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|Although the Lemon Detox Diet is not a traditional fast, it provides an excellent opportunity to really feel spiritual and to understand why some of the
greatest historical figures had taught their students the art of fasting and spiritual reflection.
For much of human history, fasting has been guided by intuition and spiritual purpose. Today, our understanding of human physiology confirms the powerful healing effects of fasting.
This universal truth is reflected in the macrobiotic philosophy which states that food is essential to the formation of one’s character.
It is evident through scientific studies that there is some connection between one’s eating habits and one’s consciousness. Holy men and monks down the ages have undergone sessions of fasting - not to lose weight, but to purify themselves spiritually.
Countless letters have been received claiming that the Lemon Detox Diet improves the ability of concentration. Many feel totally reborn, free from worries, fears and anxieties and some say it has even given their life new meaning.
The Lemon Detox Diet does not directly solve all our problems but when the body is fit and strong we can concentrate on the use of our mind and spirit.
For thousands of years surprisingly diverse groups have fasted. Some fasted for spiritual initiation. The Zulus have a saying: “The continually stuffed body cannot see secret things.” Pythagoras fasted 40 days for enlightenment. The Cure of Ars fasted continually and demonstrated remarkable sanctity.
Both the Old and New Testaments proclaim the importance of fasting. Fasting played a key role in the spiritual journeys of Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad and Moses.
"Prayer takes us half way towards God, fasting takes us to the gates of Heaven" - Mohammed.
"As my body loses its superfluous weight, my being becomes more luminous and my spiritual being clearer and more resolute" - Buddha
Mahatma Gandhi fasted for 21 days to promote respect and compassion between different religions.
Perhaps the most famous fast is the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert.
Saint Basil the Great used biblical evidence to lend weight to his suggestions on fasting. "For to have the stomach full to excess and weighed down with food entails a curse, since the Lord said 'woe unto you, ye that are full now"
"Fasting is the greatest remedy--the physician within!"--Philippus Paracelsus, famed Swiss physician, with Greece's Hippocrates and Galen who, like fellow Greeks Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, practiced and prescribed prolonged fasting advocated fasting. Plato said he fasted "for greater physical and mental efficiency," just as Pythagoras, often described as the first pure mathematician, wouldn't even introduce his advanced students to his higher theorems and tenets until they'd done 40-day fasts.
Plato, the classical philosopher, studied with students of Pythagoras before becoming a student of Socrates (who set the standard for all subsequent Western philosophy), and later a teacher of Aristotle who, more than any other thinker, determined the orientation and content of Western intellectual history, authoring a philosophical and scientific system that, through the centuries, became the support and vehicle for both medieval Christian and Islamic scholastic thought. The fact that all these great thinkers practiced prolonged fasting should be instructive.
"Fasting is a valid experience. It can benefit any otherwise healthy person whose calories now have the upper hand in his or her life." --The New England Journal of Medicine