The Human Crystal – Crystalline Properties of the Body

The following information is an excerpt from Dr. Cousens’ Spiritual Nutrition Book .

The Human Crystal – Crystalline Properties of the Body


The key to understanding the assimilation of energy into our physical structure is through the awareness of our bodies as a series of synchronous, interacting, crystal structures. The human body on this level is a linkage of oscillating solid and liquid crystals that form an overall energy pattern for the total body. Each organ, gland, nerve system, cell, and protein structure, even the tissue salts in the body, shows a level of organization with some degree of crystalline function. Marcel Vogel, the world-renowned crystal expert, has pointed out that the human energy field exists as an array of oscillating energy points that have a layered structure and a definite symmetry, and that these properties fulfill the definition of a normal crystal in material form.

Our bone structure has long been recognized as a solid crystal structure with piezoelectric properties. A piezoelectric effect is the creation of an electromagnetic field (EMF) pulse when a crystalline structure is physically stressed or pushed out of its normal shape. Although various esoteric traditions have implied that the pineal and pituitary glands have solid crystal structures, our skeletal bone structure is the only proven solid crystal structure in the body. As a solid crystal, it has the ability to convert vibrational energy, such as sound or light, into electromagnetic and electric energy. Crystals can absorb, store, amplify, transduce, and transmit these vibrational energies. Advanced vibrational researchers such as Glen Rein, M.D., have also shown that electromagnetic, subtle, psychic healing energies and crystal energies have similar biological effects on the body. Additional research by Dr. Rein indicates that psychic healing energies alter the measurable electromagnetic pattern of a crystal, suggesting that subtle energies can alter the physical structure of a crystal. His research suggests that subtle energies and electromagnetic energies can be converted, amplified, transduced, and transmitted by a crystal in a form of energy that has biological effects. These properties of a crystal play an important role in helping us develop a model of how the body as a complex crystalline structure helps to absorb energy from the cosmos and from our food, leading us to understand the need for a new nutritional paradigm – the Spiritual Nutrition paradigm.

Our crystalline bone structure, in general, acts as an antenna for all incoming and internal body vibratory energy and information, including direct thought form energy. It resonates with all levels of nutrient energy, which it either receives directly (music, singing, and chanting) or indirectly, through the EMFs transferred from the chakras as they step down the incoming virtual energy that has entered the system through the seven subtle bodies. The brain, nervous system, and heart also give off EMFs that resonate with our bone and other crystal-like structures. The crystalline bone structure then amplifies and radiates this energy and information to the rest of the system down to the cellular and subcellular crystalline structures. This is an important way that energy and information are transferred directly to all the cells throughout the body from the chakras, as well as through the pure cosmic energy-brain-nervous system linkage.

Dr. Glen Rein has proposed an additional system of how information and energy are directly transferred to the cells.3 This system is based on the fact that the cells are suspended in an extracellular matrix of macromolecular crystal-like connective tissue components. This matrix is filled with structured water, which also has crystal-like properties. The water in the extracellular system and the crystal-like matrix receive the resonant energy and information. In the process of receiving the incoming energy, the electrochemical formation of this matrix structure changes. This change is then transmitted as an electric current, sending energy and information throughout the whole system. This is a system that provides another pathway by which the resonating bone structure is able to send its biologically transduced, vibratory information directly to the whole cellular system. Although there are other crystal-like subsystems that resonantly take in and transmit energy, the bone structure,because it is the only solid crystal in the system, remains the main transducer.Its solid state enables it to hold memory patterns more permanently as stored EMF frequencies in the bone. Bone and spine traumas in particular, may be stored in the bone structure, and crystal healing is often very helpful for relieving these traumas. Marcel Vogel calls the bone the storehouse of the mind.4 Memories are also stored in the crystal-like structures of the deep connective tissue. This is the biomolecular basis for deep tissue therapies. The bones also vibrate in resonance with other vibratory sources like crystals, gems, mantras, chants, and music. We have all heard the saying “you can feel it in your bones.” This helps to explain the powerful effect of religious music like Gregorian chants and Yogic bhajans. As human crystalline systems, we resonate in total unity, harmony, and Love with the pulse of the cosmos.

The above information is an excerpt from Dr. Cousens’ Spiritual Nutrition Book .


Easy Holiday Raw Vegan Recipes!

‘Tis the season to get creative in the kitchen! Some people have a hard time trying to find a way to incorporate their vegan lifestyle with holiday baking… Well, we have taken a look and some really amazing Raw, Vegan, Holiday recipes and we have chosen a few of our favorites to share with you! Take a look at some of these really great holiday recipes that are so simple for you to try at home!

