This is the season of Lent and many people are taking the time to fast. Fasting is generally defined as abstaining from food or drink for a period of time however there are other ways to fast according to metaphysician and Unity founder Charles Fillmore in his book Keep A True Lent. Metaphysical fasting is a personal and spiritual practice that has been used historically to bring about positive change in life. Biblical fasting is recorded as a way to become closer to God and combined with prayer involved abstinence from eating to manifest victory over certain situations. Today fasting is a powerful tool that can be used for manifestation. Metaphysically fasting is the abstinence of something in the effort to make room for something else of a more positive stature.
What happens if for some reason you are unable to fast from eating totally? Here is a list of some suggestions for alternative fasting options:
1)Daniel fast: Based on Daniel in the Bible who ate no “royal food” instead choosing to eat fruit vegetables and water, primarily a plant based diet for a period of time.
2) Fast from speech. According to Dr. Leon Masters founder of the University of Metaphysics describes meditation as a great way to release negative thoughts and begin to to cultivate positive experiences in life. Meditation is fasting from speech and it is cost effective, has no real time restrictions and the benefits are amazing.
3) Fast from doing certain activities like shopping, excessive spending, sex, alcohol or speech. If you choose to fast from excess spending or eating consider donating the money you would have spent to a charity or food bank in our local area. I received a text that requested individuals to place an article of clothing in a bag each day of Lent and at the end of the forty days give it to an organization that serves those in need.
4) Fast from negative thoughts and speech. Charles Fillmore of the Unity Movement wrote in the book Keep A True Lent: If we would “lose the bands of wickedness” we must learn to fast from all unworthy thought and feast on the good and the true. To observe Lent according to the spirit rather than the letter we must fast from criticism and condemnation and feast in brotherly love; fast from false beliefs in sickness and weakness and feast on the truth of God’s omnipresent, perfect life; fast from false beliefs in lack and limitation and feast on the truth of God’s bountiful good will. After the release of any negative thoughts sow positive thoughts of peace and love and prosperity.
5) Fast from social media. This can be a huge one! It is crazy that so many people are addicted to social media according to one source this addiction can be as “habit-forming as cocaine”. Is this you? See how long you can go without a visit to Facebook…perhaps you need to fast.
Fillmore goes further to state, one of the most valuable ways of observing the Lenten season is to fast from(loose and let go) the belief that men or nations can stand in the way of God’s good will for man.
People are all inherently good and fasting is a way to step out of the learned behaviors of the sometimes monotonous day to day activities and enter into a new dynamic of peace, love and abundance. Abundance is everywhere in nature. Plants grow, birds soar, sunshine and rain, all grace us with visible proof of the infinite possibilities in this vast universe we inhabit.
However you choose to fast, if you choose to fast, take some time during this Lenten season to be grateful for all that we are and all that we have. It’s your life…LOVE it.
Let go and let God!
Alternative ways to fast
2) Fasting from negative thoughts
3) Fasting from activities like spending or shopping
Fast from negative thoughts
Keep your thinking positive!
Fast from shopping or impulse shopping
For a period of time only purchase necessary items.