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Spirituality and Food: blog series part 1 of 3 ~ Wearing One Hat

Posted by Tanya on July 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM


 

A Chinese philosophy, a practice of avoiding evils is called "wearing one hat." The "hat' represents an action in a chain of causation. When we speak of unhealthy food - or hat, it can be a simple decision to not choose to eat these foods. In this case we wear only one hat. However, if unhealthy food is eaten, then this action is the first hat, and the second, third and many successive hats are how we must now overcome the effects of the proper food - by suffering, by trying to change the effects with positive thoughts about the food, or by taking medicine, then by overcoming the effects of the medicine - or in other words, there is a further reaction to each preceding reaction.

The Chinese philosophy suggests that for maximum health benefits we wear at most one hat. Each subsequent hat beyond this is an added weight, causing progressively heavier feelings and less freedom. 

In Shamanic Acupuncture sessions, we address these "hats" in what I've now deemed "jackets". Some of us have many jackets we wear, some are much heavier like winter jackets, and others are symbolic of a light sweater. Deepending on size, these jackets can take longer to remove and hang up - hopefully for good.

By following a path of correct action, we accelerate through cycles of awareness. If we are to make progress, we must unravel all negative situations stored in both the body and mind. The appropriate diet is highly individual and therefore so are our moment-to-moment choices. The process definitely varies from person to person.

Some I have found chose a diet to impress others, to be fashionable, to gain greater power, or even to become "healthy" with no thought of sharing, unraveling, or hanging up a "jacket." When we do not share what was learned with others we will have a difficult transition into a new person, free of added weight. When one is guided by idealistic motives, such as choosing a diet because it is more humane - because it does not promote killing of animals (vegetarian) or does not oppress Third World peoples (avoiding multinational-corporation products) - then there seems to be fewer problems with the transition, a healthier attitude, and better judgment regarding future dietary choices.

When a new diet is adopted, one can expect reactions as the biochemicals within our body's cells change. If the diet is purer, then old toxins are released, some can be very uncomfortable - both physically and mentally. These are called, "Healing Reactions."

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Such change affects the Spirit-mind. It's literally a transformation of old emotional and mental patterns embedded in the RNA/DNA of the body's cells. Shamanic Acupuncture will address the old-self, help you take off the "jackets" so that you are only wearing one hat of health. Healing is not always a comfortable journey but a process. Working through the stories of your life will bring about the change needed to keep you on the path of the healed....

Categories: Nutrition & Whole Food Healing, Shamanic, Emotions

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10 Comments

Reply Tanya
6:53 PM on July 18, 2012 
I have a wonderful quote written recently from a testimonial. She describes her growth and spirituality as more than just a fad....So cool!

"I felt like I wanted to just take a leave of absence from work and the rest of my life, go away and straighten it all out, and come back refreshed. On days when life is overwhelming, that seems like it would have been a good idea. It's hard to live day to day life and process such deep treatments, but I know that I made the right choice in going to Tanya and taking this journey over an extended period of time. It allows me to understand how to integrate what is already here for me, and how to be present in my world while constantly growing. To me it feels like a lifestyle change rather than a "Fad diet" type of thing."
Reply Tanya
2:03 AM on July 9, 2012 
Monique says...
What a great way of looking at how we act towards our bodies. Thank you for this new and much appreciated perspective.

Thank you Monique, as another Holistic care provider and energy worker I am blessed to have you commenting on my blog!
Reply Tanya
2:02 AM on July 9, 2012 
Lee Horbachewski says...
Hi Tanya,

I have never looked at food this way - the hat or the jacket. I am having a tough time wrapping my head around it, although in saying that - something triggered within me. I would love to learn more about Shamanic Acupuncture. I have a very unhealthy addiction to pop and skipping meals. I know it is something I have to change the story around, yet something continues to hold me back... hmmm

Thank you for your post Lee, Shamanic acupuncture is near and dear to my heart indeed! I love that you were pulled inside, meaning you felt connected somewhere deeper, even though you couldn't pinpoint! Thank you for your honesty and I would love to talk more when we get the chance to connect in person.
Reply Kim Page Gluckie
1:33 AM on July 9, 2012 
This is a new line of thinking for me for sure, so I'm wrapping my head around it (a many hatted head for sure). I understand it at the level that if we change our REASON for wanting to adopt a healthy diet, making the reason more about the world we live in than the material reasons we often wish to change our diet, then it is easier and more comfortable and more natural to attain. Hope I have that right, as it makes sense to me. :D
Reply Lee Horbachewski
1:55 AM on July 6, 2012 
Hi Tanya,

I have never looked at food this way - the hat or the jacket. I am having a tough time wrapping my head around it, although in saying that - something triggered within me. I would love to learn more about Shamanic Acupuncture. I have a very unhealthy addiction to pop and skipping meals. I know it is something I have to change the story around, yet something continues to hold me back... hmmm
Reply Monique
6:08 PM on July 5, 2012 
What a great way of looking at how we act towards our bodies. Thank you for this new and much appreciated perspective.
Reply Tanya
9:21 PM on July 4, 2012 
Thank you so much for your comments Anne, Nadine and Kirsten!

The Spirit-mind is related tot he heart system in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), bitter foods can clear the clouded-heart, allowing the lotus to open.

I believe we all have layers since birth and working through them in this lifetime is the quintessential path to enlightenment!

Thanks again ladies!
Reply Kirsten
9:13 AM on July 4, 2012 
Food is so intimately tied to our health and I have found the journey a long one to understand what my body needs to thrive. Adding the spiritual dimension is yet another layer to understand and explore. Thanks for this perspective!
Reply Nadine Nicholson
9:45 PM on July 3, 2012 
Tanya, this way of thinking is so new to me and much needed. I'm excited to continue to learn the essence behind my food choices and what that really means to my spirit-mind.
Reply Anne Wright
7:53 PM on July 3, 2012 
I'd never heard of the "hat" before - that's a pretty powerful analogy. Really interesting!