Often, people think that as a life coach or teacher of personal growth and transformation, I know how to "do life" better than others and can somehow fly above life's ups and downs. Although I, like many life coaches, do have a big toolbox full of techniques, practices, and knowledge to support me in traversing life's challenges, I have found that in certain emotionally charged situations, all that I know is definitely not the cure-all for all that I feel.

The past few months, I have been dealing with a situation which I thought I should be able to process, deal with, work out, fix, find peace with, and move on. I have read about it, sought help from professionals, healers, and teachers, and looked at my core wounds, projections, and automatic self-sabotaging behaviors. On a cognitive level, I understand what is being triggered and how I should handle it. But the truth is, there is an ache inside of me that just won't go away. (Now let me pause and say that since I am a big believer on calling myself on my own BS, it is very true that on some level I might be getting something from holding on to my pain. However, that is another newsletter and teaching.)

This past week, another incident occurred in this ongoing situation which triggered another palpable response inside of me. I knew that I had to dig deeper in my attempt to heal and grow. I had to find other resources. I just had no idea who or what to turn to. I was so caught up in my own drama, I did not realize that the answer to my search was sitting on my nightstand.

As you all know, Debbie Ford was and is my mentor, teacher, guide, and friend. I now often refer to her as my partner on the other side. Debbie was the first one who taught me that "humility is the doorway through which the Divine can enter your life." Luckily for me, and all of us, Debbie continues to be a teacher from the other side. Today, Debbie's new book, YOUR HOLINESS: DISCOVER THE LIGHT WITHIN, is being released. Debbie wrote the manuscript years ago but it was not published at the time.

Having been sent an advance copy of YOUR HOLINESS months ago, I skimmed the book a couple of times. The past few weeks, with lots of uninterrupted airplane time, I have had the opportunity to spend time with Debbie's book. One of the central themes of this beautiful book is the use of prayer. In the book, Debbie writes:

Prayer is an ancient method of shifting our thoughts from the small self to the grander whole...Through prayer, we rid ourselves of self-doubt and self-condemnation, we cleanse our subconscious mind, and we make room for peace, happiness, and hope...Through the vehicle of prayer, we are able to navigate our way out of the darkness of our heartaches and negative feelings and find our way back into the loving embrace of our higher self. If we ask the universe to be our partner and guide us back on the path to wholeness, it will oblige. As the Bible tells us, and as I will remind you often, "Ask and you shall receive."

Knowing that this book was birthed from the deepest part of Debbie's being because at the time she wrote it, she too was trying to heal heartache and bring peace to her pain, I believe that there are no coincidences. At a time when there is so much loss, grief, and struggle in the world, this book is a gift from beyond and being delivered at the perfect moment. YOUR HOLINESS is a sacred song that leads us through deeper layers of cleansing so we can attain greater levels of consciousness, connection, and divine love.

Whether you have been dealing years of addiction, want to turn the tides on insecurity and self-doubt and cultivate more faith, find more inner peace, open up to your own divinity, or, like myself, are looking for an answer, insight, or guidance on a specific issue, then this book is a sweet, easy-to-read-and-use, effective guide. Just reading it brought me to holier place where I reconnected to my holiness and found a renewed sense of wholeness.

I am beyond grateful that Debbie continues to teach and support all of us. YOUR HOLINESS not only helps us discover our light within but also aids us in lightening our load so we can infuse our souls with more love.

Transformational Action Steps

(1) Order YOUR HOLINESS: DISCOVER THE LIGHT WITHIN and read it. We've put together a beautiful collection of gifts for you, so when you order the book, be sure to register your purchase and redeem your gifts here.

(2) Ask and you shall receive. Is there an issue you need guidance on or are wanting more peace around? Create a structure where you ask to be shown, be guided, be given insight. Then make space to get quiet so you can receive and hear the answer.

(3) Come join us for The Shadow Process. I am very excited that we are having The Shadow Process Workshop a month from now - April 6th to April 8th - in Los Angeles. Since I, like Debbie, am a firm believer in "Ask and you shall receive," then if prayer is the vehicle for asking, we also need to be conscious of tuning out the outside noise and giving ourselves the opportunity and space to receive. In a world where we are all so busy, I love the singularity that the workshop provides. For me, The Shadow Process provides a safe cocoon as well as a magical opportunity to go within, do "a year of therapy in two-and-a-half days," and heal our hurt on a deeper level. You can learn more and register here.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley Kosow is the author of The Integrity Advantage, a motivational speaker, and the Chief Executive Officer of the highly acclaimed Ford Institute. She continues the legacy of the New York Times bestselling author and thought leader, the late Debbie Ford, and leads the development and teachings of The Ford Institute’s transformational programs to thousands of people across the globe. Known as a “kick-ass coach” to high-level executives, change makers, and celebrities committed to personal transformation, Kelley blends her quick wit, laser sharp insight, and relentless compassion to help people upgrade their lives on a cellular level. Throughout her impressive career as a successful lawyer turned personal growth super star, she has been featured in Oprah Magazine as someone who could “Dream it, Do it,” as well as In Style, People, Working Mother, Latina, NY Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and LA Times. Kelley has also appeared on “The Balancing Act” and Better.tv. Connect with Kelley at http://www.kelleykosow.com or http://www.thefordinstute.com