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Eat Your Way Out of the Matrix, Part Two – Spiritual Nutrition Workshop with Dr. Gabriel Cousens – My Review

Deficiencies on Vegetarian,Vegan and Meat Centered Diet

Welcome to part two of my review of Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ Spiritual Workshop. If you missed part one… the best diet for Spiritual Awakening, Click Here. The information in this post is intended to help you tweak your diet for optimal health and might help you put the puzzle together for yourself regarding differing views of the plant based diet from many teachers and doctors out there. After all, our human bodies work synergistically, like a symphony and need many different musical instruments working together in order to create beautiful music!

You many want to print this for reference, it’s a doozy!

*No one’s diet is sufficient enough for what is taking place in the world today. Supplementation is vital*

Mineralize- It’s Key!

Minerals are frequencies of consciousness, frequencies of light and frequencies of information needed for spiritual life.

Minerals are one of the deep secrets of Spiritual nutrition according to Dr. Cousens.

Ninety-Nine percent of Americans are mineral deficient according to the US Senate as early as 1936. The US Senate went on to mark that deficiency in any one of the more important minerals results in disease! Years later, things have only gotten worse as far as food production, mineral deficient soil, herbicides, pesticides and microwave ovens. Whether you are a meat eater or vegan, everyone needs to mineralize!

Minerals must be angstrom sized in order to be absorbed by our cells.

“Plants are able to take these minerals in, and break them down into angstrom-size, which they use. Once we understand that, we understand that the vegetables we eat transfer angstrom size minerals from the soil to us via the plants.” ~ Spiritual Nutrition, Dr. Gabriel Cousens.

We are able to use such products like Himalayan or Celtic sea salt with great results because they are angstrom sized minerals. Table salt and heated salt is covalently bonded. We cannot use it in the body and it gets stored as toxic build up in our tissues.

Iodine- Thyroid issues are HUGE! Seventy-Five to Ninety-Five percent of Americans have deficiency in Iodine. Iodine protects our thyroid. Vegans should pay more attention to thyroid function as it can be a bit lower. Eating meat, fish, dairy, etc… any food higher up on the food chain exposes us to high radiation and radiation destroys the thyroid. Iodine is the most powerful lymphatic cleanser there is! Iodine flushes out the top toxins which are Bromine and then Chlorine which are both bad for our thyroid and also Flouride. Iodine protects against radiation! We are all exposed to tons of radiation throughout a given day. 

Magnesium-  80% of the population is low in magnesium In 1936, the U.S. congress found that 99% of the U.S. population had some mineral deficiencies. It is clear there is a need for general mineral supplementation.

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

Your Brain is Shrinking!  Our brains shrink at 1% per year. By age 60 as much as 2 inches are lost! Our height also shrinks with age due to dehydration. By keeping yourself completely hydrated you can actually lengthen the spine as our discs are 3/4 water.  Supplementing with B12 also helps against brain shrinkage.

Which kind of Water is best?  Alkalized water is NOT the answer. It is NOT good for us. You need alkalized minerals to get alkaline, not water. Eating Live foods alkalizes you, alkalized water does not. Alkalized water does work short term but long term it can have detrimental effects!

Dr. Cousens jokingly said, spring water is best… if you live near a spring that is! The best water for drinking is distilled, mature water that is mineralized, crystallized and blessed if you are going the spiritual route. Crystals energize the distilled water. When you distill water, you free up the natural hydrogen so it can hydrate the cells.

*Healthy water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) of 50 or less increases alkalinity of our extracellular fluid and increases the acidity of our intracellular fluid. This is what we want.  When people (usually ones with cancer) are told they are acidic, it means they have high acidic extracellular fluid.

“Acid producing foods, such as meat, alkalinize the cytoplasm and actually deprive the DNA of the hydrogen ions that DNA needs for replication. Meat acidifies the extracellular fluid and alkalinizes the intracellular fluid, which is just the opposite of the direction we want to go”~ Spiritual Nutrition, Dr. Gabriel Cousens

As we age, we de-mineralize and cellularly dehydrate. Our thirst mechanisms often times don’t alert us and they lose the ability to do so with age. It is very important to drink at least two quarts of pure water each day. Even if you aren’t thirsty!

How do you know you are hydrated? Simply… If you pee every 1-2 hours then you are hydrated! If you pee every 3-4 hours, you are not so hydrated.

