How would you like to do something extraordinary for yourself? Something to raise you up and empower you?
I’m going to hope that you said, “yes”.
As this new year begins to enfold, I wanted to offer you a practice that has proven to be both magnificent and magical for me. It began several years ago when I was attended a retreat at Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Our program presenter is one of my all-time favorites, Tama Kieves. If you ever get a chance to attend one of her workshops, please do yourself a favor and sign up. She’s fantastic.
One of the exercises she suggested to us was to write down several ‘permission statements’. They could be about anything, as long as they felt true to us. It was and is one of the most liberating experiences of my life.
It may sound simple, and it is. There are no set rules and no limits to the creativity you can express, so you can go in any direction that calls to you. The freer and more open you are, the greater your rewards.
This is a life-affirming process and something you can do whenever you feel it would assist you or boost your energy. Each time I add to my list, I feel wider and more expansive. And happier.
What a divine reward that is.
If you have the time now, perhaps you’d like to give it a try. I’d suggest starting with five statements and see how it goes.
The first time I did this it took me several minutes to get into it. I can’t recall what I was concerned about but there was some roadblock standing in front of me. I had to marshal my forces and shove it out of the way before I could begin.
That turned out to be my first permission statement…” I give myself permission to do this assignment”. And from there things began to pick up speed. After the session was over, I went back to my room and sat down to see if more would come. And they did, a whole river of permission statements flowed out of me. It was as if a dam had broken. The liberating feeling created was what my heart needed in that moment and I was so grateful.
I can still capture this same feeling when I write new permission statements now.
I’d like to share some with you in the hopes that they serve as a springboard for your own to appear.
“I give myself permission to speak my truth. This does not mean I have to tell everyone everything.”
“I give myself permission to release the word ‘should’ from my vocabulary and speech and thought whenever it appears and to remind myself the word comes from fear, and so I can turn to love, no matter what the subject or context.”
“I give myself permission to live a life of happiness, bright beautiful happiness, knowing I deserve it simply because I am alive and know there are no requirements or restrictions on my life, because I am a free child of god.”
“I give myself permission to trust the process (of life) and to release any investment in the outcome(s).”
“I give myself permission to realize that at times I will feel struggles and feel vulnerable and feel fears of all kinds, but then to always remember to choose to love myself.”
They are not all long statements. Some are very simple.
“I give myself permission to dream any dream.”
“I give myself permission to live the life I came here to live.”
“I give myself permission to be gentle and kind and loving.”
I hope that this idea takes root in you and that you give yourself whatever permission would offer you peace, freedom and love.