How do you express your wishes to whom or whatever you hold faith in…Universe/Source/God? How do you express your gratitude? Have you ever considered that those expressions are imperative?
About 7 years ago on a visit to one of my oldest and dearest friends, we went to a pottery painting place. They had all kinds of pieces that you could paint to your liking and then they would glaze and fire them. Generally they were ready for pick up within a week. It was a great evening, filled with laughter,paint, and messy hands!
I chose a Buddha bowl. It was an ambitious task to be sure, as I’d never done this sort of thing before. But, I listened to the instructions about how the paint would burn and what would be left behind, and got to work. I put the symbols for Love, Peace and Prosperity inside it, and wrote the words on the lid. I used colors that made me feel happy. I painted bamboo on the sides, for good luck. And my little Buddha bowl turned out gorgeous, as you can see.
When I got it home, I had no idea what I would use it for, so I took it to work, and built my office decor around it. Then the idea of making it a wish and gratitude bowl came to me. I started writing my dreams and wishes on scraps of paper and putting them in the bowl. I also decided that some kind offering would be appropriate as well, so I would include a bit of spare change with each piece of paper. I put them in the bowl, and basically forgot about them.
Time went by, and I wound up changing floors at work. My Buddha bowl went with me to my new office. Then came the flood. A water line burst on a floor above and water ran over a weekend. My office was a mess! I had to take most of my decorative things home, and had to throw some away. The Buddha bowl went home with me in a box, and there it sat.
Fast forward to today. I decided it was time to see exactly what I had put in my Buddha, and started opening the scraps of paper. It was such a tactile experience, unfolding each little scrap of paper and reading through it. Some weren’t legible because, unbeknownst to me, some water got into the bowl from the flood in my office. I’ll never know what those wishes were, but isn’t that sort of like life? We don’t always know what’s coming, or the outcome of the things we put out there.
Many of the things I put in the bowl have come to pass. One in particular has not. But that doesn’t matter so much, because I can now see where I wasn’t ready for what I was asking. What matters is that, in reading back through them, I’m able to see where my head and heart were at that time. I was able to see my gratitude for things happening in my life. And, I’m able to see how answers to requests show up in the perfect time, and how universal understanding brings things exactly when I need them and when they serve the greater good.
I also believe that having put the words down in a tangible form kept them in my subconscious, and therefore helped me manifest them into my life through actions and allowing.
I’ve decided to start using the Buddha bowl again – to put my hopes and dreams to paper again, and offer them up. And to note the things I’m grateful for, such as the abundance in my life, my friends and family, my job, my co-workers who teach me things every day (whether I like it or not!). There is so much in this world to be grateful for, so much abundance to be had if we’re willing to see it and allow it. It’s just as important to acknowledge those things, as it is to wish for them.
Creative Spiritual Inspiration
My charge to you is to create your own way of sharing your dreams and intentions with the Universe, expressing gratitude, and way of acknowledging the abundance in your life. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Create your own version of the Buddha bowl. It doesn’t have to be Buddha, it can be anything that speaks to you. But create it or decorate it with your own hands. It’s important that you put your heart and soul into the project. Make sure it resonates with you and your core beliefs.
- Find a special container that speaks to you and use it. If you do a Google search, you’ll find all kinds of “wish bowls” and “blessings bowls.” See if one strikes your fancy or speaks to you.
- Put it all in a journal. Find a beautiful journal that you just can’t put down when you touch it. Then label it your hope and gratitude journal. Then write everything you hope for, everything that comes true, and everything you’re grateful for in it.
In a year or so, read back through what you’ve written. Take a look at what has come to pass and what hasn’t. Consider that which hasn’t to be things you may not ready for, even though you thought you were. Look at what you’ve been blessed with and what gives you feelings of gratitude.
Come back and tell me how you put this idea to work.
Then, come back a year from now, and tell me how it’s enlightened you about yourself.