Why Fast During Advent?
For nearly 1,500 years it has been a mystical soul practice to fast during Advent in preparation for Christmas and the Holy Nights. I invite you to join me in the practice of this ancient discipline from December 1-21.
When . . . not if
In the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 6, which contains the Lord’s Prayer), Jesus says:
When you give to the needy ....
When you pray ....
When you fast ....
Not if you give to the needy, or if you pray, or if you fast.
Absurd . . . or wise?
Seekers and saints throughout the millennia have consistently affirmed that fasting is an essential discipline. This includes Rudolf Steiner:
"I want to mention something here which will seem absurd to most people. This is the matter of fasting. Awareness of the significance of fasting has been totally lost. Fasting is enormously significant, however, for creating rhythm in our astral body.
"He who fasts blocks the astral body and develops no desire to eat. The astral body becomes inactive then, and the whole rhythm of the physical body with its innate wisdom works upward into the astral body to rhythmize it. Like the imprint of a seal, the harmony of the physical body impresses itself upon the astral body. It would transfer much more permanently if the astral body were not continuously being made irregular by desires, passions, and longings, including 'spiritual' desires and yearnings.
"It is more necessary for the human being of today to consciously carry rhythm into all spheres of higher life than it was in earlier times. Just as rhythm is implanted in the physical body by God, so man must take up the responsibility to make his astral body rhythmical. He must arrange it for his astral body as the Spirit of Nature arranges it for the lower realms."
~ Rudolf Steiner, Esoteric Development, Lecture 1: ”Inner Development”. Presented in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 7, 1905 (GA 54).
Why Fast with Lelan and Others?
Fasting groups and meetups are increasingly popular around the world. I am aware of one Keto group that numbers over 1,000 members!
The dual phenomena of an increased interest and commitment to fasting, plus doing so in groups small and large, is evidence of a largely unconscious natural initiation process.
However, the majority of fasting plans and groups are limited to materialistic and/or exoteric approaches to physical and emotional wellness.
Lelan brings decades of experience not only with many fasting methods and lengths, but has also served and assisted over a thousand people on their healing, development, and integration journeys.
What . . . and now
A generally agreed upon definition of extended or prolonged fasting is not eating food or meal replacements for a period of 3 days or longer, drinking only water.
Other common lengths are 5, 8, 12, and 21 day fasts, each of which opens us to different body, soul, and spirit possibilities.
It is also possible to link a series of fasting periods together, interspersed with one or more days of light eating in-between the fasts.
Why . . . and how
There are innumerable fasting methods for the transformation of body, soul, and spirit. Innumerable? Really? Yes, innumerable because the most effective fast is literally tailored to the individual. No two truly effective fasts are precisely alike.
This very practical course will assist you to identify fasting practices that fit your needs and goals, as well as provide encouragement and support as you engage in the exercises.
What will be offered this Advent season is a range of conscious methods and precise means to support your individual path toward healing and integration. The addition of appropriate soul and spirit exercises can ultimately lead to miracles and metamorphosis.
Adding a healthy group component to the individual elements of our fasting disciplines increases the potential for unexpected perceptions and expanded understandings.
Further, Lelan will be available to help you perceive and follow through on the guidance offered by your Guardian Angel and God before, during, and after your fast.
Oh, and by the way, Lelan will also be one of the people in the group fasting with you!
Lelan Harris is a founding member and the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative. He is an experiential explorer and integrative practitioner of many human development and spiritual paths. For Lelan, every day is an adventure of discovering the wisdom of the cosmos -- God in every guise -- and then sharing those treasures through healing, coaching, serving, and pioneering. Lelan has been married to Julie for over 30 years, and among their greatest delights together is playing in and with nature through every season, ecosystem, and altitude; self-guided town and country tours; plus art, music, and dance.