Detoxification with Spiritual Organic Juice Fasting
Personal Juice Fasting Detoxification Programs address the impact of accumulated stress and toxins on overall health. On a 7-Day Juice Fast & Detoxification Retreat these affects can be observed in many ways. Symptoms such as bad breath, skin manifestations, headaches, weight gain, general malaise, allergies, fungal infections, gastrointestinal conditions, sciatica, various forms of low back pain, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and depression can all be indications of a system overloaded by mental and physical toxins. The Power of Organic Green Juice Fasting with supportive detoxification modalities has been clearly shown to turn this around.
Physical toxins can accumulate in many ways; the food we eat, the environment we live in, and daily emotional stresses all contribute to stored toxins in our system.
In recent history, mankind has managed to drastically change the chemistry of the environment in which we live. For example, in 1996 alone, more than 418,000,000 pounds of chemicals were released into the ground, threatening a portion of the soil we grow our food in and the natural underground water tables that supply some of our drinking water. Over 45,000,000 pounds of chemicals were also discharged into surface waters such as lakes and rivers. More than 1,000,000,000 pounds of chemical emissions were pumped into the air we breathe. A grand total of 2,433,506,582 pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment we eat, breathe, and live in, all in just one year.
To compound the problem of our toxic environment, we have refined away much of the nutritional value of our food supply and replaced it with artificial colorings, preservatives, flavorings, conditioners, etc. This poor quality diet-combined with extensive use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture-may have predisposed many of us to experience a kind of “internal” pollution. Internal pollution occurs when toxins enter the body from the environment or are produced by unhealthy bacteria in the intestine. Internal pollution negatively impacts many aspects of our overall health.
Everyone on the planet is being exposed to endless toxins therefore Tree of Life recommends a powerful detoxification program.
While it is important to be aware of toxins and do our best to avoid major sources, we can’t escape the reality of worldwide pollution on many levels. The best strategy is to practice good health habits and cultivate a vital life-force capable of dealing with environmental stresses. Cleansing is an important part of developing and maintaining a balanced body system, resistant to the excesses of the world.
A principal benefit of our Cleanse & Rejuvenate Programs is a break from one’s customary social setting and routine. At the Tree of Life you can reconnect with the basic habits of good health, the forces of nature, and clear any unhealthy temptations that might be part of your day-to-day existence. At our intimate center you’ll enjoy the revitalizing energy of clean water, fresh air, bountiful sunshine, and 100% organic, live-food meals and juices. You’ll also be supported in creating a new routine that includes exercise, meditation, and adequate rest.
Many people find retreat time useful in overcoming old habits, effecting lifestyle changes and directly experiencing one’s own body rhythms. Fasting, in particular, eliminates strong cell-memory cravings, making it easier for people to overcome addictive tendencies such as poor food choices, cigarettes and other stimulants.
Our Personal Detoxification Programs are also useful for those interested in deepening or renewing their spiritual practice. Group meditation is offered every evening and can be an important aspect of your healing work. There is meditation instruction presented during each program, suitable for beginners and for those who meditate regularly. To cultivate the body-mind connection necessary for inner peace, we also offer Kali RayTri Yoga. Your own self-reflection is equally important during your cleansing experience and the daily schedule is structured to allow free time for your own personal pursuits. Some suggestions for activities are journaling, reading inspirational texts from the Tree of Life library, further meditation, and enjoying the marvelous surroundings of our high desert mesa.
Please note that the Tree of Life Detoxification Programs are not appropriate for individuals dealing with addictions to alcohol or addictive drugs, such as cocaine, valium, and/or barbiturates, as we are not an “in-patient” facility and do not possess a hospital-level of supervised care. However, nicotine, caffeine and food addictions can benefit greatly from any of the programs, especially one that includes a juice fast.
Secrets of Cleansing and Rejuvenation
The healthful practice of cleansing and energetic revitalization can be understood in terms of four basic principles: (1) Activating the Vital Life Force, (2) Diffusion of Toxins, (3) Emotional and Spiritual Revitalization, and (4) Non-invasive Cellular Energizing Procedures.
Activating the Vital Life Force
The key to all successful, deep-acting cleansing and revitalization is activating the vital life force. When we increase the vital force and resonance energy of each cell through the fourth principle of non-invasive cellular energizing procedures (see below), the body has the increased energetic power to discharge the cellular, organ and total body toxins that have accumulated over the years in a weakened, low vital force system. The elimination of “ingested” physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual toxins is important for further increasing the vital force. Fasting has been recognized since the time of Hippocrates as one of the primary ways to activate the vital force. Contemporary technologies have also been discovered that increase the vital life force. By energizing the cells with our infra-red sauna, oxy-bounce, and ozone steam box, all which increase oxygen at the mitochondria level in each cell, we are able to significantly amplify the cellular energy. When the cellular energy increases in each cell they have an increased capacity to discharge accumulated toxins.
In the physical and chemical phenomenon known as diffusion, elements move from areas of higher concentration to those of lower concentration. If we lessen the amount of toxins in the blood through dietary change, fasting, and other processes, the law of diffusion tells us that the toxins concentrated in the cells begin to flow back into the extra cellular fluid. Toxins are diffused into the blood stream and then go to the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, lymph, and skin systems – where they are eliminated. Cleansing procedures that are particularly helpful for this are: fasting, individual Panchakarma bodywork treatments or our week-long Panchakarma rejuvenation program, lymphatic drainage bodywork, 10-15 minutes of re-bounding, oxy-bounce, yoga, pranayama, sunbathing, air baths, infra-red sauna, ozone steam box, skin brushing, and enemas.
