Someone asked me about burning bowl rituals the other day, what they were and what the purpose is.
I actually love burning bowl rituals. What a great way to let go of things that are bothering or hindering us. I wound up not being able to do this like I wanted to on New Year’s, but decided to go on and do it now. After all, the year is over half over and I keep finding myself hanging on to stuff I shouldn’t, and blocking or hindering myself in the process.
I am not sure when I started doing burning bowl rituals. I think it was at a young age though, and it wasn’t initially with a bowl, just a candle. It’s really quiet simple and something that is generic to any belief system according to how you make it. I liked the idea of something I didn’t need in my life anymore going up in smoke.
Find a bowl preferably metal or glass (you don’t have to have one, but it makes it nice and neater), fill it up a third of the way with rock salt or salt, and stand a white candle in the middle.
Simply take two sheets of paper – on one sheet write all the things like bad habits you want to get rid of, excuses for things you haven’t done, weaknesses, temptations, things that are bothering you or you would like to be gone in your life; including negative ways of talking to yourself, or beating yourself up for things that go wrong.
On the second sheet of paper write down all the things you want to take place of the things you are getting rid of in your life. If you are getting rid of negative ways of talking to yourself, then write that you will find daily affirmations that will work for you. If you often beat yourself up when something goes wrong, write that you will celebrate when things go right. Once you have this list written, fold it and put it in an envelope and attach it to a month on your calendar – say December since that is the end of the year.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, it is totally up to you what you are making a point of letting go of in your life whether it be emotions or specific things. Take some time to really contemplate this, then either roll the paper, or tear it into pieces and feed it to the flame and let the paper burn out on the salt by the candle. (NEVER leave a candle unattended).
As the paper is burning see and visualize the things you wrote down going up in smoke and say a prayer of forgiveness, recognize that you are letting go of the things that are clogging your creativity and holding you back from who you want to be and thankfulness that these things no longer have a place in your life and you are making a point of letting them go and choosing another direction right now. Again, it can be as elaborate or as simple as you want to make it.
Have fun releasing all the bad things and things that just seem to linger and never really do any good. Then in the month that you attached the other envelope or reminder – take out the other list and see how successful you were at implementing the changes you wanted in your life. The important thing is to move forward. You will be pleasantly surprised how small acts of faith can make things happen.
Cherry Coley ©