CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.        – Martin Luther King

Candle lighting has a long tradition with people around the world. For centuries people have burned candles as a way of healing and bringing hope.  The simple ritual of lighting a candle and watching the hypnotic flickering flame is calming and healing.  The lit candle becomes a place on which we can focus our intention. During challenging or stressful times lighting a candle helps to focus our thoughts, intention or prayers on a problem or a person. 

On this day…I light a candle for harmony and transformation so that past regrets, disappointments and losses no longer consume me.  I light a candle for understanding and compassion for all of humankind  for those who love me and for those who do not. I light a candle for healing and cleansing my mind, body and spirit so that my past no longer hides the wondrous essence of who I am.  I light a candle for you to brighten my own path also.  I light a candle for the insight to make wise decisions, so that I can look to the future without regret. I light a candle for the ability to confidently accomplish what is possible and find the courage to accept whatever is beyond my control.  I light a candle for illumination to find my way through the darkness and to light the way for others struggling in their own darkness. I light a candle for all of my hopes, wishes and dreams and my abiding faith in believing they will come true.  I light a candle for love, light, healing and the faith to believe in miracles.  I light a candle for empowerment and kindness so that my heart is filled with light, love and happiness.  I light a candle for determination and strength so that I can proceed on my life’s journey in harmony and happiness with hope and a peaceful heart.  

Light a candle whenever you need to draw the light to you.  The lit candle will draw love, light and healing to you. Pray if you wish. 

There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail.  There is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.

BE HOPEFUL, IT DRAWS THE LIGHT TO YOU.  – Dalai Lama

 

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