This year I received Medical Clearance that I would be able to do the Baha’i Fast again.
The last few years I have been unable to due to a chronic skin condition which has been pretty rugged. Psoriasis is not fun, especially when it enters the joints and takes them over, and when it is on a high percentage of the skin. It can even be life threatening, although thankfully I haven’t reached that point yet.
Many people have tried to tell me how to fix myself, which is almost as annoying as the condition itself. They have no idea what you have tried, and are sure they can come up with a magical cure. They mean well, I know they do, but it still doesn’t help. I have learnt detache from my skin.
Sounds strange but I really don’t have complete mind control to use self-hypnosis to lessen it and yes I have tried every cream you can imagine, and yes I have done the uv treatment and so on.
Despite not trusting self-hypnosis I have said to myself, ‘you are not your skin, you are beyond it somewhere else.’ It helps a bit but more because it helps me to let go of my skin.
When I describe what the condition is like, this is the best I can come up with, like having eternal chicken pox, and a road map to your stress levels or lack of sleep written all over your body. We’ve been seeing a lot of the sunrise! Anyway the Fast is a wonderful time to be in touch with the detachment from all things earthly, so it is timely and probably fantastic for me spiritually that this year I get to fast. The fast goes between sunrise and sunset each day for 19 days up until the evening of the 20th of March. It’s day four today. I am relieved to not have to go out into the heat today.
Yesterday I was off in town doing chores and catching up with friends and it was a scorching, burning, ‘please don’t melt me’ heat. I really had to lie down when I arrived home, in a cool room with a cold washer on my head. Yet it was something to reach the end of the day and release that the material had been decentred and I had become more in touch with my God given soul.
Slowing down to say a prayer waking up to see the sunset and remembering why we even exist
All things that distract us from true purpose washed away in the rain of abstinence
And stomach cramps remind us of all that live with them everyday without choice
Dry lips remind us to parch our spiritual thirst and search for that which makes us truly happy beyond the taste of strawberries
And the turning of the wheel of everyday routine we find a new rhythm
Sunset comes and we take note realising how much less we could do with and how much more we need that daylight of the love of the Eternal.
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