"On this day — the first day of this life-altering process — you will summon one of the most powerful agents of change in the universe: desire. In its purest form, desire drives you to want something so badly that you are willing to release your outdated behaviors and beliefs in order to manifest it. Desire forces you to grow, evolve, and move closer to your highest expression. Beneath the surface of your ego's insatiable cravings, your authentic desires wait patiently for you to acknowledge and claim them. Gently but persistently they are nudging you to go deeper, to find greater meaning, and to step into a self you have never met before. Desire is your most primal, inborn motivator to become fully expressed, inspired, and passionate and to fulfill your soul's mission on earth. It is one of your most powerful friends and guides.

"Today you have the opportunity to unearth the desires that may be covered over with years of fear and resignation — to allow yourself to feel their potency to such a degree that you are willing to fight for their fulfillment. Desire is the most important catalyst for bringing about radical change, so today you're going to reflect on those desires that you most want to bring forth in the next twenty-one days. This is not a dress rehearsal; this is your life. Your time is now. Do not wait another day to become fully engaged in your life, to learn to love and to forgive, and to live with greater purpose and meaning.

Cleansing Rituals

• "Make a list of all your desires — both those things that you want to achieve in the outer world and those that you long to feel inside. Do you want more self-confidence, more love, a clearer sense of purpose, greater peace of mind? If so, write it down. Do you desire more money, more friends, a soul mate, a child, or a new career? If so, write it down. This is the time to list all of your desires without censoring yourself. Be honest. Be bold.

• "When your list feels complete, separate your desires into 'inner' longings and 'outer' longings, and then use the following questions to clarify which two desires are most important for you to focus on right now. Ask yourself:

"Why do I want this?

"Is this a desire of my soul?

"What do I hope to experience — internally as well as externally — if I manifest this desire?

"How will the fulfillment of this desire serve the world?

• Now, reflect on your answers and select one inner desire and one outer desire to focus on for the duration of your Consciousness Cleanse. Remember, as you clear away the weeds of doubt, numbness, distraction, sadness, and resignation, you will be better able to nourish the seeds of your desires and bring them to fruition.

• "Finally, create a vision map — an outer picture of each of your desires — either by cutting pictures that you love or words that inspire you out of magazines and putting them together in an inspiring way or by adding some images to your screen saver on your computer. Look at your vision map throughout the day to remind yourself of what you truly desire. Commit to taking three minutes each morning to seal these words and images into your consciousness while affirming your Soul Food for the day.

"My soul's desire is the voice of God."