yoga at sunset

How many times have you tried to strong arm your will, only to discover your efforts didn’t help you anyway?

Are you one of those people who studies Law of Attraction books and then tries, in vain, to affirm, visualize, and manifest what you want, only to discover it didn’t work?

Are you sitting on the fence, trying to make a seemingly impossible decision or resolve a seemingly impossible problem?

If so, then you’ll love the book I just gobbled up in one sitting.

But First, A Crazy Story

Last week, I was teaching a teleclass to the doctors in the Whole Health Medicine Institute with Dr. Christiane Northrup, and many of the doctors are at big crossroads in their lives right now. So I said a little prayer beforehand, asking that Chris be used as the perfect vessel for what the doctors need to hear right now. And Chris SO brought it! Perfect divine wisdom at just the right time. Prayer answered.

Chris led us through a powerful exercise in intuition, designed to help us collectively solve the health care crisis (you can read my thought on how to solve it here). She also suggested that we all go out and buy astrologer Tosha Silver’s Outrageous Openness IMMEDIATELY. So I ordered it lickety split, and after reading half of it on Friday, on my way to LA to film a documentary with Martha Beck, I looked up Tosha’s website on the plane and signed up for her newsletter because I was hungry for more of this woman’s awesome work. I then wrote Tosha a gushing fan letter, something akin to “OMG, you don’t know me, but I’m a huge fan of your book, and we live in the same city, and can we please be BFF’s?”

Then I went to my email because her newsletter sign up said “Go to your email to confirm your subscription.” So I complied, and when I got there, my inbox had an email- from Tosha. (I’m totally serious). Tosha apologized for signing me up for her newsletter list, saying she never does that, but that she was about to teach a workshop in San Francisco for the first time in a long time, and that she just had a feeling I might want to be there.

Oh. My. God.

Needless to say, I’m going to Tosha’s workshop. (DUH! Signs from the Universe!)

Outrageous Openness

Based on a series of articles Tosha wrote for the San Francisco Examiner, Tosha’s book touches on astrology, but it’s much more about the art of surrendering to Divine will, something I not only continue to struggle with, but something I honestly just forget to seek! The book is filled with stories from Tosha’s life, as well as from the lives of the 30,000+ client readings she has done through the years. She doesn’t just recommend turning your big struggles over to the Divine. She recommends letting go of trying to control even the smallest things. How? Here are some of Tosha’s prayers.

Prayers Of Surrender

When you’re looking for love:
The perfect partner is already selected. He/she is arriving in the right way at the right time. I am so grateful to receive him/her.

When something you want isn’t happening as fast as you wish:
My life is unfolding in Divine timing. All delays are beneficial. I’m always at the right place at the right time.

When you’re looking for clients:
I’m now available to receive anyone who can benefit from my teaching. Let all who need me find me. Let me help relieve suffering. The Divine is my complete Source for all prosperity and will provide.
When things aren’t going well at work:
I call Divine Order into my work. In the right time, in the right way, let my offering become available for the good of all, to all who need to be guided to me and to know.
When stressed about travel:
Let every aspect of this journey unfold in harmony. Let Divine Order arrange and show me every detail. The right airline connection, lodging, and all else are already selected and I’ll be guided to them easily. I’ll follow the leads as they are shown.
When you feel an impulse to be of service:
Wherever I can be a force for Love, please guide me. Take me wherever you wish me to go. Let me do your bidding.

When struggling to get over the painful loss of a relationship:
This entire relationship now belongs to Divine Order. It is in God’s hands and I am open to a miracle of completion The situation now unfolds in the perfect way for the good of all. I needn’t fear letting go; my needs are always met.
When trying to decide about whether to do something you can’t quite afford but wish to do:
Please show me if you wish me to go. If you do, please bring a sign, and a miracle. Please show your Divine Will in this matter and send a clear sign that gives the proper direction. And if for some reason I’m about to head the wrong way, please, please stop me.

When dealing with writer’s block:
I ask that if I can be of service, and I this be God’s will, that the perfect chances will arrive to pulverize this damn writer’s block once and for all.

When dealing with a customer service cluster f*ck:
With every fiber of my being I invoke  God as my Source and cast the burden of this mess. I pray that the perfect people who intercede on my behalf will come at the right moment.
When struggling to find the perfect apartment or just the right parking spot:
I am now being guided to the right apartment [or parking spot] at the right time. It’s already handled.

When unclear about what’s next:
My perfect new path is already selected and will arrive at the right time. I’ll be shown the steps to receive it.

