The prayer flag tradition is ancient, dating back thousands of years in India and to the shamanistic Bon tradition of pre-Buddhist Tibet. Bonpo priests used solid colored cloth flags, perhaps with their magical symbols, to balance the elements both internally and externally. Prayer Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.
The Teen Fellowship members along with the Children’s Fellowship created their own version of the Tibetan Prayer Flag, writing messages they felt to bring happiness and change to this world. Not everyone at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship share the same views, so the children were given several flags to create their own individual requests, that were strung together and then hung to blow in the breeze amongst the trees in our Fellowship’s garden.