Blessing the Water- Water is living! Remember my article Saying Grace and Making the Bed? I talked about Dr. Masaru Emoto’s brilliant research regarding how water energy changes according to what energy it’s exposed to. Dr. Cousens also references Dr. Emoto’s findings in his book Spiritual Nutrition. In general, the findings are that beautiful crystals form in the experiment when water has been exposed to beautiful thought forms, classical music and prayer.  Beautiful crystals do not form when water has been polluted… such as tap water which has been chlorinated. But when that water is exposed to prayer and thought forms of love and gratitude, beautiful hexagonal crystalline form in the experiment. So it is very important to project love and good thoughts onto water as we are 90% water and when we send out those messages of peace, love, and gratitude to water, it is connected to all people and all of nature!

*Very Important to know about blessing our food! Any loving prayer works to bless our water to energize it, This is also true with our food… LIVE FOOD. Live food contains structured water which can hold the vibration of prayer. Cooked food is dehydrated and any left over water is disorganized by the heat!! This is important information that I did not understand fully when I wrote my article….. It makes complete sense to me now.

B-12 Deficiency

Everyone is deficient in B12!!! Vegans and vegetarians run higher risk of becoming deficient over a span of 6-10 years without supplementation. Our bodies store B12 and use it daily so it depends upon the individual as to when we will be depleted. Non vegetarians most likely have a poor B12 status because so many factors contribute to B12 deficiency including poor nutrition, radiation exposure, drugs, toxins, alcohol, smoking, oral contraceptives, fungal infections, iron deficiency, mental stress… and more.

*Contrary to belief, B12 originates from bacteria not from meat. So you don’t have to eat meat to obtain B12 supplementation or even get it from an animal source!

Hydrochloric Acid- With age we lose the ability to produce hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid helps us to absorb B12. Dr. Cousens also recommends we supplement hydrochloric acid.

Carnosine- What is Carnosine? Two amino acids that bond together to act as a powerful antioxidant. Carnosine prevents glycoselation which is sugar that blocks cell function. Glycoselation is one of the main factors in aging. Everyone needs 1000 mg per day of Carnosine and non vegetarians would require eating 3 steaks per day to achieve this… we all know this is a bad idea, as meat is associated with chronic disease. We need to supplement Carnosine.

Vitamin D3-  Vitamin D protects against flu. It protects against 50-70% cancers, protects against diabetes, helps mothers have normal deliveries, and also promotes healthy brain function and cognition. Meat eaters and Vegetarians fall somewhere between 50-85% being deficient in vitamin D!

Vitamin D, K and A work together in the body. Vegans and meat eaters are low in K and 50% are low in Vitamin A. We should also supplement Vitamin K3 and Vitamin A.

We need healthy fats to be healthy!

Essential Fatty Acids

*Omega 3 deficiency may be a significant underlying factor of up to 96,000 premature deaths per year

We Need More FAT!!!  What?! Dr. Cousens recommends Higher Omega 3 essential fatty acids and saturated fat.  People are trained to fear fat but Plant fat is quite different than animal fat. Animal fat is where bad cholesterol comes from. Trans fat is the fat to avoid! Dr. Cousens revealed that his diet consists of about 40% plant fat! Some would argue that this is a very high amount.

Long chain omega 3 fatty acids- DHA The general population needs omega 3’s especially pregnant women. 90% of pregnant women are shown to be deficient! We need omega 3 long chain fatty acids. Fish oil has been the old go-to but fish oil is only 2%, it goes rancid and is contaminated with herbicides, pesticides and radiation. Coconut oil gives us at least 5%. And we are also lucky to have safe, adequate, non-oxidized versions that we get direct from algae such as golden algae. We can also get DHA from Purlsane herb and Blue Green Algae.

Short Chain Omega 3 fatty acids we can get from flax seeds, hemps seed and Chia seeds. We can convert these short chains into the needed long chains by adding coconut oil to our diet.

Medium Chain Omega 3 fatty acids like coconut oil increases the conversion of short chain to long chain omega 3 fatty acids by 3-6 percent!

*50% of our cell walls are made up of saturated fat! Our Brains require saturated fat to function properly.

*We need saturated fat and omega 3 saturated fat to maintain a healthy brain (this lack of healthy fat could explain some kooks out there!) and the release of GABA which protects against anxiety attacks, depression, panic attack. We need saturated fat for keytones that feed the brain which has become insulin resistant, fuel for the heart, protect liver from toxins, to lower cholesterol levels (in moderate amounts). If you have low cholesterol, that’s bad! People with low cholesterol run a risk of more suicides, and a brain that just doesn’t function right.

Dr. Cousens recommends coconut oil as neuro protective and as cardio protective! If you have low cholesterol he recommends high coconut oil. Coconut oil which is saturated fat is dramatically good for treating Alzheimers disease. The fat is converted directly by the liver to Keytones and then those keytones go right through to the brain and energize.

*People can be very damaged by a low fat vegan diet! 

*A low-fat vegan diet along with high sugar/ high complex carbohydrates is also VERY BAD!


