By Chitra Jha August 2012 Food preferences, cravings, and allergies are not the result of cultivated childhood tastes. They go back to a gamut of emotional highs and lows of another lifetime, says Chitra Jha Over the last decade, I have understood that the universe is an intelligently designed and perfectly executed divine plan. I have understood that everything I experience is my teacher. I have understood that people and situations are my mirror. I have understood that consciousness communicates with me through my body. All my pains, aches, and illnesses, are communiqués with a message that I need to integrate in my life. I have understood that I can determine my current level of spiritual growth, just by looking at the state of my life. I have understood that my vibration attracts all things to me including my finances. I have understood that I share energetic equations through past-life connections with places/things/people that I resonate, or do not resonate with. I have understood that nothing ever happens without a reason, and there are no accidents or coincidences in the universe. Well, I am getting there. There is so much to understand. Each day brings in new understandings. Some time ago, Sohrab Ardeshir, an actor and a channel of inter-dimensional intelligence (whose work I greatly admire), sent me a transcript of one of his channellings. The information opened a new way of looking at my food preferences. It is quite a revelation. Let me share some of these teachings with you. Food is one of the key elements of our physical life, but most of us are unaware of its real significance in understanding ourselves. Why do we have food preferences? Some people like sweets, while others love spicy stuff. Some prefer savouries, while some like bland food. Most of us attribute these preferences to our cultivated childhood tastes. Some of us also understand that we crave for stuff that our body lacks. Nevertheless, this ‘teaching’ by The Elements, adds a new dimension to the subject. Sweet, salty, bitter, or spicy? The Elements (through Sohrab) tell us that our true food preferences (inordinate cravings) do not originate just in this lifetime; they come from a collective set of lifetimes. They are influenced by the energy quotient that we have carried forward through many lifetimes. For example, if someone has spent many lifetimes experiencing a lack of love, that process will make him develop a craving for sugar and sweets. This craving will manifest itself from a very early age. The sugar rush that you require is a definite and deliberate example of energy requirement, which you have carried forward over lifetimes, coupled with the choice you have made to work it out in your current lifetime. If you crave bitter and sour foods, this craving comes from the aspects of self that you have found unpalatable in your past For example, you may have experienced a lack of love over lifetimes, but if you have not chosen to work on this issue in the current lifetime, you would not manifest a sugar craving. A craving for salt comes forward through lifetimes where you may have constantly avoided speaking your truth, not been assertive enough, or not stood up for your personal principles. In other words, you failed to touch the vibrant aspects of yourself; or suppressed your true essence once too often. (I guess the expression ‘being worth your salt’ comes from here.) If you crave bitter and sour foods, this craving comes from the aspects of self that you have found unpalatable in your past. In the current lifetime, you have chosen to not only confront and acknowledge these parts, but also to embrace them. People who crave bitter and sour foods have ‘judged’ themselves rather harshly in the past. Now they are ready to shift these patterns. A craving for spices generally has two possible reasons; one is a desire to bring up, for review and assimilation, one’s own aspects of anger, irritability, annoyance, dogmatism, or bigotry. The other reason is, wanting to raise one’s inner power, after having played the role of a victim in many lifetimes. An intense desire for an excessive amount of water or liquid indicates your inability to nurture or nourish yourself in the past. If you have distaste for water, it is for the same reason. An inordinate craving for dense animal products or junk foods indicates that you have a history of living under restrictions, and within boundaries of your own choice, which you now wish to shatter. You should push your boundaries, and reinvent yourself in every possible way. A desire for an excessive amount of fruit comes from a lingering past, where you have rarely taken a human form. Now you are resisting the incarnation choice that you have made in this lifetime. You need to take stock of your life, and begin living it fully! Chitra Jha is a healer, writer and self-transformation coach. She has authored the best-seller, Achieve Achieve your Highest Potential Be the Best You Can be published by PenguinIndia. An inordinate desire for vegetables, to the exclusion of all other foods, is similar to that of fruit. People with this tendency tend to disregard the vital aspects of third-dimensional life. They live in an ideal paradise of their own making, which tends to be illusionary. It is an attempt to run away from life. They need to learn grounding, and acceptance of their circumstances. Those who insist on eating bland food exclusively (even when it tastes bland to them) have spent lifetimes running away from the colour and vibrancy in their lives. They do not deem themselves to be worthy of being heard, seen or acknowledged (major self-worth issue). They do not even feel worthy to exist. What happens when a person, owing to some medical problem, is forced to eat bland food against his will?As you well know, we create everything, even if it appears to be against our will. If this ‘against will’ action is only for a brief period, or if it does not really bother the person, then it has no significance. However, if it extends over a long time and does begin to bother him, he must instantly examine where his life is colourless and lacking in vitality. If a spice-craving person is forced to eat bland food due to medical reasons, that person should examine both areas of his life. Are you a compulsive eater? A compulsive eater is one who refuses to acknowledge or accept the concept of universal bounty and abundance. He constantly feels un-nurtured, unloved, unacceptable, useless, and stupid and so on. His self-worth is so low that he often cannot even ask for help. He generally has so many intertwined personal issues, which must be addressed slowly bit by bit. As he gains self-confidence and self-worth, the compulsive eating habit drops off on its own. A sudden craving What happens when we suddenly develop a craving, later in life, that we never had before? It means that we have suddenly come to an energetic realisation of the issue that we are now ready to tackle. This sudden craving offers us the required jolt to do so. Tea and coffee are mild stimulants. Those who crave them, desire to shake themselves up. They are trapped in segmented areas of their energies. For example, a person may be wonderful and loving at home but inept in a business environment (unbalanced in that area). The area then needs to be awakened, hence a craving for tea or coffee. Those who crave alcohol have the same issue, but to a greater degree. Addiction to drugs or nicotine indicates that the person comes from a long history of lack of self-worth. The food cravings ‘assist’ us by mirroring those aspects that we need to look into. They act like a physician or a counsellor, who examines us and urges us to attend to a certain aspect of self. What is the significance of food allergies or aversion to certain foods? Allergies and aversion indicate our extreme resistance to the aspects of self that we wish to examine in the current lifetime. Those who experience anorexia and bulimia come from a history of total lack of self-sustenance. They feel totally deprived, undeserving, and worthless. Some people eat despite having no appetite. Such people are in a state of deep depression and need to shake themselves up. The descriptions do not apply to yogis, those highly evolved beings, who are deliberately testing their bodies and their spirits, for personal reasons. The full import is yet to sink in. I am yet to convert the knowledge into innate wisdom. However, I am grateful to Sohrab and The Elements for bringing the knowledge to my notice. I am certain I asked for it at some level, and so did you.
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