While in Finland, Merri and I were introduced to Kalevala, an epic of Finland. The root of the Kalevala is mainly old folk poetry collected over decades by the celebrated scholar, Dr. Elias Lonnrot.
He took many trips in the mid 1800s from Helsinki to isolated villages in the north of Finland and Russia to record by dictation the ancient rune singers and masters of folk incantations and lyrical poems. From these mystic tales, lyric folk poems, wedding poems and incantations, he organized this epic which first appeared in 1835.
The Kalevala tells of a great wise man Vainamoinen, who was a rune singer and leader of his tribe and his friend Ilmarenen a blacksmith who forged the vault of heaven. There was also Lemminkainen, a lady-killer and reckless adventurer, Joukahainene, a Lapp wizard’s apprentice, Kullervo,the son of a slave and strong woman such as Louhi. Part of the story isbuilt on a wonderful singing duel between Joukahainene and Vainamoinen(which becomes a cause for revenge).
If you read this epic you’ll see some remarkable similarities to other ancient scripts.
For example Aino, the virgin of the air, is a divine being who gives birth to Vainamoinen. There is a resurrection in the story when Lemminkainen’s mother brings him back to life with her love.
Reading passages from the Kalevala helped me connect some dots about how to succeed in business as well as other aspects of life.
What were these poems intended to do? Imagine what it meant to be a wiseman five thousand years ago. These ancestors had enormous wisdom but lacked the technology of printing. Sites ranging from the great pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, the Mayan astronomical sites to Ingapirca in the Andes show that ancients knew the movements of planets and stars to the second. The monuments they built attest to their amazing engineering acumen.
They also understood the quantum science of fractals, (as above, so below). They observed and predicted with great accuracy laws of quantum physics without the aid of microscopes, particle accelerators andsuch. Yet how could they pass this knowledge along?
Mostly the sages wrapped their universal truths in legend, songs and runes.The ancients were wise enough to understand the nature of man. They knew that tunes and rhymes have amazing bonds in our memory!
What better way to pass important information down!
But in what language? Language, context and meaning change as generations pass.
With this thinking, I read this phrase from the Kalevala translated to English.
“Then she spoke the words which follow, And expressed herself in this wise: “O thou bee, thou bird aerial, Fly thou forth again the third time, Fly thou up aloft to heaven, And through the nine heavens fly thou swiftly.”
Many ancient traditions mention the trinity and suggest we are comprised of three elements, air, water and fire.
Here the phrase says, O thou bee aerial. Could this mean you are air. Everything begins with gas or air. For example two gases, (Hydrogen and Oxygen) H2O make water and our solid physical form is mostly water.
The bio electric-magnetic system (fire) that kindles transformation (food to energy, energy to bones, muscle and motion etc.) completes the trinity.
So could the message in the Kalevala be that we should begin everything (including our health regimen) by looking at its lightest, air aspect? This is where all the indigenous life sciences begin, looking at the essence of motion or air in our bodies.
In Ayurveda, the Indian science of life, for example this air element is called Vata and the belief is that all illness begins with an air imbalance. Ayurved’s main tactic is to keep the gaseous content in our bodies down so we are less likely to become ill. The main way to do this is to eat properly.
The Andeans are fanatical about good digestion also. Their entire diet is aimed at making digestion easier by avoiding fermentation in the stomach, which creates gas (or too much air).
The philosophy is that such imbalances (if uncorrected) lead to digestive problems. If still uncorrected, digestive problems lead to kidney and liver stress (due to excess toxins created by the poor digestion). The theory goes that if still left unbalanced skin problems follow, as the body tries to evacuate excess toxins through the skin.
If still unchecked, these toxins finally lodge in the body and create real illness. If the toxins lodge in the joints, arthritis and joint type problems can follow. Toxins lodged in the blood vessels, artery and heart ailments can begin. In other places the toxins create cancer and varies other illnesses. In the brain, Alzheimer’s, etc.
There are a variety of easy ways to stop such problems before they start. Here is a list of easy things to do to improve health.
#1: Eat slowly and in good humor. This is the first line aid to digestion.
#2: Eat natural foods in season. Processed foods, especially those loaded with preservatives, are harder to digest. There are three growing seasons in each year, spring, summer and fall-winter. We should have three diets that vary through the year, low calorie-low fat in spring, high carbohydrate in summer and high protein-high-fat in fall-winter. This creates a food supply that fits the body’s requirements as it shifts to adapt to each of these seasons.
The idea is to switch our eating routines naturally. At the beginning of the switch it’s a good idea to do a bit of internal cleansing at the change of each eating season.
#3: Eat your largest meal at lunch. Eat a light early dinner. Our digestive fires burn brightest between 10 and 2, am and pm. Noon is the best time to digest food. If you eat lightly in the evening, the body’s second digestive period can burn up toxins accumulated from the stress of the day rather than just using this period to digest a big dinner.
#4: Watch the combination of foods eaten. Do not mix two types of fat in a meal. We have all heard of not mixing milk and meat for example. In the Andes Locro (a thick potato soup) is a popular common food. Most people there have it with cheese and avocados, but not the shamans. Mixing these two fats make each harder to digest.
Andeans also avoid mixing sugar and salt. Each meal there is a sweet meal or savory meal. Food is broken into three categories, sweet, neutral and salt. Neutral foods (eggs, unsalted cheese, vegetables, and grains) go with either sweet or salt, but not sweet and salt in the same meal. Several foods should always be eaten alone, bananas, pineapple and melon.
#5: Avoid cold drinks and ice. Cold restricts the blood vessels in the stomach and hinders digestion. Sip warm water instead. This calms air and stimulates digestion.
#6: Take a short leisurely walk after each meal. This stimulates bloodflow and aids digestion.
#7: Reduce caffeine and alcohol. These elements interfere with blood sugar levels and upset the digestive process.
These seven simple steps can dramatically improve your energy, well-being and longevity. They are easy to attain and are balanced steps that can bring more balance in our lives.
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