The winter solstice is the darkest and longest night of the year. But once that night is over, we begin to move back toward the light as the days gradually begin to lengthen once more. The winter solstice reminds us that if we can survive the darkness, the light will always return. This can also be said about the experiences in our lives, for even when things appear at their darkest, there is always a flicker of light and hope within us. Reflecting upon this inner light, we can help bring forth our hopes and visions for the future. And the best way to do this is by setting our sacred intentions. Sacred intentions are what we hope for or want to have happen in the coming year. They are sacred because they come from our hearts and souls rather than from our intellects. We feel their importance within us and know they are the very things we want to create next in our lives. The winter solstice, when we come through the darkness and into the light, is a powerful time for setting our sacred intentions.
This year, my family and I wanted to experience this first-hand. So, on the evening of the winter solstice (December 21st), we gathered around our dining room table and placed a long, thick red ribbon at its center. Each of us took a portion of the ribbon and with black Sharpies, we wrote our hopes and visions for the upcoming year upon the soft red fabric. The written words represented our sacred intentions that we were placing out into the Universe. And although some of the words bled onto the ribbon, making them difficult to read, that did not matter, for those words had already been written onto our hearts. Once we were finished, we picked up the ribbon and carefully wrapped it around our Christmas tree. The brilliant red ribbon shone brightly in the twinkling lights of the branches. It was a beautiful sight. In the tree’s soft glow, we could see the faint words of our sacred intentions for the upcoming year. By declaring them and making them our own, our hopes and visions could now manifest themselves in the world. It was a powerful experience.
But the winter solstice is not the only powerful time for setting sacred intentions. The New Year is also a great opportunity to declare our visions for the upcoming year. Reflecting upon all that has happened in the past twelve months and focusing on our hopes for 2017, we can bring forth our visions for the future and what we want to create next in our lives. But for many of us, setting sacred intentions is a new idea. Normally, we make New Year’s resolutions instead. We resolve to lose weight, spend less money, or quit smoking. But most of the time, our resolutions are based upon what we don’t want, rather than what we do. And often, we end up trying to make ourselves into people we are not, especially when we make these resolutions from our minds rather than from our hearts. That is why many of us fail to achieve them. According to statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions. When we try to change the people we are, our resolutions become impossible to keep.
But sacred intentions are different. Sacred intentions are something we want to create within our lives, and they come from our soul, our inner energy. For example, perhaps we want to be more loving, express ourselves more creatively, journal regularly, expand our businesses, or read more books. These intentions are our hopes or visions for our future, and we can continually work on them throughout the year. Once we set these sacred intentions, we have declared them to the Universe. Now, they can manifest. Simply declaring our intentions, whether we speak them out loud or think them in our minds, is a powerful way to make them come true. We can help speak them into reality. But, we must also be willing to let them go and detach ourselves from the outcome. The Universe will work on our behalf to manifest our intentions. That’s how energy works.
As 2017 quickly approaches, reflect upon your sacred intentions for the upcoming year. What are your hopes for the future? What do you want to create next in your life? Spend some time reflecting upon your sacred intentions, listen to your heart, and write them down. They don’t have to be written on a ribbon, nor do they have to be placed on a Christmas tree. Trust that your intentions have been declared to the Universe. Once that is done, let them go and see how they manifest. Continue to work toward your hopes and visions throughout the year. Through your sacred intentions you can create the life you want and make your visions a reality. Reflect upon the power of your own inner light and when things appear at their darkest, let your light burn brightly within you.