Founder ot Taoism
you, beloved, this Word is not given to you that it may
simply pour over you and wash away.
It is for the assimilation, that you might become the incarnation
of the Yellow Emperor,
of Lao Tzu and all of those who have gone forth on the yellow
food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."—Hippocrates
"Be still like
a mountain and flow like a great river."—Lao
others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment."
—Tao Te Ching
without thinking is labor lost;
thinking without learning is dangerous."—Chinese
Tao abides in non-action. Yet nothing is left undone."—Lao-Tzu
the fat pig that feels the butcher's knife."
—Old Chinese saying
busy man is never wise, and the wise man is never busy."
—Chinese philosopher Lin Yutang
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.—Ogden Nash
"Let me explain, beloved, that the karma of incorrect
diet is cumulative lifetime after lifetime; for the
false appetites and bad eating habits accumulate in
the desire body. The entities tag along and you reincarnate
not only with the same bad habits and false appetites
but with bodies that are patterned after those that
you have left in the previous life. Be of good cheer,
then, and know that it is not a small task at hand
but that it is doable to attain that mastery in the
|Jophiel and Christine
March 26, 1989
" . . . Thus I do not recommend that disciples
go without sleep or try to make the hurdle of
these fantastic diets that some of you have
practiced, starving yourselves almost to the
death and weakening your ability to withstand
the temptations of the dark forces. Remember
Jesus’ words that 'not that which goeth
into the mouth defileth a man, but that which
cometh out.' This he learned at the feet of
"For it is well known
in the circles of the Brotherhood that many
times chelas of the Light, in their desire to
be austere and in their belief that austerity
is a path to victory, deprive themselves of
the nutrients that Mother Nature has placed
within all food for a balanced diet for her
children. And thus their nervous system is not
prepared to cope with the emotional stress that
comes to the disciple on the Path.
"I would also remind you
that fasting at prolonged lengths is dangerous
unless you are under a guru, an Ascended Master,
or one representative in embodiment whom you
know to have the authority and the ability to
extend the protection of Hierarchy to you during
periods of fasting. Jesus claimed me as his
guru and called me Father, and yet I transferred
that to the Almighty on high and to his own
God Presence as I served to anchor through his
consciousness the Cosmic Christ energies that
gave him the authority and the power over all
human conditions and circumstance.
"Thus when he was alone
in the desert forty days and forty nights fasting
and was delivered up unto the devil to be tempted,
I was there overshadowing him with the mighty
Archangels. And thus he, too, even in his great
state of attainment, abided by the rule of the
Brotherhood to fast only under the protection
"I warn you of this; for
I observe that some of our children of Light
in various parts of the world, through the diets
they have practiced, have had enter and intrude
upon their consciousness demons and discarnates
and direct emissaries of the black brotherhood.
These forces, entering in when their body metabolism
was at its lowest ebb, identified with the soul
and with the etheric envelope and began to subtly
weave an alter ego, an alternative pattern to
the true awareness of the Christ within.
"Thus these precious hearts
who ought to be in the company of the highest
devotees upon the planet are caught in delusion
and in strange practices that are not in keeping
with a balanced manifestation of the true spiritual
"I offer this information
to you this night because I perceive that you
are sincerely desirous of making progress on
the path of purity, total purification of your
four lower bodies; and indeed this is a correct
goal. But let us understand that the Ascended
Master standards of purity are not always the
same as the world’s concepts of what purity
ought to be. For the world gauges purity from
the standpoint of its own impurity.
"Therefore, because mankind
entertain a sense of guilt and sin, they have
a vast condemnation which they bear against
themselves for having partaken of human error
and sin consciousness. And therefore their concept
of purity is to completely wipe out the forcefield
of the evolving human consciousness, and only
then will they be satisfied. And thus they deprive
themselves of all human joy and expression and
the true happiness which God intends the saints
"And so I say, when you
call for purity, realize that God has ordained
the platform of the four lower bodies in the
present state which you now enjoy for the purpose
of evolution. Total denial of the needs of these
four lower bodies can result in a warping of
the consciousness and an ultimate rebellion
of the outer consciousness against the Path
and against the very Law that you desire to
"For the four lower
bodies and your evolving consciousness can stand
only so much beating, so much whipping, beloved
ones, and then there is a time for balance and
a need to have balance to regain one’s
perspective along the way."
