Dear Mandala Friends,
You never know when you make a difference in someone’s life. Yesterday, I received a message on Facebook from someone whose life has been changed by my mandala book and the 100 Mandalas Challenge.
Bev from Wales writes:
Hi Kathryn, I just wanted to tell you how much of a difference buying your book and doing the 100 days mandala challenge has changed my life. I’m in my 50’s and since being told I couldn’t draw as a child, have been blocked creatively all my life. Over the last few years it has felt as though I have been in labour – literally, a feeling of wanting to draw but not knowing where to start. I tried countless times but just couldn’t get past a stick person or a few scribbles on the page. In March, I started your challenge & the floodgates opened – on all levels……… I have suffered insomnia all my life – not since drawing mandalas, I have more energy – I suffer from ME, but most of all, I am discovering for the first time, that I do have a creative side and my journey with mandalas is only just beginning & I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I have attached a recent mandala I completed that would have been impossible for me to even think of intuitively, let alone draw – so thank you so much.
When people ask me what I do, I often say that I’m an “instigator of creativity.” I love that my book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art” has done just that – instigated creativity in others.
Thank you Bev for sharing your story with us.
I would love to hear about how my book and videos have inspired you! Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org about your mandala story. You never know, sharing your story may make a difference in someone’s life.
My First Radio Interview
Today I was a guest of the Kim Pagano Show. Kim’s radio show is all about inspiring a positive life. In my quick 10 minute interview, I tell my mandala story about how mandalas helped me during a very low time in my life and what led up to launching the 100 Mandalas Challenge and writing my first book, “The Mandala Guidebook.”
Listen on iTunes
(click on the 6:00 a.m. show on August 26th. My interview starts at 35:58)
Athena and Aphrodite Tango
I’m having a blast preparing for the upcoming Goddess Workshop that begins on September 10th. I first learned about these goddess archetypes about six years ago and I’ve been fascinated by how these feminine qualities show up in me and the women in my life.
What I love about teaching is how my understanding of a subject expands and deepens. To prepare for this upcoming workshop, I wanted to create more examples depicting these goddesses and have created 13 new Goddess SoulCollage® cards in the last week. Pictured above in the center is one of my new cards that I call, “Athena and Aphrodite Tango.” I found the image of the dancer in the November 2007 issue of More magazine that profiles a 51 year old lawyer who decided to start dancing again and started her own dance troupe. I can relate to the contrast between the Athenian professional whose focus is very heady with the sensual Aphrodite who is connected to her body. I’ll share more about this woman’s story and how I relate to it in the workshop. It is just one of many examples of how one feminine archetype may be strong in us and how we can invite another very different archetype to add joy and richness to our lives.
I’ve also been spending hours pouring over and editing the goddess questionnaire. I’m having a blast working on it and testing it out with some of my girlfriends. It will help you to identify which goddess archetypes are showing up in you these days. I can’t wait to meet the goddesses in you!
Goddess Online Workshop
Starts September 10th
Affordably Priced at $35
Get the Details and Register
May this week be filled with lots of mandala bliss!
~ Kathryn Costa
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