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Fasting For Spiritual Clarity


Some religions believe that restricting certain foods can have a powerful impact on the health of an individual. Vegetarian diets are known to reduce heart disease and promote a longer life expectancy. There are those who point to the book of Genesis as proof that humans should eat a plant-based diet. “And God said: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb-yielding seed which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit to you it shall be for food.’ “

Many of our great spiritual leaders used fasting as a tool to inspire and motivate others:

  • Prince Gautama became the Buddha after years of fasting and meditation led him to understand that the reason for all suffering is our human attachment to desire, outcome, and pleasure.
  • Mahatma Gandhi used fasting as political motivation to move his country towards freedom in a nonviolent way.
  • Mother Theresa fasted as a way to give the money she saved on food away to those in dire need. This in turn inspired others to do the same.
  • Saints, prophets, and religious people have all used fasting as a sacrifice for prayers to be answered or penance for harm done in the past.

By giving up that which we love so much, the food and drink that sustains our bodies, we are rewarded with the sublime knowledge that the Divine moves through each of us to work in the world.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Detoxing Your Body, by Delia Quigley

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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: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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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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