Coffee or Tea? What’s it to be? by Theresa Pugh, PhD

Have you ever wondered about the origin of those deep beliefs, you take for granted, those habits you accept as sacrosanct, unchangeable and irrevocable? No? Of course not. They are locked away in a deep inner cupboard of your mind as ‘what is’. But maybe a habit is simply something we do every day simply because we choose to do it. What if it doesn’t have any deeper meaning?

Sometimes, we need to clean the cupboard of our mind, and examine those beliefs.

For those of us who’ve been around the Cayce readings for many years, it can be easy to take these subjective choices, for granted, especially when it comes to health.

Let’s look at the subject of coffee. Although some people – yes – they do exist - choose to face their day without a morning shot of java, my University years cured me of that healthy habit.

After cramming all night for an early morning exam or writing yet another paper, I really needed that caffeine injection. I didn’t like the coffee too strong or too weak, just nicely balanced, no sugar, and a dash of milk. I really couldn’t imagine – and it certainly wasn’t my preference – to take my coffee without cream.

In other words, I had completely forgotten the words of Edgar Cayce.

When questioned on the topic of coffee, he believed sugar was not the culprit we now believe it to be: (Q) Does it hurt me to use sugar in my coffee? (A) Sugar is not near so harmful as cream. May use sugar in moderation. (243-22)

However, three examples from the readings admonished clients to drop the cream:

· A little coffee without cream may be taken as a stimulant. (257-159)

· Not too much coffee, and never any with cream in. (266-1)

But in coffee it is PREFERABLE for the body to use neither cream nor milk.(275-45)

My aunt had introduced me to the Cayce readings when I was only 14-years of age. As mentioned above, this health advice was relinquished to a very deep cupboard, of my mind.

In other words, I had disregarded Cayce’s directive: Don’t add cream!

But now, that’s all changed. As I’m slowly moving from a vegetarian diet, to a dairy-free lifestyle, I tried almond milk in my coffee. I sampled different brands, some with sweetener, and some without, and still felt something was missing. To be completely honest, the coffee with almond milk was neither one thing nor another – and wasn’t really satisfying my coffee fix.

In those halcyon teenage years, when I wondered about Cayce’s view on health and diet, I was a confirmed tea drinker – I couldn’t help it – I was raised in an English family, and as every English family knows, tea is inevitable.

There are even tea quotes for every occasion: -

· “Where there's Tea there's hope”

· “We are like Tea, we don't know our own Strength until we're in Hot Water”

· “Tea will take you there”

· “Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors”

· “Sometimes all you need is a good cup of Tea”

· “Tea is always a good idea”

In times of crisis, the English plug in the kettle. On one occasion, in London, when I found myself at the local hospital for a rather nasty knee infection, I was waiting rather a long time to see the doctor, and a kindly soul asked me if I would like a cup of tea. Just to prove my point, I’ve never been asked in a Canadian hospital if I would like a cup of coffee!

Changing a habit, such as making the shift from tea, to coffee, and losing the cream, with the weight of the entire British Empire on my shoulders, was not insignificant.

However, we know that habits can be changed. Giving up cream in my coffee has now become a new habit, and shows that change is possible throughout life. Making a choice for better health, in keeping with directives from Cayce, is something that would certainly have met with his approval. This may be a small shift, in the scheme of things, with the reminder that changing a habit is simple but not always easy

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