by Veronika Sophia Robinson
One thing that I hear most often at this time of year is people saying that they hope the new year is better than the one they’ve just had. It's almost like a stray tom cat has peed all over their life, such is their disgust. It must be the universal condition.
Although 2012 brought me the death of my father and several other things to ‘test’ me, I can’t say it’s the worst year I’ve ever had (though it is possibly the saddest).
2005 rates as my ‘worst’ year ever.
What do we do with such testing times? Do we use them as yardsticks for a better year? Do we dump them?
My family’s ritual is to have a phoenix ceremony on New Year’s Eve. We write down all the things we want to get rid of from our life….and then burn it in the fire. It’s a simple ceremony, and can be done on one’s own.
An important part of the ceremony, however, is writing a list of what you want to create in its place. For example, it’s not enough to say I want to:
 get rid of my back pain
 weight issues
 pay debts
 end crappy relationship, etc.
(They are important to identify so you can release them, but then you have to focus on what will take their place).
You have to be really focused on what it is you want to create, and to write it in the affirmative:
 I have a flexible, strong, happy back (not I don't want a sore back)
 I have a healthy body weight and shape for me, and lots of energy. I enjoy healthy food and regular exercise.
 I enjoy financial solvency and responsibility. I pay my bills easily and on time.
 I am now in a honest, open, kind and loving relationship.
You can cover any aspect of your life, large or small. Remember, this isn’t about making wishes for other people. This is about YOU. This is how you start to create the best year ever.
When we think about the year, we often refer to it in relation to external events. If we looked at the year from the point of view of our inner self, and our personal growth, we might see it all somewhat differently.
It might be that what was ‘the worst year ever’ from a human perspective was actually a year that was necessary for our journey in life; call it karma, destiny, or what you will. From the soul level, it might well have been the ‘best year ever’…the year when we woke up. The year when we said ‘no more’ or maybe it was the year when we said ‘yes’. It might have been the year that cracked our heart wide open.
I wish you a beautiful new year ~ may you be surrounded by people who love and care for you.
May your energy levels be high.
May you be adaptable to change.
May you feel inspired to leave a Light in this world.
May you value yourself enough to know when to walk away from people or situations.
May you remember our true Mother, and walk gently upon Her not because it’s fashionably green or eco, but because you genuinely recognise the connection between you.
May you count your blessings every single day.