Day One of 2018 Great Release Program – 1 December – Saturday
By Silver RavenWolf
Quarter Moon in Libra
Saturday – Saturn Planetary Ruler
Welcome! Welcome! to this year’s Great Release Program! I am delighted to spend time with you this year! The Great Release Program is one of my favorite community activities. For 31 days I am privileged to share my voice with you (if you want to hear it) and in turn, I am gifted with your ideas, comments, and company as we power through releasing negativity or removing what no longer serves us well. The program works through mental and physical challenges — incorporating change on many levels. This is a process we do together with a collective goal of personal empowerment as we ring in the New Year on December 31. This year I have some new energy practices that I would like to share with you – ideas that I have included in my spiritual cleansing seminars and personal work that work well for me.
The Rattle Bath
While practicing Yoga, I learned a Nidra that I incorporated into a rattle practice. Basically, you pass the rattle over various points of the body to clear away negativity and heighten healing, spiritual vibrations. The technique uses the standard seven chakras, as well as minor energy points. I have created a card for you to put on your altar if you like that may be helpful as you incorporate the rattle bath into your daily routine. If you find intoning the sounds bothersome or irritating – you don’t need to do it. Just stick with the rattle, and you will be fine. Let’s do a walk through with sound and rattle points.
Begin by shaking the rattle over your Crown Chakra and intoning the sound “Om” in your throat. If you can, visualize purple light (if this is too much, no worries). Incorporate one deep inhale, rest for a one-count, and exhale at each chakra point. Next, shake the rattle at your Third Eye (in between your eyebrows), visualize indigo light, and repeat the sound “Om. “ Remember one deep inhale, rest, and exhale. Shake the rattle at your Throat, imagine blue/turquoise and intone with the “Ham” sound. Inhale, rest, exhale. Move the rattle to the Heart Chakra. Visualize green light and repeat the sound “Yam”while shaking the rattle. Don’t forget the deep inhale, rest, and exhale before moving to the next segment.
We are now going to “light” up several energy points. As you shake the rattle over each point, visualize white light literally popping and sparkling over the area. Right shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, right palm, right fingers (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time). Continue back to palm, right wrist, right elbow, right shoulder, and heart chakra. Repeat the sound “Yam.” Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply.
Let’s move to the left. Shake the rattle over each point, again visualizing the light popping over each point mentioned. Left shoulder, left elbow, left wrist, left palm, left fingers (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time). Continue back to palm, left wrist, left elbow, left shoulder, and heart chakra. Repeat the sound “Yam”. Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply
Move the rattle to the Solar Plexus Chakra, intoning the sound “Ram” and visualizing YellowLight. Remember the deep inhale, rest, exhale breath. Next, shake the rattle over the Sacral chakra, intoning the sound, “Vam.” Visualize an orange glow. Inhale, rest, and exhale deeply. Move the rattle to the Root Chakra, intoning the sound “Lam” and visualizing a red light.
Again, we are going to “light” up several energy points. As you shake the rattle over each point, visualize while light popping and sparkling over the area. Move the rattle to the right hip, the right knee, the right ankle, the center of the right foot, the right toes (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time). Continue back to the middle of the foot, right ankle, right knee, right hip, and over the Root Chakra, intoning the sound“Lam”, inhaling, rest, and exhale deeply.
Move the rattle to the left hip, left knee, left ankle, left center foot, left toes (one, two, three, four, five – one at a time), back to the left-center foot, left ankle, left knee, left, hip, and pelvis (root chakra). Intone the sound “Lam”, inhaling, rest and exhale deeply.
Now it is time to “closeup” the cleansing work you have done. Work upwards with the rattle, centering on each chakra, remembering to breathe deeply at each energy point – Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. Hit the rattle on the ground or table 3 times to finish. This is the sealing “sound.”
In all honesty, this practice takes a lot longer to read than it does to do! The rattle bath is perfect for any time or for any purpose, even when you are feeling just a bit sluggish. I’ve incorporated this practice into the release program as a daily segment that can follow your Morning Ritual (see introduction post). Tomorrow we will learn another method for cleansing and clearing the chakras that doesn’t make any noise, lol. You can use your hand, or you can tie a string to a favorite crystal.
