Downtown Abbey said it perfectly, “We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished.”
A “Burn and release” is a beautiful way to clear past emotions, that we just don’t need anymore.
Although the guilt, shame and fears we’ve accumulated, over the years, can seem tolerable to live with, it’s extremely unnecessary, not to mention unconsciously plays a huge role in holding us back.
Can we run away from the past? Of course not.
However, if we can face the past head-on, in a nonjudgmental and loving way, then we can clear all of the paranoia, defending, fixing and dwelling.
Before this process begins, let’s give ourselves a big hug.
Repeat after me: “I am loved. I am safe. I am worthy of freedom. I am worthy of a beautiful, magical life.”
1. Grab a pen, piece of paper and lighter.
2. Find a quiet, clean, peaceful space that feels comforting and safe enough to be completely honest.
3. Write on the top of the page, “I Burn…”
4. Write down everything that needs to be burned.
It could be:
Past Situations. Link it up to the emotion that it creates when we think about it. (“I burn the shame that I have from being caught cheating.”)
A power that we gave a certain person over us. (It’s important to make this all about us. Joey didn’t make us feel ashamed, upset/small, slutty or belittled. We gave Joey the power to make us feel that way. “I burn the power that Joey has over my present. I burn my need for his approval, and the way I feel on edge around him.”)
Negative emotions that we have towards others or situations. (“I burn all anger that I feel towards Jimmy.” “I burn my hatred that I have towards this religion.”)
Limiting beliefs. (“I burn my thoughts that I’m smart enough to get that job.”)
Fears. (“I burn my fear of starting new.”)
Any unknown negative emotions that could be lying in our subconscious, unconsciously affecting our present (“I burn any fear, shame or guilt inside of me that doesn’t serve me anymore.”)
5. Find a safe place to burn this. It could be over a barbecue grill, over the sink, or a fire-resistant container.
6. Read the paper out loud then burn, baby, burn!
As it’s burning say a little prayer that as it burns, it is turned into light, love, space, freedom, you name it! Take a deep breath, and enjoy the new freedom.
Author: Taylor Cropper
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock