What color shall we choose to start the New Year?
How about clear? Okay, technically, you won’t find clear in a box of crayons. But you will find it in a set of Tombo markers, in the water for watercolors, and in the clear quartz crystal sitting on my alter! There are lots of other examples of clear, so I include it in the Rainbow Onion Color Thinking Lexicon, and the messages are perfect for cleaning out the old year and bringing in the new.
The radiant aspects of clear are all about clearing, of course: clearing out and releasing the sadness, the pent-up tears, the disappointment, the confusion and the darkness. We want clarity. We want a clean slate, a fresh start.
These things seem especially fitting at this time, don’t they?
How can we bring in those radiant aspects of white that we crave so much? Here are a couple of things that come to my mind.
Set aside some time for a year end ritual, and make it special. Allow some time to reflect on the past year. If there are unshed tears, allow yourself to cry. Feel all the things that come – the comfortable and the uncomfortable, the light and the darkness. Embrace it all, no bypassing, because it’s all part of your humanity. Then release what you want to release. Clean the slate. Give yourself some space to start fresh. How you do this is up to you, of course. You might really want to clean. Or you might want to write and then burn the pages. You might want to polish some crystals, turn on extra lights, light some candles.
Some questions to think about could be:
- Who will I be when I have clarity?
- What moments of clarity have I had?
- What makes me the most optimistic?
- Who do I need to forgive, and who needs to forgive me?
- What do I really need to release – for my own good?
- What am I holding on to that no long serves me? How can I best release it?
I like to end the year by picking my word for the next year. It’s a mysteriously powerful thing to do. I paint it on a rock (because I am a rock person and I can never have too many rocks.) If you do this, let me know what your word is!
This next year has hope and promise and breezes of change. Clear the path so that they can get into your heart and your life.
I wish you a healthy, happy and meaningful new year!
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
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