February 17, 1974
"The soul experiences moods and energies, which correlate
to specific meridians and organs. According to the principles
of Oriental medicine, the chi (life force) flows through each
meridian and organ at a specific time of day, as shown in
this chart from the text Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture
by Andrew Ellis, Nigel Wiseman and Ken Boss:
"The text explains:
"As day turns to night and one season
follows another the rhythms of the body follow the rhythms
of the natural world. Chi flows through the body in a daily
cycle that begins in the lung channel [meridian] and ends
at the last point on the liver channel. It then proceeds
to the lung to begin once again . . . The time listed opposite
to each channel [in the chart] represents the time of maximum
chi and blood in the given channel. This information is
useful in both diagnosis and treatment. A symptom that occurs
regularly at 4:00 a.m., for example, may be indicative of
a lung disorder and may best (though inconveniently) be
treated at that time.
"William Tara, in his book Macrobiotics and Human Behavior,
gives the following table, listing specific organs and the
corresponding behavioral characteristics that reflect either
balance or imbalance:
"One can see from this table that if one does not maintain
balance in his physical body, his emotional well-being will
suffer. What the table does not show is that the soul will
also suffer as a result of the condition of the body. This
is a spiritual suffering and it carries over into the mental
health and the psychology of the lifestream.
"The soul recedes as you recede,
the soul is happy as you are happy, and the soul ascends
as you ascend. But her fortunes sit squarely on the base
of your pyramid of life. This pyramid contains (1) the four
lower bodies, (2) the systems and organs that make up the
body, and (3) the corresponding chakras that rise from the
base of the pyramid to the All-Seeing Eye in the capstone.
"The strength of the soul is dependent
upon the health of the individual organs, their harmonious
interaction, and whether or not the soul chooses to embody
a perpetual joie de vivre. The soul's karma and her past
incarnations, as well as the balance of light or darkness
in her chakras, are also factors that affect her physical
health and determine in part where she is on the path of
becoming an integrated being in God."
"Now then, follow the recommendations for the strengthening
and clearing of the physical heart that have come to you
out of the East under the name of the macrobiotic diet.
Pursue whatever healing methods are lawful, but above
all remember that it is the Ruby Ray and the Ruby Ray
Buddha that can give you the strengthening of the heart,
the renewal of the heart, the rejuvenation of the heart.
"Call to me daily, giving the preamble
of the Dhyani Buddhas before you offer your prayers. You
can tie that preamble to any prayer for the healing of
the physical heart in yourself and loved ones. You can
use it for those undergoing open-heart surgery. And the
violet flame is key, beloved. For some conditions of the
heart are karmic; others are simply karmic by a lifetime
of wrong diet. Thus, hardness of heart must dissolve by
the Ruby Ray and the violet flame if you would have the
renewal of the heart.
"Love your enemies. Do good to
them who persecute you and say all manner of evil against
you falsely for my sake. Purge yourself of all anger and
all Martian energies, for the heart is the repository
"Yes, beloved, take care of the
heart and you will see the increase of Light and the increase
of opportunity. In the past certain individuals on the
spiritual path have received life extensions. This is
an opportunity for any of you to make an offer to me,
the Buddha of the Ruby Ray, of what you will do to sweeten
the heart, to increase the love, the compassion and the
charity of your heart.
"Thus call to me that I might tend
your heart. For we must work together, I not alone and
you not alone but the two of us together with many masterful
angels who are surgeons of vast intelligence and knowledge.
"So value the violet flame and
its alchemy with the Ruby Ray, then value the purging
of yourself of the not-qualities, the negative qualities,
and see how your heart will be the open door for Ruby
Ray angels to step through the veil.
"Life is opportunity, beloved.
And opportunity is given by the Lords of Karma this night
to those who have served and served and served with holiness
and love, devotion to the will of God and a humility that
is truly rare.
"I come before each one of you
simultaneously and I place my hand upon your head and
I give you a pat. For one and all you are my children
of the Path of the Ruby Ray, and I wish to bow to the
Light within you and to thank you for your calls to the
Ruby Ray. For they have stopped bullets dead in their
tracks that were intended for Lightbearers and others
in the earth. They have stopped malevolence and every
form of darkness.
