I wrote this is 2004. That was eleven years ago. I think it is as relevant today as it was then.
As you know I was up in Washington a few weeks ago at a tribal gathering of the
Lummi Nation. This week I have just come home from White Earth, which is the home of the Annishinabe people, also known as Ojibwes and Chippawa. I had been invited and gone to speak about our work. But something happened while I was there. The experience of being in the culture moved me deeply.
The nations have a *people* who have been connected and
share a heritage and culture and land. American white people do not have a people in this way. Most of my life I have thought about my family history and how it shaped me.
But when I was with the native people, I thought about our community in a different way. We come together because we share a biochemistry. We have a *family* of shared experience; the
pain of being outside, of not being understood, of trying to make sense of things and feeling that we cannot find our way.
We come here, and something happens. It is not obvious right away. It feels comfortable and welcoming, but we don't realize that something is changing - some sort of rooting in our healing. When I sign books, I often write *Let
radiance wrap you and hold you*...this is something I mean and something I have experienced. But the meaning of that idea, of this as radiance wrapping our people, is bigger than any of us imagined.
Listen to Ted. His letter is like thousands I get each year. This is your community, your healing. And every day I give thanks to the creator for
Hi all, my name is ted... and I'm not new to this program, only this part of it. For me this program is not about God, it's not about why it took 64 yrs to get here, or the horrible pain I've endured over the years. It's about getting another chance to get it right. It's all about the food. If I get the food right my life will unfold the way it
was supposed to.
By doing the food my mind is clearing, the mental pain has stopped and my knees have stopped burning. I don't know why I'm here now, with you all, or why it took so long for me to find out what was wrong with me. I'm here now and that's all that matters. After 50+ yrs of knowing something was wrong with me I
finally have the answer. I never stopped searching, not ever.
I went to AA and got sober, I went to Christian crusades and got saved, and I tried every diet and self help program I could get my hands on……and nothing worked, not for long anyway……and low and behold I stumbled onto this simple program. Tried it once and failed, but
for some reason I returned and I finally GOT IT……it's the food…I am a sugar addict and if I do the food right I am right…
I have never experienced a change the likes of which I am going through now. I have embraced this program with every ounce of my being and will never look back. My on-going recovery has been in direct proportion
to my obedience to this simple program. The better I work it the better I feel. I don't really know how I got here but I am thankful I'm here and here I'll stay…just doing the food and smiling……hugs to all ted