Some years ago Merri and I dropped out of our publishing – seminar business and lived at our hacienda, high in the Andes, with an Ecuador healer and his apprentices.
We cooked and ate in this house.
There was no electricity… no real creature comforts but all of us were really content… really happy
The views were incredible. This was our front yard.
But there was no hot water. No radio, no internet, no TV.
We bathed in this waterfall.
No sounds, but nature.
It was almost an hour to the nearest store. This road in and out was narrow, rutted, prone to landslide and sat along a sheer drop … hundreds of feet straight down. We did not have many visitors!
This was our nearest neighbor.
We lived round a camp fire at night, slept early and were up and about before dawn.
The healer was a wise man. He taught us a lot about health.
We learned incredible tips on nutrition… exercise and purification.
One day I asked him… “What is the one most important rule for health?
His reply, “Don’t live on the fence”.
Here is how he explained this.
In earlier days, life was simple…. black and white.
Really… everyone dressed in black or white. Society recognized that there were two approaches in life… one material… one spiritual.
Both approaches to existence were absolutely fine.
They were not only okay… one could switch whenever one desired…. from material to spiritual at any time.
When you felt material, you dressed in black. Spiritual…. white.
In each town there was a place where all those in black congregated. Another place was there for white. How you dressed determined where you went. Both options were completely natural and entirely okay.
The only trouble came if you wore black and went where you were meant to wear white… or vice versa.
Nowadays, he explained “people are confused”.
We do not know how to separate black from white. We do not know how to dress or where to go. We try to combine black with white.
Straddling the fence between black and white creates a grey existence.
This creates conflict in our cultures, between our cultures and most of all within. Our minds, bodies and hearts are in conflict and this causes weakness.
Weak immune systems.
In other words “be true to yourself”. Integrate your beliefs into your thoughts actions, health routines and business.
Integrate… is the root of the word integrity. Know what you love, what you believe and act with integrity to yourself.
Don’t straddle the fence. But understand that the people on the other side of the fence are also okay.
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