Gratitude Ritual

A life that focuses on being grateful in the world is a happier, less stressful life. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have moments of doubt or even anger, but focusing on thankfulness will take the steam out of negative feelings.

Thanksgiving is a good time to share with family and friends those things for which you are thankful. Take a moment before your meal for each person to specifically say at least one thing for which they are grateful.

This is also a good time of the year to start a daily ritual to remind yourself of those things that make you grateful. This ritual only takes a few minutes, but if it’s done in the morning you can set your mood for the day. When you do it in the evening you can remind yourself of good things no matter how your day went.

For this ritual a small notebook is usually best. Keep the notebook in the same place and add to it at the same time each day. Hand writing, rather than typing, your gratitude magnifies the impact. Date the entry and write at least one thing for which you are grateful.

Be descriptive. Rather than writing, “I’m grateful for my home,” you might write, “I’m grateful for the beautiful sunsets I see from the warmth of my home.”

Be mindful of expressing your feelings. You can say something like, “I’m grateful for the feeling of joy I get while watching my child successfully get through a recent struggle in life.”

I’m grateful that many of you have told me that you like my newsletter and that I have had the discipline to bring it to you each month.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Ritual For Remembrance

This is a ritual best done in nature. You can do it individually, or in a group with each person celebrating those who have passed onto the next world.

Bring something symbolic of the person(s) you are remembering.

Write the name of the remembered person on a rock as you speak a favorite memory.

Review the changes in your life since the loss and acknowledge that you have a future.

Take a rock, branch or flower as a reminder of the ritual when you leave.

Allow yourself to remember, to grieve and to find comfort in the ritual.

From October, Samhain Newsletter 2019

Love Ritual

This Valentine’s Day, whether you are partnered or alone, I urge you to set aside some time to become aware of, and acknowledge, the love you have in your life.

First, start with yourself. Note the attributes you really appreciate about yourself. For at least this moment, acknowledge your strengths and hear what others have said they appreciate about you. Make a list. Now, make an appointment, even if it’s just with yourself, for indulging in special time for self care.

Next, make notes of the people in your life who you love and of those who love you. The two lists may not be the same. Make a note about what it is you love about each person. As an act of love towards them send them a card or get together with them personally to let them know what you love about them.

Celebrate the love that you are able to receive and the love that you are able to give others. Know that love opens your heart chakra and when your heart chakra is open you are empowered to manifest almost anything you want in your life. But first, you must acknowledge and accept you are already loved.

A New Year Ritual

Rituals shift our state of mind through structured symbolic acts. Carl Jung said that symbols are the language of the soul as they connect to the intuitive rather than the rational mind. The purpose of empowerment rituals is to connect with what is in our highest and best good. As we perform rituals to manifest a job, romance, or a new home we are calling on our super conscious to bring the cosmic energy into alignment to create our desire.

I’ve been told that the first twelve days of a new year are the most important to pay attention to what we want to manifest for the new year. Pay attention to how you answer the questions below, revisit and update them during the twelve days. Clean out your drawers and closets, getting rid of the old.

What brought you joy in old year?
What lessons did you learn in the old year?
Where did you experience grief during old year?
What do you want to release from the old year?
Who do you want to help this year?
How do you want to play in the new year?
Where do you want to experience growth in new year?
What do you want to manifest in new year?
How will you affirm you are worthy of what you want to manifest?

Burn what you want to release and keep your hopes for the future. Happy New Year!

Using Moon Phases for Empowerment

Just as the moon affects the tides, so it will often affect our emotions (after all, we’re 90% water!). For at least the next month become aware of the phases of the moon and of your own energy patterns. I suggest you write the dates of these phases on your calendar as a reminder to pay attention.

For the next few days the moon will be in a waning (getting smaller) phase. This is the phase when the energy supports completing projects in order to make room for something new to come into your life. This phase is a great time to reflect about what you might want to release to change your life.

On May 6 is the new moon phase when the moon is dark. Plant seeds of your intention. It might be as simple as saying, “I am planting the seeds to empower myself to grow in a new way.” Write down what you intend to begin in the course of this month.

