Ritual and ceremony are ancient practices that enhance spirituality
and help us transition through endings and beginnings in our lives. We are all familiar with ceremonies such as a wedding, christening of a new baby, a funeral, graduation or religious coming-of-age rituals. But ceremony does not have to be limited to only major life events. You can experience the health-enhancing effects of incorporating more ritual and ceremony into your life as the ancients did.
One of my favorite ceremonies is the Burning Bowl Ceremony. It's a wonderful ritual that honors any intention to let go - in a concrete way. The burning bowl ceremony is used in Unity communities at the end of the calendar year in December. But it can have much wider applications: study, etc. You will need: Find a quiet place to meditate. Write in your journal all your thoughts and feelings about this ending. What are you ready to release? You may be ready to release an emotion, thought or belief about your situation. Write these down on the strips of paper. One at a time, place the paper into the metal bowl or large seashell and light them. Be sure you ensure your safety as you do this. I like to put some loose sage in the bowl or shell to enhance the clearing action.
- The night before the new astrological year, which occurs on the spring equinox
- The night before your birthday
- The night before any new moon
- Any ending or loss in your life such as a pregnancy loss, the ending of a relationship, moving from your home, the end of a a program of
- Any time you are ready to release belief systems that are impeding your growth.
- a metal bowl or large seashell
- piece of paper cut or torn into narrow strips
- a pen or pencil
- your journal
- loose white sage (optional)
As the papers burn, imagine that you are being released and are now free. You can also say an affirmation either out loud or to yourself. "Even though this issue has caused me angst, I accept myself, and I am now ready to release it."
When the ashes have cooled, scatter them or bury them with the intention that you have put this issue to rest.