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Aster Breo
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« Reply #45: June 22, 2011, 06:52:54 pm »

3) I'll also sometimes use a piece of jewelry to help me build a mindset - again, this is not so much a "wear all the time", but a "put on and be mindful."

My example was much closer to this idea than a "you have to wear it all the time or you won't ever be able to shield without it" kind of thing.

I needed a particular kind of shield to help me deal with a specific person at specific times.  I used a simple item -- a washer on a cord -- that I could wear or carry in my bag or pocket.  When I wore it, it helped me stay mindful of the shield.  Just like wearing a particular ring helps me stay mindful of certain religious commitments.  I like jewelry, so I chose to use an anchor that could work as jewelry.  I could just as easily have chosen a small rock or a crescent wrench or a pen or whatever happened to work for the time and place I needed the shield for.

I can certainly see how someone could use an anchor item so much that they become reliant on it.  (I don't think that's *necessarily* a bad thing, but can cause obvious logistic problems, like losing the item.)  But that's not what I was suggesting.
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« Reply #46: June 25, 2011, 07:33:59 pm »

My example was much closer to this idea than a "you have to wear it all the time or you won't ever be able to shield without it" kind of thing.

I think that there might be a way to have the charm imbue you with a power that you... absorb? That sounds kind of parasitic, so I'm not sure. But surely there must be something like that? A charm for assistance until you can master the skill without it. Kind of like training wheels on a bicycle.
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« Reply #47: June 26, 2011, 01:48:47 am »

I think that there might be a way to have the charm imbue you with a power that you... absorb? That sounds kind of parasitic, so I'm not sure. But surely there must be something like that? A charm for assistance until you can master the skill without it. Kind of like training wheels on a bicycle.

I'm no expert on charms, so don't pay too much attention to my opinion.   Cheesy  But I think it's kind of the other way around.  I don't think the charm itself has intrinsic power.  But I do think you can still look at it as a training wheels sort of thing.  The charm/amulet/talisman/anchor/whatever is there to assist you to do whatever it is the charm is until you no longer need the help.

If that makes any sense...

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