The idea of the “Guidance Mandala” was percolating mid February 2015, but I was stalled by not finding my photo reference for what I believed the central image should be (a lotus with mirrored reflection in water). Searching through my photo library for the image took me on an emotional journey, but that is a story for another time.
Life currently offers many distractions from painting, many responsibilities vying for attention, and when I allow this nonsense for too long I begin to feel disconnected and unbalanced. I carved out some time to paint and began a “small” mandala (8″X8″) deferring my frustration with the “Guidance Mandala” for another time.
The small mandalas can be delightfully free-flowing and the image of an eye for the center came to me right away. I reflected on the last few months of eye-opening experiences and felt affirmed by the mandala acknowledgement. Violet flames crackle below the eye, burning away karma, and above the eye, rays of light offer a new and broader perspective. A green horizontal line makes a clear delineation between past and future.
Surrounding the central image are what appear to be shark’s teeth, cutting through the illusion. Nine rays reach out and create nine more eye shapes, this time softer and less defined.
Eighteen Phoenix Birds border the piece, symbolizing a new birth after the fire and dissolution of the old life, the limiting patterns and perceptions that have fallen away.
Words from a recent conversation with a dear friend (just completing her certification as a Trauma Release Exercise Provider) surface in my memory. She said, “I’m getting supervision”, but what I heard was “I’m getting Super Vision”!
I realize that this mandala is all about “Super Vision” which is of course, another way to say “Guidance”. The solution to the puzzle provided itself through the mandala process, and these words were given to me as well, “The less urgent you feel about needing to know the answer, the more quickly the answer will reveal itself to you!”