4 Steps to Create a Magical New Year

burning bowl ceremony

I hope 2013 was fabulous for you. Whether it was a year that you loved or a year you’re more than ready to say good-bye to, there are some easy ways to set ourselves up to create a magical New Year in 2014.

Since 1993, my first New Year’s at a Unity Church, I have celebrated New Year’s with a Burning Bowl ceremony. A Burning Bowl ceremony is a way to let go of the old year and invite in what you want for the new year. It’s usually done with two guided meditations. After the first, you write down all that you want to let go of in your life and place it in the burning bowl to release it as the paper burns to ashes. After the second meditation, you create a list of what you want to experience in your life that year and the list is placed in safe keeping for a year.

I find these ceremonies wonderful to close out the New Year and if you have a Unity church near you, almost all of them have one of these ceremonies on New Years Eve that you can participate in.  You don’t need to go anywhere though, we usually have our own ceremony at home. One year we even just burnt our papers on the grill. Just do your own meditation or you can follow these quick little instructions, I recorded on Sound Cloud.  Start with Burning Bowl part 1 and then do Burning Bowl part 2. Be Safe! You don’t want to start out your new year with third degree burns or a visit from the fire department. 

While the burning bowl is an incredible ceremony, there are a few additional steps that will greatly add to your Magical New Year.

Here are 4 steps to the most Magical New Year of your Life:

1. Celebrate What’s Good. I know it may seem redundant that I make a rave list every Monday about what’s going right in my life and invite everyone else to do the same, but there’s a reason. Some weeks, I honestly don’t  know how I’m going to come up with my list, but once I start realize there was a lot going right. Even if 2013 sucked eggs, there were still some good moments. Celebrate them! Write a list of them, see if you can get to 100 and enjoy the feelings of those precious moments were things were pretty sweet.

2. Let Go of the Past. This could be done with the bowling bowl ceremony or some other way that lights you up, but don’t carry old hurts with you into the new year. It doesn’t matter what has happened, your life isn’t flawed and you can start fresh. Just make that decision.  Even if 2013 was great, there are probably still some things that you need to let go of in order to make 2014 even better.

3. Follow Your Bliss. There’s something out there that makes you light up. Maybe its cooking, or skating, or drawing, who knows. Whatever it is, make time for it. Make as much of your time enjoyable as you can. If you aren’t happy at your job, start looking for a change and enjoy where you are as much as you can until you can make that change. Just don’t wait too long. Sometimes we have to take the scary leap of faith, so we can follow our bliss.

4. Take Inspired Action. When you get an idea to take action that feels really good. Even if it sounds a little silly or you’re afraid people might think you are crazy.  Do it anyway. When you take a step towards your goal the universe rushes in to support you, so take the steps that are given to you. The ones that make your stomach queasy but you know if you did it might just change everything, go do them!  The ones that seem silly and unrelated but you can’t get them out of your head, go do them, too.

May 2104 be the best year of your life, until the next year rolls around. Please step out of your comfort zone and let magic into you life. Love yourself and  your life and magic will come.

I’d love to hear your plans for creating a magical 2014 or any other comments you may have. To prove it, I’m giving away a Facebook “manifesting plan” to one of my commenters during the month of December.  I’ll put everyone’s name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around Jan. 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and message me on my Facebook page. Once you tell me what you want to create, I’ll create a personal manifesting plan for you and we’ll make sure it feels fabulous to you!

Transforming through Joy and Love,

Michelle Martin Dobbins



  • Cloris Kylie says:

    I love this post, Michelle. 2013 was such a mix of the great and the not-so-great, but when I look back at all the blessings that came out of what seemed to be a problem/challenge, I realize how it’s all in divine order. I’ll check out the New Year’s program at the Unity Church near me. Happy 2014!

  • Vida Halsey says:

    What a great post, Michelle; thank you! I’m a Unity member and we’re having out burning bowl ceremony tomorrow. Is this where we leave our comments re. what we wish to create? I’m a stage IV esophageal cancer patient and wish to grow spiritually and emotionally AND especially go into remission re. the cancer. I’d love to have a future full of love, peace and forgiveness. <3

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