Love and Compassion

It is always very interesting to me after I finish to draw and color a new mandala, to realize what were the influences which unconsciously have guided me through it.

When I started to draw there wasn’t anything in mind, no preplanned ideas and everything came out so easily. The pencil slowly creating lines as if on its own, listening to a subtle sound of silence.

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I just felt like an observer.

When slowly the lines became clearer, a sense of family, protection, and peace arose. Each globe containing two older beings looking over the young ones but at the same time connected with the others in a circle of protection and safety, creating peace and serenity. The forms of each being are slightly leaning towards each other in a gesture of compassion, as if saying ” I hear you, I understand you, I am here.”

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The colors chosen were jade green and blue. When I looked at their significance, I discovered that Green represents the Heart Chakra, and when open, it inspires to love more, feel empathy and have compassion. The Jade as well brings harmony, balance, and prosperity.

After I understood the feelings and meaning associated with this Mandala, I remembered that the day before was World Peace Day and while reading many beautiful Inspiring Stories, one particular Video touched deeply my heart, which explained that implementing Compassion games: Survival of the Kindness in prison centres and schools, has resulted in much lower violence. You can watch the video and learn more from their facebook page Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.

This Mandala is directed to our Heart center, to open it wider and bring more Love and Compassion in our personal world. I would love to know what does it inspire you?

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These are some of the products I applied the design to at my Zazzle Shop.

 

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The Power of Mandala

Do you feel confused, is your mind full of thoughts, ideas and you can’t form a plan of action or a way to put these ideas into practice?

Grab a paper and a pencil and start drawing some lines, adding some dots and unite them to form a circle, then another, some more lines and you will have a pattern that you can use to let your creativity guide you.

You can create a spiral, a flower or nothing precise. Just follow the point where the circle and the line meet and keep going round, from the center each step up until the outer line of the circle. Then you pick all the colors of the rainbow and slowly choose one at random, the one that you feel for the most and place it wherever you want. Slowly filling all the emptiness. In silence and in peace.mandalarainbow1 (800x766)

 

Thoughts will try to distract you, ignore them, just follow the lines. If you follow your thoughts you can end up on another line or miss a spot, at the end something will be out of harmony. Every little mistake is a point of distraction. A space in the flow. But if you continue. Every day little by little, there will be fewer mistakes, fewer distractions.

Sometimes you will receive meaningful insights related to your work. So you stop, write it down and continue, or later it can be lost. Then, when you finish, sit one moment in awareness, and you will find the mind sharper and more focused to carry on with anything else. You know what you have to do now.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means Circle and it represents the Universe, the unity, and harmony of  Creation. It is sacred geometry. A mathematical order where every dot has its place. There is no space for doubts, only a different path to follow with a different outcome, but not less beautiful. There are infinite possibilities.

What the Mandala does, for me, is that it works with our unconscious mind. By following exact lines and thus creating an order, the mind is at rest. Once the decision is made, you just follow through peacefully and completely focused on that one path to follow. Complete mindfulness. Only one thing to do. One at a time. There is no other option. And at the end, you feel rested, because the mind has had to focus on one thing and that one thing has brought an immediate result that reflects beauty. It has given you a space for clarity. When your attention is focused on just one point it can be as powerful as a laser, but when it is scattered in different directions than it will lose intensity and clarity.

Mandalas can teach you many things about life in very subtle ways.  If you create one yourself it acts like a form of meditation, a connection with your inner self and the energies that are moving around you. But sometimes we are attracted to a specific Mandala that we have seen, beyond rational comprehension, that particular geometric form is resonating with you and by looking at it repeatedly in silence or having it near you in the place you work or relax, they heal your mental state. That is the order your being needs at this moment in time to achieve that serenity which allows you to manifest the ideas and visions or overcome circumstances you are now facing.

I have been wanting to create one Mandala with a spiral rainbow for a long time, the first time I have attempted it, something came out but it did not satisfy me completely.

Looking up at the symbolic meaning of the spiral, they represent the revelation of hidden truths, pushing oneself to be flexible and have trust when things change,  (www.sunsigns.org) and the colors of the Rainbow bring the promise that the troubles today will surely come to pass, holding strong in our faith, vision and heart purpose allowing for fresh beginnings and new prosperity. (www.theuniverseofsymbolism.com)

The second time, it happened by chance. I had prepared the circle with lines to venture on a new design I had in mind, but the more I was letting the pencil move forward the more I recognized the Spiral that I envisioned but was not able to express the first time. And when that happened I was stuck as it gave birth to other ideas of how to continue with the drawing, like in a crossroad I needed to choose which path to follow. Undecided I left it there for a while. When I finally picked it up again I realized that unless I tried all the possibilities I could not continue. The first paper became the sketch and a melting pot. Some looked really nice and some not so good. That gave me clarity. So then I prepared the structure for each of the design that came out of that concoction, ready to color at the right time.