Hot Chocolate Mix!


Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate after a day out in the snow or after doing some holiday shopping? This hot chocolate mix is so incredibly simple and is so much fun to make! Make a couple jars for you and your family and even share some as gifts!


2 cups raw cacao powder

1 3/4 cup vegan coconut sugar

Seeds of 1 vanilla bean

1/4 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan pink salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. For gifting, scoop mixture into individual jars and store for up to three weeks in a cool, dry place.
  2. Serving instructions: Add 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to a cup of raw almond milk, whisk together, and heat till warm. You can add a little extra mix to make the hot cocoa more intense. Enjoy! Makes 3 3/4 cups.

Easy, Raw Apple Crumble

Here’s a treat your family and friends will LOVE! You can always go RIGHT with healthy fruit crumble!

Raw Crumble Topping
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted, packed dates
1/3 cup ground raw oat groats
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder
Pinch of sea salt
In a food processor, grind all ingredients together into a crumbly, yet moist texture.
If you want the mixture to press together a bit better, add 1-2 teaspoons of water.
Evenly spread the crumble over the filling.
 Apple Filling
6 large apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Splash of lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt
In a food processor pulse 4 of the apples into small chunks and transfer to a mixing bowl.
Process the remaining 2 apples with the dates, cinnamon and salt, until smooth (like applesauce).
Mix both together and spread into the bottom of a 9×9″ pan. Sprinkle the crumble on top.
*For a parfait like the photo above, simply layer the filing and crumble.
Raw Vegan Spinach Manicotti


There are ways to mimic spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, pizza, you name it—all using veggies, nuts and seeds.  This manicotti is an impressive gluten-free and vegan dish that is a great way to introduce newbies to raw food.  This makes quite a bit, so share the raw food love with family & friends!
For the Noodles:
4 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling:
2 cups of sunflower seeds
½ cup water
½ cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
8 cups spinach
½ cup parsley
1½ tablespoons Italian Seasoning
For the Herb Tomato Sauce:
3 cups of sundried tomatoes, measured after soaking (3-4 hours)
1 cup water
1 medium tomato, chopped
¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons rosemary
2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon fennel seed
½-1 teaspoon salt, only if your sun-dried tomatoes are unsalted
2 tablespoons hemp seed, for garnish, if desired


Advanced Prep

  1. Soak 2 cups of sunflower seeds in pure water for 4-6 hours.  Drain and rinse.
  2. In a separate bowl, soak 2 cups of sundried tomatoes in pure water for 4 hours or longer.  Drain

For the Noodles

  1. Cut off both ends of each zucchini.  Using a mandoline, slice the zucchini the long way so that you have long, wide noodles.  If a mandoline is not available, use a knife, cutting as thinly as possible.
  2. Place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss very gently.

For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine sunflower seeds, water, lemon, garlic and salt.
  2. Blend well until smooth.  Scrape into a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor, process the spinach and parsley in batches until chopped but not puréed.  Alternately, chop finely by hand.  Pour into the bowl with the sunflower cheese.
  4. Add Italian seasoning and mix well.

For the Herby Tomato Sauce

  1. To assemble, arrange 4 zucchini noodles horizontally on a cutting board, slightly overlapping one over the next by about ½”.
  2. Place ¼ cup of the spinach & sunflower cheese filling in the center and spread so that it covers the front to the back and about 1” in width.
  3. Roll the zucchini from left to right to create a filled manicotti.
  4. Place two manicotti on a plate and top with ¼ cup of tomato sauce.
  5. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of hemp seeds and/or Italian seasoning.

Now… after looking at all these wonderful creations, ask yourself “Is being vegan really that hard?” It actually looks pretty simple…and delicious! Common’, apple crumble… manicotti…YUM! Give it a try…. we want to see what Raw, Vegan Holiday creations that you come up with! Whip up your favorite holiday treats, take a photo and then tweet them using the hash tag #upayaveganholidaytreats. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The Challenge of Intimacy – by Gabriel Cousens, MD


There are three terms that we will be speaking about. These are love, intimacy, and marriage.

