Spiritual Fasting is another powerful force in Spiritual Nutrition. Fasting for at least seven days on green juices, is the most powerful dietary way of becoming a superconductor for the Divine. As a result of this, about 90 percent of the people who immerse themselves in the high-prana elixir of Spiritual Fasting experience a Kundalini/Shekhinah awakening.
The human body is made to undergo occasional periods of fasting. This is evidenced by the enormous health benefits that come from short-term fasting. The heart and intestines are relieved of stress, cancerous cells are held in check, inflammation is reduced, depression is alleviated, and the body’s cells are rejuvenated. This type of fasting is revealed as well in its effect on excess weight. There is perhaps no simpler or more effective way to trim down – without counting calories, the dreaded yo-yo effect, or even doing sport.
Ayurveda teaches that the largest meal of the day should be lunch, with a small dinner occurring prior to 6 p.m. Following 6 p.m., the body enters a Kapha cycle, during which the focus is on “rest and digest.” This phase lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., when the body prepares for sleep. After 10 p.m., the body enters a Vata stage, which lasts from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. During this time, the body is working to metabolize nutrients and prepare itself for the following day. Eating during this time interrupts the body’s natural ability to detoxify and reset overnight.
Ideally, you would not eat between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. By following this pattern, you build in a “mini fast” to each day and follow the normal circadian rhythms of your body.
So what’s the difference between fasting, juicing, and detoxing?
Fasting involves abstaining from food, usually for a period of 12 hours or more, and has been around for a long time. Fasting can also have a spiritual component to it, and is integral to many religions, such as the Jewish tradition of Yom Kippur, or the Islamic tradition of fasting during Ramadan. It’s also used prior to some surgeries and medical tests.
A number of dietary plans focus on detoxing the body of toxins. These plans include elimination diets, herbal supplements, juice cleanses, and enemas. Detoxing dates back to at least the ancient Hindus, Egyptians, and Greeks who all used certain foods and herbs to purify and detoxify the body.
Juicing or juice cleansing is a form of detoxing or fasting where only juices, water, and herbal teas are consumed for several days. These have become very popular recently. One benefit of juicing is to get more fruits and veggies into your diet. The downside is that many juice cleanses are made up predominately of fruit juices, which can spike your blood sugar. Also, eating your produce in juice form rather than consuming the whole fruit or vegetable means you lose a lot of the pulp and fiber, along with some of their vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Here are a few easy spring fasting strategies:
- Fast one day a week, having only water or vegetable juice. (Longer fasts on water should be supervised.)
- Eat a good breakfast and lunch, and skip dinner.
- A daily 13-hour fast. After dinner, eat nothing from 6pm to 7am. Water is OK.
Eating a non-fat diet allows the body to remain in fat metabolism. Typically, by the second or third day, the hunger subsides, the energy rises, and you slip into a calm fat metabolic state.
General Fasting Guidelines
One of the most important aspects of fasting is to enhance all the eliminative channels for the toxins leaving the system. The following guidelines are suggested:
- Take an enema at least once per day. Some clinics recommend as many as three separate enemas per day. Colonics during the fast are excellent as well.
- Brush the skin for 3–5 minutes once or twice daily and follow this with a bath and skin scrub to remove the excess dead cells and draw more toxins out of the system.
- Get plenty of sunshine and do deep breathing exercises to help detoxify the skin and lungs.
- Get moderate exercise during the fast to help activate the system to eliminate toxins. This may include a 30–60-minute walk, swimming, and sacred dance, and 16 minutes per day on a rebounder.
- Practice daily Yoga for moving the lymphatics, as well as general exercise.
- Take short saunas to enhance perspiration, which helps the detoxification process.
- Abstain from sexual activity to conserve energies for healing and regenerating.
- Use flower essences and gem elixirs during the fast to help balance and align the subtle bodies and chakras and to awaken the chakras. These can enhance the harmony of the body-mind-spirit complex during the fast. Self-heal, silver sword, papaya, lotus, star sapphire, and quartz seem to be the best preparations. Self-heal aids in the natural process of the absorption of prana during fasting. Silver sword aligns all subtle bodies and balances the heart chakra. Papaya is excellent for emotional and sexual balance and allows us to enter the spiritual realms more easily. Lotus stimulates the alignment and balance on all levels of our Being, and is outstanding for fasting and meditation. Star sapphire activates all chakras, especially the crown, and specifically stimulates spiritual opening while fasting. Quartz removes negative thoughts and creates emotional calm. The gem elixirs and flower essences from Pegasus Products are excellent.
- Drink Tachyon elixir each day to support liver and kidney avenues of elimination.
- Scrape the tongue each day to remove toxins on the tongue.
It is very important to break the fast carefully and consciously. During the fast, the digestive system has shut down and must be carefully restarted. At the end of the fast, the body absorbs everything much more easily, so what we put back into our bodies should be what we really want to rebuild our bodies with. The end of a fast is a very good opportunity to reorganize ourselves around a new quality of diet. A ratio of one day of breaking the fast for each three days of fasting is a broad guideline, though everyone’s body is different and this needs to be individualized. One should take a minimum of three days to come off a seven- to twenty-one-day fast. The author recommends breaking a fast in the morning with citrus juice to stimulate the flow of gastric juices and using certain herbs such as ginger and anise to speed up the process of eliminating toxic gas from the system and activate the pybric valve at the bottom of the stomach. Acidophilus is useful for replenishing the bowel flora that is depleted secondarily to the enemas. Trifala is useful for restoring bowel peristalsis.
Fasting is very important. When you fast, and if you are obsessed by negative spirits, they will not like you and leave. When you fast, they become hungry and look for someone else to nourish them. I am not joking. That is why Christ said, “You can take the evils from people after fasting.” Fasting is very important, and if you have certain problems in your home that you cannot solve, fast and you will notice that your negativity and various other poisons will disappear. Then you will not be tasty for the devils.
For more information about fasting check the following authors’ books:
- Dr. Deepak Chopra MD
- Dr. Rudiger Dahkle
- Dr. Gabriel Cousens
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