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Prayer flags are delicate, yet powerful images fluttering in the wind, sometimes gently, sometimes wildly, but always reflecting the surrounding elements, a pairing of light and shadow.  Prayer flags usually come in sets of five colors representing the elements:  blue symbolizes sky/space, white symbolizes air/wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. Traditionally, prayer flags promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. They do not carry prayers to gods.  Rather, the Tibetans believe prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into all pervading space, bringing benefit to all. Prayer flags are often displayed at high elevation.  By hanging flags in high places, the blessings depicted on the flags are carried to all beings.
The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually displaying new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.
Prayer flags became part of the HERA tradition when they were brought to the Climb4Life weekends by Sean Patrick, the woman who established the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. Participants wrote messages on the flags in honor of someone they loved.  We invite you to post a tribute to honor the memory of someone who has lost their battle with ovarian cancer.

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