to some hole in the wall and had some chicken.

Mmmmm! Chicken!

That basically sums up what I thought about vegetarianism at the time.

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But a transformation has taken hold. By the end of my first cycle here at the Daily Paul, my health was in disrepair. I started smoking again at the RNC in 2008. (Fuck! After 5 years!) Was drinking lots of beer, and not moving around much. Mostly perched here behind the computer.

It was stressful. I gained a lot of weight. I loved fast food. McDonalds.

Mmmm.

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But then there came a crisis point.

Crisis points are basically mostly same in all cases: Will things continue on as is, or will there be a radical shift?

The Government is currently at a similar crisis point. (And most people don't realize that)

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My personal radical shift was helped along by Renato D'Amico, of East Boston. Like me, Renato was an interloper. Going along for the cosmic ride, and both he and I were playing our cosmic hands to a T.

He's Agent of Love, and I suppose he recognizes me as the same.

Agents of Love. We are out there. We vibrate on a slightly higher frequency than the rest. You've probably met our kind. If so, you know what I'm talking about. And if so, you know what is worth striving for in this world.

Love.

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One day I'm over at Renato's and he's got this video on Netflix, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I was just getting ready to do a juice fast, so this was a great coincidence! A synchronicity, as it were.

I had done juice fasts in my early 20's, and found them oddly exhilarating in their own quiet, subtle, and slow way. You become so much more aware of your body.

Watching that movie really motivated me. It was a fantastic motivator! I fasted for 20 days, alternating between enemas and saltwater flushes to clear the accumulating toxins.

There's a word for what your body does when you fast, and the word translates to: self digestion. The sick and the old cells get munched down first. You lose weight. You feel light. You feel empty. You don't get sleepy after lunch. Strangely, you have more energy than before - more than when you were eating.

Paradox.

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Motivated to maintain that feeling after my most recent fast, I got an Omega Juicer, and a Vitamix, and a dehydrator. (The first thing I made with that dehydrator was a batch of beef jerky, with the mix that came with it. It was so salty, and so filled with MSG - I would discover later that night, as I awoke from sleep, sweaty and parched - that it really turned me off to beef jerky.

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Meanwhile, Renato's got a life long friend who was dying of cancer. Searching for a cure, Renato takes him to the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, which is a complete vegetarian, living-foods based program.

"It's all about the food, Mikey. It's all about the food."

That's what Renato says.

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Renato's friend came back from Hippocrates looking like a million bucks. Renato still has that picture of him in the kitchen. His friend looking young, energetic, happy, and alive.

Filled with optimism.

But he couldn't stick with the program. Loved his S.A.D. diet too much. Loved his Standard American Diet (Lifestyle).

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When Mario passed away, that is when I stepped in to Renato's life.

We had known each other before - we went to Minneapolis together in '08. We experienced drama on the grandest stage. It reached a fever pitch with me screaming in his face in the lobby of the delegates' hotel after the coronation of John McCain.

But the only reason I was screaming at him was because I knew he could take it. Nothing about that night was his fault. (Obviously.)

But Renato's a man, and as such, always extolling on the virtues of being a man. We were both alternate delegates, him from District 7, and me from 8 (or was it the other way around?) (Our state got re-districted, and I don't even know what district I'm in anymore.) At any rate we were there together, and we were friendly, but until Mario died, he wasn't really a friend.

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Renato's a Scorpio, and Mario was a Taurus, like me. As far as signs go, we're directly opposite each other on the Zodiac. "Look at that - one Taurus leaves my life, and another walks through the door." That's what Renato says.

You can believe whatever you want. I believe that what people believe becomes their reality.

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Renato really got turned onto the raw food lifestyle, and then found the Ann Wigmore Institute, which he said was even better than Hippocrates. He made it sound great. So I put it on my list of things I definitely want to do someday.

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This summer, someday rang a bell. It said, "go!" For reasons that, in the end, probably won't work out, and will never come to fruition, I was impelled to go to the Ann Wigmore Institute ASAP. Chop Chop. On the double.

