Finding Our Balance with the Food Chain

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We need the balance of male and female energy that comes from eating both plants and animals.  This is about alchemy, knowing your way of balance.

Many people refuse to eat meat because they see that as killing life.  What they fail to realize is that eating plants is also killing.  Plants are givers, and animals receive plant as food.  When you eat meat, the animal is helping you receive the plant, for an animal is a walking plant, in a sense.  Remember, death gives life.  The animal’s sacrifice empowers us, nurtures us, heals us, and teaches us how to receive.  We determine how that give-away is honored and respected by the way we receive it.  To deny that gift is to deny one of the important roles they play in the web of life of this planet.

On the other hand, there are those who refuse to eat meat not because they see it as intrinsically wrong, but because they are offended by the cruel and inhumane way animals are slaughtered and processed today.  We now live in a world where we are dependent on our food coming from and through the process of mass production.  Through your prayer and honoring of the food that comes to your table, you can determine what happens to its energy.  Offer thanks for its give-away, and say a sincere prayer to that animal or plant for the way in which it had to die for you.  This heart connection with the spirit of the plant or the animal can reinstate the natural balance and alignment with Sacred Law.  This is an example of energy transformation that we determine through our intent and our actions.

At the same time, you can actively lobby for reform in the food production industry and spend your consumer dollars in stores that stock products that are more in alignment with these principles.

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How to Align with the Food We Eat

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You can make a powerful connection with the worlds of Grandmother Earth through the food you eat in the following way: When you sit down to eat, look at every single plant and meat on your plate and envision it alive in its natural form.  Reflect for a moment about the preciousness, the sweetness, of that food usually taken for granted.  Them very clearly from your heart, say thank-you, and honor the way in which it died in order for you to be nourished.  Declare your intent – to gain the greatest amount of energy and nourishment possible from the food.

When you do this, you receive much more than just calories and vitamins; the plants and animals co-empower you through their give-away.  In this way, you engage in a process of connection and communication that transcends physical substance form.  Do this for one week, and then go back to your old routine and notice the difference in your energy.  This is a step for you towards alignment.  This also applies to people who say grace at a meal.  Usually, this is spoken as a prayer to God or Creator/Creatress for the blessing of the food.  In addition, however, offer your prayer of thanksgiving directly to the plants and animals that feed you.

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Our Relationship to Plants and Animals as Food

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The food you eat comes from the plant and animal world.  Plants and animals have done a sacred give-away of themselves to provide nourishment for you.  The food – plant or animal – has a consciousness as well as a substance form.  When you eat the substance form, it releases its spiritual essence, which is what really nourishes you.  In this way, it gives you life.

There is such a thing as dead food and live food, even though both may be cooked food.  The manner in which your food is prepared affects how and to what extent its essence can be transferred to you for your sustenance and health.  Food prepared in fast-food restaurants and take-out chains or available in the frozen-food section of the supermarket is essentially dead food.  It has not been prepared with loving care; it has been thrown together on a rushed assembly line, and too often we the scarf it down on the run.  Families less and less often sit down to a lovingly prepared meal and truly focus on and appreciate the nourishment, this give-away that comes to us from the worlds of Grandmother Earth.  More and more, our meals are squeezed into our work schedules – between meetings, band practice, our workout at the gym, picking the kids up from school, or going to the movies.  Remember, everything is energy.  The energy we radiate into the food we eat is what we carry into our bodies.

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Animals as Teachers

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Animals are powerful teachers and have much to offer us because they possess natural balance, harmony, and alignment.  They do not have doubt, blame, shame, insecurity, and all the other blocks we experience.  A wolf does not worry because it is not an eagle.  A fox does not experience jealousy because another fox is bigger and has longer, shinier fur.  They don’t yearn to be something else.  The animal simply knows what it is and instinctively knows its purpose.  Animals teach us to accept ourselves for who we are because they are so in alignment with who they are.

One way to align with and communicate with the animal world is to go to your local zoo.  Spend time with an animal that you are attracted to, particularly one of your own totem animals, for they are the key to your own unique naturalness.  Do not stare into their eyes, as that is a signal of aggression or danger; rather, gaze at them indirectly or with soft focus.  Send your energy and your communication softly, with respect and honor.  Ask that animal to receive the energy and send its energy back.  They communicate in images, so see what you get.  Observe the animal in its catness, its deerness, its rabbitness, its crowness, its wolfness.  What makes it what it is?  If the opportunity presents itself, imitate the body movements, mannerisms, and sounds of the animal, just as you did with the trees.  What does it feel like, look like, act like in your own body to be a jaguar, a bear, an eagle?

Over time, you will want to get to know your own personal totem animals.  We encourage you to explore this arena by reading Sun Bear’s book The Medicine Wheel (New York: Prentice Hall, 1986).  His sacred vision, his Earth wisdom, and the love of Grandmother Earth that Sun Bear shared during his life were instrumental in bringing back the sacred Medicine Wheels and reawakening people’s connection with the Earth Mother.

In their natural habitats, animals maintain harmony and balance.  They exhibit alpha/beta behavior and assert their territorial imperative to maintain that balance.  That same behavior is exhibited by humans as well, since we are still two-legged animals, but we don’t create balance and harmony with our alpha/beta behavior.  More often or not, we dominate and try to take control, thus upsetting the balance in the environment.  When we enter the picture, we destroy the whole balance and suffer immeasurably for it.

