“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”
Before I close the book on 2014, I like to find a way to gently and with intention let go of anything that I don’t want to bring into the New Year. There are many rituals and ways of doing this. The Burning Bowl Ceremony has been practiced by many different spiritual groups. I participated in this ceremony years ago in the Unity community. It is a way to release the experiences from the past year that no longer serve you. You might give it a go putting your own signature to this ritual.
Having looked up the synonyms for release, I selected those that brought personal feelings to the different ways I think about releasing negative thoughts, feelings, and experiences: let go, relinquish, liberate, unloose, free, give up, surrender, unbind, unchain, unfreeze, pass on, set free, and lastly and most importantly forgive.
I will perform the Burning Bowl Ceremony this New Year’s Eve as I have done every year. I have chosen a ceramic bowl that I made years ago. I came across an old mold in the basement of a relative. He collected the most unusual designs and took me through the steps to finish this piece.
- A ceramic or fire proof bowl.
- Cut up pieces of paper. (Recycled paper is great.)
- Candle (A candle that holds special significance is lovely or a special color.)
- Sand or pebbles to anchor the candle in your bowl.
- Note: Be mindful of good fire safety practices if performing the ceremony inside
- Go within, meditate, and see what feelings, issues, or beliefs come up which no longer serve you and you want to release.
- Jot each one down on a separate sheet of paper.
- Light each sheet of paper from your candle; then drop and burn in your bowl. You can say a prayer or blessing. My prayer is: “I release and bless you.” Wait until the paper has burned completely and then repeat with the next sheet.
- When you are finished, and the ashes are cool, take the bowl outside and pour the contents on the ground while saying a prayer or blessing. (I have a special bottle of rainwater that a friend charged and blessed that I will pour over the ashes on the ground and into my bowl to cleanse.) You can then say and write your desires, affirmation, word, or theme for your New Year!
Child of Fire from the Gaian Tarot, http://www.gaiantarot.com/
My Affirmation: I shine my light for all to see; co-creating with Spirit and the Angels. The World is waiting for my gifts and I feel safe as I step into my passion and personal power – abundance is my birthright!