Can It Be That Easy?

As someone who has been blessed with the grace of Divine intervention even in the midst of my own struggle to control my life, I know personally that we are not alone in this journey of life, and that when we surrender to Divine Order, problems work themselves out in ways more magical than we might have conjured with our rational minds.

Yet, we still resist. Why oh why do we resist?

Consider how life triggers stress responses in your body which deactivate your body’s natural self repair mechanisms. Just imagine how relaxing turning over your struggles to the Divine can be to your nervous system. What if surrendering to Divine will not only brings into being that which is in the highest good for all beings, but also improves your health?

Sounds like just what the doctor ordered…

Can You Let The Divine Lead?

What struggles do you face? Have you tried surrendering to Divine Will? Tell us your stories of struggle and triumph in the comments.

Letting go,

Enjoy this post? Subscribe here so you don’t miss the next one.

Follow Lissa on Facebook

Tweet Lissa on Twitter

Feel free to share the love if you liked this post

Share this post:

Follow Lissa:


You May Also Like…


  1. Allegra Dioguardi

    This is just what I needed to hear today.
    Thank you!
    Ordering the book now.

  2. Kelly Wagner

    I just love these prayers, Lissa & Tosha. Thanks for sharing them…and for all the good work you are both doing! 🙂

  3. KristiD

    Wow, did this post ever come at the perfect time! Tosha’s book is going on my purchase list right now. Thanks so much Lissa!

  4. John Carosella

    These are great affirmations! Thanks for finding and sharing, Lissa!

  5. CaroG87

    Those are EXACTLY the prayers I need (most of them anyway) at this point in my life. Holy mackerel…..!!!!!

  6. Florence Strang

    I needed that message today. I am a firm believer in affirmations. When I was going through treatments for breast cancer in 2011-2012, I would say every day, “I give thanks for my full recovery and perfect health”, even though at that time perfect health seemed way beyond my reach. I believe those affirmations and the messages I sent to my body helped me to achieve the perfect health that I enjoy today!

    • Kimberly Lorrainne

      This was so inspiring, thank you!

  7. Robin Robison

    Beautiful post ^_^

  8. Kimberly Lorrainne

    Thank you Lissa for such an inspiring post. I read it about 4 minutes after I took a huge leap of faith and posted my mediation services on craigslist. I recently surrendered to the Divine in terms of my purpose in life. I have been struggling now for years trying to get a grip on what I want to do when I grow up. Now it’s been 2 years out of college and I just threw my hands up and asked for direction, and within the last few weeks crazy amazing coincidences have been happening. I finished reading your book (whoa was it good!!), I got the courage to ask a close friend to help me organize and make sense of these intense feelings of direction, and then it all came to me in a weird series of events, I’m meant to be a healer and meditation is my vessel. Thank you for this post because it as helped to remind me that I’m not crazy, just inspired.

  9. Amy Thoennes

    Thank you Lissa for this post. It was just what I needed to read at this moment. I have been trying to release my current situation over to the Divine and my need to control it. Even when I think that I have released it over, I still find myself trying to control it again because I am not receiving the results that I want. Is this normal?
    Back in July I lost my job only to find another one which I had really wanted and seemed to be a perfect fit. I was counting on this new job to pay for my expenses like rent , bills etc. Four weeks before I was to pay my expenses the new job fell through. While I did happen to find yet another job other things just haven’t been working out and I am meeting all kinds of resistance. During this chaos I feel like I am being pushed or guided to relocate back to my home town. I have noticed that when I listen to that voice that says call that friend or ask that question about moving back it seems effortless and I receive immediate answers. I’m not sure that I want to move back to my home town yet or even ever. However, I am coming into one road block after another by staying in my current city. Ugh! Where am I supposed to be? Ultimately, I know this is not up to me and there is a divine plan..I just wish I had an easier time letting the Divine lead. It’s so easy to say, ” I am going to release it now and trust.” Heading out now to search for that book by Tosha Silver. 🙂

  10. Cathryn Wellner

    Darn it, Lissa. You’re costing me money. Every time you recommend a book, I think of your columns and Mind Over Medicine and know I can trust your recommendations. So I go check it out and inevitably end up downloading it. And for me, you have never yet been wrong. So I’m looking forward to reading Outrageous Openness.

