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Fasting For Spiritual Clarity

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But more than that, I came to see my place in the world in a whole new way. I came to understand that we all have a spiritual purpose to fulfill in this lifetime and I could see mine clearly. From that experience I was able to glimpse the path I was to follow and step onto it with confidence and trust. Today I am a master yoga instructor with 30 years’ experience, a holistic health practitioner, a whole-foods chef, and a cooking teacher with a commitment to share my knowledge with those willing to transform their lives for the better.

Mind you, a 40-day fast should not be undertaken without the supervision of a health practitioner and a clear intention as to the purpose of such a fast. I was looking to understand the spiritual significance of Jesus’ denial of food and water. Although I did not place myself under the same conditions as Jesus, nor do I equate myself with this divine teacher, by fasting for 44 days I was able to shift my paradigm away from the craving for food to one of connection to the divine current that feeds us all.

Some religious sects abstain, or are forbidden, from consuming certain foods and drinks; others restrict foods and drinks during their holy days; while still others associate dietary and food preparation practices with rituals of the faith.
The role of fasting in religious practice was seen as a sacrifice from the pleasures of food. It gave the practitioner an understanding of the suffering the poor endure and an appreciation for what one had in one’s life. The body was seen as God’s “temple” and fasting cleared the blood of debris, which helped the mind focus on God. The discipline required for fasting was also a lesson in how to resist temptation.

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Delia Quigley

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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