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Food, water, sleep, et. is not the soul-ution for weight loss and health!!

Here is an excerpt from The Presence Process "Revised Edition" written by Michael Brown

 

Michael Brown claims that our emotional state is the causal point of our mental and physical suffering, and unless addressed, no real permanent change will be made in the quality of our mental and physical experience.  Thus, by only rearranging our mental/physical world through diet, exercise, etc. we will never obtain true lasting wellness.  I have received great rewards using the tools provide through Michael Brown's work, and highly recommend it as an important component to real-eye-sing wellness!!   If you are interested in Michael Brown's work I recommend checking out his website, www.thepresenceportal.com.  Be well and may ye flow in whoa?

 

page 85

 

"Pursuing a primarily physical approach, our quest for weight loss may cause us to go on a fat-free diet, while ingesting a diet formula that enables us to dissolve the fats in our system. We may also start an exercise program, or step up our current one, to burn more calories.  We might even attempt radical physical processes like stapling our stomach or wiring our teeth together. Because such physical approaches involve attending to the effect and not the cause of our excess wight, they take effort. Some of them take blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention a substantial financial commitment.

 

However, even when the weight is lost, this doesn't guarantee the effect we are seeking.  For a while we may feel better about ourselves because our appearance has improved, but this feeling wears off because the cause of our excess weight isn't physical.

 

All diets fail in the lov-term because they fail to address the emotional causality of overweight. Stapling a stomach can't seal off the discomfort of emotional turmoil we don't know how to stomach.  Wiring teeth together doesn't empower us to express ourselves authentically and thus address our suppressed emotional charge. So even though these processes may be quick, depending on how drastic they are, the sense of wellbeing achieved through them is inauthentic and therefore temporary.  When the inner discomfort finally resurfaces, it may be devastating because now there appears to be nowhere to turn.

 

These physical procedures don't integrate the unconscious  mental activity related to self-image.  Neither do they quiet the internal emotional eruptions that manifest physically as bingeing.  Even if a procedure stops us from eating, the addiction to food as a means of self-medication, sedation, and control is transferred to other behavior.  For a while we may look good, but our thoughts still get tangled in negativity.  No matter how much fat is remove, surgically or otherwise, beneath the surgace we don't feel good.  THe log-term outcome is the proof of this."

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Comment by L'amor Whoa? on March 11, 2011 at 10:35pm
apollonoia- I feel MB would agree with you.  He even talks about in his book, it is helpful to let go of addictive behaviors as to allow the emotion beneath the addictive behavior to rise to the surface to be integrated, because often these emotional imprints are controlled and sedated by our addictions which causes them to be hidden from our awareness.  The Presence Process is a tool that gently brings these imprints to the surface.  A clean diet can help bring these to the surface as well, as I have seen this through anecdotal experience.  However, one must be aware of this and know how to respond to the "negative" e-motions as to real-eyes peace through integration.  Thank you for participating in this exploration of well-Being!!
Comment by Apollonia on March 11, 2011 at 4:32pm

and a P.S.

 

When looking at this in a 'chicken or the egg' situation (i.e. which came first), you can think of what is the best way to get a healthy body and mind (these two are intwined as well - you can't see them loose from each other like conventional medicine does) and speaking from a personal experience i had with very severe anorexia, is that starting with eating healthy, taking care of your body is the best way to get a healthy mind, I mean, it has to start somewhere... and as this is a chicken or egg situation, as in that what you think makes you decide what you choose for dinner (fastfood or bananas) but then what you decide to eat also makes for how you feel, you see where i am going with this chicken and egg/cycle situation.

 

So just from my personal stance, I have to say that diet does change things, because you have to start somewhere, especially if you come from a place where you used to hurt your body by feeding it awful things.

 

I saw this tv interview with the American tv-show host Ellen where she talks about her reasons for becoming vegan, and she said how that what you put in your body when you eat animals isn't just their meat, but also their fear, their sadness, their hurt... these animals live in such horrible circumstances, they are filled with sadness and pain, now if you put that inside your body, there is just no way that is not going to have an effect on how you feel. I really liked how she put that into words, it's so simple and so understandable. So yes, diet/what you eat really does have an effect on how you feel, and I think that starting with the diet is a great place to start, to give your body the space and energy it needs to generate healthy thoughts and clear mind :)

Comment by Apollonia on March 11, 2011 at 4:20pm

I feel that a lot he mentions about negativity intertwine with the diet, he mentions that no matter how much fat you remove or how many exercise programs you follow, if you don't adjust the negative attitude, you will keep going around in a circle... if you look at it from the lfrv point of view, you can simply say that negativity and things such as self hate make us make bad food choices, and therefor we go round and round in a circle.

He can go around saying that diet doesn't do much for our health and mental well-being, but we know that this is not exactly true... what we eat influences us (and if we don't like ourselves, we are not very likely to make the best food choices for ourselves), it IS all intwined.

Comment by L'amor Whoa? on March 11, 2011 at 8:16am
yeah the integrated approach!!
Comment by Jack on March 11, 2011 at 8:05am
I'd prefer going with the lot of them rather than just one or the other.

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