Praying for Release
urge me to drop every leaf I don’t need –
every task of habit I repeat past its season,
every sorrow I rehearse,
each unfulfilled hope I recall,
every person or possession to which I cling –
until my branches are bare,
until I hold fast to nothing.
Blow me about in your wild iron sky,
crush all that’s puffed up,
fluff all that in me needs to go to seed,
send my shadows to sleep.
Tutor me through straining night winds
in the passion of moan and pant,
the gift of letting go
at the moment of most abundance –
in the way of falling apples, figs, maple leaves, pecans.
Open my eyes to your languid light,
let me stare in your face
until I see no difference between soar and fall,
until I recognize eternity in single breaths,
faint whispers of cool air through lungs.
Show me the way of dying
in glorious boldness –
Yellow, gold orange, rust, red burgundy, brown.
Exultation, a Poem Cycle in Celebration of the Seasons
by Monza Naff
A time of releasing:
Autumn is a time to release any burdens we are holding onto and let them die in ‘glorious boldness.’ It is important to take full responsibility for your own life and the world you live in. It is also important to disconnect from the burdens that are not yours to carry. The equinox, which is coming up on September 22, 2013 at 1:44 PDT, is a time to examine this area and to make some powerful decisions about what is or is not your responsibility.
As Lena says in the astrology forecast for September, “Many of us have imprinting that relates to our self worth and how it is connected to how we serve others by taking on their burdens. Imagine the freedom you will feel when you let those burdens go back to their rightful owners. This does not mean becoming cold and hard and uncaring. It simply means disconnecting from what you cannot accomplish anyway and sealing up the energy leak of feeling responsible for the burdens of others.” In releasing these burdens, it opens us up to serve others with authenticity and from an open heart.
When we choose to release old, worn out emotions and patterns in our lives, I don’t know if it is possible to just say, “I am not going to feel this emotion anymore” or “I don’t want to behave in this way anymore” and just release an unwanted emotion or behavior. Rather, I find that it takes acknowledging and accepting an emotion or behavior in myself with honesty and truth and holding it with great compassion. In this place of tenderness and vulnerability a new pattern can emerge. I continue to have the old emotion or behavior, but by shedding the light of my awareness and compassion on it, it releases its hold on me and is able to transform.
A time of celebrating:
Autumn is also a time to celebrate that we are fully responsible for our choices and the way we choose to live our life. We have the choice to open ourselves to joy, prosperity, love, health, wellness and living life according to spirit instead of ego.
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day….
~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~
The Releasing Ceremony – Letting go like a leaf in fall:
To celebrate this time of the changing season, the Autumnal Equinox, and this time of releasing our burdens, I invite you to take a moment to do the following reflection and ceremony.
Sit quietly and take 3 deep, relaxed breaths.
Reflect on something in your life that you are choosing to release. It may be something concerning emotions, relationships, your health, your ego, your work, your projects, or something else. Consider how this aspect of your life may have supported or served you. Recognize this with compassion and consider how this aspect is not serving you at this time. With compassion, consider what has prevented you from letting this aspect go? What are your fears associated with releasing this aspect of your life?
Find or create an object that symbolizes the aspect of your life that you want to release and the fears that are preventing you from release. This might be an object from nature, a photograph, a piece of jewelry, a painting, or a piece of paper with a written reflection about this aspect of your life.
Take your object to a spot that you consider sacred or special in some way. Sit in this spot for a period of time until your body and mind is quiet and focused.
Dig a hole that is big enough to receive your object. While holding the object in your hand, ask Mother Earth if she will be willing to take the things you want to release and the fears that surround them and transform them for you to something that is more life giving at this time in your life. Once you feel you have received acknowledgement of your request, close your eyes and bring up that aspect of your life and the fears in your body as much as possible. When you feel it strongly, blow into the object three times, releasing your fears and burdens into the object.
Place the object in the hole you dug and bury it. Mark the spot with 4 stones, each in one of the 4 directions. When you return to this spot in the future, you can reflect on how the aspect of your life that you wanted to release and the fears that surrounded it have transformed in your life
To support this time of release and experience it with all the senses, place a few drops of the Release and Surrender Blend on a tissue and take 3 deep breaths, breathing in the aroma and allowing it to move through your body. At any time in the future when you want to remind yourself of your intention to transform this aspect of your life, breath in the aroma of the Release and Surrender Blend and remember this special ceremony and reflect on how this aspect of your life has transformed.
I welcome your reflections on your ceremony, which you can share by commenting on this post.
Wishing you a day full of grace, Kim