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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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God and Food are ONE

We are all connected to God. All the books are stories. The only truth is within each of us. Are you afraid to take on that responsibility? Well, I'm not. I love being God. I live by my word because that is all you have.

Mike thanks for that little story. You are a master. I love you . You and your wife are wonderful.

May all the angry frightened people disappear. Just because you are afraid doesn't give you the right to be so skeptic.

May I bless you and keep you within my heart.

Sincerely,

You guessed it or maybe you haven't,

ME

You've obviously read my book,

as you've apparently mastered chapter ten! :D

Michael Nystrom's picture

Forgive them, friend

For they know not what they do.

God's love note is NOT food!

How foolish a thing it is to say that!

Sounds like something the so called "pope" would say!

God's grace is NOT obtained by eating!

Sorry, but that is pure nonsense!

God's "love letter" is the Bible!

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God"

I can feel those fiery darts coming at me...but, I gotta tell it like it is!

Peace

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

You should know better

The truth has no place on feel good threads. These people have no clue what the Love of God is.

God's fiery love dart #6

"God's grace is NOT obtained by eating!" -holbrook

But is it not obtained by eating consciously to glorify God?

I think that is Gabriel's point. "Love letter" was clearly used a metaphor just as you used the metaphor "fiery dart". Perhaps I blasphemed as I expanded your metaphor, "God's fiery dart", but perhaps I didn't blaspheme as my intention was to glorify God. Perhaps "Word of God" is out of bounds as metaphor, but Gabriel used no such term. If he in his metaphor does consciously intend to hint or allude to that term, point us to it, the Word of God, is that not a good thing?

I've come to believe through both experience and guidance from those well interpreting the Word of God before me, that God's grace is always and continuously available to me. As such, my obtaining it is a matter of my manner to accept it. The [physical] world is a bear to navigate and provides continuous fodder for spiritual distraction to me in my non-omniscience. As such, my elders have taught me to pray and meditate continually [as much as possible :D] as I navigate, that I remain God conscious. I was taught to vocalize a prayer of "Grace" upon each meal. Am I to cease my prayer as I eat? Are you to condemn a metaphor that helps me glorify God as I chew my food? The Word of God is filled with ritual teaching that aids in aligning phenomena with God's spirit, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven". Isn't my acceptance my key to receiving God's grace? In conscious glorification don't we expand God's kingdom? Were you not taught to accept all gifts, all things like food, in a manner that aligns with receiving God's grace?

With all sincerity

The wicked and the ungodly, eat daily and are blessed by that, and yet do not receive the grace of God.

Praying over food is a good thing if it is out of a truly thankful heart.

We who are of Christ, give thanks ALWAYS for EVERYTHING, not just food by the way.

We are told that whether we eat or drink, whatsoever we do, we are to do all to the glory of God.

We can only do that with thanksgiving to Him who gives us all things.
But physical food and drink are not His "grace" they are some of His many blessings.

Now, you may call that saying "grace" over your food because that was what you were taught by your elders, but that is NOT "Grace", it is rather the giving of thanks for your food.

God did NOT call any such praying over food as saying "Grace"

You have been sadly misled I am sorry to say.

Properly stated is is called the giving of thanks and asking the Lord's blessing over what one is about to eat and drink.

We who are of Christ are taught of Christ through His Word, and we give thanks for all God's blessings because we are truly thankful, not because someone taught us. That is not true thanksgiving.

When Jesus told us that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, He was telling us that just as we need physical food that He gave us to eat to live physically, we even more so need spiritual food that He gave us ( the Bible / the Word of God ) to live spiritally, AND eternally.

Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh!

Jesus said:

"He that eateth me, even he shall live by me"

"This is that bread (Jesus Himself ) which came down from heaven"

"Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day"

Jesus said "I am the Bread of Life"

Without that spiritual food, one is damned!

Nobody insinuated praying over food was wrong, so don't be a liar about that!

God sends His blessings on the evil and the good, He sends His rain and sun upon the just and the unjust because it is His good pleasure to do so, but His "Grace" is a grace of salvation!

God's mercy is NOT giving us what we deserve!
His "Grace" is giving us what we do NOT deserve....salvation!

That is what God's "Grace" is all about.... "For by Grace have ye been saved through faith, and not of works lest any man boast, it is the gift of God"

The post I will say again is one of great foolishness in using the word "Grace" as it does!

God's grace is higher, much, much higher than what you have said.

Sorry Michael

Peace

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

holbrook, what "god" do you pray to?

I would like to know since I want nothing to do with a "god" that teaches judgment, anger and hate.
I see the name Jesus in your comments, but the Jesus I was taught about would NEVER stand in judgement over one of his brothers or sisters seeking to understand this gift of life we have been given. At least your "god" will probably forgive you, just as Michael has.

SAVE YOUR PREACHING FOR YOUR PAYING CONGREGATION, personally it made me want to puke and I wont be reading any more of it.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Amen

And thank you.

Really! The post didn't say that providing

man with what he needed for his physical body was the only expression of God's love. I thought it was a lovely metaphor - a love letter from God. One might do well to view all of Creation that way, all of nature's various systems which are interconnected... all of the human body's systems (circulatory, digestive...) which are interconnected... and with human health and the health of nature interconnected.

