Friday, January 29, 2010

Free Mandala Wallpaper

All Paths Lead to One Mandala wallpaper
All Paths Lead to One Mandala © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: honeysuckle blossom

I love offering gifts whenever I can.

I created desktop wallpaper in three different sizes for all of you who follow my blog and anyone who happens to find their way here in the future.

The original mandala, All Paths Lead to One, symbolizes a philosophy I want to embrace in my own life, when I feel conflict with another person's beliefs. I know that we are all connected and that we are all one. We are Love.

There is a great awakening on this planet at this time and great shifts are occurring. May this wallpaper remind you that we are all part of each other whenever you turn on your computer.

The wallpaper was created in three different sizes, depending on your monitor resolution. Here are the links:
800x600=http://www.box.net/shared/eyejltipdd
1024x768=http://www.box.net/shared/8zm9uxgxj4
1280x960=http://www.box.net/shared/oinn7c516n

If you aren't sure how to install wallpaper on your computer, here are some instructions

MAC OS 9
1. Download image according to your monitor resolution
2. Go to Apple menu > Control Panel and select "Appearance".
3. Select "Place picture" and locate the appropriate picture.
4. Click "Set Desktop".
MAC 0S X
1. Select the picture you want in the resolution which matches your display.
2. Save image to desktop.
3. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Personal section and select "Desktop".
4. On the "Collection" pulldown menu, go to "Choose Folder" and locate the appropriate picture.

WINDOWS 7 and VISTA
1. Select the picture you want according to the resolution which matches your display
2. Download image and save to your desktop
3. Right click on desktop and choose personalize.
4. Browse to the mandala image and click on it. Make sure picture position is set to fill screen
WINDOWS XP
1. Select the picture you want according to the resolution which matches your display
2. Download image and save to your desktop
3. Right click on desktop and choose properties
4. Click on desktop tab. Browse to mandala image and click on it

Bright blessings to you on your path this day!

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

JEWELED ESSENCE MANDALA

jeweled essence mandalaJeweled Essence Mandala (Circles of Awareness series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: eucalyptus flowerseucalyptus flowers

The universe and the light of the stars come through me. Rumi


When I first saw these eucalyptus flowers, I knew that something special was waiting for me to discover. I created this mandala a week ago, and I have not been able to find the words to write about it. Sometimes it's like that.

As a people we are being called to discover, reveal and be our best selves. The recent tragedy in Haiti has opened up our hearts to those who are suffering and in need of assistance. We are embracing our basic love of one another.

When I was creating this mandala, it opened itself up to me in layers of development. Each one had its own story to share. When I blended them all together, the true nature of what needed to be revealed showed itself to me. This is the heart of us. We are all precious jewels. Do you believe that?

My intention is to show possibilities for humanity through my art and to share the messages that nature has to offer. If you gaze into the center of this mandala and breathe in the energy being offered, I wonder if you will feel the stirring in your heart like I did?

I hope you will share your experiences of this mandala with all of us here.

Many blessings on your path this day.

~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ocean Series #3 - Mystic Love Mandala





Mystic Love Mandala (Ocean Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: clam shell

Smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and Spirit fly into the mystic ~ Van Morrison

clam shellThe Pacific Ocean I experience on the North Coast of California never ceases to astound and take my breath away. There are so many aspects of her character that I love, but I especially love her on a misty morning. It was that misty mysterious quality that I wanted to capture in this image. The center is a little hazy and indistinct, surrounded by eleven brilliant stars. Eleven is a master number symbolizing inner vision containing a message that must be communicated to the world in sacred text or a new teaching (David Hulse, The Truth about Numerology). I like to think that the eleven stars around the mandala are beacons of truth for the center seeker.

There are so many places that I call my spiritual home, but the ocean will always be my powerful mother who clears my emotional body and roars her truth to me.

Bright blessings on your path!

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

First Blush Mandala 2010

first blush mandalaFirst Blush Mandala (Beauty and Light series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2010
source image: tea tree flowers

delicate pinkness ---
seashells and climbing roses---
lovers' first blushes

This is my first mandala actually created in 2010 and the first haiku tea tree flowersI've written since I was in high school. Writing haiku was something I had wanted to do during Art Every Day Month, but I never quite got to it. I needed space to let my brain relax and let it in; and with the holidays past I guess it finally happened! Im sure I will play with this more in 2010

When I was creating this mandala today I realized how much I needed to be taking in this delicate pink color. I could almost feel it being absorbed through my skin, this color of love and the heart and compassion. And so I pass it on to you. Enjoy!

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Have you ever noticed the widget at the top of my blog to subscribe to my newsletter? Beginning this month and every month now going forward, I will hold a random drawing for three of my greeting cards to my newsletter subscribers. This offer is only available to my subscribers.I've created six new greeting cards in beautiful pastel colors that are suitable for framing or giving to your friends for special occassions. You can take a look at them on my Etsy shop.

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I hope the beginning of 2010 is going well for you all. I am optimistic about the coming new year, myself. How are you feeling about the beginning of a new decade?

~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


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Saturday, January 02, 2010

OCEAN SERIES #2 - Shore Magic Mandala

shore magic mandalaShore Magic Mandala (Ocean Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: gull feathersgull feathers

The ocean remains for me a magic place of immense power. Walking along the sand dunes, I become so aware of all the ways that life happens. The shore reveals life and death. Sometimes it's not so pretty. Feathers and bones stick up out of the sand. Shell bits, crab legs ... they leave behind a haunting memory.

I believe these feathers belonged to a seagull who reached the end of its cycle of life. I love sea gulls. They seem to have a distinct personality, and I have read that they have developed a series of calls and gestures to communicate with each other. I love how gulls tilt their heads and shine a dark, knowing eye your way.

The magic of gulls comes from the time they spend on the shoreline, which is a place of not quite land and not quite water. The shoreline is the domain of sea sprites and water spirits. It is the magic of gull medicine that I wanted to honor in this image. I was guided to create a seven pointed mandala. Seven is a mystical number in many ancient traditions. I used blue for the surrounding field not only to represent the power of the ocean, but also to remember the gull's fine communication skills, since blue is the color of the throat chakra. Perhaps spending time with this mandala will help you finely hone your own powers of communication in this coming new year.

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

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