OJAS~ “is a Sanskrit word which literally means “vigor”. According to the principles of Ayurveda it is the essential energy of the body which can be equated with the “fluid of life”. Those who practice Ayurveda say that Ojas is the sap of one’s life energy which, when sufficient, is equated with immunity and, when deficient, results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately disease.” ~ Wikipedia

We need more Omega 3 fats for Ojas, according to Dr. Cousens. Coconut oil, seed milks, chia seeds, walnuts and flax…. Long Chain omega 3’s, Blue Green Algae and E3 live, bee pollen, spirulina and chlorella!

How do we build OJAS? Omega 3’s, minerals, plant protein, bee pollen, algae, coconut oil, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, avocado, nut and seed milks, dharmic living, sleep, bhakti, sexual balance, moderate lifestyle, sense of control, etc….


Eat right for your type… are you a slow oxidizer or fast oxidizer?
– There is no difference between plant protein and animal protein. It all breaks down the same way into amino acids in our system and is reorganized by the body. Some people may however claim they need more protein. This may be true, but does not mean they need animal protein. They just need the highest quality plant protein such as chlorella,  spirulina, blue-green algae and E3 live. These are 60-70% protein with 40% absorbability. *Note* Meat, chicken and fish are only 14, 15, and 16% absorbable. Animal protein is less digestible and not easily absorbed when compared to plant protein. It is quite easy for people who need more protein to thrive on a vegan diet as long as diets are individualized.  But you need to eat according to your body type… If you are a slow oxidizer you may not get hungry for hours between meals. If you are a fast oxidizer you may be hungry very often. You may be someone who needs to eat more frequent smaller meals spaced throughout the day rather than 3 large meals.

What about the low testosterone myth on a vegan diet? There are plenty of herbs that can build up your testosterone if need be. According to Dr. Cousens. Resorting to adding fish into the diet for this purpose is a bad idea! Fish are way too polluted with mercury, toxins, radiation, etc… and it doesn’t matter where you get it from. Even the most so called “pristine” sources.


Sugar! Surprise surprise… it’s bad!  Not only does it contribute to diabetes, cancer loves an acidic environment which sugar helps create! Cancer cells need 50% more sugar to survive!

  • Sugar is the main cause of aging!
  • Protein breaks down to sugar in the body and this is why many people suffer from excessive protein.
  • Sugar pulls calcium out of the system!!!!!


Eggs – A topic important enough that Dr. Cousens felt the need to discuss. What are eggs? Eggs are the menstrual product of the hen. When the egg is not fertilized it just remains as death. You don’t want to eat death! Spiritually, eating eggs is desecration of the divine feminine. That is pretty big spiritual karma right there… There are a million other reasons NOT to consume eggs, from allergies to cancer to salmonella and more. I posted his article about eggs below for further reading.


Detox Extremely important for everyone, especially the spiritual seeker.  It is better to detox doing shorter fasts than one long fast.This is true because toxins accumulate in levels in our bodies and that is how they come out. He suggests detoxing often but only 2 times per year as your longer detoxes.

 Let me interrupt you to share some *Random Notes*

70% of all chickens have Salmonella and after one year of life most all chickens develop cancer. “Dr. Rous, Nobel Prize winner and long-time researcher at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, states that 95% of the chickens for sale in New York City are cancerous. He also concurs with other researchers in stating that the chicken cancer is transmissible

Cows – 60% of cows in the world have leukemia that gets translated. People have 3% higher rates of leukemia on dairy. Pasteurization kills the leukemia virus. Dairy is linked to lung cancer and ovarian cancer. Raw milk is linked to bubonic plague.

50% of our water is polluted by animal agriculture!

There is much more carbon dioxide due to factory farming which leads to less oxygen. Less oxygen produces more cancer.

You cut 22 minutes off of your life for every hour of television you watch!

Dental issues on a raw/vegan diet – I was able to ask Dr. Cousens a few questions. I wanted to know why I hear of vegans and raw foodists having dental problems. He answered stressing the importance of a low glycemic holistic vegan diet to avoid so many sugars. Being sure to rinse your teeth often after consuming fruit and high acidic foods.

Soy-  This was my second question to Dr. Cousens, I wanted to know if there was anything good about soy from his perspective. He answered, Absolutely NOT!

