This stress is going to make you ill and shorten your life if you are
not doing anything substantial to address it. The stress can block you
from spiritual growth as well. Nevertheless, I think that you can actually live here in the city as an enlightened being. Additional challenges
can in some sense be good for us. As a result, we grow as human beings. Living in a city almost REQUIRES us to take adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us to handle stress more
efficiently, with less effort and less wear-and-tear on the body and
mind. With the right perspective, the right lifestyle, the right attitude,
and the right tools, like yoga and the tonic herbs, we cannot only
survive in the city, but thrive in it and live enlightened lives.
Tonic herbs are even more important in the city as we are exposed to
unnatural chemicals and many sources of radiation which will have a
negative effect on us even if we live well in LA. This is why it is important that every morning when we wake up and every evening when
we go to bed, we take a dose of tonic herbs. They are going to help
our bodies and immune system to adjust and to find those chemicals
and radioactive particles and remove them from the body.
I will give you an example: The herb Schizandra is one of my favorites. It protects the liver but it doesn’t do it by cleansing the liver
harshly. There are famous substances that cleanse the liver, like the
medicinal herb milk thistle, but they are harsh on the body because
they do not fully eliminate the liver toxins from the body. The toxins are dredged from the liver into the bloodstream where they are
mostly reabsorbed. This incomplete detoxification is actually harmful and is the cause of much of the discomfort people feel when they
go through detoxification programs.
When you take Schizandra, however, it binds to the chemicals in the
liver, removes them from the liver, and then remains bound to the
toxins until they are eliminated from the body through urination
It is heartening to know that it is possible to be healthy
or to reach enlightenment living in LA, and that there are
certain plants that support us in this pursuit.
We are in a golden era for many reasons. I hope people don't lose
appreciation and consideration for the way things are now. Twenty
years ago, these tonic herbs were not available and there were no
guarantees about the quality of what was available.
These days, there is a lot of stuff around that isn't great quality, but if
you do a little bit of research, you can live at the highest level when it
comes to health. We can buy pure fibers in our clothing, we can live
in houses that are protected from radiation, we can have access to
organic food, and we can find tonic herbs from remote places, which
in the past only an emperor could have gotten. I think it’s worthy of
a prayer of thanks for being able to live in this amazing era, when we
can obtain wild Schizandra from the top of a volcano hundreds of
miles away from pollution and Goji berries grown on glacier melt.
We live in an amazing era; it is all here now.
Since there is so much available to us, the challenge is
sorting quantity from quality. How would you recommend
finding a high quality substance?
I think the most important thing is to learn about your source or
your supplier. At the end of the day, you want to get things from true
believers with experience, who live their lives loving what they are
doing and the herbs they are distributing. That is how I buy my herbs.
I buy from farmers, villages, or mountaintop people who grow these
things because it has been in their tradition for thousands of years. I
love these herbs so much that it’s simply not in me to sell something
that has chemicals in it.
In the Chinese grading system, the highest-grade Ginseng isn't so
because it tastes the best or looks the best. It is because it has the
most Qi. The ratings are based on thousands of years of knowledge. These Ginseng roots from this particular valley or that specific
mountaintop have more Qi. When an herbal connoisseur or sensitive yogi tastes it, they can tell -- this has more Qi or Shen. When you
buy reishi, you are paying for the Shen, you are obtaining a treasure
for your being. The best herbs do cost more and they are worth it.
Know your source and buy the best you can get. You will learn fast
and you will be able to feel the herbs too. Many people will take
WE ARE IN THE GOLDEN ERA...WE CAN
FIND TONIC HERBS FROM REMOTE
PLACES WHICH IN THE PAST ONLY AN
EMPEROR COULD HAVE GOTTEN.