Tal-is-man (noun) an object believed to give magical powers to somebody who carries or wears it, e.g. a stone or jewel.
The talisman has been around throughout history, whether it be the Native American medicine bag, or a religious symbol like a Crucifix, or St. Christopher medallion, or something similar. Usually, in these cases the talisman is said to protect the wearer from bodily harm.
For years there have been copper bracelets and others that incorporate magnets said to cure rheumatism. Some eastern philosophies maintain there is a flow of energy throughout the human body and indeed the universe that can somehow be controlled and directed by certain objects.
I remember some years ago helping a female friend move into a new apartment. The first thing she did was to hang a crystal in the widow, and remark, “Can’t you just feel the energy that it draws into the room.” I was thinking, We could use some energy to get the rest of this shit moved in here.
One could accept that a copper or magnetic bracelet might actually do something; copper being an excellent conductor of electricity, and magnets actually producing and electrical or magnetic field.
But how about a plastic bracelet? I find that a stretch. However, since 2007 a group of athletes have managed to sell the “Power Balance” bracelet (Pictured above.) at $30 a pop, said to work with the body’s natural energy field.
Used by certain professional cyclists, and other top athletes, the makers of the Power Balance bracelet claim that it can make you go faster, and of course it can’t be detected in a dope test.
What supposedly makes this plastic bracelet work is that it incorporates a “Hologram.” I have a hologram of a little bird on my Visa credit and debit cards; it symbolizes my money flying away.
There is also one on my driver’s license; so if I carry these items while riding my bike, I should be covered in the Hologram/Energy field department. There is no need to shell out $30 for a Power Balance bracelet.
Now I read that the Australian government has stepped in to stop the producers of the Power Balance bracelet from claiming that the product does anything except relieve you of $30 and look cool when you are wearing it.
Actually the talisman does work. However, it has nothing to do with the object actually doing anything, but everything to do with the wearer’s belief that it does. It is the wearer’s mind that cures the rheumatism, or makes him go faster on his bike. The mind is a powerful thing.
People go to Lourdes, France and are cured of all manner of illnesses and diseases; this is well documented. They are not cured by their visit to this one particular place; it is their unshakable faith that such a trip will cure them.
It could be that the Power Balance bracelet actually did help cyclists go faster, although the Australian government has now killed that idea stone dead.
When I ride my bike I have an invisible “Energy Field” that extends three feet all around me. It weighs nothing and it cost me nothing, because it is invisible. It protects me and keeps me safe.
I have completely dispensed with the talisman, and just use my mind. I am currently working to get the energy field to rotate counter clockwise on the left, and clockwise on the right, so it will actually push me along.
You might try it, only please be like me and not tell anyone, or people might think you are loony-tunes. On the other hand, apparently many people thought the Power Balance Bracelet was legit, and a government had to step in to save people from themselves