Baby Snap Pea
A baby snap pea plant from my garden. Photo by Rachel Andrews

What can I do?  How can I help?  The state of our FDA, Monsanto, Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, All-icides INSIDE seeds…  I’ve been meditating and educating myself lately on disobedience.  How do I honor the part of me screaming with anger at the choices the US government is making while also being authentic?  I’m not prone to passionate outbursts on any subject except food quality, so I figured that was my answer.  I am moderately educated on the subject and have enough gusto to follow through with any plan of action I decide to make.  Then it hit me – most people will not care.  They won’t believe the studies I quote, or the personal experiences I share, because there are so many false studies, cover-ups, brainwashing campaigns and no one trusts anyone anymore, especially strangers.

I have never been in the market of changing people’s minds anyway.  It feels invasive and only feeds my ego.  I am not sure why the subject of food safety turns me into a cheesed-off elephant, but when I followed through with a ‘change the world’ campaign in the past, all I did was alienate the people I loved by becoming completely obnoxious.  I knew that bombarding people with what should be loving information would fall on deaf ears, so I asked for a better answer.  What arrived makes perfect sense, and is something I’ve known for a long time, but conveniently forgot.

If we all took the responsibility of developing our intuition, we would have a pretty good truth finding system in place and we wouldn’t need to ‘take any one else’s word for it’ about what is good for us anymore.  We don’t need studies to tell us if something is harmful, we ask ourselves.  We don’t need to ask five of our friends if we should quit our job and move to Mexico, we ask ourselves.  You get the idea.  We become whole and we give ourselves the power of decision.  We tell ourselves that we are worthy of directing our own lives.

Think for a minute about how that would look.  If you knew for certain how your life would be, not based on the expectations of others, but by your own inner guidance, how would your life change? This is a huge question, and not one that can be answered all at once.  Life unfolds based on past decisions.  Start making some new ones and your life will change.

What most people clung to in the past was a false sense of security. That could have come from a seemingly stable job, house, family, etc..  Those things have been overwhelmingly proven to be anything but stable in recent history by war and its casualties, natural disasters, millions of foreclosed homes and millions more layoffs. Outer stability is an illusion.

This was a tough lesson to undergo for most residents of this country.  Change is the only predictable thing in life.  Learning this, and embracing it, is just another step towards freedom.  It means that the stakes of trusting yourself aren’t really that high.  It means that if you make a mistake, another option is waiting for you.  The more in tune with yourself you are, the more you can direct yourself towards situations that will bring you fulfillment.

Taking a chance on yourself does not mean sudden death.  Now is the time to internalize this because the pace of life is quickening.  You can invest in yourself or you can invest in the illusion.  It is your choice to make.  If you choose the latter, my only suggestion is that you check in with yourself and take note of how you feel.  If you are anxious without feeling vital, worried about money without an equal sense of contentment, stressed without feeling exhilarated, then ask yourself, what would I rather be doing?

But what is this thing that gets me to be adamant that food is a big issue? It’s pure Darwinian evolution theory. Survival of the fittest…literally. If you are killing yourself with your food, which is easy to do, then how do you expect to live a full and lustrous life? You can’t. And the sooner you understand that the federal government is backing “big agro” and buddying up with places like Taco Bell and Wendy’s to sell more cheese, the sooner you can leave them out of the picture when deciding what to eat and how to be healthy.