Gratitude, Mandala Series, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2016, photo © 2016 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
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Posted in Art, Gratitude, Holidays, Mandalas, Personal, Practice, Seasons, Silence, Spirituality, Structure, tagged creating mandalas, end of the year rituals, giving thanks, inspiration, making a Gratitude List, seasonal rituals, Thanksgiving, the practice of gratitude on November 28, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Art, Gratitude, Growing Older, Haiku, Mandalas, Nature, On the Road, Place, Poetry, Practice, tagged 8 year anniversary of red Ravine, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, broken, circles within circles, cut glass, Kansas City, Missouri, mosaic, red Ravine Blogiversary, the creative practice, unbroken on April 7, 2015| Leave a Comment »
eight years to the day
broken or unbroken
she decided to stay
-posted on red Ravine, Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form poem in a Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post: haiku 4 (one a day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Art, Body, Bones, Death, Dreams, Growing Older, Holidays, Life, Mandalas, Practice, Silence, Spirituality, Structure, Wake Up, tagged Accept loss forever, Archetypal Stages of the Great Round, archetypes, circles, Coloring Mandalas, Death as a new beginning, emptiness, grief, Joan Kellogg, letting go, practices that sustain me, Susanne F. Fincher, The Great Round, the passage of time, the things I leave behind, Wheel of Life on November 30, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Wheel Of Life, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2008, photo © 2008-2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
ONE: Gates Of Death, Stage 10 of The Great Round, begins the natural process of ending the Great Round cycle in preparation for a new beginning. Experiences that open this stage often come in losses or obstructions that challenge us to question who we are. The first mandala, Wheel Of Life, brings us face to face with the relentless passage of time. The Wheel of Life turns on, sometimes up, sometimes down, urging us to let go.
Medium: Crayola markers, Portfolio Brand Water-Soluble Oil Pastels, Rainbow Magic pens that erase and change color, Reeves Water Colour Pencils
Celtic Cross, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2008, photo © 2008-2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
TWO: In Stage 10, we are being separated from that which is no longer needed. Celtic crosses made of tall, silent, enduring stone dot the landscape of Scotland. They stand against the sky, washed by the winds and rains of countless seasons, reminders that even though things change, there is a part of us that lives on.
Medium: Crayola markers, Portfolio Brand Water-Soluble Oil Pastels, and Reeves Water Colour Pencils
Lotus, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2008, photo © 2008-2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
THREE: In mandala three, based on the Kali Yantra of Hinduism, destruction opens the way for creation. The eight-petaled lotus represents the goddess Kali in her nurturing maternal aspect. The inner circle, traditionally colored black, reveals her also as a Destroyer, the dark womb that absorbs all into non-being. The central triangle, ultimate symbol of divine feminine creative energy, holds the spark of new life.
Medium: Crayola markers, Portfolio Brand Water-Soluble Oil Pastels, and Reeves Water Colour Pencils
Gateway, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2008, photo © 2008-2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
FOUR: Stage 10, Gates of Death, opens the last segue leading to the completion of a Great Round cycle, and urges us to walk through the gate into the unknown. It is time to let go of the way things have been and clear the way for a new beginning.
Medium: Reeves Water Colour Pencils, Crayola markers
October Mandalas — Stage 10 – Gates Of Death
The last few months I have been feeling empty, like I am nearing the end of a creative cycle. I have been wanting to shed the old, to wrap up lingering projects and push them out into the world, so that I can open to something new. It’s disconcerting to not know where you are going—a good time to revisit old practices. Yesterday, I spent most of the day in silence and opened the book on mandalas. When I revisited Stage 10, Gates of Death, I knew it was time to sit with the lessons it had to teach.
The mandalas are from the 10th month of a year-long mandala practice that began with the post Coloring Mandalas and followed the twelve passages of Joan Kellogg’s Archetypal Stages of the Great Round. I spent that year taking the Great Round to completion. But there was something I had yet to understand—-it would take until 2013 for events of my life to catch up to the last cycles of the Great Round. Some of the signs of Stage 10 – Gates of Death are:
- losses or obstructions that challenge us, causing us to question who we are
- things that once seemed important, seem empty & meaningless
- bittersweet parting with what was; painful rending from what can no longer be
- desire to let go of life the way it was, with no sense of what is to come
- sense of deflation when the connection between Ego & Self grows more distant
- aware of cycles of decay in nature and the eventual approach of death
Adding to the sense of disorientation I’ve been feeling, I lost a writing friend in July. And in November, I found out my blood father died on October 31st, ending any chance he might have to read the letter I wrote. Death. Decay. Loss. Rebirth. I still believe that anything we take on as a practice takes us where we need to go. It is the time it takes to get there that remains a mystery.
