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Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet [Paperback]

Gabriel Cousens
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June 1987
When we eat, can we feed the soul as well as the body? Can a diet have an impact on spirituality? Spiritual Nutrition empowers readers to develop personal diets that are appropriate to their lifestyles and spiritual practices. Drawing on 14 years of clinical experience and research, Dr. Gabriel Cousens discusses nutritional issues that can help answer these questions, including raw vs. cooked food; high vs. low protein; the concepts of assimilation and fasting; alkaline--acid balance; attitudes about food; nutrients, energy, and structure building.

In addition, Cousens shares his new dietary system of "spiritual nutrition" that is based on the relationship that the color of the food has to corresponding colors of the human chakra system, hence, the "rainbow diet." For true nourishment, he strongly promotes the connection of diet to meditation, fellowship, wisdom, and love.
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"[This book] will become a standard for ages to come, against which all other books will be measured and put into perspective of relative importance. The author leads us beyond the limited precepts of nutrition into the realms of Divinity."
—From the Preface by Viktoras Kulvinskas

"...arguably the best book on diet from both a health and a spiritual point of view ever to see print."
Meditation Magazine

"Dr. Gabriel Cousens is a true Yogi. This book is a cosmic how-to book that focuses on methods to spiritualize the physical body, thus creating a vehicle for Enlightenment, here and now."
—Sharon Gannon

"This is a stunning advance over similar books in the field. It opens up the real possibility that nutrition has finally entered a new age. Better yet, this effort draws from both the best and most recent science and the eternal roots of esoterica, a full meal for the most critical reader."
—Lee Sannella

"...probably the most detailed description ever written of the role of diet and Kundalini in the transformation of body, mind, and spirit."
—Barbara Marx Hubbard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. is an internationally celebrated spiritual teacher, author, lecturer, world peace-worker, and physician of the soul. He is the world's foremost physician promoting live-food nutrition for physical health and spiritual growth. He received his M.D. degree from Columbia Medical School in 1969, and completed his psychiatry residency in 1973. As a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of rejuvenation, he specializes in the healing of many chronic degenerative diseases. To the healing process he also brings experience as a homeopathic physician (M.D. (H)), Diplomate in Ayurveda and family therapist.

Dr. Cousens is also a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.), a Rebbe who has received rabbinical initiation, a student of Ecstatic Kabbalah since 1986, a certified Senior Essene Teacher in the Kabbalistic tradition, a recognized Yogi, a four-year Sundancer adopted into the Lakota Nation, and the White Buffalo Spirit Dance Chief.

He is the author of a number of titles, including Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, Conscious Eating (hailed by many as the 'Bible of Vegetarianism'), Spiritual Nutrition, Depression-Free for Life, Creating Peace by Being Peace, and Tachyon Energy: A New Paradigm in Holistic Healing, co-authored with David Wagner, the creator of the Tachyon process. Dr. Cousens presents seminars worldwide on many topics including health and nutrition, psycho-spiritual healing, meditation, and spiritual awareness.

Dr. Cousens founded and directs the Tree of Life Foundation, Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, and Tree of Life Health Practice in Patagonia, Arizona. He is a frequent guest on popular radio talk shows, and has published articles in health journals and popular magazines on a number of health, nutrition, and social topics. Visit his website at www.treeoflife.nu. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Nutrition May 16 2008
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Becoming a vegetarian, eating certain foods, or fasting is not going to lead you instantly to enlightenment. Awakening the Kundalini, reaching enlightenment, examining ones spirituality are paths that can take lifetimes worth of work or can spontaneously occur through grace. With that said, there are certain things that you can do that can facilitate the process.

Spiritual Nutrition sets out six foundations that help purify the system and ease the natural progress of one's spirituality: nutrition, building prana (life force), service, spiritual guidance, silence, and Kundalini Awakening. Although each of our journeys are unique, the majority of seekers do some work in each of these areas throughout their lives. As expected the choices in each of these categories are quite varied. For instance, spiritual guidance can be received through reading scripture, through the assistance of a mentor, by experiencing sacred music, or by communing with nature. Likewise, silence can be attained through meditation, prayer, mantra, or chanting. The possibilities are virtually endless.

