Author Topic: Fasting - one path to experiencing true Love and BEING in a perpetual state?  (Read 369 times)

Tyler

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(I have decided to re-open the topic, in order to provide an accurate account of my previous experience with fasting. Later on, I will provide a new account of how fasting for the second time has affected my perception.)

Have others here attempted it before?

Months ago, I fasted on water for four days in a row. While initially uncomfortable, the results were, in a way, indescribable. I have been informed by a reliable source that fasting for longer periods is not helpful today as it was in the past, when extended periods of water fasting seem to have been a common practice. It may be harmful now due to the presence of harsh toxins and metals inside of our bodies; nonetheless, a 4 day-long water fast was very beneficial in my individual case. For the sake of understanding, I will attempt to describe my experience using as few ‘New Age’ terms as possible.

First of all, without food to keep my consciousness bound to material existence (in other words, without being bound mentally to the cycle of hunger), I felt my vibrational frequency rise in a short period of time. In essence, my perception was able to rise effortlessly above the trappings of society, which are commonly taken for granted. This allowed me to perceive what I now sense to be true love as a state of perpetual, internal being, as opposed to the widely accepted notion of love as an achievement to be earned only by the successful mating of two individuals with a lot of stuff in common to talk about.

For as long as I avoided toxic substances and selfish, hedonistic thoughts after my fast was broken, life was beautiful beyond my capability to express in words. Colours became rich, vibrant, and I felt an attraction to others, which was based purely on a perpetual state of love, instead of being based on my learned expectations of them forged from past experiences. Even so-called enemies, a few of which I thought I had earned, became as dear to my heart as would a cherished companion. There were times when I nearly burst out in tears because of the temptation to snuggle up close to a friend who is called Anna-Marie by the majority of people, and whom is called Miki by a small group of others; times wherein I was tempted to express every loving sentiment, which had been trapped inside of my heart until that point, out loud. Touch was no longer about gratification of the senses, and instead became a marvelous, tingling sensation throughout my extremities, which I can only think to compare favourably against my past experience on the empathy drug called MDMA or ‘Ecstasy’, of which I have used three times in the past as a teenager before ceasing its use altogether because of the inherent risks involved.

I am currently fasting again in order to rekindle this state of true BEING, which had become lost within a week due to a lack of deep understanding of the nature of my experience. Furthermore, I sense now that lessons of the spirit are paramount to solidifying this state of true, perpetual love and BEING within the consciousness. Gratification in any shape or form appears to be incompatible with this state of being, which may sound harsh; however, I sense that the experience of warm, loving connection to others is much sweeter, and infinitely more satisfying on a conscious level, than any sugary doughnut or kinky sex act can ever aspire to be.. It is more evocative than the most enchanting melody; more beautiful than the most finely carved sculpture; more savory than any expertly prepared food using the finest of ingredients... I sense that a mother who has held her recently born child can understand exactly what I am talking about because I sense that the two states of being are one in the same.

Without knowledge or deep understanding of my experience, I soon began to snack excessively on sweets in order to satisfy my old sweet tooth. Shortly afterward, the feeling of true love faded away. I suspect that this was a result of my consciousness becoming selfish and hedonistic again, as is so commonly promoted by every facet of our consumerist society... as is so paramount to remaining "trapped in the Matrix", perhaps?

Perhaps it is something to reflect upon...
« Last Edit: April 01, 2013, 10:40:56 pm by Tyler »

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I have some experience with fasting.

IMO, longer-term fasting (consecutive days) is difficult, but also highly effective at cleansing the body, eliminating food and other minor addictions, balancing hormonal and metabolism function, as well as shedding excess body mass.  There is also the spiritual aspect of being free of all things materialistic, as Tyler described.  However, too much fasting can weaken and damage the body, especially in the form of muscle loss.  Not to mention how it can make it difficult to function at work, school, etc.  I believe long term fasting can also be difficult on body organs.  IMO, long-term fasts should only be done occasionally (perhaps every few months), and even then for no more than a few days.

Short term (intermittent) fasting (IF) I have found to be very beneficial.  My protocol is to fast until early evening (4-6 pm), exercise (usually weight lifting), then, when hunger occurs (usually an hour or so after exercise), eat as much real food as I'd like over a few hours.  This amounts to a daily fast of 16-20 hours.  I don't exercise everyday, in which case I merely break the fast around 4-6 pm.  This doesn't have to be done everyday, and there is no rigid eating schedule that needs to be followed.

In this manner, you still get the benefits of fasting without depriving your body.  This can also get you in tremendous physical shape (while in the fast you burn body fat, whereas eating after lifting builds muscle - see "Leangains").

Eating real food is also very important (Paleo is, IMO, the best diet).  Fasting can be tremendously helpful as a bridge to a healthier lifestyle.  As Tyler described, the benefits of fasting can be quickly lost if one falls back into bad habits.