A. It’s cooked

B. 92% of soy is genetically modified

C. It’s a top allergen

D. It destroys your brain

E. It’s severely anti-thyroidal

F. It blocks digestion

G. It’s cancer causing

H. It’s estrogenic


Reversal and Prevention

One person dies every 10 seconds from diabetes and forty percent of the world’s population are walking around in a pre – diabetic state. While there are many impressive things on Dr. Gabriel Cousens’s list, there is a major focus on Diabetes. Focus on the prevention of and the reversal of this chronic degenerative disease which is now a worldwide pandemic affecting about 300 million people!  If you are following the Standard American diet… YOU are at risk! The good news is that you can ditch that diet and eat in such a way that can reset your genetic expression. Yes, I said Re-Set!!! Not only can you avoid diabetes but a slew of other degenerative diseases as well.  At the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Dr. Cousens offers a 21 day intensive which is part of a one year long program that can reset a person’s genetic expression. According to Dr. Cousens there is a cure for Diabetes as well as other degenerative diseases. This includes eating living foods and adopting a holistic vegan diet that is also low glycemic!

You can eat to reorganize your genes to work right! Three percent of our DNA is genetic and Ninety-Seven percent of our genes are epigenic.  Epigenic means “affected by everything”. We are more in control than we think. Too many people use “oh,it’s genetic” as an excuse! Eating processed foods turn on genetic toxic programming. Dr. Cousens has seen miraculous transformations of body, mind and spirit at the Tree of Life, when people incorporate living foods into their life. In as little as 40 days on his program, most diabetics come off of their insulin and medications. We can all do this on our own as well but either way, in order to make this happen, we are gonna need a little self love!

“There is a choice. You have to be willing to change your life. You have to love yourself enough to heal yourself”

~ Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Dr. Cousens is extensively involved in humanitarian efforts dealing with diabetes prevention in various parts of the world such as Nigeria and Ghana as well as many other third world countries. At first I was confused and I thought why? And then he went onto explain that in third world countries they are starting to adopt the standard American diet. They now are exposed to diabetes and all of the problems associated with it! Dr. Cousens is right there to educate them about diabetes prevention, encouraging them to go back to whole foods! And it makes sense, being that they are only ONE generation away from living off the land like they used to do. He teaches them not to become slaves dependent upon on large corporations. I agree… go back! GO BACK!!!!

“In ancient times only three diseases existed, one of which was old age; but now since people have committed to eating flesh, Seventy-Eight new diseases have arisen.”

It all comes down to the Germ Cell!

The germ cell… the sperm and the ovary. It’s about survival of the species and rates of fertility. Ever wonder why rates of infertility are so high? Recent inter-generational research by Abram Hoffer, M.D. Ph.D, in animals and people has shown that on a uniformly poor diet, the offspring of each generation deteriorates more and more. Rats continue up to eight generations before they can’t reproduce. How many generations does it take people before they can’t reproduce? I guess we are already seeing signs of this happening now. I catch myself occasionally saying, “I think it’s coming down to survival of the fittest… those who take interest in their health and diet”. I was justified in my thinking when Dr. Cousens stated that we are destroying our germ cells with each generation of processed food.

…This ties into Allergies. The more our bodies are broken down, the more allergies we will suffer!

*Vaccinations  (which by the way all contain a little human flesh) work synergystically with herbicides and pesticides which interact  and overload the system. An overloaded system leads to cancer and allergies and many other problems!

Dr. Cousens states that the future of our planet depends on conscious holistic vegan awareness. In each generation we are given the right medicine and holistic veganism happens to be the right medicine for our ailing times!

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

Reasons to consider a holistic vegan diet

  • Preserve the germ cell and allow for healthy reproduction
  • Preserve personal health and energy
  • Feeds the hungry by cutting down dramatically the land that is needed to feed cattle and animals for meat consumption
  • Protects against anti-cruelty
  • Preserves ecology and global community
  • Maintains and protects bio-computer mind
  • More likely to maintain sovereignty due to our Standard American Diet and it’s “dumbing down” affects
  • Maintain yamas, niyamas and the 10 commandments
  • Inner peace
  • clear the Nadis and Koshas so we can become super conductors of the divine.

Eat your way out of the Matrix

The Matrix is the Death Culture… Are you stuck in the Matrix?

Break Out of the Matrix! After reading this information presented by Dr. Cousens, maybe you are able to put this puzzle together to see how we become stuck in the Matrix unable to see “beyond”. Our brains can’t function properly while consuming a standard American diet which consists of processed and animal foods full of chaos energy and cooked foods that leave us with very little nutrition. If our brains don’t work right, how can we ever see “beyond”?  Most of us don’t even realize we are in the Matrix! To add to it, the majority of Americans are taking anti-psychotics and anti-depressants which have horrendous side effects! People are in essence walking around with frontal lobotomy’s and lost moral connections. “We are destroying our germ cells with each generation of processed food” and reproduction of the human species is at risk.  Poor nutrition affects our brains.

We are stuck in a culture of death which is not of higher consciousness and not of proper thought processes.

Adaptability is so important!

