Thousands of years ago, ancient indigenous cultures recognized a deep connection to the cosmos, nature, and the realm of spirit as evidenced in their art, symbols, metaphorical myths, and use of tattoos. These venerable cultures weren’t superstitious; they were enlightened. Their close relationship with the spirit world wasn’t muted by religious dogma or overshadowed by technology. It was a true, pure, authentic connection that very few cultures maintain today. They knew there was a mystical connection in art and symbols, and an even more profound magic in creating and adorning themselves with tattoos. Images that were put on the skin represented an embodiment that linked directly to consciousness. Tattoos told stories, encouraged healing, empowered the wearer, and tapped into the hidden realms of the spirit. Tattoos were, and still are, powerful symbols that speak the cryptic language of the soul.
Consciously tattooing can be a vehicle for self-empowerment. When you decide to get a tattoo, you are taking part in a potent blood ritual that opens your inner pathways to self-awareness. Getting a tattoo goes well beyond just capturing an image on your body; it also stirs up the emotional cellular memory that lies beneath your skin. You are crossing a threshold and making a commitment to an inked-on symbol that you not only wear outwardly, but also embody. Now, you might be thinking it’s just a little symbol or a cool image, but believe me: your tattoo holds volumes of inner information. The symbols in themselves represent an archetype—or possibly your shadow—that is pulled forth through the decorative tattoo portals you place on your body. It can mean something deep inside of you wants to be outwardly expressed. Alternatively, your consciousness is calling for something to be added so you can embody the energy and power represented by the image you decide to ink.
Tattoos are usually synchronized to events in your life that come from an emotional connection to an experience, a dream, an inner urge, or a certain something or someone. When you ink an image onto your body, you are embodying the vibration of the symbol’s meaning, the color, the transference of energy between you and the tattooist, and even the qualities of the ink. Combined, they’re a personal form of alchemy. Tattooing beyond the sake of vanity can initiate your own shamanic journey into your consciousness, to reveal what’s hidden in the matrix of the body, mind, and spirit.
Yes, tattoos go beyond skin deep. Put a tattoo on your body, and it becomes a sentient image and a portal into your consciousness. In this book, you will see some very compelling examples of how tattoos precipitated a healing, opened the doors to recognizing profound knowledge, and symbolically represented and activated the embodiment of an intended desire. Ah-ha—that brings me to intention. Conscious Ink is about tattooing with intention. An intention behind getting a tattoo gives you more focus and control over the hidden magic in your ink. Once you realize tattoos create an energy exchange with the physical and subtle bodies, you will most likely disengage from the standard opinion that classifies tattoos as merely body art. There is a very cool, supernatural side to tattoos, and they are an unequivocal vehicle for transformation and awareness.
Conscious Ink isn’t a tattoo picture book, nor is it a tattoo history book. It is all about looking at tattoos through the lens of consciousness, the term we loosely call “spiritual.” After all, tattooing is a sacred art, rich in symbolism, ritual, and mysticism. You will come to understand the importance of intention, the vibration of colors, and how body placement all combine with your subtle body energy field to create a permanent body talisman for better or worse. They are spiritual birthmarks, or soul prints, markers along your path to wholeness.
If you are still deciding on whether to get a tattoo, my guess is that you will be making an appointment to get inked by the time you finish [my] book, Conscious Ink. I am inviting you to cross the threshold into the world of body art to explore the intimate, symbolic language of your spirit that is mysteriously veiled within tattoos. I’m sending you good energy as you awaken the spirit within on your artful path to self-actualization and enlightenment.
Lisa Barretta is a well-established intuitive counselor, Reiki practitioner, and astrologer. During the past 35 years, she has developed a client base that spans North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Lisa is an authority on consciousness, specializing in spiritual evolution and the paranormal. The executive producer of Surviving Death: A Paranormal Debate, she is also the author of even more enlightening titles. See her website HERE