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“Eternal Now Mandala”

“With each breath, relax even more into the eternal now”, words from a Deepak Chopra online meditation.  A paradox seemingly, but in reality, the truth of our existence, as I believe we are non-physical energy of an eternal nature, temporarily focused in the physical.

The concept fascinated me, but I had no idea how to depict it visually.  The mandala began August 27, 2013 with an Om symbol representing the sound that reminds us of our connection to all things.  The color in the center would also become the color of the background.

August 28th, I was up and out early, and I saw a shooting star which then became part of the mandala.  I experienced a great restlessness which focused me even more directly on the message of the mandala, the now moment is all there is and it is mine eternally.  Reaching for some conclusion or striving to cross some imaginary finish line keeps me from fully inhabiting the now.

The guidance was very strong to feature the five elements prominently in the mandala.  Representing the perpetual cycle of the season and emotions (and so much more), the Chinese symbols for fire, earth, metal, water and wood join the mandala, as well as images of fire, the earth, gold coins, water drops and a tree.

September 18th, more wisdom from Deepak Chopra, “Practice living each moment as it comes with a light and open heart.”

The background color is added, a rich and grounding red, and the mandala completes on September 22, 2013.  The statement comes to me, “I give myself a gift when I gratefully enjoy the present.”

I hope this mandala serves as a catalyst for you to begin savoring your eternal now!Image




Filed under: Healing Art, Qi Gong

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As a Phoenix native, Vikki Reed's vibrant watercolors of desert botanicals evolved from her love and appreciation of the desert's ability to produce tender beauty in the midst of harsh conditions. The mandala series which began in 2004 resurrects a childhood knowledge that mandalas are a primordial tool for centering and healing. Vikki studied in the 1980s with watercolor greats Irving Shapiro and Paul Kuo, and began exhibiting at the outdoor shows in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico after Paul's encouragement. This led to gallery representation with the Wickenburg Gallery and Work of Artist's Gallery. Vikki also exhibited at the Celebration of Fine Art for eight years. Before taking sabbatical to act as caregiver for her father in 2010, Vikki was featured in a one woman show at the Northern Trust Bank in January 2008 and was selected to create an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree that same year. Vikki's current focus, the Mandala Series, combines ancient symbolism and the healing power of color.

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