Friday, March 25, 2005

Beets and Okra

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The dream is short and sweet. A young man comes to me and tells me he has brought me beets and okra. That's all I remember. The sense of the young man that I got on waking was that he represented my animus, my male aspect. So, beets and okra.....I got on the internet and did a little research.

Fresh beets, contain are rich in folic acid and potassium. Fresh beets also provide added nutrition in their green tops, which contain beta-carotene, calcium, and iron. As a dreamtime message, I am working on increasing every one of those nutrients in my diet.

Mystical Connection.....The ancient Greeks regarded Beetroot a worthy offering to Apollo at Adelphi. During the Middle Ages Beetroot was used as a food, and was thought to have magical properties. The leaves were wrapped around eggs and boiled to give them the red color used to denote beauty, prosperity, and as a symbol of the Sun-God. Beetroot is rich in carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, and a wonderful source of sucrose. They have the highest sugar content of any vegetable (The high sugar content is a little interesting. I know I'm not being told to eat more sugar but it may be a message about sweetness in my life) but they are very low in calories.

Medicinal Applications....Beetroot, when combined with honey and vinegar, or sage, is a common folk remedy to soothe sore throats and colds. Beet leaves can be applied to the head to draw out pain. Warm Beet juice can be put in the ear to stop buzzing. It is also useful as a blood purifier and anti-diarrhea agent.

Beetroot is an Ayurvedic product. Health in Ayurveda depends on the integrity of seven bodily constituents (Sapta dhatus). These constituents undergo daily wear and tear and therefore their replenishment and strengthening becomes imperative. It is called Pedi Act and it sounds just wonderful. I may never have come across it but for the dream.

The information on okra was even more revealing and to the point. For days previous to this dream, I had been experiencing intestinal distress. I still am. I don't know what is causing it. But when I read that Okra has bowel-cleansing properties and specifically helps clear mucus from the intestinal tract, it definitely made sense that I should try it. I vaguely remember reading something about okra years ago but had forgotten what it was for. However, my subconsious mind had pulled it out and brought the message home via my animus in the dream. I located a product containing okra, called Okra-Pepsin-E3 and ordered it immediately from totaldiscountvitamins.com.

Okra Information: Allantoin, a primary ingredient in Okra-Pepsin-E3, has been known to promote skin health. The properties of the combined nutrients in Okra-Pepsin-E3 also give this product bowel-cleansing capabilities. Okra-Pepsin-E3 is an excellent healing and cleansing agent. The function of Okra-Pepsin-E3 is to remove mucus from the walls of the small intestines and thereby enhance nutrient absorption through the intestinal wall into the blood. Certain foods, such as pasteurized milk and many cooked foods, cause the mucus buildup (raw foods do not cause this mucus buildup). The mucus coats the villi and blocks the absorption of nutrients from the food. Sometimes the mucus gets so thick and tough it is almost like a plastic film. Almost no nutrition can get through to the body. A person with a severe mucus buildup could take $1,000.00 worth of supplements a month along with a good diet and still get almost no nutritional value from them. If the Okra-Pepsin-E3 capsules are taken for a few days to several weeks, one after each meal ( reduce the amount of capsules if diarrhea occurs ), the mucus will gradually be digested. The blood can then receive more nutrients from the food, even if it is from a poor diet. Then, once a year, take the Okra-Pepsin-E3 capsules again for a few days or a week to keep the mucus from building back up.

Aside from the healing aspects of the beets and okra, there were other layers of the dream message. As I always do, when I woke up I considered the outstanding aspects of the dreams, asking questions of myself as I went along. When I asked myself what I felt about beets and okra, this came quickly..... "I don't like beets at all and I only like okra one way" (fried). Both statements pointed to limitation. Self-limitation. Don't like at all, only like one way. Touching on the sugar issue with the beets again, if I look at that from a "sweetness in my life" perspective, I'm saying I don't like too much sweetness". Why? What am I afraid of if life gets too sweet? I know the answers. It might change. Pain might come. Loss might come.

These were senses, feelings that came as I simply thought about the dream and kept asking about the message. By the way, I bolded the message and put quotes around it because, in dreamtime interpretation, most impressions come very clearly and quickly. If I just write them down as they come, and don't try to edit them (even adding the thought "fried" as the one way I liked okra was an afterthought, an edit) then the message unfolds very simply and elegantly. Sometimes it seems way too simple, rather than seeming profound. Yet, I've discovered a profoundness in simplicity that astounds me, doing this type of work for so many years.

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