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Releasing the old and affirming the promise of growth on New Year’s Eve

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Unity principle and mental health theory both agree that changing one’s thoughts and actions is a two-pronged process. It is important to release those elements that are no longer supportive of a spiritually healthy and happy life. It is also critical to replace them with goals and desires that will lead to a higher level of spiritual health and happiness.

Unity achieves this symbolically through a burning bowl ceremony, most often completed on or around the New Year. Initially, each participant writes down the things, experiences, conflicts, or disappointments of the past year that they wish to release or itemizes specific negative thoughts and patterns which no longer serve one’s higher self. All participants will have the opportunity to place their lists into the sacred fire of release. This ritual creates the empty space within necessary to accommodate the new.

Following the burning bowl, each participant will compose a letter to God affirming hope, setting intentions, and expressing commitment to personal change for the coming year. These letters help to prepare the consciousness of each participant to receive the new blessings as they are being written. These letters will be sealed in self-addressed envelopes and will be mailed to the participants near the close of the coming year and serve, at that point in time, as reinforcement for the changes that have been accomplished.

Residents of Columbus, Georgia, have the opportunity to experience this meaningful and life-changing ceremony at one of two Unity churches within driving distance.

Join Atlanta Unity Church in releasing the old and manifesting the new during a service from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, in the sanctuary. A love offering will be gathered during the service. Atlanta Unity is located at 3597 Parkway Lane in Norcross, Georgia 30092 (phone at 770-441-0585). The church campus is located outside I-185 (the Perimeter Highway) off Peachtree Ind. Blvd. Directions from Columbus, Georgia: From I-285 go North on Peachtree Ind. Blvd. (Exit 318/GA 141). Bear left on GA 141/Peachtree Parkway at the split. At the third light, go left on Jay Bird Alley (see Walgreen’s at that light on the left). Turn at the second right onto Parkway Lane at the Royal Peachtree Corners sign.

Join Unity North Atlanta Church in releasing the old and manifesting the new during a service at 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, in the sanctuary. Children are welcome. Unity North Atlanta Church is located at 4255 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Georgia 30066. The church campus is located in the Atlanta suburb of East Cobb. Directions from Columbus, Georgia: Take I-75 North from Atlanta to Exit 276A – Canton Road (5 Spur) going north. At the first light, turn right onto Sandy Plains Road. Follow Sandy Plains for approximately 6.7 miles. The church is located on the left side of the road. Make a U-turn at the next intersection.

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