Burning Away The Past (A Kauai Ceremony)

What would your life look like if you could live each moment without any baggage from the past? Our pasts shape, define, and become the filters through which we experience reality.  Our minds operate very much like a computer, collecting data and information about ourselves and the world, as we accumulate one life experience after another.  Since this accumulation of experiences, patterns, beliefs, and emotions become the filter through which we perceive the world, our sense of reality can often become quite distorted.

Whether you’re conscious of it or not, odds are that you’re carrying with you quite a bit of ‘baggage’ from your past… If you formed the belief at age 15 that you weren’t a good writer, you most likely still believe that about yourself today.  If your best friend betrayed you when you were younger, you might still be carrying the pain of mistrust around with you right now. All of the people in your past, along with the situations and events that you experienced, might still be affecting you today and keeping you from living a life that’s fresh, alive, and new in each moment.

Truly successful people are not just successful because they learned a few new skills or got lucky… They most likely have had to do quite a bit of digging, or personal ‘work’ on themselves to clear out the cob webs and grow.  They’ve had to face their fears, get outside of their comfort zone, and also challenge the old disempowering patterns and beliefs that were keeping them from creating more success…

Personal growth is absolutely essential for anyone looking to create wealth or success for themselves as an entrepreneur… It’s about fine-tuning the power force within that is capable of creating and manifesting in the external world.

I’m quite passionate about personal growth (if you couldn’t tell already!) and that’s why I decided to take a trip to Kauai… I wanted to really dig deep and cultivate a deeper awareness of the source of my power, strength, creativity, and potential.  And so, realizing that my past still had somewhat of a grip on me, I decided to do a ceremony to release it…

It was incredibly powerful, I have to say.  And I’d like to invite you join with me in the finale… You’ll also get some great insight as to how you can release your past and clear space for your true potential and power to shine through and manifest in your business.

Click ‘play’ on the video below to hear more (and get a look at my new cottage out here in Kauai with an awesome private hot tub!)…

The past is history… It doesn’t exist!  We can remember the past and learn from it, but there’s no need to carry it with us any longer.  In order to live more fully in the present moment as an aware, empowered, and fully expressed human being, we’ve gotta let go of the beliefs, emotions, and people from our past that keep us from seeing the truth of who we really are.

It’s a cleansing process and it’s necessary!  I’m not saying that everyone needs to do any specific ceremony, but I do encourage you to dig up the past if you’ve never done it, make amends with it, and let it go once and for all…  You’ll be amazed at the clarity and lightness you’ll feel!

Again, thank you so much for joining me in the finale of my ceremony!  What did you think? I’d love to hear any comments, questions, or feedback so please share with the community down below.  And also please make sure you ‘re-tweet’ this post using the button down below and send this out to your Twitter friends and followers (as well as Facebook, Digg, or any other social site you visit often!)  This message is definitely one that needs to be heard and it’s much appreciated!

Thanks a bunch and we’ll speak again soon…

In Joy and Aliveness,

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Rui January 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hey Katie,

Great job this is Awesome. Thank you for sharing :)
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Kitara Wilson February 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm


Thank you for such a powerful, heartfelt and valuable post. It is so true that we tend to carry things with us much longer than we need to. We’re so conditioned to hold on to things as if it’s easier to hold on to hurt, anger, grief, frustration and fear than it is to let it go and embrace peace, love, health, wealth, confidence and abundance. And perhaps it is easier. Most of us aren’t taught how to let go and release so we imitate what we see…holding onto to grudges and replaying or reliving painful events over and over every time we tell the emotionally charged story of how someone hurt or wronged us.

My church (Unity) holds a Burning Bowl Ceremony at the beginning of each new year and it mirrors exactly what you did out on the beach in Kauai. Ours doesn’t allow as much time as yours as it is done during service. I think for those who have experienced something similar in a group setting who may not feel “complete” because there wasn’t enough time to recall everything, especially those buried emotions that may be hard to access right away, should feel completely comfortable in repeating the process for a longer period of time until they feel they’ve released and emptied all of those things that no longer serve them. I especially like how you also took the time to go through the list and sought forgiveness and peace for each person and situation before the burning. A powerful step that I honestly missed in my own Burning Bowl process so I’ll definitely be repeating the ceremony for myself.

Thank you for such wonderful information!

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Mike Gibson February 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

Yet another Great post!!

So many people live in the past. And its unfortunate that they use those experiences to live their lives. Your completly right when you say Forgive and Forget! if more people did that they would live more fulfilling lives !

