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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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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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How to Doodle a Mandala

How to Doodle a Mandala

How do you draw a mandala? (See video at the end of the blog post). While there are many ways to draw a mandala, my favorite is to get out a pad of paper, a pencil and start doodling one! I find my best mandala moments are spur of the moment and not thought out. This whole thing (the book, the workshops, retreats and blog) all started from a simple mandala doodle. Once I realized I could just draw one without special equipment (a compass, a ruler, etc), I couldn’t stop. The first mandala I just doodled

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Grace and Ease: The Art of Allowing

Grace and Ease: The Art of Allowing

This mandala (my favorite one in the book) was inspired by the realization that life unfolds in perfect and miraculous ways like a flower blooming into perfection with no intervention. When I was going through the worst periods of my life, I thought it would never get better and that I didn’t deserve love. I could not see how I could possibly fix the mess that I perceived my life to be. Looking back, I see that by the grace of God, we are placed into circles and communities of people who are supporting us, even if we’re not aware.

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Co-Creation: Contracts are Made

Co-Creation: Contracts are Made

This mandala was inspired by an Aboriginal tale of a snake shedding it’s skin to begin anew. When a snake gets too big for its’ skin, it naturally sheds off as the snake gets bigger and bigger. Shedding its’ skin is easy and makes room for new growth. Many times in my life I’ve shed parts of me that no longer fit and began a new phase in my life. Sometimes the shedding was natural and easy. Sometimes it was a struggle. I didn’t want the changes to be happening! It wasn’t fair, it was hard but it happened anyway. Every

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The Circle of Life: Relationships

The Circle of Life: Relationships

This mandala was inspired by all of the circles of friends, family and communities I have in my life. Each relationship effects us in some way and extends out to the other people in our lives creating a constantly growing and changing matrix of communities. We are born into our own mandala of folks. Our family. Our immediate family is the most influential community in our lives, and then our extended family, close relatives, friends, church, school, work, volunteer organizations. You get the idea. Sometimes we have to choose to create new communities if our current ones aren’t fulfilling us

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Self Actualization: The Individual Need to Evolve

Self Actualization: The Individual Need to Evolve

This mandala was inspired by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. As human beings we are evolving from fight or flight to love and compassion. We are taking care of ourselves, our planet and our fellow man more and more. It’s not longer weird to do yoga or to meditate and use alternative, healthy ways of healing. Collectively, we’re listening our individual bodies, minds and souls for answers instead of relying on religion, the government and corporations to dictate what we do and how we think. Here are some questions for YOU to contemplate as you color this mandala: It seems that

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It Takes All Kinds: The Universal Need to Express

It Takes All Kinds: The Universal Need to Express

This mandala was inspired by the song… “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”   If your light isn’t shining, you’re dead. It’s the gift of life, this little light of yours. The energy that pumps your blood and makes you breathe. It’s a light that can not be stopped short of death. You need to express this light. You can pretend you’re not creative, you can hide away in your tiny little life. But the light will always be shining to keep you alive and wants to express in creative ways. It can be crunching numbers,

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And So It Grows: Expansion and Creation

And So It Grows: Expansion and Creation

This mandala was inspired by the natural expressions of water.   Most of us have very little knowledge or understanding of what’s going on underneath the surface. The waves come and go, they swell, they break. We love to listen to the waves, walk the beaches, swim and skim along the surface in boats, jet skis and rafts. We harvest the bounty of life, we collect shells and build sand castles. Underneath the water there are millions of things going on that are not only a mystery to us, but are critical to our well being and the well being of

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The Seed is Planted: Creation

The Seed is Planted: Creation

This mandala was inspired by planting pea seeds with our granddaughter Ruby. One spring morning the thought popped into my head that we should plant pea seeds together. “Wanna plant some pea seeds Ruby?” I said. “That would be super fun!” Ruby replied. In the garden, we dug a row with our fingers, carefully planted seeds and covered them with dirt. This simple act took less than an hour and resulted in hours and hours of conversations and trips to the garden. We watered and kept watch as the peas sprouted and grew. We planted sticks so they had a

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