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