Let go of the old and bring in the new!

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s important to take some time and reflect on the year that’s gone and look to the new year and what you would love to welcome into your life.

So often in our busy lives, particularly at this festive time of year, we can overlook opportunities, miss out on taking time for reflection and just keep doing what we’ve always done!

“The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results!” ~ Albert Einstein

Now this wouldn’t be a problem if your life is just as you want it to be and you feel how you want to feel.

But if you’d like things to be different it is well worth taking time to release the energy and events of the old year and start to focus on the new year – making plans and intentions.

So you could begin by looking back over 2016 – run it like a film in your mind.

Written work

Picture all the life events you experienced – what went well – what was disappointing – how were your relationships – did it prove to be a year that fulfilled you or one that left you feeling empty. Were you doing what you wanted to do or was something holding you back?

Write down all the thoughts and feelings around what you’d like to release, to let go of. Be open and honest with yourself, no one else is going to see this (remember to tap during this process, just on the collar bone point or chin or one of the eye points as this will help if any uncomfortable feelings arise whilst you’re writing). You can write what you need to write, say what you need to say, on this piece of paper.

Written work like this can be extremely cathartic and liberating. Once your writing is complete, take your piece of paper and burn it on an open fire, a bonfire or somewhere else that’s safe. The burning process helps release what’s past and the most powerful day to do this on is new years eve.


Another way of releasing is to do a visualisation. Sit somewhere quietly, somewhere you won’t be disturbed, close your eyes and focus on the things you’d like to release whilst tapping on your finger points. In the visualisation, picture yourself somewhere you love being either real or imaginary. Then within this scene see a large cloth on the ground and imagine all that you want to let go of being placed in the middle of the cloth. Visualise yourself bringing all the four corners together and tying securely to make a parcel that you then attach to a balloon that then floats away, up into a deep blue sky and eventually out of sight.


When you feel you’ve done your releasing bring your focus to the new year – 2017 – and think about how you’d like the year to be.

What do you want to be doing?

Who are the people you want be spending time with?

Is there something you’d like to achieve?

Old patterns of behaviour you’d like to change?

Write down your hopes and dreams, be as creative as you like, use colour, really flow with all that you’d like to have. It may be peace, more fun and joy. Doing something exciting, starting a new career – whatever it is, get it down on paper. Use a special journal if you have one and keep your writing somewhere safe. Using visualisation of a future picture of your life can help. This is a short recording to help get you started, it’s short enough to do it at least twice a day.

“A dream without a goal is simply a wish”

Remember it’s your life, your path, your purpose – you are important and so are your hopes and dreams. So give your self time, invest in this process.

If you are using a journal, go to it every day – revisit your words – plan, have fun with it! Life is such a gift and it is possible to live a life you love!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” ~ Elizabeth Appell

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