Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letting Go Does Not Equal Giving Up

Human beings, all sentient beings, hate suffering, love happiness and enjoy pleasure. Those who have either skewed their view so that their "happy place" is unattainable or unsustainable will indeed suffer. To what extent or to what extent they are able to endure this suffering will gauge whether or not someone like Robin Williams, myself, my brother who shot himself in 1990, lives or dies. Gives up.

Being a young and now an old hippie has been of benefit. I’ve never had big plans involving money, attaining so-called success, although I’ve always loved beautiful things; nice cars, bikes, glass, pottery and musical instruments, but never suffered from not attaining them and have been willing to have something almost as good without stress or injury.

Take cars. My first car was a 1961 MGA coupe, $600, yeah I wanted a Jag, a Big Healey, an Aston Martin but instead owned quite a few MG's, Triumphs, AH Bug-Eyed sprite, two Alfa's (slight better) and other less expensive European sports cars. Now some might say where is the suffering in that?  Remember folks, take my college engineering professor's advice "everything is with respect to something else".  My suffering is not yours, yours is not mine. Your threshold is unknown, you can find it, but few people give much thought to the way their mind works, they live by the motto “shit happens” or “its God’s will".  It's like they believe they are little more than a passenger on this journey called life. 

There are two very important things that occur all the time. One, things arise before our noses, second, how we react. How we react, function in the face of these momentary arisings is a reflection of our state of mind. How much weight we offer these impermanent and therefore “not so real” happenings and how much we allow them to contribute or take away from our happiness quotient.
We will suffer, it is as sure as the night will follow day. Changing our view will not stop the sun from rising and setting, but it will affect our reaction to it. All things spontaneously arise, there is no predestination nor one who predestines our moments. When we become willing to “find and live our truth” we will begin to see and experience the freedom and the joy that comes from letting go and the willingness to change our view or just “stand still/stop” when necessary.

Also, being willing to give up the idea we should have all the answers, need to have them, especially the answers to “unanswerable questions” just because we want to know. This letting go will free us from this need and also free us from the worthless guesses religions have created to satisfy our insatiable need to know.  

Unanswerable questions : Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Is there a god, God, many gods? Was the world and we creatures created by a deity? 

Ask yourself, is it fear that is motivating such questions be asked and answered?  If so, let it go “it takes courage to be happy”.  Be brave. The universe is not angry, no one in space is plotting to harm you. All this is spontaneous, all we are responsible for is how we react to it. Fear will only cause us to recoil and or strike back. Love and acceptance will free us from such protective responses and will instead leave us with arms, eyes and hearts wide open.

Receive this life with gratitude. Learn what is to be learned, and evolve...gi

Saturday, April 2, 2016

No Single Diet

These days people want a simple, one diet fits all approach to eating and often jump on fads rather than using their logical mind to find what's best. Someone builds a website or writes a book with pretty pictures of a pretty human being looking good after eating one way for a while and everyone wants to follow. Not So Fast…

Please don’t delude yourself into believing you have found a “diet” that if followed will always be the best for you. There is more to consider than simple guidelines i.e., eat only vegetables, eat only proteins, eat only organic, don't eat carbs, dairy, meats, etc. Such suggestions will surely lead you to a very unbalanced state.

Our lineage, where our ancestors came from, what they ate, survived on for centuries has much to do with what sustains us, what our bodies respond best to and what they reject. Let’s consider dairy. 

There are people of this world whose diet is almost completely made up of dairy. The Mongolians live off of their cattle’s milk, so do the Tibetans. Yak milk and butter not only feed them but also light their homes and their dung warms them through their cold winters. 

Others, like some tribes of Africa live not only on the milk for their animals but also on their blood, rarely killing them because owning a few head was often all they had, but milk their blood just as they milk the milk from them. The combination of blood and milk is a powerful food that make these people some of the strongest in Africa.

 Still others like the North African and Middle Eastern people live on a carbohydrate rich diet, every meal include grains, some eaten as is, some made into breads which are the foundation to their diet. So many today fear such, but upon closer examination I find there are those, especially those from these backgrounds, that exhibit no allergy at all towards gluten.

