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God’s Birthing Place

 

 

I awoke this morning feeling heavy with uncertainty.  So uncomfortable with the unknown.  Wondering what is next.  This new empty space feels so unfamiliar…even foreign – So BIG.

I find myself wanting to fill the void with something, anything.  I find myself judging the void stillness makes.

I feel my body constrict and then tears of release, a letting go flow.  I breathe deep and feel this nothingness expand around me.

I’m reminded this is the space I created with my willingness to let go of the old and make room for the new.  The expansiveness I feel is the fruit of my labor.   My heart is full of gratitude and my mind is open.  I whisper a thank you…

In this space are my dreams, my desires.  I can see them.   I can feel them on the inhale, just waiting to be exhaled.

And, then I am startled by this thought that arrives on its own from a place now familiar.  This nothingness, this space is where God creates.  It is God’s Birthing Place…..

The Comfort of Fall

The Comfort of Fall

Fall has arrived!  I was going to say fall is my favorite time of year.  And, then a small voice said, “No it isn’t”.   I realize I’ve come to appreciate every season equally.

The wind feels different in the fall, don’t you think?  It has a heavier, soothing, caressing texture, like a favorite blanket.

The fall’s light falls on my body differently – not as intense.  I can easily and with comfort turn my face into it, soaking up the rays that nourish my body and spirit.

Autumn is comfortable.  The colors comfort.  The air is comfortable.  It invites a comfortable pace – a slowing down.   All of nature sighs….Ahhhhhh.

In these times of stress and chaos unfolding around us, fall reminds us to take a deep, luscious breath.  It reminds us to take time to get out of our mind and perceive with the senses all the beauty, abundance and peace surrounding us.  It reminds us to take time to soothe our wounds.

Bring into your being the peace this season is bringing. Take a breath with nature.  Soak it in.  Let it fortify and strengthen you.  Let it heal you.

Be good to yourself.  The best thing you can do for the world right now is take good care of yourself.  You cannot give away what you do not have; and what you have you are giving to the world either consciously or unconsiously.

Fall brings comfort in many ways.  Can you say “Comfort Food”?  I’m making one of my favorite fall recipes today and I thought of you.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I’m going to.

May you find comfort and peace in all seasons of life,

Chef Gail


Comfort Stew

2 tablespoon  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon butter (or more olive oil for vegan version)
2 leeks, clean and chopped with a little of the green part
2 shallots, minced
1 cup button or baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (or ½ tsp dried)
1 teaspoon fresh chopped tarragon (or ½ tsp dried)
3 tablespoon oat or rice flour
¼ cup dry white wine, optional (chardonnay is good)
1 ½ cup vegetable stock, give or talk (I love organic Better Than Bouillon concentrate in a jar)
¾ cup organic milk (So Delicious coconut milk beverage, unsweetened for vegan version)
2 tablespoon of nutritional yeast (optional for a richer broth and adds more protein)
2 dashes fresh grated nutmeg (or ground)
1 teaspoon sea salt and cracked pepper or to taste
1 bunch collard greens, chopped (boil or sauté until just tender and still bright green)
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 cups cubed butternut squash, prepared (sweet potatoes works well too)

Preheat large skillet over medium high (I love to use my huge iron skillet for this).  Add butter and oil and swirl to coat skillet.  Add mushrooms, shallots and leeks to hot skillet with a dash of sea salt.  Sauté for about 3 minutes then add herbs.  Stir frequently until leeks are translucent and mushrooms have released their moisture (5-7 minutes total).

Add flour to mixture stirring for a minute until well blended.  Deglaze pan with wine and simmer for a minute.  Add broth and bring to high simmer.  Gradually add milk stirring constantly until sauce is thickening.  Stir in nutritional yeast and nutmeg.  Add salt and pepper to taste.   Fold in collards. peas and sweet potatoes.

Serve with a rustic, crusty cornbread (recipe below), polenta or quinoa.

Classic Iron Skillet Cornbread
Gluten-free, Diabetic Friendly with Vegan Option

1 cup stoneground organic cornmeal
½ cup polenta (coarse ground grits)
½ cup oat flour (replace ¼ cup oat with ¼ cup tapioca flour for lighter texture)
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum, optional (Replaces gluten so the cornbread holds together better)
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or powdered Stevia for non-sugar version)
1 egg gently beaten (or egg replacer for vegan version)*
½ cup organic applesauce (unsweetened)
1 ½ cups more or less of buttermilk (or unsweetened, plant-based milk for vegan version)
Note:  If using plain milk add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to milk
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (Earth Balance for vegan version)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.   Place iron skillet** in oven while preheating and mixing together ingredients.

In large bowl mix together dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until just blended.  Do not over mix or you will have flat bread.  Batter should be very thick but pourable.

