Examples from the “kingdoms” might include a flower, feather, stone, and a key.
vacation, a baby’s picture, a special note — things that make you smile.
Because the medicine bag is considered a very precious possession which represents a person’s spiritual life, it and its contents are generally considered holy by the tribal community and its contents are meant to be kept secret by the owner.
The bundle should never touch the ground which is why the bundles are to be securely wrapped.
In many cultures, some of the items that would be carried in the bag would often be procured through a vision quest, a right of passage that includes personal sacrifice such as fasting and prayer over several days in an isolated location.
The purpose is to make contact with natural spiritual forces that will guide the individual in reaching his or her potential and increase his or her understanding of him/herself, community, and the world.
For instance, if you are searching for balance in your life, you may want to represent that need within the medical bag, such as something that represents balancing symbols or Amethyst stones which work to promote balance, as well as improving motivation, enhancing memory and having strong healing powers.
Another individual who is looking to increase their strength both mentally and physical might add an arrowhead or agate stone to their bag, If you want to be more loving, you could place a small piece of rose quartz in your medicine bag.
A Native American medicine bag or medicine bundle is a container for items believed to protect or give spiritual powers to its owner.
Varying in size, it could be small enough to wear around the neck or it could be a large bag with a long strap called a “bandolier.” The size of the bag is determined by how many items need to be carried.