All My Life’s a Circle

You don’t have to look far to find circles in daily life.   From the bowl you eat your breakfast cereal from to the clock on the wall, to the sun and the moon, circles are everywhere.  Life itself can be seen as a circle from birth to death. We even talk of coming “full circle”

I think the circle is a symbol that is embedded in our spiritual DNA  there for us when we are ready to remember. I believe that spiritual art and music incorporating circles are a way of helping us to remember.  Some of the songs written about the deeper meaning of circles include The Circle by Harry Chapin to Circle Game by Judy Collins to Circle of Life from The Lion King written by Elton John and Tim Rice.

 

I love to play with sacred geometry in my artwork, especially circles.  My first attempt at this was with the form of the Rose Window for Rose of Sharon.

Rose of Sharon
Copyright 2010

Then I explored the labyrinth with my ‘Walker” series.

 

Firewalker
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

I created another round quilt based on the song The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell to honor my mother’s life.  It hangs on my gallery wall in my home.

Carousel of Time
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Original quilt based on the song Circle Game

 

A few years ago I even devoted a day to working with a mandala.  The day began with meditation on the courtesy dock which actually extends over the water.  What a wonderful way to begin, sitting silently listening to the birds and feeling the gentle breeze on my face.  Then I went inside and did a bit more study on the history and process of the mandala. I wanted to work outside so I loaded up a couple of tote bags, walked back down to the lake and set up on a picnic table by the water.

I thought I had an idea of what I would do, but Spirit had something else in mind.  Instead of the extremely intricate flowing lines of the typical drawn mandala I ended us with very basic circles full of personal meaning and symbolism.  It may not seem like much to others, but to me it is a gentle, encouraging message from the Creator and exactly what I needed on that day. I am not posting a photo here because this is a very personal piece. It is hanging in my studio and is not for sale.

When we begin recognizing our connection to nature, Spirit, symbols and other people life starts to open up to us in all it’s glory.  The mandala is one tool we can use to help facilitate this. More than just an art form, Spirit will speak through it if we just listen.

To view or buy more of my artwork go to The Espirational Gallery.

For more information on  the mandala see:

http://www.mandalaproject.org/

http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/history-mandala-7424.html

http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/journaling-2/art-journal/how-to-draw-mandalas-and-why-you-w

One thought on “All My Life’s a Circle”

  1. That “circle” effect which is so universal is the reason why the wall hanging (which is still on the widget on the side column to the right on this page) sold so quickly. The circle is simply part of creation. Look at the shape of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and the presumed shape of our universe. Why? Even if the scientists are right and this whole universal scenario was created by a “Big Bang” what is the shape of the residue which scatters after an explosion? Simple. Circular. Where ever energy is, it creates a circular pattern around it. That pattern is part of our very make up.

    May I suggest that if any of you like Genie’s art that you should get over to the Espirational Gallery at http://www.espirational.net (click the widget just mentioned) soon while you still have the best selection possible. Her creations are starting to sell and waiting may mean missing the item you want. All of her artwork are just one-of-a-kind so once it is sold it will not be made again. And all of Genie’s works carry a deeply personal, spiritual message which you may want to be reminded of for years to come by hanging it on your wall.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.