In the last blog post, we discussed how and what the Reiki Fire Burning Bowl ritual is and can be used for. In this blog, we will discuss how any one can re-create this ritual at home for personal use, with or without Reiki. Having Reiki is great add-on to the ritual, but it is not a must, as the Fire Burning ritual itself has been used for centuries across various groups.
Fire is a powerful symbol of wisdom, knowledge, passion and purification. The Fire Burning Bowl ritual aids as a way of releasing the past, negativity, pain, suffering and anything that no longer serves you. It is typically done during symbolic times, such as birthdays and important events most like on New Year's Eve. It is a symbolic way to end and release the past and move forward with a fresh start in the New Year.
When you feel stuck or stagnant with negativity attachments even in a peaceful state of mind, that's when the Fire Burning Bowl ritual will work at its best and essentially leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and lighter after the ceremony.
Step 1: Choose your supplies
You will need paper, writing equipment, a fire safe container/bowl (not just heat safe), a flame of sorts to light the paper. Herbs to add to the ritual, corresponding to the intentions and perhaps even a heat pad to protect your work surface.
Feel free to add any other supplies to the workspace, such as candles or corresponding crystals. Consider light music to be played in the background. You can make this as basic and simple or as extravagant as you fancy.
Step 2: Prepare your workspace
As we are working with fire, do your best to make sure your space is fire safe! Set up your workspace away from any fire hazards like curtains. Altar cloths will add to the aesthetics, but be extremely careful since they can be flammable. If you have furry or human kids, ensure that they are kept away and out of the space to prevent accidents. Consider the type of clothing you will be wearing, making sure there are no flowy ends and bits that may catch fire. The same is true of long hair. Throw it up into a bun or a ponytail to keep your hair safe.
Everything else on your workspace isn’t set in stone. You can set things up anywhere you like and how you feel works and looks best to you. I personally like to have my bowl in the center, decorations and/or tools on either sides. If you like to reflect and journal during the ritual, feel free to have your journalling supplies out too.
Keep in mind, this is a workspace and not your regular altar for deities etc. It can get messy. Move things around freely as needed. Make it functional to suit your needs :)
Step 3: Preparing for the ritual
Finally, it's time for the ritual.
I like to start by playing music in the background. Then, I will start with a quick 3-5 minutes grounding meditation to clear my head space and try to achieve a peaceful, grounded state of mind. Alternatively, you can recite some intentions at the beginning to calm your mind before you start. Some intentions that works well:
I am at peace
I am grounded
I am calm and ready to let go of attachments
These are optional, but being in a calm mindset is important for the best result.
With a clear mind, you can focus better on feelings and thoughts. Start writing on the paper what you want to let go of. You can be as detailed as you want or as simple, such as point forms as long as you are clear and focused with your intentions.
Once done, light the piece of paper on fire and place it into your fire safe container/bowl of choice and allow the paper to burn fully and completely. As you watch it burn, think about the list that you have written on the paper and imagine it being burnt and turning into smoke and going into the wind, taking with it all the emotions/feelings you have and leaving you. Take a few deep breaths and with each exhale, release it and let it go! Feel those negativity and attachment leave your body as your breath exhales and watch the paper burn into ash. With the dying flames, let it bring you a sense of closure and move on.
**Some word of caution - Do not burn anything valuable or legal documents out of spite. Do avoid burning anything highly flammable as it can get out of control and can bring you harm or cause danger. DO practice caution and work safely in a well ventilated space.
At Tehara Dream, we do Reiki Fire Burning Bowl ritual every New and/or Full Moon (https://www.teharadream.com/book-online) and you are welcome to engaged us with your requests and intentions for each moon phase (:
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