When my husband came home from a trip to Tibet in 2004, he enthusiastically laid down a Tibetan prayer-wheel containing the “Om Mani Padme Hum” mantra, and a Lung ta prayer flag used to bless the surrounding countryside in Tibet and blown by the wind to spread goodwill.
The five colors represent the five elements that author, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, speaks about in his new book, The True Source of Healing – How the Ancient Tibetan Practice of Soul Retrieval Can Transform and Enrich Your Life, to be released July 7, 2015.
Buddhist who arrived in Tibet well before the 7th century used a soul-retrieval practice and ritual called Bὂn. Rinpoche says that Tibetans view illness as a link to soul loss, and Bὂn liturgy of soul retrieval can help.
The five elements Rinpoche focuses on in “The True Source of Healing” are earth, fire, water, air and space.
The Lung ta prayer flag colors are blue, white, red, green and yellow where blue aligns with the sky and space; white is air and wind; red symbolizes fire; green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.
Rinpoche provides a table that aligns with each element we need most, which makes it easy to see what is needed based on the feelings aligned with each of the five elements.
After each chapter, he provides direction to aid in addressing any suffering we experience. In his brilliantly beautiful and loving writing manner, his guided activity is done in a serene setting focusing on lack of connection to, or over-abundance of, one of the five elements.
Soul retrieval rituals Rinpoche recommends are for people who feel energetically drained but have been unable to get a clear diagnosis. He equates it to unplugging your iPhone apps to save from draining your battery.
Too little or too much of any element causes mind, body, spirit distress that yearns for a little grounding.
So, if you’re feeling blue, red, or yellow, make a date with the five elements and use Rinpoche’s methods to retrieve your soul.
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