This afternoon when the sun sets and before the reveling of New Years, we will sit together and write out all that we want to release from the past year. It has quickly become a tradition to place one event, trait or difficulty (or joy) on a piece of scrap paper for a ritual burning. We take those cares and torch them, so that they no longer exist for us--even if it is only symbolic.
To unclench our fists, to give up, to let go of, we open to new possibilities. Those intentions that you set for your 2014 will have room to grow when the past is surrendered.
(For those of you--including myself--who have difficulty forgiving yourself and letting go of mistakes and imperfections, this surrender that I speak about, is one that is continuous and ongoing. There is no magic bullet for letting go of trials and tribulations on this one special night. It is merely one point in time that we make significant by our ritual act. The other 364 days a year, our letting go is no less significant. Surrender is a daily process. I'll talk of this in other blog posts!)
For today, the last day of 2013, we say "good bye" and thank you to all that has come to us and welcome all that is before us.
May you have a beautiful and happy New Year!
-- from A Course In Miracles