I have to admit to a love of the bohemian. Born in 1957 I was a generation behind the true hippies, yet always a wannabe! This brings me to my hippy beads, in the jewelry box, always with me, a reminder of young tanned skin, a reminder of youth, wishes, and dreams.
Pondering on these beads, strands of tiny sparkly and multi-colored orbs, there are so many memories. In almost a reverent rosary, I touch them; run them through my fingers in contemplation. Memories of being a girl in high school and going to the lake, wearing my hippy beads and a hobbit tee shirt, or years’ later tanning by the pool any day of the week, as we never knew what day it was, wearing my hippy beads. Youth, ignorance, pot and hippy beads. Searching, desiring, surviving and hippy beads.
A common thread I have observed in Linda’s Cosmic Retrograde Challenge Participants has been jewelry, but also circles, and cycles, a returning, and revisiting. As we ponder these objects from the past, we can also do some soul retrieval work. Each orb I stroke as I run the beads through my fingers and recall moments from the past of doing the same and running these beads through my fingers, I can take a deep inhale, and pull in the memory, while in a pause sending the intention to keep all the good and transmute any negative, then on the exhale send the transmuted fragments to the ethers to be returned like a positive sparkling rain.
I had a great opportunity on my recent visit to Los Angeles, where I lived over 30 years of my life, to do lots of the aforementioned soul retrieval. So clearly a full circle Mercury Retrograde.
I am certain that any divine goddess in my age range has some hippy beads of her own. Still to this day I cannot pass up new hippy beads to add to my collection, dreaming of the days they adorned my young tanned body symbolizing a statement of the era of peace, love, freedom, and rebellion to the establishment and war. I often feel out of place as it is politically correct to support the troops, but I am still antiwar! I do not like or believe in war or killing. When people say they protect our shores, I think, no they are working to protect “The Man’s” self interest in some financial venture.
So the hippy beads have a multi-leveled meaning still and give me lots to consider.
Thanks to Linda at litebeing chronicles for creating this fun challenge and allowing me to participate.
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Peace & Love