In Traditional Chinese Medicine bones resonate with Water frequencies as well as listening and fear, genetics, and our life’s purpose. Last week we looked at sprouts – a living food – and next week we’ll look at yogurt – another living food. Bones, clearly are not living food, and for many vegetarians and vegans not even an acceptable food at all.
Bones confront us with questions of life and death. Most of us fear death. Most of us have had time to think about death over these last few months. What is it that we fear most? Do we fear suffering, pain, losing connection to loved ones, watching helplessly when a loved one suffers? Probably all of these things, and one more…leaving before our time.
Carolyn Myss, who wrote a book by that name, talks about how rarely any of us question our own purpose in life because to do so would require sudden, dramatic, changes we find uncomfortable or unimaginable. When we truly decide to find our life’s purpose, our guardian angel immediately begins asking the difficult questions. “Your job is not part of your purpose. Do you want to quit, or should I have you fired?” “Your relationship is holding you back. How would you like to handle that?”
These traditions also teach variations on the theme of:
-There are no accidents.
-Everything has a purpose.
-The purpose is always good.
-Find the good.
Confronting these axioms in times of trouble or disaster – times of pain and suffering is challenging. Most of us, most of the time dismiss the whole thing out of hand. When we do choose to meditate on these truths we often find solace. We confront the notion that our immediate “good” may not ultimately serve our own journey toward Love, and quite often our “good” results in “hell on earth” for other people and other beings.
Eating gets to the Heart of our fear of death. Each time we put food in our mouths, for our good, it comes at the sacrifice of another being’s life. No wonder we shy away from living foods in favor of processed and packaged products that allow us to forget the cycle of life and our small part in it. Yet this dissociation fuels the “hell on earth” of other beings while we pursue our “good”.
The food is innocent. Life begets life. Indigenous people who believed all beings including rocks had a spirit, recognized and gave thanks for the lives they took. Even our more recent ancestors of European descent told us, “Waste not. Want not.” Which is why most people, up until a century or so ago, kept a pot of bones simmering on the back of the wood stove.
The true horror of modern life stems from our profligate overuse and over-dependence on power, most often electrical power to fuel our lights, refrigeration, cooking appliances, communication devices, cars, airplanes, and industrial agriculture. We waste so much in a day and in doing so lay waste to whole ecosystems teeming with life.
A century ago a farm family could support themselves almost entirely on their own small bit of land. They used everything. They saved seeds, fed food scraps to chickens, pigs, and goats who mowed the grasses, and fertilized the fields that provided vegetables, bees, birds, and animals who fed each other in various ways. The new movement toward Restorative Agriculture seeks to bring such balance back into modern life.
Bone broths provided an amazing array of nutrients as well as flavor, and even medicine. Chicken soup was a bone broth. Bone broths provides minerals, proteins, fats, and vitamins. It provides us with the essence of the animal who gave us their life. The least we can do at every meal to stand in the light of grace and take a moment to say thanks for the lives that provide us with nourishment…with time to live…time to find our life’s purpose – which is ALWAYS about loving and celebrating life.
It’s hard to eat, to receive this goodness and grace, in the face of so many cruelties we participate in, but cannot control. We support factory farms with almost every purchase we make at the grocery store. We support illegal immigration and the mistreatment of laborers – essential workers – with every purchase we make at a grocery store or restaurant. Our foods come to us through fossil fuels by truck, train, airplane, and boat. The packaging that wraps our foods, and carries them home supports a global plastics industry that is choking the life out of every continent and ocean on the planet. Our vegetables are fertilized with munitions. [That’s why Timothy McVey was able to blow up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City with a truckload of fertilizer.] Chemical fertilizers were strongly encouraged if not forced on farmers after World War 2 to use up the surplus munitions.
But we still have to eat. And we have to sleep. And we have to work. We also have to play and love because these fulfill our life’s purpose. What did we dream of doing as children, when we still remembered why we were born? When we still remembered our Sacred Contract? Playing and loving connect us to this Conscious Universe of which we are all a part. Playing and loving are our sacred duty. Spend some time while your bones simmer on the stove, or in the crock pot to re-imagine what’s important in Life.
Honor the bones of whatever animal gave it’s life for you to have more time on this plane.
1. Put them in a pot (a crock pot or slow cooker works best).
2. Add some salt (tears of forgiveness) and some vinegar (for transformation).
3. Bring them to a boil on high heat (pure energy) and then turn it to low heat to simmer (transform).
4. After 12-24 hours turn off the heat and cool the broth.
5. Scoop out what’s left of the bones and return them to the earth (as pet food, compost, or sadly the landfill).
6. Pour the liquid through a filter and into a half-gallon mason jar or other storage container (space) and refrigerate (time).
7. Use the broth to add flavor and nutrition to anything that needs extra liquid (water energies).
8. Use it to make a warm nightcap a few hours before bed, with some green onions, or a slice of lemon, a slice of ginger, or a sprig of mint.
Bone broths are especially good for bones, joints, hearing, teeth, kidney & bladder issues. The nutrients contained in the broth heal the body. If we receive the spirit of the bones and let He/r keep us humble S/he will heal our souls as well.