"Keep on keeping on, beloved. You
are winning vast victories. Be not discouraged. Discouragement
is the sharpest tool of the Devil. Banish it, know who
you are, be one-pointed in your mission and let no remark
or any accusation or anything at all perturb you in the
"What is that to thee? Follow your
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
"I am with you unto your victory in the Ruby Ray
octaves of Light. I salute you in the profoundest love
of all divine beings who ensoul cosmos, who love you from
the fount of the Divine Mother.
"Call to me the moment you
need help. My legions are there instantaneously. They
do not move in time and space but by shafts of light from
the Infinite One."
|The Buddha of the Ruby Ray
January 1, 1994
" . . . And I have staked that jewel upon your attainment
and on the belief, the absolute fervent belief that you
will turn the tide of darkness, that you will respond to
my message, that you will not fail to respond and to protect
your bodies as the sacred temples of the Mother housing
the flame of the Spirit, that you will muster the gumption
to keep those bodies intact and in form to make the transition
into the new age."
government can be compared to our lungs. Our lungs are
when we don't realize they are helping us breathe.
It is when we are constantly aware of our lungs that we
they have come down with an illness."—Lao-Tzu
" . . . The Mother will come to you to resolve all
schism in the four lower bodies, in the soul and in the
spirit. Be the Mother, beloved, and know that that Mother-flame
in you—adored, obeyed, deferred to at all times—is
the key to the ascension flame, for the ascension flame
is the consummate manifestation of Mother.
" . . . The only strength you can
count on in this Community is the strength of the individual.
If the individual member is not strong, the body is not
strong. If the liver, the kidney, the lungs or the heart
is not strong, the body will not be strong.
" . . . Whether or not you
can expand the flame of your heart to fill the cosmos
of your present forcefield or systems of worlds depends
on whether you decide that your Godhood—your mission
and your Presence—is unique to all the universes
and that without you many will be lost. That is why it
is good to walk alone, whether in the woods or in the
mountains (where you know you are safe) to experience
your aloneness, all-oneness with God and to sense that
you are as important as the brightest star or the dimmest
and have that equal potential [of Infinity]."
"Do you recognize the nerves within your body, beloved
ones, as a network of the divine radiance extending its
consciousness up to be charged with the radiance of God?
Do you perceive that the very blood flowing through your
veins, beloved ones, is actually charged with the golden-pink
radiance of God, the love flame pulsing from your hearts,
the love flame charging your nerves and your whole body
with the radiance of God?
"Well, beloved ones, when
you understand this and use this great law of the sacred
fire, your bodies will be a living, pulsating flame of
love. You will find that you are a god of your own universe,
and you will no longer know the pain of unhappiness."
December 30, 1962
"As you rise in consciousness you will discover, that
those needs which you require in one plane of consciousness
are not necessarily those which you required in former times
when your body was vibrating at a more dense rate of vibration.
"A propos of this subject, I would
caution all, then, not to condemn their fellowmen for their
habits of eating or of living. For all are not at the same
place of vibration. even though all maybe in the physical
octave, and each one must find the manifestation of the
Holy Comforter at that point in the dimension, the time
sequence, where he himself is manifesting.
"Do you realize that all men
do not manifest at the same place in consciousness? And
this means that the actual chemistries of their bodies,
their emotional bodies too, are not vibrating at the same
place. But because this manifestation is within one spectrum,
you continue to see and converse and commingle with these
individuals; yet in reality they are not all manifesting
at your own rate of vibration.
"You must, then, learn not to
condemn, not to criticize, but to understand that here is
a flower that is unfolding in another garden of the consciousness
of God, in one of his many mansions."
April 5, 1969
"Then I also come with my sword, holding
that blue-flame sword three inches from the spine or at a greater
distance, depending on the attainment and purity and cleansing
of the chakras of the lifestream and the four lower bodies. And
I am able to wield a momentum of Light that may cross time and
space for you, beloved, to clear the records and the residue of
past preoccupations in lower astral vibrations whereby you have
acquired a buildup of astral substance and entities.
"How wonderful it is, then, when in true
prayer and fasting you may find dislodged even from the physical
body those substances that begin to burden the brain, the cells,
and to cause premature aging, graying, loss of memory, and the
failing agility of both the mental body and the physical. With
this there does also come indulgence in self-concerns and self-pity
and even the timidity whereby you know that the yinness of self
is not merely what one eats but what one hasn’t disgorged
oneself of—those accumulations
of toxins that prevent the flowering of the Eternal Youth and
the presence of Sanat Kumara within the body temple.
