Monday, September 15, 2014

Change Mandala

 Change Mandala - Circles of Being Series -  © Sue O'Kieffe 2014 

Change is in the air. Can you feel it? This morning, when I awoke at 6:00 am, it was dark outside. Seems like a couple of days ago it wasn't. But the wheel keeps on turning. Do you embrace change, or are you resistant? The more I am able to soften to the prospect of change, the more peaceful I feel. How about you?

source inspirations:

This is my offering to you today. With love.

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Friday, September 12, 2014

Many Blessings Mandala

Many Blessings Mandala - Circle of Being Series - © Sue O'Kieffe 2014

For whatever reason, yesterday  - 9/11/2014 - was a hard day for me. I felt out of sorts and depressed. I wondered how many other people out there remembering that day 13 years ago were having a hard time of it as well, and so I turned to the healing power of mandalas to offer some soothing relief.

source inspirations:

I felt drawn to use autumnal colors. This particular variety of heather and these maroon-brown coral bell leaves spoke of transition and change. I created the mandala in eight segments to remind us that our abilities to heal are infinite.  What came through, as I massaged the various layers in Photoshop, was quite unexpected. Purple for spiritual healing, red for grounding, and pink tones for the heart all came out to play. These are Nature's offerings here for us to take in however they are  most needed.

Many Blessings.

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ya Gotta Have Heart

I am thrilled to be included in Andrea Schroeder's Mandala Blog Hop.  This post also marks my return to blogging in over a year. I will be posting more often now, as Spirit moves me.

Since many of you might not know me, here is a little background. I began creating digital mandalas in 2006. I had found the website in 1999. It took a while for everything to come together - the right computer, my own version of Photoshop, and two semesters of digital art classes. I knew when I first saw Komra Moriko's website that someday I would be creating digital mandalas as well. And once I started, I couldn't stop. I loved capturing the everyday beauty I saw around me in mandala form.

But as time went on and my practice deepened, I began to understand that the bigger picture of this mandala art is really a transmission of Love.

You might  know that one meaning of 'mandala' is containing essence. The love that Nature offers us (whether flower, or tree, or crystal, or feather, or cloud, or maybe even bug) expresses the essence of its Love for humanity in mandala form. I am in service to humanity by being its conduit.

At the time of the March New Moon this year, I asked in meditation what most wanted to come forth. This is how I most often begin my mandala meditations these days. I felt the theme of Love wanting to be explored more fully. I chose these four source inspirations - rose, bleeding heart, antherium, and succulent leaf. I created mandalas from each of these sources and blended them together until satisfied with what was before me.

I have created hand drawn mandalas, but I love the magic and thrill of the unknown when I import images of nature into Photoshop and begin the transformation process.


This was the first mandala to find form. I love the three hearts in the center.  Ya Gotta Have Heart is also the name of this love exploration series.

                                                  Ya Gotta Have Heart

     ( This image will also be part of my upcoming 2015 mandala calendar, Circles of Love.)

                                                        Love's Vibration

I was intrigued by the lines in the succulent (which I later found out was an infection caused by insects).  Personally, I saw a message inscribed in the leaves. What do you see?

                                                        Love Light

                      I embedded the word Love in one of the layers of this mandala.

I don't attempt to interpret the mandala images. Instead I leave it up to you to find  your own stories about the mandalas so the images are personally meaningful to you. And I offer it all with Love.

Mandala blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Pssst! Don't forget to click on the graphic below to read the rest of the offerings in this radical mandala sharing!

mandala blog hop

The Magic of Mandalas Blog Hop is a radically inspiring sharing circle, with artists from around the globe sharing the stories behind their process of creating mandalas. Our mission: To inspire you to see new possibilities for your own creative practice.  Click HERE for a full list of the participants

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AHH Mandala -second in a series - with poetry by Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg

AHH Mandala V2 (Circle of Being Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2013
source images:auralite and hydrangea flowers

A couple of months ago I related the story of receiving a vision to blend the inspirational energies of Auralite crystal and hydrangea blooms into a series of mandalas. This is the second in that series of images.

