Let me introduce you to my beaded box for healing. This is a very personal design that I never planned to share… Until COVID-19 struck. Then, it seemed like something that might help others. So, I didn’t want to keep it to myself.
Now, just to be clear, although I’ve called this a beaded box for healing, it is absolutely NOT a cure for any ailment. If the ideas behind this resonate with you, then it may possibly bring you some peace. However, if this doesn’t resonate, it’s a just a useful box and nothing more.
The idea behind the beaded box for healing
Last year, one of the M.E. blogs that I occasionally read, introduced the idea of Ho’oponopono.
What on earth is that?
It is an ancient Hawaiian healing practice. To completely over-simplify, it is based on a particular belief. That is, at the root of chronic or incurable illness is an unhealed mental trauma. Perhaps a wrong done to someone else, or a wrong done to you.
Now, interestingly, the modern scientific community is becoming increasingly fascinated with the link between mind and body. Scientists are starting to document physical changes that take place as a result of emotions and thoughts. So, this ancient belief may turn out to be scientifically demonstrable after all.
For me, this is all getting onto shaky ground. I’ve spent 18 years trying to convince the world that I have a physical illness. (I have the blood tests to prove it!) So, why would I be interested in an idea that suggests I need to heal my mind in order to heal my body?
I’ll level with you. I haven’t experienced any physical healing that I can attribute to this. But it can be strangely calming.
How might this help you?
Stripped to its most basic form, this healing ‘process’ involves repeating, or meditating upon four short sentences.
- I love you
- I’m sorry
- Please forgive me
- Thank you
The idea is that this can heal emotional wounds even though the individual may not be aware of them or be able to identify them.
If you are interested in finding out more about Ho’oponopono, then I invite you to google it. There’s a lot of writing to delve into… And a lot more knowledge than I have!
How are you dealing with COVID-19?
If you’re reading this as I publish it, then you may well be suffering from anxiety or depression right now. Perhaps you haven’t named it. Maybe you are barely aware of it. Or perhaps the issue isn’t as ‘serious’ as all that. But if you’re suddenly struggling to motivate yourself, or having trouble concentrating, it could be time to think about your mental health in all of this.
If you are struggling in some way, it’s no wonder. We’ve just had our normal lives ripped out from underneath us. We have no idea when they will be given back. And, on top of that, we’re being reminded of our own mortality every day. Even if you can get away from the idea that you might die…today…not ‘some time in the future’, you could still be staring at financial ruin. Or so every media channel on earth keeps reminding us.
Obviously this is scary. So, what can you do about it?
Something to help
Maybe you try this recipe…
First, remind yourself that not everything has been taken away from you. No virus, or law, or even death, can take away love. The first box, “I love you.” You still love and you are loved.
Second, acceptance and forgiveness. However you are feeling, it is ok. You’re not weak, or stupid. So, if you are experiencing a lot of negative thoughts, just be aware of them and…
Third, start to turn things around. Gradually. One step at a time. How do you do this? Think about and write down all the things you still have. They don’t have to be big. In fact, they can be really small and silly. They could be material things, or more spiritual. These are the good things for which you are grateful.
This will help to gradually bring your mind back to focus on the positives in life, spending less time being ruled by the negatives in this situation.
Now you don’t need a beaded box for healing to do this. But if it help, then this is what I’m talking about…
If all that sounds like a load of ‘hippy rubbish’, that’s fine. Basically, forget any silly meaning I may have attached to this design. So, what does that leave you?
Well, three pretty beaded boxes.
You can make a set and stack them as I’ve done. Or, you can make individual boxes and use them as gifts.
I’m sure there’s someone in your life to whom you’d like to say “I love you” or “Thank you”.
Maybe there’s a rift you would like to heal. But you’re not sure where to start or how to find the words. So, perhaps a little “I’m sorry” box might help?
How does the beaded box for healing project work?
I’ve tried to set this up to help as many people as possible. So, you will be using size 11/0 Delicas. Hopefully you have those in your stash already.
Then, you have a choice of ways to learn this. If you just want a PDF tutorial, you can use this link. There, you can choose to get all three patterns for the full stacking set. Or, just buy individual layers if you only want to make one message.
If you need some extra help, you can make this as an online class with video tutorials demonstrating the basic techniques. So, this link will take you to enrol on the class.
The first part of the class is free to view. So, you might want to take a look at that anyway. I’ve given you some help with choosing a colour scheme that will work for you.
And, if you know someone who might be helped by this, please share it with them. Thank you.
A final note from Katie
I’m sending you my very best wishes. Stay safe and well and I hope a little beading can bring you some solace. If not now, then may be tomorrow, or next week.
Things will get better again! We just have to hang in there so we’re ready to embrace that day when it comes.