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The Delightful and Surprising Burning Bowl Ceremony

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The Delightful and Surprising Burning Bowl Ceremony

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical 
 man, alone, can dream and make his
 come true.”  
 Napoleon Hill

Last January, we decided to host the burning bowl ceremony for the first time. We liked the concept of letting go of the old in order to make room for the new – but we really had no idea of the power within this mysterious practice.

I don’t know where the original idea emerged from; perhaps that is inherent to the beautiful, loving simplicity of it all.

The ceremony fits anyone’s connection to Source, God, spirituality or nature and there are many creative versions of it. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.

I am quite certain no two rituals are exactly alike, even when the set up is similar.

There was some kind of a wonderful, invisible accompaniment from other realms leading the ceremony along at its own pace and with its own particular meaning based on those who are present, which was the surprising and delightful part.

At times I felt as if I was witnessing the miracle of birth.

There must be many wonderful stories connected with the burning bowl. I may  write my next article about that! Send your story if you’d like to share it.

The Burning Bowl is appropriate at any time or place: it can be performed alone, with you and a loved one or within a large group. It works well in a birthday party, a church service, a commitment ceremony, for a celebration or to release, to forgive and cleanse away grief, loss, or anger.

The endearing burning bowl ceremony: joyful, and refreshing. It creates an eye opening experience about what is around you and the effect those things have on your journey.

It is most often performed around New Year’s Eve but is a marker for any life change or event.

Everyone adds their own flair to this ceremony. Since I am a spiritual teacher and intuitive consultant, we decided to add a teaching about manifestation techniques encouraging us to deliberately create and download the coming year.

If there is one thing I know (from personal experience) it is that while we all truly have the power with us to manifest- there are times when the dream seemingly aborts.

The truth is - we humans can lose our way in the creation of our dreams.  So we included helpful insights to add a deeper understanding of creation, along with learning specific ways to support your intentions all the way into reality.

Some surprising things that often happen during this ceremony:

Moving toward the sacred space of the burning bowl you will automatically open your awareness to the light within you.

You will realize that fire can be a cleansing element for the spirit, it is not always out of control or destructive in its force.

What you planned to write down may not make it to your paper or it may be expressed in a way you had not thought of. (You might plan to write about letting go of resentment toward an estranged relative and instead find yourself speaking of hope for reconciliation- or the other way around.)

The paper burns in different ways: Some say if it does not catch fire right away, it is God asking: “Are you really ready to let this go?”

Sometimes a section of the written words remain visible after burning, or there is difficulty in the paper catching fire. These may be interpreted as a block being present or resistance to change.

Since the ceremony is highly symbolic in nature pay attention to incidents like these that may feel important to you in some way.

One of the reasons such unusual, unexpected, or personally symbolic things occur is because there is amplified power in group consciousness.

This magnifies the effect on the quantum field where truth lives and creation happens.

Being together also gives us comfort in knowing that we are not alone in facing life with all the human struggles, problems, fears and doubts.

I hope you will investigate the powerful burning bowl ceremony…perhaps this New Year’s Eve.  Your ceremony may happen between you and your beloved as you share a glass of champagne, it may include a family dinner with your children, or you may choose to attend a local community gathering to attain that particular special connection.

 Whatever shape or form your ceremony takes, and no matter who is present for your burning bowl, you will be glad you did this.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.”  
T.S. Elliot

P.S. Tallkat will be conducting a burning bowl ceremony on January 8, 2011 from 4-6:00 PM.  For further information, go to New and Events or click here

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