Add butter to hot skillet and tilt to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Pour batter evenly into skillet.  Place skillet on center rack in oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.  (Remove bread from iron skillet before cutting!).

*Vegan Version Egg Replacer; 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 4 tablespoon water.  Let stand for a few minutes until thickened.

**Note:  You can use a muffin tin, glass or metal pan for this recipe.  However; a good iron skillet is an excellent source of iron for a plant-based diet.  When it is well seasoned it is virtually “non-stick” and a joy to cook with.



photo credit/Karen Guthrie

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Gail’s “Intuitive Chef” journey began unfolding in 2009 as a plant-based chef.  foodRevelation.com, birthed in 2011 was the natural result of following her creative passion – recipe creation and cooking.

Shortly thereafter, she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and discovered her intuitive and spiritual gifts.  As a food and medical intuitive, she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their God-given health and in-born intuition through private sessions, private and public cooking classes and workshops.

Many revelations have been revealed along the way.  Her latest book, “Quinoa Cookbook Journey” (see link below) is the first book in a series entitled “Evolution of FREE Health”. It provides a gentle and tasty glimpse into these revelations and the resulting experiences.  Being revealed next in this series is, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant Health”.

Gail currently lives in a small town in North Texas with her furry friends Molly and Mo.  In addition to the joy of cooking and recipe creation, she finds great pleasure in long leisurely meals with family and friends, reading, writing; quiet walks in nature and sleeping under the stars.

https://www.foodrevelation.com/the-quinoa-cookbook/

For more about Intuitive Chef Gail – https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/

 

The Age of Eve Redefined…

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/losing-my-religion-for-equality-20090714-dk0v.html?stb=fb

Very Interesting coincidence….I call this “synergy”. This article is confirming a message very specifically that I received during a meditation practice a few months ago – A clear signal the time is right to write it down, share it – give it life.

I had 3 ribs that kept dislocating and causing me a lot of pain.  This debilitating pain was interrupting my life and interfering with my joy.  It finally dawned on me it was bringing an important message.  Pain is a powerful messenger.   With that revelation, the intention for mediation that day was to hear the message.

I believe there is a purpose for everything and I sensed it had something to do with what happened to me long ago (I had no idea how long ago…)

I was attacked about 25 years ago by a couple of men with the intention of rape and I suffered several broken ribs. Thank God I escaped, but I did not go unscathed.  I’ve lived with a great fear of finding myself in that situation again.  A parking garage or a peaceful, quiet street could evoke terror, even if I was with someone.  It was an irrational fear that induced panic attacks. Over the last few years I thought I had released this fear. The rib was a reminder of something I had not released from my subconscious and it was presenting again; giving me another opportunity to let it go.

The message revealed was this – Suppression of women and the sense of lack and unworthiness it has created in us has its root in Genesis. What happened to me is a result of a belief system that considers women “less than” men.  The woman in the Old Testament is portrayed as an “afterthought” of God. According to scripture,  God realized after creating Adam, it was not good for man to be alone and created Eve from the rib of the man. So not only was Eve a second thought, she was not given her own identity.

Eve then coerced Adam to eat from the apple; Eve’s coercion of Adam caused the corruption of man, “the original sin” and it was downhill from there for women. I guess man would be forever living in Nirvana if not for Eve or maybe man would be extinct.  Or, did God have another idea of how creation would procreate before he had the “Ah Ha” moment that changed his mind – I thought that was a woman’s prerogative?  This is how my mind works…he he.

Based on what I was taught and decided was true in my formative years, subconsciously I’ve been conditioned to be submissive to man and to believe I deserve to be punished.  And, why not?  Women are trouble.

As have many women, I’ve gone through most of my adult life making sure life is punishing me; that somehow I did something to deserve being punished.   This embedded belief system has ruled the collective woman consciousness.   I can look back now on life and see how my perceptions of where women stood in the scheme of things influenced how I viewed events.  One event in particular comes to mind.  Another blog.

The written interpretation of Genesis and other similar religious scripture has given man free license to suppress women throughout the history of religion. This suppression at times has been very subtle and extreme as we are seeing now in some religions and fundamentalist aspects of religions.  I can see how this belief that women are “not created equal” has been perpetuated by a blind acceptance of what is deemed truth by those in authority.

Questioning religious teaching is considered blasphemy and still punishable by death in some countries.  The fear of death, hell and damnation has controlled people for ions. Questioning truth has always been a threat to those who seek control.  Until recently, it has proved dangerous for women to question authority or reveal her full power.

The suppression of women, like all events have served a purpose unto Heaven (to the Higher Plan).  Current events and changing times suggest that this purpose has been realized.  People are questioning old beliefs.  We are listening with our hearts for the vibration of Truth that resonates with Unconditional Love.

