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A 12-part series exploring the meaning of our mandalas.

Mandala Meditation: Ganesh Yantra

“Where do you get all of your ideas?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. I’ve been known to say, “Inspiration is everywhere.” I think I’ll add to that statement, “Inspiration is everywhere. Look around you.” Thinking more about this, it’s more than looking around you. It’s about getting curious. It’s one thing to see something, it’s another to ask, “Why?” or “What if?” I have a long list of topics that I’m currently exploring. I can never study just one thing. My mind loves devouring several topics at once and making connections between them. One of my long time interests has been in exploring the meaning of our mandalas. The colors, shapes, symbols, and how they are arranged can tell us a lot about where we are in the moment. There are long standing traditions where mandalas are created with specific symbols and colors. One such tradition that I’ve been curious to learn more about is the Hindu yantras. The earliest yantras date back 1,000 BCE in northern India. Throughout the ages, sacred …

Free Sample Lesson from the Great Round Course

The Great Round Online Course is a fascinating study that guides you through 12 stages that we all experience in life, again and again. Thank you for stopping by to check out this free sampler class. This page is a preview of the first lesson called, “Stage One: Resting in the Darkness.” Lesson One: Resting in the Darkness We experience Stage One when we are feeling creatively low, we are overworked and exhausted, our hormones are wreaking havoc and we feel anxious, seasonal light changes affect our moods, or we are ill and have no energy for doing anything. In this video lesson, I share one of my low moments in life and how creating mandalas helped me to feel creative again. This video also covers an overview of this stage and three example mandala activities. Greek Goddess Connection Participants in the online Goddess course last fall asked if we could continue our work with the goddesses in the Great Round this year. In this video, you’ll see how we make connections between the wisdom …

Every Mandala Tells a Story…Discover Yours

  Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell? We can learn a lot from our mandalas from the colors, shapes, and symbols that we use and even how these elements are all arranged within the circle. Finding meaning in the art that we create isn’t a new idea. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung kept a daily journal. During a time of crisis, circular drawings with vivid colors and pictures appeared on the journal pages. Jung began to notice patterns in these drawings that reflected on his thoughts, feelings, and emotions at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, while other times it was an old story from an earlier time in his life that needed his attention. Jung went on to use this practice of drawing a circle and filling it with color and form with his analysands. Sometimes we don’t easily have the words to express what we are feeling or experiencing, but working intuitively, it can emerge in our art. …

Total Eclipses & Mandalas

Here in the US we are anticipating the total solar eclipse tomorrow, August 21st. This is the first one to be visible since 1979. While many people will be in a region to view it, everyone in the US can catch a partial eclipse. Here’s a cool tool that maps when and what you’ll see in your location. If you are concerned about missing it, not to worry. Lena from the Power Path School of Shamanism writes, “It really does not matter energetically, only psychologically. But with that said, this is definitely a time to honor a marker of huge change and the agent of a massive reset. Even if you have been working with these energies now for the past weeks, it is always good to honor the exact time frame around this event. What can you do? Be aware, through a list or a mental awareness, of what you are resetting. Do something that symbolizes coming into a still point, an unplugging, a dropping into the void. Acknowledge the absence of the sun …