Get on the website. Look at the schedule. Ok - there's a course in two weeks. Get on the horn. Do you have space? Yes? Sign me up! Here's the credit card. Book the flight. Got a free flight on United, thanks to points. Get ready. You're leaving for Ann Wigmore's in two weeks.

That was back in mid-August.

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I had no idea what to expect. Renato had told me some, but imagination is always different from reality. One thing he did say was, "Michael, there is so much love there."

And he was right about that. That was where I heard the above quote for the first time.

Food is a Love Note from God

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And that is the message I will bring back to my sister-in law May, who was diagnosed with cancer and given a sentence of 3 to 6 months to live. Samantha's sister. The one we brought to New York. Samantha was so happy to bring her to that funky veg place in Manhattan. And there I was mooing like a cow, making fun of Sam, and disappearing down the street to some hole in the wall to eat greasy chicken.

That May. She was just in Japan with us, on that trip that we took to Japan. She looked perfectly fine and healthy then. But mysteriously, she did get violently sick on our last night there - vomiting up her food. At the time, we thought she ate a bad piece of fish. That incident is viewed differently in light of her diagnosis.

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Samantha was in Taiwan last week with her sister. Dealing with the stress of trying to get her sister a bed at the hospital. Socialized medicine in Taiwan. That makes the $3 doctor visits nice (including prescription medicine), but situations like this -- not so much.

I was here alone. Worried. Heartbroken. Getting drunk and making belligerent posts on the Daily Paul. Acting like Miley Cyrus.

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If only she had known. If May had known what I learned there, she never would have gotten sick in the first place.

People are so ignorant about food, and their bodies.

FOOD IS PRIMARY, people. You are what you eat. HEALTH IS PRIMARY. Without health, you have nothing.

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Just a week earlier, we'd learned that one of Samantha's mentors, and a member of her PhD committee, Dr. Paul Spears, had passed away. He was another Agent of Love.

It has been a gloomy month.

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Add to the gloom the government shutdown, the guy setting himself on fire, the police shooting and killing that woman, and. Yeah, gloomy pretty much sums it up.

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But all through this, God is there. His silent presence remains. And daily you get a love note. Several love notes from God each day. Make sure that you're paying attention!

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BTW, the author of the quote, Gabriel Cousens, has a website called

PEACEFUL DAILY

How weird is that?

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Chocolate cake IS Devil's Food ;)

"Acting like Miley Cyrus" (complete with tongue out and bear costume?)....hee hee as they say down here, "I'd pay good money to see that".

So sorry about your sis-in-law :( Will remember her in prayer.

I m&m'd my way to diabetes, reversed with Atkins, stopped smoking (coincided with grief) and whaled-up again...I probably need a 55 gallon drum of meth to get myself back on track again (jk, not. jk, not) I simply slid addictions and cannot seem to overcome my sweet tooth/wheat tooth...the fight of my life. I've read that your tongue/brain cannot tell the difference between "real sweet" (sugar) and "fake sweet" (sugar substitute) so I'm guessing if that's true, a diabetic has to totally forgo the idea of anything sweet in order to control blood sugar and that just sucks mudwater.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

I am doing it... mostly

I was never diagnosed with something because I never went to a doctor, but I got into a state where my body would start pumping adrenalin into my system with any amount of sweet food (including organic fruit).

A long story made short, making green juice out of any green leafy vege, with cucumber and celery to make it palatable was most of my cure. This along with avoiding everything that breaks down into sugar.

I used to live on fruit, so the idea of removing it from my diet was daunting for a while, but I found that once I had balanced the nutrient content in my diet that I stopped craving it. Now I can consume moderate amounts without it having any overt effects, although largely I feel better off without it and so mostly avoid it anyway.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Hey 7thsense I Originally had

Hey 7thsense, I Originally had this link in one of my comments to you. But then thought it had enough and pulled it. Strangely I read this comment and decided maybe you COULD use it after all. If you have the time its around an hour and he talks about fruitarians, and why raw vegans go back to eating meat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFNFGgGGi8U

Thanks a whole bunch

Morpheus, I'm getting a lot out of that vid and I'm only 30 mins through it. My diet has been a work in progress for at least the 5 years that I've been into raw, and I know for sure that JUST eating raw is not the whole answer.

