When you think of the word benediction, you probably think of religious rituals.
But benedictions are not only for religion; they are also expressions of appreciation and respect delivered at significant endings to signify the beginning of another sacred journey.
Benedictions are extremely holy and cherished because they allow us to acknowledge all the pain and trials we have endured AND the triumphs and successes we have enjoyed.
And as we reflect and review all we have experienced, we celebrate and offer praise. We then open our hearts and minds with great anticipation, knowing that whatever is being birthed in us and through us will catapult us into a higher dimension of destiny.
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A few days ago, I offered a few benedictions in my life. I offered prayers of gratitude and said a few goodbyes over several identities that served the old me. I thanked those identities for helping me navigate some tumultuous times in my life and honored the power, perspective, and promotions that those identities helped me achieve.
I also offered benedictions over a few relationships that had run their course so I could SOAR unencumbered by the weight of performing, proving, and people-pleasing.
I said some farewells to some outdated beliefs that I needed to retire because they no longer offered guidance, truth, or illumination.
I also gave some Holy Ghost sendoffs to some old wounds that kept me triggered, hypervigilant, and constantly agitated so that I could enjoy more peace.
Offering those benedictions was a powerful “spiritual shedding” that commemorated a rebirth, called for spiritual reclamation, and served as a sacred closure.
And now I feel more empowered to dare to soar higher, fortified by a new awareness, a fresh spiritual anointing, and a bolder inner advocate to make my dreams come true.
The good news is, when you offer heartfelt benedictions, they don’t need to be deep or complicated. You can say something like….Thank you for what you taught me, brought me, and gave me. Or……May the strength of God sustain me as I go forth with the lessons I gained, the wisdom I earned, and the power I reclaimed. Whatever you say with a sincere heart is enough because benedictions are deeply personal.
So this next month, look at your life and identify what needs a benediction, a sacred closing. Determine if your work / business, relationship, identity, belief, or faith tradition no longer serves you, and say goodbye for good.
By offering words of thanksgiving and sincere gratitude for what went right, what went wrong, and what didn’t go as planned, you can release the past and walk boldly into your future EMPTY, waiting and willing to be filled and fulfilled with goodness, greatness, and grace.
Blessed benedictions to you!
Have a wonderful 2023!
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SharRon is a life strategist, minister, author, and corporate leader who helps people BE who they were born to be, so they will never settle for what society has told them to be. You can sign-up to receive weekly information at solo.to/sharronjamison.
Originally published in Issue 10 · January 2022 issue of SOULACY.
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