People are realizing their connection with all of Creation as our ability to be connected through technology increases.  Woman in force are rediscovering their importance; their irreplaceable worth to the world as they see themselves mirrored worldwide.  The female in all of creation is the very womb that births creation.  Women were not always suppressed.  At one time we were respected, revered and honored and still are in some cultures.  Mother lion is roaring now as she is rediscovering her power, worth and proper place.

Nothing ever changes until we change our minds – It’s everyone’s prerogative. All events are uncovering us; revealing our true God-like nature. As individuations of our Creator, we are created in the very image.  As we are revealed we become an ever clearer conduit for God’s Pure Unconditional Love to flow through us and from us.

All religions speak of this Truth.  Ernest Holmes put it this way, “Evolution is the drawing out of God within us”.  The Christian bible says this, “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us”..1 John 4:12.

The tough events in our lives (the hard knocks) are asking us to open the door to the God within.  The harder the knock the bigger the opening.  I’m sure you’ve heard, “Your worst enemy is your greatest teacher”, or how the hardest hardship ended up being the biggest blessing.

This life event that resulted in the broken ribs was giving me an opportunity to release a belief system that was no longer serving me, my purpose or the collective woman.  It had been pointed out again and again, but I wasn’t getting it, so the knock got harder. Tough as it was, the broken ribs provided the catalyst that broke me free from the “ages” old belief  that as a woman, I was “less than” and therefore, loved less, “worth” less.

It still took 25 more years to swing the door wide open!  I was only able to release this belief from my subconscious by quieting my mind (something I couldn’t do in my younger years) so I could hear the voice of God.  I am so grateful for the event that shook me loose and THAT is the miracle – A change in perception that truly sets me free!  By the way, no more rib pain since the day the message was revealed – hallelujeh!

The collective woman is being released as each woman frees herself from the bondage of this long held perception of inequality.  I am now FREE thank Goodness to a loving God that talks to me personally as I allow.  I pray for the release and freedom of all women.  May the collective woman take her proper place in the world alongside her brother and with her nurturing, loving heart help move the world forward into Nirvana.

 

 

 

 

The Un-Digested Seed

The un-digested seed

The seed of truth connects with the “Truth” at the heart center of every human.  When the heart hears Truth it resonates with it.  However, it may be un-digestible to the mind at the time.  When a mind is cluttered with old thoughts and beliefs that have served their purposefulness, there may be no fertile ground left to digest; germinate and sprout new seeds.   The mind can become infertile and stagnant.

I know from the healing work I facilitate that decluttering and detoxifying the body is basic to the physical healing process.  The same is true for the mind.

It behooves us to take stock from time to time to ask questions and sort through what we believe.   Is that belief still true?  Is it serving love?  Is it in alignment with peace, joy, abundance, happiness and love?   If it no longer serves a “good” purpose, then discard it.  Free your mind.

Our viewpoint is filtered through the lenses of our beliefs.

Hanging on to the past holds us hostage and keeps us trapped in non-beneficial cycles.  To change our reality, we must make room for change.

Meditation (the art of being present) is one of the best ways to declutter the mind.   The past does not exist in the present and neither does the future. The present is the quiet, fertile ground for germinating newly planted seeds.

For those who find meditation daunting, may I suggest a super easy and effective way to create more fertile ground.  One Minute Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8.  When I first starting meditating in 2011, I set the alarm on my phone to chime every waking hour to remind me to pause and give my breath all my focus.    The breath in itself has the power to clear the mind.  There is a reason we’ve been taught to take a deep breath when we are angry.

Another very effective way to help declutter the mind is to declutter your space.   I have experienced this phenomenon for myself.  I put it to the test back in 2015 with Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up”, The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.  Have you ever used house cleaning to destress and quiet your mind?  Makes complete sense now.

By the way, feng shui is very helpful in creating space and flow in your physical and mind space.  Here is a helpful site:  http://www.knowfengshui.com/feng-shui-map-of-your-home/

Truth is constantly being birthed.  This is the evolution of man.   It’s important to maintain that “child-like” sense of wonder that views the world as a playground with infinite possibilities.  Open minds are the “game changers”; moving the world from where we came from to where we are going.

The “un-digested” seed will sprout and grow as each mind de-clutters.  New seeds will germinate.

Here’s to your Love, joy, peace & Abundant Health!

Intuitive Chef Gail

 

 

Motion is the Potion

Just like an apartment gate equipped with a motion sensor detects forward movement and will close when it detects no motion – The Universe also has a “Built-in” Motion Detector. The minute it detects forward movement the door stays open and when it detects no motion, it closes. The smallest step forward is all it takes to keep the door open to Heaven’s Gate. Keep moving towards your passion, your goal, your purpose. Living it is Heavenly..