The Burning Bowl ceremony is a kind of fire ceremony that has been used in various traditions for a number of years.
The Burning Bowl ceremony involves writing the negative conditions, tendencies and behaviour patterns that you would like to release from your life on a piece of paper, then burning the paper in the bowl, which turns your prayers to smoke and sends them to the Universe.
The purpose of the ceremony is to release old patterns, beliefs or experiences, or anything that impedes you from realising your true self, moving forward and/or changing things. Essentially by sending the old unwanted conditions up to the Universe in the smoke, you clear the way for new beginnings. It is a very powerful way of letting go so that you can move on… and potentially… feel light and free.
Once you have let go, you therefore create space to let in. Thus the second part of the ceremony is to focus your attention on what you would like to create and bring into your life.
You write those intentions on paper, in the present tense, as if they had already happened and are a part of your life making sure to write your name on the paper and perhaps writing something like "with gratitude" or "Inshallah" or "Om Shanti" at the bottom of the page. If you are Reiki attuned you could spend a few minutes channelling Reiki onto your intentions, holding the paper between two hands.
You then put the paper in an envelope, and put the envelope away for at least a year (remember to make a note of the date and write this on the envelope so you know when a year is up!). Just leave it be and let your prayers go to the Universe to manifest them as is meant to be.
So often out intentions do manifest, but not always in the way we intended, so it is best not to think about them, or try and control them, but just live your life, notice the signs and make conscious decisions when the opportunities present themselves.
We will be running through stage one of the Burning Bowl Ceremony at class on Wednesday 30th December 2015 and stage two on Saturday 2 January 2016. All are welcome. Please see the events section of the website at www.beinspiredby.co.uk for more information.
"There is a place where words are born of silence. A place where the whispers of the heart arise" Rumi