And Again…My Two Cents

 Dr.Gabriel Cousens’ insight has helped me tremendously! I really admire his work. The fact that he is 68 years old, shows he knows a thing or two about longevity and how to live a vigorous healthy life! He is a very wise and accomplished man, therefore I definitely enjoyed his insight and look forward to finishing this book! I was sad to learn about Dr. Cousens perspective on Soy (but really, I have just been in denial). For many vegetarians and vegans, if you take soy away… what’s left?  I personally have researched good things about fermented soy in small quantities. Unlike Dr. Cousens who says soy is cancer causing (it could very well be, most likely, probably. I think it really sucks.) Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s work with the China Study shows that soy protein does not turn cancer “on”. Will I give it up? Not yet. I think it is a great transition food for a healthy person when consumed with that thought in mind and knowing your goal is to move away from it. The problem is that people who over ate meat and make the switch to veganism, some of them replace all  the meat they used to eat with soy products and totally over do the soy! If you can handle soy (and you should pay attention to how your body reacts after you eat it) and you choose only organic and fermented soy products like, Tempeh, Soy yogurt and Tofu, Tamari, Miso, etc… in very small  quantities and moderation, it certainly has to be a hell of a lot better that the alternative from the death energy perspective! I can’t give up soy just yet… move away slowly, yes. I will definitely be revisiting this topic soon, as it seems it needs a post all it’s own!

***I want to say a special Thank You to my very dear friend Maureen. For without her these articles would never of happened. I was invited by her to attend this workshop and we had the best time! I am truly grateful for our time together and all the ways in which she helps me grow on this journey! Another special thank you to Maureen’s dear friend Linda who was a raw food vendor at the workshop. She provided us an amazing raw food lunch. Check her out at Green Spirit!

I can’t say enough about Dr. Cousens book Spiritual Nutrition! All of this information along with the information from my post, part one is covered in much more depth! A must have for anyone wanting to become more attuned with the divine! Pick up your copy of the book at the Karmatarian E-Store and please help support me and my site! Thank you!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this information

Enjoy the Journey!

~The Karmatarian

Further reading

Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ blog article: Deficiencies on a meat-based diet

Iodine- In researching for this post I came across a very interesting article, well worth the read….. It’s by Dr. Mercola. Kind of ironic that I would post an article by Dr. Mercola when discussing Dr. Cousens, but these two medical doctors can actually talk with one another as Dr. Cousens pointed out at the workshop. These two doctors have higher interests to actually heal people spiritually as well as physically. The article is called Avoid Bromine If You Want To Keep Your Thyroid Healthy.

WHY EGGS AREN’T A HEALTH FOOD – WHETHER ORGANIC, LOCAL, OR NOT you can read Dr. Cousen’s article here.

Hydrochloric Acid

The common ground between the primal Paleoists and the raw foodists

Coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides

There is a vegan version of Carnosine that we can obtain from Dr. Cousen’s website

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Eat Your Way Out of the Matrix, Part One – Spiritual Nutrition Workshop with Dr. Gabriel Cousens – My Review

Can you imagine what the world would be like if no one taught another what they knew? It would be a pretty dark place. I had the opportunity to attend the Spiritual Nutrition Workshop with Dr. Gabriel Cousens that was held here in Chicago at the end of September. I learned some eye opening information that I took the time to organize and now I’m passing it on in hopes that Dr. Cousens’ message reaches at least one more person who can benefit.

Most of the information below came from the workshop but I also took home Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ book Spiritual Nutrition so I was able to expand on some of his points using his book. I’m giving you mostly cliff notes here but it is information that everyone can use to empower themselves along with ideas about the evolutionary diet of our future as we move away from the culture of death into a culture of life and liberation, as shared by Dr. Gabriel Cousens. Seems to me that each point could easily have it’s own post but I want to give you all the info I learned up front. I could and still may break it down later but man will I be busy!!!

It seems there were three main focuses of attention at the workshop:

  1. Spiritual enlightenment through Holistic Veganism
  2. Serious deficiencies in our diets due to modern day agriculture and modern day pollution… such as radiation.
  3. Diabetes prevention

All of these topics affect YOU, ME and everyone else!

I am breaking this info down into two posts because it can be a lot to wrap your mind around. I also know that your never ending to-do list is most likely calling you! This first post focuses on diet for spiritual purposes and some of the interesting points Dr. Cousens makes regarding using diet to gain a better connection to the divine! I will post the second article in another day or two which will focus on deficiences in our diets no matter what we eat! Post two you will not want to miss! I will sprinkle in random profound ideas throughout both posts as expressed by Dr. Cousens and by the end you should understand why you and I would want to get the hell OUT of the matrix! I feel it’s a toss up which post is more informative, but that depends on how you view food. Be sure to read both and then let me know which one helped you!

