Fasting Soul Searching
Soul Searching is Triggered by Fasting
Soul searching can start within hours of fasting. Water fasting is a powerful spiritual trigger and the big questions rise to the surface of conscious quickly. With juice fasting, it may be several days or weeks before that dull ache in the soul demands answers.
Soul Searching Questions
- Who have I become?
- Where am I going in my life?
- How am I treating those around me?
- Am I happy?
- What will I leave behind?
- Why do I feel this way?
Signs of Soul Searching
- There is a dull ache in the heart that demands introspection.
- Feeling bad about past events where you have acted less than admirable.
- Wanting to be alone and feeling irritated by anything that distracts your thinking.
- Feeling a sense of purposeless and hopelessness.
Soul Searching and Enlightenment
Rather than a blast of light from heaven the wisdom and revelations of soul searching are a slow persistent building of harsh truth and painful acceptance. It is not comfortable. In fact, at full intensity, soul-searching feels like your world has crumpled and all the remains is a mirror that painfully reflects a self-centered meaningless life. That understanding is enlightenment and the pain it brings is the reason most people avoid it.
The Impact of Soul Searching
Change is always the end result of soul searching, a change of friends, jobs, or location, and a dedicated effort to change lifestyles. There are break-through points when it comes to soul searching. Many back off from the pain but wisdom pushes forward to become immersed in the pain. It becomes a cleansing fire burning the dross of life leaving behind only what has value to the soul. Love, faith and dedication survive the passage but hollow dreams die. What is shameful is exposed and true destiny becomes a deepening hunger. Many people find soul searching too painful and they seek distraction or end the fast. Soul searching commonly results in profound peace and a deepened connection with God. Soul searching stirs faith, connectivity and renews appreciation of the little things.
Change Through Soul Searching
The deep achy feeling and the insights that come with the soul searching will fade quickly and so will the motivation. Unless you make decisions and plan how to follow the decision the value will be lost.
After being a staunch Bible believer for several years I discovered that the four gospels were originally anonymous and the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were added years later including the fake personal intro. With more study it became clear that the books of the Bible were written from 40 to 120 years AD and each version becoming more complex and detailed. I was in shock to read the note at the bottom of Mark stating the various more elaborate additions of the resurrection story that did not exist in the first publishing and were added at a later date. The evidence pointed to a highly embellished story centred on a travelling magician that became a central plot for hundreds of versions. Over one hundred were discovered dated to the period. One had John the Baptist ordering bedbugs out of his bed with the power of God. One statement in the Bible is accurate “the truth shall set you free.”
I had based my belief on a feeling. Believing in God had given me purpose, significance and a plan. I wanted to feel special. I faced harsh depression when the religion bubble bust and it took me years to get to a basic understanding that I define my purpose and death is not to be feared as there is nothing.
I have continued to help people in fasting and worked in a hospital in the Philippines and with the provincial governments of Papua New Guinea. I believe that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to help people regain health and passion for life. I have travelled the world for 15 years and presently in Asia. Occasionally, I am joined by a visitor from Fasting.ws and we have fasted together and become good friends.
It takes courage to challenge a religious belief that offers so much. For me, truth and hash cold reality is better than the most beautiful intoxicating lie. Soul searching finding meaning purpose and passion is a journey that you define. There is no map or predefined steps to take, just big questions and the courage to make changes. I constantly ask myself “what do I want” and “what do I need”. At this moment I am living in a hotel in Vietnam for $6 a day in the cool mountain air of Dalat, Vietnam. I have more than I need, rich in experience and freedom and uncluttered with possessions and attachments. Yet I never would have made it to this point without the big questions and forcing myself to answer and act. Freedom demands sacrifice to reach it which I am glad I did.
By Tom Coghill of Fasting.ws Articles may be copied or reproduced as long as the back links to fasting.ws are intact and the author’s name is included.