How many days can a person survive without water?
Well, online searches show different things: 3 days, 5 days etc....
And how often do we believe what's shown online?.....
Well, I just finished my second time ever 7 day long dry fast: meaning no food, no water for 7 days.
Until the morning of day 7 I didn't even have contact with water on my skin.And hey! I am still alive, and feeling better than ever.
BTW I DO NOT recommend anyone doing dry fasting without supervision for longer than 3 days. Also, none of this post is a medical advice but merely me sharing my experience. Now with that out of the way, if you are curious how it was for me, and what I found on the other side of this experience, keep reading
Where it all started....
I was always fascinated by all sorts of different cleanses and detoxes. Coconut water chlorella fast, water fast, juice fast, liver cleanses, you name it, I tried it all and I loved all of them.
And then I got super fascinated by the idea of dry fast. And it wasn't for the health benefits of it.
My dad has done those regularly for quite the number of years, and I just wasn't ready to go that extreme.... Until last year. Where he shared with me how after day 5 he got all this mental clarity, higher awareness and heightened intuition, and there and then I decided I would do it... I was going through a tough time back then: lots of dark emotions, confusion, and I wasn't able to stop the mental and emotional loops. I hired a remote dry fasting coach who has been guiding others through this for more than 10 years now. And I did it. It was almost a year ago, in April 2020. It really blew me away, how much of my depressive thoughts and thinking about worst case future and obsessing about the past simply disappeared as a result of it.
Very similar things happened recently. I was working a lot, and way too many areas of my life were in flux, too many unknowns and open loops, and even daily 2h (sometimes 4h) meditations weren't enough for me to still my mind.
At the same time I decided to read "Breaking the habit of being yourself" by Joe DIspenza... And there was the perfect reminder I needed.
Dr Joe was talking about addictions. And how the most addictive things we have are often not drugs, sugar or alcohol, but emotions and thought patterns. We all have our favorite flavors of background emotions (some have guild, some love to blame, for some it is anger, victimhood, poor me.... you know what I am talking about, right?). And we have a biochemical dependency on them. And we use those emotions to distract us from feelings the emptiness inside, feeling the gap between where we are and who we want to be... And I realized that my thinking-feeling-thinking patterns were so strongly stuck, that I needed something more radical to break that cycle.
That's when I thought of dry fasting. It reset me so well last time a year ago, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Oh, and I decided to take a break from all the news telegram channels I was following to keeping myself up to date on what's happening in US... Another thing I use to distract myself. And I decided to actually take time off on the week-end (didn't have week-ends off for the last year)...
So no food, no water, no news, for 7 days.... To stop the spin.
Surprisingly, this time was waaaaaay easier than last time. Last time I had certain body aches, low energy, I was super hot most of the time, and I was overwhelmed with emotions that were surfacing. And I really got to see how I used food and drinks (non alcoholic LOL) to distract myself from feeling....
How many times in a day I would unconsciously feel discomfort and go straights to "let me go eat something or drink something". And now with those avenues being off the radar, I had to be present with those emotions and feel....
This time around until day 6 I barely felt any discomfort whatsoever! Maybe those 8 liver cleanses I did since then cleared out most stuff LOL. This time my mouth wasn't dry, till day 6 I didn't have body aches, emotions were quite leveled, and I was still working as usual.
Day 6 though kicked it up a notch mostly physically: I got super hot, AC was not helping, and all I wanted to do is lay on the cold concrete floor LOL which I did a lot. Meetings with my colleagues from then on were mostly in horizontal position LOL (they didn't mind, I am very grateful to be surrounded by such supportive people ).
I did notice the huge shift in emotions that day, into the positive side. Right after day 5... Right on time...
I touched a tree, and I was flooded with the feeling of love, awe, beauty, gratitude for life.
All those dark thoughts and feelings were completely wiped out, and I felt so present in the present moment. I was just admiring everything around me.
Day 7 I woke up and I felt this intuitive call that I need to jump in ocean. There are two ways to do dry fasting: no food no water taken internally - that's a given. But you can either do it super strict with no contact with water whatsoever, or more relaxed - have contact with water (like showers, swimming, etc.). And my dry fast coach recommended in hot climates(where I am now) I should have contact with water, but I decided I was tough and go without it until I get a clear sign from the body that I should touch water. So that day 7 I trusted my inspiration and went to the ocean with a friend. Ah what' a pleasure it was!!!! My whole body was tingling, I was overflowing with joy and awe yet again. It was pure bliss! And it finally cooled me down.
The last few hours were the toughest ones... Some old emotional stuff came up, and physical sensations in the throat charka and solar plexus became very pronounced.
When I was trying to find the root cause, with the help of another angel friend who happened to be around, I traced it down to a surgery I had when I was 1 years old!!! I got choked on a walnut and had to do a surgery under full anesthesia to take it out. There was nothing stuck physically in my throat this time, but I felt very similar symptoms (it was hard to breathe, it felt I had something stuck in my throat that no matter what was not coming out, and the feeling of helplessness). And then I realized. Detox always works from the recent conditions to the earliest..... And if I got to something that I was 1 years old, that means all the stuff since then is gone out of my body! That is super exciting!!!
And the main reward, the one I was going for is this:
My mind is super clear.
My emotions are super high (I mostly feel joy that I haven't felt in a while, peace, gratitude for everything and everyone around me, love towards people, plants, animals and things. I feel awe.
I felt high on life without any drugs LOL.
I don't just trust it will all work out, it turned into peaceful knowing.
Those were exact emotions that I was doing my best to connect to during my meditations and having a hard time doing so, I now feel all throughout my day.
My mental looping stopped.
Those thoughts are not racing any more.
I feel like I am fully in the present moment.
Even discussing things about touchy topics that used to trigger me spiraling down, didn't trigger me a bit, I was still staying in a high emotional state while having those discussions.
I have more compassion towards people, even the ones that used to drive me nuts.
My nervous system is calm and chill instead of being on overdrive and in fight or flight mode.
Ahh, it feels like a mental and emotional vacation
And I lots 7 kilos, weighting like I did in high-school. But from the previous experience, I know this is not for long, most of the weights will be back within 2-4 weeks, but hey it's still fun
I felt like I was reborn. I wanted a full reset - and that's exactly what I got!
I felt like I came back to myself again. Feels so good!
I am so grateful to have so many tools at my disposal.
Mental, emotional and physical.
Mindset stuff is good, but sometimes physical is a faster path to get the other two into alignment.
I still haven't looked at the news channels even though 7 days are over. I am not sure I will... I might maybe once a week instead of every 15 min LOL.
And the best thing of dry fasting: I no longer depend on food or water.
Of course I will need to eat and drink, but the compulsion to use it to distract myself is gone.
That's conscious choice now.
Plus doing something that many people feel is impossible, shattering common narrative beliefs - that is always fun.
What other limits do we place on ourselves that are not real, and we buy into them as if they are?
The picture is me about to take my first sip of water after 7 days of having none.
Talking about appreciating simple things in life