Letting Go – The Burning Bowl Ritual - Rev. Libby O'Day
“As the new year approaches many people will participate in a long celebrated ceremony known as the Burning Bowl. While at first glance the ceremony may seem New Age or a bit “too metaphysical” for the average person, a closer look reminds us that we use fire as a natural ritual in common practices. Many of us have burned documents that no longer serve us such as a paid off mortgage, car note or legal papers. The act of watching something literally go up in flames and be transformed into ash can be very cleansing.
Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. Things to let go of may be negative feelings about persons, places, events or illness, conditions which are not desirable, habits or behaviors, and etc. The “letting go” list is lit by a large white candle and allowed to burn into ash while the participant visualizes them dissolving and disappearing.” Cheryl Hunter, Los Angeles Herald December 29, 2009