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What IS Mana?

Post by Mystical Maven on Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:45 pm

There are a lot of differing ideas about what mana is, the most popular definition is that it was food from heaven that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert. There are also various types of food that are considered Manna, from coriander seeds to psychedelic mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis) to name just a couple of examples.

By extension "manna" has been used to refer to any divine or spiritual nourishment and that is a little closer to what I mean for the purposes of this site.

Mana is an indigenous Pacific islander concept of an impersonal force (false ego) or quality that resides in people, animals, and inanimate objects. The word is a cognate in many Oceanic languages, including Melanesian, Polynesian, and Micronesian.

In anthropological discourse, mana as a generalized concept is often understood as a precursor to formal religion. It has commonly been interpreted as "the stuff of which magic is formed," as well as the substance of which souls are made.

Modern fantasy fiction, computer and role-playing games have adopted mana as a term for magic points, an expendable (and most often rechargeable) resource out of which magic users form their magical spells.

Clearly, there are a number of ways to look at mana. I believe that while I groove on the concept of feeding myself spiritually I also believe that there is a link to how receptive we are to spiritual growth and what we put into our bodies.

I have seen extremes of diet and I know that this subject can be a touchy one for purists but I know that too much of anything can be...well...too much, and things NOT in balance tend to crash.

This area of the site is meant to encourage feeding the body and the spirit in a healthy and balanced way. Also, discussions regarding how big a role, if any, a good diet plays in spiritual growth.

Just as a side note, if anyone has healthy recipes they would like to share, they are welcome to do so, and thank you!



Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manna
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana
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