"Many of you are veterans at fasting. Therefore
I, Astrea, say to you that to pursue the fast in the heart of
Alpha and Omega by partaking of the holy, holy food—which
is the brown rice, [which is in] itself in [the] polarity [and
harmony of the yin and yang]—this,
then, you may do. You may fast on this rice for a day, eating
as you will, chewing well. We like the number 108, for it is the
completion of the mantra; we like the mantra 'I AM Alpha and Omega
in the white fire core of Being,' therefore [by prayer and fasting]
each and every cell receiving the spring-cleaning that is due.
"One day, two days, three days, four or
five, six or seven, eight or nine or ten *—ten
days, beloved, with only a small amount of bancha tea and meditation
upon God and breathing profoundly the fresh air and the sacred
fire breath with [yogic or other exercise]. This indeed is a fasting
and a self-emptying that has a spiritual/physical purpose. It
is for the victory of the soul, the sharpening of the mind and
the intensity, intensifying, of the fire of the Spirit. See, then,
what incurable condition of psyche or mind or body you may heal
by such a participation.
"Understand, beloved, that this fasting
is not complete without profound prayer. But you have the science
* The macrobiotic diet was given by Sanat Kumara
to the Lightbearers and, among others, to Lord Lanto when he was
embodied as the Yellow Emperor (c.2704 b.c.). The principles of
macrobiotics are based on The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal
Medicine (the Nei Ching), the oldest known book of Chinese medicine.
See Elizabeth Clare Prophet, January 3 and 4, 1988, three audiocassettes,
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the foundation
of the macrobiotic diet based on the yin-yang principle, describes
a ten-day rice gruel fast as the first remedy for disease. Ronald
E. Kotzsch writes in 'Macrobiotics: Yesterday and Today' that
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic asserts that food is an important
means for treating disease. It says that in ‘medieval days’
the sages treated illness first by diet, usually prescribing a
regime of rice gruel for ten days.
If this treatment was not successful, then the
roots and leaves of medicinal plants were used to harmonize the
energies. Acupuncture and moxibustion were employed only as a
last resort. If the emotions and the will of the patient are stable,
says the Classic, then cereals alone can effect a cure. Grains
have a special importance and power as human food. Water and grains
are the root of life and ‘death comes only when they are
exhausted.’ In particular, rice is mentioned as a vital
and harmonious food.
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic is attributed
to Huang Ti, the legendary Yellow Emperor (born circa 2704 b.c.),
but was probably not written down until about 500 b.c. The Yellow
Emperor is believed to have ruled China during a golden age and
is considered the ancestor of all Chinese people. Lord Lanto,
working under Sanat Kumara, is said to have inspired The Yellow
A ten-day brown rice fast may be too severe for
those who have not already practiced the macrobiotic diet for
some time. Such a fast is not recommended unless you get good
macrobiotic counseling, know the body’s signs of yin and
yang, and know how to break the fast. Instead, you can try a rice
fast for one or two days. Eat as much pressure-cooked brown rice
as you want.
You can follow this with a couple of days of
rice and vegetables with a light miso soup as the body gently
comes off the rice fast and adapts to a greater variety of vegetarian
foods. The longer the rice fast, the easier you should make the
transition. It is wise to wait a week or more after the rice fast
before eating fish, if this is part of your regular diet. Because
of the past diets people have been on, reactions may vary from
severe to mild to none at all. El Morya’s advice is: Go
easy, be well informed, proceed with caution, know when to stop.
Recipe for pressure-cooked brown rice: 1/2 teaspoon
good sea salt to 5 cups of rice and 8 cups of pure water. Wash
rice and put in pressure cooker. Add water and bring to a boil.
Add salt and place cover on pressure cooker. Bring cooker up to
pressure then reduce flame to medium-low. Put flame deflector
under cooker and cook for 45 min. Remove pressure cooker from
flame and let sit for 5 min. without opening, then remove rice
from the pot so it doesn’t keep cooking. For regular daily
use of brown rice when not fasting, use 1-2 teaspoons of salt
per pot according to personal taste and need.
