Dr. Fred Weaver’s class at the College of Metaphysics
from Dr. Laurel Clark
I was privileged to attend the class taught by Dr. Fred and Sandy Weaver of the Tao Academy at the College of Metaphysics. This is part of the dream of the Health and Healing Center at the College a place for experts in all fields of healing to bring their expertise and aid all of us to live more wholistic lives.
I learned of Dr. Weaver eleven years ago, through the Law of Relativity and the Law of Attraction. As one of my learning laboratories, I was serving as Senior Editor of Thresholds Journal. At that time, Thresholds featured interviews with experts in different disciplines. I learned how to conduct interviews from Dr. Barbara Condron (who has a degree in journalism), and enjoyed using this vehicle to meet people who are doing great works in the world. Dr. Timothy Yeh, a doctor of Oriental medicine who also has a Western M.D., sent SOM Publishing a proposal to publish a book on natural medicine. SOM Publishing only publishes books written by School of Metaphysics students, so Dr. Barbara, who was then Executive Editor of Thresholds, suggested I ask Dr. Yeh for an interview.
Dr. Yeh lives in California so I interviewed him on the phone. He is quite a genius, very knowledgeable and generous in sharing his knowledge. He said many things that made great sense, including the following,
“Food is not nutrition. Nutrition is only the chemistry of food, but food has its biological effects. Food has its physical properties that we can use. So-called food is a complete science: it has physics, biology, and chemistry. So nutrition is one-third of food. We cannot rely only on the chemical analysis to guide us on what kind of food to eat. ...for instance, chicken. Chicken has high protein, not fat, which is great. Only four words, right? I would say it has misled millions of people in a wrong way. ... Chicken has its physical properties. It affects our liver system. It doesn’t go to our body equally; it goes to our liver system and stimulates our liver. So if we eat more chicken, our liver will be blocked. When the liver is blocked, the detoxification effect is gone. Liver is also very yang. [The expression, “running around like a chicken with its head cut off” describes the kind of frenetic activity of a chicken; when we eat chicken we receive this energy into our own system.] So for this reason, lots of ladies and girls, they eat chicken, they develop breast cancer, ovarian cancer or cysts, uterus cysts or caner or irregular bleeding, depression, many diseases will happen because the liver system is damaged.” (Thresholds Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, May 1997)
In the interview, Dr. Yeh, who is originally from China, said that being healthy includes “three parts spirit, soul, and body. So we cannot look at disease only from the physical body. Also we need to think about a little more to the soul part, generally speaking is the mind. And then we can go a little more further into the spirit, hopefully people can understand the secret to make their spirit peaceful, their soul and mind be peaceful, and back to the body it is very easy to be treated well. And it can be kept in good shape.”
At the time, I was married to a man who was struggling with complications of juvenile diabetes. He was using intuitive health analyses and what he was learning with the School of Metaphysics, but western medical science, including drugs and surgery, had thrown his body way out of balance. John and I flew out to California to see Dr. Yeh, who was extremely helpful and kind. He has a strong healing presence. I asked him if he could refer us to someone near Windyville and his eyes lit up when he told me his “Number One Student” lived in the Kansas City area.
This is Dr. Weaver. John started going to Dr. Weaver whose comprehensive knowledge was extremely valuable. He always seemed to know what was causing the symptoms John experienced, even when the Western medical doctors seemed to only guess, or when all they could do was prescribe another drug.
At that time, I learned from Dr. Yeh and Dr. Weaver some basic principles of eating in a healthy manner. These principles understand the body as an energetic being more than a chunk of matter. Food, for example, nourishes the body according to different energies. The colors represent different elements of the light spectrum, and therefore, if you eat foods of all colors you will receive the complete spectrum, and nourish the whole body. In each meal or at least throughout a day, if you eat all the colors of the rainbow your body will be nourished. If you also include all tastes and textures, you can be sure that your system is well nourished.
Another principle of natural medicine is that the body resonates with larger cycle, such as seasons. In fact, Dr. Yeh calls it “Seasonal Medicine.” Foods have internal temperatures that are healthy in different seasons. This makes sense when you consider that food grow in different climates and different times of the year. Food also nourishes the body according to its structure. This is called the Doctrine of Signatures. Have you ever notices that walnuts look like the brain? Eating walnuts is healthy for the brain. Kidney beans nourish the kidneys. Celery, which has veins, nourishes the circulatory system.
