winter solstice ceremony

Winter Solstice Ceremony

This winter solstice ceremony is the perfect opportunity to let go of the past and begin creating your new future for 2018. All of those old resentments, heartaches, blocked energy, unhealthy patterns, ineffectual habits—bring them with you into the fire ceremony we’ve outlined below.
This ritual is a way to shine light on those shadows and free your spirit. Are you ready?

The Winter Solstice Ceremony

1. Create a sacred space this evening.
 This could be in your own living room. Although it’s already dark, dim the lights even more. Perhaps use only candlelight.
2. Consider adding a crystal to your space. 
• Smoky quartz helps release old patterns and beliefs.
• Aquamarine helps you move past anger, fear, and unhealthy emotional patterns.
• Rutilated quartz reaches the root of your problems and helps facilitate healthy change and calls in divine protection.
• Citrine helps you get out of stuck patterns from the past and get into the present joyful flow of life.
3. Use essential oils as both an offering and as a symbol of releasing.
• Frankincense: for prayer and meditation, and to promote spiritual awareness.
• Cedarwood: for wisdom and discernment.
• Bergamot: for letting go of anxiety and fear.
• Jasmine: for letting go of stress.
• Rosewood: for letting go of grief and sadness.
• Ylang-ylang: for letting go of fear and courageously embracing your new future.
winter solstice 4. On small pieces of paper, write down key words that represent the limiting beliefs and patterns you would like to rid yourself of. Each belief should get its own scrap of paper—ideally you should feel an emotional charge to each one as you mark it down.
 There is an alchemy to this process and the power of the experience will be heightened if you can fully give yourself over to the notion that these words are in fact a physical anchor for a nonphysical inner shadow that is holding you back.
5. When you are finished, take a few deep meditative breaths,
 empty your mind, and read through each of the words one final time, letting their meaning wash over you.
6. Pick up the first piece of paper. 
Staring at the words written on it, say aloud “I choose to release you now.” Then, using a lit candle or lighter, ignite a corner of the paper and let it burn in a heat-safe dish, or better yet—a fireplace.
7. As paper and ink turn to smoke and ash,
 let the symbolism of this act work its way into your subconscious and dissolve the corresponding belief or pattern within you.
8. Repeat this process until all words on paper have turned to ash.
9. Close your eyes and meditate for a moment on all of the lessons you learned about yourself while igniting those pieces of paper. 
Often times, letting go of what does not serve us leaves a free hand to reach for something vibrant and fulfilling in our lives.
As you close your meditation and this winter solstice ceremony, and as we close this message, we offer this prayer.

Hopi Sun Prayer

You who are the source of all power,
Your rays illuminate the whole world,
Illuminate our hearts also,
So we too may do your work.
Wishing you light, love, and many blessings this holiday season.
My thanks to Nick Polizzi from Sacred Science for sharing this winter solstice ceremony.

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