Let’s start with Love. To fully love, one has to actually be in the space of I-Am- ness, which naturally creates a space of independent existence for the other. Love is the perception that allows you to see the inner beauty of the other. Love is the perception that allows you to create the space for the other to be their raw, naked authenticity. Love allows us to be seen in the unique truth of who we are. The process of love creates a space for people to, in essence, manifest for each other their wild female and wild male. Love can be experienced as a quality of the erotic perception. We are talking about Eros by contrast to sexuality. Eros is the subtle play and the experience of the cosmic Shakti on the physical plane. Love in that way is a subtle romantic polarity of the male and female essences where they are both polar and one. Love is a little different in that it doesn’t require intimacy or marriage. Love is a state of being in which you experience your own non-causal love and sharing it with the other; however, this is not necessarily limited to the context of an intimate relationship.

Intimacy, on the other hand, is a commitment over time to a durable, safe, passionate, openhearted relationship as a spiritual path. Here again the male and female energies become one and are complementary. The key to intimacy is “enduring over time” and creating a safe space for people to move into the unknown and, in essence, to face their angels and demons in the process of relationship. Love is more general and cosmic. Intimacy is about the mystery of relationship.

The third category is marriage. There are subtle differences between marriage and intimacy. Marriage is a contract. In the Jewish tradition we call the wedding a Ketubah, which means marriage contract; this is more formal. I have advised for years that couples do not get a state marriage license. Why is this? Because marriage has nothing to do with the government. Traditionally, government is not part of marriage. Anyone can make a covenant or a contract with each other. One limits the relationship if you need the state to okay it. Marriage, as a spiritual path, is outside the realm and control of the government. In addition to it being a relationship contract, in most cases, it also involves an indirect contract for procreation if the couple is marrying in their fertile years. Marriage is also about creating a family as part of the spiritual path. Marriage at it’s optimal includes both love and intimacy but, despite common use of these words, they are really not one and the same.

With intimacy we are talking about tuning into the truth of who we are. This is not something easy. The challenge of intimacy is the final frontier. We have the purifying opportunity to examine our family of origin issues and our personal psychological issues and spiritual issues that come up in the process. This is why there is a natural resistance to intimacy and why intimacy may be part of marriage, but can exist separate from it. The art of intimacy is the art of how to overcome the resistance to intimacy.

We’ve heard people say that love is overcoming fear, however this is not really the case. What we are talking about it that love empowers you to live with your fear, so that you can move beyond it. Intimacy is about creating a safe space so that you and the beloved other can blossom in spite of the fear. This also means that intimacy also has bottom lines rather than the notion that anything goes, as in “unconditional”. Intimacy requires safety, which gives the space to blossom into your sacred unique expression of Self. Safety requires bottom lines that you agree not to cross, so that people can feel safe. It is also an enduring, passionate open-heartedness. Intimacy means keeping your heart open no matter what; that creates a safe space as well as a certain amount of consciousness. The path of intimate love is a great spiritual path. It is a path of liberation that is tantric. This approach differs from how Tantra is used in America, as sophisticated sexual practices. In the deeper Tantra that we know in Kashmir Shaivism the sexual practices are actually only a very small part of a bigger picture. It is more the Eros of how you are in relationship with the Divine, which is not necessarily sexual. In is more about passionate Eros in the broader sense and about the play of the complementary with the polarity.

There is a need for some polarity in a relationship otherwise there is no art, no passion, and no Eros. Eros is different than sexuality. It is a subtler divine energetic concept. For a relationship to be a long-term, enduring, loving relationship there needs to be an arc of polarity, which is Eros-activating. The other aspect of that polarity is the mystical teaching in Genesis 1:27, where the Adam became the he-Adam and the she- Adam. They became separate, and then there is a divine merging back into the oneness. We have this polarity and intimacy creates an alchemical container where the two may fuse back into the one. We also see this polarity in the Yogic tradition with the models of Shiva and Shakti and with Krishna and Rhadha. In many traditions we see this male and female divine dynamic. There is no court of law that can alter these cosmic principles, even in light of popular trends. This male-female dynamic can also be present in a gay or lesbian relationship. Intimacy is not exclusive to a heterosexual relationship. We are talking about intimacy at cosmic levels.

