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The homework exercises at the end of this section will help bring to the surface feelings that have been kept dormant. Healing can begin for you today—this very moment—when you decide to make a change in your life. The first step is to fully accept that you have been hiding. There is no blame, there is no shame; you have simply done what you needed to do in order to survive. You can take back your life today by bringing back those parts of you that now need to be revealed to both you and your loved ones. It can be very shocking when you come to the realization that you may have been simply going through the motions of life rather than living your life. It will take courage to step out and let your light shine fully to all that know you. Just remember: True friends take the good with the bad, the great with the not-so-great, the yummy with the icky.
Soul Reflection
Please take some time this week for inner reflection. The more time you spend with each thought, the greater your results will be. Don't be surprised if you feel emotional while pondering this work, as you will be bringing up inner feelings that may have been suppressed for a while. Let people around you know that you are doing some soul work, and ask for their emotional support. This can also be a good time to ask the universe or your angels to comfort you and help you along your way.

Take out your journal and answer the following questions in depth. Take as long as you need with each question.
  • What does honesty mean to you?

  • What does it really mean to be truly honest with yourself?

  • In what ways are you not honest with yourself?

  • Imagine yourself completely free to be your authentic self. Nobody is judging you or watching you. What would your life feel like? What would you do?

Please choose one trait or instance in which you are not being honest with yourself and sit with the idea of changing that this week. How does that make you feel?

Connect with Others
Throughout this process, you may find it beneficial to connect with others taking this course. Share your thoughts in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.

Madisyn Taylor is the co-founder of the online website DailyOM.com and spends too much time on the Internet. She's also a best-selling author; her books include DailyOM Inspirational Thoughts for a Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Day (Hay House 2008) and DailyOM Learning to Live (Hay House 2010).

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