“Being Connected to all Life” – Realizing that the whole universe is interconnected and that we are a manifestation of One Source
This meeting is sponsored by VegCurious Petaluma. “At VegCurious, our mission is to help educate people on the ethical, environmental and health benefits of adopting a plant based lifestyle. We host a free presentation the last Wednesday of every month at the Seed Bank in Petaluma that feature a range of speakers, food samples and raffle prizes. We aim to provide a place for sharing knowledge, support and community.”
Bio: Ted Nordquist received his PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden and taught Religious History at the Religious History Institute, Uppsala, Sweden between 1975-1984. During this time he founded Sweden’s first tofu factory in 1980 and later Sweden’s first soy frozen dessert in 1989 which continues to be sold in Scandinavia and England under the brand name Tofu-Line. In 1994 Ted and his Swedish family moved to California and started Silk Soymilk in 1996 and later WholeSoy yogurts in 1998. Today, Ted works as a consultant developing non-dairy yogurts and on occasion holds talks at the Cultural Integration Fellowship and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Ted practiced a very loose vegetarian diet until he met Will Tuttle in 2015. After listening to Will’s lecture and reading his book The World Peace Diet, Ted turned to a strict vegan diet eliminating all animal foods.
We all have a “story” that we identify with day after day that we have learned and programmed into our consciousness from birth. I have my story as everyone lives and acts out their story. In addition, we have a subconscious program that affects our behavior, feelings and emotions which we have very little control over. A fundamental aspect of our story here in the United States is consuming animal products. We were brought up assuming that these foods and products were healthy and necessary. This acceptance of animal foods and products has become part of our collective unconscious. Our culture supports the killing and suffering caused by our eating habits.
Today we know that animal foods and products are not necessary for a healthy sustainable life. Yes, the Inuit people of Arctic Canada are not vegan and will probably not ever be vegan as long as they live in the arctic regions. But they consume fish and animals only to sustain their way of life. They do not herd and kill animals beyond their own needs. We in the United States feed over 80 percent of our grains to animals, poultry and fish. There is not one wild Atlantic Salmon left. This practice of raising and consuming animals, poultry and fish for food is not healthy and it is not sustainable.
Everything that we experience is a manifestation of One Creative Source. Consciousness manifests us as human beings in the present moment. We are all born with pure awareness, day by day learning how to function in life via language and behavior. We are taught what is good and what is not good over time. As we mature we “identify” with all that we have learned “to be ourselves”. We have a name, where we were born, our family and what we do to make a living. We have things we like and things we do not like, things that make us happy and certain things that we complain about. Ted’s talk is about sharing our experience together to explore how we can evolve into conscious beings that experience and manifest love, kindness and a nurturing behavior towards all beings and all aspects of this planet and this universe. This is the message Will Tuttle and his wife Madeline are taking to people all over the world today.