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Sacred Objects

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We all have sacred objects in our lives, even if we don’t always acknowledge them as sacred. A sacred object could be a relic from a beloved ancestor, a gift from a loved one, a stone from a special place, a prayer card, or something handcrafted to remember our own sacredness. Some of these objects live on altars and others live in the pockets of our winter jacket or our jeans, or in a special travel bag. Sacred objects provide silent comfort and remembrance that we are loved and cared for.

In the ancient art of healing, sacred objects were called talismans. Talismans were created to provide psychic light in the dark and to encourage faith and trust that one was indeed on the right path. They also served as remembrances of moments of heartbreak or victory or of people who are no longer with us. Talismans can be elaborate art pieces or as simple as tying a ribbon to a stick.

Make a talisman to commemorate your life work now. Trust your instincts while creating. Carry your talisman with you each day for a week, taking a moment several times each day to look at and touch your talisman, thereby honoring yourself and your life journey. Notice how you feel as you carry your talisman with you. Share your observations with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist.