Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
when i was in wisconsin, i stayed at my dear friend, julie's house. shortly after arriving, we had gone outside to look at julie's incredible garden and i noticed the prayer flags hanging from her front port. later in the day, i mentioned how awesome it would be to have prayer flags at the fischer family's session (thinking maybe we could pick some up before the shoot). the next thing i know...the prayer flags are down and ready to go with us to the shoot.
i absolutely love that we were able to have prayer flags with us at the fischer family's session. i love it even more that they were worn from their days of dancing in the wind at julie's house.
i now long for prayer flags, to grace the front porch of my own house... prayer flags to flutter in the wind... prayer flags to bring good energy, luck and happiness... prayer flags to spread blessings and goodwill to those around.
i've been asking friends what they know about prayer flags and looking around. while i'd love to make my own flags, i just know that that's not happening anytime soon. so far, i've found...
if you know a great place to purchase prayer flags or have any additional insight, i'd love to hear about it.
also, i just came across this PDF article on prayer flags, which i plan on reading later tonight. seems like a great read.
ETA: for anyone that might be offended because the prayer flags touched the ground, please know that at the time of these photos, i had no idea that prayer flags are not to touch the ground. i had the absolute best of intentions in bringing them to the session and photographing them, with the fischer family. i will never let that happen again, now that i am aware.
also, my friend, wendy, just shared this with me:
i do prayer flags with mighty girl...their flags fly to encourage the girls that come after them. i ripped an old white bed sheet into squares and give them fabric markers. http://mightygirlart.blogspot.com/2010/05/wind-horses-arriving.html
and after seeing this flag, created by nina beana, on the mighty girl art site... i'm feeling the strong need to make my own flags. a family project. designing, dreaming, gathering, creating, sewing...together as a family. my new (year old) sewing machine has been waiting for something like this, to finally make it's presence, from out of the box. YES, our august pre-school project -- prayer flags.