Somatic Nutrition by Alan Davidson
We are Physical Matter and have a physical body:
What we eat and drink, we become physically.
We are Emotion and have an emotional body:
What we feel and sense, we are emotionally
We are Mind and have a mental body:
What we think and dwell upon, we are mentally.
Dr. Randolph Stone
Nutrition is not often mentioned in the field of somatic’s. The emphasis of somatic work tends to the energetic, psychological or structural aspects of the body. Somatic’s is defined as the living body in it’s wholeness,” or mind, body, and spirit in unity. A holistic view of the human organism must include diet and it’s effect for maximizing our human potential.
I associate the nutritional aspect of somatic work with the Third chakra. The third chakra relates to the element of Fire and the sense of Vision. The third chakra is found at the solar plexus, just beneath the sternum. Its color is yellow and with the fire element affects metabolism. The solar plexus chakra is sometimes called our seat of personal power. It’s about self-assertion, courage or cowardice (in astrology, Leo, the lion is a fire sign). It relates to the use or abuse of power. I think a constant theme of this century is the balancing of this ferocious power of fire. Thomas Edison’s harnessing electricity for the light bulb and Laser light used for surgery are beneficial examples. The ovens of Auschwitz, the atomic mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, the clouds of smoke over the desert of Kuwait and the burning of the rain-forests are examples of the extreme abuse of power this century has seen.
Our sense of vision is also out of balance with our other senses. Aries, another fire sign, rules the eyes (He is also the Roman god of war). We are a visually stimulated people. Carolyn Myss states that 80 % of our daily decisions are visually motivated. Terence Mckenna, in his lecture series History Ends in Green, suggests an interesting theory for this preference. Prehistoric people were nomads that followed the wild herds of cattle across the savannas. One of the foods found near herds of cattle are the hallucinogenic mushrooms that grow in their feces. Mckenna asserts that prehistoric peoples often ate the mushrooms; which stimulated the visual centers of the cerebral cortex. This expanded visual acuity assisted in hand-eye coordination; which in turn helped the hunters in killing their game. The mushrooms helped the evolution of the species with better nutrition and by strengthening the visual centers. As the human race has become domesticated we have maintained our dependence on visual skills. We, now, rely less on our sense of smell and hearing and more on our visual senses.
As I begin my discussion on nutrition let me remind you of the quote by Carols Chastened:
Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone, one question…. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.
There are many opposing opinions on how, what and why to eat. You need only go to the book or health food store to discern that. When creating an eating program you must rely on your own mind and heart to find the balance that works for you…and you alone. I like the example of Mahatma Gandhi. He experimented with diet until the time he died. He believed that your body, including how you nourish it, should be your laboratory for your experiments in self-realization.
One of the primary ways to maximize the natural vitality, prana or chi of your life is the consumption of Live Foods.” Eating live foods utilizes the natural energy of enzymes. Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Institute says, You are alive only because thousands of enzymes make it possible. Every breath you take, thought you think, or sentence you read, is a result of thousands of complex enzyme systems and there functions operating simultaneously…They are the active construction and demolition teams that work 24 hours a day to maintain health and balance in your body.” Under a microscope an enzyme appears to be a protein. In reality protein is not the active agent of enzymes, but merely the material which stores the life energy of enzymes, just as a battery stores energy to light a flashlight.
Technically enzymes are globular proteins that promote specific chemical reactions within the cell. There are three distinct types of enzymes. Metabolic enzymes, which run our bodies; digestive enzymes, which digest our foods; and food enzymes from raw food which begin digestion. No mineral, vitamin, or hormone can do any work without them. Enzymes are found in fresh fruits, vegetables, nut and grains. Sprouted grains are the most potent with enzymatic life force as they contain all the energy a plant will need to thrive. Each raw food has its own hermetic seal, such as a peel, skin or shell, which protects the fragile enzymes. When the seal is broken the enzymes begin to immediately break. All cooked or processed foods are considered de-natured which means that all the enzymes are dead. There may be vitamins or minerals left for absorption, but there is no longer any life force left. The average American diet is deficient in enzymes. A diet of dead” foods means that our own bodies must operate on an imbalance of declining enzyme levels. Decreased enzyme levels lead to poor digestion, illness and disease. That’s why eating a diet rich in raw foods and high in enzymes is vital. You absorb the life force of the plants you eat to maintain your own vitality.
The third chakra is the energetic correlation to the endocrine system’s production of insulin. Insulin affects metabolism by its conversion of sugars into available energy for the body. The Islet’s of Langerhan, which are found in the pancreas, produce insulin. Much has been made lately about the affects of complex carbohydrates and their effects on diet. The dietetic emphasis over the past decade has been on a low fat, low protein diet with a higher percentage of complex carbohydrates. Recent studies show that complex carbohydrates like pasta, bread, potatoes, peas and bananas create a surplus imbalance of insulin in the blood stream. This insulin imbalance adversely affects the body by im-balancing the rest of the hormonal system. Surplus insulin also distorts energy levels and directs the body to store extra glucose as fat rather than burn it for fuel. Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone, has done excellent research on balancing the insulin/hormonal system through food. He says, Food is far more important than just something you eat for pleasure or to appease your hunger. Rather, it is a potent drug that you’ll take for the rest of your life. Once food is broken down into its basic components (glucose, amino acids, and fatty acids) and sent into the bloodstream, it has a more powerful impact on your bodyand your healththan any drug your doctor could ever prescribe.”
