I receive many messages asking about myself and my own lifestyle and in particular on subjects such as diet and this week seems to be a good opportunity to deal with a couple of these.
decisions based upon what they believe is right.
In terms of diet I am a strict Vegan. By "strict" I mean that I only eat a strict Vegan diet of "harvestable" foods such as pulses; i.e. peas, beans, grains etc., fruits and fungi such as mushrooms which are also a fruit. I mostly eat fruit, nuts and berries.
I never kill a plant that grows in the ground such as a lettuce for example, which is exactly the same as killing any other form of life as we will see later in this newsletter.
Many people I have mentioned to in the past find it difficult to grasp why I would make these choices as opposed to consuming what they consider to be a "normal" diet as opposed to a vegan or vegetarian vegan diet.
Well first let us take a closer look at this definition of "normal".
"Normal", to most people, is what they have been brought up to believe by their parents from birth.
As I have mentioned in previous newsletters; children enter this world as totally free Spirits ready to interact with the physical world in order to further evolve. For the first 5 to 7 years children are extremely impressionable, with brainwave frequencies being in the alpha state for much of the time, and therefore the mind of a child will absorb everything he or she is told without question as if it is a fact, and retain that data deep in the Subconscious Mind.
A child will for example be told by parents what religion to conform to, what the parents believe is "right" or "wrong", and what food to eat and virtually every other aspect of "life", which is almost always based upon the parents view of "life", which in turn is based on the view of their parents before them and so on.
This is why generations of families tend to follow the same religions, "trades", social habits and everything else. Thus programmed, most children are running on that program for the rest of their physical life, and beyond, and never think to question it.
I could say alot more about this matter, but there is a chapter in my book, Our Ultimate Reality entitled "The Human Paradox" which addresses these issues in full, such is its importance.
So most children eat meat because they have been raised believing it is the right thing to do, viewing meat as nothing more "red stuff" packaged and offered on the shelves of the supermarket, existing only to satisfy the sense of taste, giving little or no thought to the origin of the food and the suffering associated with it.
This should be obvious to anyone taking time to think deeply and honestly about meat and its origins, so today I will focus on plant life and why I personally choose not to kill or injure plant life, and accordingly why a Vegan or at least a vegetarian diet is preferable.
As with many things, people generally tend to have a very superficial view of things, believing only the feedback of the five physical senses and in particular what they have been taught in school.
One such misconception is that plant life is incapable of "thinking", "feelings", "emotions" etc..
Nothing in fact could be further from the truth. "Life" is not the atoms and molecules comprising the organic structure, but rather life is Spirit. Everything in the Universe without exception is Spirit, and is therefore intelligent, being equal aspects of the Great Spirit, The Source, God.
Where science in particular completely fails in its comprehension of these truths is in associating "intelligence" or the power to "think" with the presence of a physical "brain".
In fact this perception is totally erroneous. The physical brain is merely a structure required by some types of life to act as the "interface" between the physical, organic body and the non-physical Etheric or Energy body, acting as a sort of "step-down" transformer of higher levels of Energy vibration to the much lower vibration of the physical body.
Plant life does not require such a device, being much more in tune with a much wider range of levels of vibration.
This for example is why plants are proven to respond positively to music. It has long been demonstrated that by playing music in a greenhouse ot even singing to plants causes them to grow healthily.
It is also a widely known fact that many plants, in particular herbs have healing properties and can also be used for defense when deployed around an area. Again; this is due to their wide range of vibrational properties among other things.
Many will say of course that these factors alone do not, in and of themselves prove any form of independent thinking abilities or indeed "intelligence".
This might be true; however it has been proven time and again that plants life is intelligent, and does in fact "think".
A series of experiments carried out in 1966 demonstrated conclusively that plants are capable of intelligent though processes when a researcher, Cleve Backster, an expert with lie detector equipment, connected a lie detector to a Dracaena plant, also known as a "Dragon tree". He wanted to see how long it would take for the leaves to react when he poured water on the plant's roots.
In theory, a plant will increase its conductivity and decrease its resistance after it absorbs water, and the curve recorded on graph paper should have gone upward. But in actuality, the line that was drawn curved downward. When a lie detector is connected to a human body, the pen records different curves according to the changes in the person's mood. The reaction of the dragon tree was just like the undulation of human mood swings. It seemed that it was happy when it drank water.
Cleve Backster also wanted to see if the plant would have any other reactions. According to past experience, Backster knew that a good way to elicit a strong reaction from a person is to threaten that person. He then thought of burning the leaves that were connected to the lie detector. With this thought held in his Mind, and even before he went to fetch a match, a strong positive curve rapidly appeared on the graph paper of the lie detector equipment.
