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Excerpted from The Other Side and Back by Sylvia Browne. Copyright 2000 by Sylvia Browne. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  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.

"If you have said or done something you knew going in would hurt someone, step up, take responsibility, apologize, and make an active effort to undo it."

  Sylvia Browne
The Other Side and Back
, Part 1

We live among magic and miracles every day, and we all have the power to create them. If it has been awhile since you thought about magic and miracles, or if you have given up believing in them, take heart. They are not gone, we have just temporarily lost track of them. And since magic and miracles bring joy and hope and a sense of excitement to our lives, we owe it to ourselves to start recapturing them.

Part of what has separated us from our magic and miracles is merely a process human nature - when we see things too often, we forget how special they are. If a unicorn appeared in the yard one morning in the early light, we would feel blessed. If a herd of unicorns appeared in the yard every morning like clockwork, we would probably call Animal Control to retrieve them so they would not damage the lawn. To witness live footage of The Parting Of The Red Sea once would undoubtedly leave us speechless with awe. After two or three weeks in a row of the same thing, I can almost hear us yawning and reaching for our remote controls to see what else is on. So it is not that magic and miracles have disappeared from our lives. They have not. We are surrounded by them. We just need to reconnect with them and stop taking them for granted.

We also get blocked from life's magic and miracles by the destructive emotion of guilt. I would guess that 18 of the 20 clients I talk to every day are consumed with guilt, and it becomes a more powerful force than magic and miracles could ever hope to be. So we need to address guilt and get it out of the way. 

If you have said or done something you knew going in would hurt someone, step up, take responsibility, apologize, and make an active effort to undo it. (Saying "I'm sorry" with no behavior to prove it is meaningless.) If you have said or done something that hurt someone and you can honestly say that was not your intention, apologize and then let it go! And do not tell me it is not that simple - it is if you are willing to stop embracing guilt as if it plays some kind of positive role in your life and recognize it as the waste of energy and the enemy of the spirit it is.

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