“The prophet Jeremiah singles out Rachel as the compassionate mother who weeps at the departure of her children from the Holy Land during the Babylonian exile, promising them that they would return to the land of their fathers, and to her presence, in the future.
An ancient tradition teaches us that a red string, wound seven times around Rachel's Tomb, is endowed with mystical powers.
Connecting with the energy of the Matriarch Rachel raises our attention to divine Love and caring, warding off the evil stares.
This is the distinguisher: "TIED AROUND RACHEL'S TOMB." To be authentic it has to connect you somehow to Rachel. To be powerful-- it has to have been tied around Rachel's Tomb. How does this power work? We connect with the Matriarch, energy which reminds us to be compassionate, loving, sharing, caring and maternal. These are the characteristics that assist us in not attracting jealousy and envy from others.
This is the main clue, it is about working on ourselves. I had the fortune this Sunday to be at Rutgers University and hear the Dalai Lama. His message was about world peace. However, he spoke more about our personal responsibility than about the world. The phrase that impacted me most was "personal disarmament." He admitted that even he gets angry and this impacts other people. Similarly in his Nobel Peace address he said," True peace with one self and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace." Amazingly, this is the message of the Red String. It is a reminder to connect with the peaceful energy demonstrated to us through Rachel. It is a reminder that, peace begins with us. Finally, it is a reminder that we need to disarm our own negativity, thoughts and actions. It is through this that we will not attract negativity to our selves.”
Exerpt from: “The Battle of the Red String: The Red String Wars & The Dalai Lama”
By Cheryl Glover, New Thought Kabbalah.
Many Mediterranean cultures wear red to ward off the evil eye. One nonsupernatural explanation of the string's power is that it reminds the wearer to bear himself or herself with humility, so as not to attract envy.
In the late 1990s the red string became popular with many celebrities in the United States. Led by Madonna and her children, those that have taken to wearing them have included: Michael Jackson, Rosie O'Donnell, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Sienna Miller, Paulina Rubio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, Lucy Liu, Kylie Minogue, Mick Jagger, David Paterson, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell,David and Victoria Beckham, Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bernhard, Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Lauren Conrad, and Anthony Kiedis.