Our Purpose and Our Passion…
is exploring the many foundations of wellness, and sharing the best insights with others. From the intimate microcosms of infant-parent bonding and the nourishment we take in to our bodies; to the vast macrocosm of our relationship to the natural world, the journey to wellness is truly multi-dimensional. Radiant Life Company counts itself as part of an emerging movement dedicated to not just surviving, but thriving during the transformational shifts of this era. Here is our “Top 7” list for supporting radiant wellness:
1. Traditional Foods
Never before have there been more dietary philosophies and divergent health perspectives clamoring for our attention. From vegetarianism to veganism; from high-carb and low-fat philosophies to the Atkins diet; from the Zone diet to the South Beach diet, everyone seems to have found “the truth” about nutrition. There is, however, one approach that offers a real light in the darkness. “Native nutrition” (our indigenous food wisdom), reintroduced to the West by the breakthrough research of Dr. Weston Price, is an antidote for the confusion! The key is questioning most of the modern “experts” and learning from the example of our healthy ancestors.
Though we once held a reverence for our forebears’ wisdom, we have collectively been seduced into the promises of technology and modern fads that come and go. It is a poor bargain: as Dr. Weston Price and a century of anthropology and archaeology show, “non-civilized” hunter-gatherers lived robust, disease-free lives and were generally taller and stronger than we are today, often with extraordinary physical and supra-physical senses and abilities. Basing our diets on the ancient dietary wisdom of traditional peoples is far wiser than following the latest dietary trends and corporate-sponsored studies. What is at stake is far beyond whether we can reach our ideal weight! Indeed, what we face is whether we will continue to reproduce as a species, or have any chance of realizing our magnificent genetic potential for wellbeing. For an introduction to the wise traditions of our healthy ancestors and Dr. Price’s brilliant discoveries, see Traditional Wisdom.
- Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon
- Real Food for Mother and Baby, by Nina Planck
- The Liberation Diet, by Kevin Brown and Annette Presley
- The Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson
- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price
- Healthy Traditional Diets, (4 CD set) with Sally Fallon
2. Coming Clean: Navigating Our Toxic World
The 20th century saw a proliferation of toxicity in every area of our lives: our food, our water, our air, the materials used in building our homes, the metals put into our mouths, the electro-smog of cell phones and towers, etcetera, etcetera! Fortunately there is a renaissance of truly non-toxic, green alternatives, and increasing awareness of how to detoxify and restore our body’s balance. The most important starting place is taking control of our personal environments: our bodies and our living spaces.
We recommend, above all else, to settle for nothing less than pure and bio-compatible drinking water, to use non-toxic home products, and to learn how to detoxify our “inner ecology,” restoring our body’s self-healing mechanisms to cope in this toxic age.
Support for Coming Clean:
- 14-Stage Biocompatible Water Purification System
- Radical Medicine: Profound Intervention in a Profoundly Toxic Age, by Dr. Louisa Williams
3. Cellular Fitness
It is no secret that radiant well-being ultimately comes down to vitality on a cellular level. However, what is less understood is that even with the best diet our cells can degenerate in their own waste if we fail to revitalize them with movement and breath.
First, imagine an exercise that supports cardiovascular health; tones and strengthens your muscles, joints, bones, and organs (every one of the trillion cells in your body!); oxygenates the blood; and gently detoxifies the cells via the lymph. All this and it energizes, not depletes you! Rebounding on a Cellerciser is one of the greatest examples of appropriate technology we have ever seen. Offering more extraordinary benefits than any other exercise, it’s the ticket to toned muscles, radiant clear skin, bright eyes, shiny hair, and vibrant energy. Supplement your other exercises with rebounding, or do only this and stay in shape! We recommend that whatever form of exercise you choose, find something that is FUN and makes you feel ALIVE. Cellercising is very fun with great dance music.
- The Cellerciser - Strength and radiant wellness in 10 minutes a day!
- Looking Good, Feeling Great, by Karol Kuhn Truman
- Radiant – Yes. . . But Inflamed – Never!
Second, there is one vital bodily process that underlies all others: our breath. The quality of our breath determines the quality of our muscles’ performance, our energy level, our digestive efficiency, our mental powers, and our resistance to disease.
Unfortunately, it is all too common for people to experience low oxygenation due to shallow chest breathing. The consequences of this are vast – in addition to under-assimilation of nutrients from food, and under-assimilation of oxygen and life force from air, shallow breathing leads to the under-elimination of toxins from our blood.
One way to begin to reverse this all-too-common pattern is to take five minutes a day out of your busy schedule, and relax, breathing slowly and deeply, filling your abdomen first, then the lungs, and reverse, matching the inhale time to exhale time. Learn more by referring to the following article: Our Radiant Breath: The Ultimate Life-Enhancement Tool. Also, breathing fully with awareness when Cellercising turbo-charges your body’s ability to detoxify through the lymph.
