Jack Childs – What is the most Spiritual Diet?

Emerald Heart practitioner Jack Childs shares with the Blog his understanding of how food can inadvertently be used as a way of blocking fear as opposed to bringing it forward to deal with.

As Jack discovers, strict dietary regimes on the spiritual path can be both restrictive and counter productive.


What is the most spiritual diet?

I was convinced for a long time that diet was a huge part of my spiritual path, as I transitioned from a standard Western Diet, to vegan and then going all the way to raw vegan. I was certainly right in feeling that it was a part of my spiritual path, but completely wrong in my understanding of the lesson that it was presenting me.

Slowly I went back to eating what could only be described as a standard Western Diet, as I realised a piece of meat or some ice cream wasn’t going to kill me or destroy my health. I even went really crazy and occasionally had some alcohol when I went out with friends!! From being the most rigid and fixed person you could ever hope to meet in terms of diet, I became completely flexible and above all more free. This freedom didn’t come from what I was eating, but came from a change in my mind into how I viewed and approached food.

I was convinced for a long time that diet was a huge part of my spiritual path, as I transitioned from a standard Western Diet, to vegan and then going all the way to raw vegan. I was certainly right in feeling that it was a part of my spiritual path, but completely wrong in my understanding of the lesson that it was presenting me.

Throughout my childhood I had played sport to a high level, with this being a large part of my identity. This all changed when I hit 18, as I went through a period of chronic fatigue for several months. From being a sporting star who was active everyday, I became a person who struggled to muster the energy to go for a 5 mins walk. To me this was death- the end of my sporting dreams, the end of a normal healthy life and worst of all the end of “Jack”.

Now a truly spiritual perspective at this point would have been to delve into the intense emotions and fears coming up to see if there was anything beyond them. Yet my 18 year old self thought he knew a better way to peace- perhaps if I just get my health and fitness back all will be fine and I will never ever had to confront these horrible feelings again. Very sneaky and a path I was committed to following for the next few years.

Diets can be used to avoid the real issue

My main path to salvation was diet, as I seemingly made a link between what I was eating and how I was feeling. I remember the intense feelings of relief and hope as I read about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. This was the answer!! This was the truth!! This was my way out of hell!!

Over the next few years diet and natural health became the focus of my life, as I transitioned to a raw vegan diet. Now it is fair to say my health on a physical level was very good during this point- I was never ill and even ran an ultramarathon as a confirmation of my new found energy levels. Yet on a deeper level I still never really felt any sense of peace and my first resort to any upset to my peace was to stuff my face with fruit or look to improve my diet to make me feel better. I was running away from my true problems- not just by running an ultramarathon, but by running away from ever experiencing the sheer depth of emotion and pain that had been released when I had chronic fatigue.

This all revealed itself when I started to work with the Emerald Heart Light, which opens up the heart to the limiting ego-based fears we hold. Intense feelings of not being good enough, not feeling safe and the fear of feeling emotional pain came to my conscious awareness as I started to understand that my real salvation rested in working through these fears as barriers I put on my complete inner peace.After some months working with the Emerald Heart Light my mentor challenged me on my approach to diet. He admitted he was scared to challenge me on it, as he knew how attached I was to it and up until this point I had continued with my raw vegan diet when working with the light. My first response was anger!! Intense anger!! Not another person challenging me on diet? Telling me I need more protein? Telling me fruit has too much sugar in it? Not exactly…his real challenge was that my dependence on diet was a huge limiting factor in my spiritual growth and appeared like an emotional dependence to him. 

Perhaps the new dietary guidelines should be eat what the hell you want, but be aware of the fears behind them. Can’t see it catching on…

After some really deep reflection and a lot of putting aside of ego, I was brave enough to admit I had a problem. Now rather than giving me any advice on what to eat, my mentor merely encouraged me to experiment with my dependence on having to eat raw vegan all the time. What followed was an incredible transformation on both the outside and inside.

 After some really deep reflection and a lot of putting aside of ego, I was brave enough to admit I had a problem. Now rather than giving me any advice on what to eat, my mentor merely encouraged me to experiment with my dependence on having to eat raw vegan all the time. What followed was an incredible transformation on both the outside and inside.

Slowly I went back to eating what could only be described as a standard Western Diet, as I realised a piece of meat or some ice cream wasn’t going to kill me or destroy my health. I even went really crazy and occasionally had some alcohol when I went out with friends!! From being the most rigid and fixed person you could ever hope to meet in terms of diet, I became completely flexible and above all more free. This freedom didn’t come from what I was eating, but came from a change in my mind into how I viewed and approached food.Previously it had been my everything, but relatively quickly as I worked hard internally on my fears it became a nothing to me. It was food and I enjoyed eating when I was hungry, but nothing more than that. Best of all my energy levels stayed the same and perhaps even increased, as the draining fears I had always associated with food no longer dragged me down.

Guidance speaks…
“Food food glorious food or should we really say nothing at all. What Jack is describing here goes way beyond food, which although appearing important to you in earthly bodies is actually not at all important when viewed from a higher spiritual perspective. For some food can appear to be their salvation, for others it is some particular relationship, for others it is their favourite spiritual book and for others it is changing the world. They all miss the point. Real salvation will only ever be found by working through your perceived fears.”

So lets try and answer the question in the title of what the most spiritual diet is. Is it vegan, raw vegan, a yogi diet, the dukan diet, the atkins diet, the 5:2 diet, paleo diet or even a standard Western diet?  The answer is no diet is more spiritual than any other diet, as food in itself is a meaningless focus on the spiritual path. The only answer could be that it doesn’t matter what you eat, but the fears behind your reasons for eating the way you do. Of course it is sensible to eat in a way that supports our physical health, as there is no need to make life unnecessarily difficult for ourselves. It just really shouldn’t be a focus for us if we have intent to follow a serious spiritual path.

This focus can manifest in a number of ways from an obsession with eating “healthily”, to an obsession in losing weight or an obsession with following a particular dietary regime. All tend to be blocks to the real fears coming to the surface, which would allow us more inner freedom once acknowledged and worked through. As such perhaps a true spiritual diet is one where we allow our limiting ego-based fears to rise to our conscious awareness and patiently see through them as the nothingness they really are.

Love and Blessings,

​Jack Childs    
Emerald Heart Practitioner
www.awakenedwhenyoung.co.uk

 

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7 Responses to Jack Childs – What is the most Spiritual Diet?

  1. Edward Ferder says:

    Another fantastic insight into your experiences with diet! Thank you for sharing as this has invited new areas of thought for me regarding diet and spirituality. Wisdom at work!!

  2. yvonnehrdy says:

    Important topic and a great article, Jack. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    With Blessings and Love, Yvonne

  3. Irene Timm says:

    Thank you for sharing and thank you for making the cooking at the next Emerald Heart Retreat in Wales easier for me:-) Looking forward to seeing you there and having a nice piece of chocolate cake together. Love Irene

    • Jack Childs says:

      Thank you Irene-yes will be more simple for your cooking and looking forward to that chocolate cake!!

      Hope all is well with you and look forward to seeing you in Wales.

      Love,

      Jack

  4. Harriët says:

    Great Blog, Jack. Thanks for sharing!
    Love, Harriët

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