* New projects or efforts that disappoint?
* Vampire relationships that drain?
* Expectations that exhaust?
* Schedules that overwhelm?
* Work that demeans?
* Unmet dreams that depress?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is a solution.
Here are the seven most important words you may ever hear:
You can’t start a new journey if you’re carrying heavy baggage or dragging garbage along. In fact, you can be downright stinky after riding that dead horse—and the possible reason why abundance, happiness, and health are avoiding you!
Why are rituals important? Francesca Gino and Michael I. Norton in Scientific American explained, “While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.”
Allow the answers to come. Go through the alphabet. Keep your hand moving. Don’t judge what you are writing. If you get stuck on one alphabet letter and can’t think of anything, move on. Then, return to it.
Then she asked me to hold that specific thought in my mind while breathing and holding a pencil in one hand.
Her next instruction was, “Just drop the pencil! Let it go. Let the thought go.” Repeat as necessary.
This might be a daily ritual while online and reading negative information–or as thoughts of larger issues with your transition surface. If letting go still remains challenging, then consider the…
|Facing Machu Picchu, “Old Mountain”, 2008 -Not behind me!|
3) Peruvian with Love, with Release Ritual
This ritual process of first asking was taught to me by Don Jorge Luis Delgado, my shaman co-leader in 2008. He shared that the Andean people believed that we are one with the earth and everything is sacred: the rocks, rivers, animals, birds, plants, trees, and especially the mountains.
To take something from the earth without thoughtful reflection would have been inappropriate. Happily, the Pachamama said “yes” to a small handful of rocks that did make their way home to Florida for ceremonial use.
Rocks are used for releasing what Don Jorge calls “dark, heavy energies.” Try breathing into a special rock three times, saying, “I release all feelings of _____ (name of an emotion) about_____ (name of a person, thing, and event).” Then move or toss the rock to another place.You’re encouraged to do this near a body of water.
When the monkey tries to pull its hand out, it is stuck! The now clenched fist around the treat makes the withdrawal through the opening impossible.
Rarely does the monkey let go. Sadly, it becomes a prisoner; the monkey is stuck on the ground unable to climb the tree to escape the trapper.
This could include the expectations of appreciation, awards, and rewards that you are holding onto with a tight, clenched fist—a fist that won’t allow you to let go! It could be a lack of self-care and self-nurturing actions. It also might be a habit that no longer serves your best and Highest good.
When everyone has spoken, go to another person until everyone has spoken all of their letting go statements. There might be several rounds. You’ll know that everyone is complete when there is silence. (You might want to burn the contents of the Monkey Trap Jar.)
To wrap up, listen to the Ho’Oponopono Prayer. Blow out the white candle.
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