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;IGY - PTSD Support

The meaning behind ;IGY:

The semicolon is from the Project Semicolon. When an author writes a sentence and is at the point of ending it, but wants to continue, they can use a semicolon. It creates a Pause almost like a thought, a reconsideration of the end of a sentence or in this case, your life.

;IGY stands forPause, I’ve Got You (I’ll support you if you need me).

The colours also carry a meaning:

  • TEAL is for PTSD awareness,
  • BLACK is for the heavy hearts that many of us carry, those who suffer, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide because of PTSD, and
  • RED is a symbol of the blood that has been shed.

So when combined together it’s a way of saying—If you’re thinking about taking your life, PAUSE, it is not time to end, I’ve got you and will help you through and stand by your side. If you ever see someone wearing it you know that they will help you.

Many members have it tattooed on them. It is usually on the right arm so that when they reach out to shake your hand it is easily viewable. I would like this to be the case with the Calming Beads as well.

As not everyone is thrilled with the idea of getting a tattoo, I started to think of other ideas to encompass the idea of ;IGY. So I’ve designed the Calming Beads and ;IGY stickers with a few pertinent points.

  1. The beads are natural Howlite crystal that has been dyed Turquoise/Teal. Turquoise/Teal has natural healing properties. The colour Teal is associated with meanings of refreshing, calming, energy, wisdom, serenity, emotional balance, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility and patience. All traits that people with or without PTSD desire. Because they are natural Howlite (calming crystal), they are cool to the touch and can be used in the same way Worry Beads are used (take them off and run them though your fingers).
  2. The larger beads in the middle represent ;IGY
  3. The Lotus Flower that tightens the beads, I chose because it is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean. Therefore in common with mythology, the lotus is seen as a sign of rebirth, but additionally it is associated with purity. The breaking of the surface every morning is also suggestive of desire, this leads to it being associated with spiritual enlightenment.
  4. The Red Bead is there for when we get a little stressed, anxious or nervous. As the bead drapes naturally into the hand, the red bead comes in contact with your palm, squeeze the bead, close your eyes, feel your body in the surroundings and breathe… count 3 secs in through the nose, count 4 secs out through the mouth.

Proceeds from the sale of the beads go towards Petrea King’s Quest for Life Foundation

 

 

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 Aaron Worboys