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Nutrition for Intuition – Doreen Virtue, Robert Reeves

In their book “Nutrition for Intuition” Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves give a very detailed overview of all the senses that belong to our intuition and how you can enhance them.

The book consists of several parts. In the beginning the different senses or clear senses are being described and there are many examples that show how their guidance can show up in daily life. This was very fascinating to me, because it made me aware of feelings towards people, situations and other things that I had not been aware of before. You can use the examples easily to go through similar situations in your own life, feel into them and recognise what your intuition tells you.

In this first part of the book Doreen and Robert also present scientific studies about intuition. Apart from that the connection between all our chakras and the different clear senses is being explained as well as the importance of our hormonal system for the intuition. That’s worth reading.

The second part of the book is about nutrition. It basically describes which foods are beneficial for the different senses and hormonal glands and which might be obstructing or blocking them. In this part Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves introduce different superfoods, nuts, seeds, plant-based milks and green smoothies and herbs. There also are some recipes which you can try if you like.

The third part of the book is about how you can enhance your intuition in other ways. One section is about detoxing. Another section talks about quite a few methods of cleaning your chakras. From prayer to crystals and meditations to working with angels, you can try all of them. The last section is about the physical and spiritual effect of certain supplements like vitamins. That’s actually quite interesting.

If you want to learn something more about your intuition and how certain foods can enhance and support it, I recommend you read this book.

But I would like to recommend warmly to everyone to read this book with intuition as well. Maybe consult a naturopath regarding your own nutrition. And maybe learn kinesiologic muscle testing, so that you can really test for your own body which foods are good for it and which are not. There is no one recipe or one truth for everyone regarding nutrition or anything really. But sometimes it sounds like it when you read it. It’s good to sometimes step back and ask “Is this true for me? Is this true for my body?”

Life by the Cup – Zhena Muzyka

In “Life by the Cup” Zhena Muzyka tells the story of her own life from a 24 year old single mum that was broke, not able to pay her bills and had just given birth to her son Sage who had a life-threatening kidney defect and would need a lot of medical care to being the owner of a large and well-known fair trade tea company.

She shares how at the broke point in her life she asks God: “God, you have to help me here! Tell me what to do!” And receives in her mind the words “Gypsy” and “tea”. Starting with those simple words, her Gypsy heritage and knowledge in aromatherapy and herbalism pictures start popping up in her mind. Pictures of tea parties. Pictures of her creating unique tea blends. Pictures of people loving and enjoying her tea. Those pictures become her guidelines.

When a bookstore café in her town is being advertised for sale she meets with the owner although her mind tells her that it will be no good and why should he listen to her. She listens to the voice of her calm guidance that says “Just show up” and tells him her ideas of a tea café.  He is so enthusiastic about her ideas that he employs her to bring them into reality. Zhena starts to create her own tea blends combining teas with spices, herbs and essential oils. She realises that she is passionate about creating rare tea blends and dreams about her own teahouse. At some point she makes the next step of opening up her first own business, creating teas and selling them.

Throughout the whole book Zhena’s love for tea, plants, nature and Mother Earth are omnipresent. She makes buying fair-trade a priority and goes beyond that to buy biodynamic teas. She shares how she finds the Bio Tea Project in Sri Lanka, a very special tea plantation that is run like a big family and fits perfectly into her philosophy. The people there become her family and she even founds a non-profit organisation to support the education of the tea worker’s children.

Woven into each chapter are the lessons she learns by walking that path. It has not been an easy path and she had a lot to learn. Which is why this book is perfect for anyone who has it’s own business no matter how big or small and for anyone who wants to start a business. And as it is the story of a woman entrepreneur the book is perfect for women. It feels a bit like one of your girl friends is talking to you. There’s a lot of advice in there and some exercises and I have turned some of them into direct actions right after reading them.

Oh, and as a goodie at the end there are recipes for giving your own tea parties. Recipes for tea, cake, cupcakes, macaroons and more.

Enjoy reading. And maybe enjoy baking and giving your own tea party. 🙂

Love, God and the Art of French Cooking by James F. Twyman

“Love, God and the Art of French Cooking” is a beautiful book about James F. Twyman’s  journey into his own self in search for happiness that is to his surprise supported by Roger Dufau, a French chef who together with his wife Kathleen owns a sweet B&B “Drew House” in Elora, just outside of Toronto.

How did James get there? Well, he and his girlfriend at the time decided to have a short holiday at Drew House to find out in which direction their relationship might go. The answer comes faster than expected. The next day Michele drives off, leaving James, because she says they are too different. He is quite perplex and in this moment is being met by Roger who then invites him for breakfast and for talking. And that’s where it all begins. Suddenly the French chef turns out to be a spiritual teacher as well and together they explore joy, real happiness and the role of food in our life.

“Love is what is important.” is Roger’s main teaching and he applies it not only to his life but also to food and his cooking and everything else he is doing. “Whatever brings us joy, we do; and what makes us feel sick, we don’t.” is something he teaches James very early on.

“You don’t deserve to be happy.” is one of the hidden beliefs from his past that James finds deep down inside during the time he spends alone at Drew House. He realises that all his life he has been searching for money and fame, because he believed that without it he wasn’t deserving love. He thought he was unable to attract lasting love, because he wasn’t powerful or rich enough. Now he comes to realise that although having been successful and having earned lots of money, he doesn’t feel abundant. During his conversations with Roger he is finally ready to let go of those old beliefs and embrace the uncertainty of not knowing how his life is going to turn out now. Not knowing where he is going from there.

Roger teaches a lot of beautiful and wise lessons about real abundance, choosing love instead of fear, embracing uncertainty which really is life and about combining your passion with service so that others can enjoy it too. James finally learns the most important lesson in life which is loving yourself and also to enjoy every moment and every imperfection in life.

I encourage you to read that book. It contains so much wisdom. I have taken 5 pages of handwritten notes for myself to remember the wisdom and be able to have a quick look at it now and then during my day. It really is beautiful and wise.

The coolest thing for me which I found at the end of the book are the cooking classes Roger Dufau and James F. Twyman have filmed together. In these videos they share some of the thoughts and teachings that James received from Roger at Drew House. And of course Roger also shares some quick recipes. The recipes aren’t really suitable for vegetarians or lactose-intolerant people like me, but the way of dealing with food with love and respect and all that Roger does is one that you can apply to whatever dish you prepare. So I encourage everybody to watch those videos. Search for Roger Dufau on YouTube.

Enjoy. 🙂