Growing up I was taught to say a prayer before each meal and so I did, but more out of a sense of obligation and a feeling of guilt if I didn’t than anything else. I eventually stopped altogether. Since entering the world of energy healing, I was reminded of this practice and was even taught to do energy healing over my food. I only did so sporadically as it was never top of mind. I thought it was just to put me in a state of gratitude, which is a high energetic state to embody. Little did I know it wasn’t just for the benefit of my energetic state, but that the food itself was being put at ease. Expressing gratitude was essentially making the food stop screaming.
Yes, screaming! A not-very-scientific term to summarize the findings of a series of scientific studies that do indeed illustrate that the lifeforms we consume, be they plants or animals, have measurable reactions prior to being faced with their demise. In fact, not only is there a reaction when they are threatened, but also when other lifeforms in their environment are harmed.
These distressed reactions would be quite expected within the animal kingdom and is one of the reasons why so many people are becoming vegan/vegetarian. People no longer want the building blocks of their cells to be derived from the flesh or product of a mistreated animal, as there is an understanding that they would be taking on the energy of fear/terror that is still entangled with the meat. This idea is supported by Dr. Pearsall’s case studies documenting the transfer of obscure personality traits and memories from organ donors to their new hosts. It would seem that the transfer of cells from one organism to another, be it through consumption or via a transplant, involves an energetic transfer of information that goes beyond the expected physical/biochemical changes.
The more interesting revelation here is that it’s not just animals that give off distressed signals when their lives are threatened or when they are mistreated, plants do this too! So for all of you who have become vegan/vegetarian to be one less person contributing to animal cruelty, you might want to keep reading to see how your efforts can be expanded to include the plant kingdom too.
The person most famous for conducting the first well documented studies on plants as expressive beings was Cleve Backster, a former CIA agent who formalized the lie detector test. When he parted ways with the CIA, he began hooking his plants up to his polygraph machine and studying the results produced in a variety of scenarios. His first epiphany came when he had the idea to light a leaf on fire. At the same time as having this thought, the plant started having a major reaction (seen in the polygraph below). It wasn’t until Backster left the room with the matches that the plant started to calm down. When he tried repeating this exact experiment, the result couldn’t be reproduced. This is because he didn’t actually have the intention to follow through with setting fire to the plant as he did the first time around - the plant knew this! He couldn’t trick the plant.
Here are some other scenarios that got the plants to respond or ‘scream’:
One day Backster decided to see if these same effects could be seen in an egg from his refrigerator. Sure enough, when he hooked an egg up to his equipment and started gathering the other eggs to cook and eat, the test egg started having huge reactions. The results of all these experiments are showing us that when we go to consume anything that still has living cells present (even if the animal or plant is dead, the cells live on for a period of time), the living cells are putting out an SOS signal and we are taking on this disharmonious vibration.
- Backster cutting himself
- A visit to the lab by a landscaper (a mass murderer to plants!)
- Backster’s presence vs. his absence - they appeared happier when we was present
- Boiling water being poured into a sink, unintentionally killing off the bacteria present
- Boiling brine shrimp: there was no reaction during the day when people were present and the dominant energy in the space was calm but there were huge responses at night when the plants were alone with the shrimp
Here is the best part: you can harmonize the vibration of your food by expressing gratitude, saying a prayer or performing any kind of ceremony where you are blessing the plants/animals that are becoming your food.
This doesn’t negate the harmful effects that consuming unethically produced/treated food has on our environment and on mass consciousness: the pain and suffering of the animals (and plants!) generates a heavy energy that affects us all and that creates disharmony on our planet.
That being said, one of the bigger implications of all of these studies is that they illustrate how interconnected we all are. These findings add to the ever-increasing body of studies that confirm the existence of one mind/one consciousness/one source/one energy from which we are all derived. We are in a constant interplay with this underlying energy that connects all things: it feels and records our every thought and action and we feel (consciously or subconsciously) as this energy changes due to the ‘inputs’ from everything in creation.
In conclusion, how we treat other lifeforms is imprinted on this ‘one mind’ we share and we see reflections of these imprints in our collective life experience. The reflections we see in our personal life experience more closely mirror the imprints we have personally had a hand in creating, either directly (mistreatment of animals/food) or indirectly (consuming unethically produced foods). If we were to all strive to make more ethical and sustainable choices whenever possible, while also remembering to always extend our blessings and gratitude to our food before each meal, the world would be a much more peaceful place.
Come up with your own blessing, find an existing one you like or here is a suggestion:
I offer my deepest gratitude for this food I’m about to receive
I invite all lifeforms present into a state of harmony
I ask for the strength, energy and nourishment needed at this time,
to bring balance to my body, mind and spirit.
Thank you! (Or Amen).
Note: the best time to offer your blessings is BEFORE meal preparations begin, but any time is better than never at all. Also, the more feeling, intent and respect you put into this practice, the more effective it is.
Eating with a grateful heart helps to slow you down so that you enjoy each bite, making you far less likely to overindulge.
Written by Aïten Snaith
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