“A Polarity Therapy Approach”
Part III: The Five Elements
The third phase of Polarity nutrition is the selection and eating of different foods. For me this is the most creative and exciting phase. However it only works when we can tune into the different effects of food through awareness and cleansing. This phase is based on natural foods and before I introduce creative eating it is important to differentiate between natural and processed foods.
The farther a food is from its natural source, the more it is processed. For example, steamed spinach is more processed than raw spinach and preserved canned spinach is more processed than fresh steamed spinach. A certain amount of processing may be necessary, i.e.: cooking meats and grains and steaming vegetables. Processing taken to an extreme destroys all natural properties of a food, including vitamins and enzymes. Unfortunately, our grocery stores are filled with super processed foods, which have been heated to an extreme and filled with sugar, salt, and chemical preservatives.
Polarity classifies natural foods into the five elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Each element is like a note on a musical instrument keyboard. When played with the right sequence and sensitivity, these elemental notes create music. The principle of elemental food classification is based on where a food grows in relationship to the earth and sky.
Earth foods grow below the Earth and include carrots, beets, potatoes, yams, and all roots and tubers. Water foods grow from one to twelve inches above the earth and include leafy greens, squash, melons, milk, broccoli, and cauliflower. Fire foods grow from twelve inches to six feet above the earth and include meats, corn, oats, wheat, rye, barley, and seeds like sunflower, flax, and sesame. Air foods grow from six feet up and include apples, pears, peaches, bananas, and nuts. Ether is space and represents a space to grow as well as space for the elements to mix.
The five elements are a part of everything whether we are aware of it or not. For example, if you build a fire and it gets too big and hot, you may need water or earth to calm it down. If too much water is used, the fire may go out. If a strong wind comes, fire may flare up again.
The same holds true for our bodies, emotions, and thoughts. Usually we eat certain foods to reinforce patterns in our life. When people work too much and eat fast they eventually “burn out.” At this point their metabolisms slow down and they do not have enough fire to completely digest foods. If they continue eating in the same fiery way, they may become overweight. Fat is too much water. To lose fat, we have to burn it, and the fire has to be built back up gradually.
Take out a pen and paper and write down what you have eaten for the past three days. Divide your foods into the elements and/or non-element highly processed foods. Discover what elemental foods you favor. For example I had a client who found that he ate a lot of grains (Fire) and Fruit (Air). He ate very little water and earth vegetables. His also ate very fast. He said he wanted to slow down and appreciate life more. I recommended that he eat a salad including carrots and beets at least once a day.
The elements tell us a lot about ourselves. Earth has to do with our bones and security. Earth thinking is structured, down to earth, and slow. Water has to do with fluids in our body, especially lymphatic and cerebrospinal fluid. Water thinking is creative and flowing. Fire has to do with our metabolism,
circulation, and motivation. Fire thinking is inspirational and leaps out like a flame. Air has to do with our nervous system as well as governing the thinking process. Air thoughts are fast and quick. In the extreme, they create anxiety disorders. Ether is silence and a place for the elements to mix.
When I have clients who think a lot or are overly involved with their thoughts, I suspect an Air element imbalance. I recommend eating more grains, which are Fire to burn the extra Air. I might also recommend more Air foods because an energy principle is that extreme Yin makes Yang and extreme Yang makes Yin. In other words if you take something far enough it changes into its opposite. Most likely I would recommend more water foods. Air as wind dries up water. My goal would be to create a more moist and flowing environment. I may also recommend some extra root vegetables for stability.
My goal is always to teach my clients how to listen to themselves. I closely observe my clients bodies when I make a recommendation for holistic resonance. Once I recommended that my client eat more beets, and I say her jaw tighten and her feet rigidly curl up. At the same time she replied, “okay” in a constricted voice. I immediately knew that my recommendation was incongruent with parts of my client. I changed beets to carrots and her jaw and feet relaxed. She smiled and said “that’s better” in a bright uplifting voice.
Eventually she will be able to recognize her own incongruencies. At that point she will be able to walk into a store and look at different foods and know. For example, when I wake up in the morning, I ask myself what I want to eat. On some mornings muesli resonates with my body and other mornings muesli contracts my body. Muesli is a good natural food. It is mostly Fire (grains) with some Water (fruits and milk). The question is, will muesli resonate with me on that day?
The process can get subtler and subtler. One afternoon I was preparing to eat a salad, when I noticed ‘a tightness’ in my left shoulder. I tuned into this tightness and mentally ran through the ingredients in the salad. Overall the salad was resonate with my needs, however the mushrooms were causing a slight constriction. I exchanged mushrooms for onions, and immediately felt a wave through my body and my shoulder relaxed. Onions are Earth and because of their bitter taste they also stimulate Fire. In that moment, I realized that I needed the onions for a fiery security within the water of the salad: to help me focus for a lecture I had to give that afternoon.
In general, I do not believe in radically changing eating patterns. Eating is connected with our whole self. There are good reasons for the way we are eating. Most of the time, I tend to add foods rather than take them away. The addition of elementally selected foods introduces a new frequency into our bodies. A person will naturally change their eating patterns if the new frequency resonates with their higher aspirations.
When people make radical eating changes they inevitably revert back to their old eating patterns. The result of these unsuccessful changes is a message to ourselves that change is difficult or impossible, which we experience in our subconscious mind as failure. I use approaches more respectful of an individual’s inner guidance. These approaches are based on elemental energy and choosing foods for success. A little change in the right direction can go a long way. After all, the correct homeopathic remedy can have a profound effect on our health.
I am always asked the question what foods are highest in energy. I rephrase the question: What foods will resonate with the creative path of my life today? The more resonance a food has within us, the greater its healing effect. The word resonance means to echo again and again and to return to sound. When we eat the correct food, our whole being vibrates and returns to the sound of our soul.
The source of all healing is spiritual. When the actions of our daily life nourish our soul, our soul in turn nourishes our body. When our life actions are incongruent with our spirit, we are like an airplane drifting off course. If a correction is not made, we will crash. Some warning signs are physical symptoms that if left unattended can become problems that eventually need medical treatment.
There are many stories about people living to be hundreds of years old. I believe the secret is eating natural foods in alignment with our life path. Sometimes, when we are off course, we desperately turn to the “right approach” and it helps us. However in the long run the “right approach” limits our expression and distracts us from our own creativity. I believe that to achieve greater health and happiness we must take responsibility for the direction of our life and the foods that we choose act as our fuel to take us further down the road.
Nutrition is a very individual topic filled with dogmas and beliefs. The only way through the maze is to listen to yourself and the feelings of resonance moving through your body. To heighten your awareness of those feelings you need to slow down and cleanse yourself. As you tune into different foods after cleansing, your body will tell you the truth. Awareness is the key, which allows us to listen to the answer. Remember these processes of awareness, cleansing, and elemental eating. If you get lost, slow down, cleanse, and than begin eating again. The answer lies deep within you and remember to always enjoy your meals.
About John Beaulieu
John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., is one of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies. A world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist, and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Beaulieu has pioneered a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™, a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature. As the founder of BioSonic Enterprises, he has developed and distributed over 50 different sound healing-related products including tuning forks, instructional videos, audio programs, CDs and books. Dr. Beaulieu is the groundbreaking author of Music and Sound in the Healing Arts and the composer/producer of Calendula: A Suite for Pythagorean Tuning Forks, a CD designed to physically align your body and create a deep relaxed state of awareness. He lectures and performs worldwide and conducts training seminars for practitioners in the healing arts.
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