  11. disqus_KQVUYRpTyc


  12. disqus_KQVUYRpTyc

    Hello SweetSpirits

  13. Anu Lampenius

    You are really a True guide 🙂 <3

  14. disqus_KQVUYRpTyc

    Good Morning SweetSpirits
    I surrender to all that is in my highest good and guidance right this minute. I have been trying to share on this fabulous topic for a while. I go to sleep and wake up and feel I must try again. What specifically am I surrendering right now is my
    ignorance in effectively using our modern methods of communication today. It’s become a big stressful deal for me. I realize in a new way how important it is for me to learn how to utilize all that is possible today in reaching out and connecting with my fellow spiritual beings world wide. I waste hours trying to find the right click to post a message. I type a heartfelt message and then hit something I am unaware of and it’s gone into cyber space. I have been trying to edit my disqus profile simple to get my name on my comments instead this generic kQV etc. thing that comes up. Okay so that is the challenge and gift put before by the Devine. Why? To realize that I am not alone and that this wild new world I have recently returned to after many years away loves and needs me in it as I love and need to be back in it. The abundant changes in communication are tailor made for me, my lifestyle and for all that the Devine has and will call me to do.

    • disqus_KQVUYRpTyc

      Phoenix Still here. I hit something that posted my message before I was finished. Something that happens routinely as I said before. Now that I realize this experience is a gift I can welcome, celebrate and embrace it.
      I can surrender to the Devine spiritual guidance that I am aligned and at one with in all ways and in every area of my life today and beyond!
      I want to share some of the work I have learned how to do in learning how to live what I call a spiritual/creative/abundant SURRENDERED spiritually guided way of life.
      To the Devine Mystery
      Thank you for granting me the freedom, courage, ability, insight, humility, openness, peace, gratitude and above all willingness to:
      Continue to learn from you how to live a spiritual/creative/abundant SURRENDERED spiritually guided and directed way of life as a way of life 24/7, one day at a time for the rest of my life.
      Devine thank you for teaching and showing me how to receive your glorious love, magical/mystical guidance and direction in an intirely new and deeper way, in the best most loving, accepting, safe, gentle, empowered, fearless, peaceful, self loving, authentic, consistent, grateful and joyous way possible and beyond!
      All this I pray that I may loving and selflessly serve you and all living things in whatever way to continue to lead, reveal,teach and guide me.
      And So It Is!
      Sending love, light and gratitude to all
      PhoenixRiSing Et Al

  15. lilmeowmeow

    Awesome…I’ve been following Tosha (on fbook) for almost two years (thank you, Christiane Northrup!). I can honestly say her book and teachings have rocked my world and dynamically changed the way I see the world, create, and just be in my day. Serendipitously, I found your website today through a Mind Body Green article, and voila, an article about Tosha and Divine Order. I was at the workshop with you on Friday. I KNEW you seemed familier to me (a previous Mind Body Green article). Have a blessed day! – Sarah

    • Lissa_Rankin

      Oh hi Sarah! Lovely to see you here!

  16. Warwick Begg

    Thanks again, Lissa, for your inspiring pathfinding. I would love to see
    you in cahoots with Dr. Sue Morter. Sue is so real you could break a
    fingernail on her (and I’m a bloke!) She was able to get me, a seasoned
    meditator, to tap joy in such a simple, glorious, funky way. I am now
    making inroads rapidly on my fear and chronic fatigue, and I can feel my
    life ship lumbering around to a new and brighter setting, to my
    surprise. Whew! A surprise, and just in time. Luv Ya! Warwick.

    • Lissa_Rankin

      I don’t know Sue but just looked her up. She sounds fascinating. The way my life works, if I’m supposed to meet someone, they cross my path…I’ll wait and see if she shows up!

  17. Alex Prince

    I guess my frustration is I have been helping a now 28 year old in New Jersey fight for his life with what turned into stage 4 Lymphoma. He has beat the odds but due to copays he cannot afford and my inability to always pay them all, he is now fighting the damages from being on and off medications. I feel like he is my son and I am powerless to help. He sometimes eats out of a garbage can or begs the church for food so organic fruits and vegetables are a pipe dream or him. He has trouble reading small print and no large print in these books. I am trying to make my ends meet. Any suggestions? I am just sad that in a country this wealthy this is his lot. He tried creating a pay pal account and begging and all he got except me and one other were men and women willing to help if he had sex with them. He chose to die if that was what he had to do to get treatment. Think that speaks volumes about him. I need suggestions because I am passing on as much as I can to him about healing in the non-traditional way.

    • Vironika Tugaleva

      Most illness is, at its heart, spiritual anorexia. Open up to what’s already here… and everything becomes easy. And death isn’t so scary. Because it isn’t real. And when death is not feared… that’s when we heal.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *