Creating mandalas is a way to delve deep into creativity. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a sense of play and joy.
I had never been to the New York Guggenheim until last month when I saw the Hilma af Klint exhibit. Seeing her paintings, in some ways felt like a coming home. Born in 1862, Hilma was a spiritual seeker who devoted her life to expressing the mystical realms through painting. Having discovered Theosophy in my early 20s and Anthroposophy years later, Hilma’s paintings resonated something familiar.
I get chills when I see or play with watercolors that allow the flow of color and water to create beautiful unexpected patterns and movement. I especially get that surge of electricity when the watercolors are used in mandala making.
How to deepen and embody personal prayers through journaling, color, calligraphy and paint has been my quest for months.
Instead of 2019 New Year’s resolutions, intentions or goals, this is the year of “becomings”. “Becoming” is not a noun like goal, intention or resolution. It is a life force that gives birth to something new. It is motion and creation that is always growing. It is the active part of “to be”. “Becoming” lives inside of us and calls to our highest self. “Becoming” is not static, but dynamic and full of life both within us and as part of all creation. “Becoming” is flow, change, growing to fulfillment. “Becoming” at its highest is bathed in fierce heart energy, the flow of life, conviction, light, truth and courage.
Winter Solstice, when winter begins, is a time to honor both darkness and light. Winter is womb time, a quiet time of gathering energy within. It is a time of gestation of dreams, hopes and becomings. It is the in-breath needed for the co-creative out-breath expression of life.
As always the creativity that flows from my monthly Mandala Circles astound me. It inspires my preparing for next August workshop in North Carolina.
Teaching at the annual 5 day Art & Soul Retreat in North Carolina at Kanuga feeds my soul for the entire year. Our classroom cabin in the woods holds a deep and sacred space.
It’s been three weeks of settling into “normal” life after five days of deep creativity. Mandalas helped me settle back into home and garden life.
It was a week of inspiration in New Mexico. In Santa Fe I found this beautiful symbol on the statue of Mary in the grounds of the Santa Fe Cathedral Basilica.
I thought it would be a week of drawing dread, instead it turned into a joy to wake up and find something that calls me to be seen, deeply seen.
A Month of Drawing, Design or Doodling a Day. I’m very excited about my Kanuga 5 day spiritual art workshop. This is an online preparation.
Homesick for Mark Making Creativity – Mandalas & Words. I have a longing for the experience of infinity through creating mandalas.
Mandalas for Mother – Earth. Honoring our most important Mother – Earth. Our last Mandala Circle was on Earth Day in April. I lead a guided meditation about the connection of our breath to the rotation of the earth.
The inspirations were many: a meditation, a stone, the moon, the awakening of spring and a headache. The shared time of creativity brought mandalas and other creative expressions to light during the last mandala circle at my studio.
We shared our creativity honoring the returning light and the time of open hearts. Mandalas #CreativityForTheSoul
Today is January 1, 2018. The first full moon, on the first day. The energy of full moon light amplifies what will go forward into the New Year.
A most beautiful book, The Lost Words, reclaims nature words removed from a children’s dictionary. Acorn was replaced with analog.
A Sacred Circle of Creativity – Boxes of Darkness, Light & Balance
In my recent workshop, A Sacred Circle of Creativity, we explored the cycle of creativity from mystery (darkness) to manifestation (light) and the resulting space of balance (grey).
Some of the deepest sharing of souls takes place when a very special book group gets together. We call it the Crystal Book Group, named for a location but also for the clarity and power of our sharing. Our sharing includes an art activity that deepens what we have read. We recently created sweetgrass braids and painted stones.
Total Solar Eclipse -In the recent mandala circle gathering we brought our awareness and creativity to this once in a lifetime event. All of us in the circle are fortunate to live in the area of the total solar eclipse.
Sacred Circle of Creativity – Sharing. A nurturing safe embracing place where a deep connection with our own personal truths and source is opened and expressed.
I recently saw Crochet Coral Reef in Santa Cruz, California. It’s an art exhibit that honors women’s brilliance, handicrafts and love of Mother Earth. It is a unique collaboration weaving together math, science, handicraft, environmentalism and community art. It was the discovery that a women’s handicraft could explain and create a physical form for a complex mathematical theory that started the journey of this exhibit.
It was a charm* of hummingbirds that called to my son and me as we heard the hum of wings. Although the tulips and daffodils were lovely, the hedge full of humming wings most captured our attention and awe.
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
For those new to a month for mandalas – please open this link and read the beginning of blog which explains it all. This is the last in the 4 part series LIGHT.
The Light of Creativity. The way we bring our light into the world is through our creativity. Our light shines most brightly when we are centered and connected to the source of our inner light.
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou
There is light from within and light that shines upon us. Our light comes from deep within our soul, from the womb of our being
Sharing Truth Tea. How I can go forward. A Month for Mandalas. Truth in Kinship – Family, Friends, Community, Creation, Creator.
