We love beginnings. We have a hard time with endings.
If you want a potent beginning, bring completion with potency to where you have already been travelling. The turning of the Wheel of the Year asks us to pay attention to the path we have been on, to make clear the path ahead!
Red Thread Letter #781 : 20 Inquiries for 2020 : an HONORING Ritual
As we turn towards a new year, I am sharing a ritual to support you with reflection anticipation, affirmation and claiming – an invitation to honor your 2019 and move into 2020 with intention.
As we begin a new cycle on January 1, looking ahead to renewed possibilities which come with a new year, I am inspired to share these inquires with you. These are ideal with a little red thread cafe time with a cuppa tea and a journal. You might even light a candle or put on a favorite shawl or necklace. If you are wearing a red thread, consider taking it off and giving yourself a fresh connection. Give yourself at least an hour or more. No need to rush a ritual. Let the pen fly and see what arises, trying not to dominate your answers, just let them come.
To name what you experienced allows you to clear a space for something new and honors where you have been. This is a kind of ‘house keeping’, a letting go of what was, to open to what’s new and coming through! The energy of this ritual is different than a new goal or resolution, which is often rooted in what you did not do last year instead of what you most hope to FEEL in the new year. The origin comes from the place of experience, instead of ‘getting something done’.
If you want to experience this with others, this could be held in a three hour Red Thread Circle with friends, where a guide asks the inquiries and everyone journals. This would take time and be part of the whole process. Then, the circle sharing is focused around 1-2 things you would like to share with those gathered. You could also just choose a few of them instead of all. The inquires are designed to take you from where you were and position you for what’s possible. You could also just have tea with one friend, on the phone or at the cafe – and go through the inquiries together.
As you ask, tuning into your body physically and your heart spiritually will yield the most powerful felt experience. You are inviting your WHOLE BEING to participate so you can get the most out of the experience. Begin with writing an opening phrase in your own words, make it personal to you to initiate the process. Consider something like: I, (Your name) am honoring where I have travelled in 2019 and I am opening to where i am going in 2020. May this experience prepare me in the best possible way!
The more you can use your imagination to see images, like movies of what happened, or what could happen, the clearer your writings will be. Using your vivid imagination as you move towards the new year will be essential to ‘seeing’ and ‘feeling’ what is possible. This isn’t a ‘mental’ exercise. This is an honoring ritual, so bring your attention and intention FULLY into the experience.
Reflections and Acknowledgements
As the great wheel turns from last year…
- Where did you experience the deepest joy?
- What was the deepest sorrow you carried?
- What made you feel the proudest of yourself?
- Where were you the hardest on yourself?
- What would you like to let go of?
- What would you like to celebrate?
- Do you feel you took the time of your own self expression and what did you create?
- If you had to summarize the year, what words would you use?
Anticipations and Possibilities
As the great wheel turns towards the new year...
- What would you most like to experience? To feel?
- What creative projects are you calling in?
- If you ask the Muse what she desires, what arises?
- Does your physical body have a message for you about what is most nourishing?
- Will you include rest in your calendar?
- What would that look like? What about romantic love, or sensuality, is there a desire that wants to be spoken?
- Is your sacred work requesting to be included?
- In what ways does prosperity call to you?
- Is there a way you want to name and claim your gifts newly?
- What connections and relationships with women/friends/community sound juicy?
- If you had an impossible dream come true…what would it be?
- PART THREE
What themes would you most like to work with in 2020? Would you like to name the year ahead?
You can always change your theme as you go along if after a time it no longer fits. Once you get the Affirmational theme, this is the ‘focus’ for the year that encapsulates the power of this ritual. Every time you say this affirmation, you activate your awareness that you did this work of honoring. Good job!
If you feel inspired, consider making an art poster of some kind to hang up in your studio – or write it in sharpie on the mirror or on your bedroom or studio window. Creating an affirmation lifts you up and grounds you and provides a point of reference for how you view the year’s great turning. When you are complete, say thank you to your WHOLE BEING for participating! If you are inspired, let out a resounding YIP YIP YIP or YAHOOOOOOO to seal the ritual and bring completion. If called, share with your community virtually, or call a friend.
I send you bright blessings for the year ahead. It seems for many of us that these times call upon us to dance with the paradox – the messy and hard – along with the beauty and magic! Wherever this finds you today, know that you are loved and I am deeply grateful for our connection along the red thread. My wish for you is: May 2020 Bring You More Fully Into Who You Are!
Blessings on your path Dear Heart,
As I reflect on what I am proud of that happened for me in 2019, I’m proud of these Intentional Creativity manuals in hard copy! Both have been a labor of love and it feels so good to have spent the energy bringing them into form this year.
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