“I love prayer flags” she (one of the loveliest people I know) said after reading my Bhutan post. I smiled. This lovely lady is going to have surgery tomorrow and this post is to send peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom her way via the wind (and internet) into all encompassing space of her world.
Apparently prayer flags originated with Bön. What is Bön? Predating Buddhism, Bön is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet. Colorful flags were used in healing ceremonies and have developed into today’s prayer flags. These flickering squares of cloth can be seen lining the mountains and bodies of water around the Himalayas. These powerful symbols are usually in sets of five, one in each of five colors carrying different significance. From left to right: blue, white, red, green, and yellow, representing the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Balance of the five elements is important for health and harmony.
Thinking of you! 🙂