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Peace from Broken Pieces:
How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
In the Meantime:
Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
Acts of Faith:
Daily Meditations for People of Color
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up:
40 Days and 40 Nights
Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth
Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
Don’t Give It Away!:
A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women
Living Through the Meantime:
Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past
and Begin the Healing Process
Yesterday, I Cried:
Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving
The Value in the Valley:
A Black Woman’s Guide Through Life’s Dilemmas
Every Day I Pray:
Prayers for Awakening to the Grace of Inner Communion
Faith in the Valley:
Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
The Spirit of a Man
Peace from Broken Pieces
In the Meantime:
Music That Tells the Story
Living from Your Center
Giving to Yourself First
Until Today Cards:
A 50-Card Deck
Tips for Daily Life Cards:
A 50-Card Deck
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2013947918
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4019-4361-5
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This book is dedicated to
my mother Sahara Elizabeth,
my grandmothers Rissie Holloway and Laura Gill Jefferson,
my stepmother Lynnette May Brown-Harris,
my aunt Nancy McCullum,
my sister Leola Ijalu McCullum-Opeodu,
and all the women who have mothered me
throughout my life.
I forgive my mind for thinking and myself for believing
that who you were and what you gave me was not enough,
was not right, and was not exactly what I needed.
I forgive myself for judging the women who mothered me.
Everything that happens to me is part of the plan for my awakening, including those challenging events that force me to shift out of my inertia and self-limiting behavior patterns. From the depth of my soul, I call out for growth. I pray to be released from my burdens and to discover and express my gifts. From deep within my pain, I call for peace. From deep within my co-dependency, I call for the courage and the freedom to be myself, to forgive myself, and to forgive all others.
We are about to embark on an exciting and life-changing journey. For some of us, this trek will be as challenging as climbing up a steep mountain while carrying a hundred pounds on our backs. For others, it will be like having a tooth extracted without Novocain. For many of us—those of us who are ready to change, heal, and grow—we will be energized and sometimes shocked with joy over how much we learn about ourselves and how good we begin to feel in the process. We are about to dive headfirst, soul deep into the practice of forgiveness.
What I have learned during my 30-year sojourn through the science of personal and spiritual growth and healing is that forgiveness will cure whatever ails you. The other thing I am totally convinced of is that while forgiveness ain’t easy, it’s the most important inner work you can do within your mind and heart.
Most of us were never taught that any experience that comes into your life comes by energetic invitation. For this reason, it is imperative that you learn how to keep your energy clear. The practice of forgiveness is your ticket to clarity, vitality, and freedom.