A Month for Mandalas. There are ways to know and find our truths. Because we are nature, we can find our truths there.
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. TRUTH is the inspiration for this session. Where do we find our own deepest truths, how do we know them and how do we go forward with them? Let your creativity be your guide.
There are many song nature sings that we cannot hear. Each plant, insect, animal and all of creation has its own vibrations.
Monarchs butterflies have their own song. I can’t hear the songs monarchs sing to the plant that it is married to, milkweed.
Once a month I hold a mandala circle at my home art studio. The mandala makers who come to share in this sacred circle of creativity always bring their light of creativity into the world.
It was some times hard to explain what the workshop was about. It was titled Creating Sacred Space In The Garden – Planting Prayers offered at Kanuga during the Faith, Art and Creative Expression conference in late August.
Creating Sacred Space in Garden -Planting Prayers was the title of the class I taught at Kanuga near Asheville, North Carolina … Sometimes described as a “thin” place, this Episcopal Retreat Center is a space where deep connection and community promotes and nurtures the weaving of faith, art and creativity.
I love how mandalas inspire kids and adults. This blog shares mandalas from children as young as preschoolers to adults as young at heart as any child.
I am getting ready to leave in a few weeks for North Carolina to teach my course “Creating Sacred Space in the Garden” at Kanuga, a spiritual retreat center outside of Asheville.
Our mandala circle took place the night the world found out about the Orlando shootings. The mandala art created was about finding a way to peace, healing and stopping the hate.
I miss making mandalas with art materials. Instead I’ve created some “driveway mandalas”. It is busy springtime when my life and driveway are filled with flowers and plants
My wish and joy is that this online space be an embrace of mandala community and sharing. I have no idea how wide and far this web of Creativity For The Soul spreads. I love to share mandalas created in workshops, circles and sent to me from near and far.
For decades I’ve wanted to travel to Esalen, take a workshop and immerse myself in this unique Big Sur land of delights, dreams and depth. The delights are the land, waters, air, light and their gifts. The dreams are the calling from dreamtime at night, and the depth is exploring into […]
Soon I’m leaving for a to a place I’ve wanted to go for decades – Esalen in Big Sur, California. There I want to settle into a deeper place in the center of my heart and the center of our earth’s heart.
I want the new year to be an inspiration to remember what calls to me from the depths of my soul. Reminders help me listen to what feels right on the deepest level, what brings joy and what stirs to action.
My books group, which is really a friendship circle of the deepest kind, shares poems every December. The poems are put together as works of art, which we give each other as gifts.
In this time of increasing light, let your inner light shine brightly. A Month for Mandalas, session two was about connection to nature’s elements. This is the last connection to the elements – fire.
A Month for Mandalas, session two, which ended a few weeks ago, was about connection to nature’s elements. Here are the mandalas honoring and connecting with water.
A Month for Mandalas – Loving Water
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Each week is inspired by one of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Water is this week’s inspiration.
Loving Fire – A Month For Mandalas. This is the third week of A Month for Mandalas – Session Two – Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
A Month For Mandalas – Loving Air. Air is this week’s inspiration. In ancient India there was a way of connecting breath to the earth with the basic unit of time being 4 seconds or one prana.
Loving Earth – A Month for Mandalas. The earth is our mother. It is our home, the home to all creatures who live on its surface. We are one with this earth. Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.This is the invitation and a beginning for A Month for Mandalas – Session 2. This blog explains what it is all about.
I leave in less than a week for Kanuga near Asheville, North Carolina to teach a week-long course titled “Entering the Sacred Through Images, Words, Nature & Gardens”. Kanuga is a 1400 acre Episcopal retreat center. I can’t wait.
I can’t keep my hands out of the dirt, whether gardens or clay. The clay sings and talks to my hands. I am centered when I play with clay.
Here is my rewritten art journaling story about my stressful life in May as a garden designer. It has changed my life. The outcome is at the end of this blog.
In April I attended the one day Pow Wow at Washington University in St. Louis. There were many mandalas there. This was the 25th annual Pow Wow organized by the Center for Native American Studies
This is the last week of 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 5 – The Gifts of Our Soul. It is a time for reflection. A time to find the essence of the entire session. That essence is “I am” and “We are”.
Unleash your heart
Go deep within
Hear the beat of enough
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily,not to dare is to lose oneself.” Søren Kierkegaard. VULNERABLE & COURAGEOUS– These go hand in hand.
“The authentic self is the soul made visible” Sarah Ban Breathnach. One way I feel that connection is by looking and seeing nature…I now have a new way of looking with a smartphone, tablet camera app that lets me create mandalas with the camera.
What feels authentic to me? Needing to play, express and go deep within. Needing to share those things with others. Mandalas and meditation are the vehicles that take me on that journey. A mandala is a sacred circle that embraces creativity. It can be any image within that sacred circle.
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be.
A dear friend from another state called me last week and said I MUST MUST MUST look at the art of an amazing artist Susan O’Malley.
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