Great Release Challenge — Day 27 — Thursday


Great Release Challenge – Day 27 — Thursday
by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2012

You probably spent yesterday recovering from the holiday hustle.  That’s what I did.  Thanks to the assistance of my daughter and daughter-in-law, the tree is down, the ornaments are put away, the tree is packed up and all decorations carried back to the attic.  The guest bathroom has been deep cleaned, the floors washed, and the vacuuming finished.  My husband got in on the program, too, putting a light in the shed (you don’t understand, that stupid contractor’s light was rooted to the floor in my husband’s office since our program began because a Yule present was taking up all the space in the shed and we didn’t have enough room for the light) – and screwing a panel back into the wall (something else that remained unfinished from our move).  You know, sometimes a run-on sentence is useful – it can show your angst.  Of course, there is always that errant decoration that your eye passes over multiple times, as if it has blended into the scenery by an act of powerful magick, and you don’t see it until everything is packed away and there is no more room in the box.

Which, we should contemplate.  Such an item is seated in, plugged in, has become of a part of the fabric of the environment.  Consider how that happened?  The two items I missed are interesting to consider.  One is a large crystal topped with mistletoe that I hung as part of a Feng Shui adjustment in the kitchen.  The other is a silver stag candleholder that we used for several healing circles and ritual in the past month.  Both items were used in magick and prayer to either boost the environment or as a focus for several spiritual workings.  Should I keep them where they are, or should I pack them away?

What do you think?

When you put your holiday decorations away, don’t forget to cleanse and bless them, and take a moment to celebrate the good days and excellent experiences you had this past holiday season.  Release the bad, hold the good memories close.

Time to move on.

Your Challenge for Today:  Today is your day!  Our theme – your personal appearance – encompasses your physical body.  Treat yourself well today – take a bubble bath, get your nails done, maybe a hair cut…and while you’re at it, use your Sea of Potential Exercise to re-create a new you!  If you had all the money in the world, what clothing would you wear?  How would you like to style your hair?  How would you walk?  Talk?  Behave? – if you had everything you desire?  Use your Sea of Potential to visualize a new you!


(1)   Do your Morning Braucherei Ritual and light your goal candle.

(2)   Do Today’s Mental/Spiritual New You visualization.

(3)   Do Today’s Physical Challenge of taking care of your body.

(4)   Honor the good memories of this past holiday season and let the bad ones go.

(5)   Get ready for tomorrow!

Tomorrow:  Pamper Your Pet

Give yourself One Gold Star if you remembered to do your morning ritual.  Two gold stars if you completed today’s challenges.  Three gold stars if you managed to put away all your holiday flair.  Four gold stars if you deep cleaned anything.  Five gold stars if you helped someone else straighten out their world after the holidays.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within.



18 thoughts on “Great Release Challenge — Day 27 — Thursday”

  1. I’m right there with you Silver. All my holiday stuff was taken down yesterday and stored away until next year. I’m so glad it’s over and life and people can get back to normal. Thanks again for coming up with the great monthy challenge for us 🙂

  2. Absolutely .. keep the decorations out. Would like to join in on this .. are you restarting in Jan?

  3. Silver. This year I did not put up any decorations, OK… some towels and pot holders. My cousin bought me a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.Kay & her friends made a ginger bread house & some cookies… I was not being a hum bug. I just felt like why bother… I’ll be cleaning it all. I have no babies or little kids in my home. I don’t live in the state my relatives are in (which) my house was the hub of the holidays! My hubby has been working his BUTT off paying for College, and we couldn’t wait to open our presents That we got each other the first night my daughter came home from College…LOL! All & all. It was a relief! All of us relaxed, and restful. My hubby took lots of naps (which he needed). We just hung at home. The funniest thing about it. Is that it didn’t quite matter much, we just enjoyed each other and being together.
    I think we are beyond the gift giving. Next year we will volunteer ourselves in a soup kitchen.

    I say keep the mistletoe crystal up as well as the healing dear.

  4. no no no. cant take the tree down yet. i soooooo love it and it makes me happy. ill tell ya what i did do though…i made an old fashioned medicine bag. i took 1/4 yard of cotton cloth, folded it so it is about 18″x8 “. sewed it all the way around excep tor one 8” side. i filled it 2/3 full of organic dried corn, 1/4 cuo od chopped cinnimon sticks, chopped very small 1/4 cup of whole cloves 1/4 cup of whole allspice. a table spoon of fresh chopped ginger and 3 nutmegs chopped. put them all in the bag and sew it shut . heat it in the microwave for 4-5 minutes and put it around your neck, on your shoulders, on a sore muscle……or even inbetreen your sheets. OMG it is soooooo awesome. you can even make little ones if you have a friend that drives motorcycles to put in his/her filled with corn and pine for going deer hunting. i can think of a thousand things….hugs, autumn

    1. Sounds like i should make one of these bags for my hubby’s hands, He’s getting cramps in his thumbs, and it’s a bit swollen. Just one question… wont the corn pop in the microwave?

      1. Corn wont pop without oil. Now the ginger being fresh is wet after slicing so I don’t know about that.

        I tell my clients to take a sock without holes, fill it 3/4 full with uncooked rice and tie the end in a hard knot. Toss it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. It conforms to the shape of the body, hold its heat for 15-20 minutes and the weight presses the heat into you better than a heating pad. It wont catch on fire so you can sleep with it and it is great for cramps. You can also put it in the freezer. It wont smell as good as the one above, but you could add dry stuff to make it so.

