In many traditions, the physical body is considered a temple. It is a direct mirror of the state of mind, reflecting whether a person is happy or not. In most societies, fasting has long been considered one of the finest disciplines for uniting mind and body. Guarana can be used as a training sacrament for achieving conscious control over the physical body through the technique of fasting. Consider the following schedule as an exercise:

• 1. First month, fast one day per week, arbitrarily chosen but adhered to rigorously. This means no food, only water or tea (with guarana). Keep a journal, reporting psychological outlook.

• 2. Second month, fast two days—not consecutively—each week.

• 3. Third month, add a third day of fasting every other week. Observe change in your psychology. Develop your own schedule. Also note the tone in your "temple" (your body).

Using caffeine speeds up metabolism and kills the appetite.

Note ofCaution: Long-term or excessive use of guarana alters the blood sugar. This will cause nervousness, insomnia, and possible psychic habituation.

Guarana can also be used as a tonic nervine against hangovers, menstrual headaches, and neuralgia.

• Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family).

• Botanical Name: Cola nitida.

• Geographical Location: Native to West Africa, particularly in the regions of North Ashanti and Sierra Leone.

• Habitat: Near river beds of tropical jungles.

• Botanical Description: A tree growing from 40 to 60 feet high that has leaves 6 to 8 inches long pointed at both ends. It has yellow flowers spotted with purple. The yellowish brown fruit is divided into five segments, of which one to three segments contain seeds. The seeds are flat and are 1 1/2 inches long.

A sacrament to simulate sexual energies and combat fatigue

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