One day, thinking I had it all prepared and set up and that it was going to take me little time, I set out to do the first drawing, which I thought was the easiest one. I wanted to finish coloring it by the time the natural light goes out of the room….. bah plenty of time…..

After 8 hours without almost stopping, I was still coloring away getting really anxious and nervous and literally a spiral of different emotions growing within me. On one side the mind set to finish no matter what, my inner being making me feel this was not the way, and instead of being a meditative practice, it was a war between inner and outer self.(?) What was the outcome? You can just imagine it, one second the hand slipped away and spread the ink across the paper, leaving a great black scar. 8 hours of work vanished in no time, leaving me with an empty day, but what a great lesson! When I actually looked at the drawing it reflected everything I was going through, confusion. But that was exactly what I needed to experiment, again the Universe knows his pupils!!

When I started with Mandalas it really happened by chance, a great book attracted me in a public library I used to go to for checking my emails. After studying it for more than a month and realizing the great healing that was occurring in me, I decided to concentrate my art on them so to help others through this work. And it was very important before starting a new Mandala, to have a moment of silence to quiet the mind and become more attuned to the spiritual energies that would guide me through it. As that was specifically for someone that I was going to meet and would want to have it. It was a very beautiful and meaningful practice.

The latest experiences have brought me back to that past that I had left behind and forgotten for many years, and through these lessons, the path that puts in harmony my inner and outer world is being found again.

I know nothing is left to chance in this beautiful Universe, there is always a meaning and a reason behind everything, it is just our unconsciousness that do not allow us to see it, but that’s when we bang our head so hard that we have no choice than to open our eyes.

After those practices now I have been able to calmly finish the first Mandala and fulfill one of the visions. The happiness with the result is a consequence of the healing that has occurred while drawing it.rainbowspiral1 (800x745)

 

The online world now offers everything you need at any time,  but the sacredness of Mandala remains. Whether you create it yourself, color one already made or buy a design, for you to unlock its great potential, you need to allow a moment of silence in front of it and let it heal you.

These are some links with easy steps to learn to draw a Mandala. I like to use a compass to do the circles but if you do not have one it is not necessary. There are also many already made Mandalas you can download for coloring from Pixabay, Shutterstock, and many others.

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Happy creating and would love to know your experience.

The Perfection Of Nature

How does the perfect symmetry and harmony between elements found in Nature help us balance our whole body and energy systems?

The other day I was having a conversation about the beauty of Nature. And it took me back to those first years I was discovering Art in school and how my eyes would adjust to observe the particular details of the subject of my painting. To be able to attempt making a similar copy of it, I had to observe it thoroughly and understand its essence, so that when I would look at what I painted, it gave me that same feeling.

In this way, I began to discover the hidden structure behind all what I was observing in Nature and the harmony with each other and within its own structure.

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When then I discovered Mandalas it was magical for me because finally, I had found how to build one of those structures to manifest the perfection of a flower for example. So came the consciousness of the work involved in that expression of Beauty, which increased the value and importance of that flower, or of anything existing in Creation. Understanding the value of each thing from the smallest to the greatest and its correlation to one another made me enter into a world full of significance and discovering.

From Nature I began to fully understand the work of Arts of women and men who have arrived to express such perfection inspired by it, and the amount of work they have had to endure, through practice and learning, to arrive at such results.

I suppose that when one tries to re-create, manifest or care for such beauty such consciousness is acquired. And not only through visual art, I think of great talents being able to transmit such emotions  through perfect words, and what about music and sound and last but not least our taste and smell senses through food and perfumes for example. Combining elements perfectly, resulting in a sublime experience through taste, especially when it is accompanied by the  awareness of the amount of work from people and nature involved in making such a dish, from the first seed, to the talent behind the person that through his/her care has harvested such a great vegetable or fruit, the work involved by all the people that with their expertise make sure that these treasures arrive at our plates safely and so all the rest. The Art of perfumes and the power of smell.  Architects. Engineers.  And so the list could go on forever  including all those that put passion and love in anything they do until reaching all the people that their whole life is dedicated to the care and protection of every aspect of the environment with all the risks involved.  Such is the human orchestra, each playing its own instrument.

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The beauty of Creation,  resides first in what was here before us and the meaning of Life I believe is the glory and emotion of the appreciation of such perfection through consciousness, achieved in the experience of manifesting our own unique purpose. Finding that purpose I believe starts from attempting to express such perfection in our unique way according to our talents,  for the joy and inspiration of others as well as to feel satisfied with oneself.  The Circle of Life.