Drinking coffee is another food factor that imbalances the hormonal system. Uptown Health & Spirit recently printed a report from a Duke University Medical Center study of 72 habitual coffee drinkers. Participants produced more adrenaline and noradrenalin on days they drank coffee than days when they abstained. The study states, People who drink four to five cups of coffee throughout the morning have slightly elevated blood pressure and higher levels of stress hormones all day into the evening, creating a scenario in which the body acts like it is continually under stress.” James Lane, associate research professor of psychiatry at Duke says, If you combine the effects of real stress with the artificial boost in stress from caffeine, then you have compounded the effects considerably. The increase in blood pressure and stress hormones is elevated till bedtime even if coffee consumption stops at 1 p.m..”
Drinking sufficient water is another component of maintaining maximum health. Water is the single most abundant substance in your body: 70 to 90% of each cell’s weight is water. The average adult loses 2500 ml, or 76 ounces, of water each day through urination, feces, sweat and respiration. Your daily intake of water must equal your daily output. You must drink approximately 45 ounces of water. The balance of your daily requirement comes from eating moist foods and the metabolism of various nutrients within the body. It is important to drink pure, filtered water for the body’s use. Most public drinking water carries contaminants, heavy metals, and unhealthy bacteria. It is important to refrain from drinking much liquid during meals. The extra fluid decreases the effect of the digestive enzymes and hydrocloric acid of the stomach. It is also suggested to never take iced drinks during meals as the stomach works at !05 degrees F. The cold liquid lowers the temperature and slows digestion.
Personally, eating is the one area of somatic work that poses the most difficulty for me. Body weight and image is something I’ve struggled with as long as I can remember. I use the metaphor of meditation as my guide for eating. In meditation I know to focus on the breath. As human beings we loose focus and begin to think, and think, and think. The skill of meditation is to come back to the breath. Come back over and over again. Then the skill becomes a pattern and eventually a way of life. There are times when my eating program is better than others. I just regain my focus and come back to the eating principals that I know deliver the most benefit to me.
PRACTICES FOR THE 3RD CHAKRA:
The Hindi SquatDr. Stone writes, This posture is ideal for the release of gases, constipation, excessive abdominal fat, and toning the walls of the abdomen by the muscular exertion and squeezing of the thighs.”
Relax, standing straight with the feet about hip’s width apart (or a little more for comfort). Relax the neck and allow the chin to gently drop to the chest. Slowly let gravity pull your head down towards the floor, one vertebra at a time. When you are bent over at the waist, gently rock front to back and side to side to relax the shoulders and neck. Pause and take a deep breath. Bend the knees and slowly drop into a squat. The feet should remain flat on the floor, pointing forwards for the best results. If this is not possible, you may use a small pillow under the heels until you master this posture. Bring your elbows to the inside of the knees. Bring your hands together in prayer position over the heart. The pressure on the knees will stretch them out. Rock gently from front and back and side to side. Relax and take a deep breath.
To stand back up, place your hands upon your knees. Get a sense of your tailbone pointing backwards. Press the tailbone up first as you come to standing. Pause, take a deep breath and notice the sensations of your body.
The Fire BreathSit comfortably cross-legged on the floor. The spine is straight, the body relaxed. This breath is done through both nostrils. One breath, or round, is a relaxed inhalation with a forced exhalation. A slow pace is 60 rounds per minute; a moderate pace is 120 rounds a minute; a rapid pace is 240 rounds a minute. If you are a beginner, stay with a slow breath. This breath over oxygenates the body, reduces carbon dioxide and encourages energy flow through the chakras. This is a very invigorating breath.
1 cup Dead Sea mineral salts
1 cup baking soda
cup apple cider vinegar
20 drops total of any of these essential oils: juniper, vetiver, rosemary, sage, lemon, clove, peppermint, spearmints.
All of these oils support self-esteem and self-confidence. They inspire making decisions and taking action. A word of caution: don’t use rosemary, peppermint or spearmint before bed as they are energizing oils.
Alan Davidson is the co-author of Healing the Heart of the World with Prince Charles, Carolyn Myss, John Gray, and Neal Donald Walsch. Alan, a Registered Massage Therapist since 1988, is the owner and director of Essential Touch Therapies in Houston, Texas. He has a B.S. from University of Houston, Downtown, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology, philosophy, and religion. Alan is fascinated with the intersection of bodywork, psychology, ritual, and spiritual practice. Having taught massage, meditation, yoga, and human transformation since 1990 he is currently on the teaching staff at NiaMoves Studio. Alan wholeheartedly believes, Life is for the fun of it!” You can reach Alan at http://www.throughyourbody.com
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Pluto; the Planet That Never Was
Funny, isn’t it? After approximately 76 years of known existence, Pluto is suddenly excluded from the list of planets in our solar system. Pluto, till now, was considered the ninth planet and the farthest one from the sun in the solar system. It was initially noticed in the year 1905, when Lowell Observatory (founded by Dr. Lowell in 1894) started an extensive project in search of a possible ninth planet. It was finally given an identity in 1930 by Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh of Arizona’s Lowell Observatory.
