The fast started with a moment of synchronicity. First, the interior tremors started with all my nerve endings suddenly alive. Then came the loss of appetite over the next two days and finally a release of emotion from a very deep place came to the surface during meditation.
So, I decided to fast since I wasn’t hungry anyway and that was 11 days ago. I’ve fasted before just on water for 21 days so for this go-around 30 days seemed doable. If 30 why not 40 according to ancient rituals?
I’ve lost 8 lbs but I also feel cleaner which must be a reflection of the inner me revealing itself externally. The important thing to remember about Stanley Burrough’s Master Cleanse is to keep things moving and that means emptying out the intestines. The cleanse calls for a salt water flush where you gag down salt water and then wait for it come through. Not doing that. Or drink a laxative tea at bedtime which I’m not doing either because Senna gives me La Grippe. I’ve opted for Triphala and Psyllium husks that work slower but doesn’t chain me to the toilet.
2 tbls fresh lemon juice
2 tbls maple syrup
pinch of cayenne pepper
10 oz. filtered water
Drink 6 glasses a day or up to 12. You can drink extra water but it’s not necessary. Coffee and tea are not allowed but I drink two cups of coffee three days a week and Yerba Mate the other days. Coffee is acidic but not toxic. I also supplement with 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 2 tbls of Bragg apple cider vinegar in water occasionally just for some extra alkaline goodness.
In the past I’ve used a magnesium based cleanser, Mag 02 and I think there’s Oxy Clean that does the same thing. Not recommended unless you can surf the waves of nausea while your guts spill into the porcelain receptacle. It’s like the worst colonic ever! However, afterwards the clarity is incredible. After 40 days of fasting I expect to have the same clear head that is nothing short of spiritual.
If you try this, do not even think about farting. Just don’t do it. You’ll have enough shit to deal with without that extra cleanup.
Oh, the fast is in conjunction with the Dr. Joe video I posted prior so all the time I would normally spend shopping and preparing meals can be diverted to meditation where future reality replaces what I currently perceive as the present.
Update: Day 14 I’ve revised the fast to be water only after reading Dr. Herbert Shelton’s books. Dr. Shelton ran a fasting clinic in the 1930s and observed thousands of patients repair their bodies through fasting. He advocates not putting a time constraint on the length of the fast but letting the wisdom of the body determine when it’s over by producing a clean and pink tongue and real hunger, not simply appetite.
So how much water? Dr. Shelton says to drink only when thirsty and forced liquid overburdens the system by waterlogging the tissues. Bed rest is recommended unless you are trying to lose weight then activity is beneficial for quicker weight loss. He also avoids the use of enemas and purgatives claiming the body will rid itself of waste naturally when it’s ready to let go of it which may be during the fast or afterwards when food is resumed.
Fasting and Sunbathing by Dr. Herbert Shelton
The Science and Fine Art of Fasting by Herbert Shelton