The Magical History Of Tibetan Prayer Flags And How To Utilize Them…


The Magical History Of Tibetan Prayer Flags And How To Utilize Them



Most of us have seen images of colored flags in pictures of the mountains in Nepal or monasteries of Tibet, but not all of us know what these flags actually represent.

Me and my family moved to a brand new city. Though we were together, that was the only similarity. I found some Tibetan Prayer Flags at a spirituality store and was enamored by them, always feeling partial to Tibet. I felt in a way that they could protect me and my family.

The new city we found ourselves in was extremely windy, which is exactly what prayer flags need. This is how prayers of happiness, peace, love, prosperity, and strength can spread. I have always believed that what you give out to the universe, you will get back.

So I put my prayer flags outside to attract the love, peace, and prosperity I was hoping this new place would offer me and my family. In many ways, we have all experienced magical reminders that make me think there’s more to these little flags than just cloth blowing in the wind.

Their lineage is long and fascinating. If you want to gain the magical benefits and honor those around you, here’s what you should know about Tibetan Prayer Flags.

1 Philosophy About the Prayer Flags Based on Tibetan Buddhist Religion

The Tibetan word for prayer flags is Dar Cho. “Dar” means to increase life, wealth, fortune and health. “Cho” means all sentient beings. When I notice my prayer flags blowing in the wind, I’m always reminded that the blessings from the flags become a permanent part of the Universe.

The flags themselves wear down and tear. Think of the flags as a representation of our mortal selves, as they too are mortal. Tibetan Buddhists hang the new flags alongside the old flags, which signifies renewing their hopes. By doing this, they accept the cycles of birth and death as well.

2 How Prayer Flags Can Enhance Your Life

Prayer flags enhanced my life because they’re a daily reminder on how to live an enlightened life. When I hung the brightly colored flags in my yard, I did so with intention.

Now, every time I see these flags blowing in the wind, I know that my prayers, hopes, dreams and wishes are being carried out to the Universe to be manifested. And just like any type of healing work, these flags will also carry blessings to anyone nearby.

When you share your happiness with others – even just by setting an intention to do so, you bring more peace, more love and more compassion to the world around you. It takes a lot of practice to start seeing the world outside of your own needs, but prayer flags can help you get there. Prayer flags contain powerful and ancient seeds of prosperity, love, victory, and health.

3 Why Wind is Essential for Your Prayer Flags

You may have noticed that the flags always seem faded, tattered and torn. Tibetans believe that the more beat up the flags become, the better. Prayer flags are printed with auspicious symbols, invocation, sutra & mantras. These inscriptions are believed to produce a spiritual vibration that is carried on the wind to a great distance.

As a flag fades and the images become worn, the prayers take a permanent place in the Universe. And whoever is touched by this wind will receive the benefits of the prayer flags as well. They will feel a sense of peace and happiness. Make sure that when you’re ready to hang your prayer flags, you choose a location that is regularly exposed to the wind.

4 The Representation of the Prayer Flag Colours.

Tibetan prayer flags are only printed in five colours, and are hung in a particular order. Each colour represents one of the five elements, as well as spiritual knowledge or habits we can adopt. Ancient Tibetans used these colours to honour their nature gods of Bon, which was actually an early Shamanic religion.

Blue is associated with purity and healing. Ears are the body part that is represented by the color blue. Air is the element that accompanies this color which is represented by Sky or Space.



White represents learning and knowledge. The eyes are associated with white. White is in the elemental group of Water.

Red is tied to life force and physical security. The part of the body that corresponds with this color is the tongue. Fire is the natural element of this colour.

Green is the color of balance and harmony. The head is the body part associated with this color. Green represents nature.

Yellow symbolizes rootedness and renunciation. The nose is represented by this color. Earth is the element that accompanies the color yellow.

5 How to Use Prayer Flags

When I chose my Tibetan Prayer Flags, I didn’t really know anything about them. It turns out that I chose a set of health flags to protect me and my family from getting sick. Sometimes, I think my flags chose me.

While you can do research to figure out what flags will search your specific needs, you can also follow your intuition.

The designs on these flags have not changed in thousands of years, and the potency of the intentions behind them has not lessened over time. Our needs as humans have also remain unchanged.

It’s as simple as taking hold of the first flags that grab your attention. When I go into a store, I try not to hesitate as to where I walk or what draws me in. In the store that I have purchased my prayer flags, they are often rolled up fairly tightly, and I can’t even see what the image is on them.

What I recommend is that you grab the first set of flags that catches your attention. Hold them and silently ask yourself “Are these the right flags for me?” Then you’ll want to listen for the answer, which will likely sound simple or quiet.

If you hear a quiet “yes”, then you know they are right for you. If you hear a “no”, or nothing at all, put them back on the shelf and pick up the next item that grabs your attention. Sometimes I walk out of a store with nothing at all. The last time I purchased prayer flags, they were highly ornamental and meant to be kept inside by an altar.

6 Offer Prayer Flags as a Gift to Someone Else

When you give prayer flags to someone, it is more than just a decoration. You are symbolically telling them that you bless them with love, happiness, peace and prosperity. It is a deep gift of love, and the rewards of giving this gift are immeasurable. When you give someone that intention, you also receive it back.

In many spiritual practices, it is extremely good luck to receive a gift of prayer flags, sweet grass or other spiritual instruments. The prayer flags are already imprinted with generosity and love when you receive them, and it only adds to their power.

When you bring this ancient ritual into your life, you will have a constant reminder of what it is that you want more of in your future. Your Tibetan prayer flags will remind you daily of your intention to manifest more love, more joy, more peace, wisdom and compassion into your life. The Prayer Flags will also pay forward all of these beautiful intentions with those who surround you – from loved ones to neighbors.

Auspicious Days in 2017 to Hang your Flags

Feb 1 – 20, 22-28; March 1-30; April 1 – 11, 13-23, 25-29; May 1 – 10, 12-23, 25, 27, 29-31; June 1-8, 10-30; July 1-2, 4-15, 17-29, 31; August 1-10, 12-24, 26-31; September 1-6, 8-17, 19-20, 22-30; October 1-2, 4-13, 15-29, 31; November 1-9, 11-14, 26-30, December 1-6, 8-21, 23-31; January (2018) 1, 3-11, 15-16, 18-28, 30-31



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