A Prayer for when You’re Broken & Empty.

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About a year after the death of my husband, I read Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss.

She tells the story of a man who equated his spirit to his personal power. She goes on to explain how personal power is a manifestation of life force and necessary for healing.

At a time in my life when I felt broken and empty, I was struck with by how sensible this was. It made sense to me that healing requires all of our internal resources, including our spirit, our ultimate internal resource.

I realized that it was possible, actually probable, that much of my spirit was not with me anymore. I could visualize all of the moments throughout my life where I had unconsciously misplaced pieces of myself, of my spirit. I felt compelled to act on this new understanding—but I knew that it meant I had to be ready to let go—to unhook from all the stories and the parts I played in them. 

This was a punctuating moment.  

I was empowering myself to heal and I wanted to do more than just think about it. I decided to symbolically search for and retrieve my entire spirit, and to honor the moment with a calling and a prayer.

I offer these words to anyone on their journey to heal who may be ready to own their authority. Sometimes something so simple can be so profound.

 

The Journey Forward

Today I send this prayer.

I call my spirit back to me,

All the pieces I have lost

Or have given away.

I call my spirit back

From the place where he left his body,

The moment his spirit took flight

And the part of mine that followed.

I call my spirit back,

From the moments in the past,

The ones I couldn’t get over

And the ones I didn’t let go.

I call my spirit back,

From the places I sent it in the future,

To warn me of what is to come,

And to keep me safe.

 

Today I send this prayer,

To call my entire spirit back,

To live in this body,

To be in this life.

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Author:  Kirsten Freeland
Image: Anil Kumar/Flickr
Apprentice Editor: Kathy Washburn/ Editor: Lieselle Davidson
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Kirsten Freeland

Kirsten Freeland is a mother and entrepreneur from Alberta, Canada. She writes about her experience of grief through her blog, honouring the mission that death can actually elevate life.

Carolyn Clontz Owens Jan 7, 2018 8:01pm

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