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Sample Patterns & Meditations

There are as many possible patterns and meditations to design these beads as there are stars in the sky – they are endless. Below are listed but a few possibilities.

Sample Patterns:

Modified Unitarian Universalist Pattern:

The majority of the bead strings on this website were designed using this pattern - using approx. 34 beads. The string begins with the Centering bead (the large bead on the end) – 4 Warm-up beads – 1 Naming bead – 7 Breath beads – 1 Knowing bead – 7 Breath beads – 1 Listening bead – 7 Breath beads – 1 Loving bead – 4 Cool-down beads – and back to the Centering bead to complete the cycle.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.
(Erik Walker Wikstrom originally invented the Unitarian Universalist bead pattern. Karen Robinson, www.angelfire.com/my/zelime, "Walking the Labyrinth Anywhere with Beads" modified his pattern and my pattern is based on her modifications.)
(www.uua.org/)

Simplified 5 Bead Pattern:

Same basic pattern – the Centering Bead and Warm-Up beads make a 5 bead sequence – then 5 larger beads sequence.

Moon Phase Meditation Beads:

29 beads for the lunar cycle – plus the full moon.

Labyrinth Pattern

Depending on the labyrinth pattern being used - 1 intentional bead in the beginning – 4 quadrants (for the Chartres pattern)- number of beads determined by number of turns – Center would have six beads – one representing each pedal/kingdom –

This is still a work in progress.

Sample Meditations:

For use with the Universalist Pattern – Basic Structure:

On the Centering Bead: You would say your chosen prayer (Lord’s Prayer, St. Francis, Serenity, etc.) or mantra to fit you.

On the Warm-Up Beads: (Opening the Meditation) You might honor the 4 directions, or say the four lines of the Serenity prayer, etc.

On the Naming Bead: Here you name the sacred, count your blessings, offer praise and thanksgiving.

The First Set of Breath Beads: Here you praise the Creator (Creator of light, Creator of life, Creator of death and transition, etc.)

On the Knowing Bead: Here you try to know yourself, confess your failings and shortcomings and resolve to do better next time.

The Second Set of Breath Beads: Listing the failings and their remedy (When I am generous, help me be generous; When I am greedy, help me to content, etc.).

On the Loving Bead: Here you ask for blessings on others and yourself.

The Third Set of Breath Beads: Ask for blessings (Please bless my family, Please bless my friends, etc. see example)

On the Listening Bead ( The same bead as the Naming bead): Sitting silent and listening for the voice of God within.

On The Cool-Down Beads: (Closing the Meditation) – Same as above Warm-Up.

On the Centering Bead: Repeat the prayer you said in the beginning to complete the cycle.


Sample Meditations for the Universal Unitarian Pattern:

Centering Bead: – your favorite prayer –

On the 4 Warm-up Beads:

[4 Direction Example]

I look to the East, and I see you in light of the sun rising. I feel you in the soft, moist breeze of spring.

I look to the South, and I see you in the high light of mid-day. I feel you in the shimmering heat of summer.

I look to the West, and I see you in the last lights of the day, the amazing light of autumn.

I look to the North, and I see you in the clear stars of the night, the crisp dark winter.

[modify for you]

The Naming Bead: – name what is sacred to you, count your blessings, offer praise and thanksgiving.

First Set of 7 Breath Beads:

[For each bead]

You made the light of the stars and the vastness of space

You made the blue green earth

You made the ever-changing cycle of the seasons

You made the new-born creatures

You made the sweet rest of death & sleep to teach us not to fear

You made our human hearts filled with both violence and love

You made hope that lights candles and sings in the darkness

[modify for you]

The Knowing Bead: - Try to know yourself, confess your failings and shortcomings and resolve to do better next time.

Second Set of 7 Breath Beads:

[For each bead]

When I am selfish, help me be generous

When I am greedy, help me to be content

When I am angry, help me to be patient

When I am grouchy, help me to be kind

When I am gossipy, help me to be silent

When I am frightened, help me to be brave

When I am anxious, help me to be wise

[modify for you]

The Loving Bead: - Ask for blessings on others and yourself.

Third Set of 7 Breath Beads:

[For each bead]

Please bless my family

Please bless my friends

Please bless my enemies

Please bless our leaders - help them to be wise

Please bless those in sickness, pain & poverty

Please bless those in captivity and danger

Please bless me

[modify for you]

 

The Listening Bead: - Sitting silent and listening for the voice of God/Higher Power/Universal Creator within – whatever this is for YOU.

On the 4 Cool-down Beads:

[4 Direction Example]

I look to the East, and I thank you for the light of the morning sun in the spring.

I look to the South, and I thank you for the mid-day sun and the shimmering heat of summer.

I look to the West, and I thank you for the amazing light of autumn.

I look to the North, and I thank you for the light stars in the dark sky of winter.

[modify for you]

Centering Bead: - Repeat what you started with to complete the cycle.

Other Examples for the Universalist Pattern:

[Possibly for those in recovery]

Centering Bead:

Through my prayers and meditation I seek to be honest, open and willing to receive guidance for positive thought and action. I pray for humility and the continued opportunity to connect with all living things and increase my faith.

4 Warm-up Beads: Each bead is one line of the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Naming Bead – name the sacred to you

7 Breath Beads:

[basically stays same as above]

Knowing Bead – Recognize your character defects and resolve to do things differently

7 Breath Beads:

[basically stays same as above]

Loving Bead - Ask to place yourself and those you love in the care of your higher power.

7 Breath Beads:

[basically stays same as above]

Listening Bead – Sit in silence and listen for guidance from the voice within yourself.

4 Cool-down Beads:

Repeat the 4 lines of the Serenity Prayer.

Back to the Centering Bead - Repeat what you started with – giving thanks for the opportunity for connection.

 

For use with the Simplified 5 Bead Pattern:

[Also could be used in recovery – or replace with a favorite prayer or mantra of your own]

Same basic pattern – the Centering Bead and Warm-Up beads make a 5 bead sequence – then 5 larger beads sequence to match the Serenity Prayer – just keep repeating over and over:

God

Grant me the Serenity

To accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

This is a small strand to carry easily in one’s pocket to be used in fearful and anxiety ridden times of stress.

For Use with the Moon Phase Pattern:

Full Moon

Waxing and Waning Gibbous moons

1sst and last Quarter moons

New and Crescent moons

Focus Bead – for luck and blessings

Small pyramid – to balance the flow

Example Mantra:

[to repeat on each bead of the cycle]

Sister moon fill me with wisdom

Compassion and light

Teach me to move serenely through

The dark and storm of the night.

This is a small strand to carry easily in one’s pocket.

 

For Use with Labyrinth Pattern:

Still a work in progress -- will be coming soon.

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