Spiritual Divorce: Divorce As a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life

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Divorce As A Catalyst For An Extraordinary Life.

Divorce rocks the very foundation of our being, leaving us feeling lonely, flawed, enraged, undesirable, hopeless and empty. In Spiritual Divorce, bestselling author and workshop leader Debbie Ford reveals how this devastation can be transformed into a profoundly enlightening experience. This empowering guide shows how the collapse of a marriage is, at root, a spiritual wake-up call, an opportunity to liberate ourselves and reclaim our lives. The end of a relationship -- no matter who ends it -- is a damaging moment. Ford offers a clear program for turning ruin into renewal.

Ford provides life-changing tools and exercises as she walks you through her plan for self-discovery. She shares her own powerful story of divorce, weaving it together with inspiring real-life personal accounts to illustrate seven spiritual laws for healing. Understanding and practising these basic laws -- acceptance, surrender, divine guidance, responsibility, choice, forgiveness, and creation -- will help you break through your fears, dissolve your pain and comprehend the deeper meaning of events in your life.

The turmoil of divorce is a priceless opportunity to explore your inner world and accept your entire self. Offering gentle instruction and wisdom from many faiths and traditions, Ford demonstrates how utilising the seven spiritual laws for healing will enable you to make peace with your past, purge toxic emotions and be liberated from old behaviour patterns. Living fully in the present will reconnect you to your divine nature, making new love possible.

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Whether you are the one who leaves or the one who is left, divorce is a painful, wrenching experience, explains author Debbie Ford. Since Ford is comfortable dwelling in the shadow side of life, it's not surprising that she believes that the excruciating pain of divorce can lead to enormous spiritual growth. "Emotional turmoil can be a powerful catalyst to reconnect us with our divine nature," she writes. "It propels us into a journey of self discovery and urges us to learn how to love and accept our entire being." Herein lies the promise of a "spiritual divorce."

Because Ford is a highly effective workshop leader, she has a knack for breaking down spiritual matters into manageable bites. She is also willing to share the truth of her own painful divorce, allowing readers to see her initial pain and consuming resentments. Ford divides her book into seven laws, beginning with the "The Law of Acceptance," where readers are asked to imagine a benevolent divine order at play rather than taking a blaming stance. In the section titled "The Law of Responsibility," Ford encourages readers to gently begin the process of taking responsibility for their own darkest qualities. This is the thrust of Ford's highly respected shadow work--illuminating the dark side so we can stand in divine light. Each section ends with "Healing Action Steps," where Ford suggests specific exercises or meditations. For example, in the final chapter Ford asks readers to make a new "divorce vow" that is a lifelong commitment to one's highest self. --Gail Hudson

About the Author:

Debbie Ford is the national bestselling author of Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, The Right Questions, and The Best Year of Your Life. She lives in La Jolla, California, with her son.

For information on the transformational work of Debbie Ford and her certified Spiritual Divorce coaches, please visit www.debbieford.com. To learn about her emotional education programs-workshops, tele-classes, and the Spiritual Divorce professional coaching certificate program-visit www.jfku.edu/fordinstitute.

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