Recipe for bancha twig tea (also called kukicha):
If the twigs you have are not already roasted, you should roast
them in a dry skillet for 3-4 min. Place 1-2 tablespoons bancha
twigs in a pot with 4 cups of pure water, bring to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer for 5-10 min., or 10-15 min. for stronger tea.
When tea is finished steeping, remove twigs from the tea and let
them dry. Twigs can be reused a few times, adding some new twigs
Rice fast in preparation for Pentecost and other
It is suggested that students of the Ascended
Masters fast one day on brown rice, taking bancha tea as necessary,
before Pentecost. Several days before the sun-sign change and
the new moon each month are auspicious times for prayer and fasting.
The 10 days before the solstices and equinoxes are the high marks
for self-emptying in preparation for the infilling, invigorating
Light released from the Great Central Sun on these four occasions.
Also from six to two weeks prior to your birthday and the week
before the menstrual cycle are good opportunities for spiritual
and physical cleansing and rebuilding for new beginnings. And
may all of our prayer and fasting be dedicated to the Victory
of our dear El Morya.
|Astrea and Purity
March 25, 1989
"Therefore, beloved, Mary and Raphael extend their hands
to you . . . and the emerald light does radiate from all of their
chakras and from their hands to you. It is a restoration of the
wholeness of the soul, which may become a reality to you as you
prepare the physical chalice according to the disciplines of diet
that have been given to you by the Mother and that you may learn
and pursue in this city of light."
Note: During the 1988 New Year’s
Retreat at the Royal Teton Ranch, the Messenger lectured on the
macrobiotic diet, including how human behavior and physical and
mental health relate to the condition of the body’s organs
and what foods are beneficial to the health of the organs. The
diet was given by Sanat Kumara to the Lightbearers and, among
others, to Lord Lanto when he was embodied as the Yellow Emperor
(c.2704 b.c.). The principles of macrobiotics are based on The
Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (the Nei Ching),
the oldest known book of Chinese medicine. See Elizabeth Clare
Prophet, January 3 and 4, 1988, 3 audiocassettes, 3-1/2 hr., B88010-12.
February 26, 1988
"It is in the imperfect human condition that the yin quickly
becomes the out-of-control state. It is [likewise] in the imperfect
[human] condition that the yang cannot express the fullness of
joy. But in the cosmos of the absolute manifestation of the miraculous
T'ai Chi, behold Alpha and Omega! Behold the White Fire Bodies
of twin flames! Behold the perfect balance of cosmic forces! And
upon this polarity there is the weaving of the warp and woof of
these secret-ray spheres.
" . . . The [fact that physical] balance
has been taken from you in this civilization by wrong diet has
been made clear [to you] by myself, because for want of that discipline
I have had to reject many. I simply cannot hold on to one who
cannot hold on to light. Thus I have told you 'no sugar' and I
have meant it. But you must be balanced in taking in that balance
of food that will give to you neither extreme [of the yin or yang].
"We have presented the diet of the Eastern
adepts—which you must perfect for yourselves; it is not
all written down. It [in] itself is not perfected. But do not
neglect to experiment with something that has so much validity
and that does work. You will soon discover what does not work
"Our teachings have been designed to bring
you to the place where you could hold that balance [of the Christ
Presence] in the emotions as well as in the imagination. You know
when the body is weak how the mind does wander into pockets of
negativity [and] condemnation toward [self or] others. This, beloved,
shows that in the body you are not the master in Christ of [the
body] or of the mind.
"Thus, when you achieve that certain level
of your own [physical and emotional] balance, you will truly know
when you are able to be the true friend of your chosen Ascended
Master. Friendship is loyalty. It is faith. It is trust. It is
all qualities of the blue ray [such] as El Morya has expressed
in your regard, upholding you as his friends when, I must say,
you did betray him even to his very face.
"These things ought not to have been!
And you are paying a pretty penny in his absence. Thus the Law
will teach one way or another the great need for balance, the
need for gratitude, the need for appreciation, and the need to
hold up one's own end of the bargain. And that is what a Guru-chela
relationship is, beloved. For you it is a bargain! And it only
becomes a bargain for the Master when you return to him such service
and light whereby [because of your constancy, dependability, trustworthiness,
and honor] he can increase his service to the planet and to others."
