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How to Begin Again

Here’s a process/ritual I call Soul Restore. The name comes from the 23rd Psalm – the bit “He restoreth my soul.” In this ritual, you only have two important parts to play – God does the rest.

Step one is to find an absolutely quiet, undisturbable sacred space. No interruptions. Then get quiet – as quiet as you can.

Your first action is to surrender everything to God. I mean everything. Everything that comes into your mind – big or small – old or young – idea or belief – thought or feeling – plan or desire – all are given to God. See in your mind this giving – this handing over completely. When you feel you are empty, wait. More will come. Give that too.

One thing you can surrender is your surrender. Allow God to run this ritual. Ask God to manage your surrender.

When you feel empty – really empty – wait. All of the old is being sucked out of you. Allow it to go.

At some point, you feel an urge to move forward. Don’t. Be patient. Allow the universe to work its magic in you. Wait until your waiting feels complete.

Then begin loving yourself. Say “I love myself.” Over and over. And say “I love myself when I’m thinking this – or feeling that” – whatever comes up. Loving yourself is the first building block of beginning again.

In your quiet, as you love yourself around everything that shows up, know that God is rebuilding the new you. This is a good thing! Express your gratitude. Know that all is well!

At some point, your body will get up and move. You have finished the ritual. This is where you don’t ask twenty million questions about what just happened – about what will happen. Only move in grace – the grace of a soul that has been fully restored.


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