Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In Praise of All That Is Mandala

In Praise of All That Is (Earth Mystery Mandala series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2011
source image: oak leaves

In Praise of All That Is Mandala was created in honor of all the ancient cultures who brought to us reverence for nature and life and for the turning of the wheel. Can you imagine these celebrations -- drumming and dancing with invocations to great spirit?  The creation of this mandala is a thank you to those who came before, the ancestors, and those who continue on with these traditions all over the world.

Oak trees have a long history in the Druidic tradition, during the Solstice and Equinox celebrations, and are referenced in many other cultures as well. From the book A Tree in Your Pocket by Jacqueline Memory Paterson I learned that the oak tree's qualities are courage, strength, solid protection, and that these trees are considered doors to the mystery.

I felt a deepening inside as I created this mandala and more so when it was completed. I listened to and experienced many different stories during its creation. This is one of those mandalas where I am having difficulty summoning up language to accompany the image. Your stories and feedback would be most welcome for the circle who gathers here.

Are you willing to be in the mystery?

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas

2 comments:

Sue O'Kieffe said...

I came upon this quote by Jeff Brown (http://soulshaping.com) on Facebook just now. It speaks to me as well about this mandala:
We're each here to participate in the sacred dance, stepping on each others toes & turning each other toward God one clumsy step after another. Although the ultimate romance is with your own soul, its our experiences together that birth the essential lessons. Every divine purpose is a buried treasure, essential to the advancement of the collective soul. If we get off the dance floor, we postpone others lessons too

healingmagichands said...

Sue, this mandala combines two of my most favorite colors.

I look into it, and it has so many layers. I feel teh outside with the starbursts reminding me of the four solar quarters of the year, within the circles of dancers celebrating that. The inner portion seems to have a seated circle of 12 drummers or elders, guiding us to a sacred drawing within.

this mandala is probably one that brings me to a meditative state more than any other one I have experienced so far.

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us.