Happy New Year's Eve!

Today is a great day to create a small intentional jar for the New Year. Let's first recap the Winter Solstice to assist you in the New Year's Eve exercise below.

The winter solstice was once known as "when the sun stands still". A deep opportunity to sit in a sacred way to choose the direction of our lives. I hear it far to often from students and clients how the darker months put them into a spiral of exhaustion and, sometimes, even sadness. As we move through the holidays, we tend to get busier and busier when these months are setting in motion for an exploration into our inner world. A shaman knows the deepest treasures of humanity are deep within the Earth and our unconscious, where it is kept safe. 

The key word is "safe." Many do not feel safe in their bodies to trust the wisdom of our birthright to come to light. We tend to override our need to rest, recalibrate, and refocus. When we fear our darkness, we cut off the primary source of our personal power. We become unsafe even to ourselves. But nature speaks of a story of rhythm. Everything in life is a cycle of birth and death, inward and outward, rest and awaken. As New Year opens its doors, take a moment and ask yourself, "can I give myself permission to find my safety?" Safety is your baseline. Your ability to know what is in your best interest. It’s discernment with a healthy set of boundaries. When we feel safe in our body and energy field, we can settle into the sacred call that bubbles up from the Earth and unconscious. 

I often hear, "I’ve never felt this level of peace before," when opening someone into a sacred container. They are opened to the darkness that is found in the safety of our Earth and soul. So as we ride our energy into the rhythm of feelings this coming holiday season, remember the Solstice is our invitation to go inward. To go inward means to heal within and listen to the wisdom that bubbles up from that sacred place. I invite you to ask yourself a few questions to begin poking at that place between above and below: what direction do I desire for my life? What is my definition of safety in my body and environment? Once settled in a level of safety, ask yourself what is sustainable for your life direction now. Remember that you may not have an answer, but the answer will appear within these dark months. 

The shaman only focuses on the light that you are. The pure light of the soul beckons it forward into your awareness. That light cannot fully embody you without a conduit that feels safe and sacred. To master a safe and sacred both, we must go inward to allow that voice to bubble up from the depths. Be in the now! Be within your body. Be within your spirit. Let yourself sip each experience of the holidays and beyond like a delicious hot beverage on a chilly day. The more we stay in the now, the easier it is to go within and change the direction of your life based on recall of that wisdom that has never left you. 

If you are interested in taking the inward journey even further, I invite you to walk the healing journey of the rainbow body with Shamanic Elements starting January 22nd. A 5-part healing series clearing out your body and energy field to receive your full rainbow body. Learn more here.

Today is the day to do a review of 2022. Notice what has worked, what is not working, how you feel, how you have felt, and what you wish to feel instead. Every day is an opportunity to earn the trust of your innate wisdom and drive in forward beyond the ego that convinces you otherwise.

1. Find a mason jar or sealable container

2. Fill the jar up 1/2 way with water.

3. Go outside and anchor into your heart. (Listen to your heartbeat while tuning into the voices of nature around you)

4. As you anchor into your heart, ask yourself questions:
What do I need to allow to flow in my life?
(i.e. I will let flow the guidance of my soul, I will let flow the needs of my physical, mental, and spiritual self, I will let flow my core essence so I may hear it from this point forward, etc)

5. Blow what you feel you need to let flow in your life into the water within the jar.

6. Begin to walk around outside, finding stones that will represent what you need to let go of completely. Blow 1 topic into 1 stone at a time. FIll up your jar with as many stones you need till you feel you have sunk what needs to let go completely.
(i.e. I need to let go of the need to micromanage outcomes in my life that do not involve myself, I need to let go of a past relationship, I need to let go of what I have been identified by from others and not myself.)

7. Once the jar is full, place the cap on the container and keep it outside in a place that feels sacred to you. Could be by a special tree, shrine, etc. Let nature and Spirit move through your overnight.

8. On New Year's Day, take your jar to a waterway and let the stones and water merge with the Sacred Waters of our planet once again. Let our Divine Mother Earth and her blood (the water) take your intentions for letting go and letting flow to her Alchemizing Chambers.

9. Just observe over the coming days and weeks. Become aware of your dreams, chance meetings, synchronizes, and conversations that remind you ofthe Threshold you crossed. It is done. Know it to be done, and do not question if you had done it right.

What is the difference between letting go and letting flow?

To let go is to release or abandon completely. In most cases this is to stop the energy draw it takes from your mind, feeding the ego, and holding your heart back from expression. We have been taught in our modern day society that we MUST have the answer before we let it go. But that is not the way of nature. The trees release its leaves completely before it knows if it is going to survive the winter darkness. The flowers let go and release within befgore they have an answer that they will bloom again one day. The trick is letting go so the knowing will bloom just as nature holds the knowing that it will always bloomagain another day. We do not need answers NOW. We need to let go completely so that the answers bloom within the season of our soul.

To let something flow is the way of the Shaman, Sage, Mystic, etc. To let something flow is to make a commitment to stepping back and observing. To let it flow is to commit to letting you essence fly freely. It is you committing to your true story or dream that you are designed for. You must protect this flow! This flow is at the mercy of your ego and ability to hold a healthy restraint in the face of all odds. Letting flow is truly owning your definition of FAITH.

I wish you all a safe and healthy transition to the New Year!

About the Author Sarah Breen

Sarah Breen, the Earth School Shaman, is a Shamanic Energy Medicine Healer specializing in opening one to LIVE their Medicine. Through wisdom teachings, Sarah embodies the medicine path of remaining a clear container for the souls’ expression with each client, student, and group she comes together with. She has been initiated with a variety of shamanic-based teachings such as Toltec, Andean, and of the Americas, anchoring herself into her own medicine of the ancestors. With over 16+ years of experience and certified as a Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner, Yuen Practitioner, Reiki Master, Shamanic Lightworker, International Best-Selling Author, Integrative Healer, and Ordained Minister for Life and Death rites of initiation. She is also a known as the Crystal Skull Shaman and Shadow Walker; one who has experienced the depth of her own and humanity's shadow and can walk safely between the world with love and compassion. She is devoted to the Shamanic practices as a full-time mesa carrier and lives embracing the ancestor’s wisdom teachings. A passionate animal lover and mother of 2 young boys, she understands that all that we do today affects our children (hands and paws) tomorrow. Ultimately gifting our children that which we do not resolve today.

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