Huichol Prayer Arrows
Huichol Indians in the Sierra
of Mexico make
prayer arrows to send intent of prayer to heal others. People who live near the
Huichol call them “Virarica, the healing people.” They are a culture
based on being at “One” with the natural environment. The prayer
arrow is a tool to send healing thoughts and intent for the purpose of
goodness. The prayer can be used to heal anyone or anything without boundaries.
The intent can be any type of healing from a cut finger to a broken heart. It
can never be used for harm.
The feathers atop the prayer arrow represent the winged ones
who are the messengers between man and Creator. The woven “God’s Eye”
in the middle represents the Nierika, which is a gateway to the spiritual
realm, a realm of clarity, vision and understanding. Using the Nierika as a
focal point during meditation, one’s consciousness passes through a gateway to the
realm of spirit, helping the seeker to find clarity regarding their life path,
a solution to a specific problem or guidance in an endeavor.
To infuse the prayer arrow with healing intent, the Huichol
hold the arrow close to their heart. This is what the Huichol call the
“kapuri,” or life force. We are all connected to this life force. After
sending healing prayers into the arrow, it is stuck into the earth. Our Earth
Mother then transmits the healing energy to wherever it was intended.