Read how Reintroducing Wolves into Yellowstone National Park changed the Ecosystem as an example of this harmony and balance.

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Animal World: Mythologicals

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In the Center, we catalyze with our sexual soul force through open heart to heart communication.  Our open hearted sexual communication is what gives us our identity as a human being. This comes through our soul, our life force energy.

The mythical animals, the receiver-transformers, sit in the Center of the Animal World wheel.  The unicorn, the pegasus, the dragon, the thunderbird, and other mythological archetypes transform our myths and our dreams into sources of understanding and power.  The mythological animals sit in this place along with the ancestors because they are stored within our ancestral memory.  We sit as unbalanced two-leggeds in the very Center of this wheel, but if we can grow up and become balanced humans, then we can evolve to our own circle and become “human beings.”

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Animal World: Winged Ones

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In the East, we determine with the spirit through passion and lust. The words passion and lust are bound to create controversy. Think of it this way. You have not had an apple in a long time, and you may never have an apple again. As you eat this apple, you totally focus your attention on it. With all your senses, you taste the juice of it; you are aware of the texture and smell of it.  You savor every morsel of it as if it were the only thing going in town. This is eating an apple with passion and lust. So, in our lives, with everything we do, whether it is cleaning the floor, writing a paper, or making love, we should do it with the spirit of passion and lust, as if it were the last moment of life. Savor each moment by determining with your intent and focus from your spirit.

The winged ones are aligned with spirit, and they are the receiver-determiners in the East of the Animal World wheel.  They are masters of movement in alignment with the wind energies, so they can fly the currents of the mind.  In every aspect of their being, they symbolize the way our mind receives.

The winged ones also represent our fierce desire to fly.  Even in the earliest cave drawings there are two connections made to the animal world by shamans and sorcerers: first to the horned ones and second to the winged ones.  Early humanity equated freedom with the symbol of the winged ones.  The greatest thing our mind can conceive is its individual, autonomous freedom, and birds represent this at the highest level, symbolically and in practice.  They also give us their wings and feathers as medicine objects that can direct or move energy.

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Animal World: Four-leggeds

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In the North, we receive with the mind through clarity and caring. Our mind is an open cup, ready to receive from many viewing points and perspectives. When we are open only to one viewing point, we can get tunnel vision. The more ideas and concepts we can receive with our minds, the greater will be our capacity to see many different perspectives and therefore, gain more clarity.

The four-leggeds, the runners who are double receivers sit in the north of the Animal World wheel.  They are in perfect balance within themselves and with everything around them.  They know when the weather is going to change or a storm is brewing or a natural catastrophe is about to happen.  They receive energy, very often absorbing human emotions.  If your pets are in the area where you are doing body work, healing work, crystal work, medicine work, or magickal ceremony, they will soak up every bit of negative energy.  Your animals will literally die for you.

Fact about dogs: They possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.  That’s a lot more receiving than humans are even capable of.

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Animal World: Creepers and Crawlers

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In the West, we hold with the physical body with intimacy. Now, this does not mean to hold as in hold on tight.  It is holding in the sense of transforming energy through stabilization and for utilization.  Think of it as an electrical cord. The body is the structure through which electrical energy moves like a conduit, and provides the transformed energy to turn a fan, or work a toaster, or move the body parts.

The crawlers are those whose bellies are closest to Grandmother Earth and who often move through her.  They are the receiver-holders who sit in the West of the Animal World wheel.  The snake is the closest to the Earth, receiving her energy from the Earth, then giving back to us knowledge of the perfect alchemy of the Earth

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Animal World: Swimmers

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South energies teach us how to give with our emotions with tenderness, which is a means of “energy motion” or “E-motion.” Emotions are meant to be expressed, to flow freely. In other words, if we are angry we give our anger; when we are happy we give happiness; when we are sad, we cry and give with sadness. Our emotions are a part of our beauty which we have to give away. As long as we are giving our emotions with tenderness our emotions are true, clear and clean expressions of what is happening with us. We are in balance.

The swimmers, the receiver-givers, sit in the south of the animal world.  They move through the water, the South of the Animal World wheel.  Fish receive through the water whatever energy is present and hold it in their flesh.  The highest incidents of food poisoning in the world result from eating seafood contaminated by pollution in the water.  The cetaceans – dolphins and whales – are the greatest receiver-givers and holders of genetic memory on this planet.

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Animal World

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Animals, the third world of Grandmother Earth, are the receivers of energy.  Their gift is teaching us how to receive. Knowing how animals are receivers is probably most easily understood by those of you who have pets. You will recall the times when you were sick or just “blue” and your pet came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.”  Animals will take on the energy of their human companion. Often people say the pet looks like or acts like their caretaker.

In our tradition, animals are known as “Sweet Medicine.” Each animal through its habits and ways carries within its being-ness a “medicine.” It is a gift of healing they bring to us if we align with them. Mostly they teach us to be who we are. You don’t see a dog wanting to act like a frog. It is content in its dog-ness. These animals are great teachers and allies.

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