Archetypal Stages Of The Great Round on red Ravine:
Crystallization — September Mandalas
Functioning Ego – August Mandalas (Goethe & Color)
Squaring The Circle – July Mandalas (Chakras & Color)
Dragon Fight — June Mandalas
Target — May Mandalas
Beginnings — April Mandalas
Labyrinth – March Mandalas
Bliss – February Mandalas
The Void – January Mandalas
-posted on red Ravine, Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Posted in Family, Gratitude, Holding My Breath, Home, Laughing, Life, Life In Letters, Love, Mandalas, Personal, Poetry, Relationships, tagged cycles of life, engagement, love poems, marriage, marriage equality, marriage rituals, marry me mandala, rituals of love, romance, taking risks, the joy of romance, the power of love, untraditional engagements on January 29, 2012| 23 Comments »
Marry Me Mandala, for Elizabeth on her birthday, hand-drawn mandala photographed with Canon Powershot & edited with PhotoShop Elements, Golden Valley, Minnesota, January 29th, 2012, photo © 2011-2012 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
On the day you were born, it's plain to see, the Moon and the Stars aligned with the Sea— a wild heart so caring and free a better Aquarius you could never be! If beauty rises from the love we carry I see no reason why we should not marry let the rest of the world fight over what it all means, I know our love is everything it seems. I want to live with you all the days of my life, through thick and thin, amid hardship and strife, from deaths and births and the long Dark Night spring Joy and Art, and a good snowball fight. Last night when we danced on the studio floor I felt your love swell inside once more. In bearing witness, here for all to see, it's your birthday, Elizabeth, will you marry me?
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, January 29th, 2012, for Shug
-related to posts: Gratitude Mandala — Giving Thanks
Posted in 25 Things, Art, Body, Bones, Books, Culture, Doodling, Dreams, Gratitude, Growing Older, Holding My Breath, Life, Love, Mandalas, Practice, Relationships, Seasons, Secrets, Silence, Spirituality, Structure, Vision, Wake Up, tagged ancient rituals, Aum, creating mandalas, healing hearts, healing intentions, healing rituals, heartbeat of the Earth, hearts, making light of the dark, self-expression, self-image, setting intentions, shadows & light, the power of love, The Secret of the Golden Flower, the value of introspection, the value of practice, the value of process, the value of the Arts, the ways we love, unconditional love, unity for the good of the whole on September 20, 2011| 6 Comments »
Healing Heart Mandala, created on gray, rainy day while listening to Mandala Healing: Using Sacred Symbols for Spiritual & Emotional Healing by Judith Cornell, Golden Valley, Minnesota, September 2011, photo © 2011 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
THE SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER Once you turn the light around, everything in the world is turned around. The light rays are concentrated upward into the eyes; this is the great key of the human body. You should reflect on this. If you do not sit quietly each day, this light flows and whirls, stopping who knows where. If you can sit quietly for a while, all time-ten thousand ages, a thousand lifetimes---is penetrated from this. All phenomena revert to stillness. Truly inconceivable is this sublime truth.