Who is Dr. Gabriel Cousens?

For those of you unfamiliar, here’s a little background on Dr. Gabriel Cousens and what makes him extraordinarily credible. Originally from Highland Park, Il, he is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona.  Gabriel Cousens is a M.D., M.D. (H), D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomat American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, Diplomat in Ayurveda which is considered the leading live-food medical doctors and spiritual nutrition experts in the world, and he is recognized as “the fasting guru and detoxification expert” by the New York Times. He is also a psychiatrist, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, homeopath, holistic physician, acupuncturist, medical researcher, ecological leader, Rabbi, Senior Essene teacher, a recognized yogi who “has realized the innate perfection”, internationally celebrated spiritual teacher, lecturer, medical researcher, world peace worker and physician of the soul.  He is a bestselling author of books such as Spiritual Nutrition, Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, and There Is a Cure for Diabetes. I’m barely scratching the surface of Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ background and wisdom.  Read more about his impressive Medical and Spiritual Bio on his website.

Spiritual Awakening

We are able to merge heaven and earth with the help of live foods.  By eating foods that are Un-broken in their wholeness we can bring ourselves back to wholeness according to Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Dr. Cousens has a mission to help individuals and the planet heal physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, by helping to make the transition from a culture of death and war to a culture of life and liberation through adopting a holistic vegan live foods diet as a basis for whole person enlightenment.

Dr. Cousens’ vision is that he wants to see everyone “wake up” and be healthy. To support whole person enlightenment and the Kundalini (the inner spiritualizing energy that takes us to the experiences of non-causal ecstasy, joy, peace, love and God awareness. These are our natural emotions in liberation), Dr. Cousens eats and promotes the very best diet for this spiritual evolution… Holistic Veganism. He has no problem stating that this is the best diet for this purpose and by eating this way one supports spiritual life and the ~flow~.

” When the body aches, the soul too is weakened and one is unable to pray properly; even when clear of sins. Thus you must guard the health of the body carefully.”

~Baal Shem Tov

There are six foundations for a successful spiritual life:

  • 1. Nutrition
  • 2. Building Prana (life force) such as with yoga and breathing practices
  • 3. Service and Charity
  • 4. Spiritual Guidance and Inspiration (expanding the mind with spiritual teachings and wisdom and spending time in the presence of spiritual teachers, people and community)
  • 5. Silence (meditation)
  • 6. Kundalini Awakening (the descent of grace).

These six foundations prepare us to awaken from the dream illusion of separation. These are ways of living. Gabriel says, of course one cannot eat or meditate their way to God… it’s all about Grace.

“There is never enough food to feed the hungry soul”

~ Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Gabriel sees food as a love note from God and functions as a live-food vegan peace worker reactivating the prophetic teachings of  Genesis 1:29:

“Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

… It was ten generations later that Noah could not find plants to eat for immediate food once he left the ark that God said, “every swarming creature that lives shall be your to eat; like grass vegetation I have given you all” (Genesis 9:3) which was not a command to eat meat, but a dispensation for the immediate situation.

“As the Torah implies, people may not be ready for this evolved spiritual diet. In the time of Noah (pre- flood era) people were cannibalistic. At that point in time, the teaching was that the Divine lowered the moral standard dictating that people wouldn’t be cannibals, but could eat meat, which was a step down from killing and eating other humans. It was implied that at some point people would become morally and ethically refined to see animals have souls and move into a more evolved diet.”

~Dr. Gabriel Cousens – Taken from his blog post “Deficiencies on a meat-based diet”

 Eating meat – a violation of 5 of the 10 commandments

In Leviticus 3:17, the commandment is given that “it is a statute to time indefinite for your generations, in all your dwelling places; you must not eat any fat or any blood at all.”  Dr. Cousens reminds us that fat from flesh foods has been implicated in many degenerative diseases and is a major storage sight for pesticides, herbicides and other environmental toxins that enter the food chain. Each of the commandments that are broken as a result of eating meat was discussed at the workshop and it really does becomes obvious when another points it out to you (I just took poor notes at that moment and don’t have them to share with you regarding these 5 commandments… though, I am sure you could figure it out)

Here is a favorite excerpt that I found in the book Spiritual Nutrition from the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book one that describes the link to Spiritual Nutrition:

 “God commanded your forefathers: Thou shalt not kill. I say to you: Kill  neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life only comes from life, and death always comes from death. For everything which kills your foods kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also (the link to spiritual nutrition). Therefore, eat not anything which fire or frost or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen, and rotted foods will burn, freeze, and rot your body also. Be not like the foolish husbandman who sowed in his ground cooked and frozen and rotted seeds, and the Autumn came and his fields bore nothing, and great was his distress.” ~ Jesus

*Studies show  an average of 200 herbicides and pesticides found in the umbilical cords of new born babies. 

