I just returned from my second trip to India in two years and am in awe of how Indians manage to live every day in a spiritual way despite the organized chaos of a country with 1 billion people. Last year I took myself on a photo safari with my photographer pal and last month I was on a business trip speaking to YPO-WPO Chapters on Feng Shui and BaZi Chinese Astrology. Cities I visited include Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Rohet, Varanasi, Goa, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Although 82% of the population is Hindu, I would say Indian people are 100% open-minded to the powers of energy and the planets.
On both trips my favorite thing to do is a temple visit which includes a red string blessing followed by a red bindi dot prayer placed strategically on my forehead. When I asked, “why does everyone have a red blotch on their forehead?” I was told it reminds others to visit the temple and receive their own blessing. It didn’t seem to matter whether a person was Hindu, Sikh, Jain or Christian everyone aligns themselves with a higher power of magical energy. What I learned is that India has many ways to reach the divine.
Throughout the country it is common to see taxi shrines, rickshaw shrines, street shrines, shop shrines and personal shrines in every home. I like to carry this tradition back home, even though I am Jewish and statues typically represent idol worship. Indian spirituality in general believes in the oneness of the universe and the one grand almighty power. Their gods and goddesses are merely representations of specific energies to give them a focus. I find their kitsch aesthetic decorative and share with you my advice on how to create and activate your own spiritual space:
1. Pick your favorite statue as your focal point. I like Buddha for meditation and happiness, Ganesh for removing obstacles and prosperity, Lakshmi to attract wealth, Saraswati for creativity, or Quan Yin to empower feminine energy.
2. Pick a location. On your car dashboard or hanging from your rear view mirror protects you while driving. At your desk empower business. At your entryway invites positive blessings.
3. Activate it. Light incense like sandalwood or frangipani to release your prayers to the heavens. A magic candle (from my Signature Collection of course) sends out specific prayers. A strand of magical Rudraksha beads placed around your statue emits positive vibrations. Crystals are powerful as well as magical objects with personal significance you brought back from your travels.
Image Credits: Anita Rosenberg