This video explains a few things and I'm going to be experimenting with some of the ideas from it. When I hear that someone has 28 years experience behind them and it's still working well for them, this conveys high credibility to what they are saying IMO.
Deepest appreciation.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Your welcome, Glad to help.

Your welcome, Glad to help. And no I have not seen into the wild but you are the third person to bring that up. I guess I really need to see it. I will just learn from what you said about the movie and if I am in a real bind I just wont venture out from what I already have learned. Maybe I'll look up those types of plants too. I just found out there are wild edible apps available for cell phones which can help. Wow technology! I appreciate the refreshing my mind about the movie.

Yes

I had a similar experience with my body trying relentlessly to "rid my body of poison (sugar)". It took me a while to figure it out this was part of diabetes (before I was officially diagnosed), horrid night sweats, explosive "g.i. trots" etc.

I think my bag is that when I'm leaning toward being depressed I get into a screw-it mode because I have no other "crutches" anymore since I don't drink, smoke etc etc. So since you can never go "cold turkey" and totally stop eating, for me, simple carbs entice and comfort. Sad but true. :(

I do feel better when I'm on Atkins and eating only complex carbs if any at all. I just need to get my gumption up to try a juice diet....can you tell me your recipe, what do you put in juice I see celery and cuke with "green leafy"...what kinds of leafy? You don't add some fruit at all? Did you have to hold your nose at first to drink it? Just seems bleck-y.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

SC

I mainly juice spinach, ( silverbeet - or chard as I think it is called in the States ), kale, ( cavalanero - or Italian cabbage as I've heard it called ). . .

When I'm growing I also do sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts and wheatgrass, and even though I rate these as exceptional, I think that just juicing the other greens does wonders anyway. The celery and cucumber is just to make it taste nicer.

Yes it probably does take some getting used to, but I swear, when you have felt how good you will feel from doing it, it makes it worth every bit.

I would highly recommend watching the video that Morpheus has posted to me above, it covers sugar cravings among other things.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

10-4 7th Sense

I found a book on my bookshelf already my Mom had bought me = "Raw Juices Can Save Your Life: An A-Z Guide to Juicing" by Sandra Cabot MD http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Juices-Save-Your-Life/dp/096739838... so I'll be reading that too! Going to try to try juicing hee hee, I'm working on it, the book is on the kitchen table....I like most veggies/greens/sprouts etc. Pray for me I get my crap together! Hugs

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Wai Lana's book of juice recipes is great.

http://www.amazon.com/Wai-Lanas-Favorite-Juices-Smoothie/dp/... It's beautiful to read - in part because her presentation of the drinks is always so artistic. But in a preface and also tied to specific recipes, she talks about beneficial properties of different ingredients. So it's visually attract and educational - in addition to providing just good recipes. Browsing through the book provides an incentive to try different combinations. Twice I've loaned my copy out where the people then bought it for themselves. I do recommend the book. But many of the recipes are also on line at her website - along with soup recipes. (Click on photos to enlarge.) http://www.wailana.com/blog/

Good luck, and have fun.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Is the converse true as well?

If God writes you a love note, is it food? Mmmmmmmm, bible....chomp, munch, munch

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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Clean your fruits and veggies right

to get the most from them...

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

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I can't wait

to try this on my cherry tomatoes. I just spent 1.5 hours washing today's harvest.
Thanks for the tip.

And that is the entire crux.

I believe the whole thing was summed up at: You can believe whatever you want. I believe that what people believe becomes their reality. Within that one statement lies the entirety of the human condition - or conditioning.

I grew up gardening and eating the best food possible...

...like lots of youngsters, I was spoiled and didn't even know it.

My grandfather had an avocado farm in Camarillo CA where I worked in his large veggie gardens, yards full of cool plants, flowers and fruit trees... This is where I spent after school, weekends and summers... The food I ate was INCREDIBLE! In hindsight, I was the luckiest kid around.