When he arrived back with a match, he saw that yet another peak had appeared on the curve. The plant had perceived that there was a good chance that it could be burned, and through the lie detector exhibited the emotion of fright. If he showed less inclination to burn the plant, the reactions of the plant as recorded by the lie detector were not so strong. If he merely pretended to take action to burn the leaves, the plant had almost no reactions whatsoever.
The plant was therefore full capable of distinguishing true intentions from false ones.
In a further experiment Cleve Backster decided to test how well a plant can recognize things as well as people. To do this he selected six students, blindfolded them and asked them to draw lots. One of the choices was to uproot one of the two plants that were present for the experiment and to destroy it by treading on it. This person was to carry out this alone, and none of the other students knew who had actually drawn this task. By proceeding in this manner only the remaining plant would know the identity of the murderer of the other plant. The murder of the plant was thus
The remaining plant was then connected to a lie detector and each of the students was asked to walk by the remaining plant that had witnessed the murder of the other plant. The plant showed no reactions to the five students who had not been involved with the destruction of the other plant, but when the student who had murdered the other plant walked by, the remaining plant that was connected to the lie detector showed an extreme reaction on the lie detector recording paper.
The plant was able to identify the exact person responsible for the destruction of its friend and show emotions of fear that it might also be subjected to the same fate.
This demonstrates extremely well that plant life, like all life and indeed everything in the Universe are an inseparable aspect of the same infinite Mind, Consciousness and intelligence of The Source, The First Cause, of God, and a major reason why a Vegan or vegetarian Vegan diet is of such importance.
Human beings, still totally steeped in the material world and personal ego assume that just because a plant does not appear to have a physical "brain", or a mouth or any other apparent animal characteristics that they are "unintelligent" or simply "inanimate". Nothing in fact can be further from the truth.
The human brain is not the real Mind any more than physical parts of a plant or a mineral are real Mind even though they share the same Energy and are observable at the level at which they can be perceived.
All Mind is focused within its own Energy plane, in the case of plants the plane of the plant Mind, but at the same time because everything in the Universe is an inseparable aspect of everything else in the Universe at a quantum level, then all aspects of the infinite Mind of God are capable of instant communication through the individual Mind and the Universal Mind. This is why everything in the Universe, plant, animal or mineral has intelligence, and can communicate through the medium of the same infinite Universe of Energy, Consciousness and Mind of which we are all an integral aspect within the Mind of God.
On a quantum level this is proven by virtue of the fact that any pair of Quanta in the entire Universe in all of its Energy levels of vibration can instantly communicate with each other.
So what can we conclude from this?
The first thing we can conclude is that humans generally tend to base everything on two main factors; programming by parents and others of the early years of life to the age of around 7 years, and also the feedback of the five physical senses; feedback which is not only extremely limited, but is also ironically an illusion.
Plain and simple plants are intelligent, have emotions and can think.
This then is one reason why I personally choose to respect the right of all plant life to live, grow and evolve in the physical Universe, just as I respect the right of all manifestations of The Source, The First Cause, God, to live, grow and evolve in the physical Universe.
A paleoanthropological study of the physical origins of mankind five million or more years ago shows that mankind did not originally eat meat.
This is reflected by the fact that the human body is not even designed to eat meat as also evidenced by the wide range of diseases experienced by humans today through meat and food abuse generally such as obesity, diabetes, colon cancer and numerous other serious ailments. which sadly are becoming increasingly prevalent in children of increasingly younger ages.
The more fatty food a child is given at a young age, the more fat cells they produce in their body. These are the cells that later respond to fatty foods causing the person to become "fat". Once those fat cells are laid down the person will be fighting against fatness and weight issues all their lives, with only the strictest diet and will power being able to control it.
Had the child been fed a vegetable oriented, low fat diet as a child, the potential to struggle against weight gain and associated diseases later in life would be vastly reduced.
This trend will continue until mankind understands the true nature of these things instead of self-destructing on junk food.
Many will claim that meat is required for a "balanced diet", muscle and other body oriented factors, but the fact is nature provides us with everything we need in the form of harvestable foods including protein.
Indeed many Olympic champions have been Vegan, and it has been shown that Vegans live on average 7 years longer than meat eaters.
So in conclusion; the overwhelming evidence proves that from every perspective meat is not required in the human diet, and in fact is the direct cause of many human health issues today.
Well; so much for my short newsletter this week!
However; this is a very important matter that should be taken seriously, and I hope this newsletter has provided some valuable insight.
It has not been my intention to endeavour to convert meat eaters to a Vegan or vegetarian diet, although of course I would very much welcome it
if this was the result.
It has rather been my intention to prove the "higher" factors for respecting all life, and only eating the right foods for the right reasons.