"Your meals could be somewhat simpler. I would here suggest very few
fried foods. You have too many of these. I would suggest less heavy
Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent.
Meat but not fatty meats and not an overabundance of meats.
You will enjoy your meals more. And, you will savor the individual tastes with more discrimination.
I will give you the suggestions. And then I will give you the reasons
behind them. I will have some little more to say concerning diet.
You do well as it is, avoiding thick sauces and gravies. There is no
fear here of short-circuiting necessary vitamin needs. I am mainly
suggesting a change in the way food is prepared, and whenever possible a
reliance upon fresh vegetables and fruits.
Frozen are preferable to canned.
It is important obviously not to overeat. In general small fairly frequent meals are preferable to three heavy meals.
Theoretically, it would be better indeed if you were vegetarians.
However, at this time I do not suggest it. There is no doubt, for
various reasons, however, that many benefits are connected with this
particular dietary habit. I repeat: I do not suggest it for you, for
various reasons. Moderation will do us as well.
You would do better with fruits for dessert more often.
Now aside from these dietary suggestions, I also believe other patterns of behavior could be adopted. The isometric exercises, for now, are excellent and should be followed by both of you. The two Eastern
exercises, done occasionally by Ruburt, should be adopted by you both as
a matter of routine daily.
Later other such Eastern exercises should be added.
The walks should indeed be systematically continued. Deep breathing
should always be adopted during such walks. When the walk entails an
errand the walking itself should be the important matter. You should
attempt to feel yourselves a part of the environment through which you
pass and attempt to enter into it rather than feel yourselves as
Ruburt should drink no more than five cups of coffee
daily at the most. If he is not giving up his cigarettes, then as you
suggested moderation should be used. The present fifteen a day will do
for now. But: this should be reduced to ten when it is feasible.
I mentioned in the past those suggestions given by Ruburt to himself,
concerning the continued health of the physical organism. You should
both utilize this practice. In our dream material we will go deeply into
the nature of health suggestions given in connection with the dream
situation. And, such suggestions may be considered a part of this
All of these – you may call them rules if you
prefer – all of these rules then are for your own benefit and are
personalized, formed by me taking into consideration your own needs,
strong points and weaknesses. Therefore, they apply, the dietary
suggestions and the exercise suggestions, to you only.
We can and will give a general list. But: it is always better if this list be
implemented by personal consultation. You have done much better in the
overall in health maintenance than you did in the past; since you are
both in excellent organic condition you can say that you have both done
However, there is a large difference between a general
state that is free of disease and a state of exuberant health, in which
the inner and outer selves are perfectly attuned.
Such a state is far from impossible. And, we shall see that you achieve it. The rules
that I have given you are an absolute necessity if that state is to be
achieved. And, it is only in that state that the inner self can utilize
"You are indeed to a large extent what you eat.
You are bound up in the cycle of earth relationships. The eating of
meat without doubt focuses the physical mechanism closely to the
physical system. There is nothing wrong with this. If you are trying to
develop inner abilities, however, and if you wish to allow yourself a
mobility of focus, then moderation in this respect must be used. Eggs
and milk and cheeses can be substituted occasionally without changing
your overall eating habits."
~ Session 185 September 3, 1965.