Pluto is no stranger to controversy. Infact, it’s been dogged by disputes ever since its discovery. Many astronomers feel that Pluto, now officially downgraded to ‘dwarf status’ on August 24, 2006 by International Astronomical Union, never deserved to be a full planet in the first place. Pluto was considered a planet because scientists initially believed that it was of the same size as of earth. It remained one because for years, it was the only known object in the Kuiper Belt, an enigmatic zone beyond the Neptune that is teeming with comets and other planetary objects. In 1978, Pluto was found to have a moon, later named as Cheron. Later two more were found which christened Nix and Hydra this past june.
So now the question appears: What is a planet’s new defination and why was Pluto disqualified ? The answer provided to the people is that a Planet should be a Celestial Body that (i) Orbits around the Sun; (ii) Has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to pull it into a nearly spherical shape; and (iii) Has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit. Pluto was disqualified because it failed to meet the third condition. Its oblong orbit overlaps Neptune’s.
The movements of the planets along their orbit is very essential for their existence and their inclusion in the solar system. Astrology as a subject is in connection with the movements of the planets around the sun. In astrology, planet differs from its modern usage. Astrology utilises the ancient geocentric model of the universe in its calculations and thus employs the term in its original geocentric sense.
The seven classical planets are those which can easily be seen with the naked eye and were thus known to ancient astrologers before the advent of the telescope. The Sun also know as ‘Sol’ is usually thought to represent the conscious ego, the self, and the principles of creativity, spontaneity, health and vitality – the life force. The sun is the planetary ruler of Leo. The moon or ‘Luna’ is the ruling planet of Cancer. It is associated with a person’s emotional make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories and moods. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo and represents the principles of mentality, thinking patterns, rationality, transport, reasoning, and communication. Venus associated with the Roman goddess of love, is described as representing love. Venus is associated with the principles of harmony, beauty, balance, and the urge to unite. It is the ruling planet of Taurus and Libra. Mars is the ruling planet of Aries and, for many astrologers, Scorpio. Before the discovery of Pluto, it was universally considered the ruler of Scorpio. Most modern astrologers consider Pluto the ruler of Scorpio, but may regard Mars as a co-ruler, while all traditional astrologers still regard Mars as the only ruler of Scorpio. Jupiter is associated with the principles of growth, expansion, religion, higher education, prosperity and protecting roles. Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sagittarius, and for many astrologers, also the ruler of Pisces. Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn and, traditionally, Aquarius. It is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, reality, crystallizing and structures.
Since the invention of the telescope, Western astrology has incorporated Uranus, Neptune and Pluto into its methodology. The planet Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius and associates with the principles of genius, new and unconventional ideas, discoveries, electricity, inventions, and radical politics, among other things. Modern astrologers associate the planet Neptune with illusion, deception, religions, spirituality, the mass media, music, drugs, extreme sensitivity, psychic phenomena and altered mental states. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces. “Pluto” is considered to represent the part of a person that destroys in order to renew. A commonly used keyword for Pluto is “transformation”. It is the ruling planet of Scorpio.
Pluto is also associated with extreme power and corruption; the discovery of Pluto in 1930 coincided with the rise of fascism and Stalinism in Europe and the major proliferation of organized crime in the United States. It is also associated with nuclear armament, which had its genesis in the research of that decade.
Forget what you were taught in school, Pluto is no longer a full planet. The Classsic planets of the solar system becomes eight now namely Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
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Why i get different result in vedic astrology? I’m confused :(?
Bellow you can see the details. But I was surprised because in vedic astrology i received totaly different results, namely my ascedant is Pisces and not Aries and the planetary positions are different. Why is this so? I dont know which one is valid? How should I interpret the details bellow ? If someone is a vedic strology expert please help. thanks.
Name Natalija Spasovska
Date Of Birth 14/05/1984
Time Of Birth 03:40:00
Time Zone -1 Hr. 0 Min.
DST 1 Hr. 0 Min.
Your Ascending Sign is Pisces
Planet Sign Degree Nakshatra Pad
Asc Pisces 21 16 44 Revati 2
Sun Aries 29 49 27 Krittika 1
Mon Libra 14 57 32 Swati 3
Mar Libra 26 14 23 Vishakha 2
Mer Aries 05 24 07 Ashwini 2
Jup Sagittarius 19 00 46 P.Asadha 2
Ven Aries 20 58 20 Bharani 3
Sat Libra 18 38 50 Swati 4
Rah Taurus 12 56 41 Rohini 1
Ket Scorpio 12 56 41 Anuradha 3
Yes, Vedic astrology is different than Western astrology, so you will get different results. You can go by which one you think describes you are.
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