On Your Mark!
2012 The GREAT Magickal Release Challenge!
An Easy 30-Day Program to an Awesome New You!
by Silver RavenWolf
Welcome one and all to the 2012 Great Release Challenge!
For the past three years, come December, several FaceBook and WordPress blog friends have joined me as we work through a thirty day program designed to help us release negativity within our lives in an effort not only to raise our spiritual vibrations; but, become better, happier individuals as well. If you have participated in the program before, Welcome Back! If you are new to the program this year, be prepared for an amazing and wonderful experience!
How and Why the Release Program Works
Starting December 1st, each day we will make an effort to release at least one thing from our lives that carries negative feelings, dirt, clutter, or emotional stress! We’ve realized that if we want great, neat, new, cool things and experiences to enter our lives, we can’t get them if we don’t make room for them.
In reality, you can’t get if you don’t let go.
It is human nature (I believe) that we all hoard in some form or manner. There are folks that gather physical stuff and those who collect things we cannot see; but, certainly feel. Regardless of your type of collection — it doesn’t hurt to do some sort of cleansing on a cyclical basis. This Release Program uses the calendar year-end for a physical and psychological deep cleaning because it can be a time of year when emotional stress reaches its height due to the big four (in America) holidays that roll out in quick succession — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Yule, and New Year’s. Usually, Halloween is the most fun with the least amount of psycho-drama, Thanksgiving motors in with its family squabbles, Yule with its financial pressures, and finally the calendar New Year squats in the detritus of the other three holidays leaving us hung over and unhappy from stress. By January 2nd you are tired, broke, and stuck with a filthy living environment not to mention hurt feelings from some family drama that occurred along the way. The idea of the Release Program is to clear out negativity (physically and emotionally) so that the year end, with all its activity, can be an enjoyable experience for you and your family.
To make the Magickal Release Challenge more interesting, I break each day’s entry into three parts — the what-you-get-to-do-today section first, and then my diary on how these suggestions are working for me as the second part. Just like you, my life can get fairly hectic — some of my entries will be long, some short — I just go with the flow. Your posts become the third and vital section, keeping us all working together by adding your own thoughts and feelings. Every day, we’ll focus on one little, itty-bitty, part of our lives or environment with the agreement that by the time we’re done all the small steps we’ve made will culminate in a happy, successful, delightful holiday season.
As above — so Below; As Within — So Without. What you send out to the universe with your thoughts and actions is reflected back to you. Choosing to positively change your life sends that choice into the astral which directly rebounds back to you in a positive way. Spend thirty days affirming that choice with words and actions? You create a new behavioral pattern.
From Last Year —
Your Guardian Energy: Last year I had you choose a Guardian Energy to use during your release challenge. A deity? Angel? Spirit of a loved one? Totem animal? You’ll be working with this energy form for the next thirty days, so think carefully what you would like to acknowledge and welcome into your life. This representation will be a central focus on your altar, nightstand or work table, and each day we will light a white tea candle (or whatever you prefer) as we ask for guidance and assistance in the changes we want to make in our physical surroundings as well as within ourselves.
Choose Your Focus: For the first two years, our focus was general — happiness, joy, good health, etc. Last year along with general cleansing and clearing we all chose a specific energy that we would like to invite into our lives. Last year, I chose mental clarity. Mental Clarity helped me deal with my emotions as a caregiver for a family member with dementia and his ultimate passing from this plane during this past year, the crappy economy, and a host of other normal, daily issues. Without this energy work I think I would have gone insane. You may be dealing with a nasty break-up, a challenged child, a health issue, depression from the loss of your job, custody problems, a mother-in-law from the hell we don’t believe in…whatever your issue there is always a good solution tailored just for you. Let’s work towards it! What would you like your main focus to be in this year’s release challenge? Why not write that down now and place it on your altar or by your bedside.
Two Challenges: Last year I introduced two challenges on most days rather than just one. The first challenge is The Busy Person Challenge — meaning, perhaps, on this day you just don’t have the time to clear out an entire closet, you can only do something quick and small. The second challenge is the Seriously Dedicated Challenge, which may (or may not) take more time to do. And, like last year, you will get breaks, meaning there will be a day or two that all you have to do is clip your fingernails — no kidding. You can do both challenges each day, or only one. Our focus is to keep motivated, whether our accomplishment is big or small.
Supplies You Might Like To Have On Hand For This Year’s Challenge
Altar Supplies such as incense, candles, magickal oils, wax melts, favorite herbals and a physical representation of your guardian energy. These aren’t necessary; but, if you’d like to heighten the spiritual aspect of your program you may enjoy these items as mental triggers and psychological aids. For example, scents and fragrances can be of great assistance when cleaning and releasing. If you don’t have an altar, that’s okay. Why not choose a small tabletop, dresser, or end table as a sacred space? What if you don’t want to have an altar at all? That’s okay, too.
Cleaning Products — Yes, we are going to get rid of the dirt and grime. From floor to counters, from ceilings to closets, make sure you have the cleaning products you prefer to get the job done. I’m posting this introductory piece early this year so that you have time to budget for cleaning supplies you may need.
Trash bags — Yes, we are going to throw things out.
Boxes — Yes, we are going to give things away.
Recycling Container — for broken down boxes, glass and plastic that is acceptable to your town, borough, rural, or city codes.
Ways to Organize — I’ll provide some ideas and I’m looking forward to creative ideas that you find to share.
UpCycle Box — an upcycled item is usually an object that no longer serves its purpose (broken, old, damaged) that you change in such a way that it no longer applies to its original use; but, becomes something new and artistic or functional. The rule with the UpCycle Box is that it must be emptied in six months. If you have done nothing with the object in six months time, then it should be trashed, recycled, or donated. You may only have ONE upcycle box — not an entire room. For example, I took some of the leftover wood pieces from our renovations this fall and created my own picture frame for one of my cross stitch projects.
New This Year
I’ve been working with a new technique since early June and it has brought remarkable change into my life. I’ll be sharing this technique with you throughout the program. I’ll also be sharing with you how to let go of emotionally charged items with honor and joy.
The Rules of this Year’s Challenge
1. You must get rid of something — at least one thing — every single day. Give it away, throw it away, sell it, donate it …whatever. It must leave your living or working environment on that day. (Not set aside until tomorrow.) If you don’t release old, nasty, broken stuff — you won’t be able to get great new stuff in your life because there is no room. If your living or working area is filthy and a mess — all that dirt holds negativity. If you can’t walk through a room, how do you expect to run to your goal?
2. If you’ve already done my suggestion for the day, for example you just cleaned the stove a week ago — you don’t get to skate — you must choose something else. Be creative and share with us!
3. If you are traveling or not at your place of business or residence, start by cleaning out your purse, travel bag, briefcase, vehicle and make note of what you’ve missed on the general list to do later, when you arrive back home.
4. If you get sick or something earth shattering occurs that you can’t continue the program for a time —- that’s okay — there is no failure here. Simply pick up where you left off later, after things have settled down for you. You still earn a Release Program Gold Star for your efforts! Take into consideration the reason for you illness during this time. Is your subconscious fighting against the release process?
5. Get the family involved! Over the years many individuals have found that the program has become an enthusiastic family affair. The idea is to have fun, challenge yourself, and work as a family unit. Why not choose a family goal this year along with your individual choice?
The Braucherei Ritual: Last year we used a morning Braucherei ritual that worked really well. I’m going to post the ritual again this year with a change or two. Begin each day, if you can, with this simple, easy ritual.
That’s it! Release one thing, every day — that’s all there is to it! So! Beginning on December 1st, we will start pitching, giving away, and letting that ratty old, broken stuff go! If you start vacillating over something, then ask yourself this: Have I used this item in the last six months? If you haven’t, odds are you won’t ever. If you counter yourself with the — I can fix it — excuse, ask yourself this: Have you bothered to fix the item in the last three months? If the answer is No! — its gotta go! If you think: I can sell this, — that’s really a great idea; BUT, did you bother to sell it in the last six months? No? Out it goes!
The crowning glory of this program are those that return year-after-year, to participate. The more you practice a thirty-day challenge such as this, the better your world becomes. Some individuals choose to work through the program twice a year — once in the spring and then again at year’s end. Look in the archives on this blog to read past programs and comments written by folks who joined in. Their many successes and ideas can be an aid in your own work this year.
Look forward to your goal of January 1st, with an eye on good health, happiness, positive abundance and love as well as your personal goal. You can do it! Be sure to add your comments and include the stuff you’re releasing, too, because our team effort is super important to the process! By letting go of physical objects and the energy that collects around them, cleaning out the dirt and grime of daily living, we allow the experiences we truly desire to manifest in our lives in a faster, easier way.
