Friday, December 2, 2011
methods of prayer
I began making these cute little prayer bundles upon my return to the city .With having no garden ( another method of prayer ) I was extremely slothful and knew I needed something .
I made this one up for my sil on her birthday , just like prayer sticks or candles bundles can be used for private prayer or given as a gift to someone . These are to be placed on your prayer fire when the time is right ☺
I then transfer items to the mortar and pestle
This is fun too , you get to squish it all up
Keep in mind while you are doing all this much prayer is being prayed for loved ones etc.
I have on hand holy water , oil & salt
blessing , protection & purification
Then you get to mix it altogether ☺
I have used palm leaves from palm Sunday for this or like this bundle for my sil I decided to use birch bark .I set a piece of moss down on it , like a heavenly cloud so soft .
I then placed some of the herbal mixture on top the moss and then a beautiful lily in bloom to represent Our Lady .
I used some wool we got from the sheep farm
To tie it all together ☺
I also used the same herbal mixture to make her prayer candle
As many people know I also make prayer sticks , some sticks are like prayer shawls . Usually red diamond willow is the wood I prefer . I sand them and oil them using much prayer and give as gifts . Then there are these other sticks I now make which are for the fire .
I find a stick I like for that person
For my sil I wanted to use Patchouli because it is her fav scent .
So I mixed patchouli up with some holy water , oil & salt .
Then taking a rag gently rub this all over the stick . It always brings out the beautiful red , golden and brown earthy tones in the wood.
and there You have it ! I for some reason also wanted to tie a sage bundle to her stick so I did .I'm sure it would smell wonderful when she burns it in her prayer fire ☺
I also made this beautiful prayer stick
and prayer candle
my dear friend & midwife gave me that little statue of OLMC yrs ago , it had belonged to her Grandmother , who also had been a midwife ☺ The little blue bird my ds10 gave to me back when he was 6yo .It represents the Holy Spirit to me ☺
once again using lots of fresh ingredients
This prayer was for someone who really feels unwanted and unloved so I tended to pick alot of things representing protection but mostly gentle love like baby's breath ☺a soul so in pain needs gentle touch , nothing harsh .
and then there was fire .
Yes everyone knows Rox loves her fires Lol !
I am however not the girl who plays with fire but rather the woman who tends the fire ☺
Be it day or night but truly day time is the best for me , a sunrise fire !
I love prayer by candle light
and I've special spots I love for prayer .Environment really does have an influence on our prayer life . Just look at how residential schools killed spirits & damaged souls !
I've my fav prayer books , well worn
beautiful souls helping me along the way
and never , I mean never discourage others from learning their true method of prayer .always invite them ☺