Monday, December 21, 2009

Everlasting Dance Mandala

everlasting dance mandala
Everlasting Dance Mandala (Circle of Winter series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: Japanese skimmia

japanese skimmiaI discovered Japanese skimmia while nosing around the local nursery and was immediately taken by her showy red berries. I knew the photograph would transform into a powerful mandala.

The seven points of this mandala relates to the mystical traditions of many different religious orientations. When I look at this mandala created in traditional Christmas colors, I see a celebratory joyous image. And yet there is tension in this red and green combo, as opposites on the color wheel do.

Red is a passionate color associated with blood, fire, and transformation. Green is harmonious and a color of balance. It is the color of the heart chakra and is the resolution of darkness and light. There is a colorful dance going on here, with the boldness of red vibrating against the calmness of green.

Is it possible that, because of the colors we have chosen to celebrate this time year, we have created an opportunity to take a look at these seemingly opposite energies, and create for ourselves and for humanity a compassionate dance of peace? What would it take?

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas



Laura Hegfield said...

Yes Sue...more than possible. I feel this is truly a time of balancing all of our energies, discovering peace within and extending that same peace out to others. How do we do it? Begin within. Stop. Listen. Pay attention. Sense what ever arises. Lean. Grow. Share with others. Love. And peace will flow.
bright blessings,

Connie Rose said...

Very beautiful mandala, Sue! Your daily output is amazing, and the work is awesome. Hugs.

Cryztalvisions said...

Gorgeous and perfect for the holidays.

Emily said...

I love the Christmasy ones :-)

derick said...

This one truly lives in it's boldness of colour and in the possibility of new opportunities