Traditionally during Lent, we are asked to give up things like chocolate, ice cream, soft drinks, high fat foods, doughnuts, potato chips, and so on. The phrase “deny yourself” is equated with “deprive yourself of pleasure.” And the focus is generally giving up certain types of foods, some luxuries like eating out in restaurants, reducing TV time, turning off house lights and using candles, and so on, throughout the Lenten season. Then when Lent is over, everyone falls right back into the old habits. Seems like a silly program to us!
As you might expect, we have a totally different take on Lenten sacrifice. Our spiritual practice is to fast from error thoughts, choices, and actions that create an illusion of separation with the Truth of who we are. . The dieting we advocate during Lent is dieting from doubts, fasting from fear, abstaining from believing we are unworthy, and eliminating the thinking that we are sinful by nature.
And, yes, if there are foods that are harmful to your physical body you may want to fast from them as well – not just during Lent, but as a lifestyle decision. The important thing to remember is that Lent is not a fad. It is a lifelong spiritual discipline.
Here are three important things to give up, not just for Lent, but forever:
We encourage you to fast from the belief that you are here just to learn lessons. You have lessons, and sometimes they are harsh lessons, but your lessons are the consequences of your error thoughts and actions. They are effects, not causes. You are here for one reason, and one reason only: to become one with and fulfill your Divine Nature – just like Jesus did when He became one with His Christ Nature. Feast on your oneness with Spirit.
Fast from the belief that there are incurable illnesses. You have the pattern of perfection within you. It is called the Christ pattern or ‘I Am’ consciousness. It is your Core Nature, the truth of who you are. Because you are whole at the level of Spirit, feast on becoming whole on the human level by connecting with your Core Nature.
Fast from the belief that life has to be filled with suffering. Although the belief that we are meant to suffer is a belief some people wear like a badge of honor, it is not one of the teachings of the Christ as Jesus. Jesus did not say in John 10:10 – “I came that you might have suffering and have it more abundantly.” He said – “I came that you might have LIFE and have it more abundantly.” So feast on living life more fully.
True Lent is a lifetime of fasting from anything and everything that we allow to separate us from our Divine Nature. So make Lent a life-long practice: Fast from fear and doubt. Fast from worry and thinking you don’t measure up. Fast from anything that denies the Truth of who you really are!
You are put here to enjoy life. Use this Lenten season to discover the Kingdom of Heaven, the spiritual muscle, the depth of compassion, the profound bandwidth of loving kindness, the abundance and prosperity that are yours by right of consciousness. You can do it because you are worthy … you are Divine … and you deserve to experience the very best — as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!.
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