Fasting for Intuition - Is it Transpersonal?
I was not raised with any particular religion so the idea of ritual fasting was completely foreign to me. Growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania farm country, we come from a long line of Methodist farmers. Life was centered around a solid work ethic. We hunted off the land, cut firewood in the summertime to prepare for winter, and baled hay in the summer. Our family focused on sports, education, and community. By the time my mother had her own children, she'd already left the church. I don't judge that as a good or bad thing but we never had a Yom Kippur, Ramadan, or Lent. I never heard about the spiritual aspects of fasting.
Because I hadn't been raised in the church, I have had a lot of questions. As I began my spiritual contemplation in my late twenties, to make sense of some of my strange intuitive experiences, I dove in and explored everything: Buddhism, Hinduism, Shamanism, Judaism, Sufism, Christianity, New Ageism, and the Koran. I experienced a wide array of religions so I could make an informed decision. My young daughter was also asking questions and I wanted to give informed answers. She had only been to church with her grandparents so she knew of Jesus and that's about it.
Two decades later, after all the searching, I find myself looking within more to determine: inner truth, established beliefs, and how these shape my perception and reality. Inner truth and beliefs help to define religion but not the transpersonal. The transpersonal experience is life altering and leaves a person looking for an answer. It is almost always elusive because church and even spirituality can't define it.
I believe the transpersonal experience is what helps us spiritually with the cravings and hunger for something outside ourselves, that we want a connection with. Just as religion was established to help those connect with a higher power.
Since I never found a church I resonated with, I tend to have faith in what I've experienced versus what is being forced. I have experienced the transcendent through my intuition.
Personal transcendence is what the human potential movement calls the 'fourth force.'
According to Wiki,
"Transpersonal experiences include: spiritual self-development, self beyond the ego, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance, spiritual crises, spiritual evolution, religious conversion, altered states of consciousness, spiritual practices, and other sublime and/or unusually expanded experiences of living."
Ancient Fasters Include:
Is Fasting a Cleansing of the Soul?
Now, I've tried fasting for myself. I'm three days in and I can say with certainly I've seen an uptick of intuitive events. I will blog more about day-three events in my next post. As I've experienced some incredible intuition and synchronicities already, I'm starting to suspect these cultural traditions of fasting have positive effects on spiritual development. Maybe this process I've chosen is a cleansing of my soul. That is what it feels like so far.
I'm excited to continue with the process, following the intuitive path, and listening to my soul.