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Fasting For Spiritual Clarity

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Fasting For Spiritual Clarity

“When you fast the light will illuminate you.” Mahatma Gandhi

In 1985 I was living near the ocean and reading The Essene Gospels of Peace, an ancient manuscript discovered by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely in 1928 languishing in the secret archives of the Vatican in Rome. Written in Aramaic, Szekely translated the manuscript to reveal the teachings of the Essene Brotherhood. It is acknowledged that one of their members was a young Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I had been fasting on and off for many years already and so I became curious when reading the Gospels about fasting for longer than five or seven days at a time. I felt ready to attempt the ultimate test for dedicated fasters, the 40-day fast. This is based on Jesus’ wanderings in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights without food or water. My plan was to drink fresh vegetable juices supplemented with Spirulina algae on occasion. It was summertime in Florida, too hot to eat much anyway, so perfect for fasting. I continued to work each day and ride my bicycle the 5 miles to work, take walks on the beach, and do my yoga and meditation. In fact, I was amazed at the level of my energy and the calmness of my mind.

After the fourth day I had lost all feelings of hunger and they did not return until the forty-fourth day of the fast. I knew then it was time to return to eating, so I chose a golden red mango, ripe and juicy, and reintroduced my body to the delights of eating once again. Something profound had happened to me during that time of fasting. I knew I had detoxified my body on a very deep level, letting go of chemicals I was sure had been trapped in my vital organs. Mind you, I am from the generation of kids who ran behind the mosquito trucks as they sprayed DDT along the streets in my neighborhood.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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5:14PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Yes fasting is an extremely powerful tool, not only for the body but also for inner development ! As difficult as it may seem when one begins, it gets easier with time.

I practice it and definitely recommend it. One will continue it when one sees the rewards. But be sure to not drop out in early stages. :)

11:17PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:25PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

great article!

8:17AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

I always want to fast for clarity and detoxification, but my whole family starts to think I have eating disorders and am trying to starve myself to lose weight....I wish they would understand that that's not my intention.

8:17AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

I always want to fast for clarity and detoxification, but my whole family starts to think I have eating disorders and am trying to starve myself to lose weight....I wish they would understand that that's not my intention.

3:40PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

hmmm very interesting, thanks!

3:14PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Good article, but 44 days does seem excessive. I wonder about the blood sugar spikes with fruit juice as well. Only takes me 3 days to stop having cravings for food. I like to go 4-5 days on a pure water fast. I find that yoga and meditation are especially conducive to the fasting, but no physical work. And summer is better than winter unless you are in a warm climate where you don't need to produce energy to stay warm.

7:36AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

Thanks. People, if you are doing this, please be careful and check with a doctor, please. Be safe. *:*

3:55AM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

You don't realize how much time and energy revolves around eating until you fast.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

God has called us to fast. I fast to become closer to Him. To hear His voice more clearly. To know who He is more intimately. I can not live a day without Him. He died for us, the least we can do is live for Him.

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