We all do it. Hold on to past issues and present worries so tightly that they suffocate us. Like a smothering, itchy blanket that we know we should have chucked in the trash long ago, our negative thoughts and feelings linger like a bad fart (is there a good one?) and weigh us down. Even when we know the crises is over. Even when the bad people have gone away. Even when we realistically understand we should move on...
We cuddle the fart.
Hold it close.
Breathe deep and fill ourselves with the noxious gas of memory.
Release Exercise: I developed a simple exercise in release that uses a pen, paper, and fire. Sit quietly, take several deep breaths, and concentrate on drawing in stages. You don’t have to be an artist. The idea is to translate the issue to the paper and as most issues are messy? Art skill is not needed. Honesty, however, is absolutely required.
The first pass, without lifting the pen, is to think about the facts as you know them. No assumptions. No “I think.” No “maybe...” Only the facts. Also, 2nd hand information is iffy. Just because Sarah told you something doesn’t make it so. Go only with what you know for sure. It is super okay if you don’t know everything. That’s actually part of the process. Let Spirit fill in the blanks. It is okay.
Once you have the “facts” layer completed it is time to draw the “emotional” layer. This is how you feel about the entire situation – ALL your feelings. Take your time. Draw over the drawing. You can stick with black and white, or you can get super creative and add color.
Finally, the third layer is what you “think” – the entire situation that has been squatting and farting in your mind “in total.” Again, you can add color, or not. Just let it all hang out!
When you are finished, sit back and take several deep breaths, then go to the sink and rinse off your hands under running water. I also rub salt on the back of my neck. All three of these techniques (release breathing, washing, and salt application) stem from my Braucherei practice.
You have now transferred the pattern of the thing from your mind to the paper. This works two ways – you can see this design as a “birth”, or you can see this design as something you vomited out of yourself and it is high time you did that!
While you were drawing, other issues may have jumped into your mind. These are associated energy patterns that are hooked into the current problem or issue. Give them their own drawing as well, even if you don’t think they are related. If they popped into your mind? There is some sort of link. Don’t shut those thoughts away. Deal with it. These thoughts may be attached to your self-esteem, worries, or fears from a different experience that have slithered into this one. Take the time to let the negativity flow out. Don’t dam it up. Let go. Release.
In the basic practice, burn the paper outdoors. As you watch the flames break down and dissolve the drawing, you may wish to repeat: “I blend with the Spirit of the Universe. I release my feelings of anxiety, hatred, insecurity, and emotional pain from my mind, memory, heart, body, and soul. I am One with Spirit, accepting the change, release, and healing I desire. I am joy!”
Scatter the cold ashes to the wind.
To make the experience more sensory pleasurable, I have developed a Release Herbal Formula that consists of:
Holy Basil (Mars)
Yarrow Flowers (Venus)
Lemon Balm (Mercury)
Dandelion Root (Jupiter)
You can put this blend in an herbal sachet, a dream pillow to remove dreams associated with the problem, stuff into poppets to release the situation and more. If you are into doing your own research as it applies to your personal health care, you can design a tea from the listed herbs, choosing only those that do not interfere with pregnancy or current medications. For example, Blue Vervain should not be used by pregnant women, as there is indication that the herb can interfere with blood pressure medications. (https://www.healthyhildegard.com/vervain/).
Sipping a tea with some of the listed herbs (those that are safe for you) can heighten the experience of release. Look for over the counter organic herbal tea blends at the store that don’t contain “additional flavors” if you don’t want to make a blend of your own.
For those of you who enjoy working with kits – I have a Release candle/herb offering in my WhisperMagick store, perfect for a single working or for a four-day spell/meditation. The kit contains four specially blend soy tea candles, herbal blend, a rough quartz crystal, cotton conjure bag, and pinback button symbolizing freedom and peace that can be placed on the sachet or worn on clothing or purse/bag. If you are into magickal oils, I have a Release oil perfect for anointing petitions and enchanted drawings.
Thank you for visiting my blog! Feel free to try this working and post your results.