*Vegans have less herbicides and pesticides than meat eaters as meat eaters eat higher up on the food chain and those animals ingest many more herbicides and pesticides along with Radiation with is higher in dairy, meat, fish, chicken, etc…

*Dairy is overall higher in radiation than other animal foods. Organic cows have even higher radiation due to all the grass they consume!

Is it ethical for a yoga teacher to eat meat?

In Dr. Cousens’s book Spiritual Nutrition, it states that certain Yoga teachers are now saying that one does not need to be vegetarian to practice yoga, but the Buddha expressed a CLEAR opinion on this in the Shurangama Sutra “After my parinirvana (enlightenment) in the final kalpa (time era), different kinds of ghosts will be encountered everywhere, deceiving people and teaching them that they can eat meat and still attain enlightenment”

“How can a bhikshu (seeker) who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on the flesh of other sentient beings?”

~ Hsuan Hua

Dr. Cousens states that the Ahaparinirvana Sutra sums it up: “The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion”. Buddhism was originally vegetarian and the Dalai Lama suggests we return to it.

Veganism itself dates back B.C. and is a diet related to consciousness. Whenever people moved away from the vegan diet along the timeline and started eating meat, there was war. Eating meat always goes hand in hand with war and history does prove it.

Veganism fulfills five moral precepts of the Torah (Five books of Moses)

  •  1.  Compassion and non cruelty to animals
  •  2.  Peace
  •  3.  Preservation of personal health
  •  4.  Feed the hungry
  •  5.  Preservation of the earth

Veganism is the spiritual blueprint preparing for the golden age of peace

To understand how diet affects us spiritually, it is important to understand that digestion of food is how we extract energy from our environment.

Chaos Energy- Beef, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, etc… according to Dr.Cousens, all clog the chakras and are like sludge to the flow of Kundalini  which stops the flow of Vortex. This sludge which is compromised of death, cruelty, misery, pain, fear and anxiety energies, etc….all get taken into the system.  The energetic frequencies are chaotic in the mind when we eat higher up on the food chain.

“Flesh food (meat, fish, and poultry increases the animal frequency in the body and it brings into operation more animal-like tendencies such as the vibrations of anger, lust, fear, aggressiveness, and murderous impulses.”

~ Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Spiritual Nutrition, Chapter 17

The meat eater vs. non meat eater debate

 People can stack evidence up for their argument and they often go to extreme examples as if those examples are a regular occurrence. You also can’t have an argument about what people ate, say in the 1950’s and who happened to live a long happy life because times are different and the way we process food is so very different now. Dr. Cousens could care less about this argument.

Hear that? It’s your spirit calling….

  • What is your intention?
  • What is your purpose?
  •  What is your justification?
  • Do you wish to wake up spiritually?

These are really the questions to ask yourself, said Dr. Cousens who has a completely different agenda for his diet being whole person enlightenment. It takes the debate away because this isn’t about winning an argument with a meat eater. Perhaps a meat eaters goal is only physical. Meat eaters don’t see that their diets are connected to the whole. And while it’s wonderful to be conscious, it is important for us, the spiritual seekers, to realize that a holistic vegan diet is not about superiority, it’s just our spiritual calling. Also very important to note that this isn’t so much about religiousness as it is about liberation!

“Holistic Veganism is not about moral superiority, it’s about being responsible for the total impact of ones actions”

~ Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Adopt a holistic vegan diet to maintain Seven Fold Peace

  • Peace with the body
  • Peace with the mind
  • Peace with the family
  • Peace with community
  • Peace with culture
  • Peace with ecology
  • Peace with divine

Spiritual seekers should consider a holistic vegan diet to create Aparigraha.

Aparigraha = Non-Possessiveness, Non-Hoarding.

*Note Eating meat is habit that stimulates endorphins and becomes highly addictive.

Ok, here is where it gets interesting…

An 80% live foods diet give us the most energy and power

Our brains are very much affected by poor nutrition. What we put into our bodies, becomes our tissues, bones, and muscles that make up our body. Our bodies communicate inter-cellularly using electromagnetic communication. Live foods are filled with electrons that charge our battery= Literally! The difference between cooked and live foods is something called Bioluminesence. Observing our bodies’ cells on a regular cooked diet, there is no charge between the cells and cells cannot communicate like they were designed to. Cooking foods cook away the living enzymes and nutrition our bodies desperately need.

Biophotons- Light. All living cells of plants, animals and human beings emit biophotons which cannot be seen by the naked eye but can be measured by special equipment developed by German researchers. When you eat foods that have more light energy, you take in light energy and the healthier you are.