July 4, 1989
"As I was saying, it is most important in consideration of
your personal line of defense, precious hearts, that you realize
that the archangels, and the legions of my band in particular,
inspired upon your own messenger a dedication to fasting. Therefore,
Lanello instituted for his staff, one day a week, a twenty-four
or thirty-six-hour fast and periodically three-day fasts and then
"Now, I would bring to your attention that
the power of Christ in the wilderness over Satan and his temptation
was the power of fasting and prayer itself. I, therefore, was
about to encourage you to realize that when you go forth for the
binding of the seed of Satan and all of his hosts
and the remnant of their manifestation since his judgment, you
would do well to consider how the sacred fire in you increases
and how the power of the Holy Spirit can come upon you to challenge
those very conditions that are of world moment and against which
you seem helpless. The more the body temple is able to carry the
sacred fire, being emptied and being in contact with the Holy
Spirit, the more dynamic release can we give through you.
"Now, there are two types of releases. The
momentum of the decrees given, whether you are fasting or not,
is a momentum of energy and light which not only gives us the
authority but also of the momentum of your energy and of that
of your lifestream to challenge certain conditions. And this is
why we encourage the repetition of the mantra and its acceleration.
"The next form of release coming forth from
you is the mighty fiat of light, whereby with a single call you
say, 'Mighty I AM Presence, in thy name I call to beloved Archangel
Michael: Bind the demons and discarnates of pornography! Burn
through! Burn through! Burn through and let judgment descend upon
them! And let their house of cards collapse in this hour! I demand
it in the name of my Mighty I AM Presence! Amen.'
"That is a fiat of the Word, beloved hearts,
and it gains fire by the Holy Spirit with you. As I give that
decree, I have the clarity of the messenger’s heart by which
to release it in this octave. And thus you seek her intercession,
knowing well that in her invocations is that momentum of release.
"You may have it also. And therefore, a
final word from my heart to you this evening was to remind you
that there is no replacement for the weekly fast after the walk
of Lanello and also to remind you that there is excess baggage
in the form of toxins and chemicals that you absorb into the system
which are cleansed and released even through a single day of drinking
pure water, with some added chlorophyll if you wish.
"Now, beloved hearts, remember also
that this does bring rest to the functioning of the body. And
therefore the soul is free to rise, for not so much energy is
drawn down into the digestive process."
Mental and emotional problems may also be related to biochemical
imbalances, such as those caused by hypoglycemia, candida, food
and environmental allergies, and hypothyroidism.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a sign of
imbalance in the glandular system—the
pancreas, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands. This is usually
caused by the consumption of a diet high in refined carbohydrates,
such as white flour, sugar and other sweeteners, including honey,
fructose and fruit juice concentrates. Excessive coffee consumption
in addition to lack of proper sleep and exercise will also aggravate
this condition. In addition to a wide range of physical problems,
hypoglycemia has been associated with aggressive personality changes,
rapid mood swings, hysteria, depression, anxiety, phobias (including
claustrophobia), compulsions, violent temper tantrums, introversion,
nightmares, lack of mental alertness, confusion, apathy, forgetfulness,
difficulty concentrating, irritability and uncontrolled crying
Candida albicans is a yeast microorganism normally
found to a certain extent in everyone's gastrointestinal system.
The taking of prolonged or frequent courses of antibiotics, birth
control pills or cortisone (or other immunosuppressant drugs)
often allows for the uncontrolled growth of candida beyond its
normal limits. Such unchecked growth eventually results in a number
of toxic substances being released into the bloodstream that can
weaken the immune system and can cause a wide variety of mental,
emotional and physical problems, including food allergies. Mental
and emotional problems that have been associated with candida
overgrowth include agitation, anxiety, poor concentration, confusion,
depression, food cravings, hostility, hyperactivity, hyperirritability,
lethargy, memory loss and the aggravation of schizophrenia.
Food and environmental allergies are the general
terms that describe a variety of mental, emotional and physical
problems that can develop when an individual is exposed to foods
or substances in his environment to which he is sensitive. Common
foods known to produce an allergic response in sensitive individuals
are milk, corn, wheat and eggs, but any food can be a problem.
Some environmental allergens (substances that induce allergies)
are pollen, formaldehyde, perfumes and exhaust fumes. Mental and
emotional symptoms that have been related to food and environmental
allergies are similar to those of hypoglycemia and candida.
Hypothyroidism is a disease in which there is
inadequate production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.
