This is not as simple as it seems

I wrote “what does that mean about breakfast?”

I mentioned, in passing, the cognate relationship between ka and food.

Stop.

Clear your heart.

Think.

Ka is your life-energy, your vital power, the root of your magic, the thrum of your sexuality, your bond with your ancestors and the Creator Itself.

Think about this font of holiness that you carry, your double, your twin. Think about the ka of the Creator, passed on through generations of children until it places its arms about you. Think about life received from your parents, and nurtured through the gifts that they and others bestowed upon you with the silent whisper “For your ka.” Think about this sacredness, this intrinsic, fundamental sanctity that is the raw basis of life.

Now.

Think about kau.

Think about food.

What is your relationship with food?

Do you divide food into the holy and unholy, and say that you will be “good” and eat your vegetables to make up for being “bad” and having cake? This food is saved, this food is damned, as if the holiness of ka is not present in all food as proved by the simple fact that it sustains life.

Nutrition is itself holy. It sustains life. Those overcounted calories, each of them is holy. They sustain life. These carbohydrates, these fats, these trace minerals: holy. They sustain life. Those animals have ka power, which enables them to become kau; those plants have ka power, which enables them to become kau.

If you wish to love life, how can you hate food?

This is not simple.

(We are, quite often, thoroughly trained otherwise.)

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3 thoughts on “This is not as simple as it seems

  1. veggiewolf says:

    You know, this wraps up the idea of not rushing through food in a way that I can fathom. If we recognize each bit of food as holy, as restoring, as food for our ka, then it stands to reason that we should savor each one fully. Savoring one’s food leads to mindful eating which leads to health…

    Kemetic “lifestyle change”, anyone?

    • kiya_nicoll says:

      Though I’d be careful of getting too shouldy about it. The Fat Nutritionist (who I love enough to probably wind up writing a post entirely around at some point, because she approaches something I find fundamentally sacramental from a, y’know, health-oriented angle) has comments on this.

  2. Crowess says:

    From 2017: Yep yep yep. You’re reminding me of this podcast from a little while back that gets into food’s contribution to our spiritual aspect: https://runesoup.com/2017/05/talking-ancient-plant-medicine-with-wolf-dieter-storl/

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