—from The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life, translated by Thomas Cleary, HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, p.19
acceptance appreciation authenticity awakening balance beauty beginner's mind creative play clarity compassion connectedness devotion egolessness emotional healing faith fearlessness forgiveness freedom to be grace gratitude harmony healing laughter honoring diversity illumination inspired creativity integrity joy kindness life as a celebration listening with the heart living in the present mental healing miracles non-judgment oneness opening the heart to love patience peace perseverance practice of truth radiating love soul illumination spiritual healing surrender transformation trusting intuition unity wholeness wisdom wonder
-related to posts: Labyrinth Mandala At The Aquarius Full Moon, Ears Still To The Lonely Wind — Mandala For Rabbit, Flying Solo — Dragonfly In Yellow Rain, Shadow Of A Dragonfly, Dragonfly Wings — It Is Written In The Wind, Dragon Fight — June Mandalas, EarthHealer — Mandala For The Tortoise, ode to a crab (haiku & mandala), Eye Of The Dragon Tattoo
Posted in Animals & Critters, Art, Body, Bones, Culture, Doodling, Gratitude, Holding My Breath, Life, Mandalas, Nature, Personal, Practice, Relationships, Seasons, Secrets, Silence, Spirituality, Structure, Wake Up, tagged alotus_poetry, animal totems, anxiety, A~Lotus, BlackBerry 52 Collaboration, building community through the Arts, collaboration, creating mandalas, deep listening, ears still to the lonely wind, emotions, fear, fear & fearlessness, gogyohka, haiga, listening, meaning of Rabbit, overcoming fear, pen and ink drawing, Rabbit mandala, rabbits, the art of listening, transforming fear, universal emotions, working with fear on July 10, 2011| 22 Comments »
Ears Still To The Lonely Wind — Mandala For Rabbit – 26/52, BlackBerry 52 – WEEK 26, July 10th, 2011, photo © 2011 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Medium: Drawn by hand with a black Staedtler archival pigment ink Fineliner on Canson Mix Media XL Series 98lb drawing paper, collage paper. Colored & collaged with DecoColor Glossy Oil Base Paint Markers, Caran D’Ache NeoColor II Water Soluble Wax Crayons, Sharpie Medium Point Oil-Based Opaque Paint Markers, Lineco Archival PVA Adhesive, archival card stock paper. Gogyohka & haiga by QuoinMonkey. Photograph taken with a Samsung DROID.
It must be a plentiful year for Rabbit. I see her everywhere on my journeys across the Twin Cities. If you look to the spiritual aspects of Rabbit, she represents calling out Fear—looking it right in the eye. It is said that if we focus on people, places, and things we fear, we draw them closer to us. The very act of ruminating on what we are afraid of creates opportunities to learn the lessons conjured by those fears.
It’s a good time for me to pay attention to Rabbit. Lotus wrote the poem Becoming a Rabbit -26/52 for one of the BlackBerry 52 Jump-Offs in our collaboration. I pulled in a line from her poem that spoke to me, wrote a gogyohka, and scripted it around the edge of the circle that would become a haiga:
Sidewinding summer rain plays hide and seek with the sky. Rabbit holds her ground --- blades of mint awash in shadow, ears still to the lonely wind.
I want to carry my Rabbit fetish from New Mexico in my pocket for the rest of July; there are challenges ahead of me with outcomes out of my control. Is it on the dresser with the other animals? She was a gift from friends, hand carved, and sold at one of the pueblos. I have carried the balsa Rabbit for a long, long time. To help ease my fear.
Rabbit may signal:
- feeling frozen in place from trying to find resolution to a situation you are unable to resolve
- being too focused on the future, trying to control what has not yet taken form
- a need to write down your fears
- space to stop, rest, reevaluate
- time to wait for bigger, outside forces to move again
- opportunities to reframe the way you see your present set of circumstances
- the need to take a deep breath, burrow into a safe space, & release your fears
Lucky for me, Fear is a universal emotion. There is not a person on Earth that has not experienced Fear. I read it in the Writing Practices of friends. We talk about it over birthday dinners. I see it at the state, local, and federal government levels. I read about it in the news every day.
Naming my fears helps to dissipate anxiety I feel about things I can’t control. Rabbit helps me remember to breathe. And to listen for answers. Ears still to the lonely wind.
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, July 10th, 2011, with gratitude to Lotus for the inspiration
Lotus and I will continue to respond to each other’s BlackBerry Jump-Off photos with text, photography, poetry (however we are inspired) for the 52 weeks of 2011. You can read more at BlackBerry 52 Collaboration. If you are inspired to join us, send us a link to your images, poetry, or prose and we’ll add them to our posts.
-related to posts: Flying Solo — Dragonfly In Yellow Rain, Shadow Of A Dragonfly, Dragonfly Wings — It Is Written In The Wind, Dragon Fight — June Mandalas, EarthHealer — Mandala For The Tortoise, ode to a crab (haiku & mandala), Eye Of The Dragon Tattoo