Keep up the amazing stuff

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Shannon Tecson March 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I agree on how critical it is for personal growth. This exercise of burning the past is quite liberating. I’ve done this exercise a few times before. Once wasn’t enough lol! I congratulate you for taking the time to do the ceremony. It is so evident today that you have let go and are riding free! I love networking with you through your blog! You are incredible!

Love you much,
Shannon Tecson
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Yannick van den Bos March 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

And yet ANOTHER great post
Awesome Katie!
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The Conscious Mamas April 14, 2010 at 12:14 am

So great to see you enjoying my home Kauai, Katie! Next time you’re here we’ll have to meet up on the beach! Loved the ceremony. I like to do a mini one each full moon with my girls. We put all the things from the past month that we’d like to leave behind in a big bonfire at the beach. It’s so powerful. Thanks for the great post.


Maria April 25, 2010 at 12:48 am

Hello Katie – As an ex-teacher, this is one thing I used to do with some of my very young students. I always did it at the beginning of the year. We would spend lots of time discussing things that hurt us and made us feel bad, then we’d write, always in silence. After the ceremonial burning in a corner of the playground, we always had a little celebration. More people need to do this in order to move on.
Thanks for rekindling the memory!


Sukie Baxter May 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

People operate in a state of “react” vs. “respond.” We carry our past in our cells, in our DNA even. We carry our ancestors’ past as well in our genes, the traumas they have suffered, the feelings they felt, their life situations. It is only through true self awareness that we can let go of our past and respond to each moment as though it truly is the fresh start that it brings us.
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Chuck Bluestein May 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I intend to write an article about this. This is what psychology, the teachings of Tolle and Scientology are all about. To use the language of Scientology when you have traumas they cause attention units to be trapped in the past. This keeps you from being fully in the present. In psychotherapy and Scientology auditing they work with these past traumas.

Then there is no longer a trauma with these events than the attention units return back to the present where they belong. But what happened with Scientology goes against our culture. In the East they believe in past lives but not in the West. So in Scientology they had people remembering things from past lives and that opened up a can of worms.
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Gerald Gigerl June 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

this sounds like a very effective way to release any worries, fears and bad things that happend in your past.

i will try it out this weekend.

thanks a lot for indicating.
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Faith Barnard July 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Katie, I came to your site to study it and to look at what areas on my blog I still need to more fully develop. I clicked on your Spirituality area and found this post.

No accidents of course. This post was perfectly timed and thank you for sharing this part of yourself with us and sharing your journey.

I so enjoyed your video and yes, letting go of the past is key to fully living in the present.

Thank you for shining your light so brightly.

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Jennifer May July 13, 2010 at 1:34 am

What a beautiful video and message Katie! Letting go of the past is truly essential to your growth and development… and being able to truly achieve success.

I am so happy we were able to share this with you. It truly was an honor and I definitely am going to take you up on this ritual as I have MANY past issues, people and moments I still need to release and let go!

Congrats on your cottage, it is gorgeous! HUGS!
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TJ Chambers July 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I was on Maui last year and it was beautiful. I loved swimming with the sea turtles and tropical fish. What a great experience to see this other world that I have only seen on tv.

I want to do it again.
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tanisha August 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm

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Luis September 11, 2010 at 11:22 am

Hi Katie,

This is sooo awesome. you are so right. I have been learning sooo much from you
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Carlos M. September 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I think is something hard to do some time let go of your past
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Wendy Hewlett December 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

This is a great personal journey that all of us should embrace. I love the symbolism of burning the paper that you have written down all of the things that you want to let go of. I agree with the comments above – that we should do this more than once or during every full moon. I’m sure it is very liberating and I can’t wait to do it myself.
Thanks for sharing your personal journey with us Katie. You are always a great inspiration.

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Glyna Humm December 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

Wow Katie – What a wonderful and powerful post. You have given me the idea of starting 2011 off without being drug down by all of my past regrets and baggage. I am going to start my new year with this ceremony! Thank you for sharing this:)
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Eldridge DuFauchard December 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hey Katie,

Yep, conditioning holds alot of people back. To become aware and change your choices can help people shift their lives!!

Thanks for sharing
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Roxsena Charise May 31, 2011 at 5:30 am

Kauai is magical! I created a ceremony for myself to signify rebirth by leaving an offering and saying a prayer at the birthplace of the kings on Kauai.


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