I've been thinking for a while about how to write this post without coming across as arrogant and conceited, two things I try very hard not to be. I also don't care much to toot my own horn, but I recognize that one of the obligations I have in this lifetime is to be a conduit for the healing of others. And by 'healing' I don't mean to imply that anyone is broken and in need of fixing. Instead, I mean healing in the greater, larger, sense. My personal belief is that we all have a life purpose to fulfill during our time on earth. We are presented with situations, experiences, and people who will nudge us along this path. And, it does not mean we won't experience hardship; quite the opposite. It's the most difficult times which offer us the greatest opportunities for learning about ourselves. How does this relate to jewelry? Well, I have sensed for a long time, years, that I was being pulled into the jewelry world for a greater purpose and I have followed the opportunities which have come my way and led me to now. Although all of my jewelry carries with it my intention to empower the wearer, the talismans are meant to aid in a more focused way. With that in mind, I want to share a story.
A friend of mine bought the 'remember' talisman for a friend of hers whose dog was very ill and going to die soon. After the dog's death, this person sent the talisman (on a cord) to her friend, who received it gratefully but with a bit of wondering about its purpose. I had infused the charm with a shamanic process, asking helpful spirits to assist the wearer with her grief and the wisdom to learn from the dog's passing. A few days later, my friend received an email from the woman whose dog died. Here's a piece of it:
Well let me tell you, thank your friend a lot for the talisman, I really like it and the meaning but didn't really understand how it was going to help me. Well now I understand. It was amazing, I haven't stopped crying and feeling sad since (my dog) got sick and of course it was worse after she left. Hours later, after I had the talisman on me, I started feeling more calm and at peace with myself. The change in how I felt was truly noticeable. Then I started thinking, well wait a minute it is true, the talisman helped me that much. I almost couldn't believe it, I went from crying to feeling calm, relax and at peace. Haven't cried, haven't felt sad. It actually came to me that I shouldn't be sad, that instead I should be happy for (my dog) because that wasn't the end for her but the begining of something new and, I bet, amazing for her because she was such a good girl. the fact that I can see her now didn't mean I wasn't gonna see her again. Maybe in another life or after I cross the rainbow and get to doggie land.
Me again, Sharon. I love this story, and it's a humble reminder to me of the power of these little tokens. I was relating this story to another friend, and she didn't seem surprised at all, instead told me that she notices a significant difference when she doesn't have her talisman with her. Hmmm. I will let you take what you want from these little stories, but I couldn't help but share, with permission of course.
And, now, onto another talisman.....this one's called 'survivor'. Who among us has not survived something? What's your survival story? It doesn't have to be heroic, tragic, or grand. Sometimes the things we survive or bounce back from are tiny, sometimes big. Did you make it through middle school? Adolescence? I'm living with a middle schooler right now and it reminds me of the struggles we can face during that time of life, a time I affectionately refer to as the 'armpit of life'. Sometimes there are days where simply getting through it is the triumph. Have you survived cancer? The death of a loved one? An abusive childhood? Wear this talisman to remind yourself of your strength and resilience, which you can carry forth into the world in the form of wisdom and kindness.
Enjoy this beautiful fall!