The moon waxes (gets larger) during the first quarter moon phase until May 13 when the moon appears as a half moon. Energy to get things done is pretty pronounced during this phase. You may find you have a greater sense of purpose which may involve a struggle to release old forms.

Even more pressure builds up to support the new during the second quarter until the full moon May 21. During the full moon emotions tend to run high, intuition feels stronger and creativity is heightened. The full moon is a wonderful time to manifest the change you want to bring into your life based on the work you did in the earlier phases. The energy of the full moon will be present a few days on either side of the actual full moon date.

The phase after the full moon is called the waning moon and represents the time to complete the details of the projects you started in the earlier phases of this cycle. The first quarter of the waning (thinning) moon is still a time for action and lasts about 7 days.

May 29 marks the last quarter moon phase and tends to be an introspective time. This is the time to figure out what seeds to plant in the next moon phase, which is June 5.

Personal Cleansing and Energy Release Ritual

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Go over your body with the implement from head to toe while repeating, “I release all cords.” Be as thorough as possible. Any places you miss (like your back) will be okay because your guides understand your intention. The images of people and scenes may come up. Just let them pass like a slide show. Some scenes may be surprising or of people you have forgotten. Don’t stop to analyze, just let them all go.

Stay in the bathtub so that you don’t track the psychic “gunk” in your living space while you drain the water. Turn the shower on and wash yourself from head to toe. Invite healthy re-attachments by saying, “I invite only those who love and support me to re-attach to my heart and soul.”

Often people have told me that the water actually feels oily or dirty at the end of the bath and are very happy to take the shower. Expect to be tired at the end of the ritual. I suggest taking a nap rather than going to bed for the night so that you can remember information that comes to you as you sleep.

Once you have done this ritual it’s important to break the habit of giving energy to what you have released. Each time you think about or have a reminder about what was cleansed say, “release,” and brush the thought away. In the beginning you most likely will need to say this numerous times, but eventually you will cease to give energy to those negative thoughts and you will be truely cleansed.

Life Cycles Ritual

Sometimes we get into a habit

We all have habits, some good, some not so good. Holding onto an old belief, relationship, feeling, or childhood message can serve to keep one from moving forward in a healthy way.

Sometimes people find themselves with a partner or a job that seemed like a perfect match, only to find that they’ve outgrown it. They may actually be in love with the potential they originally saw in the relationship rather than what it has actually become.

My heart hurts for people who come to me for a reading when the querent is more focused on getting back what was, rather than on accepting what is.

Take a symbol of what you need to release. It might be a photo, a remembrance, a business card or a word or phrase written on a paper – whatever symbolizes what you want to release. Bless it, then burn or bury it as a symbol or release.

Then write what you want to fill the space you have just created in your heart and hold it there.

Habits don’t go away with a ritual. You will still feel the tug of the old. When you do, repeat the words, “I release you and call – – into my life.”

Ritual for Balance

Periodically it’s time to look at the roles we have taken on in our lives. In readings, the Temperance card will often come up during those times. It is about acknowledging, honoring and balancing all aspects of who you are. This is an exercise for you to consciously explore which parts of you that may be out of balance.

Write down all of the roles you play in your life, for example, friend, son or daughter, student, employer and so forth. The roles you play are not inherently good or bad. However, the way you think about them may be in a negative or positive light.

Once you have identified all aspects of yourself, write a 1 to 3 word positive description about that role. For example, friend might have the words laughter, playfulness. The areas where you have a difficult time coming up with a positive description are probably where you need to bring balance into your life.

Draw a pie chart and divide it proportionate to the attention you currently give each role of yourself. Note if a relationship, work, or whatever, has absorbed a disproportionate piece of the pie.

Explore what roles you would like to add to your life, and what words you would use to describe that energy.

Happy exploring!

Forgiveness Bath Ritual

First of all, let’s explore what forgiveness is and is not.
Forgiveness is about you, not the person you are forgiving. The purpose of forgiveness is for you to get closure from hurt or anger you feel towatds another, yourself, or a circumstance over which you have no control. You may have to forgive repeatedly before the closure is permanent.

  • Forgiving does not require you to engage anyone, nor is it giving permission for more transgressions.
  • Forgiving another does not require action from them.
  • Forgiving is ultimately an act of healing for yourself, not healing the relationship.
  • Forgiveness is about you, not the person or situation that you are forgiving.

