If you follow me, you will come to realize the moon cycles play a really important role in my life. Just as we set intentions during the new moon phase, now is a time to focus on releasing whatever you are holding on to that does not serve you any longer to help make room for the new. Letting go or releasing is such a powerful action. You could want to let go of something that has affected you recently or something you have been holding on to for some time. It can be big or small. No matter what it is or how long you have held on to it, when you feel it’s time to move on from it, this is the perfect time to indulge.
Just like setting intentions, there is no right or wrong way to do this. It may help to sit down and make a list of things you feel are blocking you from your divine purpose or desired outcome. You may decide to just step outside tonight or tomorrow night in your bare feet (aids in grounding and centering yourself) and release to the Universe all that does not resonate with you any longer. The latter is my favorite, I feel like it is just me and the Moon Man. No, I don’t think there is a little being of a man that fishes off the side of the Moon, like at the beginning of some movies, but I do have respect for every living thing, including that big, magical ball of evening light. It doesn’t matter if it is big things or little things, releasing brings a peace to you that has an incredible after effect. If you have some anger you have been holding onto about a boss or coworker or family member- release it- it does you no good! Maybe you have been holding on to self-guilt or a sadness that has run its course, be like Elsa and LET IT GO!!
Not allowing ourselves to release these blocks can really hold you back from finding your best self. It affects us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. What do you want out of life? What do you feel is holding you back from reaching your dreams and goals? Start with these two questions! You don’t have to release and let go of everything all at once, this can be done over many moons. The goal is to start letting go of things that do not allow you to live the kind of life you want to live, to live out your dreams and desires.
Have fun with this! It doesn’t have to seem like it is another job or duty, like cleaning the bathroom. This is a piece you can incorporate as part of your self-care routine. Below, I have listed some steps, a template that is tweakable to walk you through the Full Moon Releasing process:
- Take some time over the next day or so to focus and reflect on where you are and where you want to be. What will help you move forward and what is holding you back from everything you desire?
- Write down your holdbacks, anything that you are ready to release or let go.
- Take your shoes and socks off and walk outside in the grass. Dance around if you want, this is your time to take a moment and embrace the moonlight. Take a moon bath, soak up the Moon beams. Just like our body needs the vitamins from the sun, we also benefit from the energy the moon shares with us.
- Speak what you want to release, either out loud or to yourself with the intention of truly letting go. Imagine whatever is holding you back gently drifting out of you like a fog or a helium balloon floating toward the Moon and into the Universe.
- Thank the Moon and the Universe for absorbing what no longer serves you and for turning it back into positive energy that you will get to absorb later. Be grateful for this opportunity.
From here you can either take that paper you wrote on and burn it (inside or outside but keep yourself and your environment safe) or flush it down the toilet- truly releasing it from you.
“Drink in the moon as though you might die of thirst.”
― Sanober Khan
Note: Don’t expect all your problems to vanish and for your life to be perfect because you did this!! This practice takes consistency and a want to be open to releasing. You will still stumble upon obstacles in your path. This is just a way, an outlet to not let those obstacles take over you and your mindset. It helps to keep you moving forward with a more positive momentum. This is a way of life, just as a diet or exercise is for some people. I am not going to lie, when did this for the first time, it was exciting yet I felt really silly. Fast forward to today, I now feel off if I don’t honor myself with setting intentions and releasing what is no longer in alignment with my current state of living.
Make this experience your own. You may find a way that works best for you that is nothing like the way I do things- it’s fine, just take it and run with it and reap in the rewarding effects! Even after my first time, I felt lighter. It was like at that very moment, my worries and fears faded away and I was able to focus on my goals with a newfound clarity. That’s just me, it may have a different effect on you but I will say you should feel a little more at ease, refreshed and rejuvenated. You have cleared your path and can now welcome in the new. Enjoy this day and if you aren’t quite yet ready to start, remember you get another chance next month and every month after 🙂
*Pictures used in this post are not mine and I do not claim credit for them