My grandfather taught me so much. Fly fishing, cabinet making, finish carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, gardening, composting, soils, seed regeneration, etc, etc. I could go on but basically he taught me a life fewer and fewer people learn- ESPECIALLY in SO CAL! While I used many of these skills to feed my family and myself, I didn't have the space to garden. After I found the DP and saw some of the gardening going on, like BigMikeDude and fishy, I realized I had been neglecting my gardening knowledge. So, I moved to a place with room for a garden and put my family to work... Now, for the first time in +20 years I am eating some REAL food with REAL taste again. I had forgotten what a REAL even tomato tasted like!

Thanks DP and thanks Michael for this awesome post... Food IS a Love Note from God! God bless you and yours.

Who Wrote The Bible?

"The Bible is the word from God through Inspired Men" (The Prophets)

BOOM!

and as this post shows

the first bible was written with a piping bag

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

That's only partially correct -

A great deal of both the Torah and New Testament are historically accurate documentations as well. Of course - placement, events and individuals aside - you do have to have some faith to believe the miraculous bits that most deists want to omit.

Thank you, Michael!

Wonderful post!! I needed that. I am on the mostly raw path. Isn't it interesting where the "red pill" takes one? As a side note, it looks like the website you linked actually is the creation of someone named Sandy Corso - not Gabriel Cousens.

Gabriel Cousens' website is here: http://www.treeoflife.nu/DRCOUSENS/DRCOUSENSBLOG/tabid/364/l...

And I found this wonderful lecture there. Peace brother - thanks again.

What's the buzz?

That which attracts me to Gabriel's language is that which has always attracted me to the language of Thich Nhat Hanh. It's beautiful and helps me to be conscious of the beauty in my experience, taking delight in [and to] the divine, at ease [free from disease], participating happily, in love, coppin' a buzz from God's grace... :D

Thanks!

Excellent! "It is the smile of awareness. It proves that we are happy, that we are alive. It is not a diplomatic smile. It is a smile born from the ground of enlightenment, of happiness."

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Very nice post, Michael!

Just lovely . . . like sunshine.

Debbie

Gods Greatest Expression Of Love To Us

He told Abraham, "Strike Not Your Son Issac", for in the last days I will send my son, my only son, to be the sacrifice for the sins of man.

Yes, God gave up his son, the unspotted lamb, (sinless) to die for us so that we may be reconciled back to him.

The curse was broken because The Devil (advesary) took what didn't belong to him.

...and so by means of a tree (Forbidden fruit) sin entered the whole human race and also by means of a tree (The cross) the curse was broken and we now have access to God..

NOW...THAT'S LOVE!!

BOOM!!

Man Can Not Live On Bread Alone...BUT

by ever word that proceedeth out from the mouth of God

BOOM!

but man can live on potato alone

if you put some butter on it

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Love is God's food for the soul

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You are what you eat, from

You are what you eat, from your head to your feet so be sure to eat food that's good for you...

One has to be very careful nowadays as to what they stuff down their pie hole.

I own a restaurant and cook for a living. I love what I do, and have been very successful. But I am still saddened and amazed at how many cars I see going through a fast food garbage mill across the street from me grabbing a speed bag full of crap.

Giving people a take-out menu is like trying to assign homework. Instead of calling their order in over the phone, they'd rather walk in an establishment, or drive thru and expect "food," in 5 minutes or less.

Food was not designed to be made in 5 minutes or less. Nor was it designed to be consumed in 5 minutes or less.

But many people today want instant gratification so they opt for the speed bad full of additives, preservatives and chemicals designed in a laboratory instead of eating real food.

Why cook dinner for your own kids when KFC is just around the corner?

Cook? Clean? Dishes?

Talking to your family for more than 10 minutes a day?

God forbid! Where's my Big Mac?

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

You kind of sound like this guy...


http://youtu.be/BOyebcrVWb4

It was probably the pandas

hey

are you calling me a pussy?

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

He probably hates

He probably hates Sierra Leona.

#Love

"He has come to stand out as an Agent of Love."

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