If you were to weigh the past pains, fears, doubts and hurt that you carry around - how much would it all weigh? The process of letting it all go, moving forward, and healing old wounds isn’t an easy one.
Starting your healing journey is a process.
The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is responsible for speaking our truths. When it is blocked we hold things in, do not speak up and become small and unseen. When one goes through a traumatic experience, the throat chakra is usually the first to shut down.
I can speak from experience, after being in an abusive and toxic relationship where I was unseen, unheard and mistreated - once I broke free I found it very hard to speak my truth and speak up.
I love to do this simple yet powerful releasing ritual.
At the point when there has been somebody in your life (alive or passed) with whom you have had ongoing and conflicting, upsetting or negative feelings, it tends to be amazingly hard to 'let go' of the emotional wound created - be it, pity, dread, outrage or a blend of all.
For the good of your own, mending this injury is significant - it permits you to continue with your life once more, and to start to heal yourself from the inside out. This ritual keeps them from forming or affecting your future decisions, rather you have clearness and an impartial spot to settle on your decisions from. Your body keeps score. You're actually affected by it, it will shape the manner in which you manage each circumstance that is suggestive of the relationship you had with this individual.
Releasing the old - that which no longer serves us - to welcome in the new.
Relinquishing the old negative energies, mending past emotional injuries, sets out to welcome in the positive and new. Empowering us to pick what we bring into our lives, rather than battling to simply decide, while hindered by the past.
How do you perform this ritual? Read on...I got you!
Performing a letter-burning ritual can be done alone or with your loved ones. You need a safe space and container to perform the ritual.
Short Story: you’ll start by writing what you want to let go of, and then you’ll burn that piece of paper. Keep reading for further instructions.
Supplies You’ll Need For the Burning Ceremony:
Matches or a lighter
A safe, burn-friendly receptacle or surface (like a metal or glass bowl or fireplace)
I love working outside! I bring candles, crystals, oracle cards … whatever calls to be part of the experience. There are no wrong answers here.
Start Here: Write the letter
Spend all the time you need writing your Burning Letter Ritual letter. It doesn't matter how long it takes, it is important, and it will help you understand how your life has been affected by this person and the damage they have caused. Keep the letter somewhere safe once you've finished it. (Don't send it, post it, or email it to anyone)
Since this is a private letter, give yourself some time and perhaps permission to express all that you have bottled up inside. Be sure that you include all of your feelings and relationships with this person in your letter. Be specific about why you feel this way. What their actions caused you to experience and what their actions made you feel about yourself. Describe the impact they have had on your life and how they have changed, hurt or fractured you.
This process requires you to write down the hard stuff - the things that have caused you to feel shame, guilty, stupid, scared, lost or judged. Since this process calls for letting go, it is important that nothing be suppressed or repressed - this one time it has to be blurted out and written down. Don't forget you are doing this for yourself, not for anyone else, and you are worth the effort and the time it takes to complete this step in the healing ritual.
You are now ready to move on to the next step, which is to burn the letter.
Step 1: Create Your Burning Ceremony Space
*Be sure to practice safety first*
Use a large enough unburnable bowl or a container (like metal or glass). Be aware of your environment or surroundings – they need to be peaceful in order to focus completely on the ritual – and also need to be a safe place to burn like a fireplace.
Step 2: Set a Clear Intention
Throughout the burning ritual, remain calm and grounded in your intent. The ritual should not be performed to shake away anger or frustration. If you can’t shake a negative mindset, meditate to relax your mood before you begin the ceremony.
Some intentions that work well:
I am peaceful
I am grounded
I let go of attachments
I find peace when I let go
When your intentions are clear and focused, you can determine what you want out of this ritual. You can write down your feelings and intentions so you are more open and ready for release.
Step 3: Get Grounded
Root Down. For a few moments, sit cross-legged on the ground or stand firmly with both feet (preferably barefoot) on the ground until you feel present and grounded. If you feel negativity or tension in your body, allow it to pass. Stand quietly in meditation, while you honour your commitment to change.
Step 4: Burn What You Want to Let Go
Now, it is time to let go. It’s time to burn! Light the piece of paper on fire, and place it in your burn-friendly receptacle. Watch it burn, take a few deep breaths, and rub your hands together for a final release of the attachment you just let go of.
Feel the attachment leave your body and mind. Feel yourself growing lighter and releasing the negativity that was held within your body.
The Letter Burning Ritual can be repeated as many times as you like about any person, situation or circumstance that causes you to experience negative feelings that you cannot on your own get clear of.
There is no wrong time, but new moons and full moons are excellent times when it seems to be more potent to work with intentions and releases.
I want to hear stories of how you feel after doing your ritual!
Do you feel lighter? Frightened? Overwhelmed? Overjoyed? Has the universe read your letter? Check back in with me and comment or email. I love hearing from you!
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Love & Light,
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Namaste and enjoy the practice.