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This review is from: Conscious Eating (Paperback)
I've had this book for a few years and regularly refer to it. After reading the reviews I decided to post.
First of all, I think this book would be difficult to swallow if you don't have raw food experience. Primarily because this book is about adjusting the dials. Most of us have little knowledge of how our own unique bodies function, or what's required to funciton optimally. Conversely, one may have a lot of knowledge about the body, but experience trumps info. Apply what you know to your own body and see how much it bears out in experience. It is then we realize that much of our knowledge is theoretical, no matter how sound, and doesn't necessarily bear out in reality.
This book, then, is a manual for the experience of one's own body and is based on decades of experience, study and practice with hundreds of people. The information is astoundingly refined. If you are just begining raw not only will the information be too complex, it won't be all that relevant - even though it's good. It's important to have refined information when you need refined information and to have more general information when you need that.
I say take what's useful and stay raw. Keep the book as a resource. Don't make up your mind in one or two reads. You'll come back again and again and gain new insight or new perspective. This book will grow with you.
On a personal note: I often hear or read comments about Dr. Cousens' arrogance or that he's condescending. I'm not a "fan" but I do respect his work. He has an educational background that is astounding, a spiritual background that is shockingly diverse, feeds people, houses people, heals people, educates people and is utterly commited to helping save our planet. Dr. Cousens couldn't be self-serving or self-absorbed - or he wouldn't be willing/able to do the huge amount of work he does, tirelessy, for others. (there are MUCH easier ways to stroke one's ego) I think it's important to view him in the context of his work and his life to gain an understanding of his language and tone. Plus, he's human. Just please don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. This really is a great book.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2008 10:31:26 AM PDT
Great unbiased review. Thank you for your insight and clarity!
Posted on Jul 15, 2008 10:47:26 PM PDT
Nandarani Evans says:
For insight as to who Dr. Cousens is read his most recent book Spiritual Nutrition. He has had extraordinary spiritual experiences since 1975 culminating in .... well, best to read about it. He describes them in detail but is not coming from the egoic point of view as you will see if you read the book which is written in the third person. He finally decided to share his experiences in the context of his work and makes clear they are not the gold standard for everybody but do follow the track described in ancient books. There are two kinds of kundalini awakening. He explains and his entire work is really oriented around that real but perhap unconscious happening in a person's life. It would be hard to be "normal" with the kind of background he has had. This really applies to everybody though! So no one is "normal" imo. :)
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