One of the ultimate aims of macrobiotic healing is to develop our intuition. Intuition is defined as ability to know something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. It is as though our soul, sub-conscious or inner being can somehow tap into resources that can guide us through life. We may start macrobiotics as a diet, explore the subject through its many ideas and ultimately enjoy our ability to experience caring for ourselves by using our intuition.
One macrobiotic theory is that our intuition comes from connecting to the forces of nature in a way that brings a certain truth and clarity to a situation. This allows us to step out of our normal logic, learnt responses and reasoning that can confuse, mislead and hold us back in established patterns of behavior or thinking, and free us up to new possibilities.
One of the ways we suppress our intuition is through beliefs in concepts, dogmas or rules. If our belief is strong enough we will overrule our intuitive feelings. We can learn through ideas, principles and theories but when we want to be sensitive to our intuition it is time to put our thoughts to one side.
For example, when we learn to swim we can start with a life vest or arm supports. This helps us get used the water, work on our swimming techniques, build up confidence and practice. At some point we can safely discard the vest or supports and swim on our own. If we do not take this step the vest or supports actually hold us back. It is only when we leave them behind that we can swim fast, dive and swim underwater.
All the macrobiotic concepts, philosophy and ideas are similar to the swimming vest or supports. They can be very useful and helpful at the beginning and get us up and running with our healing journey but at some point they will hold us back in terms of developing our intuition and finding our own truth in terms of healing.
For this reason I would suggest we immerse ourselves in the wealth of ideas, knowledge and experience that contributes to macrobiotics but remember these are all simply a temporary support to get us started. At some point macrobiotics becomes ours. At this point you switch from being reliant on others for inspiration, guidance and information to being self reliant, free and potentially more intuitive. Of course we can always go back to getting help when needed, whilst having the choice for how long we want to held by, essentially other people’s ideas.
For me cooking is a great way to exercise my intuition. I like to select ingredients and try cooking styles that feel right to me at the time. Cooking intuitively encourages creativity. By being aware of my self and my desires at the time I can freely choose foods to suit my mood. I like to try to be aware and engaged with the smells, textures and tastes of foods as I am cooking. Similarly I enjoy a very short meditation before eating and to then make the act of eating a meditation in itself. A while after I like to reflect on how I feel.
Similarly I like to try and provide my healing, massage and shiatsu whilst in an intuitive state. When giving macrobiotic consultations I find I connect more strongly when I put pre-conceived ideas to one side and just listen.
In-between times I enjoy exploring various ideas, exercising my mind and exchanging thoughts with friends. I recognize that we need our objective abilities to help us through times when do not trust our intuition, or when our intuition does not feel right. Certainly we need both, however, we can explore how what can of balance work for each of us. I hope our expression of macrobiotics can evolve to encourage greater trust in our intuition.
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