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The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala

The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh The year 2000 was a dark time for me. I wore mostly black. I was grossly overweight and unhappy. I was drinking so much that it was affecting my company and my family life. I felt lost and alone. A few years prior to that I was cut off from my family of origin. Coming from a large tight knit family, being cut off was unheard of. Without the support I

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What is a Mandala?

What is a Mandala?

One of the first things I need to do when telling people about my book or teaching a mandala class is explain what a mandala is. I learned most of what I know from my brilliant mandala muse, Merry Norris, of MerryNovaStudio.com and Paul Heussenstamm of Mandalas.com. While writing Activate Divine Creativity: The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala, I did a lot of research on this topic. The most basic definition of a mandala is “circle.” Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally translates to “circle”. Ok, then why don’t I just teach people how to draw circles? LOL!

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How to Draw a Mandala

How to Draw a Mandala

How do you draw a mandala? (See video at the end of the blog post). Get out your pencil and paper and join me in the video below. Within 15 minutes you’ll have a mandala. You’ll have a process that looks like magic to others and you can use over and over. This is the same process as my last blog post, “How to Doodle a Mandala”. I use this process to draw and paint mandalas of all sizes. The biggest one I’ve drawn to date was 6 feet in diameter. I had a ruler with me

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Magical Mandala Doodles Workshop

The Mandala is a magical and ancient art form. While creating a mandala you are supercharging your brain by incorporating sacred geometry and creativity.  You’ll learn how to draw a mandala using ancient patterns of unfolding and creativity. You will be provided with all supplies including high-quality Bristol white or black paper, compass, ruler, drawing materials, colored pencils, markers, and jewels to create your own unique, gorgeous mandala. Here are just a few examples from past workshops. All participants will receive the book Activate Divine Creativity: The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala. There is NO ARTISTIC experience

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Lisa Ferraro

What is Creativity? An Interview with Lisa Ferraro

You can’t mention Lisa Ferraro without including Erika Luckett. Lisa and Erika are a spiritual duo that bring the power of pure love and divine creative energy to us through their presence as devotees and gifted musicians and singers. The lists of accolades for both Lisa and Erika are well deserved and long! Here’s a highlight for each: Lisa Ferraro’s CD “Serenading the Moon” made the Billboard Jazz Charts. She has written music for ABC TV (Wife Swap), Polygram Films, Major League Baseball (More Than A Man for Roberto Clemente), The Roberto Clemente Foundation, PBS (The Other Side

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What is Creativity?

What is Creativity?

I cringe when someone tells me, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” If you weren’t creative, you would have no bones… you’d be dead. This is the truth. Plain and simple. Your body needs creativity to function.  No, I’m not saying you are somehow magically doing an oil painting you’re not aware of. I’m stating the fact that your body is constantly creating, everyday, 24/7, 100% of the time.  Blood. Sweat. Tears. (And a whole lot of other gross stuff). I mean, this is no small feat! Think of it, your body is generating

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Kirsten Bowen

What is Creativity? An Interview with Kirsten Bowen

I met Kirsten Bowen through Hayley Savage (now Hayley Deeter) at Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio. I was planning a surprise birthday party for my husband and was looking for a venue that was different than the usual spots and ended up at Hayley Gallery. Kirsten had her work on display at the gallery when I went to make the plans for the party. First of all Hayley Deeter is one of the most influential women in the arts in Ohio. Her gallery has an incredible story of its own, stemming from her love and commitment

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Paul Haussenstamm

What is Creativity? An Interview with Paul Haussenstamm

I met Paul Haussenstamm about 15 years ago through my mandala teacher, Merry Norris.  Merry had studied with Paul for a couple of years and brought him into her home to do a colored pencil mandala workshop.  I knew Paul was from California, but I wasn’t expecting him to look like an athletic surfer. Turns out, he was a surfer and in many ways, acted like a surfer, at least my stereotypical view of one. Kind of macho and funny and authentic. When it came to mandalas, Paul was 100% engaging. The story I remember him telling us

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Carisa Holmes

What is Creativity? An Interview with Carisa Holmes

I met Carisa Holmes at the Center for Spiritual Living. The first time I experienced her creative magic is when she was the guest performer. Carisa is a beautiful woman and reminded me of someone I had met before. It took me a long time to figure out who it was. It turns out it wasn’t a person, it was Sri Lankan goddesses. I was looking at some pictures of a trip that I had taken to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a tiny island just off the southern tip of India. It is rich in Buddhist and

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What is Creativity? An Interview With Karen Drucker

What is Creativity? An Interview With Karen Drucker

Karen Drucker is a goddess and a highly sought-after singer, speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator. Her experience in music is diverse and long. She has been a singing mermaid, a singing casket, and was literally “elevator music” when she was hired to sing and play piano in a moving elevator. Karen was the music director for 3 different New Thought churches and was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within The Centers for Spiritual Living Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement. WOW. I experienced first hand Karen’s

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