The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse dedicates twenty-one days and nights to building a profound and intimate relationship with your soul and the infinite force that fuels you with the will to live your highest potential. It is a profound process for cleaning up the past, getting honest about the present, and envisioning a future unlike anything you've ever imagined. This process offers a full-immersion approach to spiritual renewal, emotional transformation, and reconnection with your deepest purpose. Designed to support you in letting go of all the false beliefs and assumptions that no longer serve you, this cleanse will guide you to a deep and profound relationship with the greatest love imaginable, a love that can occur only when you've made peace with yourself, others, and your life as it is right now. And I can tell you with unshakable confidence that it will work for you if you allow it to.

When you take the time to cleanse your physical body of accumulated stress and toxicity, you are rewarded with increased energy, vitality, and optimal functioning. In the same way, the Consciousness Cleanse is designed to purify your mind and emotions, bringing you enormous amounts of strength, confidence, and deep inner peace. Past hurts and resentments cloud your perception, while present-day distractions and ego-driven desires impede your ability to make good choices. The Consciousness Cleanse takes you on a journey of spiritual revitalization that will move your attention from the outside world back to your sacred interior. Like a physical cleanse, it will liberate you from the toxicity of the past, reconnect you with your soul's purpose, and gift you with the clarity and the inspiration to care for yourself like never before.

If you are ready to claim the gold that lies beneath the surface of the self that you know, you are in the perfect place. The most descriptive tale of this journey that I've ever encountered, one that comes fully to life, is a Buddhist story. In 1957, a monastery in Thailand was being relocated, and a group of monks was put in charge of moving a giant clay Buddha. In the midst of the move, one of the monks noticed a crack in its surface. Concerned about damaging the idol, the monks decided to wait a day before continuing with their task. One of the concerned monks came to further examine the giant statue. He shone his flashlight over the entire Buddha. When he reached the crack, he was astonished to see something reflected back at him. His curiosity aroused, the monk got a hammer and a chisel and began chipping away at the clay Buddha. As he knocked off piece after piece of clay, the Buddha got brighter and brighter. After hours of work, the monk looked up in amazement to see standing before him a huge solid-gold Buddha, a priceless treasure the likes of which had never been viewed before. Historians believe the Buddha had been covered with clay by Thai monks several hundred years earlier, before an attack by the Burmese army. The monks had covered the Buddha to protect it so it wouldn't get stolen. In the attack all the monks were killed, so it wasn't until this day that the real value of this great treasure was discovered.

Like the Buddha's clay covering, your outer shell serves to protect you from the world, while your real treasure, your soul's expression, is hidden within. Unknowingly, you hide your inner gold under a layer of human clay. And all you need to do to discover your real value—your soul's gold—is to have the courage to chip away at your outer shell, the persona of the human ego, piece by piece. The outer shell is what keeps you from seeing the real light that lies within—your purest essence, your power, and your real worth. Until you are able to see who and what you are at your core, you will settle for the self that you know, and may endure immense and often needless suffering.
Excerpted from The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse by Debbie Ford. ©2009 by Debbie Ford. Excerpted by permission HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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