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Heart Activation

In November, I was away at a blissful Qi Gong retreat, re-familiarizing myself with the abundant energy of nature, when we were informed about the Paris attacks.  On my return home, I felt the need to create a mandala, “Love is the Key”.

As time continues, more teachings come to me through visionaries I admire, John Newton and his ancestral clearing work, Lee Harris (who recently shared an amazing Heart Activation Meditation) and Gregg Braden, who just spoke in Phoenix  about “Resilience from the Heart” his latest book.  These three wise men and others, emphasize the importance of re-connecting with, and living from the wisdom of the heart, Mr. Braden speaking as a scientist of the neurocytes, (similar to brain cells) that are present in the heart.

Of course the guidance came to bring forth a “Heart Activation Mandala”…

Heart Activation Mandala

“Heart Activation Mandala” version 1.

Hmmm…Bold and enthusiastic as I felt, this one did not answer the call, so I set about creating Version 2,

Heart Activation Mandala 2

and this one felt even farther away from what I am seeking.

How can it be? It is extremely rare that the mandalas do not “turn out”.  At the same time I was feeling strangely unphased , which is a welcome change from 2015, during which I felt “stuck” for a seven month period while birthing the “Guidance Mandala”

So once again, I was lucky enough to be at a QiGong retreat on June 12th (my birthday) and then became aware of the tragic events unfolding in Orlando.  I returned home and continue to create what I hope will help serve to activate hearts and restore wisdom as spoken so eloquently by Martin Luther King, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Heart Activation Mandala, version 3

Heart Activation Mandala 3 with color

Filed under: Creative Living, Healing Art, Loss, Mandalas, 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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