Daily Zohar # 2341 – Vaera – Fire, Air, Water and Earth – Part 4 (Body, health and food)
Continued from previous DZ
Everything consumed by the body passes through the stomach and liver to remove negative elements from the food. The liver supplies fresh and pure blood to re-energize the heart. To balance the functions of the liver we need to drink from good source of water and good food.
GMO food has altered DNA, which makes it unnatural and elements that is not part of the original creation. The digestive system doesn’t fully recognize GMO food and would have difficulties processing it. The DNA of the GMO is not included in the processing ‘program’ God ‘installed’ in the stomach and Liver. The danger is that the liver would rejects some elements of the GMO as toxins that would affect the body sooner or later.
The GMO invention came to make greater profits to producers and that comes from greed, which is negative. Bad seed produce negative outcome. All types of food ‘treatments’ with chemicals, radiation, ‘coating’ etc. go against the natural process. It’s very hard nowadays to find a rotten apple in the store because of the heavy treatments apples and other fruits go through. Some of the apples served in stores, especially in the US are many months old because of the preservation process. This kind of bad apple won’t spoil the bunch.
I’m expanding the view on food because it is the source of health and balance in the body. If the body if not fed with balanced food in balance, then the imbalance cause different levels of unstable organs and illnesses. The body will be dependent on the local pharmacy for chemicals to balance the body. Many of us know people who take pills every day and half of those pills are taken just to counter the side effects of the other pills.
We need to have spiritual and mental balance by serving the soul with sleep, meditation and prayers but we’ll keep this study for different lessons. Studying the Daily Zohar is an important part of this balance.
Our food is in four categories based on the four elements.
Fire – Wheat, fruit and vegetables that depend on the sun to grow and ripe.
Air – Food that grows on the surface of the earth, like mushrooms and similar
Water – All types of squash and similar
Earth – Potatoes and all root vegetables.
We better eat from all types of naturally grown food to balance the body for strength and health. Each body has its own type so the balanced food is individual. That is why some can eat a lot of wheat products (carbs) and stay slim and healthy while others may get fat immediately. The bottom line is to listen to the body. It’s better to stay hungry than to eat something that is not good for the body.
To add energy of life in our body, we should eat ‘live’ food, meaning food from a natural source without or with minimal processing. Animal flesh has aspect of death because of the killing process (sorry meat lovers). Kosher slaughtering is a merciful process because it release and elevate the soul that was incarnated in the animal. I still recommend eating less less meat that fresh fruits, vegetables and grains.
Maimonides, who was a great sage, physician and philosopher, said that the food we eat is our healer and with good food we won’t need the help of medicine. As a rule he recommends to eat only when hungry and drink when thirsty because we cannot distinguish between real hunger that is caused by the drop of sugar level in the blood and desires for food caused by the sight or smell of it. Eating because of boredom or seeking temporary comfort should be avoided.
Maimonides also said that we should not hold from going to the bathroom because we need to vacant the waste from the body as soon as possible to avoid absorption of toxins in the intestines.
The Kosher laws are made to balance the body on the physical and spiritual level. Proper blessings of the food cleanse and balance the energy of the consumed food.
Most of the recommendations above are not easy but we should set goals to achieve a state of control over our eating and drinking in balance.
Continued on the next DZ (Four elements and people)