What Causes Gluttony?

These next several weeks of Seeds are based on a mystical interpretation of the seven deadly sins of Catholic fame. Let us consider them upgraded …

Gluttony—that’s an old-fashioned word. The traditional meaning of gluttony is the vice of excessive eating. The etymology of the word is from Latin roots meaning to gulp down.

Because there are seven of these spiritual warnings, I couldn’t help but think of the seven chakras. I think gluttony corresponds to the first chakra, that of survival and tribal issues. Sometimes known as the base chakra, it deals with the basics of life.

What really causes excessive eating? Hunger. Not necessarily hunger for food, but hunger for life. What a glutton does is hunger for more life force.

The morning I wrote this, I was reading Andrew Harvey’s book on Spiritual Activism called The Hope. In it, he quotes the Taittirya Upanishad. A son approaches his father to ask about life. His father tells him, “First, learn about food.”

Let us upgrade gluttony to a hunger for more life, fuller experience, greater fulfillment, more Spirit.

Be passion,


Susan Corso

Dr. Susan Corso

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Dr. Susan Corso is a spiritual author, speaker, and counselor. An omnifaith minister and the author of God’s Dictionary (Tarcher/Putnam 2002) and The Peace Diet, she has had a spiritual counseling practice for more than 25 years. She has been an intuitive since childhood. 
Susan’s blogosphere writing may be found at Seeds for Sanctuary, Ode Magazine and The Huffington Post, and Beliefnet. Her website is SusanCorso.com 

One of her favorite occupations is writing spiritual fiction. She is the author of The Healing Mysteries of Mex Stone under the pseudonym Shulamith Burton. The audiobook of the first in the series, Oklahoma! Hex, came out in September 2008.
Susan is the founder of Sanctuary and ten-year author/publisher of a free e-newsletter, Seeds. As a professor at the accredited College of Divine Metaphysics, she teaches and ordains ministers.
Susan has been published in magazines, online magazines and newsletters including Business Ethics, Beliefnet.com, Ode Magazine, Science of Mind, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, New York House, Q-Spirit, Self, and Winning Ways. She is the author of several tape series. Susan also writes for the theatre: The God Show, I Would Never, Fight or Flight, and PeaceWomen. 
For many years, Susan was an organizational consultant and motivational speaker guiding nuclear scientists as well as entrepreneurs into their life purposes. Some of her former clients include Westinghouse Hanford Company, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Gila River Casinos, and the American Nuclear Society, among many others.

Today she functions as Chief Spiritual Officer for corporations. She lives in one-sixth of a Victorian house outside of Boston, with her beloved spouse, director/actress/teacher Sheriden Thomas, and the spirit of her familiar cat, Charles of the Ritz. 
Her mission in life is peace.