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.
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!