Mystic Writer

Prayer flags speak to a writing path


I have always incorporated prayer as a part of my daily writing ritual — a topic I recently shared with readers in my piece “On writing as a form of prayer.”

(Prayer flags/Credit: Wikipedia)

(Prayer flags/Credit: Wikipedia)

In the blog I touched on the many and diverse ways that people of all religions and walks of life commit to a time of quiet meditation.

As I wrote the piece, I also surfed around, looking for an accompanying photo to include with the story.

The photo I found was the one included here that depicts player flags.

I was drawn to their colors and the mysterious words written on them. The find had me researching the idea of prayer flags, and I found this nugget on Wikipedia:

“Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is 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.”

I loved the idea of prayers “bringing benefit to all.”

But, most interestingly, the day after posting the prayer piece, I was walking along the beach in So Cal, where gorgeous beach houses line the shore. I was giving heavy thought to my writing, questioning whether or not I was in a good place and striving for the right things.

And there, in the windows of one of the homes, was a colorful collection of prayer flags, slung like a string of holiday lights and visible to all passers-by.

Just the day before I was learning about prayer flags, sadly never having seen them or been aware of their existence. And today — there they were.

The universe reaffirms us every day, sending us little messages that we are indeed on the correct path.

Are you seeing or hearing those messages? Are your eyes and ears open to accept and recognize them?

Think back to when you may have received an affirmation that you are right where you are supposed to be.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at Learn more about her at

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