This is my prayer arrow, made with the intention to bring the right opportunities to serve as an artist healer and embody the Deep Feminine. A prayer arrow can be planted in the earth or it can be released into flowing water. I chose to break some stagnation with the water option. As it often happens with rituals, Trickster was at play.
I went to the mouth of a river about an hour after high tide. I first attempted to release the arrow on the ocean side, which was wild and rollicking. I listened for my moment and threw it in, the surf soaking me mid-calf. The Pacific likes to bless me like this. The next wave brought the prayer arrow back, minus some parts of the leaves. When that happens, Trickster is asking: Are you sure? Is this what you really want?
I fished it out and immediately a ranger came speeding his truck my way. I felt the fear of having to defend my spiritual practice and maybe being yelled at by somebody in uniform. I casually walked over to the river side, relieved to see the ranger was just checking up on a lady who’d gotten nearly knocked down by a wave.
The river was swollen with recent rains, running full and swift. It was gentler there, and I tossed the prayer arrow in. It quickly made its way to the mouth, a curious sight to a nearby colony of seals.
- The gentler way is most efficient.
- Let fear pass through the body into the earth for that energy to be recycled.
- Life offers do-overs.
- Go with the flow!
Rituals are ways we communicate with the seen and unseen beings. Right after making the prayer arrow, I got an invitation to write for an activist friend’s blog, Writing the Resistance and an old client contacted me to resume healing work. Rituals are a great way to shake up stagnant energy and rededicate yourself to important things in your life. Contact me if you are interested in creating a ritual together to further your intentions.