The Grounding Power of Protein
Plus, a recipe to help you stay centered.
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Hello, wonderful witches!
Did everybody enjoy the full moon? I got only a brief glimpse of it before clouds overtook the sky again. She presented herself to me with a surrounding halo, which I think is one of the loveliest ways she shows up. I see it as a potent ring of energy around the moon that we can harness for our own personal power—as long as we can tap into it.
The moon reminded me of a way I used to do just that with a friend of mine. We played a game with our energetic forces, honing a skill to tap into someone else’s aura. Here’s how it works: Have a friend sit in a chair and close their eyes. Quietly walk around them a couple times, then pick a spot on their body—like a part of their arm or the side of their face. Place your hand close enough to that spot so that you can feel a tingle, but don’t actually touch them. Have your friend guess where your hand is, based on the fluctuations in their own energetic feelings. When they get it right, switch positions with them so you can guess. I loved this game because I felt so connected when I played it—not just to myself and to my friend, but to the power of the energy swirling all around us, all the time.
In today’s article, writer Brynne Betz shows how she connects to these energetic powers as well—and shares a recipe to ground yourself when it becomes overwhelming.
The Grounding Power of Protein
By Brynne Betz
Frank’s knee was hurting. Susan’s spirit was bruised. Ellie had a stomach ache and my teacher had a fight with someone she loved. No one said anything to me, though—these were the things I tuned into as a child, the feelings I carried every day as if they were my own.
“What’s wrong, Brynne? What happened to you?”
“Nothing; nothing happened to me. I don’t know why it’s so hard today.”
Until I did know why. Until I figured out it had everything to do with protein.
When I ate an egg for breakfast, the energies I tuned into weren’t as intense. They didn’t color my day more than my own pen colored it for myself. When I had cereal or sugary carbohydrates, I had little left to cope with. Others’ issues grew heavier than my own. Protein grounded me in a way no other food could. It kept me rooted when the energies around me threatened to whisk me away.
Years later, as an adult, I’ve learned to hone my gifts. The issues of those around me no longer come to me as feelings alone. Now, they share their colors too, colors that help me further identify not only what the issue is, but often its remedy as well. Frank’s knee would probably glow green, showing me he needed nurturing. Susan’s bruised spirit might glow blue, telling me she needed to speak her truth. Ellie would likely glow yellow, speaking to her need for control. And my teacher, she might be a few colors—but mostly orange, speaking to her ache for deeper intimacy. Each of the colors that come to me typically correspond to the seven chakras and the emotional energies, or auras, with which they resonate.
Perhaps that’s part of the reason it’s been harder for me as an adult to eat animal protein, choosing instead to find my grounding nutrients from plants alone. The colors of plants are far more at peace, and for me, much easier and gentler to digest. Instead of eggs or cheese, I now reach for substitutes, plant-based protein dishes that feed me both physically and energetically, grounding me in ways that let me handle my days with ease.
The current state of the world has sown high levels of stress and fear, creating spiky energy that throws even the best of us off-center. Those of us who tune into subtle energies intuitively know that the foods we choose to put in our bodies have an even greater impact on how we handle our day-to-day lives.
From the hope we feel about our future, to the spin we put on even the most painful things happening around us, healthy eating may shape more aspects of our lives than it ever has before. A tasty, plant-based protein may do more than we realize for our immune systems and our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. Hopefully, my vegan egg salad will give you the same gift it gives me, setting you up for a spiritually awakened but grounded kind of day.
Brynne’s Vegan Egg Salad
1 cup dry or 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
½ teaspoon salt
Slightly less than ¼ cup water
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
Edible flowers such as nasturtiums or pansies, cut or ripped into small pieces (optional)
For dry garbanzo beans, soak in water for 8 hours. Drain; cover with fresh water and gently boil until slightly soft, spooning off any white foam, approximately 1 hour.
Blend 1 cup cooked or canned garbanzos, mayonnaise, salt, and water in food processor until smooth, about 1 minute.
Add remaining garbanzos and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Fold in green onions, parsley, and flowers.
Serve on a thin rice cake for breakfast, or any way you typically eat egg salad—on bread, on an English muffin, or just in big spoonfuls by itself.
Brynne has spent much of her life exploring the depths of a mystical human existence both as a transpersonal psychotherapist and a resident of numerous countries around the world. Her stories, published on her blog and in a recently completed novel, are set all over the world in places that have deeply enchanted her. Her hope is that her writing reflects such a life—one lived with meaning and soulful connection. Find her on Facebook at BrynneBetz.writer or on Twitter at @presenceofmagic.
Coming Up Next Week…
Next week we’re going to make our homes a little more magical with tips for working magic throughout your day, plus enchanting indoor plant soil.
See you then!