4. Mind-Body Wellness
Our radiance depends on the union of mind, body and spirit. Older cultures, especially in the East, recognized a dynamic interplay between the physical body and the more subtle energetic levels of our being, including our emotions. Imbalance in one area can lead to problems in another, and vice versa. The Chinese discovered thousands of years ago that there are subtle energy channels in our body called meridians which form the basis of their ancient science of acupuncture. Meridians are our body’s “energy bloodstream,” carrying energy to every organ and physiological system. Stimulating points on these energy channels can release or redistribute energy, bringing vital healing to the body.
Wise cultures have known for ages what we are just beginning to realize: that the causal flow of health and disease is primarily from the more subtle to the less subtle—in other words, traumas and imbalances in the mind and emotions and energetic body, if repressed or otherwise not addressed, lead to physical maladies. Fortunately we in the West are quickly catching on, with an explosion of research and rediscovery of our ancient healing roots.
- The Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson
- The Fourfold Path to Healing, by Thomas S. Cowan, M.D.
- The Perfect Health Diet, by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D.
5. Radiant Children
Of all the things we can do to support radiant health, consciously planning for our children is one of the most profound and far-reaching. As we know from Dr. Price’s discoveries, the potential for well- being over the course of our life is to a great extent determined before conception by our parents’ nutritional preparations. Additionally, awareness is growing about the importance of parental belief systems and psychological/emotional well-being before and during pregnancy. Parents can learn the subtle language of their babies before they can talk, discover how to bond with their little ones in the deepest ways, become aware of the problems with vaccinations and circumcision, and create educational environments for children that support their unfolding most optimally. Some extraordinary resources that will open new doors:
- Real Food for Mother & Baby, by Nina Planck
- Healing Our Children, by Rami Nagel
- The Truth About Children's Health by Robert Bernardini
- A Compromised Generation, by Beth Lambert
6. Sustainability and Community
Ours is a “young culture,” and we face many challenges of our own making. The great question of our time is whether we can develop wisdom and practical solutions before we destroy the conditions for life on Earth. Fortunately there is a renaissance underway of practical and visionary solutions to the challenges we face, and this renaissance is gaining steam! We each have the opportunity and imperative to enact these solutions, withdrawing our roles in the crises we have collectively created.
Explore permaculture and ecovillages, learn to grow food and farm sustainably, support local economies and food systems, learn about peak oil, use or start a local currency, bank at a local, responsible financial institution, and help create a shift toward a sane and viable future.
Meat A Benign Extravagance, by Simon Fairlie is a wonderful starting place to size up the incredible shifts happening in our world and the most effective steps we each can take toward a sustainable, livable future. We also highly recommend The Vegetarian Myth, by Lierre Keith and The Dirty Life On Farming, Food and Love, by Kristen Kimball.
7. Connecting with Earth
Our ancestors depended on a sacred communion with Earth, which we have mostly relinquished for an artificial world. We spend well over 90% of our time indoors, divided between our houses, our cars, and our workplaces. Weeks or months can go by where we don’t touch the Earth; where we don’t pay attention to the migrating birds, the changing constellations, the phases of the moon, or the turning of the seasons. Reconnecting with the natural world, which gives and sustains all our lives, offers our deepest and clearest route to wholeness and well-being.
Connecting with nature can happen in so many ways: by sitting in the sun for 20 minutes a day; by walking slowly on grass barefoot (Learn more by referring to the following article: The Radiant Earth - Our Ancient Healer or view a PDF, The Radiant Earth - Our Ancient Healer and by reading Earthing - The most important health discovery ever?); by going for hikes in beautiful places; by camping; by getting to know where our food comes from and eating slowly and chewing well; by using a telescope to explore the wonders of the night sky. We begin to experience firsthand that nature’s rhythms and frequencies offer an antidote to the artificial and arbitrary cycles of modern society. Spend a night in a cabin without electricity, far from cell phone towers, with only wood heat and notice how different your sleep is. Research has found that after a period of time in wilderness, our brainwaves begin to match those of experienced meditators! Nature is our greatest teacher, healer, and transformer.
One last important note: indigenous peoples are not just ancient and long gone. Millions of direct descendants of indigenous peoples still strive to live in traditional ways, on their original lands, speaking their native language. Millions more are trying to live in our materialistic modern society while retaining their ancestral roots. In addition to the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation, we urge you to support the important work of organizations which work toward the preservation of traditional peoples and traditional wisdom on traditional lands. Given the long history of indigenous peoples’ displacement and the unjust appropriation of native lands, supporting the cultural continuity of remaining groups is one important step toward rectifying the ills of the past. And, as we in the “developed” world increasingly seek to create a sustainable society in harmony with nature, it will be increasingly invaluable to be able to learn from living descendants of indigenous cultures who are gracious enough to share their knowledge with us. Organizations like these are doing the work that will make this possible.
- The Weston A. Price Foundation: Pioneering public health organization dedicated to bringing Dr. Weston Price’s nutritional research to bear on the massive confusion and preventable health crises of our time.
- The Cultural Conservancy: Native American organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of indigenous cultures and their ancestral lands.
- The Pachamama Alliance: Supporting Amazon tribespeople in preserving and regaining land, helping awaken Westerners to traditional wisdom and insights for our time.
- Cultural Survival: Promoting the rights, voices and visions of indigenous peoples around the world.