To support spiritual growth and planetary survival, Rabbi Gabriel
Cousens, M.D., and Reverend Michael Beckwith, Ph.D., co-hosted the
Juice Fast for Peace at Rev. Beckwith’s Agape International Spiritual
Center in Culver City, California, USA during the first week of March
The event was organized to help participants end their
addiction to meat and other animal products in order to support their
own personal and spiritual growth while also acting to ensure planetary
survival by reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases from the animal
On March 7, 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai accepted
the invitation to attend via videoconference to answer the
participants’ questions and concerns about the damaging impact the meat
diet has on the environment and human health.
Born from a deep
concern for the future of the planet, Dr. Cousens, a vegan, began his
Juice Fast For Peace series partnering with Rev. Beckwith in Culver
City, with plans to offer them across the United States and the world
to help people end their addiction to meat.
According to Dr.
Cousens, by consuming green juices during the fast, people lose the
cellular memory of addictive flesh foods, dairy and eggs, thus, making
it easier to transition to a plant-based diet.
He is both a
general medical practitioner and a psychiatrist who developed early in
his career a fascination for understanding how the mind affects the
body and how the body, and the food we feed it, affects the mind. He
was the Chief Mental Health Consultant for the Sonoma County Head Start
in California and a consultant on the California State Department of
He is a holistic medical doctor who incorporates
homeopathy, live food nutrition, Ayurveda, naturaopathy, acupuncture as
part of his healing modality.
Another core aspect of his
approach to wellness and healing is a recognition that our purpose in
life is to awaken to the divine.
For the next several
decades, he devoted his research to finding out how all body types
could create a healthy balance and obtain all proper nutrition on a
living foods diet. He has authored many books summarizing his
findings over the years, such as Depression Free For Life and There is
a Cure for Diabetes.
For over 20 years, Dr. Cousens has been
leading and perfecting green juice fasts in which only juices made
predominantly from green vegetables are consumed.
His goal is
to help people become cured of supposedly incurable diseases such as
diabetes, and drug and alcohol addiction, while also helping us clear
our thoughts and reflect upon our true nature as the children of God.
Michael Beckwith, a vegan, has stated that our purpose on the planet is
to “wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us.” He
uplifted the fasting participants with daily inspirational talks.
is one of the featured teachers in the international bestselling book
and movie, The Secret. His spiritual journey began in the 1970’s where
his exploration of Eastern and Western teachings led to his own style
of teaching referred to as the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom spiritual
It was his vision of a non-denominational spiritual
community that led to the founding of the Agape International Spiritual
Center in 1986, which seeks to bring all peoples together into one
human family unified in a core value of peace and the spiritual origin
of all beings. Each week, around 9,000 people come to hear him speak
at the Agape Center.
He proactively works alongside other
global peacemakers, including the Dalai Lama, and has also been
featured on “Oprah” - an international, US-based daytime talk show -
and interviewed on “Larry King Live” by one of the premier broadcast
interviewers of our time.
We invite you now to join part 1 of
our 4-part series witnessing this peaceful and uplifting dialogue
between Supreme Master Ching Hai, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Dr.
Gabriel Cousens, and the participants of the first Juice Fast for Peace
in Culver City, California on March 7, 2009.