Okay, so now you know for sure that I don't only read high-brow, intellectual books! This one is about the Law of Attraction and manifesting, but it gave me a practice I'm now using daily and loving.
The author adapts something I've heard of before - the ancient Hawaiian prayer called Ho'oponopono - as a way to "clear" negative experiences, memories and emotions that might be holding you back from your best life. In the Ho'oponopono prayer, you simply repeat these four phrases: "I'm sorry. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you."
Duffield-Thomas suggests that we look back over our lives and think or journal about any topic or situation that brings up shame, anger, sadness, regret, guilt and so on. She specifically focuses on money and body issues, but this technique could be used for literally anything that bothers you. As you think about the situation, you repeat the four phrases, essentially blessing it and letting it go.
I love this practice for its simplicity and directness. You don't have to understand what happened or why, you don't have to resolve it intellectually or existentially - you just have to repeat a couple of phrases and let them do the work. You don't even have to believe them, exactly! I certainly don't mean it in a literal way when I say "I'm sorry. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you" about things my ex-husband did during our divorce, and yet I still feel better as I say them. It's both an act of faith and a declaration of my intention to let go of the negative feelings and energy that linger from that time, possibly blocking me from moving on.
Another application she suggests is to repeat the four phrases as you focus on each part of your body, releasing the negative judgments and shame so many of us feel and invoking gratitude instead. This is a lovely practice to do before falling asleep. For such a simple prayer, the Ho'oponopono is incredibly powerful and effective!