To most people on a spiritual path finding the appropriate way to express these different parts of the self seems pretty simple in theory if not in practice. Of the six foundations, nutrition is probably the most difficult to comprehend. Fully understanding how different foods interact with your body, learning how much food your body requires, and discovering ways to reduce the toxins that you take in is quite an overwhelming prospect. For this reason, Spiritual Nutrition goes into a good deal of detail for this category. The purpose isn't really to subscribe to one particular diet set out by the author. Instead, the author seeks to educate the reader and give him or her a place to start his or her own explorations. I appreciate that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative April 19 2013
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Gabriel is one of the most authentic and informed writers on this subject I have found, backed with evidenced based infor,action, he is easy to read, wholistic and tells it like it is, a must have in a plant based eaters library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newer version, tons of great information May 17 2005
By Brenda Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off I would like to point out that any reviews older than late 2004 are reviewing the old version which was called "Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet" which was much less comprehensive and written back in 1986.

I worked for Dr. Gabriel Cousens for almost 3 years and have recently stopped working and moved away. I did a lot of transcribing for this book last summer and fall ('04) and it had a huge impact on me. Although I learned a lot working for Dr. Cousens and being a part of the Tree of Life community, his schedule is so busy that it isn't possible just to have lots of leisurely time to sit around and pick his brain. He puts all the nitty gritty details of his knowledge and wisdom into books.

I didn't think that transcribing a book was the greatest fun, but I immensely enjoyed learning all the information. Dr. Cousens is always researching and learning and always putting out the latest and greatest information.

In this new version of Spiritual Nutrition, much of the old material was kept, but revised to go into newer, better, and more detail. But most of the book is new material, with newer information than has been discovered since the last book was written. Although I am not nuts about reading technical material and this book really goes into detail, I found also that it was readable and understandable. There were good editors working on the book too to make sure that it was as clear and concise as possible. Gabriel does not gloss over topics, he definitely is willing to explain in great detail and provide resources for the information provided, along with anecdotes of his own personal experiences.

If you are like me, you will walk away from this book with an understanding of nutrition and the body that far exceeds your expectations, or what you would believe is possible. The same goes for spiritual understandings.

My hat is off to Gabriel, not only for the incredible level of information provided in this book, but also on a personal level for helping my son get well when no one else could, and for having the insight to be so patient and flexible with me when I needed it most while under his employ.

Gabriel is truly not in this whole thing (book-writing, lecturing, developing and running the Tree of Life Center) to get rich. Everything is non-profit and he lives very modestly and simply. In my experience, it became obvious to me that Gabriel does what he does because he truly wants to spread great health, wellness, and peace throughout the world.

Thank you Gabriel, for your contribution to our lives. I've seen you help so many people (who were willing) to turn their lives around and experience a level of wellness they never thought possible. My son was one of those people.

Everyone else, if you want some really great information that is hard to find from other sources, get this book. Whether you are interested in physical health and nutrition, or spiritual health and nutrition, or both.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritually Activating Gift of Truth Aug. 30 2005
By H. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Spiritual Nutrition: The Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini is, by far, the most practical manual for modern spiritual living this avid reader has encountered. The author's in-depth understanding and application of more than one spiritual tradition makes this book accessible to those who understand that Ultimately All is One. Far beyond "New Age" or "Traditional," this book combines the best of spiritual wisdom as it has been handed down by generations of "Enlightened Ones," as well as invaluable illumination and practical applications offered by a modern Awakened One (the author) to other spiritual seekers both novice and seasoned. Whether you are ready to adopt a 100% live-food diet (which from my experience really does boost one's spiritual energy) or you simply wish to steadily improve and strengthen your diet and spiritual life, this book is a priceless tool. It is compassionate, universal, humble, and more profoundly, the process of reading it activates and stimulates the vast spiritual potential within. Properly understood, Spiritual Nutrition supports the reader in going beyond words-to the Self. It is an invaluable guide on the journey to the "Nothing."
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5.0 out of 5 stars still hungry? May 20 2001
By mczilla - Published on Amazon.com
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In a culture obsessed with food, for better or worse, this is a classic on diet and health that trumps them all. Dr. Cousens presents a comprehensive overview of the true role of nutrition as it supports an evolving humanity. With exhaustive scientific analogs and references, he explains exactly what food is, what it is supposed to be for, and how to use it intelligently to lay the foundation for a full and complete life. Bring your heart, your thinking cap, and a good sense of humor. This is the real stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living the Six Foundations... Do You? Sept. 3 2007
By Philip Madeley - Published on Amazon.com
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Having lived and breathed Gabriel's teachings at his community in Arizona since 2001 I can truly say that there is so much depth, wisdom and beauty to be found within these pages that you will keep coming back to it again & again.

