The New Year's Day Release Ritual
a letting go and celebrating ceremony
Releasing the old, welcoming in the new.
Each new year, we do this, and each new year, I have a special ritual that I do each and every New Years Eve and New Years day.
It's a releasing and welcoming ceremony.
Releasing all that has happened in the previous year to let in the new.
The releasing ceremony also includes a celebration ceremony, where you let go and speak allowed all your accompaniments, both personal and professional, from the previous year.
New Years Ceremony
Day 1. On the Eve
On the eve of the ending of a day, write down on a piece of paper all that you are releasing from the previous year, period of your life, or past in general.
Make a list of things, ideas, concepts or belief systems you are letting go of - once and for all.
This is the “Release List.”
Then make another list of all the things that you are owning and acknowledging within yourself for that same time.
I call this, the “Celebration List.” In this list, you write not not what you release, but of your own greatness that you want to remind yourself.
Basically, all the reasons why you are an amazing person not just worthy of acceptance, but worthy of celebration.
So you need two written lists:
Things You Are Releasing
Things You Are Celebrating
In this way, you are letting go of what you don’t have, no longer want to desire, and no longer need in your life and simultaneously letting in what you do have, what you want to remind yourself of that is special and what you want to keep in your life to honor.
Take both of these lists and hold onto them in a special place just for the night.
Day 2. In the Morning
On the following day, in the morning and as early as I wake, I create a third list.
This list is the list of all of the things I want to manifest into my life now - to create even more of what resonates with me and my soul path. This could include what I am achieving in the following year, things I wish to welcome in and ideas or concepts I have that I want to come to physical reality.
Anything, it’s an open door. This is the “Manifest List” to create a reality you or I could have, if all our wildest dreams were possible (because they are).
Once this list is written, I collect it together and take a trip to the nearest water body that leads to the ocean - generally a nearby river or the actual ocean itself.
And then at the water, I:
- Place my “Release List” in the water’s current and wish it a goodbye.
- Take my “Celebration List” and hold it to my heart, keeping it close to my chest, generally tucking into my shirt to keep it close to my heart.
- Burn my “Manifest List”, sending the smoke up to Spirit, asking them to assist in creating these realities for me in the coming time.
Then, when complete, I turn to walk away and do not look back.
It’s okay to let go of the old, and it’s important. When you do, to make things easier, remind yourself of what you do have, why you were put on this earth, and that something is coming in the works for a better future.
When you release, rather than allowing yourself to hold an empty space in your heart - give yourself the opportunity to fill it with things about yourself that you celebrate, love and wish to honor.
When we release, we give ourselves a chance to welcome in.
We give ourselves a chance to change our reality and our future, by rewriting it in real time.
This New Years, I invite join me in this joint Release, Celebrate and Manifest ceremony.
Amanda Linette Meder