Mandala Coeur Joyeux (Circles of Love series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
I've been sitting with this finished mandala for a few days now, breathing into the image and seeing what is reflected back to me. There was a sense, at first, of the upcoming holidays -- visions of sweetness and frosting, snow and winter wonders, peppermint candy and sugarplum fairies all spoke to me. But I think the message of this mandala goes deeper, right to the heart.
This mandala throws open a window, inviting the self to meet the Self. The heart at the center of this image glows with light, joy and innocence. Look at me here, the Self seems to shout. I am dizzy with Light and radiating with Joy and Delight.
And really, I really do believe that this is who we all are, filled with this Light and Love.Have you felt a knocking at your heart? Have you noticed that quickening, a desire to let loose with the glow of who you really are?
I do not speak French, and so I asked Google to help with the translation for Joyous Heart Mandala. I wanted to title it in French, which after all, is the language of Love.
I would, as always, love to hear your impressions on how this mandala speaks to you.
(And here's a little technical aside, for those of you who like these things:
I created this mandala using the Illuminate photoshop action I downloaded at Paint the Moon Photography's Facebook page. I am always looking for ways to add more light to my mandalas. So, merci, Annie Murray Manning, for figuring all these details out so I don't have to.)
Sacred Circle Mandalas
Mandala Coeur Joyeux is available now in my Etsy shop (20% off through 12/6/10)