Editor’s note: Liberty Forrest, author of several self-help books and a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, encourages you to let Spirit help you move forward in the New Year. Read more about Liberty.
By Liberty Forrest
Another year draws to a close. Always a mixed blessing, isn’t it? It will have been a year of both good and bad times. Unfortunately, many people focus on the bad ones and minimise the good.
And perhaps this is the year that you ended a toxic relationship, or have continued recovering from one that ended some time ago, and those painful memories still bubble up now and then. Thank heaven we are resilient healing beings, especially if we choose to move past whatever has hurt us in the past.
And thank heaven for our “Highest Selves”…the Spirit that resides in each one of us. It’s in there, quietly waiting for you to remember it, to focus on it, to remind you of the blessings in your life and to give you some perspective on your difficulties. That doesn’t mean they weren’t painful. It doesn’t mean they should be minimised. But it does mean that you are in control of how you react to them. It means that you can choose to let go of them and stop allowing them to hurt you.
If you listen for it, your Spirit will remind you that it’s always there, guiding you, gently nudging you in the direction of strength, peace, and compassion, of spiritual growth and purity of love. It’s there for you in your worst and most painful times, being the force that pulls you out of those terrible, dark holes. It’s there for you in the best of times, saying, “Well done, you’re on the right path!”
Your Spirit is always there, remembering you, supporting you, and assisting you. Perhaps during this, the last week of yet another year, you could remember your Spirit, too. Acknowledge its existence inside you, its presence and influence in your life. It is who you are meant to be. It is your Highest Self. Acknowledging your Spirit is like speaking to yourself in the future, to the person you could become, or will become – if that’s what you choose.
It’s okay to be human and stumble here and there. That’s not a problem. That’s what we’re meant to do; it’s how we learn. But your Spirit will keep holding out the hand that helps you up, and that keeps you moving forward.
Reflect upon the past
As you reflect on the past year, whether it was mostly good or mostly not, do yourself a favour. Focus on the good bits. Remember a whole lot of them. Then dig for some more. Let go of the ones that hurt, or they’ll just keep ripping at the wound and not allowing it to heal. Thank your Spirit for its wisdom and guidance, both of which helped you through another year when you paid attention to it.
As for the times you neglected or ignored it, no doubt there were natural consequences for that so it will forgive you. Just take the lessons, and going forward keep focusing on connecting with your Spirit. It will never steer you wrong.
You might be quite happy to kiss the year goodbye. But before you do that, take a little time to allow it to leave you with the gifts you’ve forgotten it gave, and forgive it for having disappointed you along the way.
Visualise the future
Think about this date one year from now. What will you want to say about the previous year? What will you have hoped to achieve, to be, or to have changed about yourself and your life?
Now is the time to visualise that day, and what you want your circumstances to be at that time. To be honest, this is a brilliant way to begin every single day of your life, not just as the end of a calendar year approaches.
Most importantly, Dream Big, so you can move forward in the New Year. Then, with a clear picture of that dream in your head, take your first steps into the new year — your first steps toward making your dream come true.
May the new year be filled with everything you wish for yourself.