Staying with carbohydrates, grains which have been demonized in books like Grain Brain we must look towards the Asian where many such as the Japanese and Chinese live almost exclusively on rice, not only live, but thrived on it and their brains are just fine.

The evidence is clear. After generations of consuming certain food groups as their primary source of nourishment human beings have adapted on a cellular level to thrive on foods some other humans do not. Unfortunately often for the sake of selling a book or promoting a lifestyle some have demonized or promoted one group of food over another and that in my opinion is a very unwise decision.

I prefer and advise people through trial, error and investigation of their roots to identify and eat the foods they are best adapted. To not follow fad diets that some seem to do well on, but to instead use their own minds and bodies to come up with a diet that is best suited to maintain “their” optimum health.

I must close this piece by stating. There are diets to live on and others to heal on. Don’t confuse them. Many of the fads diets of the last twenty-five years began as healing protocols i.e. the vegan diet/raw food and primal diets. If you do your homework you’ll find as I did in a very practical way these diets where meant to detox and heal and that if followed beyond a certain point will injure you. I found this true when I was dying and tried to heal exclusively on the Ann Wigmore protocol.
 After a while it became debilitating, too cleansing and cold after the cleanse was over.  I found I needed to change to a Raw Fat based diet to complete my healing. Know what? It worked. 

I am available for consults both in my office and by phone. I have helped many turn their lives around. Let me help you heal and thrive…gi 

Friday, April 1, 2016

My Experience with Dr Ann Wigmore's Protocol

The original healing protocol and facility created by Ann Wigmore the mother of wheatgrass was a simple, inexpensive and compassionate program of healing, one based on the idea that via cleansing and re-nourishing the body it would return to health.

I spent some weeks at Creative Health Institute in Hodunk Michigan in the early 2000’s. I was broke, broken, dying and had few options. Upon arriving I was assured I would not be asked to leave before the miracle manifested as long as I participated in the program and helped around the facility in any way I was able. This was called “energy exchange" something that is all but gone poof as the owners of such facilities have changed their purpose from healing and helping to making money. No one was turned away.
My Class in 2002

At Creative Health the protocol was what Dr Ann taught, fasting on juices, mostly wheatgrass for the first four days, followed by a week of Energy Soups and more wheatgrass both orally and as anal implants.

After these first 7-10 day of liquid food we began to add some solid raw vegan foods to the protocol. Every meal was created by the clients with the help of staff. We learned in the kitchen how to take care of ourselves and how to help others return to health. We also worked in the organic garden, a small plot that supplied us with much of the veggies we consumed. Of course we grew our own wheatgrass and sprouts, mostly sunflower.

Upon leaving the only items we were offered to purchase were a juicer and a Vitamix. We left there with a book of resources that included sources for seeds, equipment and Ann’s Writings.   Any one who stayed left a different person, one who was not only healthier, but able to care and feed themselves for life.

One day while I was sunning myself out side the front door 
a car pulled up. A young man stepped out, came around the car and opened the door. Their sat a skeletal figure, a woman so thin, so weak her son, the young man, had to carry her inside. Over the next couple of weeks I got to know her, she was on loads of morphine, could’t eat and her belly was as swallow as a nine month pregnant woman’s.  The first time we interacted I was playing the upright piano located in the living room. She came and leaned her head on it and smiled. I stopped play and she groaned, pointed to me and the piano asking for more. It was then I realized she was a deaf mute yet was able to hear my music through her bones as she made contact with the piano. From that day she was my friend. I’d played for her, prayed with and for her, read her scripture and encourage her.

Every morning many of the residents would walk out between the corn fields. On one sweet day I heard someone coming up behind me a a good rate of speed. It was she, her belly now flat, off her pain meds and race walking after me with the biggest smile. I cried, she had been healed!

I was going to compare and contrast Ann’s Hippocrates with the Palm Beach facility, but they have lots of money and lawyers. So I just say this. There is no comparison. Dr Ann would not be happy. I went to them asking for help when I was dying, I was sent away because I could not pay their crazy prices and they did no offer an “energy exchange program” just “sorry, no money, no help”.  Go home and die. Shame on them.