This book cannot be taken in one sitting, nor can personal spiritual transformation. The knowledge in this book is a summary of 35 years of the author actually living this way. How many books can you find where the teachings are actually lived by the author.

This book is to be savored, Meditated On, Lived & Experienced one bite at a time.

The shallow reviews on this page from people who have never actually met Gabriel, Lived the Six Foundations or even read the whole book seem really odd to me.

Regarding nutrition this book covers: Living Water, Minerals, Enzymes, B12, Fasting, Low Glycemic, Organic, Veganism, Ayurveda, and yes Undereating.... and if you have ever eaten at the Tree of Life Cafe you will realize the food is amazing, packed with nutrition, satifying and alive... people go home feeling like they have certainly feasted.

On a daily basis at the center/ community we meditate for world peace, share with like minded people, practice yoga, teach food prep classes, eat organic live foods... and teach people to go out and live their own dharma (life purpose)that helps bring peace into their own communities.

The teachings are there for us to take what works for us.... like Gabriels other book Conscious Eating focussed on Individualizing the Diet... This book focusses clearly on Individualizing the Spiritual Life. The six foundations are simple... and contain levels & depths of knowledge and flexibility for each unique beautiful soul walking the planet.

I invite you to take a taste of this book, experience & live some of the wisdom & teachings and share it with family & friends.
177 of 208 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip It May 7 2007
By Barbara Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm extremely interested in working with and moving energy, and the spiritual and mental implications of energy (I'm a Reiki Master), so I'm not unamenable to the subjects addressed in this book. (That's why I bought it.) However, your ability to stomach this book will depend on the extent you buy into Cousens himself as a personality. He saturates the entire tome with his own presence, and the central irony is that while he brazenly refers to himself as "a Liberated spiritual teacher" who "no longer identifies himself with the body-mind-I AM complex" and has "realized the innate perfection" (real saints, by the way, are always convinced they aren't, but are acutely aware of what they perceive as their own imperfection), he writes about himself relentlessly, offering long descriptions of his supposedly amazing experiences and awakenings of cosmic consciousness during his practice. Rarely have I read the outpourings of such an egotist, and to compound this he employs the literary stratagem of never referring to himself as "I" (because he's so selfless), but always as "this one" or "Gabriel". This pretentious device makes for trying reading after a while. It's very distracting. Readers should be forwarned that Cousens makes the fatal error of mistaking strange, overwhelming physical sensations and surreal visions for spirituality and spiritual practice. They are not. They're phenomena of the mundane level and not to be given credence as genuine spiritual experience, which is subtle and rarified and borne out only by the emergence of real virtues in the aspirant's personality. Read St. John of the Cross to find out what REAL spiritual elevation entails. As a guide to nutrition, the book is virtually useless. The writing is so dense, disorganized, rambling and loaded with specialized scientific language it's a labor to read, and extracting actually useful information is a chore at best. In a nutshell: Cousens advocates a completely vegan, raw food diet. There you have it. (No need to buy the book.) This, of course, isn't doable for most people. And since we are all born for the specific purpose of achieving spritual realization, this can't be the only dietary regimen that supports this goal. Countless fully enlightened, God-realized beings throughout the ages have achieved their illumination while eating a more varied diet. Skip this one.
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