Happy New Year!! Welcome 2016!! I always like the New Moon of the new year. It has always seemed extra special and sets a tone for the coming months. I take extra time and create a small ceremony that I include family and friends, however, personal ritual is just fine too and sometimes I prefer it. Do not let distance keep you from doing ritual with your community. There are numerous video chat free apps out there, which makes it easy to be with one another.
This new moon ritual is about reclaiming the blessings in your life. Many of us forget that the words we say on a daily basis have vibrational impact on our lives. I once gave a client the task of counting how many times she called someone a “dimwit”. After two days she said she was up to 20. I told her that she was not just calling others a “dimwit” but she was calling herself that too. Words are not discriminate as to who they go to. We say it and WE receive it. That means we are cursing or blessing our lives everyday.
What you will need:
- a piece of paper or cardstock any color.
- a pen or pencil any color but not red
- a red marker
- candle of your choosing
On the eve of the new moon set aside some time in which you will be alone or if you are with others when you can come together for at least 30 minutes or more if you are in a group. Say a prayer to open your sacred space. Light your candle as a symbol for The Oneness, Creator, Divine Presence, God or Goddess (you get the idea). Invoke your heavenly support.
Using your pen draw a line down the middle of the paper and on one side, at the top write down THE LIES and on the other side at the top, right down MY BLESSINGS. Now you start writing down the lies in one, or two word phrases, these are the names you have been giving to your life. For example: troubled, hard, dumb, fat etc. As you right them, feel them, feel the impact they have made in your life.
Next write down the blessings, these are the new words which are the contrast to the lies. For example: perfect, effortless, brilliant, loveable etc. Write the blessings directly across from the lies. Feel these names and how impactful they could be on your life if you were to allow them in.
Next, go back to the lies and as you read them, cross them out with your red marker, and then read your blessing. Do this for each one. When you are done, sit with your paper and and just feel the experience. Feel the power of your words and make a vow that you NOW WILL be kinder and gentler to yourself. Close your ceremony with a prayer or song. Write in your journal and ground yourself by going outside, if you are no already, and walk on the earth.
On the new moon, hang up your project o you can see it everyday. Focus on reading the blessings everyday until the next new moon. Journal the changes in your life.
I would love to hear how you are working with this new moon ritual and how it is supporting you throughout the month. Words are power. We have the power to curse or bless our lives. This year is about resetting our lives and running a new program, so let it start with what comes out of our mouths every day.