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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556434995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556434990
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[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

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.

More About the Author

Gabriel Cousens is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books including Spiritual Nutrition and Creating Peace by Being Peace. Known worldwide as a spiritual teacher and the leading expert in live, plant-source nutrition, Dr. Cousens functions as a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally.

He holds an M.D. from Columbia Medical School, a doctorate in homeopathy, and diplomas in Ayurveda, clinical acupuncture, and holistic medicine. His multi-cultural background as an ordained rabbi, an acknowledged yogi, and a four-year Native American sundancer, adds insight to his "whole-person enlightenment" teachings.

Dr. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, an innovative holistic retreat center for the renewal of body, mind, and spirit, based in Patagonia, Arizona. In his book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes, Dr. Cousens presents his rejuvenation center's program for reversing diabetes naturally.

Customer Reviews

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A whole new appreciation of our precious human body is born from the awareness gained by reading this book.
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214 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Berry on May 17, 2005
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.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By H. Turner on August 30, 2005
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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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By mczilla on May 20, 2001
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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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188 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Powell on May 7, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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