Eating toxic foods, devoid of life-force or nutrition, also depletes our physical bodies so that we have less energy to devote to spiritual practice. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) likely will be found to have little energetic value and surely are causing our physical symptoms to heighten and disease to run rampant. This is because all life must be kept in balance. Genetically altering mother nature’s perfection is against the wisdom of the Higher Mind, and the ramifications are a large lesson in learning to be at one with nature instead of against her.
The insight which comes from deep spiritual wisdom is halted by the overabundance of toxicity in our food, our air, our water, and our soil.
Anyone who has done a yogic cleanse or practiced living a ‘clean’ lifestyle can tell you that their meditations become easier, their insights come more often, and their connection to Spirit or Source feels more like a DSL connection, rather than dial-up. There is also ample evidence that environmental toxins, such as the aluminum particulate in chemtrails and the fluoride in our water, calcify the pineal gland, an important endocrine gland which allows access to higher states of awareness.
While I am not of the belief system that ‘evil’ can take over the world, since it is only a reflection of our darkest, cast-off selves, I do think that educating yourself about the seeming forces which would try to reduce your connection to God should be acknowledged and dealt with. Putting our heads in the sand in regard to these toxins has already caused an epidemic of ill health, and the physical body is the last place that disease manifests. We know from the yogic wisdom of Himalayan masters that there are sheaths called koshas in the body, and all energy affects the outer-most ‘shell’, or sheath, first, then trickles down from the physical level into other more-subtle layers.
Like trying to shine a flashlight in murky water, the light will always get through, but illumination through a clear pool is much easier. Toxins obscure the chakra system, our pranic power houses, which help to absorb photons of light energy and help to keep us vital and alive. Concentrate that light, like a laser, and it will be able to shine into even the darkest, haziest water. By clearing our bodies of toxins, we create a laser-like light that can enliven and enlighten our entire energetic matrix – the Self. This is why so many ancient yogic practices teach Saucha – or the cleansing of the entire self. The purity of the body and mind are listed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as numerous ancient yogic texts.
Yoga asana also helps to cleanse the body of toxins. Asanas, or physical postures, are so effective that the entire digestive system - the liver, kidneys, bladder, and bowels - are made new again, and thus are more likely to be able to adapt to the toxic onslaught that has become our bane in this modern world. The bitter pill to swallow is that we live in a world where corporate greed has allowed this to become the norm, but the soothing salve is knowing that there are tools (like Shank Prakshalana) to remove toxins for better physical and spiritual health.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.