“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach
This is the time of year when we look toward the new year. Many of us make plans, resolve to change and set intentions. These are all well-meaning and we really do intend to make them happen, but too often they are forgotten by February or at least March.
Before we start into the new year and add more into our lives it is a good idea to let go of anything which is no longer serving us. Letting go is not easy for many of us. We hold on tightly even to the pain and hurt of the past because we are afraid of the unknown territory we may find ourselves in if we let it go. We may believe that we have to keep working on our issues until they are somehow resolved, when the answer may be to just let go.
This is a time to really let go and let God. Let it all go and don’t pick it up again, even there may be temptation to do so.
In Unity Churches the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s is observed with the sacred ritual of the burning bowl. This is a time to write things we want to release on a piece of paper and burn the paper in the flame of a candle. This is followed by each person writing a letter to themselves affirming the new, not hanging onto or mourning the old. This letter is read privately at the end of the year by the writer.
This is a prayerful and sacred ceremony, but it is something that may be done at home. Choose a way to burn the paper (it is a small piece of paper) in a way that is safe. You do not have to use a candle. If you have a fireplace you may throw it in the fire. Reverend Erin of Unity Village Chapel tells the online congregants they may write on toilet paper and flush it. Creates a little different imagery but it still works.
As we get ready to begin the new year let us affirm together. I release and let go of the things that have held me back and move into the new year with love, peace and gratitude. And so it is. Thank you God.