In case you hadn’t noticed, we just went through the Fall Season, which is a time of letting things go that we no longer need. So how well did you do? If you don’t feel as though you just graduated from some form of a spiritual school, it’s not too late. There’s still time to take a look at your life and make a list of things to release—inside and out. This should, of course, be followed by the actual letting go of those people and thingsreleased with as much love and forgiveness as possible. This is how we best make room for a better future…a new life.

Rebuilding A New Life with God

When it comes to re-building our lives, we must remain clear and committed that this should ONLY be done with God as our Guide. And what better time can there be but NOW! Christmastime is a perfect time for opening up to receive the “gifts” of God. And let’s remember, it’s God’s Presence (not presents) that we should mostly have been looking for under the tree. So if you did a great job letting things “fall” away, and then opening up to the Presence of God, it shouldn’t take much to manifest the happiest “New Year” (and new life) ever.

Years ago, I made this my annual ritualespecially since it was the only three weeks in a row that I had off from touringand would make it a point to use this time of the year to be “born again.” So I would spend some time letting go of things I no longer needed, which meant clearing out my desk, deleting things from my computer, and healing relationships that wanted to heal (as well as releasing the ones that didn’t). And instead of making the usual “New Year’s resolutions” (that almost nobody keeps), I made tangible changes and would stick to most of my new commitments.

A Ritual for the New Year

Also, I would spend some time making a “prayer wheel” or “life chart” (as I call it) that could put all my new commitments onto one simple chart (visual tool) that I could easily access and use as a reminder of my new direction. Eventually, the word got out as to how effective my annual ritual was–as people could witness it working wonders in my life all the time. Of course, this whole ritual is ultimately just one of my many expressions/creations of living mastery. Nevertheless, by the late 90’s, a few of my closest friends would come to visit for a few days (usually around New Year’s), and we would work on our personal plans together. This became a common occurrence from then on, until a few year’s ago when (after already living in Sedona for a few years) the attendees at Unity of Sedona asked me to share these tools as a New Year’s workshopwhich we began doing so quite successfully. Then, this whole concept became an online course that we do every year–beginning in the first week of January. We open this up to everyone for FREE on the first day, so they may decide from that whether or not they want to join us for the entire 4-week course.

How Do You Release the Past and Create Your New Life?

My point for sharing this is not merely to announce our special online course (“Consciously Co-creating a New Life”), as much as it is to ask whether or not you have your own version of ending each year with releasing the past, followed by using an effective means of creating a new life. If so, great! Just make sure it’s still improving year after year. If not, then it might be wise to figure out what it is you can do to create your own ritual along these lines. Don’t wait until this auspicious season is over and end up regretting your lack of forward movement.

Also, don’t settle for the usual traditions of being with familyor the oppositebeing alone. Instead, figure out a way to design a Holy-day Season instead of a Holiday Season. Choose to design a multi-day ritual of closure (using burning bowls, etc.) and re-building a new life (using life charts, etc.). You might be Guided to some wonderful new things this coming year. Maybe you can buy a simple ring and marry yourself, as a symbol of devotion to your new life (even if you are already in a partnership). You might also commit to receiving body-work, going to a counselor, attending some great workshops, or doing whatever else seems right for you. But one thing is certain, please make the conscious decision to pray to begin an even closer relationship with Christ, or the Spirit of God, than you’ve ever had. Commit to being a humble follower of God’s Guidancerather than controlling your own life any longer. And when you go to sleep, try to do so the way a child does on Christmas Evewith excitement and anticipation of what awaits you the next morning.