A Unity Burning Bowl ceremony involves each participant writing all things they wish to let go of on one piece of paper and all things they wish to accept into their life on another. Things to let go of may be negative feelings about persons, places, events or illness, conditions which are not desirable, habits or behaviors, and etc.
Those things to accept would be anything that is desired or would improve one’s life. The “letting go” list is lit by a large white candle and allowed to burn into ash while the participant visualizes them dissolving and disappearing. The “acceptance” or prosperity list is sealed in a self addressed envelope which will be mailed back to the participant at the end of the new year.
New Year resolutions are a typical way of celebrating the new year, but the Burning Bowl ceremony help cleanse the mind of the things that are negative or no longer serving us. The thought is that to allow for the prosperous gifts of the new year one must release the baggage of the old.
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