Name It, Claim It

January 2, 2015

“The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.” –Edward Payson Powell, Welsh Theologian (1478 – 1540)

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Name It, Claim It
The month of January is a “unified field” in which we all dwell. When we name something, we claim it. January was named after the Roman god Janus. He was depicted with two identical faces; one on the front of his head looking forward, the other on the back of his head gazing into the past. Janus stood in the precarious place of “time in between time.”  What would it be like if you allowed all of January to be a time of preparation for taking the high road into 2015?

History shows us that New Year Rites of Renewal continued throughout the thirty-one days of January. Rather than distilling the Old and New Year into a one night, one-time event, as we modern humans tend to do, what if we used the entire month of January to do so? To acknowledge the past, release what no longer serves us, experience the stillness in the void, and then set an intention for the New Year ahead? And, what if you could distill that into one succinct Word of Intention?

That has been my practice since 2001, and shared with others every year since. Here’s my list of words:

2001         Aliveness
2002        Visibility
2003        Allowing
2004        Co-arising
2005        Liberation
2006        Vision
2007        Presence
2008        Trust
2009        Connection
2010        Focus
2011        Grace
2012        Confidence
2013        Action
2014        Courage
2015        ?

The Word then becomes a part of my daily spiritual practice. For example, throughout 2014 I have concluded my daily prayers with “I am the Courage of the Living Christ in me.” It’s always enlightening to reflect back on the past year and notice how Courage has shown up—or not—in my life. Trust me, it has!

I have a few Words of Intention for 2015 already bubbling up. As before, I will give myself time and space for the perfect Word to emerge. I’ll try on a few, like I might do when shopping for a new pair of shoes. I’ll remember to reflect on the shadow aspect of the word, because it will surely show up. What I know for sure is that by January 31st, four weeks from now, I will know my next Word of Intention.

What word will you use to Name & Claim your highest good for 2015?

You can learn more about New Year Rites of Renewal when I speak of “Taking the High Road into 2015” this Sunday, January 4, at the 9:00 and 11:00am services at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Services are always uplifting and life affirming, with spectacular music. Guest musician this Sunday is Laura Berman.

If you’d like help with claiming your Word of Intention for 2015, consider taking my Anam Cara Connections workshop this Sunday afternoon—“Aiming Your Arrow for 2015”—1:30-4:30pm, downstairs at NTCSL. It is open to women, men and teens. Investment is $33. It promises to be experiential, reflective, clarifying, deeply profound and FUN!

Interested in private mentoring for accessing your Word of Intention? Contact me directly and we’ll make it happen:


Poor January! It’s presence in the calendar has been toyed with since the beginning of measured time. Thanks to Numa Pompilius, around 700 BCE, January was added to the previous ten-month calendar. The start of the New Year, however, was still in March. Then, in 46 BCE, Julius Caesar introduced the solar-based calendar that was considered a big improvement on the ancient Roman calendar. (It was a lunar system and considered wildly inaccurate over the years.) January took another hit in medieval Europe. The January New Year celebrations were considered pagan and un-Christian. So, in 567 BCE, the Council of Tours abolished January 1st at the beginning of the New Year. But wait! There’s yet another plot twist. January was restored to its place as the first month of the calendar year when today’s Gregorian calendar was established in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.  But there’s still one more little morsel of info about January. Prior to 1752, the British Empire and American colonies continued to observe the New Year in March.