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Day 2 – 2020 Great Release Program

Wai’anapanapa which means “glistening water” – Black Sand Beach — photo by J.E. Trayer 2018 – Maui

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Aries moving toward 2nd Qtr (can you feel the shift from beginnings to building?)

Today’s Challenge:  Personal Spiritual Cleansing – This includes a shower or bath with empowered herbs or blessed water.  Place two lit candles in front of shower or tub — when cleansing is over, step out and stand between the two candles.  Declare an empowering statement such as:  “As I walk through the light, I am cleansed, purified, and blessed.  I become the energies of healing, harmony, and good fortune.  I am!”

Silver’s Protocol

Every year, I try to offer a new and unique component to the Great Release Program. This year I am sharing my Silver’s Protocol. Since 2016 I’ve been working on a protocol to be used as a launch for any activity. Being a Braucherei practitioner, I long ago learned the value of memorized, repetitive charms, and procedures. In teaching my students, I realized I needed a protocol (a repeated set of steps) that would be useful no matter the circumstance. After a great deal of research and experimentation, I finally developed a five-step process to support the success I desired in any endeavor. I offered this protocol to Granny Camp attendees in the summer of 2018, with positive feedback. 

For the next five days, I will be discussing my protocol in the release program, one step per day. This will give you a chance to think about the process and add the information to your own set of positive personal mental tools. The beautiful thing about my protocol? No religion. Anyone can do it, no matter what they believe (as long as they believe in themselves, lol).

Step One: Have an open mindset. Before you begin anything, or deal with anything, or make a decision — take a moment to clear your head completely. Then say to yourself: “Anything is possible!” I look up, and in my mind, I envision a blue sky and open sea — water laughing as it splashes on the rocks, the air sweet and salty. And I smile.

I’ve been using this visualization for two years.

In December of 2018, my family and I flew to Maui. I hadn’t been on a family vacation for almost twenty years, and I was super excited to go to such a spiritual place. On the road to Hana is the Wai’anapanapa National Park which hosts the Black Sand Beach. My youngest daughter and oldest son (I have to be specific because having four kids I learned that everyone wants to be acknowledged correctly in a story) reached the beach first. I trundled along behind, just bloody well happy to be there. The daughter ran like a cheetah for the water; but, my son veered to the right and disappeared. He came back several minutes later. “You’ve GOT to see this!” he said, dragging me toward a cave.
With a small opening.
Like, get down on your knees and crawl.
No, I do not have any senior-citizen dignity.
Once inside, I realized this lava cave opens directly to the sea.
My eyes popped wide — I was staring at the visualization I’d been using for over two years.  The spirit of the cave said, “Anything is possible.”

And so it is.

For some, having an open mindset is easy. Others, like me, have to work at it. It is too easy to immediately see the pathway of negativity, rather than the open, joyful realm of possibilities. I think this is because, from the time some of us are little, there are always too many people around us (for whatever reason) who want to shut us down the moment we try to think something joyful, new, or different. Thinking “closed” becomes a pattern, a soft, smelly, tattered mental blanket that we mistakenly believe is a super shield of protection. In reality, this behavior that we so willingly accept manifests as our ticket to defeat.

The Great Release Program is all about the process of letting go.  We want to learn to be joyful in the release so that letting go becomes a positive pattern that enhances our lives.  We use the month-long time period to take little bites in moving forward rather than choking on huge, emotional pieces, and then giving up so we don’t have to deal.

Viewing life as a sea of potential — an ocean of open opportunity — begins the change.  Why not light a sea-blue candle (or white) and meditate on my story about the Black Sand Beach and how you can incorporate an open mindset in ALL that you do.


  1. Do the Morning Ritual – earn one gold star.
  2. Practice the Rattle Bath – earn one gold star.
  3. Mark what you accomplished on your Great Release Calendar.
  4. Read your Main Goal 9 times aloud – earn one gold star.
  5. Do one thing toward this week’s goal — earn two gold stars.
  6. Throw or give one thing away. — earn 1 gold star.
  7. Do your Personal Cleansing ritual with shower or bath — don’t forget the two lit candles and your empowerment statement.  – earn five stars
  8. Light an empowered sea-blue candle and meditate on how you can incorporate an open mindset in your life.  Review various circumstances where you think this may be helpful.  Let negative memories flow away — release them with deep, even breaths.  earn five gold stars!
  9. Practice your Nightly Buzz-Through Review – keep an eye on those messy areas.  This is where you quickly go through the entire living area and pick up all the clutter, wipe up the spills, and ensure all trash goes where it belongs.

With joy…

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within.


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Day One for Silver — New Year’s Day was a busy one here.   I made sure to prepare the traditional good luck foods for the family and moved one large piece of furniture (break up that negative chi!).  I filled the charity bag by the door and took it out to the car to drop it off tomorrow.  I also repotted several of the houseplants.  They’ve been miffed that I’ve ignored them all through the autumn.  Five of them are just visiting — they belong to my oldest son — the green thumb guy.  All the holiday decorations are boxed and packed away.  New Year’s dinner dishes are washed.  We’re golden.


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23 thoughts on “Day 2 – 2020 Great Release Program

  1. Did a epsom salt, crystal bath and I added some sea water that I collected in Daytona Beach in 1983, moon in Pisces, full moon. That was to symbolize the past leaving. This was last night 12/31, right before midnight. Well…. bathtub is completely blocked, haha been trying to open it today.. now some chemicals that will work overnite. I thought to myself, God, that water really held some blockages!! Haha. And I know the energy and symbolism of water..Happy New Year! Looking forward to receiving the oil you made during solar eclipse

    1. Ha! My bathtub was blocked as well, completely unexpectedly! I put some bokashi compost spray down there and it’s all good now 🙂

  2. Maui sounds beautiful. What a great discovery! I am empowering my herbs/blessed water right now under this waxing Aries moon (to get some strong starting energy on my goals). I am using calendula, epsom salt, citrus and patchouli essential oils. Hoping to invoke some sunny energy and maybe a little good luck. I have eleven gold stars from day one! I already get to do something nice for myself. I think I’ll head to the nursery this weekend and make plans for my zone 10ish winter garden. It’s a new climate for me and I am excited to take advantage.

  3. I love the story about finding your visualisation when you went on holiday. That’s so amazing! Last year there were heaps of parts of my house that had been ignored while I was sick and were desperately in need of work, so the weekly goals were easy to find! But I worked hard last year and got most of those taken care of. I’ve done an awesome job of keeping everything reasonably acceptable throughout the year, so I need to go a bit further with my weekly goals this year. So, week 1 is to get my study organised and feeling good with the intention of using it – getting it ready for freelancing, getting used to sitting at a desk and working at the computer (like I’d have to with a normal job), or just getting out of bed and off the laptop and being in a different position to help my neck. So… I’ve had a lovely time this evening drinking gin, singing along with Maria Doyle Kennedy on iTunes, and starting to get everything organised. There’s heaps to do, but that’s why I have a week! LOL Oh… background so that makes sense – I was made redundant from my awesome job that allowed me to work from home, so I need new options! And I have a chronic illness that limits those options. But I’m getting better all the time! 🙂

  4. Sharon’s meditation with the empowered sea-blue candle:

    My main goal is to increase harmony in my home, with my spouse, and with my studies.

    The “open mind -set” is where I feel the harmony block the most. My husband, much to my chagrin, has matured (64) into a very closed, “old curmudgeon.” He has become a very negative and surly micro-manager type, that can drive you up the wall and back down the other side sometimes. To listen to him speak most days he would have you believing that life is impossible. I have to keep reminding myself that this still is the loving, caring man that I married. Forget counseling – he knows it all and what to do with it… He is not abusive, mind you, just SO closed. He works too hard to make sure things get “done right” and perhaps to keep a focus on anything but himself – epiphany! Definitely self-esteem issues here. The other things are that there is absolutely no need for him to act this way. He has plenty of money, a beautiful home, the ability to travel, a loving & attractive wife, an attractive life! If I could change one thing about how we interact it would be this: He encourages me to pursue whatever I dream of doing and then throws up road blocks to try to prevent me from doing it? Is he feeling threatened? Am I not paying close enough attention?

    This so goes against my integral philosophy. I was raised by parents who consistently told me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. My dad even went so far as to say that if something was perceived as impossible it would just take him a little longer to accomplish. He would say that with a twinkle in his eye and laugh! Then he would work on the “impossible” task and sure enough he would always get it done successfully in due time. This is exactly how I feel about life. Life is a sea of possibility and opportunity. Great Goddess, I am crying now. This positive, spunky attitude is the one thing I miss most about my dad. He crossed over in 2014. I do speak to his spirit occasionally, which is always a reassuring practice. I think I’ll go have a chat with him. Maybe he can help me with my efforts to create a more harmonious home. He really loved my husband as a son and did a lot to help him. My husband felt closer to him than he did to his own father. I know he really misses that positive male interaction. How do you replace something like that? How can I encourage my husband to see that life is good without sounding trite?

