There are 5 universal shapes that are archetypes of energy and psyche that humankind shares across time and cultures. They are the circle, square, equal sided cross, triangle and spiral.
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.
As always the creativity that flows from my monthly Mandala Circles astound me. It inspires my preparing for next August workshop in North Carolina.
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.
We shared our creativity honoring the returning light and the time of open hearts. Mandalas #CreativityForTheSoul
Nourishing Mystery – Honoring the Dark – Welcoming the Light. The nourishing mystery, stillness and quiet of this time of year has been celebrated in our recent mandala circles. The quiet of darkness, a time to go within, is essential to the creative expression of light.
A Sacred Circle of Creativity – From Mystery to Manifestation & Back Again -Mother Earth, Mandalas, Meditation & Words. My new three-day workshop Oct. 12- 14. The golden pebble journey, as I call it, always takes place when I create a workshop.
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.
Today I finished planting my garden. It’s the last on the list of the many gardens I work in. Before digging in the dirt I took some mandala photos of the garden and flowers that touch my heart and share my time.
It was the weekend of Earth Day. A guided meditation connecting Mother Earth to our creative centers started the evening of our mandala circle.
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
STANDING UP FOR TRUTH “What you love is the cure” is an African proverb. How can my love for (fill in the blank) cure my life and the world?
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.
The Winter Solstice takes place at 4:44 am my time, December 21st.. The longest darkness, the shortest light. A birthing of light that grows.
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.
The joy of leading and teaching spiritual art workshops is mainly seeing the opening up and blossoming of each participant’s creative expression. This was especially true in August at Kanuga during the Faith, Art & Creative Expression Conference workshop.
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.
Although it’s a few days past, I want to rename the Harvest Moon, the Persimmon moon. On Sept. 23rd, the day of the full Harvest Moon, I created a persimmon mandala to honor the time of year and the time of sweet harvest.
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.
These mandalas were created and inspired by a mandala circle of shared creativity and a meditation honoring silence.
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.
I wrote and illustrated this book in my early twenties. A friendship story based on a time while living in the Pacific Northwest.
Mandalas and meditation were shared during my last mandala circle at my home studio. The circle of sharing also goes out into the world and comes back via the internet. Here are some shared mandalas created from near and far.
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, is about connection to nature’s elements. Here are the mandalas honoring and becoming one with air and earth.
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.
Here is a book made of round mandala pages and a special mandala box. I made these as examples of what I will be teaching next summer at the 2016 F.A.C.E. (faith, art and creative expression) Conference.
The last mandala circle get together was about an hour away at the home and prairie of Christine and Gary. The ten acres of restored and loved prairie and woods are called “Earth Mirrors”. It’s a mirror into the soul and long history of the land and those who care and cared for it.
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.
The mandalas I’ve recently created will be part of a larger series. The theme is “Hands of Energy Mandalas”. Just as each finger has its unique print, the unique energy of each person can be portrayed in their hands.
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.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs
“Show up and be real”, part of the theme of Authentic Living, inspired a Mandala Mobile and other Mandalas during a Mandala Circle.
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.
As we journey through life there are helpers who are there for us. Some are people, some are angels in the real sense and other like angels. Inspiration and guidance come in many forms. Often a rock found along a path calls
My mandala was inspired by the theme of JOURNEY for this three week session. Walt Whitman’s words bring to mind the fact that each of us is on a journey that only we can make. Although others join us on our journey, it is ours alone.
My mandala was inspired by the words of Mary Oliver. Sometimes there is an ache in the heart for the beauty of this earth. It is almost too much. Not the violence, heartache, horror. But the beauty that is too much to take in. Sometimes it feels like my heart isn’t big enough to give the love it deserves.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (Marianne Williamson) This is the second week of 100 Days for Mandalas. It is a time to be inspired to delve into the deep creativity that reveals the mystery of who we are and guides us on our life journey.
The Gifts of Our Souls – We all have gifts of our authentic being that we are here on earth to share; with ourselves, others, the world and beyond. These gifts are the gifts of our true selves.
Sharing of inspiration and creativity is what this blog is all about. I am always so thrilled to share the creativity of others. My monthly mandala circle get togethers are always a delight and amazement when other mandala makers create works of depth and beauty. Here are the first mandala sharings of this new year.
Remember you are a holder of the Light. There is a burning light inside of all of us. It shines from within to guide the light of life on this planet. That light connects us to Creator and creation.
A Month for Mandalas – Week 4 – Remember Prayer. Remember connection with the Divine. Remember open heart to give and receive.
Remember Silence. The quiet of inner sanctuary. The silence of inner truth. The silence of soft. The silence that is the foundation of all the is manifest. The silence between the notes of a song.
A Month For Mandalas – Week 2 – Remembering the Truth of Your Soul. We all have truths of who we are, who our authentic self is, what gifts we bring to the world are, what passions feed our souls. These truths are always inside of us, at our deep true core. In the quiet, in the flow of creativity these truths whisper to us. Remember them for they are always there.
This is the first day of the first week for A Month For Mandalas. Today is the day of balance of earth’s day and night, the equinox. It is a day of remembering our balance, of light and dark. The theme of this Month for Mandalas is Remember. Remembering the dreams of your soul, remembering the whispers and shouts of your true self.
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. This first session of a month long mandala making time, will begin at the time of transition when the balance of night and day is equal – Monday September 22nd.
Rain is what nourishes us, the land, the waters and life. I am so thankful for the rains of this year where I live. I would like to send some to the parched lands. This mandala book is a rain prayer for the dry lands and the dry hearts we sometimes have.
The words of John Muir and Rachel Carson combined with nature images and mandalas by Christine Torlina in a small origami book. It is inspiring and beautiful.
May my hands touch the earth and heal the earth. May my hands touch others and heal both our hearts. May my hands be healing hands… Hands bring the healing touch to this world. My wish is for everyone to know and cherish their own healing hands.
Every month there is a “Mandala Get Together” in my art studio at my house. For a few months we have been making origami books from one large sheet of paper. Earlier in the day a dragonfly had a powerful impact on Karen Martinez so she created a powerful piece of art.
These are the last days of 100 Days for Mandalas session 4. The last theme of Freedom rings deeply. Perhaps days before the 4th of July, the political meaning of Freedom is considered more often in the United States. But Freedom is always personal.
Freedom is a word with many meanings, so many meanings. It has life and death meanings and consequences, and is something all humans strive for and deserve. Each person has their own striving, guided and pushed by that deep soul longing. 100 Days for Mandalas – FREEDOM
Isn’t it interesting how sometimes art opens up past experiences and reminds us of our life journey. The inspiration word “floating” inspired an art journal book that made me remember my experiences of floating. But it wasn’t until I was almost done with this book, that I remembered the most powerful floating experience I ever had.
100 Days for Mandalas – Floating
Floating is a sensation of letting go and being supported. Imagine floating like a bird, drifting with the air currents above the earth. Imagine floating on a clear body of water with the water supporting your body and gently rocking you with small waves.
I have been surrounded by the blossoms of spring. Most of them are in the potted plants that I pick out at the wholesale greenhouses, put in my minivan, drop off on my long driveway, sort, put back in the minivan, deliver to their destination and then plant. It’s a crazy, wonderful carnival like season.
100 Days for Mandalas – GROWTH. I am surrounded by the explosion of growth that comes into the world at springtime. Each day I walk outside to find new blossoms, new bird songs, new joys.
I spent all day yesterday in my garden. I was surrounded by the re-emergance of green and amazing blossoms. I dug in the dirt. I cut back the overgrown and dead. I set new boundaries – a rabbit fence so my vegetables and flowers will grow. I worked with mandalas yesterday also. That and being in my garden let me heal from one of the most intense months of my life
This is the second week of 100 days for Mandalas. The prompt and inspiration for these two weeks is BALANCE. Perhaps no symbol of balance is better than the yin-yang sign. A circle of completeness that contains the duality of life – light & dark – male & female – black & white.
Wordless Wednesday (almost), mandala sharing from monthly mandala get together at Linda Wiggen Kraft’s art studio. Mandala artists Linda Massie and Karen Martinez.
100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS – BALANCE – SPRING EQUINOX
WELCOME TO THE FOURTH 100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS SESSION – Spring Equinox 2014, A Day of Balance. Surround yourself and let yourself be embraced by the mandala’s sacred circle of creativity and the balance of light and dark.
Here is the last sharing of the amazing mandalas created in my last November Mandalas, Meditation and Journaling workshop. I love them all.
Here are more of the amazing mandalas created in my last November Mandalas, Meditation and Journaling workshop. I get such great joy looking at all the mandalas shared during the workshop
Last November I had the honor to teach my Morning Mandalas, Meditation and Art Journaling course to amazing and creative women. There was so much creativity and depth to what was created and shared
This time of quiet reflection is a balance to the busyness of the end of the year and the now gone growing season. I need to find pockets of serenity now.
Mandalas – 100 Days for Mandalas, word prompt. The word HOME was the one that took me a long time to really examine what is “home” was, is and will be.
Home is a place inside our hearts where we are at home with ourselves. Where we feel safe, nurtured and centered. Let this word inspire your life and creativity.
It’s been a full week – full of sweetness with my two day Mandala Workshop and full of bitter with the first killing frost in my gardens. The sweetness of shared hearts and creativity during the workshop still lingers in my heart, home and home art studio.
I have a Mini Mandala course that is being offered online and free through a website called Seek Your Course. There are three parts.
My turtle mandala
I love to see and share the mandalas created during my mandala workshop. I am always amazed at what is created. Here are the rest of the mandalas that were created at the April 20th workshop.
Mandala by Lisa Pieper
This is the last week for this session of 100 Days for Mandalas, which started January 14th. Where did those 100 days go?
INVITATION – 100 Days to be Inspired & Creative – Not 100 mandalas in 100 days.
This is an invitation for anyone who creates mandalas to join in the 100 Days for Mandala Creativity Fest. It is 100 Days for Mandalas, not 100 days for 100 mandalas. So that means however many mandalas […]
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