We often hear about exercise and diet as elements of a healthy lifestyle, but there is not enough of a detailed discussion, from what I have seen, about how both of these can contribute to a person’s capacity to access information from other realms more readily, or more fully enter altered states.
Diet as a starting point for accessing higher vibrations doesn’t appear on the list for many shamanic practitioners either, although there is a growing awareness about how the quality of the energy conatined in food and how it has an impact on a person’s concentration and longevity.
In our urban shaman’s apprenticeship, food was a ritual for social bonding and a source of offering for the formless, but we stopped short of making it a focus of study, and the Tribe rarely went into the impact of diet and exercise on their practice, although we were discouraged from journeying after eating a heavy meal.
According to Master Wang-Li Ming, a Daoist Chi Gong Master and resident Abbot at a centuries-old temple in China, reinforcing the body’s life force or “chi” is an all-important foundation and goal for any spiritual practice. What is more, the area of the Tan-Tien (second chakra), where food digestion takes place, is regarded as the “fertile field” of the body. It is in this space where the body absorbs food, processes emotions, and stores chi.
“Food has chi,” Master Wang asserted, “the chi can be lost if the food is not fresh.” According to Wang, “raw vegetables have more chi than if they are cooked. If they are overcooked, then most of the food’s essence disappears.”
The food served at the monastery was mostly fresh, local, and vegetarian, and the stews and sauces were very lightly cooked. I began to appreciate how non-processed, fresh, and organic foods helped me with finding alignment and connecting with divine source during my daily practice of meditation.
I was a vegetarian for years before making raw locally grown vegetables a bigger part of my diet and it has had a significant impact. Just from my recent and limited experience with a partially raw and organic food diet, I can feel a big difference after my meals. I feel lighter, more alert and more energized. I also feel like I am more present to my senses and my organs are clearer. Overall, this condition has only helped me receive more from the spirit realms.
It may have been a tough transition at first but I recommend making diet a priority to all practitioners.