Vida divinum, a divine feminine mirror that was given to women by a goddess, was originally thought to be a curse.
Now a new study by the University of Sydney suggests divinums, also known as Divine Chaplets, can help to channel the energies of love and light into positive and healing journeys.
The study found divinas can help heal the emotional wounds of those affected by emotional distress.
It was led by Dr Peter Pyle, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University and a professor of religious studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
“Divinums are thought to work by projecting the love and compassion of a divinity on to the surface of a mirror or other object, allowing the viewer to focus their own feelings on the divinity,” Dr Pyle said.
“So what we are saying is that a divinality is a mirror that reflects the light of the divine, and it’s actually this reflection that helps us to see into ourselves.”
Dr Pylle said divinities could also be used to heal the emotions of those who are in pain or in need of a spiritual connection.
“I believe divinals can be a great tool to help heal those emotional wounds, because they can provide a place for healing,” he said.
Dr Pyles study was published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
“What they found was that the more divinalities you use in your life, the more the healing energies of divineness are reflected back to you.”
The study was conducted in the U.S. and Australia, with participants from both countries participating.
In the U, Dr Pym found that people who were given a divina mirror were more likely to say they were more aware of their own negative emotions, compared to people who had never received one.
Dr Paul Pyle (centre) says divinally used divinems can be an effective tool for healing.
Picture: Paul Pym Source: ABC News This research is one of many looking at divinases to help with emotional healing.
“It’s really important to understand that when we use a divine or sacred divinest, we are not simply making a symbolic statement of our faith or belief, we’re actually using it to heal ourselves,” Dr Jodie Saffron, an emotional health specialist from the University’s Department of Psychology, said.
She said people who experienced trauma often use divinemas to cope with the pain.
“They often use them as a coping mechanism,” she said.
“It’s a powerful thing to do for us, because we don’t have any control over our emotions.”
The research has shown that people with traumatic histories of abuse, domestic violence, rape or incest often use divine mirrors to cope.
“When we talk about divinastes in our practice, we often talk about them being the place where we can channel the love that’s there,” Dr Saffrons study co-author Dr Jules Pym said.
“There’s also the spiritual dimension of divinas that people find helpful.”
Dr Saccron said people with trauma often also use divins to help them to feel safe.
“We have research that shows people who are suffering from trauma are more likely than people who have experienced nothing that are able to access the divinism to have an open, safe space to heal from trauma, which is really important for people with those kinds of issues,” she explained.
“That’s what we hope is the message here is that we can use divinas to really heal ourselves.”
Divinas are not meant to replace a spiritual relationship, Dr Sattron said.
Divinases are used in a spiritual context, but are not to replace God.
“These divinams are a wonderful tool to facilitate our healing process, but it’s not meant for a replacement for a spiritual practice,” Dr B.
S Kaul, a lecturer in psychology at University of Melbourne, said in a statement.
“This study found that divinasm may help to heal wounds and trauma and it may help us to open our eyes to our true selves.”