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Day 8

The Power of Liberation


By Debbie Ford

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As you prepare for these seven days, I ask that you take the time to really acknowledge how deeply you have traveled during Week 1. You did it! You devoted the first seven days to self-observation and self-inquiry to round up many of the beliefs, interpretations and habitual patterns of thinking and feeling that are no longer serving you. It’s time now for a new way of being. It’s time to be bold, to be radical in your willingness to reinvent yourself. The past need not stifle you one more day.

In order to achieve the goal you set for yourself on Day 1 and the feeling you most want to experience, you must move out of the past and open up to the present. You must awaken to a new day, a new time, where you are free to be all you ever imagined. I urge you to really let yourself imagine being free —emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. When you do, you will have access to what my friend Deepak Chopra would call the field of infinite possibilities—the field of consciousness where you are one with all that is, all that was and all that will be. This holy field of perception doesn’t require any more time or miles or pain in order to arrive there. But I can’t possibly emphasize enough that accessing it requires that you leave the past where it is meant to be…in the past.

When you invoke today’s agent of change, called liberation , you are igniting the power to release all that reminds you of the past, everything that is symbolic of your anger, your suffering and your attachment to old ways of being. So take the leap with me today—drop the weight of the past, purge it, thank it, bless it and let it go. From this day forward, anytime you see anything that is unnecessary, throw it away or give it away.

Cleansing Ritual

Look around your present environment to see what’s old, what’s toxic, what’s wasteful, and what you can’t tolerate anymore—papers, old food, expired medicine, old diaries filled with toxic feelings. Schedule a 15-minute block of time today and spend three minutes each in your medicine cabinet, your bedside drawer, your closet, your kitchen cabinet and in the worst place in your house. Count how many items you can throw away or recycle. If you have more than 15 minutes, spend an hour. Do this until you feel liberated.

Soulful Action

Your Outer Goal: What could you liberate yourself from that would allow you to move more quickly to your desired goal?

Your Inner Goal: What could you do, or what could you allow, that could spark the feeling you want this year?

Soul Food: I am liberated from my past…a fantastic future awaits.

Debbie Ford is the national best selling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life and Why Good People Do Bad Things. Her new book is The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse (Harper Collins) . She conducts workshops across the country. She lives in California with her family.

 New exercises will be added on Monday through Friday. Use the time each weekend to get caught up on the previous week’s exercises.