Friday, July 11, 2014

Healing Traditions

Healing is not a science, but the intimate art of wooing nature.
- W.H. Auden

Yoko Ono Wish Trees - Arlington Garden
Yoko Ono Wish Trees - Arlington Garden

In preparation for flag workshops I have been researching healing traditions related to the prayer flag. I learned about the "Clootie" (coming from the Scots word for cloth or rag) wells.  In Celtic areas these places of pilgrimage are wells or springs, often with a neighboring tree, where strips of cloth or rags have been tied to the tree's branches as part of a healing ritual.  Down through the ages throughout the world, there exist wish tree traditions, using a all manner of materials as offerings including fabric, coin, paper.  Japan has a strong wish tree culture. In 1990's Yoko Ono began using the wish tree in her work that has been shown in exhibitions around the world.  People have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch.  More tree links hereWhat better way to send healing than through art! 

And here is a personal textile hanging to support my Mom's healing process...

Linda A Miller healing banner

Made from leaf rubbings with water soluble crayons, background is sponge painted.  Embellishments with words for healing, some foil and embroidery.

Linda A Miller Healing banner

She continues to recover well.

day lily


  1. I love reading about the meaning behind traditions, thank you for sharing Linda...


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