Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Burn Ceremony

At the end of every year, my family and I have a burn ceremony. It is a time to release items in our lives that "weigh us down" or no longer serve a purpose. We each bring something to burn that we would like to clear from our lives. It may be homework that caused stress, pictures, letters, old bill statements, or things written on a piece of paper that we wish to release.  

Growing up out in Northern California, my father and I would build a huge pile of old cuttings, dry brush, old documents, etc in the back field and then light that baby on fire! It was a sacred time for father and daughter as there would be no words, just silence as the fire roared. We would spend all day around the fire stoking it, mesmerized by the warmth and powerful flames. I would get lost in my thoughts and remember having many epiphanies during those burn days. 

I have continued this tradition with my family and it is something we all look forward to. We gather our bags of stuff and head out to nature to start a fire where we create a sacred space with focused intention. Before we start burning, we gather around the fire in a a circle and say a prayer to our Divine Source that resonates within our Soul such as God, Jesus Christ, Creator Of All That Is, Source, Mother/Father God, Jehovah, Adonai, Allah, etc. We start with a prayer and end with a prayer to give thanks for Divine intervention. We ask for protection and assistance in releasing any unseen energies that does not benefit our highest good. As an offering to the fire element, we burn sage or palo santo, and then we start burning our stuff.  It is a powerful act of releasing the old to make way for the new. 

Is there anything you would like to burn?

Much Love, 

1 comment:

  1. I'm feeling the need to do this before we move into our new place!!! Hmm looks like I'm going to have find a way to safely do that this month. Great idea!!! Thank you