Four Practices to Help You Use the Power of the Full Moon to Release What’s No Longer Serving You
First, let me say, I am not an expert on the phases of the moon, but I am sensitive to energy and I am interested in helping women live the lives they know they are meant to live.
A big part of that process of helping women get from where they are to where they want to be has to do with releasing all the old ways of thinking and being that no longer serve them. Then, they can go about the process of setting intentions and creating what they DO want.
Just for a moment – before we get to the releasing – why the moon? What does the full moon have to do with it?
I love using the full moon to help myself and clients release for three main reasons.
First, the energy is amplified during the full moon. We have more power to take action and to release all that we no longer wish to carry around.
Second, harnessing the power of the 28 day lunar cycle aligns us with the rhythm of nature. Celebrating the full moon (and the new moon) remind us that we are a part of nature and not separate from it.
Third, releasing is an ongoing practice. We don’t do it once and never have anything come up again. Being reminded every four weeks to clean up and let go is very beneficial.
For all these reasons, I love practicing releasing on the full moon and encourage anyone who is on a journey seeking self development or spiritual advancement to play with these activities.
Especially for those who love to journal, try this. This is a good one for general releasing. It can work for everyone.
Start with a few pieces of paper, but don’t write it in your nice, leather bound journal. At the top of the page write:
My intention is to release all thoughts, beliefs, feelings, judgements, agreements, feelings, attachments, perspectives and ways of being that no longer serve me. I am ready to step into the new, so I am leaving behind all that would weigh me down. I hereby release…
And just make a list of any of those things you want to stop doing or thinking or carrying around. Go through the list and ask, what thoughts am I better off without? What beliefs, judgements, and so on – and write them down.
You might have one page, you might have 20 by the time you finish. When you are finished and you can’t think of anything else, I want you to write this or something like it at the bottom of the page:
Thank you, Universe (God, Spirit, Mother Nature), for helping me to powerfully release all of this. I let it go without malice or judgement.
I am complete.
It is done.
Now, when you’re done writing it. Take a moment to feel the burden lifted. I can feel this in my body, my chest feels lighter and the heaviness from my body goes away.
Then, burn the paper. I love this particular ritual. If this doesn’t sound like fun to you or if you don’t have anywhere safe to carry it out, then dispose of it in some permanent way. You can rip it up or crumple it, then put it in the trash and remove the trash from the house. It’s good stuff. Just try it.
(The mom in me wants to make sure everyone understands – safety first! I have a brick bbq pit in my backyard, so I have someplace safe to do this.)
Here’s another practice for my journal lovers out there. This is for someone who wants to release a particular situation or thing that requires more than just one or two lines amongst a long list of other things. This is for someone who has broken up with a lover or survived trauma or has a situation they have been trying to overcome for a long time. This is where we go a little deeper.
We still start again by setting an intention at the beginning:
My intention is to transfer all my feelings and thoughts about this incident or situation to this page as I write these words. I leave nothing behind. I open myself now to the healing that wants to take place. I acknowledge all my feelings and thoughts and I am now ready to release them into the all that is. I am ready to be free from this burden. Help me release this.
And then write and feel and write and feel and cry or yell or whatever it takes. For this practice it is critical that you allow yourself to feel everything that comes up. In fact, that is the true power of this exercise, so you have to be willing to feel it as you write it. If you aren’t, then that’s ok, just write and feel what you’re ready to release for now. You can do it in stages. Take the first step now.
At the end, close with something like this:
Thank you, Universe (God, Spirit, Mother Nature), for helping me to surrender this once heavy burden.
I leave it in your capable hands.
And then burn it. (Same rules apply as above – safety first. Your physical and emotional safety come first. You have to use your own best judgement about whether these practices are right for you. Ok, the mom in me just had to get that out! XXOO)
If you’d rather stick a pencil in your own eye than write these things out, then here are a couple more activities you can try:
Close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out 3-10 times. Release whatever tension you feel in your shoulders, back, neck, forehead, clenched jaw – wherever it is, notice it and release it. Relax.
Picture yourself standing in a field or on a beach or mountain top, it doesn’t matter where as long as it’s pleasant to you. Imagine that you have all these strings or ties linking you to people, situations, beliefs, thoughts, judgements that you no longer wish to keep attached.
Take a big pair of imaginary scissors and cut all the ties to all these other things. You can cut them one at a time, or hundreds at a time.
Set an intention with your words while you do this, out loud or in your head:
I am cutting ties to all the old agreements, judgements, perspectives and ways of being that no longer serve me. I am ready to move to the next level of freedom and possibility and I am ready to release anything that would hold me back.
As you cut the strings, feel how much lighter you feel. Take a moment to enjoy it.
I am now free to move ahead. I no longer have to be dragged down by all these judgements and situations and stories.
I release them all.
Thank you, God!
It is finished.
For anyone who is saying, this all sounds a little too woo woo for me. Do you have anything a bit more practical and down to Earth? Why yes, yes I do. This one’s for you.
Close your eyes, release tension, breathe deeply and visualize yourself in a field or beach or mountain top – whatever feels good to you.
Now, mentally make a list of what you are ready to release. As you think of something, picture it written on a piece of paper. Roll up the piece of paper and stuff it into a balloon then blow up the balloon, tie the end and release it into the air.
(Now, part of this is the magic of imagination. I know a balloon won’t float if you blow it up yourself. If you need to be scientifically correct, then you can add a helium tank to your visualization. Hahaha Whatever it takes for you to connect with the exercise. XXOO)
Just watch the balloons float into the air one at a time. With each departure, your body will feel a little lighter.
I love doing this and imagining hundreds of balloons floating away, slowly but surely out of my life and out of my sight.
Wish them well.
The full moon is a time for completion. There is great power in closing one chapter deliberately so that you can begin to write the next one.
That’s where the new moon comes in! But we will save that for another day!
Try something here and let me know how it goes for you!
All for love,