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Free Yourself

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“Free Yourself”  is part of an evolution, or (perhaps revolution!), a long time in the making.  Without going into story, let’s just say that the last decade or so included a lot more responsibility than freedom, or so it seemed, and my soul was longing for relief.

I began “Free Yourself” in early March, and the large spiral in the center moves all the way through and out of the piece.  The triangle in the center was meant to symbolize feminine energy and somehow, even though I am very familiar with the difference, I placed an upward triangle there, (masculine energy symbol) instead of the downward triangle which signifies the feminine.

The mandalas are ever-wise and I believe this heralds the return of a more balanced masculine energy, which complements the feminine rather than dominating it.  Our world will certainly benefit from this!

Around the center circle are flames, or, if you like, a circular saw blade, both of which serve to cut through (or burn through) illusions and limitations.

Next you will see the word, “freed”, which contains my last name, a realization made only during the creation of the mandala.

The dancers add the feminine element and…beauty, fun, and frolic!  Hearts encircle the piece and the spiral that began in the center continues out to infinity.

The lesson that came to me during the mandala creation (in multiple ways!) was to let go of my perception of how things should be so I could “Trust the Process” and open to the blessings that are TRULY and consistently unfolding along the way.

Place this mandala wherever you need a reminder that you can, in any moment,”Free Yourself” to new perceptions, allowing for more ease and elegance!

This mandala was completed on March 18, 2016.





Filed under: Creative Living, Ebb and Flow, Healing Art, Mandalas, Map Making, Mythic

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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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