There is a lot of talk going on about doing the right practice to enhance your spiritual development right now. People turn to yoga, meditation, spend time on retreats (well maybe not so much at the moment due COVID 19) and many of them praise a proper detox for body, mind and spirit.
And all of this is probably true and it somehow will get you somewhere. Especially fasting has been used for thousand of years by yogis, gurus, mystics and other religious groups to enhance spiritual growth. Even today there is a lot of self-help books regarding fasting on the market. The most popular forms of fasting are a Calorie Restricting Fast, Macro Nutrient Restricting Fast (restricted eating on Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein) and Season Eating.
Fasting is so much needed right now
Clearly the desire for detox is much more needed then ever before in our times. Stress, chemical pollution of air, water and food taking its toll our our physical and mental well-being. Furthermore over-consumption of sugar and or all the processed meals we eat today in our busy life style not helping either.
There are great benefits of fasting, but there also reactions and dangers you might experience and definitely should be aware of, before you start. I am not a fasting expert and I am not claiming to be one. But I have got some experience and learnt things that I didn’t know when I first started fasting. Today I know more and I have different reasons to do fasting including my personal, spiritual development. Some of my knowledge I would like to share with you today.
The benefits of fasting:
Fasting will help you to detox your body, by burning fat cells (do the lack of food). Fat cells are said to store toxins the body unable to deal with. There are many benefits to reduce the intake of food for a certain period of time and many people just consider weight loss (but you should never start fasting for that reason). When you fast the body will start to promote your blood sugar control by reducing Insulin Resistance. This is certainly helpful for those who are at risk of diabetes. Additionally fasting enhances your heart health by improving blood pressure, Triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It will also decrease issues around inflammation in the body, very good for people who are suffering from chronic issues.
Fasting will boost your brain function and brain structure, especially if you do it for a longer period of time. The human growth hormone HGH also seem to get a boost and the build of muscles and metabolism will be strengthend.
The 3 types of fasting:
There are different types of fasting and you will need to find out what suits you. Not every fast is for everyone and it depends on your lifestyle, your overall health, the reason why you want to fast and how your body adjusts to it.
Calorie Restriction Fasts:
You can lower your calorie intake with intermittent fasting which means that you are going without food for a certain period of time. These types of fasts are normally between 12 and 48 hours. If you only fast for a day you make sure that you eat enough calories the day before so you are balanced. If you do the fasting for a longer period of time such as a few days or weeks there are certain things to consider. You should always speak to a health adviser, your GB or another health expert before going on a long term fast.
There are some gurus and yogis who say that two meals a day would be enough and speak about all the spiritual benefits you get. What they say might be true in certain circumstances and if you follow a low exercise lifestyle. But before you decide on such lifestyle changes you will need to speak to an expert and get your health level checked.
Macro Nutrient Restriction Fast:
This type of fasting restrictions certain macro nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats or protein. There are a lot of diet books out there who want to tell you that fat is bad, that carbs are bad and some even say its the protein. At the end of the day, the body needs all of these nutrients to be healthy. Of course if someone eats lots of protein, such as athletes they could benefit a few days of this type of fasting. Furthermore someone who eats a lot of fat might consider something like this. Especially when you feel very sluggish or have problems with constipation, a macro nutrient restriction fast could assist to get this right. At the end its the amount and quality of nutrients that you consume, all in moderation will keep you happy and healthy.
This is not really a fast, furthermore its conscious eating. You will observe the seasons and eat vegetables other foods accordingly to their seasonal growth. During summer you might eat less fat and carbs because the body doesn’t need them that much. While during winter season starchy vegetables and certain meats provide the necessary bolster you need during the colder months. Especially in our modern times we would benefit from organic grown seasonal food to ground ourselves.
There is also another, not so well-known but incredible powerful fasting which includes all the three types of fasting.
Moon Cycle Fasting
This way of looking at fasting includes considering the seasons and the cosmic cycles and is also is in tune with the Moon Cycles. This is incredible powerful and holds old wisdom on how to align oneself with the power of the universe on a physical level.
Have you ever wondered why you like or dislike certain foods on different days? You maybe have an aversion to milk but on some days you truly crave it? The same could be with fat or carbs. Some days fruits taste so amazing on other days you experience a different taste? That has something to do with the moon. The moon orbits around the earth in 28.5 days and during this cycle she also passes through the 12 signs of the zodiac. This cycle activates certain areas, processes in the body and makes the body crave things or helps it to better absorb it.
Generally speaking you can say the body absorbs best on these days:
Fire Sign Days (ARIES, LEO, SAGITTARIUS): protein, vitamins
Earth Sign Days (TAURUS, VIRGO, CAPRICORN): starchy vegetables & salt
Air Signs:(GEMINI, LIBRA, AQUARIUS): nuts, seeds, fats
Water Signs: (CANCER, SCORPIO, PISCES): leafs and greens
Best fasting days would be one day before, during and one day after FULL MOON and NEW MOON to give your body a super re-boost.
This type of fasting is super safe and you add a bit of extra power to it by eating the right things at the right time. This will help the body to absorb what it needs even better.
Get a moon calendar and check out the cycle of the moon and the signs she passes through and you are all set up for you new diet.
In my work as Astroshamanic Healer I work very close with the cosmic cycle to create Healing Rituals. This is a powerful way to receive healing at the right time and can boost your over all system. Find out more about this powerful way of healing here…
Reactions and Dangers of Fasting:
People with health issues, newbies to fasting and people who are planning to do long-term fasting or lifestyle changes should always consult with an expert or doctor. The same is for pregnant women and women who suffer from menstrual problems.
Through long term fasting you can drop into malnutrition, especially if you don’t take any supplements. Your blood sugar might drop too low or other things can happen that make you feel uncomfortable, such as: anxiety, heart palpations, nausea, feeling light headed, dizziness, insomnia, pains and others.
The body needs food to stay alive and even tho reducing calorie intake has its benefits it also has dangers we should consider.
Fasting is good for your overall health and also can help with spiritual development only if you know what you are doing. Otherwise it can be tough and sometimes even life-threatening (in severe cases).
Spiritual benefits of fasting:
– improves mental clarity
– detoxes your system
– instils discipline
– makes you aware of your cravings/food addiction
– assists in reaching different stages of consciousness
– makes you humble
– cleanses out trauma stored in the fat cells
– helps to recalibrate your priorities
– assists in mindfulness
– improves gratitude
– enhances lucid dreaming or dream work in general
– makes you more sensitive to energies
– lightens your thought processes
– heightens awareness
I do fasting to enhance my spiritual practice and also work very close around the moon calendar with the taking of supplements and seasonal eating. It helps me to work more in tune with the natural cycles and as well as allows me to integrate energetic shifts in my work as well my body, mind and spirit.