Unleash the power of fasting to help you discover your sacred self. A centuries-old tradition, fasting has historically been recognized as a way to heighten human sensitivity to all things-animate and insensate-in the universe. Ancient cultures understood the link between the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual experience and acknowledged fasting as a means for makUnleash the power of fasting to help you discover your sacred self. A centuries-old tradition, fasting has historically been recognized as a way to heighten human sensitivity to all things-animate and insensate-in the universe. Ancient cultures understood the link between the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual experience and acknowledged fasting as a means for making this connection. The Fasting Path is a guide to help readers safely and effectively use fasting to tap into the sacred energy of the earth. Author Stephen Buhner explains how fasting allows us to experience fully the intricate relationship of the mind, body, and the spiritual world. Step by step, Buhner leads readers through the fasting process, preparing them to embrace the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing resulting from this transformational phenomenon....
|Title||:||The Fasting Path: For Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Healing and Renewal|
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The Fasting Path: For Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Healing and Renewal Reviews
*Sigh* Another book on fasting by a True Believer. I would really like to find a good, objective discussion of this topic but am having some difficulty.The Fasting Path is quintessentially one of those New Age tomes that combines pseudo-science with the fervor of conversion to make some rather outlandish claims (cures cancer! reverses cardiovascular disease!) and entirely obscures the few interesting philosophical and practical items it has to offer.Why is it that this whole naturopathic/herbalist branch of thought feels the need to make bald statements based on extraordinarily limited evidence when the facts of their experience would be much more compelling? This inferiority complex toward allopathic (Western) medicine simply serves to reinforce the idea that they are placing themselves in the same category of endeavor and in that match-up they will always, always lose. Mind you, I have the deepest respect for many of these practitioners and have even benefited personally from seeing a naturopath. But even this man I respect felt some odd need to march out outlandish claims based on an odd mixture of cherry-picked (and often since discredited) science and unreproducible non-science with a limited and confounded class of subjects. Often these claims are entirely and eye-rollingly anecdotal. An example from this book: Buhner goes to great lengths to make the case that the heart, because it has a great deal of innervation, therefore has a mind of its own, as if it is somehow important to prove that the literal heart and the emotional heart are one and the same. This is just silly stuff and has no basis in fact and, most important of all, doesn't matter a bit. Instead, it just makes the man seem rather silly when he does, in fact, have some good stuff to say.Just an annoying is the perpetual reliance on information that begins with the phrase, "Almost all ancient cultures believed..." as if that inherently proved something worth proving. I guess they were naturally better than us, so all of what they did must be better, too. I suppose we shouldn't mention that many ancient cultures believed in virgin sacrifice to propitiate the gods? Naw, that just ruins the pretty picture, doesn't it?But listen to this: Experiencing the world as nonliving has powerful implications for how we live our lives. Our lack of real experience with our own soul, its intelligence and wisdom, and our failure to regularly engage the soul of the world and other living things cause all of us to live a half-life, cut off from the luminous, one of the primary sources of direction in life. To me, this sounds like real wisdom.Or this: "Fasting casts each of us into the choppy waters of our basic relationship with food....In many ways, relationship with food is the same for all of us. It is about trust and intimacy and survival." Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!What a shame that an author with such wonderful things to say spends so much time on the mostly worthless crap that is the nutritional information and "science" behind his claims. A philosophical book expanding on the understandings behind the quotes above would have been much more useful and much less dangerous to those who might try to carry out some of the more outrageous plans contained herein. Ah well, my search continues. Heck, at this rate I may have to write my own book on the subject. But I may need to sacrifice a few virgins. Anything for science!
I followed this book into a first fast - have read two of (Secret Teachings..., Lost Language...) Stephen's books and felt I could trust his knowledge. The first sections explaining the physiological, physical, and psychological effects of the first stages of fasting are really good! I eased my way into a fast with 6 weeks of simple diet - as suggested by the book - felt all went very well through a ten day fast (7 of which was water only) - BUT found there was very little support in the -'re-feeding' stage where you reintroduce foods - this was the hardest part of all - dealing with strong cravings, feelings of guilt re: overeating, choosing suitable foods etc. I felt very out of my depth suddenly and made some very painful mistakes...and struggled to find support online too - no response to my email to Stephen - - I think that he could do a lot better on this section if he revises - and therefore creates a much more thorough support for those daring to follow this path...
Nodaļa par fiziskajiem ieguvumiem šķita vērtīga, bet kopumā no šāda tipa literatūras sagaidīju vairāk. Vietām par daudz "ūdens" saliets, atkārtošanās. Ņemot vērā, ka liels uzsvars tika likts uz atkopšanās periodu pēc badošanās, attiecīgi būtu gribējies atrast vairāk padomu un recepšu ēšanas režīmam atkopšanās periodā. Tomēr kopumā grāmata, kurai jāpaliek manā plauktā, lai nepieciešamības gadījumā pārlasītu vajadzīgās nodaļas.
This book is so comprehensive! It describes all aspects of fasting, what it does in a detailed medical way, and what to expect in a beautiful, spiritual way. I definitely recommend it for anyone who is curious or attempting their first water or juice fast.
This is by far the most useful book on fasting and also contains never before seen by me theory of digestion and taking in nourishment. If you are going to fast, this is the book!
full of good info for my upcoming spring fast and venture into personal chef for a friend.
Good overview, covers all the benefits and the pitfalls. Benefits cover all areas of life, from physical to spiritual.