It’s Mother’s Day! Well, Mother Earth’s Day, that is, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with our Earth. Just as we gift our mothers a token of our gratitude on Mother’s Day, we thought we’d show the same appreciation for the earth on Earth Day. If you’re asking yourself what to get for the mother who has it all, we’ve got you covered with this ritual to celebrate the power of our beautiful planet. This ritual, which is a take on a Native American technique, aims to connect you to the energy of release. Of course, you are giving, and that is part of the release, but on a deeper level, this ritual is also meant to help you set free emotions that are not serving your inner happiness. It’s a technique known as a “tree giveaway.”
It might sound like a sweepstakes, and the peace of mind that you win in the end is a pretty valuable prize, but the only things that the tree giveaway requires are love, forgiveness, a couple of crystals, a bag and a tree. Before embarking on this ritual, search your soul for what it needs to release. Be it fear, anxiety, grief, doubt, stress, or unhealthy attachments like bad relationships. Once you’ve recognized what is weighing your spirit down, pick a crystal that will represent that problem. As you hold this crystal in your hand, let the negative energy of that pain transfer into the crystal. Feel your frustration, mistakes, worries, suppressed emotions and everything else that needs to be let go, being absorbed by the crystal.
For this, you can use any tumbled stone or crystal that you have and are willing to release back to the earth. You can use a crystal that possesses healing powers specific to the issue you are confronting. So if you need to release anger that has been affecting your whole aura, you might consider using smoky quartz or rose quartz. Each of these, in their own way, would address your anger with an energy known to help relieve the spirit of that emotion. Sit with this crystal for a moment as you allow yourself to be drained of that unwanted energy.
Now, select a crystal that will represent the positive intention you have for the Earth. You may be wondering why, if you’re already getting rid of your negative energy with one crystal, you need another crystal at all. The idea is that if you are asking that the Earth absorb you of your negative energy, you need to express your gratitude in the form of an offering. This is a gesture of love and respect to the Earth, that will also nourish your own soul in the way that giving often does. It closes off the energy of the ritual with an act of love. And what better gift is there to give your mother earth on Earth Day, than love?!
An Earth Day Ritual for April 22nd
What You’ll Need:
- 2 tumbled stones of your choice – one to represent something you want to release back into the Earth and one that aligns with a positive intention you want to set for the Earth.
- 1 sage cleansing set to clear the energy of yourself, your space and your crystals
- a piece of fabric
- a small cloth bag
- access to a tree
- (optional) coffee beans or corn kerns
Tree Giveaway Ritual Steps:
- Sage your space, yourself and your crystals to clear any unwanted energy and previous programming.
- After selecting a stone to represent an emotion or problem that you would like to release, sit with the stone and feel it absorb that negative energy. Breathe in deep and exhale it out of your physical and emotional space.
- Select a crystal to give back to the Earth, and set your positive intention that you have for the planet.
- Wrap these crystals in fabric as if you’re creating a sacred present for Mother Earth.
- Place the wrapped crystals in your cloth bag. You also have the option of including corn kernels and coffee beans in the bag. These represent the earth, and are often used as offerings in Native American rituals.
- Hang your “tree giveaway” on a tree branch, and say a prayer as you let go of all the items in the bag. Since you can’t hang an industrial-sized garbage bag with all your problems from your neighbor’s tree, this simple ritual of two crystals is a neighbor-friendly alternative.