As we all prepare to head out tonight with our littles or stay home and hand out candy, there will be many celebrating a very old Halloween tradition that focuses on spiritual/physical release and growth.
Hundreds of years ago, every October 31 was a major celebration of ending the old things in our life (embracing a type of death) and opening up and manifesting a rebirth.
“The Witch’s New Year it is called.
Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The old year has passed, the harvest has been gathered, cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The earth slowly begins to die around us.
This is a good time for us to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives. Think about the things you did in the last twelve months. Have you left anything unresolved? If so, now is the time to wrap it up. Once you’ve gotten all that unfinished stuff cleared away, and out of your life, then you can begin looking towards the next year. ”
Many of us focus on New Years Eve to be a night that we set goals and a suggestion of a new you. However, this usually (quickly) turns into a, “I’ll get ’em next year or I’ll start at the beginning of next month, or for my daughter’s wedding, etc.
Samhain is still practiced today by many in a celebratory tradition that asks you magnify the past year of your life. (metaphorically a cycle of death and rebirth) If this is your first time doing this you may have things from several years past, so don’t limit yourself to just this year. This is not about setting a goal which is typically what many think. This is about acknowledging in a very loving way the things that are no longer serve you, as you have changed due to the past years experience and journey.
We look upon this time as an opportunity to let go (death) of all things as simple your word choices to big events in your life that left a major impact and you are ready to clear it all up. The most important thing to remember is that you do not need permission from another person to clear something from your life as long as it is done lovingly. Often times there can be hurt that remains and those again are emotions that you take the time to ponder on then truly set it free.
A breathing technique I use often to visualize this release:
Make a list of the things in your life that you would like to let go or surrender. Be honest and loving as you will either burn or throw away this list, so it is only for your eyes.
To begin, start with a breathing exercise:
Lay down on the floor or in bed and start with big belly breaths. You can place your palms on your belly so you can direct the breath, over time you will be able to direct the breath really well, it is exciting and amazing. While you are drawing breath to your belly, press into your back so you can almost feel your back melting into the floor. You will be amazed at how much breath you can actually bring into your body. After several deep breaths, allow the breath to return to a more natural state of balance. (inhalation same as the exhalation)
At this time begin to imagine your breath coming into your body through your feet in a light color (or white), traveling all the way up your body nice and slowly. Once it gets to your mouth allow the exhale to be peaceful, but the color is gray or black depending upon how difficult of a challenging you are trying to rid from the physical body. You continue to draw the breath in through your feet as you hold the thought of the challenge, and on the exhale let it go….eventually the breath will become circular and when you have released each exhale will be just as white as when it entered your body. Some people like to use the breath as a vacuum cleaner, but whatever visual you feel you connect with to truly embrace these ideals that you are ready to let go of because they are no longer serving your life, in fact, they stunting your growth and learning.
The last part and most important part of this exercise, now that we have let go, is to focus on the things we want to “REBIRTH” into our lives. I have since learned a lot about manifesting. I am always humbled to learn from so many others who have mastered the ideal of manifesting. I always thought it was as simple as a cork board and a few cut outs of things you “WANT” in your life. This isn’t wrong as there is intention set and there are many ways manifest. Therefore, there is no right or wrong just evolution.
What I have learned is that it isn’t enough to “Want” these things in your life. You must imagine that you already have them no matter if it is a new job, new teacher, the list is endless and only you can put up limitations. You can create any reality you want which is such an amazing gift, why are we all not doing this??
According to Gregg Braden, manifesting is a science and an art. Physics tells us that we have energy fields around us and each word we speak echoes out across the universe. However, it is how you set your intention that begins to create your reality, your thoughts. You have to believe on an emotional level that the things you want in life will happen. For example, if you are trying to get a new job. Imagine that job in detail as if you were reading the job description, IMAGINE how excited you FEEL when you get the call, what your office looks like, what an amazing relationship you have with your boss. This is manifesting with emotion….moving past what you just want. You must move to I have and use your emotions and senses to create your beautiful reality. In addition, to your creation let God guide you as some of the things you want may not be in your best interest so don’t fight that. The river is already created, it is how you flow, and enjoy the scenery.
Today, as I write out my lists, I am humbled to realize that so far my greatest teacher has been the loveolution. I have been very blessed and thankful to have had so many amazing teachers. However, the lessons I have from this journey are endless and many of my “teachers” have been a big part of the journey. I have learned that when you let go of how you believe it should look, things show up, opportunities that have a lot to offer your journey. I have learned that you can not have fear with faith, it must be fearless faith. This leads us down the path of what is ones greatest fear, hopefully we eventually get to the answer: I have no fear as it is just a useless tool of the ego to slow your creation down.
“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
I love this quote by Lao Tzu and clearly his wisdom is amazing. I also love this quote by Bertrand Russell as they go hand in hand,
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
May we all let go of that which no longer serves us and enlighten to a rebirth of health, wealth, and happiness,