Beautiful releasing rituals that will help you let go and move forward.
Letting go is challenging, and sometimes you have to do it again and again and again until it sticks.
The cue here is to be gentle with oneself. It is as true for letting go as it is for any type of change. What you resist persists.
The key to letting go is embracing acceptance. There cannot be release unless you accept.
And just like acceptance, letting go is a practice. Consciously deciding and repeatedly acting is the way.
Personally, I practice acceptance and letting go the same way I practice yoga: Several times a week, with intention and purpose. Bravely, humbly and gently. Truly.In addition to faithfully committing to let go in my mind, repeatedly, every time I fall back into old ways – I am working on opening myself up both energetically and emotionally. The way I let go is active and spiritual, symbolic and visual. It helps me make the intangible clear and definite. And in this, I am connecting with my power.
There are as many ways of letting go as there are people. But one thing is universal, and that is the need to find meaning in the chaos. One way of making the process easier to relate to is to do a releasing ritual. Here I give you my favourite rituals for letting go.
Write a letter, a note or take a photograph and burn it to ashes. Light the fire with intention and awareness. Watch the fire as it burns and feel how your body physically lets go of the energy you are releasing in the flames.
Release It With The Wind
Deliberately, and intentfully holding forth something, to be swept up and away by the wind, is another powerful ritual that aids in the practice of letting go. A letter, a picture, or something symbolic of the issue you are wishing to heal is ideal. You are surrendering your pain, your problem, your sadness to the wind, one of the four elemental dignitaries of our planet. The wind is powerful in clearing away old thoughts, sadness, nostalgia and replenishing you with new ideas, energy and direction. Other ways to practice this are to intentionally blow on dandelion seeds, drop a feather from a tall place or let sand flow through your fingers on a windy day at the beach.
Surrender It To The Universe
There are at least three beautiful ways to release something by sending it to heaven. My favourite has to be lighting a sky lantern and watch it fly away on a dark night. Another favourite of mine is to tie a note to a colourful balloon and let it rise and disappear into the ether. Finally, you can fly a kite and then cut the cord, releasing it into the world.
Let It Float Away
Another beautiful way to let go is to let your issues flow away with the river. There are several ways to do this, but my favourite is definitely to let either flowers or lanterns get carried away with the stream and out of sight. Knowing that what I have just released will be carried by the water all the way to the sea, gives me comfort. Another, cute way to do this is to write your thoughts on a piece of paper and make paper boats.
Create A Ceremony
The sky is the limit when it comes to crafting your own releasing ceremony. Use something that speaks to you and lights up your soul. For me, this is sage, amethysts, feathers, essential oils and meditation. For you, it might be photographs, flowers, prayers or chanting. Ask your inner spiritual guide to lead the way, and you will not walk alone.
Say A Blessing
Before I release a relationship, I find it powerful to say a blessing. One of my favourites – that I have memorized – is this:
May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be happy. (Ancient Tibetan Buddhist blessing)
Clear A Space In Your House
Letting go of something physical can really be helpful in letting go of more intangible things as well. The way I do this is that I clear space in my home. It can be a shelf, a window sill, a drawer or an entire room – and I go through all of my belongings to see what I don’t need anymore. When I have found the items, I either recycle, donate to charity or give them away. The open space I have created symbolizes the deeper work of letting go, and at the same time creates room for the new.
Amber | intothesoul.com