Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. These community flags support peace , and by flying them, you spread good will and compassion while inspiring others to do the same. We hope they will bring you and the communities where they are installed joy as they flutter in the breeze.
The Tibetans believe the prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade, and the flags disintegrate from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life. Hope for the world is created by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.
The Prayer Flag Project has been established to generate public awareness to support peace in all forms for children. When complete, 1000’s of children and adults will be participants in creating a prayer flag sculpture of 10,000 flags. This sculpture will be installed in public areas as a reminder to support peace every day for our children— from birth, at home, in school, out in the world, when in illness, catastrophe or health. Any revenue received will support the prayer flag project or the Karen Sjostrom Hedger Fund at Children, Families and Communities, a 501c3 nonprofit.
This initial phase of the project creates 10,000 prayer flags for peace in the lives of children. Each flag will be dedicated to children or a particular child…a wish or prayer for a child in each flag.
The second phase of this project will be to solicit artists who are willing to write grants to install the 10,000 flags in appropriate venues to be a gentle, inspiring and beautiful reminder of all those prayers and wishes. We hope this will be a traveling venue.
Our hope is that as more of us fulfill this mission, Earth will become a little more user friendly: that we will remember what is important: that we will manifest more of who we are, individually and collectively. Live each moment of your life as if 10,000 people can see you and are impacted by you…because they are, if not immediately, then in the future. Speak, think and act in such a way that peace arises within you and in others.
- Imagine being birthed into an environment that respects you and your mother’s experience.
- Imagine having your needs heard.
- Imagine a world where you are helped to find your natural gifts and talents.
- Imagine a world where you are encouraged to explore and develop your gifts and talents as you grow.
- Imagine adults in your life who are committed to modeling their humanity and supporting yours.
This is peace—a kind word, a gentle touch, compassionate understanding, clear boundaries and respectful support of one another. All this requires daily conscious awareness of ourselves.
The point is to remind ourselves that we choose our humanity. By virtue of being born we impact others. With choice comes responsibility – to be self; to recognize other and to participate in a peaceful bridge between. In the process, we are given the incredible gift of experiencing children in each moment as they are, if we are willing. They will in turn facilitate our journey in life. These are our adult opportunities to explore our humanity, modeling this lifelong process for our children.