Every cell in the body is dependent upon thyroid hormone to produce
the energy it needs to carry out its own unique functions. An
inadequate level of thyroid hormone is associated with a broad
spectrum of problems, many of them physical; the mental and emotional
conditions associated with hypothyroidism are irritability, hostility,
mental sluggishness and dullness, suspiciousness, delusions, inability
to concentrate, introversion, failing memory, temper tantrums,
contrariness and depression.
If you think you may be dealing with any of the
conditions listed above, we recommend that
you consult your personal health practitioner for more advice.
The following books are also recommended:
Sugar Blues by William Dufty
Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton
The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough
by William G. Crook,
Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem?
by Leon Chaitow
Food Intolerance: What It Is and How to Cope
with It by Robert Buist
Detecting Your Hidden Allergies by William G.
Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular
Approach to Balancing
by Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D.
Solved: The Riddle of Illness by Stephen E. Langer,
M.D. (on hypothyroidism)
The macrobiotic approach to understanding
the relationship between psychological problems and weaknesses
in various organs is explained in the book Macrobiotics and Human
Behavior by William Tara (currently out of print). He gives the
following summary of the positive and negative attributes associated
with different organs when they are in their strong or weakened
If you decide to fast during Lent, try pressure-cooked brown rice
and bancha tea. It's a fantastic fast! (See the recipes below)
Rice focuses the perfect balance of Alpha and Omega, the yin and
the yang, the plus and the minus. Fasting on rice will assist
you in balancing these energies in the body.
Make your fast a holy experience, beginning
with the cooking of the rice itself. The Messenger suggests that
you offer the rosary or sing bhajans while you prepare it.
You can partake of the rice at intervals, whenever
you feel the need for sustaining nourishment. Let it be a period
of spiritual meditation. As you peacefully eat the rice, visualize
yourself taking in the Light of Alpha and Omega. Bless each mouthful
as you receive the Light of your Father-Mother God, with which
they endow it.
Eat the rice slowly in small amounts, being
certain to chew each mouthful at least 50 times. While chewing,
you can silently give the mantra "I AM Alpha and Omega in
the white fire core of being." The bancha tea, which is also
very balanced, can be sipped and swallowed with
the rice or drunk 10 to 20 minutes after eating the rice.
Fasting on brown rice is a celebration of wholeness.
The Messenger has said:
Each time I look at a kernel of rice I think of the great whole
of the cosmos and the Tao and the yin and yang and this blessed,
balanced food. It is almost like taking Holy Communion to receive
it into the mouth in peace and in contemplation of God-to chew
each mouthful a minimum of 50 times for the assimilation, as it
were, of the Body and Blood of the Universal Christ, to take that
in and feel the balancing of one's forces and then to proceed
with one's preferred meditation. It is a wonderful spiritual exercise.
You will find a tremendous peace coming into
your being because in every organ that is too yang, the rice will
provide the spiritual yinness; in every organ that is too yin,
the rice will provide the spiritual yangness. And day by day and
little by little, you will be bringing balance, as an alchemist
of the Spirit, to your physical body.
Although the brown-rice fast is entirely optional, it is recommended
as a sustaining fast by which you can observe Lent and also receive
healthful benefits. You may wish to fast one to three days and
then eat cooked vegetables and other grains (barley, as spring
approaches) for a day or two, or a week. In addition, if you would
like to give up something for Lent, the Messenger suggests that
you abstain from red meat and sweets.
On March 25, 1989, Elohim Astrea spoke of fasting
on brown rice and bancha tea. Beloved Astrea said of this fast:
"This indeed is a fasting and a self-emptying that has a
spiritual/physical purpose. It is for the victory of the soul,
the sharpening of the mind and the intensifying of the fire of
the spirit. See, then, what incurable condition of psyche or mind
or body you may heal by such a participation."
Pressure-Cooked Brown Rice
4 cups short-grain brown rice
7 to 8 cups purified water
1 pinch of sea salt per cup of rice
(Muramoto sea salt is best.)
Note: If you have an allergy to pressure-cooked
brown rice or have problems digesting it, try toasting your rice
before cooking it. Follow steps 1 through 3 below. Then, while
the rice is still wet, put it in a cast-iron skillet. Start with
the flame on high and stir the rice continually. It will take
about 10 minutes for the rice to dry. When dry, lower the flame
to medium. Keep stirring the rice for about 10 more minutes until
it turns a golden color. Transfer the rice to the pressure cooker
and proceed to step 4.
