Each year brings new experiences for healing and growth, and this past year was no exception. But nothing new will happen in our lives until we complete this cycle consciously and make the commitment to change what we know in our hearts is in desperate need of change. In this week’s post, I share how you can consciously complete the cycle that’s now coming to an end.
Each year brings new experiences for healing and growth, and 2023 was no exception.
For many of us, this has been a year when doors closed, jobs were lost, and relationships came abruptly to an end. A year when we were asked to confront our deepest childhood wounds and come to terms with the true source of our discontent. Of wrapping up unfinished business, mastering important life lessons, and returning home to our true selves.
It’s also been a year of new opportunities, developing new skills, welcoming new relationships, and learning to do things differently. It’s been a year of deep inner transformation. A year that brought us into greater alignment with our true purpose and the bigger reason we came into this life.
All this so that we can continue to grow into a new version of ourselves whose time has come.
But nothing new will happen in our lives until we complete this cycle consciously and make the commitment to change what we know in our hearts is in desperate need of change.
What does conscious completion mean?
Conscious completion means you end something from a place of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, and love. You do this by having a real, conscious conversation with yourself – either in writing, speaking or praying out loud – and reflecting on the following questions:
- Can I appreciate the good and the bad that happened this year and see it all as part of the lessons I needed to learn?
- Can I feel compassion for myself and every person I encountered this year and recognize the inherent innocence behind each of us?
- Can I fully forgive myself and others, let go of what no longer serves me, and begin to make new choices in life?
The difference between completing and finishing
When you’re finished with something, you’re likely to do it again when another opportunity shows up. But when you complete something, you are DONE with it. Period. There’s no turning back or need to have the same experience again.
Consider it this way. When you’re finished doing the dishes, tomorrow there’ll be more dishes to do. But when you’re completely done with being a dishwasher, that’s when you become a cook and hire someone to do the dishes for you.
How to consciously complete 2022
To consciously complete 2022, create a space over the next couple of weeks to answer the three questions above. Then, turn inward towards your heart, and radiate the feelings of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, and love to yourself and to everyone who has been part of your journey during the past twelve months.
Send love to those who touched you deeply, steered you in the direction of your dreams, and believed in you. Include anyone who wronged, betrayed, or broke your heart. Especially include all those who are no longer in your life but still hold a special place in your heart.
Acknowledge the many ways a new cycle is already manifesting in your life by sending love to all those supporting you through this transition. Feel appreciation for those new opportunities that have already started showing up. The new skills and talents you’re now developing.
Then, send your love out into the future by directing it, through an imaginary timeline, to the person you know in your heart you’re destined to become. Trust that, in the timeless dimension of your heart, you are now being pulled towards this life and will soon be meeting the people, events, and circumstances that will guide you there.
Finally, declare this cycle as perfectly done and complete, seeing this process as a profound act of self-respect, self-honoring, and self-love.
Doing this will have a profound effect on your life.
From my heart to yours,