This holiday season I took part in a powerful 10-day meditation retreat. The first nine days were an incredible opportunity to interiorize, reflect and deepen the meditation practice, but the real jewel of the retreat was our last night which was December 31st. We began a special New Years meditation that evening, then continued meditating through the night and ended on the evening of January 1st. One might wonder why a group of people would subject themselves to an entire day and night of sleep deprivation just to meditate, but our lengthy meditation session gave us the chance to connect with each time zone of the world at the corresponding time of their midnight. Most people do not consider that this crossing point between December 31st and January 1st is the most powerful energy wave of the year.
Just as there are powerful moments created by nature (such as the new moon, full moon, and the seasonal solstices and equinoxes), there are also powerful moments generated by people. These are times when a vast number of people are all focused on the same thing which produces waves of enthusiasm and positive energy. Instead of the tiny ripples caused by each of our individual minds, these power moments create a tsunami of the collective subconscious mind of the planet.
Such moments occur on certain holidays such asEve or during major sporting events such as the World Cup finals or the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, but the most powerful time of them all is New Years Eve. New Years is the most celebrated event regardless of religion or personal interests. Even though many cultures celebrate their New Year at other times of the year, with the western calendar being accepted worldwide in commerce most nations recognize this crossing point at midnight on December 31st.
On New Years Eve people are filled with positive energy, hope, friendship, generosity, kindness, and wishes for wellness and peace. Within each time zone, people are completely aligned to the second, making this moment the most synchronized wave of enthusiasm that occurs in the entire year.
When you meditate during any powerful moment, you become charged with the upsurge in energy. Since New Years Eve is the most powerful energy wave of the year, meditating at this time will produce the most fruits. If one meditates only 30 minutes in a year, it should be at this time. It is best to begin 5-10 minutes before midnight in your chosen time zone and end about 20 minutes after midnight.
At this time, you can receive a lot of energy and empower your meditation, but you can also use this opportunity to help others. At this time people are more open to change and more willing to receive, making it easier in to reach into the collective subconscious mind. The entire planet is on the same page, and if you would like to send energy to certain people, your nation, or the world, this is when you will have the most effect.
Your meditation should be done with the best of intentions. If you know mantras this is a great opportunity to use them. Your meditation can be an expression of gratitude, or you can choose to send love, pray for peace or ask for blessings for yourself and others. Use whichever method resonates with you. This is also a very good time to do a group meditation. If many people are performing the same meditation together, the effects will be even stronger.
Approximately 24 hours after the New Years crossing, there is another wave of energy, almost like the aftershock of an earthquake. This wave is much smaller, but perceptible if you are in-tune with energy. At this time there is no need to emit anything, it is more of a time to receive and be open to what comes. This wave continues well into the next day, so it is best to remain in a peaceful and receptive state to get the most out of this powerful time of the year.
I found this New Years practice to be very transformational. Having personally renounced New Years celebrations for many years, this practice was a great way to change my relationship with the energy of this tremendous celebration.
If you are interested in taking part in such a retreat, you can find the details at agamayoga.com
Photo: Michelle Leela Grace