The influence of the harmony and perfection that Nature offers us every day on our well-being is immense and the work goes on unconsciously. Like the hidden structure behind the beauty of a flower, the hidden structures behind the beauty of our bodies are directly connected with our surroundings. Our eyes thus our unconscious minds recognize that order instantly before we are even conscious of it, like a little child recognizing its parents out of thousand different people. And we feel good.

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I believe that is our Real Nature in all of us. But the struggle for survival that has accompanied civilizations and still does today prevent many from fulfilling that need. The destruction of entire forests caused by man, the torture of animals and people and everything we hear or read in the news every day, it is a result, as I understand it, from people that are deeply suffering within, often unconsciously, due to their life circumstances, for  the inability to do what the True Self needs and find peace, blocking thus the connection to that subtle dimension that Nature offers us.

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Through such an understanding you cannot but ask yourself as for how such perfection has come to fruition when you try to create anything usually perfection does not come out automatically, one needs to practice, learn and continue practicing until the desired result is reached. I am sure even geniuses like Mozart or many others have had to work a little on their grand successes.  We do not have today the answers as to what or who is behind all this incredible Creation, we can only form beliefs. And I believe that it is too perfect for it to be just a fortunate coincidence. We can have theories but it is only through the practical experience that we arrive at real knowledge. And so it is also for the many people that are suffering today, they have not been given the chance or are unable to acquire the consciousness  or sensibility to understand the importance and value of our environment and how Nature is a fundamental part of our existence if we want to see a better and peaceful world for all, leaving not one soul behind.

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Rainbow Flower

Some months have gone by since  I have been able to draw and paint on T-Shirts.

During this time I was busy painting my parents’ home which took me quite awhile (…a month!!!). Then it was X-Mas and finally managed to rest in January after the festivities.

Really wanted to keep up with the artwork and updating the site to avoid falling into procrastination, but I hit a blockage. Physically, mentally, spiritually? I do not know but everything seemed like a struggle so I needed something easy.

Transfer one of my designs seemed like a too demanding task(??!!).  So opted for a Stencil, and this one from StencilsLab is so beautiful I really wanted to see how it would look on a Shirt with shining colors. Thanks to them I was able to make something beautiful fairly quickly.

And this is the result.

Have you ever hit a creativity block? You can share your experience in the comments below.

 

Recycling trousers

I had some sport trousers I felt very comfortable with and of course was wearing  most of time, while gardening, painting etc. and eventually some holes appeared, bleach spots….. So I decided to put some patches with some drawings I liked without going to buy them at the shop. Unfortunately I did not have any black cotton material I could use but only white. Ok, I would paint them black then!! The result is nice but much easier if you already have black material.

I had made earlier some small stencils, to not waste any paper while I was trying to make snow flakes with paper, and so tried.

This is the result. I am very happy I have my trousers again but the funny thing is that now I don’t feel like using them for “work”, they are too beautiful!! he, he.

 

 

Making of Shine

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Another Trial T-Shirt

Thanks to Pinterest I found such beautiful artworks with dot art and fell in love with them instantly. Especially the works of elspethmclean.com. I first saw the stones but when I visited her page was amazed by the whole gallery. She also has a You Tube channel which I would recommend to visit. I was so inspired from this that decided to try my own version on a T-Shirt. It did take me awhile to understand how to go about, as the fluorescent paint on fabric is quite liquid and the result is not the same as on a stone or canvas. So I made it simpler by drawing the design first on paper than on the t-shirt and paint on top.

If you see her video, it looks so easy and she paints straight away, congratulations to her! Maybe one day after a lot of practice we will be able to paint straight on the t-shirt without a backup design….mmmm a great challenge to look for!!  For the moment I humbly present you with my first trial.

First the sketch ( a bit of a mess!!)

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The Final painting in daylight

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In darkness with Uv Black light. It does look shinier than this and could not get a better-focused image!! White, in general, is not as bright as the rest of the colors and especially in a blue shirt, thus the dots do not stand out but this shirt is worn mostly during the day so I wanted to emphasize more the daylight effect.100_1742 (1024x1009)100_1737 (1024x995)

Colouring Mandalas for boosting creativity

Mandalas are a great way to boost creativity. In amidst the chaos of everyday activity, sometimes the mind is too filled up with things to do, and to be able to quite it down and find that silence where we find inspiration, coloring a Mandala is a great tool to achieve that.

These have been taken from the site http://www.free-mandalas.net

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What are the tricks that help you be more creative? Share below if you wish.