A Three-Step Practice for Spiritual Clearing

Written by: the Editors of goop


Updated on: December 18, 2019

Cyndi Dale has been hunting down and studying psychic realities for more than thirty years. She has studied with witches in the mountains of Venezuela. She has trained with shamans in the jungles of Costa Rica. She spent two weeks investigating sacred power sites across Scotland, Wales, and England. She has read a lot, written a lot, and talked a lot about good psychic practice. And having tapped into the deep subconscious of so many cultures, her own mind is filled with meditations, chants, prayers, and symbols for any number of energetic maladies.

But for a while, she didn’t know what to do with any of it.

All that knowledge, she says, was getting in the way. While moving through her strict spiritual itinerary one morning—an hour of meditation followed by an additional drone of mantra chanting—she got a message that might be familiar to you: You’re doing too much. Her spirit guides gave her some advice, and she came up with a practice she calls Spirit-to-Spirit, which she has sworn by ever since. It’s essentially a three-step prayer to change your perspective. If you ever get stuck in the crazy narratives that minds can spin, Dale says to take a second to remember that you are not alone—and that there are bigger forces at play than you can imagine.


Spirit-to-Spirit is a process for safely accessing psychic information as well as performing healing, manifesting, prayer, meditation, and more. It establishes energetic boundaries to ensure only the highest outcome for everyone involved, no matter the request. Spirit-to-Spirit is a stand-alone technique, but it can also be used before any other healing or intuitive technique you like.

The Three Steps of Spirit-to-Spirit

There are only three steps in the Spirit-to-Spirit technique. I’m going to describe each step, define the particular meaning of the word “spirit” used in that step, and explain which goals are met by each step. The method you choose to affirm each spirit depends on your intuitive, or knowing, style. This could be visual, verbal, or kinesthetic. With practice, it can come automatically.

Try this: If you’re visual, you can picture different images that describe your spirit, how you perceive another person’s spirit or other spirits, and also the Greater Spirit. These could be a blue flame, a yellow light, an angel, a white dove, a religious icon—anything that speaks to you and your spiritual background.

For verbal people, you can say the steps out loud or to yourself. A mantra might be: “I affirm the spirit that I am. I acknowledge other spirits. I call upon the Greater Spirit.” Or “I am my own spirit. I affirm other spirits. I call on the Greater Spirit.” You can also set these mantras to a tune that you hum to yourself.

A kinesthetic style is when you can sense it in your body. A physical practice could be assigning a part of your body that represents each step, so you could touch your heart for your own spirit, your stomach for other spirits, and the top of your head for the Greater Spirit. Or you could tap yourself once, twice, and three times for each affirmation.

1. Affirm Your Personal Spirit

In this step, the word “spirit” refers to your unique spark of divinity. To affirm your spirit is to intentionally align your essential self with only the highest good. By doing this, you are assuming full connection with the Spirit, upgrading your personal and perhaps prejudicial agendas so they are of the highest order, and giving permission for the Spirit to provide your more human self with healing and insight. You are also immediately provided the energetic boundaries needed for whatever task is at hand.

2. Affirm Other Spirits

In this step, the word “spirit” has two meanings. It refers to the divine essence of one or more living beings and also to otherworldly beings. The purpose of this step is to activate the divine spirit within others. In regard to the living, you don’t have to be in their physical presence. You can silently affirm a friend when you’re on the phone with them or simply focus on the subject.

Implicitly, when affirming another being or group, you are also acknowledging the otherworldly beings linked to them, as well as yourself. We all have spiritual guides, which can include angels, the deceased, power animals, the souls of plants, or fairy beings, among others. When you acknowledge these spirits, you affirm that only the most transcendent can engage with your process.

This activity filters out negative entities or dark forces. Know, too, that Spirit-to-Spirit can be performed when you are alone and focused on yourself. In this case, this second step involves affirming only your spiritual guides, as there aren’t any concrete beings present.

3. Affirm the Greater Spirit

In this step, the word “spirit” represents God, the Holy Spirit, Allah, the Greater Spirit, the Goddess, the Divine, the Greater God, or whatever term you might use for the Higher Power. This is the most critical of all three steps. Performing this step is equivalent to surrendering your will to the Spirit’s will. It allows your best self to partner with the Spirit to bring about the optimal outcomes. It bolsters confidence in the intuitive information you receive and the actions you feel led to take. With this step, the Spirit provides protection for you and all others involved in a situation.

Cyndi Dale is an author, speaker, and intuitive consultant. Her books include The Subtle Body and Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras.