On consulting the Signs and Symbols Sourcebook, I learned the following, “mushrooms have magical properties within them seeming to provide a gateway to another world”, and in Chinese mythology, mushrooms are one of the sacred foods eaten by the Immortals. The Agaric mushroom was said to only grow during times of peace and prudent leadership. When I googled Agaric mushrooms, the images I saw sparked a memory of one of my earliest paintings, a 2″ X 3″ miniature with…mushrooms!
The significance of this will be lost on most, but it came as affirmation to me that I have been “plugged in”, guided if you will, for quite a long time now.
The mushrooms became the center of the mandala. Footprints encircle the mushrooms, inferring direct connection with the earth. The ladders stretch out from there, an aspect of the relationship between heaven and earth, symbols of ascension, transcendence and the fulfillment of potential. The apples show up next, signifying the desire to soak in knowledge from a variety of sources. The stars border the piece, representing friendship and support.
The mandala process comes through once again to demonstrate that when I can quiet my mind enough to listen, the most amazing material comes through, offering reassurance and confirmation that connection is always present. There is a thread of grace, continuity and blessing running through my life, regardless of the pain, chaos and darkness that has been occupying much of my attention in recent years.
There is an increasing sense that support is always available, that I am on the right path, even if I cannot see the road up ahead. I trust that I am to continue painting, sharing and teaching, and my prayers that my work might bless all who come in contact with it are being answered in the most loving ways.