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Food for Body, Mind and Soul

Many Sorts of Food

Abraham Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Figure. Abraham Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Abraham Maslow has theorised that humans consists of levels, basically like a pyramid. You need to be nourished by adequate food on several levels. To simplify:

  • Gross, physical food, like minerals, is just one sort of food.
  • Have you catered to your emotional needs?
  • Have you secured food for thought?
  • And what about food for spirit so you can grow in spirit?

The key point is: There is more food to ingest than food for the body. If you miss good music in the illustration, I suggest you place it among friends and family (level 3), where it does many a good turn. It goes well with sexual intimacy too, depending of the kind of music, the kind of sex, and much else.

How to Make These Ideas Your Own

As for ideas, they may be made your own by a process that shows basic likeness to eating.

  1. You sniff on ideas. Some smell like roses, others otherwise.
  2. Pick some ideas or works you feel for, for some reason or other.
  3. You start to salivate with expectation of a "good book" to get into, or of "great trains of ideas" in it, for example.
  4. You start to chew on sides to the book - headings, illustrations, figures, and so on. In other words, you browse.
  5. If you decide not to spit out or vomit the ideas you have started to digest by chewing on them, you start to swallow in fit doses, after adding saliva of your own, often hard-won experiences to the theories or descriptions you come across. Or maybe you gulp down ideas with some milk - trusting in your stomack.
  6. Ideas have entered your stomack. You have not vomited yet. Then, assisted by the acid of care, the stomack starts to knead and tumble the received ideas around, and prepare them for further digestion.
  7. Then you "meet" and welcome the ingested, stomack-treated food by letting portions of it enter the intestines, where bile and other digestive juices decompose it into smaller units that are easy to handle.
  8. On a cellular level the body seeks the things its wants or finds attractive, and they enter the blood stream. The rest is passed on as solids and a rinsed liquid to make the soil fruitful.

The process of digesting ideas has been elucidated. The organism seeks to make the best out of the food it gets to, on the levels spoken of by Maslow, Rudolf Steiner, and many others. A human is not just a body. It is fine to get plenty of good food for the body. After a period of stable supplies in that way, some dormant desires or embryos may call on your attention: You feel a need to draw, to make music, to meditate, og so on. It helps to be well fed and reasonably sheltered through the seasons and sheltered from the bullets of others, but "it does not have to end there". That is, human development should manifest itself on the inner levels too, maybe in time, maybe at first.

Speaking of food again, the "things" that make you pleased and satisfied are hopefully good food, good for you, good for sound development of body, mind and spirit. There are subdivisions of that, again.

You may or may not recognise sides to yourself or nearest friends by the schemes and surveys of development by such as:

  1. Erik H. Erikson's developmental survey. It relates to id development throughout life, and takes of from Freud's famous theory of stages - the five stages of libido development that Freud talks of, are incorporated in Erikson's larger scheme.
  2. Carl G. Jung's notes on the individuation process.
  3. Gordon Allport's ideas about proprium.
  4. Carl R. Rogers views on a fully functioning person.
  5. Gurdieff's old stages of men.
  6. Eric Berne's Transactional Analysis, TA, which also takes off from Freud in some ways.
  7. Abraham Maslow's theories about self-actualisers.
  8. Certain parts of Mahayana Buddhism.

A sound perspective is worth much. The combined thoughts and theories of these men may give you that. What is more, the value of decent theories - words - is to show there is a direction to find and develop along: It points inward at some point. There are certain stages of inner development talked of in such as Mahayana Buddhism. Daniel Goleman has presented a clarifying map of inner development according to Mahayana Buddhism in a book. (1975).

Theories are not needed a lot, though. A tree grows by itself, if nourishment is provided, just as the body does. It is the same with some sides to the mind too. Interests and desires may be whims, or they camouflage deeper, growing needs. It helps to follow up your interests reasonably, seasonably and carefully. By that you may get educated too. What is more, the personality develops this way too. That is the essence of Gordon Allport's findings (1966), and "good Latin" today as well, for a good finding lasts for lifetimes to come.

- Tormod Kinnes

Sleeptalker Views

Would you trust what a guy talks about in deep sleep? Edgar Cayce was that sort of sleeptalker. He went to sleep, and persons asked him many questions. The answers were written down and numbered. He lived the dream of many: to sleep on the job. There are many books about him and how he did it, and many thematic collections of sayings from the sleeptalker to different persons.

Dr. William A. McGarey, quoted below, has written some of them. Below I give you extracts that I find rewarding, interesting, good - I may have to reword him too. Now, McGarey sensibly writes:

People are different. "Edgar Cayce saw each person as a unit of energy in the earth, a creation of Universal Forces . . . distinct from every other being on the face of the earth, and who deserves to be treated as such. Thus, his suggestions were always a bit different for each seeker who came to him for help." [xiii]

People are born over and over. "Cayce recognized each of us as eternal beings, created in a spiritual dimension in the image of the Creator, and then born over and over again into the earth in a pattern recognized as reincarnation." [xx]

A better state should be sought out. "One's life purpose was often pointed out . . . while Cayce was offering a diet to help the physical body recover a better state of health. But he recalled . . . our life here . . . is an opportunity to make headway back to [our deep] Source [somehow]. [xx]

Time and space are deeply needed to help some and teach others. "Cayce . . . saw the human being as an entity in time and space, with illnesses coming about because of lessons the individual needed to learn. Or because of failing to obey the laws of function of the human body or perhaps the laws of the universe itself. Or of the mind. Or even of the spirit." [11]

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Edgar Cayce on dreaming, LITERATURE  

Allport, Gordon. Becoming: Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955. Reprint 1966.

Goleman, David. The Varieties of the Meditative Experience. London: Rider, 1975.

McGarey, William. Edgar Cayce on Healing Foods for Body, Mind and Soul. Rev. ed. Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press, 2002.

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