Dr. Weaver teaches classes in each season to teach about the foods that harmonize with that season. In addition to nutrition, Dr. Weaver teaches Chi Gong, which he defined as “energy without heat.” I experienced the gentle Chi Gong movements like this: energizing and calming at the same time.
Dr. Weaver’s class is an intensive study of the body and its energies, the relationship of the mind and emotions to the energy system, the foods that nourish the body and energy field, and how to use Chi Gong for health and longevity. It is a wonderful complement to the teachings of the School of Metaphysics. Sandy Weaver, who is a dancer and movement therapist, is also an excellent chef and wonderful teacher in the kitchen. Spending the weekend with them is like a spiritual focus weekend, during which one lives the principles they teach, eating, breathing, and learning.• Vol 38, No. 11 VIBRATIONS
Food Therapy at the College of Metaphysics
Eating for Health and Vitality
by Dr. Christine Madar
Eating foods grown locally and in season was a way of life for nearly everyone in this country 100 years ago. Very few people live this way in the current time period. The College of Metaphysics is an institute of higher learning; one of the standards that is upheld is living in harmony with Universal Law. Since the College was founded, we have tended our own organic garden with fresh foods and herbs, nurtured a fruit orchard, raised free-range animals, made our own cheese and butter, and dedicated two days each week of eating only fruits and vegetables. We pick wild berries from the land and brew teas from wild plants such as plantain and dandelion.
The last weekend of May marked a monumental moment in the history of the College of Metaphysics when Dr. Fred Weaver and his wife Sandy Weaver, heads of the Tao Academy in Kansas City, came to teach a class on Oriental Medicine, including Qui Gong and food therapy. Their teaching took our knowledge of how to use food for healing to a whole new level. All food has an energetic quality. Some foods are aggressive or yang in nature like beef, chicken and hot spices such as cayenne pepper and garlic. Some food is receptive or yin in nature like limes, watermelon and bananas. There are also neutral foods like apples and eggs. The science of understanding these energies is well established in traditional oriental medicine.
Food affects the energy of the meridians in our physical body. Each meridian comprises a wholistic view of an aspect of life. Sound, taste, emotion, climate, direction, color, numbers, organs tones, seasons and the elements of metal, wood, fire, water and earth are all incorporated into studying and balancing energy in each meridian. For instance with the fire element the sound is laughing, the emotion is joy, the climate is heat, the season is summer and the taste is bitter. Learning what foods aid in balancing the element of fire in the body aids one to harmonize with the natural cycle of energy in the body. Interestingly these same principles are used in Feng Shui, an ancient and increasingly popular system of creating a smooth flow of energy in physical structures like houses and office space. (see related article)
We are enjoying incorporating our growing knowledge of food therapy into daily life at the College of Metaphysics. Students and faculty have discovered that eating this way consciously requires less food and provides an even and sustained flow of energy throughout the day. Those who come to campus for extended learning weekends such as Spiritual Focus Sessions or student events are sure to benefit from our growing awareness.•
Food therapy guidelines.
Eat in moderation.
Eat widely. Classical Chinese Medicine teaches that one needs to include 40 different foods daily.
Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty. Do not mix eating and drinking.
Eat all the colors of the rainbow, ideally with each meal.
Eat meat as a condiment, not a main dish.
Eat foods that are in season in your region.
I asked Dr. Weaver for help with our 17 month old daughter, Vivienna, who had extreme reactions to bug bites. Mosquito bites swelled to the point that she was unable to bend her fingers and one bite caused her eye to swell shut. I had tried pure essential oils, homeopathy and other natural remedies to aid in the discomfort. These approaches had minimal or adverse effects. Dr. Weaver suggested applying peppermint tea topically. Additionally we should let her drink some of the tea because peppermint soothes inflammation. This is the kind of “common sense” suggestion that is the heart of food therapy. I began to apply the tea whenever she had new bite and to my surprise, when I offered her some to drink, she drank the entire cup. When I do this, the bites do not swell at all. The effect is dramatic and I have found it to be the most effective cure for basic summer bug bites!
“Dr Weaver’s guest teaching on campus is another step in the development of the College of Metaphysics. We have been imaging this College as a true university of higher education for decades. As people of Dr. Weaver’s caliber come to share, they receive an opportunity to be fully appreciated and respected for their experience and wisdom. This remains rare in the world of today, and will become increasingly important in the growth of COM.” --- Dr. Barbara Condron, Faculty Advisor, SOM