And, indeed, your quote, "Man shall not live by bread alone" itself implies that man DOES need "bread" to live, just not *only* bread, i.e., physical nourishment. So when *even* the Bible acknowledges that we do need physical nourishment, and when God specifically provided for that need, how could you find offensive a post that suggests we start viewing food that way more consciously: coming from God, an expression of His love. [He didn't give us bitter pills to swallow. He gave us this! Beautiful, delicious, nutritious...]
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PgbtYjetUUI/T-H19l2csaI/AAAAAAAAH_...
http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_...
http://paulsproduce.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/gathered-her...
http://www.fiestamart.com/media/23933/herbs-and-spices.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8XsBhC2pOFI/UOQz8Xi9uvI/AAAAAAAAYsc/YzNpXMqu4x4/s640/macedamia+nut+trees+(2+of+5).jpg

I know you mean well, holbrook. But there's no need to be defensive. What the post says and what you do are not mutually exclusive.

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

God did not write the Bible

The bible was written by men. God wrote the trees, the mountains, the rivers, and the clouds. Why don't you read directly from the source?

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

God wrote the trees....Why don't you read from the source?

An astute observation. Wow. Brilliant. Simple. Elegant. True. Thank you for typing this thought of yours. I'm enriched mentally because of it. Thank you. :)

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Who do you think it is that provides you with your Daily Bread?

God's grace - life itself - is not obtained by eating?

Let me ask you a question: What would happen to you if you did not eat?

Man shall not live by bread alone - sure enough. But can he live by the Bible alone?

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Genesis 9:3

Peace.

You are right: it is common grace that God provides daily bread.

That is a very real aspect of the grace of God, which Jesus Christ himself recognized as a need. He reminds us that God provides for even the sparrows and the flowers of the field, and that we are more important to Him than many sparrows. The logical conclusion He draws from these two facts is : Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6: 25 - 33)

Peace and thanks to you, as well.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Isn't all...

...of Creation an expression of Love, though? Seems like all the good food in the garden was a loving gift? And human inventiveness, creativity to in turn make food an art -- a reflection of Love all its own.

Fall...

...time is my weakness -- caramel apples, pies and cobblers, Thanksgiving. But your post reminded me of how I actually seem to savor every bit of flavor and texture even more when eating right -- good encouragement to get back on the path.

Am truly sorry about what May (and you) are going through.

I'm guessing the pig has a different perspective?

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If food is a love note from God,

is famine then hate mail from God?

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

uh, no

Hate mail would be poison. Famine would be lack of love. Not the same.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

this guy look healthy to you?

http://www.treeoflife.nu/DRCOUSENS/DRCOUSENSBLOG/tabid/364/l...

Great promotion. I think he said "Ann Wigmore" 10,000 times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UGFTeL53rE

Now Michael, I have lost 2 sisters in law to cancer, 49 & 55 years old. They were big into caffeine and grains (bread & pasta). They were treated by doctors, doctors and doctors. By the time they passed away their sister (my wife) divorced us and cut me out of the loop to lend any assistance.

I did the vegetarian thing for 20 years but something was still missing. Sometimes (many times) vegetarianism is a great excuse to eat sweets.

It's possible that many foods can nourish the body and Dr Sherry Rogers says our poor health (and there is much of it) is caused by 2 things; poor nutrition and toxins in the body. BTW she is not encouraging us to eat pizza 5 time per day.

Check out iodine and just type "iodine deficiency" into your browser and see if you recognize the symptoms. Dr Brownstein says we can only go so far with our health when we are iodine deficient.

So Mario was close to death and then recovered and then died?
You were feeling great and then drunk and acting like Miley Cyrus?
Smoking?
Lethargic?

There you go. Make sure you are "paying attention".

thedoctorisin

I like that quote very much...

...I shall have to use it some time :)

And am glad you are aware of this.

Abosorbing and eating what God created for us, and ONLY eating what He created for us is very important.

I try to stress the imprtance of man-made synthetic compounds, vs. what God has created for us, or what has been called "organic" compounds, (all that is found in nature and created by Him) to my family all the time.

I have gotten a lot better at communicating the importance of what we put into our bodies to my family. They are now starting to buy organic produce, and slowly but surely, are becoming much more conscience of what constitutes food, (love notes :))

It's a lot better, because before, I would be too emotional (as it is an emotional thing to know that a lot of what is passed on for "food", literally kills and degenerates the body of your loved ones) and I would speak too fast, looking like a rambling mad man, lol. Approach is key.

Yes, God gave us everything we need here, and it is truly a blessing. When we realize this, and pass on this realization to others, we are truly helping them live better lives, full of energy, physically and spiritually.

It is a shame that many people are putting into their temples of bodies, things that God did not create, and are suffering because of it.

But if we can enlighten and share with people that, "food is a Love Note from God", then we can help those we love very much so.

It IS "all about the food"! Our bodies and souls yearn for what God created!

I enjoyed the post, thanks.

Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
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