Friday, February 17, 2012

Divination friendly Diet

     The definition of divination as stated in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.com is:
1
: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
2
: unusual insight : intuitive perception
     but what is this "supernatural power"?
To put it simply: our ability to tap into our psychic selves through the many types of divination (here is a link to a site that defines 163 types of divination http://phrontistery.info/divine.html ). I believe that everyone is a little psychic in some form or another...we're all born that way, whether or not we choose to acknowledge is up to the individual...I also believe, that as we age, we are taught to ignore that inner feeling, and a gap forms in our minds, forcing said psychism to become cloudy and unfocused. Using the notion "You are what you eat", I've put together a list of  foods, herbs, and spices, long thought of as psychic inducing. Notice most of the food choices are plant based. The reason being, that red meat tends to desensitize psychic abilities, it's heavy and grounding.
Fruits:
  •  Apples
  • Cherries
  • Mulberry
  • Fresh fruit juices

Vegetables:
  • Bamboo
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy sprouts
Spices, Herbs, Roots, Nuts and legumes:
  • Almonds
  • Anise (tea form)
  • Bay leaves
  • Beans of all kinds
  • Celery seeds
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut
  • Dandelion
  • Eyebright (tea form)
  • Gotu Kola (herb, taken in tea form)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Lavender (tea form)
  • Lemongrass (tea form or added to soups and other dishes)
  • Mace
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint (tea form)
  • Rose petals
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron (tea form)
  • Thyme
Breads,Meat and seafood:

  • Chicken
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Game fowl
  • Pasta
  • Shellfish
  • Sprouted breads
  • Sushi
  • Tofu
     ...I will say it loud and proud "I love food!"...don't most of us?!? So feel free to add a few or all of the above mentioned psychic inducing foods...but don't skip on the leg work...practice the tarot ,or scrying or some other form of divination and mental exercises. You can even attend a class or pick up some books (good books...gives knowing look...not the ravings of some mad lunatic). Hope y'all enjoyed this installment of the Pagan Blog Project...


"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." translation: Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.

~ Brillat-Savarin, Anthelme, Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826


Here is a few recipes to get you started


Dandelion tea
     When picking the leaves for this tea pick the young tender ones clean thoroughly...
For a pot of tea
Pour
1 cup boiling water for each person
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves for each person
Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and let steep another minute.

Individual portion
1 cup boiling water to
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves
follow the steeping method described above.

Dandelion roots also make great tea, especially if you dry, grind, and roast the roots.

How to make sprouted bread link:http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/essene-bread-sprouted-grain.aspx




















    




4 comments:

  1. I agree that red meat makes you feel weighed down and desensitizes you, but I find that for me, basically all kinds of meat and fish have that effect. When I transitioned from meat-eater to vegetarian, I felt much more in tune with myself and nature on those days that I didn't eat meat.

    Also, I'd add fennel to the list of helpful foods, either in tea form or as a whole vegetable.

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    1. I'm envious of your ability to kick the meat habit...try as I might, it just won't happen. I notice that I'm overly empathetic when I try to eat a vegan diet. Too much sensory imput...Plus I couldn't go very long without BACON. Thanks for the feedback on this post. Curious though about fennel. When doing the legwork for this post I found that fennel was uses mainly as a protection/purification/healing herb. I think I'll use fennel in some dishes and see what happens.

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    2. I really wonder what it is about bacon - a friend of mine has said exactly the same thing^^

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