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
So be it!
38 thoughts on “2012 Release Challenge — On Your Mark!”
I’d like to do this. I’m moving to my mother’s, a state away. She has dementia and needs my care. I have to clean out and sell my farm. I have to give away three cats and two dogs. This has been hard. I need help. Thanks!
This feels very strange and so new to me, I will actually be creating my first ever alter to start this program. Well it’s actually not much of an alter, it will be a drawing and figure of what I believe represents the new power within me, set on top of a little table stand next to my art supplies. Though I am so looking forward to this. I feel getting rid of something everyday and having something to clean up the atmosphere in my home with my family will really help me mature a little and apriciate what I have. Thank you, you don’t know how much this means to me.
Am looking forward to doing this challenge and It is at a perfect time, Thank you and Blessings!
excited about the challenge and eager to get started….blessings and light!!! <*)
I too am eager for the Challenge. I am in the process of moving!! Get the keys to the new house on the 30th and move completely physically on the 12th! I’ll try to adapt the challenge to my move! Blessings and Light!
I want to participate in this challenge, but my situations are different. The home I dwell in is not my own, and I may not be in this dwelling throughout the holidays. I am working on getting my own dwelling, but probably won’t be able to do that till tax time next year. Any suggestions and help are appreciated.
Merilaearth, I rent my home too. Don’t worry, there isn’t any knocking down walls or anything like that. It’s more like cleaning and organizing and more along those lines. If you are looking to try to move next year then now is a great time to try the Challenge because the more stuff you let go of now, the less you’ll have to pack up later. Besides, the positive energy that comes in might even HELP towards you finding the right place for you. Good luck!
I think that this is a wonderful idea. Not too big to be daunting yet enough to have a sense of accomplishment when completed. I have put off setting up my alter, just due to laziness – no other reason, but this gives me the inspiration to do it finally. And there are many things I need to get rid of but the task seems herculean so I put it off but getting rid of ONE thing is doable. Thank you for this challenge. Blessings.
Wow, did this every pop up on my Facebook page at the right time! Synchronicity reigns!! Looking forward to clearing out a few things before the new year.
Alrighty!! Last year I got caught up in a bunch of other things and i fell behind. This year i plan to make some much needed changes to my life, (and i hope they all come to fruitition) cause i am soo very tired of dealing with the same old garbage day to day. So i am hoping to get rid of it (or it leaves me) as soon as possible! So this week, i am going to get everything set before hand (cleaning products and altar and all) so i can be all set come december 1st! we went around and cleaned the house for thanksgiving, but there is still junk and piles of stuff jsut hanging around that got moved from one place to another place and hidden away out of sight, so the house “looked clean” so it’s clean but not really. So i’m ready when you are Silver.. let’s go!! 🙂
Greetings Silver! I am super excited once again to participate in the Challenge! I messaged you back in the beginning of the year how you had inspired me and I had started a Cleaning Notebook. It was just a basic 3 subject notebook that I listed Daily (chores that I wanted/needed to do each day), Monthly (things I wanted to accomplish in each month) and Yearly (what I wanted to get done at SOME point during 2012). I was posting my progress on Facebook every night and had actually inspired others to start getting THEIR houses clean and organized. So the positive energy spread out even farther! I got derailed for the past few months due to health issues but with the holidays coming and with hope for your Challenge, I started working on cleaning up my house again and I started two weeks ago. Kitchen has been done and we’re mid-way through the dining room. And with the re-start of my daily cleaning my friend and I actually made a Facebook group for all those who had been inspired by our cleaning efforts and had started posting what THEY had done each day. It’s called A Midsummer Nights Clean and it’s an open group so if anyone from here wants to join it they’re welcome to and if I may kindly have your permission I’d like to repost your Challenge there for everyone. You never now who or what may inspire your creativity right? Blessed Be!
Sooo excited about this years challenge!! Blessed be:)
youre never too old to learn something new…im64 and here i go again…Silver this is my second year…i loved it so much the first time… 1, 2, 3, ,,,come on Silver, LETS GOOOO !!!!!
