Prayer Stone Stacks – come on stay with me…. this is going somewhere….
Add a stone blessed with an intention to a mound and your
intentions merge with those who have left stones before you.
Stone has played a role in spirituality from the very moment
humanity externalized its sacred vision. Humans gave form to their devotion by
scratching images of their deities into rock faces, carving holy statuary, and
building stone shrines. The earliest of these were nothing more than simple
piles of rocks that honored sacred places, revelations, people, and events.
Following in the footsteps of this ancient tradition provides us with an simple
and beautiful way to externalize our own spirituality. In your travels, you may
have encountered on the sides of roads, trails, or pathways stacks of stones
that look like random sculpture. Add a stone blessed with an intention to such
a mound, and your intentions merge with those who have left stones before you,
empowering you all.
Associating intention with a particular stone alters the
substance of both, and the formation of an intention mound can balance and
intensify the energy of a site. The mere act of choosing a stone can inspire
mindfulness, as we lose ourselves in the moment seeking a pebble that speaks to
our souls. And placing an intention stone on a towering cairn is a meditation
in patience—slowness and stillness allow us to find our stone’s center of
gravity so the delicate ceremonial structure before us remains intact. Be
cautious, however, when you feel guided to place an intention rock upon stone
mounds you see intermittently alongside well-worn but unmarked hiking paths.
Hikers often use small cairns as guide markers to ensure that those who follow
in their footsteps will not lose the trail. When in doubt, begin a new
intention pile slightly further away from the path itself and consider adding a
relic of some kind to help others understand its purpose.
When you mindfully place an intention by beginning a stone
heap or adding to an existing mound, your thoughts and intentions are left in
the care of fate itself. The cairn of which your intention was one part may be
unintentionally knocked down or destroyed by Mother Nature’s own hand. Try not
to let this weigh heavily upon your spirit. The potent energy of your intention
was released by this destruction, ensuring that the purpose underlying that
intention will spread outward in the direction of the furthest reaches of the
This is something very easy to do…