As defined by the dictionary, fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time
History of Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough
Fasting has been practiced by humans and animals since history began. It was really the only method for healing that primitive man had (other than some herbs from nature). They would fast when they became hurt or ill. It was a natural instinct for self preservation
Fasting (spiritual and non-spiritual) has been around for a very long time. Spiritual Fasting has some importance in almost every religion. The Bible, alone, has 74 references to it. Spiritual fasting is mentioned in both the Old and New Testament, in the Mahabharata, in the Upanishads and in the Qur’an.
Jesus fasted for 40 days, and his disciples took part in many long fasts. All of history’s greatest spiritual teachers took part in spiritual fasting. They all understood the power of fasting for spiritual breakthrough. Now, you are being exposed to it!
Benefits of Spiritual Fasting
The benefits of spiritual fasting are both physical and non-physical. Many of the effects cannot even be described and/or scientifically proven. Below, I will list some of the main effects of spiritual fasting.
First of all you are no longer controlled by food. I am amazed each time I do a fast how free I feel. You will notice that you have so much more time. You are not a slave to your food. Your regain your mastery over it. After fasting, you do not eat as much as you use to. This is because you have more mental power to control food, and your stomach shrinks slightly.
Fasting for spiritual breakthrough has also been known to reduce mouth and body odor. Many people have reported no longer needing to use any kind of deodorants, after taking part in regular spiritual fasting.
Spiritual fasting has many benefits for your body. It gives your body a physiological rest. During this time, you body is also able to get rid of toxins. Basically fasting for spiritual breakthrough allows your body to relax and let go, which causes a very powerful internal cleansing.
Spiritual fasting can be a very empowering experience. If you are able to complete it, you feel sense of accomplishment and freedom. I have found spiritual fasting is a great way for me to become inspired. It has also been know to cause a calming effect. And for some people it induces feelings of euphoria, it is like a natural high.
Overall, fasting for spiritual breakthrough cleans the body-mind and feeds the spirit.
“All the vitality and energy I have comes to me because my body is purified by fasting.”-Gandhi
How to Begin Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough
The best way, from my experience, to begin fasting for spiritual breakthrough is to start with a 24 hour fast. It is pretty safe, and very healthy. Although, depending on you, it may be better to start with a juice fast.
During the 24 hour fast, which I am talking about, you can only consume water. During this time, no food should enter your system. Although, I recommend you take one teaspoon of honey in a glass of water. During the fast it is very important you drink a lot of water. Usually 8-10 glasses of pure, distilled water are sufficient.
Ending the spiritual fast, is usually one of the most important parts. Personally I end fasts with the meal recommended in “The Miracle of Fasting” by Paul and Patricia Bragg. They say after 24 hours to end the fast, the best thing for you to eat is a raw coleslaw cabbage made up of chopped cabbage, grated carrots, and beets with a fresh lemon juice as a dressing. Whatever you do, eat something light, natural, and organic. I do not recommend you break a fast with any animal products.
Most importantly, do your research and make sure you consult a physician for your specific needs and results.