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Day 26 of the Great Release Challenge! — Do You Have the Guts to Recover from Holiday Hell?


Day 26 of the Great Release Program

Don't Hide Behind Holiday Mental Trash -- Release It!

Day 26 — 2011 Great Release Challenge!  Do You Have the Guts to Recover from Holiday Hell?
Monday, 26 December

by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2011

Hettie Hint! 

This week I promised you some organizing ideas that our family uses to help keep life a little bit less stressful.  Our first Hettie Hint is from my oldest daughter, who developed the idea for herself several years ago when her husband built her a lovely closet.  The idea worked so well for her, my youngest daughter now uses it, too.

Hettie’s Organizing Tip For Today:  Color code all the clothes in your closets.  This means, hang all the whites together, all the blues, the yellows, the blacks, etc.  “That way,” says Echo, “I can wear clothes by how I’m feeling.  Some days my hands go for the bright colors, like yellow, or orange.  Other days I feel more muted — olive green, browns & tans, or black.  You can also wear your clothes by magickal correspondences, such as Monday’s blue or silver, Tuesday’s red or orange.  Or, you can choose what to wear by the sign the moon is in.  For example, if the Moon is in Virgo, I may wear something earthy and practical.  In Taurus?  Earthy and elegant!  Sagittarius?  A happy mix of reds and oranges with a splash of yellow.  Maybe a fire pendant to go with.”

Clothes in drawers can be done the same way, or, if you notice that most of those clothes are the same color, you may wish to organize them by style.  For example, all the short socks in one drawer, and tube socks in a different drawer.  “If you’re short on drawer space,” says Echo, “no problem!  You can purchase easy, inexpensive insert panels for drawers at places like Lowes.”

Moving Forward and Letting Go

When I talked to my husband about writing the blog today, he said, “You should write about emotional recovery from the holidays.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Some families,” he said, “didn’t have it as good as we did in the emotional department.  Everyone in our immediate family expressed love, joy, and happiness this week.  Yes, there were some sad moments, but they weren’t angry ones.  I mean, look at today.  We were able to spend time with both grandchildren.  A great breakfast in the morning with our granddaughter and a wonderful meal this evening with our grandson and most of the family.  We didn’t experience any flagrant negativity.  Not everyone was so lucky.  You should talk to the Blog People about that.  About how to recover if they did.  There’s a bright new year ahead.  They should concentrate on letting go of emotional pain so that they can experience all the opportunities that the new year will bring.”

“You said that so well,” I responded, “I won’t have to explain it at all.”

“That’s what you married me for.”

Awk!  Men!

Blog People.  Indeed.

Let’s go over a short list that you can use today, or perhaps institute at another time when you are upset over that darned drama:

In Your House:  If you have been following the release program, you already have the equipment and the experience to rid your environment of negativity caused by family drama.  Earlier in the program I gave you a chant or two to use to banish nasty energy.  Use those chants, or a favorite one.  Key ingredients in any house cleansing often include holy water, bells, rattles, and selected chants or charms.  Many use sacred fire or smoke, herbs, scented candles, wax melts, and even perfume.  Banging pots and pans work particularly well to break up deep seated negativity.  Remember to seal the rooms when you are done.  Concentrate particularly on the rooms that the negative person used (living area, a bedroom if they slept there, the kitchen, and the bathroom they used).  Pay attention to the room where you broke down after the drama — the one you ran to in private.  Be sure to cleanse that room, too.

The Clothes You Were Wearing:  If there was an outburst, remove the clothing, turn it inside out, and pinch the edges of the clothing in a dresser drawer.  Leave them there for three days, then have them cleaned or laundered.  Spray them with holy water if you can.  Your shoes?  Again, if possible, spray with holy water or sprinkle with salt or cleansing herbs.

Jewelry You Wore:  Any jewelry should be cleansed as not only was it present during the drama, you most likely kept in on while you tried to emotionally recover.  Salt water for jewelry that can stand it, or wrap it in something protective and bury in a flower pot of fresh dirt sprinkled with dried, cleansing herbs (rosemary, sage, lavender, hyssop, etc.).  Moonlight and sunlight can also act as natural cleansers with the accompaniment of prayers, chants, or spoken charms.

Your Vehicle:  Did you burst into tears when you got into the car/truck after an altercation or unpleasant experience, or did you scream loud enough to curl a dead man’s toes?  Did you have an argument with someone inside the vehicle?  Then you have to cleanse that area, too.

Your Phone:  Yeah.  If you had an argument with someone via phone, that needs to be cleansed, too.  Unfortunately, you can’t slap it in a vat of holy water.  You can, however, wrap it in dry, fresh rosemary and place in a black bag until it rings with a call you WANT to take — that’s your signal that the cleansing is completed.  No kidding.  Worked for me.

We’re ready now, to move forward and continue letting go of those things holding us back.  We have only six days to go, and then our program for this season is concluded!  What if you didn’t have any negative experiences?  Fantastic!  A personal cleansing, though, might just be what you need to rid yourself of stressful feelings that may have coalesced within yourself during your holiday preparations?  Are you sick?  Kid, you over-did-it.  Time to pamper yourself and recover.  Tomorrow is another day.

