Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Recipe for Love – Eat, Throw, Honor

Rice has fed more people and for a longer time than any other crop. Rice has a long history dating back to around 2500 BC as a valuable food and a cultural tradition. Beginning in China and then spreading throughout the world rice was an easy crop to grow due to its versatility and ability to grow in many different climates.

Rice is a cereal crop that feeds more than half the world’s population. It is a good source of energy, good for regulating bowel movements, stabilizing blood sugar and providing a source of B1 to the human body. B1, also known as Thiamin, plays an essential role in the metabolism of carbohydrates. If you increase your daily intake of carbohydrates (and junk food) you need more thiamin in your diet.

The cells of the nervous system are very sensitive to carbohydrate metabolism.  That is why the brain and nerves are the first to show a deficiency in thiamin. Nervousness, constipation, insomnia and headaches may be some of the signs that you need more thiamin in your diet. The richest source is organ meats followed by rice, beans, peas, egg yolks, poultry and fish.

Rice has a long cultural history. In China the word for rice means to eat. In Cambodia a sweet rice dish is offered to the female deity to guard valuable resources.  In Japan it is believe that social harmony is a result of families pooling together resources to grow rice. Eighty-five percent of the farms in Japan grow rice. And did you know that Toyota means “bountiful rice” and Honda means “main rice field”?

The world loves rice. It is traditionally thrown at weddings to symbolize long life and fertility, as well as, lasting love. It is the first dish an Indian woman feeds her husband. Its diversity and cultural influence makes rice a crop for sharing and a crop for love. For what is love, but the ability to give and share with a deep caring for the welfare of another?

Rice resonates with the energy of the earth and the sun. Believing rice to be female in nature, in Asia, rice spirits are honored as mother-type entities.

Rice can be used in spells for blessing, money, prosperity, fertility, protection, rain, wealth, security and to find treasure.

An old superstition claims that certain evil spirits are obsessed with counting. A container of rice near the door will cause any that try to enter the house to be distracted so much by counting the individual grains that they will forget to enter. Keep a jar of rice near your door to distract evil spirits while bringing blessings of prosperity and love to your home!

Eat it, toss it, honor it and  place it by the door; any way you use it, rice and humans have always had a great long love affair.

Doctor Lynn

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