Life is perfect precisely because it presents challenges that shape us to become better versions of ourselves. My ex partner, friend, and rock, Rory, said to me “Edward, are you on brand”? Subtle, gentle and nurturing in his ways, I had to think about the question he posed. My therapist, Lee mentioned that this “Meet the Author” section had focussed on my past achievements, “Where did I see myself going in the next 30 years”? My clairvoyant, Michele mentioned too “Isn’t it time to change the look of your website, Edward”?
With Rory’s, Lee’s and Michele’s questioning, I started to look at the videos I had created, the people I had interviewed and the adventures I had to date.
Since becoming vegan just at the end of the Mayan calander on 21 December 2012, my life has changed dramatically beyond recognition. I see myself as a totally different entity. Becoming Chair of The Vegan Society, having had a mobile vegan catering van and serving up dishes at events, being invited to speak at Europe’s largest vegan festival, Veganes Sommerfest Berlin, speaking at the Bali Vegan Festival, undertaking cooking demonstrations at UK’s largest festival, Vegan Life Live and at Mind Body Spirit have all shaped me to become the person I am now. These achievements have led to a greater confidence in dealing with the outside world.
Part of gaining focus and clarity is to delete or toss aside all the stuff that is no longer serving us. This allows us to feel liberated and allows our dormant gifts to rise up, surface and flourish.
I see Ethivegan as having a much wider perspective. Earth has been birthing anew over the last few years with the energies intensifying on 21 December 2020 – with another wave of awakenings taking place. Humanity is awakening in its consciousness, becoming aware that all is not what it seems. As the Earth is increasing her vibrational frequency, so we are able to integrate more of the soul into the body. We are shifting and deepening our consciousness, appreciating that all our darkness and the wounds that lie within need to come to the surface to be examined, healed and then released. Such darkness and wounds have held humanity back.
Externally, we are seeing birthing pains in our realisation that we are all connected and that the external control systems no longer serve humanity. We realise our cognitive dissonance – our behaviours are not in alignment with our potential to become better versions of ourselves. As each of us takes responsibility for our own traumas and wounds, we reach a place of harmony. My internal world of harmony is merely a reflection of my outer harmonious world, which permits to be in the flow of creativity and live an abundant life doing all the stuff I love. Meditation and spending time in isolation helps me reach a place of balance, flow and achievement.
Spirituality plays a major part as to why I do what I do. Creating recipes is a way for me to go within, connect with Spirit and gather momentum in coming up with new dishes. Often I will ask myself, “What do I want to create”? – not knowing what I might create. Going into the flow of inspiration and manifesting a new dish. Being creative allows us to connect into our feminine aspects. This melds with the logical rationale masculine which leads to action. In oscillating between the feminine aspects of being and moving into our masculine aspects of action – we combine both skill sets and come to a place of balance and achievement.
Veganism is an expression of non-violence and connecting with all of life. Food is our medicine. Food is also information that we take in. In a world where cruelty is inflicted on animals leading to their ending on our plate, we need to appreciate in ingesting those animals we are ingesting their pain and suffering too. The impact of this is that it lowers our vibrational frequency. If our vibration is to remain high, we need to take care of the food that ingest into our bodies. Imagine the pain and suffering of factory farmed animals that have had a smaller life expectancy then they were ever meant to have, raised in solitary or close confinement only to be slaughtered.
As above, so as below. If we are causing harm to other sentient beings then this creates karma. If our humanity collectively causes harm to animals then that karma will manifest itself in our external world somehow. Karma must find a way to express itself. Such expression, could explain why humanity has had to face lockdowns. In being caged within the confines of our homes, not being able to connect with loved ones nor not feeling the touch and embrace of others, humanity is experiencing a taste of how factory farmed animals unable to roam and flourish freely might be feeling. It is a sobering thought to consider.
Change for the positive and higher timelines can only take place if we raise our consciousness. Raising our consciousness allows us to tap into the frequency of love. In treating others including animals with love and compassion, and allowing others to express themselves without judgement allows us then to move into the creative flow. Opportunities abound. Synchronicities take place exponentially. New experiences and timelines open to us where manifestation of our dreams become reality. Spirituality and not materialism leads to the feelings of happiness and bliss. Happiness can only happen once we deal with our traumas and wounds head and in the process extinguish them.
So, returning to brand – “What am I doing”? “And, where am I going”?
Looking back I can see that my recipes have vastly changed to when I first started this website back in 2013. I have experimented with ingredients – become more confident in exploring and creating raw and gluten-free food. My food styling skills have improved. I understand my camera better. I love being in front of the camera doing live cooking demonstrations and having guests on the show with me.
As to where I am heading, I want to manifest a vegan travel and cooking show – I’d like to continue meeting people that are just doing their own stuff, making the world a better place and showcasing how to make wonderful vegan food. And, have fun while doing it all.
Eventually, with the cooking show I do see myself having a food product range but to be honest, what such products might look like I don’t know.
My long term goal is to introduce spirituality into everyone’s life. I am really fortunate, to be able to do the things I want to – I trust Spirit to have my best interests to heart, and, yet I am the master of my ship. I can create and achieve anything I want if I put focus too it. And, being carefree and free-spirited allows me to move with the wind and when I have wanted to focus on something I do so with great intensity.
Imagine a life where we are able to manifest our ideas; our dreams.
Imagine a life where we are able to learn the lessons that affect our karma.
Imagine a life where we are able to create new realities – attracting new opportunities….
Of course, life can be challenging.
Of course, life can be hard.
But there is a way, don’t be afraid of using your personal power to achieve your goals.
So, I shall leave you there… Reach out to me if you would like to learn more, want lessons in vegan cooking, food styling, act as a photographer or teach further on spirituality. I am intending to offer retreats in 2022, so please contact me to express your interest.
P.S. More details of my other professional qualifications can be found on my Linked profile here.