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The Topic of Diet and Health
Q: I don't know if you have ever spoken about it in the group, but I would like to ask you about diet. This topic keeps coming back into my mind. How important is a healthy diet while dealing with and practicing the teachings of Jesus? Is diet as everything else a matter of beliefs and perceptions about the food and not really about the actual food? How do you yourself deal with food and how big a role does food play in your life? One thing I noticed is that when I treat my body nicely and eat "healthy" food, my body seems more pleasant to be in, and I can more easily undertake spiritual practice and mind training. Can you speak about this?
* All my Love to You *
A: Beloved One
Thanks for writing. The question about diet is another version of the prayer to step back and let the Holy Spirit lead the way. The curriculum is highly individualized, so I cannot speak in broad generalities about diet. It is most helpful with diet, as with all things, to be highly Intuitive and thus very open to the Holy Spirit's Guidance. You may use the prayer: "Holy Spirit Guide my eating that I may be Fed by You." Truly it is not what you eat that is most important on the spiritual journey, but Who is Guiding the mind is All important. It is not what you put in your mouth that defiles, but that which proceeds from an unhealed heart. Likewise, the miracle brings healing far beyond what the ego judges as "healthy food."
Healing always depends upon exposing and releasing the ego belief system,
for thus is distorted perception healed. Problems are never in form,
being always a belief in the deceived mind. The ego
The body is a symbol or representation, so when you feel well this is a sign that you are following the Holy Spirit. Let your feelings be a barometer to the voice that you are following, and learn to trust the Voice for God within the mind. Eat what you feel Guided to eat and when you feel Guided to eat, and let this be a practice of the ACIM Workbook lesson: I will step back and let Him lead the way. The ego will attribute the feeling to form as it always does. Yet as you deepen with the Holy Spirit it becomes more obvious that health is a decision of Purpose and the form is always just a backdrop or stage. In Awakening it becomes apparent that there is nothing causative in form, and this includes the body and food and exercise and the environment. Every experience is a decision of the mind. With training the mind is consistently miracle minded or right-minded, and this state of mind is healthy. The happy dream is healthy indeed, and peace of mind results from the Purpose & Perspective of the Holy Spirit. In Quantum Physics terms, this is the Observer. In ACIM terms, this is the Dreamer.
Digest the Holy Spirit's Purpose in your mind and you will never hunger again. :)
Love & Blessings.
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