I have been blessed to partner with the lovely poetess,Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg; the uplifting and inspiring words that poured out of her upon viewing this mandala are shared with you here. You may read more of Maureen's poetry on her Facebook page, Heart's Calling.

find that point of joy,
when all else falls away-
a center surrounded by,
love unfolding,
holding you-
when layers of resisting patterns,
come to reduce you-
make you numb.
and sorrowful.
to find that point of peace,
when shaken by your world-
like layers of light,
unfodling colors,
into serenity touching-
sweet consciousness.
when those moments,
fall from you-
and your smile comes form your soul,
completeness of being-
when all is unseeing,
and what you do see,
becomes melted into-
love's flowing.
grateful for all that has become,
the rest,
will make you-
don't let it break you,
breathe into your point-
of being,
it is there waiting for you-
the part of you,
that you already are.
Heart's Calling
© Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg~

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Many blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vernal Equinox Mandala

Vernal Equinox Mandala (Circles of Being) Sue O'Kieffe © 2013
source images: forsythia, white plum blossoms, tabular crystal


as spring seeds emerge-
through earth,
poking through-
green reaching towards,
the suns warm rays against blue.
that word that brings-
bringing life-
coming to me,
I see my fields turning-
I see my sky aching,
to push through in bloom.
waking in this moment to see,
my bloom and changes that-
bring me,
to my opening.

© Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

AHH Mandala - First in a Series

Ahh Mandala (Circles of Being Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2013
source images: auralite crystal, dried hydrangea flowers

For the past year and a half, I have been honored and privileged to be an advocate for and caretaker of Auralite crystal, an amazing and most unusual high frequency 1.1billion year old stone that is emerging from the earth at this time. I credit Auralite with significantly assisting me twice in restoring my life, by coming to me at times when receiving its healing energies were critical, and I am blessed to be able to assist it now in walking out on the earth at this moment in our history.  

I meditate or spend time with one or more pieces of Auralite daily. I wear an Auralite pendant and feel  a part of me is missing when I take it off. This crystal has bonding properties that I have not experienced with any other stone.

Recently, while in a meditative dream state I sensed the Auralite make a request to create a mandala using his photograph (my gender preference) and combine it with the energies of hydrangea. I was so pleased with what came through, that I have decided to create a series of mandalas based on these two very giving sources – Auralite crystal and hydrangea blossoms.

Ahh Mandala is an acronym for one part Auralite mandala and two parts hydrangea mandala. I have been using this technique of blending  seemingly disparate imagery to create new multi-dimensional, high frequency patterns since the end of 2012. If you follow my blog, you might have seen other examples of this new focus here and here.

I love the feeling of expansion and opening in this mandala. Spring is beckoning and life forces are stirring. Take a deep breath, spread your arms wide  and go Ahhhhhhh. Perhaps the subtle vibrations of the Fruit of Life sacred geometry pattern embedded in this mandala adds to the feeling of lushness and renewal as well.

When fellow soulful cohort Sarah H viewed this mandala in one of my Facebook groups, she commented: 
What I feel is a powerful surge through the solar plexus and crown...and a unification of the chakras through the core energy (activating those above the body and below, as well as within). Love the playfulness yet powerfulness. Thank you for a lovely experience, Sue

Her comment was especially meaningful to me because she so beautifully tapped into  the inherent healing energies of the Auralite itself.

~Sue O'Kieffe

Sacred Circle Mandalas

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Inviting the Christ Light Mandala

Inviting the Christ Light Mandala © Sue O'Kieffe 2012
source images: hawthorn branches, rose quartz, yellow rose

Christmas Eve morning, before I woke, I had a dream, and I heard these words.

So many of you keep thorns around your heart, keeping Love out. My message to you is to do some pruning. Open up. Let the Love and Blessings of Christ Consciousness fill your heart.

And I saw what looked like a nest made of thorns. Luminous yellow petals floated into the center.

Petaled droplets of Love. Pure Love.

I heard myself ask what wants to come forth, as I witnessed the mandala being created in my dream state. Hawthorn and rose quartz showed up, as well as the number 8, and then I wakened to my day.

It just so happens I have a small hawthorn tree right outside my apartment. And I will tell you that the thorns on that tree are formidable. But hawthorn also contains chemical components that regulate arterial blood pressure, making it an excellent heart stimulant. This is a tree for the heart.

Rose quartz is a dear beloved friend to me by now, having offered many ways to open the heart in appreciation of all things. I love that she once again offered energetic support for this creation.

In my waking state I was faced with the decision of what else to use, and yellow rose, long regarded as a symbol of  Love, said Yes! to me as a representation of Christ Consciousness.

It came a flowret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night.

So this is my gift for you on Christmas Day and for this Solar Return as well. 

Brightest of blessings,
Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas