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Huachuma shamanism considers the body as essential in the process of transformation and particularly when one goes through emotional and spiritual changes. Traditional people speak about specific foods as very important and sacred referring to something fundamental related to the life force of this food. For example if we eat dates, almonds, yoghurt and honey, four very sacred foods, we realize that they contain a beautiful energy of life that provides the body, mind and spirit with a life force totally different from that found in the chocolates, cakes and ice creams which are found in every supermarket. These sweet foods from the supermarket may seem very tempting, but what really occurs when these foods are ingested in the body?
If we believe that happiness lies in the gustatory pleasures that chocolate could provide, for instance, we will never find what we are looking for. When we are in touch with the life force of food (like that of fresh food), we realize that happiness cannot be sought apart from ourselves and we can easily break our addictions. We realize then that chocolate, sugar, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes, for example, are not in this sense, good for us. These addictions are negative for the body - they do not bring any joy but simply provide a short moment of respite in the general discomfort and lack of plenitude we feel. When we start to taste food as it truly is, we find that things like sugar have a taste that is too crude and that all of our addictions are in reality an illusion.
This type of sensitivity is not always obvious when our capacities of discernment have been distorted by very strong tastes. The development of this sensitivity is part of the transformation of oneself. There is nothing ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ what matters is the process, which makes us intuitively sensitive to the real essence of the foods we absorb.
Indigenous people know that the foods, which carry the most life energy, are those such as seeds, grains and some tubers, which have an enormous power to proliferate.
Second on the list are fruits and vegetables, which also have a marvelous force of life but do not have the power to grow like seeds.
We all constantly go through changes and food is a beautiful way of supporting and reinforcing this process of transformation. As we become more sensitive, we realize that each food has a specific quality and affects our consciousness in a different way: wheat and corn have for instance a life force which raises us more towards the light: potatoes and other tubers rather draw us towards the earth. The food we eat interacts with our body and influences our life.
Each food conveys a consciousness or intelligence inside and it is important that we eat those foods that reinforce the necessary qualities for our optimum growth and harmonious levels of consciousness.
(Excerpt from ‘Shaman’s Wisdom’ by Tony Samara)
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