A necessary spiritual reconfiguring about food on a personal level
The final piece that launched this juice fast was my experience in an eight-week course called Awakenings. Taught by Jessica Dibb of Inspiration Community, it was an experiential exploration of our innate spiritual oneness. We had a week dedicated to food and nourishment and the insights that week opened the door for me and this fast. I learned:
- How to use all the senses in determining whether to eat something or not. Turns out for me that smell is key.
- That food is just one form of energy and we can get energy from a wide variety of sources: light, smell, sight, sun, air, water, plants, and so on.
- That the nourishment we crave from food is often a place holder for spiritual nourishment we crave.
- That the qualities we’ve entrusted to food are actually qualities we own, crave, desire, and exemplify.
- That in every moment, we have the ability to be aware and make a choice – a choice about what to eat, what not to eat, whether to be awake or asleep, relaxed or rigid …. you get the idea.
- That having an enthusiastic guide feels really good for something like this (Hi Ian!).
This fast started during that course and was a choice on a day by day basis. I didn’t do this fast, this fast was done through me. When I started to feel deprived, I checked in with these teachings and re-found my grounding. This fast was about nourishment and choice. My motivation was to keep in a lighter energetic state for the completion of this course and for a retreat I had last weekend. So I was dedicated to something more important to me than my immediate satisfaction – I was dedicated to my spiritual growth and freedom.
Photo by Kenneth Thewissen