Hi! I cannot even begin to express how much I look forward to this each year! Holidays are a really low time for me and Mah Hubz. We are the only ones in our family without children (tho we do keep praying that somehow we will get to a adopt a toddler or two…but it seems like such an unachievable goal!). As such, we are pretty much “shunned” by our families as not important enough to include or speak with most of the time (unless they NEED something from us!). Doing your yearly Great Release Challenge is very cleansing for me, allowing me to try to put ME and Mah Hubz in focus again during this hard time of the year for us. I can’t thank you enough!! Blessed Be! (psst…I keep your “lucky hex” posted on my bathroom mirror to pull me thru the tough days – you really do touch lives! Thank you!!)
I wait all year for this challenge! I am so excited! This year my two daughters are going to try and join in on the cleansing. My stepdaughter is a closet hoarder at 12 years old. Unfortunatley she has been emotionally manipulated for years by her biological mother. I am hoping this challenge, with its daily baby steps, will help her get started in getting rid of the “ickies”. We’ve been in family counseling since we gained sole custody a few months ago, and I am happy to see her looking forward to participating in something spiritually and emotionally cleansing. Thank you Silver!
Good luck Tattooed!
Thanks so much Kit!
You’re very welcome!
this is such a amazing thing. with the upcoming plans to start my witchlet on his training and my fiance back on his training. this will be a wonderful thing to do as a family.
I am excited for the challenge, but also a bit intimidated! Last year at this time I started down a similar path, of my own design, but over time it all fizzled. I feel my spiritual practice has fizzled, too, since the birth of my daughter (now 5)… and just when I need it most! I hope a daily task, as well as some community support will do the trick for me!
Do you think it would be appropriate to choose as Guardian Energy to a real, alive person?
Thank so much for everyting 🙂
I am so in this. I could use some declutter!
Sounds exciting! So much clearing to do. Books and everything else taking up space!
Can not wait to get started i really need this right now
My boyfriend and I are planning on moving to Portland next month, this will be a great time for me to do the 30 day challenge. The day I move, I’ll be getting rid of the state I’m in now from my life. I love you books Silver. Brightest blessings!
I am looking forward to doing this program! Home and workspace watch out I’m going thing clean out the old crap to make room for new more exciting things.
Hmmm. Can I start in one place and end in another? I’m going to be at my apartment for most of December, but then the last week I’ll be at my Mother’s (where alot of my stuff is in the garage), so can I complete the clean out there?
Ok, here we go again! Third year in, first year went well, second not so much. This year is even busier than last, but ready to give it a shot.
Can’t wait to do this again this year, Silver! Thank you so much for getting us into it once again. Doing the release challenge these past two years has brought such changes and blessings to my life, I want to encourage anyone just even thinking about it to jump in and give it a go. Let’s get our clean-on!
I desperately need this right now, so grateful to have discovered the blog entry. I will be participating this year!
I did this last year and it was wonderful. Your cleaning out old patterns and old energies by shaking a place up and down cleaning and clearing saved me about a year and a half ago. I am forever grateful for that. It was a much needed kick in the pants at the time. I have a technical question for you tonight, as it is the full moon. If a rite needs to begin at the full moon, and the moon is VOC as it is today and tomorrow, do you begin on day three? Wait a cycle? Or does the full moon outweigh the VOC or vice versa? I would so much appreciate your advice on this matter as you are the technique goddess. Also, another question; If the moon is,for instance, inTaurus, and you want a rite to last, yet it is the day before the full moon, is that more advantageous? Thank you, EG
So excited to participate this year! One question, I’ll be in Mexico Dec 8-16, is there something special I can do while on vacation?
I have already started a “clean sweep” of my home but there is a LOT of work left to be done and this will definitely be a great way to keep me on track.
I went through my basement, sorting things into various piles and found a Winner’s bag. Inside, there was a beautiful rabbit that I bought in 2009 when my house was being renovated ( the receipt was still in the bag ). How could I have forgotten about it? Because it ended up buried among all the clutter, that’s how. I’m amazed ( and very grateful ) that it wasn’t broken. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I have found my Totem Animal, the source of my Guardian Energy for this challenge.
I absolutely love this idea!! I’ve read all of your books and I was surprised to find your blog right here on the same site I use!! If it isn’t a pain, I was wondering if you are available to mentor. I am studying my first degree and my classes require many of the same practices you speak of here: morning ritual, cleansing, keeping a clean house in which your energies stay positive, etc. I look forward to your response. Love and Light! ⭐Aphynity
The timing for this is perfect. I have been through some tough times these last 6 months and I am ready for something positive to happen.
Now is the time!