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"The key is to express our permission and really mean it."

  Dan Joseph, Inner Healing, Part 4

Permission Slips

If Im able to identify some of my dark thoughts in step one, but Im unable to move to the crest of the hill the place where I say, "my mind is open to something new" I sometimes try an approach called "writing a permission slip."

When a young child wants to go on a school activity, she often needs a note from her parents a permission slip. Although that permission slip is just a little piece of paper, it is a powerful thing. It opens doors to new worlds.

As a parallel, we can write "permission slips" for our minds, just as a parent would write one for a child. If we feel stuck at step two aware of our dark thoughts, but unable (or unwilling) to release them to God we can simply state our permission for God to release us.

For example, I might say, "God, I see myself as very mistreated right now. I am feeling angry at so-and-so person because I believe that she snubbed me. I really want to snub her back. Those are my thoughts and feelings at this moment. I feel rather locked into them, but I give you permission to remove them. Thats all I can do right now. You have my permission to take them away."

That, I find, is surprisingly effective. As I wrote earlier, its like flipping the switch on a train track. The effort involved is minimal, but it sends the train down a new route. The key is to express our permission and really mean it.

Its my experience that God needs only the slightest opening to sweep away our unloving thoughts and send in miracles. A heartfelt statement of permission can create just this opening.

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