The night before the Olympics opening ceremony, my son,
who is 8 years old, gets very excited and likes to put out a
plate of cookies and some milk for Bob Costas.
— David Letterman
The road to freedom lies, not through mysteries or occult
performances, but through the intelligent use of Nature’s
forces and laws. The Law of Mind is a natural law in the
— “The Science of Mind,” page 31
Today is the opening of the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.
As with the games themselves, the opening ceremony
is steeped in tradition and ritual. Some of the elements
of modern ceremonies harken back to the ancient games.
An example is the prominence of Greece in the opening
ceremony. Greece always enters first and leads the Parade of
Nations because of its historical status as the birthplace of the
games. There are many books and websites dedicated to the
fundamentals and ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
One of the traditions started at the 1920 Games was the
release of doves, symbolizing world peace. The practice was
discontinued in 1988, however, after several doves perched
themselves at the rim of the cauldron of the Olympic flame and
were burned alive during the ceremony. It was replaced with a
symbolic release of doves after the flame has been lit.
Sometimes we hang onto a ritual because it is something that
“our people” or our families have done for generations. It is right
and appropriate to explore if these traditions continue to serve
us. Maybe they absolutely do, and we can continue to engage
in the activity with joy and love. It might also be time to adjust
it to meet our current circumstances, needs and desires. It’s also
possible that it is time to honor the ritual by being complete with
and releasing it. It’s more than OK to let go. This is necessary as
we are all learning, growing and expanding.
I easily let go of everything that no longer serves me to create room
for more of what I want.
Daily Guide February 9, 2018 – Science Of Mind Magazine