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     Right now as I write this post there is an Opioid epidemic which has swept across the United States. The damage goes on behind closed doors in many households across the country and in every level of society. For those who are addicted and seeking to stop the drug use there is the fear of losing their jobs,the fear of stigma and shame and the lack of information on how to handle treatment. I would like to relate inormation that I picked up to stop the chains of addictions durning my journey of healing others and seeking of knowledge.

     In reading the Bible I kept coming across the lines "wearing sack cloth and ashes' for the Biblical protagonast before they would undertake a great task or before something would be reveled. Was it just about wearing a sack and rolling around in ashes the burnt leavings of a camp fire? In coming to understand the deeper meanings of the Bible and other sacred texts more became reveled to me.

     In fact the term " Wearing sack cloth and ashes" can mean yes wearing in fact a sack cloth but it is more about cleaning your spirit. The definition for "wearing sack cloth" meant in ancient times to fast and to pray. In ancient times ritual bathing was the norm and would take up much of a spirtual seekers day to find purity before entering a Holy Temple or to come near an alter. So how and which way is correct for cleaning your spirit and resisting temptation?

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     I recommend learing to fast as a good way to start and in ancient times those who did in fact abstain from eating for long periods of time for spirtual reasons were said to be "wearing sack cloth". There are many sites on the internet that discribe fasting and how to safely go about it. I recommend skipping a breakast and perhaps lunch as well once a week to start. When fasting your body will have your mind speed up it's thought process in order for you to think of where your next meal is and how to get it. So in a way it actualy makes you smarter. Your body will metabolize the fat cells in storage and eat up the dead cells that exist in your body which is called Autolysis.  Another side affect is your skin will become smoother and more supple. You will be finally giving your body a rest in it's metabolic process in always seeking to digest food and it resets your functions to a more baseline level.

     I have found it is easier to raise Kundalini on an empty stomach and sometimes I fast for a time before I know a powerful healing will have to happen for myself or my healing of others. Budda it must be said and Jesus both were known to of fasted for long periods of time which was preported to bring them to higher levels of spirtual enlightenment. So how does fasting help you break from temptation and addictions?

     Imagine you are in a desert and have thursted for a long period of time. And you come upon a table with three glasses resting on it. One is filled with soda and the next one is a beer and the third is a glass of pure water which will you grab first? Of course you    drink down the glass of water first. It is the easiest one for your body to process and it is what you "crave" the most. But why is this so?

     When fasting you naturaly will come to shun processed foods and meats and sodas and alcohol as your body will learn to only want "what is good for it". Your senses will start to revert to normalcy and you will smell things with your nose more and your taste buds will be more refined. Your tounge is connected to one of the most powerful computers in the universe, your brain, so you will learn to taste things again and if it doesn't taste right you will know not eat it. You also should learn to feel the yearning to eat as a temptation and you will start to learn on how to be a witness inside yourself of how you react to the longing to eat. Now once you have mastered fasting you will learn on how to equate the will power in resisting food into other aspects of your life.

     Perhaps you have an addiction to internet porn or to smoking to alcohol or doing drugs. Learning on how to fast will help you to spirtualy build up your willpower and it will allow you to control your body more instead of it controling you. Meditation and fasting are powerful tools in the purifiction that is your spirit. Again I recommend if you re going to fast that you do so for only short periods at first and to consult a physician on a safe way to do so. Most doctors will tell you never to fast but there are some who will know about the healing and health benefits of fasting or "wearing sackcloth".

     In the Bible Jesus said to pray in a closet so not to as glorify yourself so when you fast you should try to keep it a secret between yourself and God. This will help you to build up your spirtual willpower up and it is pleasing to The Lord. Perhaps you will do it on special occasions perhaps you will be fasting to remember someone who passed away in remberance as an honor to their spirit or to stop drinking or smoking. Perhaps you just want to be more spirtual and will try fasting for that reason. Remember that when you fast you are in the company of the giants of the spirtual world the ones who are most quoted and talked about as a spirtual guides and sited as holy teachers they all fasted as well so you perhaps this will help you,feel free to let me know.