Emotional and Spiritual Revitalization
The third principle of the rejuvenation experience is emotional, mental, and spiritual revitalization. This process is greatly enhanced by a joyous, uplifting emotional and spiritual setting in which the inherent spiritual light is activated and awakened. Many people have a greatly depleted vital force from years of sadness and spiritual numbness that has lead to a build up of physical toxins on the physical plane. The focus of the “Tree of Life Experience” is to provide foundational support for recovering one’s natural sense of joy and connection. The Zero Point Process Self-healing intensive is an exceptional adjunct to your Detoxification Program to assist in the clearing of limiting emotional and mental patterns that create low vitality. (ZPP is often best taken outside of the context of some of the Detoxification Programs because of time considerations and personal comfort. Additional fees apply.)
Non-invasive Cellular Energizing Procedures
We have created some of the country’s most effective Detoxification Programs that include such potent non-invasive cellular energizing processes as: juice fasting, yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) other forms of energetic exercise, aerobic rebounding and other forms of physical exercise, lymphatic drainage bodywork, Panchakarma bodywork, energy work, emotional clearing, homeopathic, herbal, and nano-technology remedies, infra-red sauna, oxy-bounce program (increased cellular oxygenation), and our ozone steam box, organic live-food, access to all the powerful healing forces of nature, what many feel is the most outstanding spiritual juice fasting program in the world, and emotional clearing with the Zero Point Process course. All are offered with the protective nurturance and joyous inspiration of an unparalleled spiritual sanctuary which is a very powerful environment for eliminating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual toxins.
In sum, by cultivating the four principles of cleansing and energetic revitalization we have developed several highly effective, gentle, non-invasive Detoxification Programs. The Personal Detoxification Programs at the Tree of Life benefit you in three ways. First, we offer the opportunity to abstain from what is toxic to the body, mind and spirit. Next, we address the toxins already acquired with a cleanse (which may include a juice fast) based on a pure, 100% organic, vegan, live-food diet and a series of progressive treatments including lymphatic drainage bodywork, ozone steam box, infra-red sauna and oxy-bounce protocol. Additionally, we offer lifestyle training–including yoga, meditation, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine food preparation instruction, and optional spiritual gardening training–to support your ability to maintain your renewed system and reduce the future affects of environmental stress after you return home.
Fasting is formally defined as a complete abstinence from food and water, however in a larger context, according to Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), Dip. Ayurveda, it means to abstain from that which is toxic to the mind, body and soul. We have found juice fasting to be the best, and safest, method to allow for cleansing while still maintaining energy and rejuvenation on all levels. The Tree of Life is the leading therapeutic and spiritual juice fasting center in the United States. It is founded on the experience of thousands of fasts supervised by Dr. Cousens since 1988.
“Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast, and behold the strength of the Spirit” Rumi
Fasting is an excellent method for cleansing your entire system. The fasting process begins after day two or three when the body goes into autolysis, the process whereby the body is digesting its own dead and dying cells. In the body’s wisdom, it selectively decomposes those cells and tissues that are in excess, diseased, damaged, aged, or dead. This allows for an improved ratio of healthy cells in the body. Since this is a time of increased off-loading of toxins it puts a cleansing demand on the many organs involved. During a fast we must give extra care to supporting the eliminative systems of the body such as the skin, kidneys, liver, bowel and lungs. You will be given instructions during your program as to how to best support your body in the elimination of these toxins.
Why Juice Fast? Juice fasting is a form of fasting in which organic, living-food juice supplies enzymes and living micro-nutrients that further aid the cleansing process. In comparison to water fasting, there also tends to be fewer healing crises or depletion of energy. Since juices are high in minerals, vitamins and enzymes, which help with the rejuvenating process of the body, the juices are assimilated directly into the body without stimulating digestive enzymes. The alkalinizing properties of juices help to neutralize acidic conditions (from which many people suffer) and the toxins being released by the body. The alkaline component of the juices helps to reestablish the alkaline reserve needed for rebuilding health. With juice fasting, most people experience increased energy since the body is given a well-deserved rest from the work of digesting the complicated varieties of foods and beverages often consumed daily.
The Tree of Life juice fasting programs use primarily green juices, rather than fruit juices. Dr. Cousens has found that green juices minimize any problems with hypoglycemia and fungus and maximize the detoxification process with a minimum of “healing crisis.” The use of green juices is part of the advancement that has come with Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine.
“Spiritual fasting is the elixir of spiritual nutrition.”- Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H)
Fasting is also rewarding in spiritual pursuits. It has its history in the spiritual practices of almost all religions. Because fasting accelerates purification of the body, it enhances the movement of all levels of energy, including the spiritualizing energy. Fasting allows for the conditioning of instinct and bodily desires to be diminished allowing for the desire to commune with the Divine to be experienced more clearly. A common occurrence is for people to find it easier to meditate. In general, as the mind begins to clear of physical and mental toxins and becomes more tranquil, one begins to experience the joy that is our birthright.
Most people can receive benefit from fasting. The exceptions are those people more than ten pounds underweight, those with severe wasting diseases such as neurological degenerative diseases and certain cancers, and pregnant and lactating women. Any program that includes fasting is subject to prior approval, so please contact our office to determine whether a fast is suitable for you.
In our complex and toxic world, it is easy to become toxic and lose one’s center on a regular basis. Our spiritually based Detoxification Programs are a wonderful antidote to this dilemma. To your health!