12/29/2016

How to Set Intentions with the New Moon

How To Set Intentions with the New Moon by Ashley Neese

On the last new moon of they year it feels very fitting to write about my new moon rituals. Creating rituals around the moon cycles is a powerful way to connect with our hearts and the universe on a regular basis. New moon rituals range from simple, elaborate, to everything in between. The most important aspect of your new moon ritual is that you connect with it and set aside time to engage with your practice each month. You will be amazed by the energy that comes from hitting the reset button with each new moon and how much you can manifest in such shorts period of time.

A couple of years ago I started a new moon manifesting practice at the suggestion of a friend. I had been paying attention to the moon cycles for a while in relation to my monthly cycle but hadn’t done much work in terms of connecting it to other aspects of my life. When I started researching new moon practices I discovered what a potent time it was for calling in desires and manifesting visions. I began with a simple ritual that I have expanded on over the years and have taught to many of my clients.

The moon has eight phases. The most well known is the fifth phase or full moon. The new moon is the first phase of the moon, when it orbits as seen from the earth, the moment when the moon and the sun have the same ecliptical longitude. The moon is not visible at this time except when it is seen in silhouette during a solar eclipse when it is illuminated by earthshine. –Wikipedia

New moons represent the beginning of a cycle and the full moon represents a clearing or release. In farming traditions the new moon in the time when the soil is most fertile and wet. Many farmers and gardeners plants seeds on the new moon as the moon’s lunar gravity pulls water up. The new moon is considered a growth phase and is an ideal time to plant seeds in our gardens as well as our hearts for the future. The new moon is an invitation to start fresh, call in intentions, and set the tone for the next cycle.

How To Set Intentions with the New Moon by Ashley Neese

Asking the universe for what you want is a very powerful practice. Combine asking for what you want with the clean slate of the new moon and you have a potent recipe for creating the vision you most desire. The new moon offers an energizing and exciting time to recalibrate your energy for the upcoming cycle and bring a upgraded level of consciousness to the dreams you long to make a reality.

Learning to clearly ask for what you want is a big part of this practice. It requires you to dig deep into your heart and listen to what it is telling you. Often we find ourselves caught up in what we think we should want, what others want for us, or there is an ambivalent attitude about really going after our dreams. I’ve worked with many clients who feel guilty about what they want and believe they will never get it. This usually stems from feeling a big sense of lack in their lives, that they don’t deserve what their hearts want or they don’t feel worthy enough of their true desires. These belief systems need to be addressed in order to make the most out of these new moon intention rituals. The beauty is you do not need to have it all figured out right now. All that is required is an open heart and a willingness to explore what surfaces in your life with courage.

The new moon occurs every 29 1/2 days making it is easy to create a monthly intention setting ritual. Check the moon phases calendar and then take a moment to plug in all the new moons for 2017 right now, that way you have them and you don’t have to think about it each month. Consistency is key with any practice or ritual and the more energy you put into it each month the more you will receive back. Setting aside time each month on the new moon to get clear on what you want to manifest is number one. I typically suggest taking the few days leading up to the new moon to start honing in on what you want. Invite a tender and curious energy into your daily breathwork and meditation practices and notice what reveals itself. After a few days of paying attention you will have much more clarity when the new moon arrives on what you want to call in.

With each new moon I like to start with a clear deck. If something I am working on hasn’t materialized yet I can add it to the list again, if it has, there is always space for something new. I keep my new moon intention lists to ten items. All ten items can be centered around the same subject or you can focus on different areas. Either way, stick to ten, more than that and lists become scattered and way less potent. Better to keep things clear, concise, and simple than over complicate them. Universal energy is most efficient when we are. Think about it for a moment, absolutely no energy is wasted in nature – this is a key lesson here in writing out intentions and manifesting.

Please note that your new moon lists should be written by hand on paper. Something very magical happens when you put pen to paper and this is key in the intention setting process. If you like you can designate a notebook just for your moon lists.

And finally, you have 48 hours once the new moon begins to set your intentions. These hours are the most potent for manifesting and it’s good to get in the habit of working within this 2 day time frame.

How To Set Intentions with the New Moon by Ashley Neese

STEPS FOR SETTING INTENTIONS WITH THE NEW MOON:

Pray for openness.
Anytime you set out to write your new moon list it’s very important to begin with a simple prayer. The prayer itself can be an intention to hold space for yourself while you write out your list. Keep it simple. Keep it honest. If you don’t have a prayer practice (this will be an upcoming blog post as it’s something I get asked about almost daily), you can use this one:

Dear universe, I am here to connect with spirit, truth, and love. Please make me a channel of your divine wisdom and help me see clearly in all aspects and help me tune into the greatest good in my heart.

 

Create a sacred place.
This can be an altar, desk, or corner in your home. Create a little area that is beautiful and reserved for your spiritual practices. I have a healing room in my house with crystals, plants, singing bowls, and photographs of some of my teachers and heroes. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. Carve out a little space that makes you feel inspired, grounded, and connected to your deepest self.

 

Clear the space.
Clearing the energy of your sacred space sets the tone for your practice and helps you align with the present moment. Here are some of my favorite plants for space clearing. As you clear your space say a simple prayer to ground your energy and intentions:

Dear Universe, may I have your support to clear this space so that my truest intentions can flow clearly from my heart onto the page.

 

New moon breathwork.
Breathing is a key aspect of manifesting and it will help you release any tension in your body so that you can write down your new moon intentions from a heart centered space.

Begin by taking a long exhale out of your mouth.
Place one hand on your belly and one on your heart.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Make your inhales and exhales long and smooth.
Breathe in this fashion for several minutes, until you become very clear and grounded.
Finish the practice by placing both hands on your heart and sending gratitude to your body.