      2. Made the bag, hubby says thank you it really helps and smell wonderful. I used to make them with red specked beans without the herbs, that’s why I wondered about the corn.

        And off course the young scientist in the home have to tell me all the dangers of nutmeg…. I love how this kids brains work 😀

  5. Silver there’s always a good reason why we miss something, I personally would leave them as is, you’ll know when it’s time to put it away.

    We had another funny dilemma here today, all those plums Ive been complaining about, well we’ve been raking it everyday, and threw it on the compost heap…… well needless to say after a few day’s it started to smell like a brewery, then we started putting it in bags to go to the organics dump, (they make compost there). The trucks that take the stuff away usually comes on Mondays, but when it’s a holiday they skip that day, then we have to wait our turn again until the next Monday. If we’re lucky they just might decide to take it on a Tuesday, but you have to listen for the truck, grab your bags and take it out to the road….. well they didn’t come on Monday and Tuesday was Christmas. This morning i wanted to go to town, walked around the car and stopped in my trucks….. the smell of a old brewery knocked me between the eyes, the juice started seeping out of the bags in this heat, and there’s a small river of bubbling plum juice running underneath the car.

    I came into the house and put an ultimatum down if they don’t clean the mess I am going on strike until next year, no food, no clean underpants no nothing…… Have you ever seen 3 grown men running around making weird noises, whilst they clean “protein” invested bags full of rotting plums. They came back from the dump, all white in the face thought it was over…. not so easy, I gave them a bottle of disinfectant to clean the paving and the truck.
    Poor dears, when I asked who’s hungry i didn’t get an answer.

    Hope you all have a wonderful day, filled with joy and laughter.

  6. Pampered myself with my home made bath salt, great for relaxing, wonderful to cleanse yourself before a ritual, and great to soak sore, tired feet in. Ill post the recipe on my Facebook if anyone wants to use it, its my gift to you all.

  7. I am shocked by how much I am learning about myself, how much I have been needlessly clinging to and how much I have been able to let go of. I wanted to share a realization that I had today. I am still rather emotional, so bear with me.

    It has taken almost 10 years of hard work to heal from my divorce. I was betrayed at the most primal level and at every turn. At one point, it seemed there would be no end to the deception. Every time I peeled back a layer, another would reveal itself. Lie upon lie upon lie. I am amazed he was able to keep it all straight and even when confronted with literally a stack of evidence, he looked me in the eye and denied all of it. I finally had to accept the fact that he was NEVER going to admit what he’d done and NEVER going to apologize for his betrayal.

    He moved out in September. Spring arrived and my wounds were still raw and weeping. I collect rabbits. Victorian-style rabbits, to be specific. I was walking through a store and my eye was drawn to a beautiful stuffed bunny with a lovely pink bow and a little pink flower in her hair. She was rather large and so soft. I picked her up and smiled. It was then that I noticed she only had one eye. I was suddenly filled with overwhelming sadness. No one would buy her. She would be deemed worthless. The store may even throw her in the trash. I couldn’t let that happen to her! So I took her up to the register. She was on sale, but I didn’t have very much money. So I talked them into giving me an additional discount because she only had one eye.

    I named her Fiona, my special-needs bunny. She needed me and I needed her. Fast forward to last week. I am so proud of everything I’ve accomplished but I know there is something that has to be dealt with. Something I would rather not. I have not only Fiona but “Billy Baloney” the kitty, Floppy Bunny and Mr. Penguin. “You are a 43 year old woman, not a 13 year old girl. You need to let them go. You need to move on.” But I couldn’t. The very thought of it made me so sad. “Where is this coming from?” I told myself that before this challenge was over, I would figure it out.

    The answer came to me tonight in the shower ( funny how that works ). I “rescued” Fiona because I thought no one else would love her, just as I felt unlovable. That she would be deemed worthless, just as I felt worthless. That she would be thrown away, just as I felt I had been. I “rescued” her just as I wanted someone to rescue me.

    I decided to find some way to donate them all to children who are in need of healing, who have been victims of trauma. I heard that sometimes Firefighters carry stuffed animals with them for that purpose and have sent an e-mail to see if that’s the case in a nearby city. If not, I am sure they can help me find some children that really need them.

    I always say, “Sometimes the Goddess has to use a brick.”

    1. Oh Kelly, This is a sad and beautiful story that you’ve shared. I am so glad that you can finally move on. Remember for the rest of your life that you are not worthless. There is always something better around the bend, we may not see it when we’re splattered into the floor, and it might take years before we realize, that we are better of without the bastards in life. Maybe alternatively you can take Fiona to a battered woman’s shelter, there’s always someone that needs something to hold on to. Maybe you can lend your shoulder to someone to cry on, words aren’t always necessary when you’ve been there, and it was a form of abuse.

      I am sending you light and laughter.

    2. Touching story and I feel your pain. I would keep one because it reminds you just how much you have grown and become strong. The song that comes to mind is “I AM WOMAN”.
      “Oh yes I m wise
      But it’s wisdom born out of pain
      Yes, I’ve paid the price
      But look at how much I have gained
      If I have to, I can do anything
      I am strong
      I am invincible
      I am woman”

      You are amazing for sharing this story.

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