Intimacy is the biggest resistance in relationship. Everyone wants intimacy and yet there is in resistance to it. There are fears of family of origin experiences; one’s intra- psychic issues; as well as past life experiences. We often don’t want to go back into negative experiences, whether we are conscious of this or unconscious of this. The willingness to surrender takes a higher level of consciousness. People are often very addicted to their own egos. Intimacy takes us to surrendering to each other and to the alchemical oneness. If we are too attached to the ego, we cannot really have much intimacy. In our society today, intimacy is not really emphasized. In our movies and television programs we see people having sex on the first date, so to speak. What does this tell us? There is no value placed on romantic, enduring intimacy. This value is being lost. This is a sad commentary on the ability to be in relationship. The ability to be truly intimate requires the maturity to be in relationship. This is very similar to how not everyone is at the place of maturity where there is readiness to have a spiritual teacher. The teacher-student relationship also requires a certain level of surrender and interplay. Another fear is that of loosing yourself, or being swallowed up. This is also about having healthy boundaries. It is not about being rigid but about being in control of when you let go into the oneness.

How do we move through the resistance to intimacy? How do we get unstuck and keep the energy flowing? One way is by staying present rather than bringing up things from the past. By keeping the other in the past, we are not allowing them or ourselves to grow. We are keeping them in a preconceived mold. You’ve got to be open and to forgive and to let go. Bringing in humor and having fun is a good way to change a situation. Many people do not want to invest the time that long-term relationship takes. We live in a culture where everything is quick and disposable, including relationships. This does not build depth, character, or intimacy. You don’t get to really grow because you are in avoidance. It bears repeating that in order to stop avoiding the issues and to really grow, we do need to be in a relationship where there is emotional safety. You need to know that you can share who you are without being attacked. It is important to see and to be seen – to know the spark of the Divine within.

To have this quality of relationship, you have to schedule time to be together. Just as you schedule time for everything else, date night needs to be scheduled as well. Otherwise, the world will take it. In relationship you need time, energy, and space for intimacy to unfold. You need to make sure that you are not both working so hard that when you do have not both exhausted and do not have energy for one another. Setting aside the space, includes having a babysitter for the children if you are parents. If you don’t make time for the relationship, it will fall apart. People often use time, energy, and space in the other way, which is to avoid each other. Consciously or unconsciously managing time, space, and energy can be an anti-intimacy or pro-intimacy strategy. Time, space, and energy create the space to give meaning, value, love, and spirit to the relationship. You need a balance of time to yourself, time with each other, and family time.

This is really a new paradigm. In the past we had the goddess/matriarch culture then we moved into a patriarch paradigm. This is the time for the male and the female to come together into the complementary oneness. It is the time to move out of division and for the two to share their complementary gifts.

In summary, positive strategies of intimacy include:

Seeing the face of God within the other and keeping your mind on that; this means holding of a positive view of the other.
Forgiveness – not holding on to things. When there is a lack of forgiveness a person is keeping the separation going and binding the relationship to the past.
Holding the bigger picture that intimacy is a spiritual path. This gives us the perspective that whatever comes up is a part of the spiritual process together. We know what we are doing here. We have an overview. Within this we know our own oneness. When you don’t know this, it is very easy to have a codependent relationship. For healthy interdependence you have to be in touch with your own essence and clarity for intimacy to really work.
One clarification that is important to make is the difference between non- attachment and detachment. One can think they are practicing non-attachment when they are really detached. Detachment is separation. What I am talking about is seeing the face of God in the other, and celebrating and honoring that face. One does that equally. This is equal vision. The key is maintaining that equal vision, seeing the face of God in all people, and certainly within your partner. Remembering this at all times, and even in the difficult times, is a challenging key to sustaining intimacy. This does take some work. People often don’t put the necessary work in and yet wonder what the problem is. A thoughtful, consistent, spiritual effort is needed to maintain and evolve a relationship. It doesn’t happen by itself.

May everyone who chooses this spiritual path be successful.

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD

Holiday Nog – an absolute favourite for family and friends.

Holiday Nog

Perfect for the holidays, this rich and frothy blend of nuts will be an absolute favorite for family and friends.



2 C. Almonds*

1 C. Pine Nuts*

3 Medjool Dates*

1/2 tsp Cinnamon*

1/2 tsp Nutmeg*

1 Tbsp Vanilla*


First you will need to make your two separate batches of nut milk.

Combine 2 cups of almonds with 2 cups of water, blend and strain through a nut bag.

Next combine 1 cup of pine nuts with 1 cup water, blend and strain through a nut bag.

Combine both nut milks in a blender, add 3 Medjool Dates, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, and 1 Tbsp Vanilla.

Blend and serve!

Note: This is a thicker and richer  recipe than our regular nut milk, you can use stevia  in place of the dates if you want a sugar free recipe.

*ingredients available at

Thanks to the Kitchen Crew at Hippocrates Health Institute for this fabulous recipe.