My Magical Mandala Tree
Canvas size: 48" x 60"
Inspired in May 2011
Sprouted in October 2011
Fully Blossomed in April 2012
Revealed to the world in May 2012
It took me one full year to get this painting done -- from the time I got the inspiration to the time I got the courage to put it on display. I have to say, every single step of this creation was nothing short of mystical. There were things that happened during the creative process that I could not have planned, and only the mandalas' relentless desire to be born in a very specific way--their way-- that brought forward each magical, almost ceremonial, events.
I know, I know...I talk about the mandalas as if they were alive. It's because they are! They are so alive, they are magnificent! They are demanding, unbending, and unrelenting; they know exactly what they want, when, and how they're going to be painted. They are constantly stirring, energetically speaking, wanting attention and adoration. And that's exactly what they get! Once they get you going, they are addicting to paint, mesmerizing to look at, captivating your very heart and soul, searing deeply into the depths of your unconscious mind. They have a life of their own! They are incredibly meditative, powerful, enchanting, and most of all, beautiful.
The deeper I get into the process, I realize that in many ways my painting has become an extension and an expression of me; of my soul. Every part of the tree --the roots, the ground, the trunk, the branches, the butterflies, the colors, the blings, each mandalas, and the very essence of their quality-- is a representation of my being. Every facet of this tree is a reflection of me. Each mandala stirs an aspect of my spiritual-Self I could not even explain, but I know, and I feel, that something deep, humbling, poetic, and profound is happening inside of me beyond my conscious understanding. That's the magic of mandala. They stir your consciousness and reflect back to you the beauty, mystery, and depth of your own soul.
I can still sit in front of this Mandala Tree for hours and just be lost in their presence. Meditating on them gives me such a sense of inner peace and joy. I love it. I am grateful that they chose me to give birth to them. It wasn't an easy task, but it was deeply gratifying and enriching experience nevertheless. The hardest part was letting my ego get out of the mandalas' way. Painting 33 demanding mandalas in one giant canvas was one of the most remarkable creative and spiritual immersions I've ever done.
The painting is currently on display at my clinic, and you are welcome to check it out. My hope as an artist and as a healer that this creation, My Magical Mandala Tree, awakens something profound, something romantic and whimsical, something healing and insightful, something wonderful, inside of you as well as it did in mine.
I hope you enjoyed this story and the mandalas. I would love to hear your feedback. How did the mandalas affect you? Did they bring up something in your awareness? Did you feel the calling to create them as well? Would you be interested in mandala painting class? If so, I would love to hear from you!