1. Sort the rice on a tray or cookie sheet to
remove small rocks and debris.
2. Put 4 cups of short-grain brown rice in a
stainless-steel pressure cooker.
3. Wash the rice by adding approximately 7 to
8 cups of water. Stir gently with your hand in a clockwise or
counterclockwise direction. Pour the water out using a strainer.
Repeat 3 times.
4. Add 7 to 8 cups of purified water to the
rice in the pressure cooker. The amount of water you use depends
on how moist or dry you want the rice.
5. Put the pressure cooker on a high flame and
bring to a boil without the lid.
6. When the water boils, remove the foam that
has come to the surface. It may contain debris.
7. Add 4 pinches of sea salt. Cover and seal
the pressure cooker.
8. Leave on a high flame until the pressure
is high enough.
9. Reduce flame to low and cook the rice for
50 minutes. You may need to put a flame diffuser under the pot
to prevent burning.
10. Remove the rice from the stove. Do not take
the lid off until the pressure has dissipated naturally (about
15 minutes). If you are in a hurry and must remove the lid immediately,
first put the pot under cold running water.
11. Take the lid off the pot and gently stir
the rice with a wooden spoon.
Purchase organic rice if possible, as non-organic
rice may contain pesticides and chemicals. Many large grocery
chains now carry health food items, including brown rice. Natural
food co-ops and health food stores often carry rice in bulk at
a lesser price. One good brand is Lundberg, which offers an excellent
quality of organic short-grain brown rice.
When purchasing a pressure cooker, it is important
to choose one made of stainless steel rather than aluminum. Most
large hardware stores or cooking-equipment stores carry stainless-steel
models. Presto makes both aluminum and stainless-steel pressure
cookers for home use. There are also many excellent European models
available through health food stores and oriental shops. The Aeternum
brand, advertised in health food publications, is available in
various sizes, from 3 to 12 liters.
Bancha Twig Tea (Kukicha)
1. Place 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of toasted twigs
in 1-1/2 quarts of purified water and bring to a boil. (If you
have untoasted twigs, you can toast them first in a dry cast-iron
skillet. Stir constantly on medium heat until toasted.)
2. When the water boils, reduce heat to low
and simmer for several minutes-about 3 minutes for a light tea
and up to 12 minutes for a stronger tea.
3. To serve, pour tea through a small strainer.
The twigs can be reused several times.
Note: Keep unused dry twigs in an airtight jar
in order to preserve the flavor. Wet, used twigs should be stored
in the refrigerator.
When shopping for bancha tea, be certain to
get the twigs rather than leaves or a combination of leaves and
twigs. (Toasted twigs are preferable.) Bancha leaves have a much
higher percentage of caffeine than the twigs, which have only
a trace. The twigs are rich in calcium, iron, complex carbohydrates,
vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. The minute
amount of caffeine stimulates digestion and does not harm the
body, as does coffee. In fact, it is the best drink for you when
you decide to give up coffee for good.
Recommended brands of bancha are Mitoku and
Eden. Both are available in organic stock. Many health food stores
and some large grocery chains carry macrobiotic items such as
bancha tea. If your local stores do not stock bancha tea, ask
if it can be ordered for you. Most health food stores will order
special items for customers upon request.
Steven Acuff’s healing seminars:
On April 12 and 13, 1993, Steven Acuff, internationally
acclaimed macrobiotic consultant and lecturer, conducted a two-day
Special Seminar on Practical Healing at the Royal Teton Ranch.
Day one included an introductory lecture, five one-hour intensives
on “Healing with the Five Transformations (Elements),”
and a question and answer session.
Day two included three lectures on selecting
the correct foods to increase one’s life force (“chi”),
to support male and female energy and polarity, and to promote
spiritual development. It concluded with questions and answers
on the correct macrobiotic diet for pregnancy, mothers and children.
The entire seminar will be available soon on audiocassette.
At Summit University Summer Session 1992, Mr. Acuff gave another
—Oriental Diagnosis: How to Evaluate Your Health. This three-day
seminar is available on videocassette and is a must for everyone
who values his health. See p. 260 for a complete listing of topics
and price and ordering information.