DIET +quot;He who has health has hope, he who has hope has everything+quot; Arabian Prover
"He who has health has hope, he who has hope has everything"
The Magician can be looked upon as a battery, with the capacity
to store and manipulate energy and current. Pranayama and
exercise deal with the capacity to hold these elements. Through
physical movement we become more efficient vehicles to carry with
us this Life Force. Diet deals with the energy and current. It
would be of little value to become perfect vessels if we fill
ourselves with dead matter or things of substance with little
In today's world we are faced with an unique problem. Science
can keep us alive a lot longer than ever before, but the
quality of living has gone downhill. Our environment is such
that we have to depend on those methods of life extension
because living in this filthy, polluted world is killing us.
Even the food which we eat can harm us because of the
processing which it has to go through before it gets to our
tables. Not to mention the pesticides which are sprayed on our
fruits and vegetables, or the waxes in which they are covered in
order to make them appear to be fresh.
The animals which we eat are fed antibiotics, which we absorb
when eating the meat; our bodies then adjust to these
accumulative levels of antibiotics until they become worthless to
us in treating infection. Because the cattle rancher mixes these
antibiotics indiscriminately with the cattle's food, the animal's
body eventually becomes the perfect breeding ground for medicine
tolerant bacteria. This bacteria is then absorbed into our
bodies by consuming the flesh of the animal, and because we have
developed a tolerance to antibiotics we are not able to treat the
Farmers have added more and more chemicals to the soil which are
in turn absorbed by the vegetation we eat and into the water we
Processing hurts all foods. When wheat is "refined" it loses
over 20 nutrients in the process. The flour manufacturer returns
4 or 5 chemical nutrients to it and he calls it "enriched".
Wheat and bread have been subjected to about 80 chemicals in the
growing and manufacturing process. Some of these chemicals stay
in the finished product to be eaten by the unsuspecting consumer.
There is a substance in all living things called "PRANA". This
Prana is "the life force" within them which is responsible for
the vitality of all living organisms. All vegetables, fruits,
and animals have Prana; the amount being determined by the
condition, biological makeup and size of the item. They get it
from nutrients in the soil or food which they consume. Without
it, all living things would die.
Humans also have Prana and we require it for our survival. We
also get it from the foods which we consume, the sun we are
exposed to, and the air which we breathe. So it makes a lot
of sense to only consume those foods which have the highest
amount of Prana still in them. Prana will stay within
fruits, vegetables, and meats after they have been picked, or
slaughtered for a time determined by the condition they were in
at the point their life was terminated.
Another dietary problem we face is that humans have much longer
intestinal tracts and weaker digestive acids than most meat
eating animals. This creates two problems:
1) Human digestive acids do not break down flesh properly because
they are not strong enough to do so. Therefore, most of the
nutrients that are available in meat are not even absorbed by the
intestines into our bodies.
2) The undigested remains of meat are sent down to our intestines
where they can be absorbed into our bodies, but because the
intestinal tract is so long in humans, the meat starts to rot
before it can reach that stage. What we end up absorbing are the
poisons in the rotten meat.
If you must eat meat; chew it thoroughly as the enzymes in your
saliva are very important in the digestive and absorption
processes. Saliva is believed to release Prana from foods so
that it can be absorbed through the mucus membrane in the mouth.
Canned foods should be avoided. By the time the food has gone
through the processing & refining, it has lost 82% of its
proteins, amino acids, and nutrients.
Frozen food is even worse. Between stock fed tetracycline,
steroids, processing, and freezing there is a 92% loss. And most
important; you cannot freeze or can Prana. The reason that
frozen and canned foods "appear" fresh is because of the
chemicals which are added to preserve the food. T.V.dinners,
junk foods and fast foods ought to be avoided. All chemical
preservatives should be considered as poisons.
Sugar, salt, and white flour are worthless. There is no food
value left in these after "refining", just chemicals which are
used in the process. Monosodium glutamate (M.S.G.) damages the
nervous system and has been known to destroy brain cells.
Vitamins tablets should be relied upon only when the proper
vitamin and/or mineral can not be extracted from food. Most
vitamins tablets are chemicals and the body has a hard time
dealing with unnatural substances. They should not be taken in
place of food; remember what's been said about Prana.
Vitamin supplements are useless because some mineral/vitamins
prevent the absorption of others which may be included in the
same pill. Take your vitamins separately at different times of
the day and make sure that they are not synthetic forms of
vitamins (synthetic vitamin D has been known to cause more
trouble than it is worth). The best policy is to eat the right
foods; RAW MATERIALS.
Much has been said in this chapter about things which most people
believe have nothing to do with Magick or the Great Work but I
assure you, they are mistaken. The furnace which the Alchemists
referred to in their books is the body! Making sure that it
functions well is of great importance.
If you take the time to care for your vehicle you will see a body
which is leaner, stronger, healthier, and more resistant to the
stress created by a harmful environment and everyday life. A
body better equipped to deal with whatever you may encounter on
your Magical voyage; a body worthy of the Great Work.
"It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only
by thought that labor can be made happy; and the two cannot be
separated with punity".
Physical exercise helps to maintain the chemical/organic balance
between the body and the mind. When these two are out of synch,
disease occurs. For too long body and mind have been erroneously
treated as two separate units completely independent from one
The brain maintains perfect body temperature, synchronizes the
heart beat with the pulmonary rhythms, and performs many other
miraculous functions without us being conscious of it.
The brain can execute these functions using two components
simultaneously: The nervous system, which executes certain tasks
with the use of electricity; and the lymphatic system which
accomplishes the same objective by using chemicals produced by
the glands. Either way, things get done.
If you are physically able, Martial Arts should seriously be
considered as a form of exercise. It accomplishes two tasks;
because it involves the whole of the body, you will exercise
muscles you did not even know you had. Also, there is a very
Spiritual side to the Martial Arts, and if you have a good
instructor you will learn the virtue and honor of a True Warrior.
If for some reason you decide that Martial Arts is too intense,
or your body just isn't capable of dealing with it try Yoga.
This will address the same objective treat the brain as a muscle;
which if not used will wither away, just like physical the
muscles. There are many Yogas. Find the one(s) that are right
for you; but the ones which require physical activity are the
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