    1. Although I could write reams of mumbo-jumbo (as I’ve had experience with this) why not try an old Braucherei trick — start breaking stuff. No kidding. Each day, break something with the intent that negative energy in the home is broken, dissolved, and removed. Maybe we can get Tee to make us a good chant. And, if you really want to get into it — play some music and dance around the pieces.

      1. I LOVE this! Here’s something for you. I released the frustrated and sad energy during that meditation with the sea blue candle and then right after I did my cleansing bath, one of the glass candle holders broke. It shattered into 3 pieces and I thought maybe it got too hot! Well, maybe Spirit sent me your vibe about breaking things! Or maybe my Tomte is helping?

        The interesting thing about it is, I sat and listened attentively while my husband gave me his yearly update about our finances and announced that our net worth growth was absolutely phenomenal last year. He spent 2 full days in the “counting house” figuring things out and I let him know how much I appreciated his efforts, how pleased I was that we were doing well financially and assured him that I was on board with taking care not to engage in unnecessary spending. Fortunately, he is not a total Scrooge, so I can usually get something I want/need without too much fuss. Anyway, he seemed much calmer after this discussion and we went shopping! Now mind you shopping for household supplies, but he went to the Home Depot and bought himself a new electric drill! He actually acted like he was treating himself to something he felt is very special. I was amazed and so pleased! The mood was much improved. Now I have to figure out what to break today…

        BTW, who is Tee? I love chants and music and dancing!

  5. I’m still mulling over the all things are possible story… how amazing that your infinite Sea of
    Possibilities materialized on your family vacation!!! Super cool that your own son led you through the cave to the miraculous site itself. Is this the same son in military service? If so, can’t think of a more perfect embodiment of the Hero archetype. Love synchronicities. More meaningful still, that you are leading us now to summon our own Sea of Possibilities.

    Today: What do I need to let go of aside from that ratty flannel shirt? How about the deep seated insecurity that I am not enough and won’t ever live up to my potential?

    Anyone else try to salt scrub that pesky limiting belief away?

    I really really needed the reset your prompt presents us with today. THANK you!!!

    This one is for you dear lady:

    There once was witch on her stoop
    Frustrated and feeling like poop
    She needed a clearing
    A spiritual cleaning
    She salted her bath
    To clear out her path
    Her mood became brighter
    She felt so much lighter
    Then cackled and let put a whoop!

    Bless you😘😘😘

    1. I so love this!!! Yes, this is the son in the military service. It was such a joy to have him with us on the trip! I have the same self-limiting belief, lol. We should magick together!

  6. Loooooove Tee’s poem about you silver it made me cackle right along with everyone! My office looks amazing and hubby is being pulled in by the tide this program is creating in our home. He doesn’t know it but his actions show he can feel the energy changing in the home for a positive start to 2020 and the slate is being cleared. What an amazing way to celebrate a new year. Bugger Traditional New Year’s Eve celebration, working on the Great Release Program is better and the results lasting without the hangover. What do you think, maybe start a new tradition?

    1. Sounds so good! I love the way family members react as we work through the program! It will be interesting to see the differences by running it at the beginning of the year.

  7. I felt the heavy energy of yesterday in the afternoon when I got home totally emptied of optimism…while walking in the morning I conscously sent healing and love to Mother Earth through my feet, I deliberately chose where to walk-in the most energetically pollutes area…cars, oil stains on the road, dust, noise…and in this chaos I could hear the silence by the road where green grass and trees stand kissed by the golden rays of the winter sun…it was angelic….I sent a prayer. While I was walking I was thinking of the sea blue candle and made a decision. Dragons will help me opening the new horisons before me. I returned home, saged it to change the energy…arranged a small altar space for my candle…blue with a slight violet colour…I anointed it with amaranth oil that I have made myself, added 5 tiny dragon fruit skins of purple colour at the 4 directions onto the tea candle surface and the 5th piece I placed near the candlewick, the candle I first carved with protective runes , carved then with a small piece of amber stone. Called the Dragon to help me open the portals for all possibilities and concentrated on the flame. Namaste and thank You Sister 🙂 ❤

  8. Silver,
    Where can I locate more information about “Granny Camp”?
    Sounds Fun!!
    Darby Xx

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