The month of January was named after Janus (Jay-nus),
the Roman God of Doors & Gates.
Whenever the Romans were starting a new project, they would pray to Janus to open Doors for them. At the beginning of each year, the students of the Ancient Mystery Schools in Rome, were encouraged to co-operate with the Janus energy of new beginnings, by cleansing their emotions of worry and anxiety about the past.
They had a very interesting way of doing that. The master teacher, who represented the God Janus, wore a mask showing two faces. One face looked forward and the other face looked backward. The forward-looking face represented the power to release the past and open themselves to new opportunities in the present. The face looking back, symbolized a closed door to the past.
In order to insure that the door to the past was closed, the students were encouraged to participate in a Ceremony of Purification. The ceremony of purification, involved a burning away of all personality defects such as
fear, guilt, shame, anger, jealousy, procrastination, lack of self-discipline, and any other negative behavior pattern that led to feelings of frustration and lack of fulfillment in the present, and kept them from moving forward.
The fact that the month of January is known as the month of New Year Resolutions & New Beginnings, is indeed evidence that, In one way or another,
that ancient practice is still alive today.
The good news is that today, like those students of the Mystery Schools, you too, can ensure that the door to your door to the past is closed. Simply make a list of emotions, and behavior patterns that kept you from moving forward in the year 2014 and made it impossible for you to release things like: over-eating, smoking, alcohol & other mind altering drugs, junk food, gossiping, keeping score, lack of forgiveness, jealousy, wanting to get even.
Since we know that the spoken word is the greatest power in the universe to change our lives. Make sure that what you say, is in perfect alignment with what you have written there. Read it as often as possible and begin to speak and act as if it is so. After you have committed to doing this for a while, look at your personal list and silently affirm: By the Grace of God, I seek freedom from these limiting attitudes and behavior patterns in my life. When you feel complete with your intentions, create a burning ceremony of your own and toss those negative behavior patterns into the fire.
Since the vacuum that you have created needs to be filled with good behavior patterns that you want to see expressed in 2015, write down at least five things from the following list, that you intend to do in 2015.
I will only speak kind, loving supportive words
I will stop taking things personally
I will be more generous
I will show more compassion
I will be more thoughtful
I will make good choices
I will be more reliable
I will be more punctual
I will stop smoking
I will release 15 pounds
I will be impeccable with my word
I will always do my best
HAPPY NEW YEAR!