Mandalas always generated their own stories, but 2017 brought a temporary end to (my) mandala creation, and the paintings that are coming forth now are less obvious in their messaging, as least to me at this point in time.
This piece, however, “Rise Above”, the third dragonfly in a series, was created during a time that is filled with chaos, conflict and tension, primarily in the world I am perceiving, but also reflected internally.
It is easy to surrender to fear and let my imagination take me to horrifying scenarios that end tragically for me and my loved ones (a skill I am not proud to possess). I am less practiced at the preferable art of imagining a beautiful outcome, lots of love and joy, merriment and celebration.
Enter the dragonfly, a symbol of change and transformation, and for me…a reminder of nature’s exquisite wisdom. Nature is balanced, with ebb and flow, and while in nature, it is much easier to become present.
As I reflected on the message of this piece, it is simply to pause and become present, preferably in nature, before reacting to anything that is observed in the “real world” right now, and even in the world within. To do battle with anyone or anything is making less and less sense. Observing and considering with a questioning mind is revealing and yielding greater benefits, along with copious amounts of compassion, including self-compassion.
The young woman who lost her life last week in Charlottesville was quoted as saying, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.” It’s not that I disagree with that statement, but feel that acting from a place of outrage will not generate the peaceful outcome I believe most of us desire.
Once presence, observation, consideration and compassion have been practiced, I am convinced that guidance for inspired action will issue forth, and healing, humanity and unity can be restored.