This mandala began with an interest in some Celtic Knot imagery and before I knew it, an essay on the challenge of deciphering relationships had been expressed visually. The “He Loves Me” portions are simply rendered hearts with the ribbon symbol overlay. “He Loves Me Knot” starts out innocently enough in the center of the mandala, but takes twists and turns, lines pass over, under and through before the heart shape completes at the edge of the piece. In truth, relationships house both of these aspects, quoting Don and Eva Piper from the book “90 Minutes in Heaven”, “You’re going along and you’ll go way up, thinking, This is so exhilarating, thrilling and amazing! Then all of a sudden, you’ll come down, lose your stomach and think, This is terrible! I don’t know how to get through it, bounce back from it…”
Certainly, I am no expert on romantic relationships, but this piece gave me some insight and acceptance. I have always operated on the principal that the intolerable moments indicate that the relationship should end. No wonder my Mom liked to say, “This too shall pass…” and is credited with an inspiring marriage that endured sixty-nine years.
I love the mandalas for consistently helping to provide new perspectives on difficult concepts.