Introduction to Macrobiotics
What is Macrobiotics?
The roots of Macrobiotics can be found in ancient cultures and can be seen in the teachings of Buddhism, The Old and New Testament, Taoism, and other great spiritual movements. The focus of these teachings was the principle that God, Nature, the Universe, and all aspects of creation are One.
Modern Macrobiotics was spread throughout the world by George Ohsawa who called this way of thinking "the Unifying Principle". Its application in daily life, through a simple diet based on whole grains, he called "Macrobiotics".
The Seven Principles of the Infinite Universe:
* Everything is a differentiation of one Infinity.
* Everything changes.
* All antagonisms are complementary.
* There is nothing identical.
* What has a front (i.e. visible side) has a back (i.e. invisible side).
* The bigger the front, the bigger the back.
* What has a beginning has an end.
After Oshawa died in 1966, four of his disciples, Michio and Aveline Kushi, and Herman and Cornellia Aihara, promoted Ohsawa’s theories to the West, adapting them to Western conditions.
To put things simply, Macrobiotics is about establishing and maintaining balance in all aspects of our lives by living in accordance with the laws of Nature.
These laws are referred to in the context of One Infinity - the interplay of Yin and Yang - and the Five Element Theory