magic malas - your questions answered
what exactly is a mala?
A mala is a circle of beads that is used as a tool during meditation.
Although prayer beads feature in many world religions, in the traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga, they are commonly used to recite mantras – sacred sounds with magical intentions.
Using mala beads is all about transformation – by using the power of repetition to focus the mind we can manifest our heart's desires.
And what’s really exciting is that although mala beads have ancient origins (over 2000 years, maybe even more), their potential for improving our well-being in the modern world is creating quite a stir among psychotherapists and holistic healers. In fact, recent clinical studies have shown that using malas with affirmations has noticeable positive psycho-spiritual effects. It is thought that these benefits can be understood in terms of ritual – that the ritual itself encourages more happiness and well-being. Building on this, each Magic Mala comes with a suggested use, a way to tap into the energies of the mala and manifest them in your own life.
what’s the deal with 108?
Within many eastern traditions, a mala commonly consists of 108 beads and a 109th ‘guru’ bead.
Although the significance of this numerology is open to interpretation, it's thought that 108 is an auspicious number.
If you Google the number 108, you’ll find lots of interesting facts. For example, did you know that the diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Sun and Earth, and also that the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Earth and Moon? As if that wasn’t enough, the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. Pretty cool huh?
natural stones? energies? really?
Oh I hear ya. In an age where scientific rational is celebrated, it’s normal to be skeptical and it’s very easy to dismiss ideas that seem too far ‘out there.’
But in my experience, waking up to our true potential is often accompanied with the suspension of disbelief.
There are two ways that we can approach natural stones and their capacity to transform.
The first is to view stones within the scope of psychology - that each stone is an emblem of a certain intention, and that naturally what our minds focus on, we gain more of. The second is to embrace the possibility that stones have energetic personalities. As expressions of Mother Nature, their energetic frequencies therefore have an impact upon our own energetic fields, interacting with us to bring about change in our lives.
Whatever your personal approach, working with natural stones has the potential to powerfully transform your sense of well-being.
so if i buy a magic mala, will i live happily ever after?
Just kidding, of course not. But you'll be one step closer to a magical life.
If you’ve found yourself dipping your toes into the lake of New Age philosophy, you're probably familiar with Dr. Wayne Dyer, an absolute legend when it comes to encouraging us to focus our intention on what we truly want, instead of what we don’t. Even if you’ve never heard of him, it’s worth reading his book 'The Power of Intention' to fully get to grips with how changing your outlook changes your life. In his own words ‘if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’
But of course this is easier said than done. No matter how positive we try to be and how much we try to implement change, we’ve all felt the desperate panic when we realise that we are slipping back into old habits and outdated ways of thinking that we know deep down aren’t serving us. This is where the power of a Magic Mala comes in.
Think of it as a talisman, a tool of guidance and an empowering and beautiful piece of jewellery, all in one.
When you purchase a Magic Mala, it's a bit like being given the key to a locked door inside of yourself. The mala and its magic mantra offer you both the tool AND the guidance to bring about change in your life.
By creating these rituals for ourselves, and by adorning ourselves in Mother Nature’s beauty, we start to become more focused, eliminating the static that interferes with our ability to live a magical life. When we work with intention, we are giving ourselves the best possible chance of creating a life that we love.
But of course, the road of Life can get rocky. Things can happen that are beyond our control. Our power is not in being able to change the things that we cannot change, but instead in how we respond to them.
A Magic Mala can work as a tool to create focus, love and light when things get rough.