Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ocean Series #4 - Ancient Voices Mandala

ancient one mandalaAncient Voices Mandala (Ocean series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: jasper beach stonebeach jasper

Every time I look at this mandala, I am almost overcome by its power. I immediately feel the strength it is offering, as well as recognize the ancient spirit that resides in the source stone. My guidance tells me it is jasper. The source stone reminds me of the face of a native figure. What is he sharing?

I keep hearing the words Be Present. Be Here Now. Don't Forget. I gaze in the center and I hear the words I am here for you.

I love finding hidden things in my mandala art. I was struck both by the shamanic figures and the lips that appear in the points of this mandala. Jasper was worn by shamen for protection and it is also known as the "supreme nurturer," reminding us that "we are not here just for ourselves, but also to bring joy and substance to others to release the bonds of constraint."(Melody, Love is in the Earth).

I am sure over time that I would learn to hear what else it has to share. This is a mandala for all of Us, as it reminds with clarity that we are all in this together.

~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

11 comments:

Jean Levert Hood said...

What a striking piece, Sue! That source stone is amazingly beautiful.

artandtea said...

I just love the earthy colors and feeling of this mandala, Sue. So powerful and beautiful!

Debra said...

So many times with mandalas created from nature the voice is ancient...always wise.

Thanks for bringing me here today to witness another of your brilliant 'messages'.

Love it! (I See You <3)

Princess Haiku said...

This is absolutely amazing; the spirit of a shaman waiting to be seen.

These recent storms are no doubt bringing you big waves and dreams of churning mandalas.

julie mitchell said...

Your mandalas are wonderfully vocal..beautiful.

Laura Hegfield said...

Sue the face in the Jasper is so very present. Wow. Beautiful, beautiful as always.

Carol Cooper said...

Hi Sue, hope you are keeping well? I love the "clay" type element of your recent mandala, earthy, organic! And the 9 little faces popped right out at me. Take care, keep creative!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful healing mandalas, I have been experiencing visions of these mandalas while I am awake and meditating. Could you tell me why? They started appearing a few years ago and I need guidance so I might be able to share my experience with others. Thank you

Sue O'Kieffe said...

I appreciate everyone who takes the time to leave a comment. I love knowing what you see and how you feel. Without a viewer there could be no mandalas.
To my Anonymous commenter, I don't know why you are seeing mandalas. Only you can determine that. I remember reading somewhere how unimportant the question of *why* really is. The important question is really *what next*? I sense that your visions are important to you. In meditation perhaps you could ask your highest self the significance of your visions. The mandala form is both compelling and healing, soothing and uplifting. If you keep asking, Im sure you will find your own answers. I'm still finding the answers to my own questions. It doesn't all come at once.
I'm thinking of this quote from Rilke, Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions

Colleen said...

WOW...this one literally stopped me and pulled me in. Incredible.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Colleen, it has had that effect on me as well. When I printed the mandala for someone who purchased it, I was mesmerized for a couple of days.
Some images are just worthy of lots of our time.