Wishing You a Magical New Year

   Hope you all had a great 2012 and are looking forward to 2013.  I know I am!  I have celebrated New Year’s Eve with a Burning Bowl Ceremony since I started going to a Unity church 20 years ago. It’s a great way to let go of the energy of the old year and begin the new year off on the right foot.
   There are many Unity Churches who will be having services tonight and you can also have your own ceremony at home as I will be doing with my family. You can google burning bowl services to get great ideas and I’ll give the quick and dirty on how we do ours. We spend a few minutes mediating on the things from 2012 that we are ready to let go of and we write them down on a piece of paper and put them in a fire proof bowl and go outside and burn them.  In a pinch, we’ve burnt them on our outdoor grill before. Then, we take a few more minutes to print out what we do want in the new year. I keep those tucked away in my bible, but any special place will do. You can look at them on the next year or anytime later in the year.
   I usually also print out some affirmations or fortunes and let everyone pick one out for their fortune for the new year and I never put anything negative in the box.You can find some great printable ones online with a simple search.

I’ve had quite a few wonderful things happen in 2012:
  I finished my first complete first draft of a novel
  I hired and found a great housekeeper that gives me time to write
  Our HVAC business has made more profit than every before
  I’ve enjoyed some wonderful moments with my husband and children
  I’ve submitted five of my short stories and I’m excited to hear back about them in the new year
There’s lost of blessing to list and I know I sometimes forget them.  Thats why I’m going to do this activity next year that I found on Just Feeling Good’s Facebook page, a great page to follow. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Feelin-Good/268038566543079

   My plan is to add to this jar at least once a week as a family, so we have a whole jar of good news to remember next New Year’s Eve.
In closing, I wanted to share Marianne Williamson’s famous quote:
 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

      My intention for next year is to enjoy it to the fullest and to share that joy. I tend not to share who I am with everyone. I sometimes fear my Catholic, Morman, or Athiest friends wouldn’t like me if the knew the true me, even though I love them for who they are. I hide who I am sometimes. I don’t share my blogs or writing with those closest to me, my friends and family, and I cringe when someone I know personally follows my blog or twitter account.  This is the year I stop censoring who I am and share my love and light with everyone I can. 
   Wishing you are Magical New Year and one in which you enjoy to the fullest all of the wonderful things you create.
Love & Miracles,

  • Love it Michelle! Here’s to all of us letting go of what others think. Happy happy New Year to you and your family!
    Much Love,

  • Happy, happy, New Year to you, too, Crystal! I know it’s going to be a great one for us both. 🙂

  • The jar is a good idea. Very visual.

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