Exploring the Hamsa Hand with The Neshama Project
Rachelle Tratt is a yogi, teacher, spiritual leader, world traveler and creator of The Neshama Project. Her beautiful jewelry pieces feature handmade hamsa hands made from opals sourced from the Holy Lands of Israel. There is such magic, such power, and such strength infused in the hamsa hand, and Rachelle’s journey and overwhelming joy in doing what she loves is infused into each piece. We were honored to spend the day with her at her Venice Beach home, and learn about the power of the Hamsa Hand.
Rachelle: I have always been drawn to the The Hamsa Hand in that it is a Universal symbol reminding us of unity, connection, and that we are all one. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings it’s owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. Some see the hamsa amulet as a sacred symbol of healing and miracles. The hamsa hand sometimes includes an evil eye symbol, which is thought to protect against any evil spirits or inclinations. It has become popular to wear this symbol in jewelry, on clothing, and to decorate the home with sacred adornment and protection.
Just like our yoga practice can draw from various cultures and thought, the hamsa is a symbol that is a significant Universal symbol in various religions; Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.
Just like our spiritual practice both on and off the mat, the hamsa, reminds us that we are all connected, and that we are all one.
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