I know you were very busy these last few days, so I’m going to ask you again how your 3-Minute de-clutter challenge worked for you.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go today.  How about your 5-Minute evening clean-up?  How did that go?  Again, if you were just too tired (or sick, or busy) that’s okay.  Let’s give it another go.

Your Gold Star Meditation

If you complete today’s challenge of Holiday Recovery — you earn another gold star!  This is number Twenty- Six!  Wooouuuu-hooo!  This star stands for yes, you guessed it, Recovery! Place it anywhere on your aura during today’s meditation.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within
So Be It!

For Tomorrow:  Re-organize your favorite room or your office space.

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22 thoughts on “Day 26 of the Great Release Challenge! — Do You Have the Guts to Recover from Holiday Hell?

  1. Hi
    Just wanted to say that I am only doing the full challenge in January – I have a housemate moving out end of the month, and for many reasons besides, this made more sense – may have to adapt some of the daily challenges, which will be fine.
    In the meantime, I have started with the daily rituals, and I cannot believe the difference this is already making for me. This Christmas was my first completely alone, and I am doing so well it is amazing! So thank you for sharing! Blessed be!

  2. Holly Fletcher-Smith on said:

    Dear Lady Raven , had a most interesting experience with Blessing something you don’t like about yourself , I choose to do the blessing while getting my bath , by my 3rd incantation the loudest ruckus ensued from the bedroom ! Let me say at this point I rush out like a mad woman to see what is going on , my husband developed a muscle spasm in his leg and was jumping and thrashing around trying to get it to release …. I head back to my bath shaking my head thinking what the —- just happened ? (The first of Dec. I had a shot in my hip joint for pain relief from an injury , have been rehabing myself through walking and stretches) ,, this is day 4 of blessing myself and I’m up to a mile and a quarter walking with my dog , slow but sure , the pain level is almost nil ,I know I just made a short story long but I wanted to share and say SMIB !!!!!

  3. CMiRun on said:

    thank you for this one, I had a horrible encounter with my grandmother last night and even though we did get past it, this will help me quite a lot.

  4. I so look forward to the Great Release Program that I’ll miss it when it’s done. Gypsywitch. @EarthMother195

  5. I decided to bless my inner critic (its on overload) and I slowly realized that it and the rest of the program made all the difference in the world. I finally got to make a dinner for my mom who is pretty ill this holiday. The grandkids drove all the way up here to visit (oldest grandson on leave from Army before possible deployment) originally I was to meet them 100 miles from here which would require I use my mom’s car, but someone else always has it. They made it, were able to see my mom, myself and husband and we had very little drama. A certain in-law left town for both holidays, yippee! There were no queens directing my traffic except myself…..ahhhhhhhh……thanks for sharing this program, it has and will continue to make a difference when things get ugly!

  6. The letting go part of today was really important because in the early morning on Christmas Eve my grandfather was rushed to the hospital and we were told he had to have emergency surgery to repair his bowel and remove part of his stomach. His chances of making it through the surgery were slim because he has very weak lungs. Fortunately he did make it through and while he is still on a ventilator and he has been sedated since the surgery, he is doing better and he is now stable. But yesterday was hard on the family as that was our first Christmas away from him. Everyone was feeling the sadness of being here without him and that energy is still here today. So…it’s time to get rid of it. :) Thanks, Silver.

  7. We had a relatively peaceful holiday, punctuated by health crisis,but given the seriousness of your own father’s situation, or the grandfather in Keair’s comment, we really had nothing terrible to release. Oh, but your post got me thinking of those ancient resentments that crop up unbidden… and sure enough, I ferreted the source, there in the corner on the top shelf of the hall closet, the dreadful box full of pictures of all the toxic people we’ve let go of over the years. Shred it! Such a satisfying ritual that is. :-D

  8. Paul on said:

    Hello Silver all is well n no holiday hell. To all that did i know things will be good your all great people. Silver here is a water update mostly postive but one day i forgot to dump the water n wow what negativity stayed inside the house couldnt figure it out n while my wife n i were agitated well well that was it. I dumped the water n lit my god n goddess candles n my element candles casted a circle by my altar n blessed the whole house now all is bak 2 normal. The lord n lady gave me a lot of help blessed be for that. Declutter update my wife n i do this everynight n we r sleeping better n waking up feeling better. From the heavens to the earth to birth death n rebirth from the moon to the sun thru pain n suffering there is one thing that is powerful to take pain n hurting away the name is love n its equal to none n its all in us all we have to do is know n let it show its all in everone. From the North East West n the South the Lord n Lady Bless all of us everyday. Love n Light Silver.Ur Friend Paul.

  9. Lady Raven,

    Do i necessarily have to stop once the challenge is over? There is still much that needs to be done in my home and I wish to continue this starting over again in Januaury. I havae been following daily, but my house still feels heavy. Can I go past the 30 days until It feels lighter in my home?

    • Oh no! You don’t have to stop! Many of us actually run through the challenge on our own on a seasonal basis. I usually work on it again right before garden time, and then some time in August, when its too hot to be outside. You can run the program as long as you like, and you’ll discover that many of the new good habits you are making now will carry over for months.

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