Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Does eating meat make us less intuitive?

Last month I went on a yoga retreat in tiny resort called Ollinyotl, Mexico. The place is amazing, surrounded by mountains that give off a constant vibe. We were in the middle of nowhere, with no internet and hardly any phone reception. 

I am on-again-off-again with yoga, and sadly, I sprained my neck a few days before the retreat so I missed most of the yoga sessions and spent time in nature instead. The teachers were super kind and added a restorative yoga class. 

Yoga Nidra was a nice surprise too: a guided meditation that puts us in a deep sleep. I'm sure I went somewhere else entirely! 

Ollinyotl means "Movement from the Heart" in the Nahuatl language.

The yoga-psychology part of the retreat was amazing. We learned tools to raise our physical vibration so that it is easier to connect with our spirit. The goal was to reach Sattvic mode (more on that later), so for example, we woke up at 6:30 AM for breathing exercises, followed a strictly vegetarian diet for three days, and skipped coffee and black tea. Skipping coffee was the hardest part for me. In 2016 I tried being a weekday vegetarian for 6 months and I'm thinking of going back. Not for intuitive reasons, but because it feels good and I like veggies.

Back to Square 1

Does eating meat make us less intuitive or spiritual? I'd be tempted to say NO. Less rational YES, because the farmed food industry has terrible consequences on the planet. If we are aware of the environmental damage, continuing to eat animal products is bonkers (See Here). 

This is the main reason why I attempted to become a weekday vegetarian. At the time I felt good physically, but I didn't think it had any effect on my intuitive readings. I said as much in my latest book, Chakra Healing & Magick, though in hindsight, I was able to write it in a very short time. Maybe the diet let the insights flow...  

Does it make us less spiritual? 

Part of me feels that we only eat factory-raised animals because we never see the way they are kept in the run-up to being killed. Once you've watched videos of cows hooked up to machines that milk them, it is easy to become disgusted and switch to almond milk or soy. But this is related to empathy and compassion, which are human traits. So no, I don't think skipping meat is spiritual - rather, it is an emotional response that is 100% human. 

With all this, I still eat meat and I love burgers, barbecue and some Lebanese dishes that would be impossible to eat sans meat. But a part of me wants to cut back for a million different reasons, and the easiest way to do it, I think, is to become mostly vegetarian so that when you do eat meat, it's free-range animals. The fact that you can have a steak or fish on weekends makes it easier to go without on weekdays. Below you'll find a clip from a Ted Talk that I like: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian, by Graham Hill.

And Some Exciting News! 

My Chakra Healing & Magick book is getting an update - the Kindle book will be offline for a few weeks. The revised paperback is already on Amazon. I made a few changes: rewriting my intro to the Solar Plexus Chakra to reflect the insights I have had in healing sessions lately, and swapping out one of the affirmations that I had included in the section on healing with mandalas and color. We also have a new grounding visualisation in Chapter 1 that will be easier to practice - with flashes of red, to activate the Root Chakra.

Those are the updates! For those of you who already have the paperback, I will post them on the blog soon. If you have the Kindle version you'll be able to download the updated file. 

Reiki hugs!



Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angel intuition and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as a healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Her passion is bringing the qualities of self-love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuitsRead her books to heal yourself.  

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