Carolyn Herriot

Living In The Light

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Carolyn Herriot is a food activist, author, passionate gardener and cook, who believes that healthy eating is the path to healthy aging. She encourages local food security through her books ‘The Zero-Mile Diet’ and has travelled extensively as a lecturer and workshop leader. After operating The Garden Path Centre in Victoria for 25 years she recently relocated to Yellow Point south of Nanaimo, where she has been trying her hand at farming in a rural community. She is currently enrolled as a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and still writes regularly for local publications under the heading From Farm to Table.


I have always had a burning desire to understand how the Universe works, what life is all about and the meaning and purpose for which I am here. This is a profound question I have often asked myself. I consider myself foremost a spiritual being. I have spent my life seeking my higher purpose. My faith has been tested many times. On my spiritual path I allow the mystical power of living with consciousness to help guide me through.

I believe that each one of us has a true purpose and each one of us is a channel for the Universe. After we are born in the body we forget who we really are and why we came here. We take on the ‘survival’ consciousness of the physical world and we get lost in the world of form. We forget that we are spiritual beings inhabiting a human body, believing we are just our personalities. We lose touch with our true power and we feel lost and helpless.

Life becomes a tremendous struggle to find meaning and satisfaction. Today so many people are ill and depressed, sad and lonely. We have no idea how much pain and suffering there is around the world. We are living in a very exciting and powerful time. We are being challenged by so many failures to let go of our present way of life and create an entirely new one.

On the deepest level of consciousness a radical spiritual transformation is taking place. It begins from the inside. The old world is built on finding happiness through external things – money, material possessions, relationships, work, fame, food or drugs. The new world is built as we open to the higher power of the Universe within us that allows creative and loving energy to move through us.

The body is our primary creation, the vehicle we have chosen to express us in the physical world. It moulds itself to express the patterns of energy moving through it. By looking at our bodies, listening to them, and feeling them we can read a great deal about our spiritual, mental and emotional energy patterns. The body is our primary feedback mechanism for showing us what is and what isn’t working about our ways of thinking, expressing and living. When we have made the right choices we know because we live ‘in the flow’ and all is well in the world.

Living in the light is living in harmony with the Universe. It is about living totally alive, full of vitality, joy, power, love and abundance on every level. It means trusting that you are where you are meant to be, doing what you are meant to be doing, according to the will of the Universe. The hardest part of the journey is to surrender the ego, to develop trust to allow yourself to be used as a channel for Universal energy.

There are two types of people – the ‘doers’ and the ‘be-ers’. The doers are people who are primarily action-oriented. They know how to get things done, and are not usually afraid to put themselves out there and take risks. They are good at expressing outgoing energy, but they are not so good at receiving. They don’t like feeling vulnerable. The most difficult thing of all for them is doing nothing – to not be engaged in some sort of productive activity. They are more developed in their male, active energy and somewhat uncomfortable with their female, receptive side.

Be-ers are mainly oriented toward inner attunement. They know how to relax and take it easy. They enjoy the subtle pleasure of life and often know how to nurture themselves and others, and how to play. They have trouble with action, and fear putting themselves out in new or unusual ways and tend to hold back a lot. They worry about what others think of them. They may be uncomfortable in the world and lack the confidence to deal with people, business, money etc. It’s important to balance these two aspects of being human by moving out of our comfort zone to experience the other way of being.

Another important challenge we have in this world is to develop the male and female energies that co-exist within us, so they can interact in harmony with each other. Mother nature is symbolic of the nurturing, feminine aspect of ourselves. Disrespect and lack of harmony with nature are only possible in a society of individuals who disrespect and disregard their own feminine intuitive nature. If you are attuned to your inner guidance there’s no way you can become severely out of balance with your natural environment.

Relationships are not outside – they are inside of us. My true relationship is the one I have with myself – all others are simply mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation from others that I desire. Enjoying your own company allows you to have fun with whomever you are with. Feeling the aliveness and power of the Universe flowing through you creates a life of passionate feeling and fulfilment that is communicated, and makes a difference to anyone with whom you are involved.

We are in the process of making a huge leap in the evolution of human
consciousness. We are being called upon to shine our individual lights as bright as possible to bring about the transformation and change we need for our survival on this planet. Here’s wishing us all a brighter new year.

Carolyn Herriot is author of The Zero Mile Diet and The Zero Mile Diet
Cookbook Available at your local bookstore. She is currently enrolled as a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Nanaimo.


Farmers markets Blog, Restaurants, Crafts, Hobbies, Recipes, Pets, Shop on-line. Women's Fashions, Woman to Woman.  Island Woman magazine, inspiring the women of Vancouver Island, BC.Carolyn Herriot is author of The Zero Mile Diet and The Zero Mile Diet Cookbook Available at your local bookstore. She grows IncrEdibles! in Yellow Point.




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  1. This is just what I needed to hear. Thank you Carolyn!

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