Dr. Cousens showed us photos of different foods photographed using such technology that we were able to see this “light energy” around the specific uncooked living foods. You should of seen the amazing light energy surrounding sprouts!!! Now I know why the raw foodies, myself included are lovin’ their sprouts!

If you choose not to cook food anymore, you can still enjoy warmed foods. Why not heat it to 110 degrees? No need to boil the soup!

“Harmony is accepting and surrendering to natures design”

~ Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Interesting note~ *Dr. Cousens noticed that he could be in the sun four times longer than average. Because he eats this way, he resonates with the light force of energy and is at one with it, he isn’t fighting it!

Eat Live Foods for Endurance!  Dr. Cousens doesn’t necessarily promote lab experiments on animals, he wanted to be clear about this but he shared with us some findings from other medical professionals and researchers such as the Russian Dr. Breckman. In Dr. Breckmans research, mice that were fed raw food versus cooked food had three times the endurance!

Come into more emotional balance in your life!

In general on a live foods diet, PMS is improved by 250%, mental clarity, depression and anxiety are improved by 300%. The immune system is improved by 90%! 

Under-Eat for Longevity! 

Telomeres (sequences of DNA – chains of chemical code) are lengthened by exercise, eating well and getting good sleep. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten until they can no longer divide and then they die. This is associated with aging, cancer and high risk of death. Telomeres are a kind of like a ticking time bomb. The Queen and King of Longevity is exercise and good nutrition… But taking in less food to trigger longevity is also key. If you eat less, by ½ the calories, you activate an anti-aging affect in your genes!

Here is more good news! When you eat live foods, you can eat half as much as cooked foods because live foods are packed with nutrition (don’t forget about fiber) You feel full and satisfied. When you cook food, you cook all the good things away that your body requires so your body will then send messages of hunger in hopes you eat more food so it can try to meet it’s nutritional requirements. You also need less protein in your diet, especially when that protein comes from living foods.

If that wasn’t a mouthful… here are my Two Cents

I am one of the few who want to be whole even before I have the chance to become broken. I’m grateful. Too many people wait until they are handed an awful degenerative disease before they seek wholeness.  We must love ourselves enough to want to be whole. This is the first step in ones’ diet being a spiritual journey. If great health is your only agenda, then congratulations! If eating to be a become a better tuned in and turned on spiritual seeker doesn’t resonate with you, that is totally fine too! But if so, one will definitely feel the difference when giving this whole foods vegan diet a fair chance! I made a conscious decision to do things a bit different than the average mainstream. It has not been easy and at times takes great strength which I feel is part of character building for the advancement of the soul!  I have broken free from the Standard American diet and our culture of death. I feel extremely liberated so far and want to share it with whoever is listening!

Some people who try the diet give up too soon and say, oh no a vegan/raw food diet doesn’t work for me. I want to ask, did you do it right? Did you give it all you got? If you needed help, did you seek out a plant-based nutritionist’s advice rather than a conventional nutritionist who’s education is based in the greed of the large meat and dairy corporations? I know all about that! Did you eat enough Omega 3 long chain fatty acids? Enough fiber? Low sugar? I love how people will go visit a regular nutritionist and say, well, they told me to eat more protein = meat. Please do your soul a favor and seek out advice from someone who has the same ethical values or spiritual values that you have or are trying to live according to. Exhaust all avenues! Don’t look for a reasons/justification to give up and go the other way. Meat and dairy is an addiction, a habit that stimulates endorphins… just remember that. Ego’s die hard!

My view on Yoga teachers eating meat

They shouldn’t! This is my opinion. There are so many yoga studios popping up all over every town. On one hand, how terrific. People everywhere are slowing down, taking time for themselves and trying to attain some sort of inner peace. On the other hand, there are yoga studios popping up all over town!!!! Greed. People capitalizing on a trend. Of course they will need more yoga instructors and they are most likely hiring people who really aren’t that qualified but who just need a job. When I look up to someone be it financial educator or teacher, doctor or whomever is supposed to be in a position to mentor and educate and help lead the way, I want those people to impress me. I want to strive to achieve what they have achieved. If a yoga instructor and studio doesn’t know anything about plant based nutrition and how that plays a huge role in being the healthiest you can be in today’s world and how this helps you to be a super conductor to the divine, then I am so sorry. I am less than impressed.

I would love to hear from you regarding your opinion on Yoga teachers eating the flesh of sentient beings while helping others achieve enlightenment. Could Buddha be right?

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it!

Be sure to keep an eye out for post two, because no matter what you eat you will be surprised to learn of the deficiencies in our diet according to Dr. Gabriel Cousens!

Read more with Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ book: Spiritual Nutrition ~ Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini

Enjoy the Journey!

~The Karmatarian

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