[Excerpt from Ask Michael: December 2015]
VIP: Does diet have any effect on the ability to access the higher centers, or the ease with which, access to the higher centers can occur? (I understand that the higher moving center is designed to be easy to access as-is, so if it makes no difference with regard to that one, I would like to know about the other two higher centers.)
Accessing the Higher Centers is accessible to all under any and all circumstances. They are designed as accessible and functioning regardless of condition of the body or state of consciousness. They must function or the body dies.
However, there is a difference between these Centers functioning in default, and when one consciously begins to access these for use as tools beyond their default.
For most, and for many lifetimes, these Centers are only accessed consciously during extreme conditions, duress, and intense situations.
Profound pain in the body, "heart," or "mind" can open one to these Centers in conscious ways.
Profound pleasure in the body, "heart," and "mind" can open one to these Centers in conscious ways.
Access through extremes of pain or pleasure are forms of intervention in the life, and are not only misunderstood and misinterpreted, but this kind of access can lead to addictions, escapism, fetishes, etc.
Other ways that these Centers are accessed are through Laughter, Tears, and Happiness.
When there is access through these, they can range in degrees of awareness and consciousness, from subconscious to full consciousness.
The reason these Centers are so accessible in so many ways is because there is no interest in a design that withholds higher functioning from any individual based on their choices, behaviors, conditions, health, etc.
With all of this being said, when one begins to seek understanding and use of these Centers in conscious ways, then the degree of conscious use and value can be dependent on several factors that hook into many elements of the life.
In such cases, then diet becomes vital.
We can speak of "diet" in broad terms here to include various ways in which one consumes as a means of "feeding" oneself.
This can be food, relationships, entertainment, exercise, etc.
For example, if one has compartmentalized one's food diet to the point of ignoring the impact it may have on health, other creatures, other people, and the planet, then that compartmentalizing affects how well one can access a Higher Center.
If one is abusive in relationships, or abused, where one's confidence is fed, then one has limitations on his or her conscious use of a Higher Center.
The equation is rather simple:
The more conscious one is in various areas of the life where one seeks to feed oneself, the greater degree of conscious access one has to the Higher Centers.