Another new technique for this year’s program is the Nightly Review. You sit down, breath deeply several times, and then review the day as if you are watching a super-fast-forward movie. You don’t dawdle over any event because that defeats the purpose. For example: I got up, took the dog out, took a shower, ate breakfast, emptied the dishwasher, ran errands, met a lovely lady, dropped off food at the food bank, ate lunch, got gas, packed candle orders, wrote the release program intro, made dinner, stacked the dishwasher, threw out my one release item, and played MarioKart 8 video game. The purpose is to move the daily clutter out of your mind so that you can fall asleep easier, and rest better. Tomorrow, I will give you a Sleep Sachet Formula for you to put under your pillow to help you rest well.
Your Challenge for Today: Learn how to do the Rattle Bath. Throw out one thing (no give away this week – trash, trash, trash!) Write down your main program goal and place it on your altar, in a sacred area, or even tack it to the refrigerator! Chose and write down one weekly goal. Mine will be to rearrange my clothing cabinet (which I have been ignoring).
Mercury is indeed retrograde (lucky us). This means that for the past two weeks or so we’ve been revisiting stuff, wondering about our purpose in life, and possibly making insane postures to fix something that decided to break itself (the dastardly nerve!)– like a washing machine, a car,a computer, or whatever (so annoying). The interesting thing about a Mercury retro is that you knew the “whatever”was on its last, teetering mechanical breath – but, you ignored it. Lucky for us, Mercury will turn direct on 6December, and after a few days (the storm or shadow period) we will be motoring right along as normal. However, let’s take advantage of this Mercury retro and stop to consider what we need to fix, rearrange, or reorganize before the planet stations and turns direct. Make a list. Check it twice.
The Three-Minute Dash! – I love this one! Simple – set a stop-watch (your phone, whatever) for 3 minutes. Run around like a mad person picking up anything on the floor, on tables, stuck in corners, etc. The goal: Remove clutter. Clutter is de devil. Clutter eats positive energy. It sucks you dry. It defeats you. It paralyzes you. Clutter is bad, bad, bad. No clutter? No trip (except over your own feet or tongue). The 3-Minute Dash gets you moving and adds a bit of excitement to your life (no kidding). Kids love this practice – 3 minutes and yer done! Everybody happy. Give yourself an extra gold star.
The Five-Minute Dust Buster –Like the 3-Minute Dash except you set the clock for 5 minutes and dust, spray, or wash every surface you can get to in five minutes. No streaks. Give yourself an extra gold star.
Gold Stars – Speaking of….I forgot to mention them! Here is how the system works:
First, you will need a calendar page to hang somewhere for the month of December. Normally, I provide you with one, but my computer program is being difficult. So, find a pleasing calendar page for December and go with that. Let’s mark some important days:
December 6th– New Moon and Mercury turns direct
December 21st (when Sun enters Capricorn – Winter Solstice)
December 22nd – Full Moon
December 31st – Whoot! You completed the Great Release Challenge!!!!
Add any other religious holidays your family celebrates
Here is the Star system to use on your calendar:
Throw one thing out (or give away) every day and you earn one gold star.
Do a 3-Minute Dash – earn one additional gold star.
Do a 5-Minute Dust Buster – earn one additional gold star.
Now and then other tasks will earn you gold stars.
Earn ten (10) stars and you do something super cool for yourself. Gotta. Must. Absolute. Reward is necessary for your well-being.
For the record, if there are words running together in this post, I apologize. I pulled from Word and put in WordPress and some of the spaces aren’t recognized — argh. Mercury retro at its best.
Summary for Today
- Do the Morning Ritual – earn one gold star.
- Incorporate the Rattle Bath – earn one gold star.
- Set up your Great Release Calendar
- Do one 3-Minute Dash – earn one gold star.
- Do one 5-Minute Dust Buster – earn one gold star.
- Write down and post where you can see it your one main goal for the program.
- Write down and post where you can see it this week’s goal (to be done by next Saturday).
- Find a picture of your Special Symbol and put it where you can see it.
Tonight, remember to practice your Nightly Review
That’s it for today! I know you can do this! Be sure to add your comments below. We love to hear from you. A community builds healing for all.
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature