We all hear about the physical and mental benefits of eating certain foods due to nutritional profiling, but can food affect other aspects of us? The question being asked here is- are there any part of us that function independently of the other parts? And if we ‘are what we eat’ as the long used statement suggests, can food such as certain fruits support us in restructuring beliefs as well as lowering blood pressure and protecting the heart? It may seem like a stretch to some people, but again – if we are one being with one over-riding system, ultimately all input must affect us on many levels, no?
Though science and medicine have attempted to isolate the body into realms for study and specialization, we cannot ignore the fact that the hip bone is connected to the leg bone, and the neck bone – connected to the head bone – as so popularly sung. Can we? Doctors are fond of telling us that issues in the colon have very little to do with the foods we eat or that emotions we are having may or may not influence the health of our hearts, but deep down can we really agree with such logic? If our liver is damaged, can we be so bold as to assert that it is the only thing wrong in the entire body? And if there is a malignancy in the lymph nodes, is there no where else to look but there in order to discover the cause of such problem?
In natural, or holistic medicine, the body is seen as a ‘whole’ entity. Not only are the organs and body systems intimately connected, but so are the emotions, thoughts and beliefs – contributing factors to both wellness and dis-ease. If one area is struggling, lacking or ‘ill’, the entire system is compromised at some level. Likewise, what foods, exercises and new thought patterns may help one system, can really help the whole being come back into harmony. Does this make sense?
If we take just one simple food, a fruit – the mango – as an example of how this all works, we can examine what the benefits of eating such a food might have on the entire body/mind/emotional and energetic system of a person. To do this, you must take into account the entire plant ‘signature.’ The plant signature is how it grows, what it looks like, the environment it thrives in, its color, smell and shape. Natives would use plant signatures to help them figure out what plants or foods might be good for what ailments. So, it takes a slight adjustment in perspective to interpret things in this way – being so different from the medical ‘norm.’
In the western world and in modern medicine we study, analyze and determine the ‘nutritional profile’ of a food and through this, determine -based on what we assume to know about what a body ‘needs’ – how this food will affect us. The mango, due to its high antioxidant content, is said to prevent certain types of cancer. Because it is rich in Vitamin C, fiber and pectin, mangoes are recommended for lowering cholesterol. The Vitamin A in mangoes point to their benefit for the eyes and mangoes are also believed to help alkalize the body due to high levels of malic, citric and tartaric acid. But what else can mangoes do?
When analyzing the signature of the plant, those with such a perspective have noted that, because of the way the mango grows, this fruit can help support the restructuring of beliefs. How can it do this? From the book The Spiritual Properties of Herbs by Gurudas it says of mangoes:
There is a significant enhancement of a person’s idea of what spirit is. The shape of the fruit signifies this, as its signature. When fully ripe, there is a sweetness on the outside, and a strong inner center. It is also well attached to the rest, as if the inner idea, that which you know as your inner being, is firmly attached to your outer belief structure.
Mango is useful to individuals seeking to change their belief structures. Though they have been trained in a certain way and told of many things, when it comes to spirituality and spiritual investigation there is often a tendency to resist new belief structures. This will be eased significantly (through eating mango) for many people. This is more applicable to westerners who do not regularly eat mango. When it is a regular part of the diet, as in Hawaii or southeast Asia, where it is more common, people may find that this spiritual property has led them to a sense of deeper grace as they accept with an open mind many possibilities of different spiritual paths. This belief restructuring is a tendency that will be incorporated in their makeup after a time.
For most westerners it would usually take two and a half to three months or so of eating mango on a regular basis for this inner spiritual reserve to build up. As a part of this process, there will be a natural questioning of inner beliefs. This is good. When it is completed, one will have a long-lasting, deeper ability to work with outside belief structures. This new trait may last for the rest of your life.
This is one way to look at the way consumption of a plant or food such as mango can affect us deeply. A profound reverence for eating and drinking can develop when food and beverages and other possible ‘intoxicants’ are looked at for their whole-being influence. We would all agree that drugs and inhalants, such as cigarettes or marijuana alter consciousness. Why couldn’t food have the same affect? To begin to ‘use’ food beyond the mere physical benefits is to really start to reap the rewards of nature and calibrate ones consciousness toward the state of desired awareness and health.
Fruit such as mango can support the restructuring of beliefs and help those who utilize it consciously to increase abilities such as telepathy and empathy by learning to tune into another’s point of view. When we are not bound to our own solid beliefs, we become naturally more flexible with our perspective to relate to another. This can be a helpful skill for those in positions such as counseling, child advocacy, working with those with ‘special abilities’ and the misunderstood. The yellow of the fruit is shown, by color therapists, to strengthen the third chakra – or naval center. This helps improve digestion and assimilation of both foods and ideas/experiences along with relieving fears, empowering inner resolve and sparking creativity.
The sweet flavor of mango lends itself to finding the sweetness of life beyond a seemingly tough or ‘hard to remove’ surface. Life can appear difficult or challenging to navigate, but when using the correct tools of perception, like finding the perfect knife to cut the mango skin away, you find the juicy, sweet fruit – the treasures of experience – awaiting your enjoyment with ease.
Even if you don’t buy into the esoteric properties of food, but can begin to see food with new eyes, an opportunity for greater awareness and healing can become yours as you more consciously choose the foods you eat. The fruit mango has been used, whether consciously or subconsciously to support belief restructuring in those living in tropical areas of the world for many thousands of years. You know what happens to you when you go to the islands or to a tropical region and feel yourself begin to relax and ‘go with the flow?’ This could be in part from the influence of the fruits and foods native to the area, wouldn’t you agree? If you question this possibility, get some mango and try it for yourself.
Written by: Stasia Bliss