Burning Bowl Ritual

By Jennifer Elizabeth Masters

As 2021 draws to a close, you may be like many thinking, “Don’t let the door hit you on the behind 2021!” With new variants arising and no end in sight, a media frenzy that attempts to insight fear in the most grounded of individuals. 2022 marks a new beginning, the opportunity to begin again, wipe the slate clean and a time to set new goals. 



For over 20 years, on New Year’s Eve, my family and I have held a Burning Bowl Ritual or Ceremony. We first began to do this ceremony at Unity church long ago. The burning bowl ceremony releases energy that no longer serves you. It frees you up to allow more good into your life. It could be a pattern, emotion, PTSD, trauma, belief or thought that no longer serves you, like an addiction or unhealthy habit. We have let go of personal issues, relationships that don’t serve us, habits, addictions, and attachments. 


First, we want to think about what we want to discard and disolve. You can set an intention for all the negative beliefs that don’t serve you to be eliiminated. Or you might want to meditate on this subject for a little bit, asking what will serve your highest good the most?

In 2021, we bade farewell to beliefs about wealth, poverty and prosperity. Note what improved this year over last. Did your health improve? Are you substantially happier this year over the previous year? Did your relationships improve? Noticing the improvements you made in self-care, relationships and health will help spur you on toward even greater shifts going into 2022.

What I do know is that 2021 was better in so many ways than 2020 and 2019. I became a grandmother this year which opened my heart to full flowering. The joy and love I have for this little baby is monumental. I see and feel pure love when holding Emmett. It is a beautiful thing to witness the purity of his heart and energy field. I have grown just by experiencing this beautiful soul fresh from God! Babies have no programming. They are grown-up souls in a baby’s body. His smile lights up my world and everyone that meets him. My gratitude is expressed daily for you and all of my community. You are in my prayers every day. I care deeply about you.
A suggested prayer from Unity Church is the following: “Today I release what I don’t want. I let go and let God do the work in this sacred experience. In this I am healed and renewed. I open my heart to love and I am blessed with peace, joy and harmony. Amen.”

You can speak a prayer out loud to easily and effortlessly release all that no longer serves you.

Once your prayer is complete, you can light the corner of your list carefully on fire. When everyone’s list is burned and we have danced and cheered. Whatever we feel celebrates the release with joy. Our second list is put away. We do not burn this list, but instead put it aside in a safe place, on our altar or in a sacred box on a mantle. Our family has enjoyed this ceremony. Letting go is part of life. Making it sacred feels good. I created this four-minute video to walk you through the entire process. I hope you enjoy it.   

Ceremonial work is a way to make something more sacred. Traditions and ceremonies help to mark the passing of time. Traditions give our families something to remember and incorporate into their families if they wish. Your children will remember what you have taught them. Ceremonies can help us feel a sense of community and togetherness. They connect us giving us powerful positive memories. Rituals tie us together and can be passed down to the younger generations. After we are gone it is a beautiful thing to have a ritual remembered by our families and friends. 

This year, I am sharing this ritual with my son, David and his wife, Danielle in their new home with their son, Emmett. They have a lot to be excited and grateful for having a new baby and a brand new home.
Fee free to share this ceremony with others as it is powerful. Recognize the preciousness of each moment we have with adult children and friends. 
Learning through our experiences is what we are here to do. Sometimes we repeat them, and other times once we touch the hot stove, we never have to return for that lesson again, we know it is hot. 
As I remember 2021 and all that happened in the world, and the people who have left the planet I am thankful for being here to experience it all. Now it is time to set goals for 2022.
Many of us have big dreams. We have books we want to write, places we want to see and things we want to do. How much of what you wanted to do in 2021 did you accomplish? Do you remember what your goals were for this past year? Were they achievable? 

While setting your goals and intentions for 2022, make them measurable and achievable. We often set goals that are not possible and this sets us up for failure and disappointment. Make your goals a stretch, but doable. 
I wish you and your family all the best life has to offer in 2022, peace, prosperity, love, harmony, health and the time to enjoy it all. 

How To Perform The Burning Bowl Ceremony

  1. Sit quietly and reflect on what you would like to release, or what you would like to be different in the coming year. 
  2. When you feel ready, on a piece of paper write what you want to eliminate or let go of. i.e. (I release the following with joy: debt, chaos, drama, abuse, pain, suffering, illness, imbalance, sorrow, sadness, depression, financial issues, debt, and doubt.)
  3. On the second piece of paper, or in your journal write what you want to bring into your life for the coming year. It could be the energy of (love, happiness, fun, play, joy, money) something you already have, but want more of. Whatever you want to draw to you, write it down. Fold this piece of paper up and keep it in a safe or sacred place, perhaps in a box or on your altar. Or write and date the page in your journal with your “Attraction” list.
  4. When everyone is complete with their lists hold the first list that you want to let go of in your hands and say a prayer over it. The prayer is something simple, to recognize that what we are letting go of does not serve us and we are making room for better to flow into our lives. 
  5. Light your list on fire. Silently drop into the bowl. Envision the smoke being taken up into the ethers and heaven. See the power of the universe and God taking care of the rest, taking care of the heavy lifting. Exhale knowing it is on it’s way. GONE! Let it all go. 
  6. Then say, “Thank you. Amen.”
  7. We begin to welcome the new energy of what we do desire in our lives. Put energy into your list of your desires. Focus, meditate on this list and then put it away in your journal or on your altar.
What you can use the burning bowl ceremony for:
  • letting go of lies
  • anyone who has ever hurt you
  • gossip
  • resentment
  • resistance
  • suffering
  • stubbornness
  • anger
  • disease
  • stress
  • obstacles
  • patterns
  • poverty
  • sadness
  • suffering
  • pain
  • broken agreements or promises
  • negativity
  • possessiveness
  • codependency


Jennifer is an author, Narcissistic Abuse and Trauma Recovery coach. She empowers women to love themselves fearlessly, to live the life of their dreams. Jennifer has an innate ability to cut to the root of each person’s issues quickly. Just working with Jennifer in one session your energy is freed up to move forward. People find that she is a catalyst for their ability to change. Here is what people are saying about Jennifer. Email Jennifer now to work with her for a private session. CLICK HERE TO Book With Jennifer https://JenniferElizabethMasters.as.me/



“You changed my life!”


Everything is different. I left the relationship I was in and now live by myself whilst I re-align. I can’t even begin to tell you how different life is for me now. I have more energy than I know what to do with. There is an absolute abundance of love, joy, and creativity flowing through my life. On the surface, I’m just a normal(!) lady about to enter my 50s living by myself, just renting a flat and teaching in a school. Inside, I now connect with energy and I simply love life – I truly do.  Have a wonderful New Year. I am forever indebted to you for enabling the biggest and most scary shift of my life – you held my hand and restored my trust. I love you deeply and hope we can meet one day. Let me know if you plan a visit to the UK? I will move mountains to be there. Much love. Dominique xxx


Thank you – and now I can see how easy it is to do that Jennifer! If I hadn’t found you and taken Carole’s advice (to work with you), I am sure I would have kept this same pattern going. It is liberating in one way as I feel a sense of freedom but its stepping into new territory as a new me!! With the New Year as well, perfect timing!! Lisa UK

Dear Jennifer, I waited few days to make sure the feeling stays..have to tell you: I had a pain on my left chest for the last 8 months. We couldn’t find any explanation except stress and bad emotions. The morning you did my clearing the pain was gone and today its still the same! It is really amazing! Thank you for the clearing and for the good words. all the best- Hagit



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