When an infant is first learning to control their physical body they often flail about trying to get their hand in their mouth. It fascinating and exciting to watch an infant carefully and persistently try to swat at a toy or catch their own toes. Sometimes as caregivers we give them a little extra sensory help by attaching bells to their wrists or squeakers near their feet. This is how magic spells, talisman, and rituals work; they give our energetic body more direction like the bells on the wrist of a baby.
Recently a dear friend and I had several conversations about being with certain folk and then afterwards having a feeling like wearing a heavy cloak. Being very empathetic and senstive people, we were often bogged down by these encounters. Neither one of us is especially good at creating boundaries naturally and our energetic bodies needed a little help keeping away the feelings others had put upon us in these specific instances.
One afternoon last week we gathered our girl children( the little boys were busy elsewhere) and created these little whisks. They are made of lavender and twigs which dust your body in a clean and comforting scent when brushed on the shoulders and arms. As we carefully crafted our own whisks we gave our minds and hearts a chance to focus on our intention of not letting others effect our countenance. Each knot we made in rope, a reminder of our own choices and decision not to engage in drama. Now, when we feel that ill cloak is coming upon us, we can brush it off and leave the smell of lavender behind. We can hang the whisk as a reminder of our intention, and the love we share. The whisk, with it’s lovely scent, acts as guide to our energetic bodies making sure we send the energy where we want it to go- just the same as those bells help the baby guide her hand to her mouth.