After reflecting with a friend recently over our year we realized that we both had a lot of old stuff that needed to be released. This year had been filled with challenges, indecision, and loss. Our minds and energy were cluttered and stagnant. We decided to gather for a releasing ceremony. It was just what we needed. It may be what you need too!
Collectively, we are moving towards the darkest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2021. This time of darkness is perfect for reflecting on the past year and releasing what no longer serves us. As it’s also that time of the year when the light is returning as the days begin to grow longer, it is a perfect time to start envisioning what you want to bring in for the New Year.
Below is a simple ceremony that you can do on your own, or with others, to complete your year. It will help you release the old and clear the way so that new opportunities, people, and positive beliefs can flow into your life.
Solstice Releasing and Renewal Ceremony
Prior to the ceremony gather: 2 pieces of paper, a pen, and 3 candles (black, purple, and white). The black will symbolize releasing and letting go. The purple symbolizes the Violet Flame which has a transmuting energy and will aid in the releasing process. The white candle symbolizes the Light and the new that you are calling in. In addition you will need either a fireplace, a large stainless steel bowl that is safe for burning paper in, or a place outside where you can safely burn a piece of paper. You will also need a lighter or matches, of course.
Begin by lighting all 3 candles focusing on what they symbolize. Sit in silence for a few minutes with soft relaxing music playing in the background and reflect on your intentions for this ceremony.
Then, on a separate piece of paper begin to journal asking yourself the following questions.
- Who are the people who may have influenced unhelpful behaviors or negative and limiting beliefs in your life? (i.e. mother, father, peers, teachers, etc.)
- What are those behaviors and negative limiting beliefs that you are now willing to release? (i.e. making excuses, coping by eating or drinking too much, feeling not good enough, having to be perfect, etc.)
- How have they kept you stuck?
- Why is it important for you to release them now?
Sit for a moment as you reread what you have written and reflect on why it is important for you to release them at this time. Then say this following Violet Flame Releasing chant 3 times.
I send the violet flame moving in, up, around and through my life stream dissolving and transmuting all cause, effect, memory and record concerning these outgrown influences, behaviors and beliefs that no longer serve me. I now bring all of these into full view of – My Higher Power/God the Father/ the loving Divine Mother / the pure light of Christ Consciousness/ the Universe/ Divine Light – to be released and dissolved. (Please feel free to choose your higher spiritual source of light, love, compassion, and healing.)
Now move the purple candle to a safe place to burn. Rip your paper into small pieces and burn them. Reflect on the Violet Flame and feel yourself letting go of what no longer serves you.
Now that you have released the old, it is time to begin calling in the new. On your second piece of paper, write your answers to the following questions:
- What new behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, opportunities, or people are you calling into your life?
- How will they support the new YOU that is evolving out of the old?
- What do you envision your life to be like going forward?
- What steps do you need to take to embrace the new behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, opportunities, or people that you are calling into your life?
Read and reflect on what you have written. Take time to close your eyes and see, sense and feel what it will be like to have all that you are envisioning in your life. Take as much time as you need, this is an important part of the process of bringing your thoughts into form.
When you feel complete, give thanks for the insights that have been made known to you and for what is now flowing into your life. You may now extinguish the candles, feeling confident that you are now ready to receive into your life all that you have envisioned.