One of my favorite tools to work with is a set of malas, a string of beads or garland used in prayer and meditation. They can be as ornate or as simple as you choose (or as it chooses you), but the more you work with it, the more you awaken its spiritually medicinal qualities, as well as continue to build in the mindfulness of being present in the moment, present with the Universe, and most importantly, present within yourself. Malas can aid us in waking up into ourselves.
There are a number of ways to use them, many schools of thoughts of which to get (wood, bone, or gemstone), to wear or not wear, one for each prayer, or use one for all your prayers, etc. Some students who study with a particular guru or spiritual teacher may take on the rhythm of how they were taught and work with their malas in these sacred ways. Others may look online (YouTube has great tutorials for those really new to malas), and others are guided by the mala itself as the teacher.
The point is, whether you hold the bead, rub the bead, use your index finger, never let it touch the index, in the end it is all personal, like any part of our spiritual practice, isn’t it? I have seen more shame in mala use than I have an acceptance, which is incredibly sad. People seek spiritual tools to aid them in their journey of healing and awakening. The most compassionate thing we can do is embrace another and offer a light if they ask, but to say “you’re doing this wrong” is one of the most harmful things I have witnessed time and again on the path to transcendence.
Last year I taught a “Mala Manifestation” class as part of a ritual working with my Women’s Circle. It was wonderful to hear these sacred voices coming together and sharing in the mantra of abundance and prosperity. It is a workshop of supporting one another and being supported in return. I am looking forward to offering it at a new location in a couple of weeks. Does this speak to you? Join me and fellow seekers in opening ourselves to our manifestations!
A journey through abundance and prosperity as a source of natural wisdom from manifesting through the Divine Feminine. Here we learn that in order to manifest and invite abundance into our world, it is never a solitary act, but one that invites the blessings of community, in many forms, to assist us. Here we will explore the challenges of not only being willing to receive what we are asking for, but to also open ourselves to receiving help from another as a form of generosity and accepting abundance from the Universe. This ritual encourages and emphasizes a devotional practice for 40-days following this experience. Please bring a set of malas for this ritual working.
Tuesday July 25th, 7-9:30p, $30
Moth and Moon Studios
173 South River Road, Suite #4
Bedford, NH 03110