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MGI Film Documentaries

The Macrobiotic Global Institute is committed to creating inspiration and actionable education programs designed to restore personal and planetary health.

The Spirit of Rice Film Documentary

The Spirit of Rice Film Documentary celebrates the mystery of growing organic brown rice, while exploring the healing properties for both people and the climate.  Scroll below to learn Sheri-Lynn's journey during the film-making process.

The Soybean Solution

MGI's latest project, The Soybean Solution, explores a healthy, sustainable alternative to the increasing global demand for protein-rich foods and raises awareness about how replacing animal-based products promotes human and environmental health.

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The Spirit of Rice Film Documentary

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Sheri-Lynn's Story

In May, 2005, I was invited to Tokyo, Japan to be a guest speaker on macrobiotics for the Vegetarian Festival. Following my presentation, I was then invited to travel to southern Japan to attend a macrobiotic retreat at a Shinto Shrine.

Upon my arrival, a resident monk at the shrine asked that I follow up a mountain overlooking the rice fields. There, we meditated in the four directions: EAST, WEST, NORTH, and SOUTH. During the meditation, I could see beautiful ribbons of white light tying a bow around the earth. When we walked down off the mountain, he walked me through the rice fields. It was my first time seeing how rice grew. When I left, he gave me a CD with a black butterfly on the cover and said that the black butterfly is protective and to call on it when I need direction and help (I remember my teacher, Aveline Kushi, always mentioned the black butterfly).

In the photo of the rice field in the picture carousel, you can actually see a spirit of bright light over the rice.

In November 2020, I began remembering my experience  with the monk in Japan...and formed a committee of like minded macrobiotic friends to create a film documentary about brown rice. Our film, The Spirit of Rice will present the story of how brown rice is grown in small farms in America in the north east.   It will highlight the work of  Christian Elwell, co-founder of South River Miso Company, who has been growing paddy and dry land rice for over thirty years in the Northeast (where conventional wisdom said rice could not grow). 

Christian will guide us through the seven stages of rice over the course of a full year. He will share his spiritual relationship with rice, as well as the soil, water, and other elements that contribute to its growth and nutritional power. Some of the varieties of rice he uses have long AWNS (long hair like panicles that collect celestial energy during nighttime).

The film will include interviews with other rice growers that were inspired to grow organic brown rice.

 Watch the video below as I explain the benefits of cooking and eating brown rice, a core theme of the movie!

Plants have so much to offer us, not only in better physical health, but also for the medicinal energies and higher frequencies they bring to our evolving consciousness.

I invite you to contribute and learn from this project! Thank you!

To One Peaceful World,

Sheri-Lynn DeMaris

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