FOOD AND YOU.
Greens / Seasalt /
In the page, The Human Being, it is shown the human being is constituted
of physical body, etheric body, astral body and 'ego'. With respect
to the subject of vitamin, mineral, trace elements and other supplements
being taken by any one for any reason, in addition to the problems
which will arise in the physical body, the question is what occurs
with respect to matters of the soul. That is, what are the problematic
consequences which may arise in the psyche of a person who ingests
these on a regular basis.
First, it must be realized the arrangement of the astral,
etheric and physical bodies is such that the physical body is
permeated, so to speak, with the activities of the etheric body,
to which is attached the astral body (at least, while we are awake).
Thus, the effects of any injurious attacks on the physical body
may be felt in the astral body, or may act in such a way as to
prevent the possibility of us helping to address imbalances in
the physical body by means of the astral body.
It should be kept in mind the astral body is the 'locus', so to
speak, of the feelings, emotions, attitudes, morals, memory, thoughts
etc. Thus, as is known today, it is definitely not out of the
question the state of our emotions, attitudes etc, can have positive
or harmful effects upon the physical body.
In Rudolf Steiner's lecture series entitled "The Being of
Man and His Future Evolution" he states(pp. 49-50), in reference
to someone who has been dosing themselves with mineral supplements,
then these minerals " become very thinly diffused throughout
the physical body, and takes on the form of a mineral phantom
of the body... The significance of this is that if you were to
leave a man as he is and withhold from him the medicine he really
needs, then because of certain bad forces in his astral body,
the astral body would work on the etheric body and the latter
on the physical body, and gradually destroy it. You have to put
a double in the physical body. This works to prevent the physical
body obeying the influences of the astral body....This double
made up out of the incorporated (mineral) substance is like a
prop made out of the minerals. In this way the human's physical
body is made independent as it were of his etheric and astral
body. This is the effect of mineral medicaments. But you will
immediately see the bad side of it, for it has a very serious
Since you withdraw the physical body artificially from its connection
with the other bodies you have weakened the influence of the astral
and etheric body on the physical body and have made the physical
body independent. And the oftener you take such medicines the
more the influence of the etheric and astral body disappears,
making the physical body a hardened, independent being, subject
to its own laws. Imagine what people are doing who take mineral
medicaments of this kind all their lives. A man who has in the
course of time taken a lot of these mineral medicaments has within
him a phantom of all these minerals, a round dozen(or more) of
them. It is as though the physical body were surrounded by a solid
walls. And what kind of influence can the astral and etheric body
still have on it?
Such a person is actually dragging his body around with him and
has very little power over it. If a man who has been dosing himself
in this way for a long time applies for treatment to someone who
wants to treat him psychologically and work especially on his
finer bodies, he will discover that he has become more or less
unreceptive to psychological influences."
From a macrobiotic perspective, it is viewed that when a person
ingests any food or substance it is not merely a matter of only
ingesting the physical substance, for we also take in the quality
of the spiritual forces that have gone into the making of the
food in question. Thus, if we take in everyday substances that
have come out of a factory machine process, we also take in the
finer forces that have to do with the use of mechanical processes.
The consequences I feel is the gradual imbuing of our astral body
with the deadening, death forces which are necessarily employed
in the making of artificial substances -anything taken in a pill,
powder, can, bottle etc which is the end result of a process employing
mechanical and chemical processes. This has the effect of making
people's astral bodies, their souls, more and more mechanized.
In other words, people are becoming more machine-like robots in
terms of their attitudes, way of thinking, in their feeling life,
etc. It is thus hardly surprising that people find it quite acceptable
to engage in such grotesque procedures as artificial insemination,
in vitro fertilization, sperm banks, baboon bone marrow transplants,
to cite but a few of the many examples that I could cite that
abound in modern culture today.
In Praise of Leafy Greens and Stems.
I am going to make a case for the leafy green vegetables as
being the most important and central foods in the macrobiotic
way of eating.
There are many ways of viewing the constitution of the human
body and one of them is to see it as a plant form. If we do so
from a certain perspective we can see the head is the 'root' of
the body because we are essentially "rooted in heaven"
in that the spiritual world is our origin. Then the thoracic cavity
containing the heart/lung functions and the central activity of
the circulation of the blood is the 'leaf and stem' of the body
and the digestive/metabolic functions in the abdominal cavity
are the 'fruit' of the body.
Viewed in this manner then we have the two poles of the body,
the head/root and the abdomen/fruit mediated through the mid-region
of thorax/ leaf and stem of the body. In so doing we can see that
the heart/lung/blood circulation is the function of the body balancing
the opposite poles of head functions and abdominal functions.
The picture of the human organism thus drawn we can easily
understand that those plants that have strong 'rootedness' characteristics
will be favorable for strengthening the functions of the head,
that is thinking and perceiving. So, carrots, burdock, beets,
rutabagas, daikon and whole grains (grains contain strong root
forces for they are the seed of the plant) are important to eat
on a regular basis.
Those plants which are essentially stems and leaves are those
plants that nourish and strengthen the thoracic activities which
are those which balance the upper and lower regions of the body
and strengthen the functions of artistic creativity, imagination,
relationships and social activity.
As we know from our macrobiotic studies the essence of macrobiotic
eating and living is to make balance both internally within our
bodies and externally with the world and the cosmos. Thus if we
wish to facilitate both being able to enjoy a dynamic homeostasis
within the physiology of the internal environment of our body
and relating socially (which not only means relating to other
people, it also means relating to the soil, plants, birds, animals,
stars etc.), then leafy green vegetables are essential to eat
on a daily basis, at least once and preferably twice daily.
As far as the abdominal region goes, we need to eat those
foods having strong fruit forces. These are obviously fruits.
However, macrobiotic perception of fruits today is modern fruits
have suffered such a more yin distortion (compared to grains and
vegetables) to their native qualities through modern methods of
agriculture that they have become far removed from having their
proper qualities, and they are thus not generally recommended
as daily fare, especially if we are in poor health and are using
a macrobiotic approach to heal ourselves. So, where do we get
strong fruit forces in our macrobiotic dietary intake to strengthen
our abdominal organs of digestion and metabolism? Fortunately,
whole grains not only contain strong root forces through being
seeds, they also contain strong fruit forces because they are
also the fruit of the plant.
We can see if we eat whole grains we are nourishing and strengthening
both the head/central nervous system and the abdomen/digestive-metabolic
functions, and if we neglect to eat leafy greens everyday, then
our body's ability to make balance internally is deficient. This
means if we do not make it a point to eat leafy greens everyday
our body's ability to heal itself is enfeebled. This means kale,
collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, turnip greens,
beet greens etc., etc., are central foods in any meal which is
a macrobiotic meal.
Copyright ©Kaare Bursell, 1996-2003.