Mandalas and the Art of Enlightenment

This is an article I read several years ago about a sand mandala that was to be built at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. I invite you to get prints of my select mandalas HERE. Art Paves the Way to Enlightenment By Mark Evangelista the Houston Chronicle Interactive Ever since human beings first started pondering the cosmos, art has emerged as a physical and visual affirmation in a belief of a superior being. Works such as Michelangelo’s Creation and Van Eyck’s Annunciation have become icons of religious imagery. In contrast, art by Tibetan Buddhist monks actually invites the divinity to descend. The Mandala of Hayagriva is meant to evoke the deity to come down and inhabit the piece, said Amy Price, MFA curatorial assistant, Asian arts. Please follow and like us:

Healing with Mandalas

By understanding that we are more than what we see, we can address the areas where dis-ease most frequently occurs – in the subtle, or etheric bodies. Science is beginning to prove what many have known intuitively for eons, that we are energetic beings. Dr. Hans Jenny Dr. Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Swiss physician, artist, and natural scientist. Read more about him and his work HERE and get his book, Cyamtics HERE, and HERE is a site with tons of amazing pix of wave-form mandalas.. “The more one studies these things, the more one realizes that sound is the creative principle. It must be regarded as primordial. No single phenomenal category can be claimed as the aboriginal principle. We cannot say, in the beginning was number, or in the beginning was symmetry, etc. These are categorical properties which are implicit in what brings forth and what is brought forth. By using … Please click HERE to continue reading

What ARE Mandalas, Anyway?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation and healing. From ancient times all the way up to today in monasteries in Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when this series of designs came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done indicates that Mandalas are the visual forms of the resonance traces of specific frequencies … Please click HERE to continue reading

Reversed: Mandalas for Contemplation: Mandala Book VI

Why Reversed? Because I wanted you to see what the original drawings for my mandala books look like—each one is drawn in white on a black ground. I think they’re stunning, and deserve to be seen as much as the black on white coloring images do. I invite you to see what happens when you use Sharpie markers on the white lines, then hold the design up to the light so they look like neon signs! That would be cool. I love to look at these designs. They really help me focus and calm my mind after a bit of lazy time just gazing at them and appreciating how beautiful they are. I hope they help you to quiet your mind, too. I hope you like them as much as I do! Get Reversed HERE Please follow and like us:

Women in Art 278 Promotes My Books!

WOOHOO! I wrote a note to my friends at Women in Art 278 Magazine to tell them about my coloring books, and they featured an article about them! See below: Promotion: The Coloring Book Queen One of Women in Art 278 Magazine‘s amazing artists just informed us of an awesome new adventure she is undertaking. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the coloring book craze out there, which she has now contributed to and we wish her ALL the success in the world. Angela Treat Lyon’s books are beautiful, magical and are fun for adults and kiddos alike. So why color, you may wonder. Here’s a great answer that may validate your doodles, sketches and coloring … “When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching … Please click HERE to continue reading

The Adult Coloring Book Stampede

GUEST POST by my friend, Flora Morris Brown on WritersWin.com Coloring books, a favorite childhood activity, have captivated adults around the world and now dominate the Amazon bestseller list. Two of the top ten bestsellers are coloring books for adults, displacing 50 Shades of Grey and pushing Harper Lee’s Go Watchman down the list. The Adult Coloring Book Stampede Though the rankings change hourly, two coloring books for adults have been consistent. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by UK-based artist and illustrator Johanna Basford has sold over a million copies. Close behind in bestseller ranking is Adult Coloring Book Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring, a Texas publisher whose images are created by several illustrators. Dover-Antique-Automobiles-coloring-bookKristine Anderson, Dover Vice President of Marketing, told me, “Dover Publications, founded in 1941 publishing reissues, created the first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970.” Noticing … Please click HERE to continue reading

Why the Coloring Book Craze?

I’ve asked hundreds of people in Facebook coloring groups why they color. Many of them say they are so stressed out that having something to come home to relax with is practically a life-saver. They say it relaxes them, soothes them and calms them down, especially after an insane day with kids or at the office. (image: Blowing Kisses in coloring book I Love You) Many of them struggle with raising kids, hectic jobs and even taking care of an elderly parent. Taking time out to color helps them feel grounded, steadied, more focused and even happier. Who could argue with benefits like that? In the Huffington Post article, Does Coloring Really De-stress? they say: “…When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates … Please click HERE to continue reading

What Is It About Mandalas?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation, calming the mind, and healing. In old Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. (image: Flight Song – in the coloring book Delight) I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when an entire series of 70 mandalas came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done personally with mandalas I have drawn and painted indicates that … Please click HERE to continue reading