Welcome to Day 17 of the 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse. By today you may very likely feel a raw determination rising up to the surface—this is the passion of your soul that cannot be held back ever again. When you finally muster up the courage and the strength from inside your human self to declare, "I am going to fulfill my highest potential now," you are lifted out of the confining walls of your ego's will and into the limitless embrace of God's will. When you are committed to living a life in service to the most high, the choices to be great, to serve and be served, to love and be loved are apparent. You are keenly aware that the only way to get yourself to where you want you to go is to keep yourself fully bathed in the light. You know that your one and only job is to nurture and nourish yourself.

To stay in the state of inspiration and to experience the profound resource that resides within, invoke the agent of change called devotion. Devotion begins at home, inside your own awareness. Devotion is the agent of change that invites you to devote yourself—minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day—to chipping off whatever is in the way of your golden essence, anything that keeps your light from shining brightly. Calling on you to give up control of the outer world and gladly accept control of your inner relationship with God, devotion is essential for fully realizing your soul's calling.

With devotion at the center of your awareness, you don't have to refer to your past in order to make a choice of how to respond or react in any given situation. Instead, you can choose from your present commitment, your only commitment, which is to be the highest, most vibrant expression of divine light that is possible for you.

That is a commitment worthy of your dedication, loyalty...and devotion.

Cleansing Ritual

Find a comfortable place to relax and recall the beauty of your soul's vision. You've very likely already given a great deal of airtime to your voice of fear—with all its doubt and drama about your goals, desires and dreams. Now give your full attention to the voice of faith. Without censoring, take out your journal and write down what faith has to say to you about your future.

Soulful Action

Your Outer Goal: What could you devote yourself to in the outer world today that will bring you closer to your desired goal?

Your Inner Goal: Devote your attention to the feelings that nurture you and make you feel strong.

Soul Food: Devotion is the doorway into my soul.

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.

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