is for talismans
Talismans and touchstones are very much a part of my self-care. I’m a very visual tactile kind of person. I love wearing blessings; I love creating physical-object reminders to place on my altars; I love infusing creations with intention. I love the connecting to Spirit, I love the creating, I love weaving blessings into objects that ask us to remember and then being present to those reminders.
I really do like to wear blessings/prayers/intentions. I think of it as prayer in motion. I often make scroll beads, rolling up the blessing and tying it somehow. Sometimes I write the prayer/blessing on a triangular slip of paper and then roll it up, sealing it with lacquer. And sometimes I slip a scroll into a beautiful lampworked bead and wear it that way.
That’s what I’ve done today, using this beautiful purchased lampwork bead which has a relatively large hole that can accommodate a tiny scroll. I’ve added one of my own herbal beads, both for the added scent and because it contains herbs and flowers that support the energy of my intention.
I love this quote by Hafiz:
“What we speak becomes the house we live in.”
I like the idea of wearing soul language on my house as well.
It was many years ago that I first had the idea to create scroll beads. I wrote a bit about it here, and you can see a photo of the necklace of scrolls I made.
Are touchstones part of your life? Do you wear words or intentions on your body somehow? Do you work with affirmations? Ever make herbal beads? Do tell – you know I love to hear.