On Friday I led a Breath of Bliss Ceremony focusing on Forgiveness. The timing was fortuitous, as this coming New Moon in Scorpio on November 7th points to an opportunity for spiritual transformation through empathy and forgiveness. Scorpio is the sign associated with death and rebirth, and it’s energy is about sensitivity and softness. Further influenced by the recent Venus retrograde, this New Moon is a powerful time to forgive yourself and others for past mistakes, and make any necessary apologies for grievances made to others.
When we feel burdened by the emotional guilt of what we’ve said or done, it can make it harder to feel good about ourselves in our relationships and really in all aspects of our lives. Releasing any guilt or shame by what we’ve done and/or forgiving others through empathy and compassion makes our energy lighter, freer, and able to see beyond what’s clouding our vision.
Restoring integrity within is one of the greatest gifts we can offer ourselves – by taking accountability, acknowledging what we’ve done and how we are ready to make amends and move on.
NEW MOON IN SCORPIO FORGIVENESS RITUAL
As always, create sacred space for your ceremony by lighting candles, setting out sacred objects, burning incense, and other rituals which aid in creating ceremony space.
For this ceremony, gather pen and paper, and begin to answer the following questions:
- I forgive myself for…
(write as much as you feel called to. These could be things you’ve done or said to a loved one, ways you’ve mistreated yourself, or ways you feel you’ve failed/been out of integrity)
- I forgive (insert name) for…
(write as many people down as you feel the need to)
After taking time to thoughtfully answer each question, read each statement aloud. You may also wish to use the Ho’oponopono prayer after each forgiveness offering: I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You.
Afterwards, in a metal or glass container, burn your paper to release the energetic ties to these old and stagnant emotional patterns.
Resolving relationships problems through compassion and forgiveness allows your dreams to be free of guilt or regret. How wonderfully freeing!
Almost every one of us struggles with forgiveness in some way. If this ritual resonates with you, hit reply to send me a note and tell me more. I also encourage you to share with those who you think could benefit from this ceremony.
love & pranams,
Breath work is an ancient practice – cultures around the world since the dawn of humanity have been using the breath as a way to take in spiritual nourishment, purify the body, cultivate presence and to move into expanded states of consciousness. Some practices, like yoga pranayama, are very formal and prescribed, where certain types of breath control are used for specific purposes. Other forms like conscious circular or holotropic breath work are more organic and unstructured. All forms are extremely beneficial and powerful life practices.
When Prana awakens within you, you embrace the transcendental consciousness of the Divine.
One of the forms of breath work that I have been embracing and sharing with others is the Breath of Bliss. This is a circular breath work practice which becomes a portal into our emotions, memories, sensations, dreams and consciousness. I have experienced and witness incredible transformation from this practice. Although Breath of Bliss (BOB) encompasses an entire group ceremony, you can still practice the breath at home on your own. Here is a short how to for those of you wanting to practice alone.
BOB is done through the mouth on both the inhale and exhale. The jaw is relaxed, the mouth is open, the body fully relaxed.
BOB Inhale: The inhale is expansive, ripe, full and luscious. It is easy, full and welcoming. The lungs expand freely, the abdomen easily inflates, and the heart and body opens. The inhalation is an invitation to feel more alive. Imagine hiking up a mountain and once you get to the top you witness the most incredible vista – the awe you might express in the breath at that moment, this is the BOB Inhale.
BOB Exhale: The exhale is a complete liberation. You let go without any force or effort. We release control and everything that does not serve anymore. It is a total surrender and you luxuriate in emptiness.
BOB Lack of Pause: This is very important – there is no pause at all between in the inhalation and exhalation. The inhale starts up immediately after the exhale and the exhale begins the moment the inhale ends. We let go of the pause to keep prana (vital life force) circulating in the body and flowing rapturously.
So how do I do this? Create a comfortable nest for yourself on the floor. Play some non lyrical music that you love. Lie down and begin to breathe. Circular breaths, connecting to the source, opening the body. Stay with the breath for 5-20 minutes or even longer. When you are done, rest and breathe normally for several minutes.
TBA, Summer 2017
Friday 5:30-7:30 pm at Chinook Yoga
FREE EVENT with Carla!! Experience tingling aliveness, waves of euphoria, surrender & connection! Generate forgiveness, uplevel your vibration and experience yourself as the living embodiment of LOVE!
Thursdays beginning September 8th
9-11 am at Chinook Yoga
Join Carla in a sacred journey that incorporates playful movement, healing touch, deep sharing, and conscious, connected breathing to inspire more fun and meaning in your life. Breath of Bliss can have profound healing effects and help you clear out the clutter that daily life builds up.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
12:30-3:30 pm at Chinook Yoga
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ~Paul Boese
We all know it feels better emotionally to let go of resentment and anger. Then why is it so difficult? We can say sorry and apologize, but often the difficult feelings still remain.