Welcome to Day 7 of the 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse. You began the process this week by stoking the flame of your desire and setting two goals—one for your inner world and one for your outer world. By taking the time each day to do your meditations and cleansing rituals, you are unhooking from the past and gently altering the fabric of your life. This is cause for celebration, and the sacred process of self-acknowledgment is the act of consciously and deliberately celebrating the best in yourself . By embracing self-acknowledgment —today's potent agent of change—you will take the next step in clearing out and opening up your consciousness for the powerhouse week ahead.

Self-acknowledgment boosts your emotional and spiritual immunity, giving you the strength you need to release the past and rise above fear, doubt or resignation. By affirming your own gifts and accomplishments, you build your confidence and increase your ability to build a brighter future. In the presence of your own loving attention, you create the inner conditions that are necessary to step into the next greatest evolution of yourself. Right now, there is a stronger, more vibrant, more inspired version of you that is wanting and waiting to emerge.

Beckoned by your emerging self today, pour yourself wholeheartedly into self-acknowledgment, deliberately turn your attention to all that you have done well in the past, to the qualities that you appreciate about yourself, to the courageous actions you've taken and to the contributions you've made to the people around you. Today is the day to focus 100 percent on what you value about yourself and on all that is going well in your life. As another expression of love, self-acknowledgment is truly a holy practice.

Cleansing Ritual

Imagine that your resistance to your emotions is based in fear. Tune in to the voice of fear. Listen to the judgments you hold on these emotions, and then write out everything you hear.

Soulful Action

Your Outer Goal: Uplifted by the energy of celebration, what action could you take in the outer world today that will support the fulfillment of your goal? Do it with gusto.

Your Inner Goal: What could you see, hear or do today to activate the feeling that you want to permeate this year? Open your arms to it.

Soul Food: My worth is celebrated by all.

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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