What do the words ‘natural foods’ really mean?
Are foods that have been prepared by various human methods good, or should these foods be eaten as they are found in nature? And if so, can cultivated crops be said to be natural? Where will we draw this line?
I believe the reason for all the confusion about what and how to eat stems from discriminating knowledge. Generally, people believe that they can know the nature of our world by the discrimination of scientific knowledge. But clearly science and philosophy are mere interpretations of the world. Science is merely a skeleton with no soul, philosophy a soul without a skeleton.
The only way to discover true nature is to abandon the trappings of discrimination and rely on direct intuition, or instinct. In the transcendence of relativity we can find our own answers and our own natural path.
This is where the Yin - Yang system of Chinese medicine can be of help. It is just one relative theory of our world, but it has been developed over a thousand years with the soul purpose of freeing oneself from relativity altogether. That is why I believe it serves as a successful pointer towards the restoration of nature for those of us living in the relative world, where we have disrupted it, and have brought on the collapse of our own body and spirit.
When you visit your local ‘health food’ store, you will find an unbelievable assortment of fresh and packaged foods from all over the world, as well as vitamins and dietary supplements touting all sorts of health benefits. How do you choose?
One source will tell you to eat all raw like an animal... but do you have to behave like an animal to be natural? Someone else will say that a diet primarily of fruit is the healthiest way to eat, while another says fruit is for monkeys!
“No, no... you must juice all your fruits and vegetables! Gee whiz, our ancestors must have been sick as dogs without this here trusty blender by their side!”
Again how will you choose? Depending on the circumstances, all of the above opinions may be true, that is why we become confused. Or on the other hand, to a confused person, these dietary theories become a source for greater confusion.
Because nature is in constant transition, we cannot grasp nature’s true appearance. It is something that is unknowable. Trying to theorize it is like trying to catch water in a fish net.
Here are the 4 types of diets I see people following:
- The Self Indulgent Diet: people following this method are blown back n’ forth by habitual desires and taste preferences.
- The Materialistic Diet: most people follow this method where foods are chosen based on biological conclusions that food is eaten to maintain the life of the body.
- The Diet of Principle: this is a method based on spiritual principles and idealistic philosophy. Most of today’s ‘Natural Diets’ fall into this category.
- The Diet of Non-Discrimination: this is the true natural method as it follows the will of Heaven. Here people eat on instinct and intuition.
A non-discrimination diet is followed by those who have realized that human life is not sustained by its own power. Nature gives birth to us and sustains our lives. That is why it can be said that ‘food is heaven sent,’ because we cannot create food from nature, it is bestowed upon us.
When the heart, mind, body, and food become one, then this diet becomes possible. As instinct takes over, one eats something when it tastes good, and avoids it when it doesn’t. It is a naturally free diet that cannot be defined by rules or proportions. It is defined by the local environment, one’s constitution, and need. “Don’t eat food with your head! Listen to your body!” is how my teacher expressed the non-discriminating diet to me.
I hope these thoughts inspire you to let go of your discriminating mind or what you feel is right and wrong and discover your own 'natural food' diet. Our clinic is here to support you in doing that. Let us know if you need our help.