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Many ascended masters will tell you that you need to become a vegetarian before reaching Oneness. Or any type of spiritual ascension.
Some will put other conditions, such as do not kill, do not take poisonous substances such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pornography or violent films etc.. And also many will tell you not to fool around if you are in a marriage or long term relationship.
Is this true? Will you not reach enlightenment and Ascension to Oneness if you carry on eating steak, drinking wine and sleeping with your neighbor's spouse?
Well, the moral conditions are there due to our personal sense of right and wrong. If we do wrong, we feel guilty, if we feel guilty we are not in a place of core center. And if we hurt others, then we will not feel good about it. Lying is actually very destroying to the lair's soul. Nothing good ever comes of it. Being completely and utterly true to yourself is always the best option.
Of course, if you already were unfaithful, being true to yourself doesn't mean running to your spouse and spilling the beans. Unless they ask you directly, don't hurt them. Of course if they ask you, then tell them the truth. And if you don't see anything wrong with being unfaithful, it will not affect you.
Eating meat is actually not essential. It does have a ton of toxins these days due to mass production, and does keep you down. So does a lot of refined sugar for that matter. As well as garlic and onion.
This does not mean you cannot achieve a state of Oneness if you carry on eating all these things. It does mean your journey will be long and arduous. More arduous than if you got rid of toxins of mind and body.
At a certain point you will find that all these things are irrelevant. Eating habits, moral habits, toxins, they can all be bypassed. But it takes a very strong spirit.
Personally speaking, I am not that strong. I had to detoxify and stop eating onion and garlic, stop drinking alcohol, cut down on sugar, caffeine, meat and chocolate.
Now, this is all to do with the body. The body houses our spirit and our ego is very close to it. The fastest and best way the ego has to put a stop to, what it thinks, is its retirement, is to make the body sick.
At the end of the day, to protect our body and make our journey a safe and fast one, it is recommendable to delete toxins of all kinds from our environment. This is an impossible task, so we have to simply eliminate what we can.
Eating fresh, local, organic fruits, vegetables, milk products, eggs and meats and no toxins does make your Ascension work easier. But that is all it does.
All this talk about how killing animals to eat them adds to your karma and how alcohol is the Devil's drink are simply ways to get the message across.
Yes, a lion does eat other animals, but you won't find a lion meditating to achieve enlightenment and ascension ;)
In short, yeah, all these ascended masters are onto something here.
If you do decide to detoxify, the rate you do it at is entirely up to you. I cannot recommend you do it all at once because most of us would suffer if we did that. If you are totally decided on this, then go ahead and do it. Otherwise take baby steps. Cut one item per week and give yourself six months to see if it makes any difference to you.
The toxins that are bad for me are the following and in order of worse to not so bad:
Chocolate (probably due to all that refined sugar in it)
Go ahead and try them too.
After some research, I came across the biofeedback studies by Dr. James V. Hardt. In his book, "The art of Smart Thinking" he explains how he discovered that garlic and onion affect the energies on the right and left brain hemispheres, separating them (when meditating, we unite them). Refined sugar yielded similar results, but this time with the entire body.
Another way to go is to use some sort of divination tool, like a pendulum, and use it on the items before you decide to eat them. But if you do this, you cannot have an attachment to the answer.
We eat food in order to absorb energy. Our bodies are equipped to digest a variety of foods, including fruits and meats (we have K9s), but not green leaves. Does this mean we stop eating green leaves? No.
Around the world there are people eating all sorts of different diets, none are right or wrong. At the end of the day, your best Ascension diet will be that one which is compatible with you and you alone. This will have to do with your cultural beliefs, what you personally think is right or wrong, how your body deals with human added toxins in the food and the weather environment you are in.