In Asia, blessings are part of our culture, woven into our lives. In Japan we call them omamori, meaning to protect. This type of amulet is not thought of as religious, but its practice is more on a spiritual level. Sometimes when we feel the need of support from the universe, we buy for them for ourselves, but more often it’s given as a gift. In Japan, during school exam season, parents rush to buy blessings for their children. Another common practice in Japan is to hang a traffic blessing in the car by the rearview mirror. I received a blessing from a girlfriend when I was pregnant with my first child. It made me feel all warm inside and it’s a gift that I always remember. It’s a way of saying, “thinking of you.”
I am now introducing Tao Blessings that have ancient Taoist energy drawings. In Chinese natural philosophy, form defines energy. Ancient Taoist masters discovered that different emblems, that were drawn with a calligraphy brush, could manifest different energies. Over time, they developed more sophisticated and focused forms. For over a thousand years, these forms have been used for healing, for protection, for enhancing energy, and for enriching life. Some are very general, others are more specific.
Here we have eight different blessings: health, knowledge, good luck, prosperity, love, marriage, baby, and home. In each design, the central part of the emblem, a traditional ancient energy form, is the key to manifesting the energy of the blessing. They are the size of a credit card so it’s
small enough to carry with you, or you can just keep it somewhere safe. Each blessing has an explanation about the symbols.
These Tao Blessings make wonderful gifts. I have given these blessings to friends and family to express my sincere thoughts to them. It’s also a nice gift to include in a card too, because it’s something they can keep. They are usually placed in a wallet so the person is reminded that someone is always thinking of them. I keep the inner plastic on, so it stays protected. It will surely be a gift that is appreciated for years to come. Why not buy one for your loved ones! It also makes a wonderful Holiday Gift.
omamori photo: Rama