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"Our goal at this point – the goal of step two – is to release the old thoughts and move into a place of open-mindedness."

  Dan Joseph, Inner Healing, Part 2

Step Two

Let’s immediately move on to step two. Let’s gather up the perceptions and thoughts that you wrote out in step one (along with their resultant emotions) and offer them to God to be healed.

As I mentioned earlier, I like to use a short prayer in this process. You are welcome to use whatever techniques are helpful to you – prayers, imagery, physical movements, or anything else that supports the releasing process. I often choose a spiritual figure who represents God’s love to me, and ask him to help me release these thoughts. I support you in using whatever approach is helpful.

For the sake of this example, I will include a short prayer below.

God, I see myself as unfairly criticized.
I see myself as trapped.
I see myself as unappreciated.
However, I admit that these are my own perceptions.
I am willing to release them to you and receive something new.
I give you these thoughts and perceptions.
I ask you for peace, God.
I release these unpeaceful thoughts to you.
I release them to you.

At this point, I usually spend some time feeling myself actually handing over the thoughts and perceptions to God. Our goal at this point – the goal of step two – is to release the old thoughts and move into a place of open-mindedness. Regardless of how much time that takes, we can try to reach that "crest of the hill."

If you find it difficult to move into a place of open-mindedness, you may want to say:

God, I have no idea what to think about this situation.
I give you my thoughts.
My mind is open.
I do not know what to think.

That clears the mind for an inner healing.

When you feel a space opening in your mind for an inflow of new thoughts, perceptions, and feelings, you can move on to step three. Even a tiny opening is enough.

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