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What is a Power Object? Sacred Talismans & Their Significance

What is a Power Object? Sacred Talismans & Their Significance

You may see many references to "power objects" in the literature across our website. If you're wondering what precisely a "power object" is or how it operates in our day-to-day life, look no further than this simple guide. 

The concept of a power object dates back centuries, perhaps even further. The ornaments and other sacred items that become heirlooms and artifacts are infused with ancestral significance, allowing us to connect both past and present together in a physical object. 

In Native American tradition, a power object can be something from nature -- such as a pinecone or seashell. Or, it can be something preciously crafted, like a gemstone, walking stick, scarf, or drum.  As long as the object elicits an emotional response, a sense of spiritual grounding, then it can be deemed a "power object."

How do power objects work? 

There is concrete scientific data to back up the significance of power objects in our everyday lives. Do you remember when you were a child and you had a blanket, or "binky", that provided you with a sense of security? Or maybe it was a teddy bear, a doll, or even a pacifier. 

These are known as transitional objects or "comfort objects" -- items that offer a sense of stability and safety during periods of change. These objects follow us into adulthood, manifesting as lucky charms, collectibles, jewelry, or even emotional support animals. 

According to Dr. Thomas Hendricks, a psychologist who has done extensive research in the field of "personality props", objects can serve three very important purposes: facilitation of social interactions, consolidation of ideas about our past and future selves, and a commitment to our envisioned future. 

By assigning a spiritual, mental, or emotional meaning to an object, we can directly affect the way that object makes us feel. The mere reason behind our acquisition of that object can serve as an important reminder of its significance. 

Using pendants & talismans

Power objects in the form of jewelry are some of the most popular. Pendants, talismans, and other substantial pieces can be infused with intention by creating a ceremonial space and activating it with a blessing. 

How can this be done? 

1) Select a Power Object or talisman donning a crystal related to your overall goal/desired outcome (i.e. rose quartz for romance, labradorite for new beginnings, etc.).

2) Create a sacred space by lighting a candle, burning some sage, and holding your newfound Power Object closely in your hand. 

3) Initiate the object with a purpose or meaning by whispering your blessing into it. Meditate with the object for a few minutes, and then place it on your person. 

4) Wear the object daily to receive its support. Let it become an extension of you and representation of your deepest desires, serving as a physical reminder of your power, the goal you are working towards, and consistency of practice. 

When selecting a power object in the likeness of a totem animal, you can also be reminded of what that totem animal represents. For example, an Eagle power object can be an invaluable reminder of practicing strength, perseverance, and boldness in your day-to-day life.

It is important to keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to define a power object. Its definition comes down to this: it is an object that you, as its possessor, imbue with power. What will that power be? And which object will be the vehicle for it? That is entirely up to you. 

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