What you’ll need: a candle, a tool that simulates cutting attachments (like a butter knife or dull, flat rock), oil or bubbles, Bach Rescue remedy (optional and valuable if you are in grief or high anxiety), and soap and shampoo for a shower.

Call on your angels and guides to be with you during this exercise with the intention of opening your heart and mind to their healing powers.

Fill the tub with warm water, and use only the light of the candle for your bath.

Lay in the bath for a moment and feel the anticipation of engaging in a ritual of release and peace.

Start at your feet or head and gently move the tool over your entire body, repeating the mantra, “I forgive and release,” or “I forgive and surrender to my highest potential.”

Continue releasing over your entire body, going between your fingers and toes, while repeating your mantra. As you do this you are likely to get flashes of scenes in which you have been wronged, or other scenes in which you have wronged others. You will most likely see things long forgotten.

 

Let the pictures pass like a slide show, without stopping to review or analyze. As each scene comes up, forgive and release.

At this point in the exercise disconnect from everyone, even attachments of those you love. Imagine the tool gently cutting and removing all attachments to others, living or dead, loved or disliked. You will soon allow reattachments. Continue to use the tool and repeat the mantra until you feel the exercise is complete and that you are not holding anything back.

STAY in the bath and empty the tub. (You don’t want to track the psychic gunk from the bath into your house). Let all that gunk go down the drain. Now, shower, shampoo and scrub yourself clean from head to toe.

While still in the shower tell your angels and guides to allow the energy ONLY from those who love and support you to reattach. Feel the love and support shower over you.

Now, you can leave the tub and shower. You will probably want a rest or nap so snuggle into someplace comfortable and cozy. Thank your angels and guides and allow yourself to feel, and possibly dream, their love.

When you are done resting, you can journal about your experience./

I received a record number of comments from people who did the bath ritual for forgiveness in the last issue. A few people who don’t have access to bath tubs asked for alternative methods. You could take a meditative walk or run and forgive as each foot hits the ground. Imagine the situation you are forgiving being pounded deep in the ground. Release every situation and every person with each step, even those you love. Then, take a scrub in the shower when you get home and ask the angels and guides to allow reconnection with those who love a support you.

The most important thing in doing this ritual is to forgive yourself as well as others. Forgiving yourself allows the healing to begin.

Spring Soul Cleansing Ritual

This ritual takes as long as it takes. It isn’t a race, nor do you get extra credit for taking all day. You will know when you are complete with the exercise. Stay with it until you feel that sense of completion.

The intent of the ritual is to clear out the old which may be keeping your from reaching your highest potential. However, nature abhors a vacuum and it is best for you to fill the space you just created by calling in what you want to replace the old.

Decide on a time and place where you will not be disturbed for however long it might take you to finish the ritual. Clear the space of unnecessary and unwanted energy by smudging or sprinkling salt and water with the intent that the space has clean energy and is a protected place for you to go into a conversation with your guides without unwanted entities entering into the conversation.

Lie down, or sit in a comfortable place. Use music if it is helpful. Call on your angels and guides to support you, and guide you, in releasing that which may be in the way of achieving your highest good.

Try to stay open and clear. Allow the images or words to come into your awareness. Stay with the images as long as you wish and simply state, “I release you.”

Next, call on the angels and guides to bring into your awareness that which is in your highest good to replace what you just released.

Take as long as it takes for you to be complete. You will know if you listen.

When I did this ritual recently I realized that fear and self-imposed limitations were in the way of me reaching my highest good.  Now, mind you, I don’t go around afraid every day, but as these words came to me from my guides many images came up.

Writing has always been difficult for me because I’m dyslexic and learned to read and write later than my peers. I realized that the way I integrated dyslexia was a self-limitation and that I have grown beyond the limitations of the condition.

My decision is to replace the limitations I set for myself by embracing my writing abilities and trusting that I will find the newsletter, website text and handouts easier to create.

As I floated in a vague state of letting my angels and guides speak to me more information came through to help me reach my highest potential. As a result of the ritual I know what I’m releasing and what I’m calling in to fill in the space. My soul feels sparkly and clean.

Let me know how this works for you.