 

Write your list.
Take out a sheet of paper and write the date and the following: This, or something better, now manifests for the highest good of all concerned. This statement gives the universe permission to substitute as needed to keep your manifestation karma super clean and clear.

Next write a list of what you want to manifest. Remember, 10 items tops! Be sure to write your statements in positive and affirming language, “I am” and not “I need” or “I want.” Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. This sounds basic but in the beginning it can be a little challenging, especially if you are accustomed to spending lots of energy thinking about what you don’t want.

Allow yourself to dream really really big here. If that little voice of judgement creeps in, acknowledge it and get back to your list. This can be part of the manifesting process, especially when you’re asking for something huge. Go for it.

One of the big keys to writing your list is to getting into how each item FEELS. If you have followed my outlined steps you will be in an open space to truly listen to your heart. Spend time feeling into each item as you write it down. If it isn’t resonating with you 100% do not put it on your list. Part of this practice is learning to feel as if you already have what you want, this is basic Law of Attraction, if you can feel it with your entire body it will be more likely to come into reality.

Feel the feeling of the wish fulfilled. – Wayne Dyer

 

New Moon Meditation.
When your list is complete spend 10-15 minutes meditating on it. Go through each item one at a time and focus on how it feels in your body and how it will feel once you have manifested it. Once you have gone through your list let your attachment to your intentions go and settle into the curiosity of how the universe is conspiring to make your dreams come true. It’s a wonderful practice at the end of your meditation to say to the universe that you are freeing yourself from clinging to your wishes and that you are grateful and excited for what is to come.

 

Close out the ritual.
Once your meditation is over, say a simple prayer to close the ritual. Put your new moon intention list away until next month where you can go over it to see what has manifested. When an item on your lists becomes real thank the universe. If there are things that are no closer to coming into this dimension, I would consider revising them. Also make note of what intentions you are inching closer towards. During next month’s ritual you can go through this inventory of your previous list so you will have more clarity moving forward.

How To Set Intentions with the New Moon by Ashley Neese

I have worked with many different new moon intention setting rituals and practices over the years and the above outline is the way I am currently engaging with this process. It might seem like super time consuming in the beginning but once you get into it you will enjoy setting aside time each month to connect to yourself, your heart and your deepest desires.

I typically take 1-2 hours for this each month as it has proven to be so healing in many ways. I often suggest to clients to start with 30-45 minutes and see how that feels. Above all have fun with the ritual and please let me know how things go with it, I cannot wait to hear!

Wishing you all a gorgeous new moon and end of the year.

All my heart.
x

 

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Photo x Asami Zenri

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Comments

  • Mindy

    Thanks for sharing this message, so much to learn, but incredibly beneficial. I’ve passed this along to two other friends who were also excited to get this under way, especially as we’re winding down the year. Thankfully 2016 has been good for me, and I know 2017 holds even more possibility!

    Happy New Year to you!
    Mindy

    • ashley

      Hello Mindy,
      Happiest new year to you! Thank you so much for taking the time to write, it’s lovely to hear from you. And thank you for sharing the post with friends, that makes my day! 2017 certainly does feel full of possibility doesn’t it? Just reading your words lights me up. Wishing you loads of joy and creative opportunities this year. Lots of love. xo

  • boriana

    thank you! thank you!! <3
    aside from it being a wonderful practical tool, this entry inspires so much excitement, wonder and trust in the process of truth seeking!
    it gives me tons of hope for finding Divine clarity within.
    loving rituals, i don't know why i have never had one around the Moon cycle. (and I am a Pisces who intuitively feels very connected to the Moon)
    i love the detailed step by step breakdown here (and also saw your video :).
    and I'm thrilled to establish this as a regular practice, tweaking it as i see fit. happy happy new year! bk

    • ashley

      Hello Boriana,
      Thank you so much for connecting! It’s wonderful to hear from you and I’m thrilled you are embarking on this journey. My moon is in Pisces, so I feel you, such an emotional and intuitive sign. Rituals are also very grounding for us water signs. Please keep us posted on your practice, I cannot wait to learn how it takes shape. Wishing you a beautiful 2017. Lots of love. x

  • Julia

    Thank you for sharing your new moon ritual! I was searhcing exactly for something like this. I want to start building rituals around the moon phases and have invited friends over for tomorrow to do a ritual together, so we will stick to your version for now and see how it goes :)

    • ashley

      Hi Julia,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to write. It is wonderful to connect with you! Keep me posted as the months go on, would love to hear how it’s going. Wishing you a beautiful week. x

  • Susane Quinn

    Thankyou for this new moon ritual I have been looking for something like this’ I am new to this but I am going to really enjoy doing this and seeing what come to fruition. I have had a crappy 7 months this 2017 so I am hoping this put me on a good path thankyou again for a excellent blog.

    • ashley

      You’re so welcom Susane. Thank you for being here and please do keep me posted! Sending love this new moon. x

  • sandy

    Thanks a ton for sharing. Having few doubts. What did you mean by “there two days are important” did you mean that new moon day and the next day? Can i do it either one of the days? DCan i write all ten intentions. on one page? Should I be keeping that paper in a box. And where should I keep that box? Can I keep it near altar? Should I look at the box everyday and pray? Today is new moon day and I want to write the intentions.

    • ashley

      The day before the new moon, on the new moon and the day after the new moon all work! You can do it on any of those days. Keep the paper in a place that is scared to you, your altar is ideal. Look at the paper daily to affirm your intentions. xxx

  • sandy

    Thank you for sharing. Need your help. Can you please show one example of the intentions how to write. should I write as if it is achieved. and where to keep that paper after writing

    • ashley

      Yes, write as if achieved, example: I am grounded in my body.

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