I think it was more than my high school teacher, Mr. Sullivan’s, influence that turned me into a Slavophile. I don’t have any Russian roots that I have ever discovered. My ancestors all seem to originate in the United Kingdom. There is even a story in my family that it was a flip of a coin that decided whether my great grandfather would leave Nelson, England and move to the United States or Australia. Even my husband’s ancestors come from the UK. In other circumstances we might have met on that continent. So, why we both met on the Russian language floor at the University of Colorado implies a much larger plan than we could have birthed on our own.
Our faith walk has always included things Russian. My aunt sent me books on the persecuted Russian Christians while I was studying the language in college. We read books like:
God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
The Siberian Seven by John Pollock
The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov
Since my husband and I are both drawn to all things Russian, it was not that unusual to receive a book from a friend in Colorado. Her accompanying note said that she had read the book in great confusion, reread it, and still had some confusion. “But, I thought it might mean something to you.”
The book is called Lost and Found in Russia, Lives in a Post-Soviet Landscape by Susan Richards. We had been familiar with the name, Susan Richards through our Russian studies at university. She is a British journalist with a solid reputation. She did her doctoral work on Alexander Solzhenitsyn and won an award for her first book, Epics of Everyday Life: Encounters in a Changing Russia. She founded a website called Open Democracy and has written extensively on the former Soviet Union and current day Russia, its politics and people. So, it was with a sense of expectant curiosity that we read the book. What surprised us was the way it dovetailed with our current foray into raw foods, vibrations and electromagnetic energy.
In a portion of the book, Susan Richards relates visiting her old friend Vera, who had left her previous life to join a group of Old Believers living on the slopes of the Sayan Mountains by Lake Toberkul. The fact that most jumped out to us about this was the mention that the group was vegan in their diet. Although Russia does not make the list of Blue zones talked about by Dan Buettner, there are some places in the country where people live longer.
Mountainous regions around the world appear to increase longevity. The climate and quality of the air in altitudes between 2,200 and 3,600 meters above sea level seem to be a health benefit. The very act of walking in these steep regions could increase longevity. Russian media reported the death of Magomed Labazanov in Fall 2012. He had been interviewed earlier in the year on his 122nd birthday. He lived in the village of Serebryakovka in the Kizlyar district of Dagestan. He credited his longevity to dancing traditional dances, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco and eating locally produced food.
The health benefits of a vegan diet were consistent with what we were reading about and discovering with our personal Genesis 1:29 experiment. We had heard about the Daniel Diet as a good way to start a new year, an alternative to fasting. The movie Forks over Knives came out in 2011 and it seemed that many people started conversations about this topic. One of the blue zones is Loma Linda, California which has a large population of Seventh Day Adventists who eat a basically vegan diet. Here it was coming up, dating from the 1990’s in the former Soviet Union!
So, it seems that food is even more important than the paper plate chart we made in grade school would indicate! I have read that physicians have only one class in nutrition during all their years of medical training despite taking the Hippocratic oath by the man who coined the phrase, Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food. And raw food, according to Kirlian photography has something very special. Even if it only photographs water content in foods, it still makes sense that we would want to eat freshe food with more water content rather than dried out food. This trail of research will inevitably connect you with the work of Masuro Emoto. He has a theory that thoughts can produce some kind of wave or frequency effect on water crystals. His experiments are quite fascinating.
In addition to the food connection, another section of the book was also captivating. Susan Richards describes a visit to Professor Kaznacheev’s laboratory. She entitles this section of the book, Touching the Cosmos. “His laboratory contained a device they had developed that allowed ordinary people like me to understand what it meant to be in touch with the cosmos. The device reduced the magnetic field which covers the earth’s surface, he explained.” (p.153 Lost and Found in Russia) Basically, this factual journalist appears to have had a type of out-of-body experience.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Nikola Tesla is often quoted as saying, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
So, if everything vibrates, what are my vibrations? I would love to believe that I give off a good vibe!
An interesting tidbit that came up during this rabbit trail excursion was very personal. My husband and I have had this little thing that we do. We often sign cards to each other with the number 500. This started when we were in college. We had one of those silly in love discussions that went:
I love you.
I love you more.
I love you a million.
I love you a billion.
I love you to infinity.
Yes, you get the drift. Even we felt silly at the time. So, we made an agreement, “Let’s just say that 500 is the biggest number that will ever exist. We will always love each other 500!” And it has been that way ever since. So, imagine our surprise when we started reading about vibrations and found this chart.
Did you check out the measurement beside love? The vibration of love is 500! Coincidence? I think not. Is God trying to tell us something? Time to go do more study.