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Excerpted from A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen. Copyright 1996 by Alan Cohen. Excerpted by permission of Hay House Publishers.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Nothing in the past has any power to affect what you do now."

  Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath of Life, Part 1

January 1
Clean Slate

Grand adventures await those who are willing to turn the corner.

- Chinese fortune cookie

In the film Clean Slate, Dana Carvey portrays a man named Pogue who has an unusual type of amnesia--when he goes to sleep each night, he forgets everything that happened to him before that time. A woman who had once manipulated Pogue asks him, "Can you ever forgive me for what I did to you last week?"

In an utterly childlike way, Pogue shrugs his shoulders and answers, "Sure!" Of course he can--he doesn't have the slightest clue what she did to him! As far as he is concerned, nothing ever happened; his relationship with her is as new as the current day.

As you enter this new year, nothing in the past has any power to affect what you do now. You are an entirely new person, different from the person you were. This year has never been lived before, and you have never had the consciousness you now have. You are setting sail on a great adventure determined only by how grand you are willing to think. This year, think big thoughts to create miraculous results.

I pray to start over. No matter what has happened,
I am willing to let today be new.
Thank you for the chance to begin again.

Today I begin anew.
I see through the eyes of innocence.

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