Fasting to Life Pt. 2

Fasting to Life Pt. 2

hunter gatherer

Fasting to Life Pt. 2

January 20, 2016
Bill Haberman
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What is the Prehistory of Fasting?


Of course we can not know the prehistory of fasting, but it no doubt was a practice before it was written about.  It can not imagined that early man did not fast just in the course of hunting and gathering.  

hunter gatherer

He was hunting and gathering in times when the hunt had failed or the pickings were beyond slim.  Fasting was part of the cycle of survival.  You would just drink a some water and press on with the hunt.  


If we look at the animal kingdom, we find that animals have an instinct to fast in times of sickness.  Some animals like bears

bear hibernating

even spend long periods of time on a regular basis fasting.  It is called hibernation.  But that is a fast.  Fasting in the natural world is a natural tendency.


Have you ever noticed a sick dog?  What does he do?  Many of them are seen stopping being meat eaters and just eat grass [grazing],

dog eating grass

drink water, and rest.  It is all quite natural and part of healthful healing for them.


Have you ever been sick and did not feel like eating.  But someone told you need to eat something.  Maybe that was your mom, a doctor or a dietician.  But you had it implanted that eating was the important thing in healing.  But your natural instinct was telling you different.  


There was something in our ancient past that remembered the practice of fasting.  Remember the saying, “Feed a cold and starve a fever.”  Most of us have heard that.  Our prehistoric past reminds us that sometimes fasting is the best thing for healing.


Maybe we should be listening to our body and how it feels in such matters.  Could it just be that the primal man is telling us to fast and rest to heal?  That might be the time for a water fast combined with rest when you do not feel like eating.  


[I am not giving medical advise in any particular case, just saying there is a natural tendency to fast and rest for healing in certain times.]



Herbert Shelton (1895-1985), who was a doctor who supervised over 40,000 fasts, wrote that,


“Fasting must be recognized as a fundamental and radical process that is older than any other mode of caring for the sick organism, for it is employed on the plane of instinct…”


About The Author

Dr. Bill in San Antonio, TX, holds six degrees in religious studies including a Ph.D. and a Th.D. He holds several other certificates and certifications. He has been what some call a professional student.

Raised mostly in rural south and south-central Texas, he is equally at ease on the ranch, in the woods, in meditation, or metaphysical pursuits.

He was the author of two books now out of print and several that he has not pushed for publication. He has written numerous articles in pier review journals during his time in traditional ministry.

He was invited to be on the translation committee for a modern Bible translation but declined, for philosophic differences over translation presuppositions.

His studies in comparative religions led him into an in depth study of metaphysics.

He has a knack for noticing overlapping principles in different systems. It occurred to him that when things keep showing up in many religions that these maybe the secret truth past down from our ancient past that are applicable to us today.

As in folk lore Odin hung from the tree upside down and after nine days, came to know the secret runes. Today Dr. Bill strives to look at repeating truths in a different way. He is willing as needed to take the time to see the secrets that are ready to be opened from different directional considerations.

Dr. Bill was a traditional minister for 25 years, filling pulpits two times a week and teaching many classes.

Now he has centered his work on the metaphysical of spirituality.

Dr. Bill looks at the metaphysical and spiritual from a new eclectic perspective. This rare insight has been a boon to him and as he works to help you can be a boon to you

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