Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Vessel of Hope Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007

Representing the universe itself, a mandala is both the microcosm and the macrocosm, and we are all part of its intricate design. The mandala is more than an image seen with our eyes; it is an actual moment in time. It can be can be used as a vehicle to explore art, science, religion and life itself. The mandala contains an encyclopedia of the finite and a road map to infinity.
~ from The Mandala Project

As I was creating this mandala, I began to envision a very old container, something that might have been discovered in an archaelogical dig, that was believed to have held herbs steeped in oil used in healing rituals. I imagined that every time the ritual herbs were used, the dis-ease of the person being treated would be returned to the vessel and be alchemically transformed into radiant health.

Carl Jung said that a mandala represents
a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness. I have long been attracted to mandalas for their healing potential, not only for the viewer but for the creator as well. This mandala was created from a photograph of daffodils for my friend Susan E., who is currently facing medical challenges.

May she be restored to wholeness.


lebanesa said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. Wishing her all the best.
A very beautiful and spiritual mandala. The gold and the back light make it look extra striking and intricate.
Every one of your beautiful mandalas is different from the one before, and all very lovely.

Rima said...

That's a very touching and elegant creation, so delicate yet quite forceful. Thinking about Susan and praying too.

dianeclancy said...

Sue - this is very beautiful! Susan is so appreciative! Thank you.

~ Diane Clancy

Artists With Artitude said...

Sue, you have a very big heart and a most delicate touch. Your art and words are very healing..My deespest best wishes to Suzan too..

Irene said...

Oh, be still my heart, what beauty do I perceive now? Surely this must be a healing mandala for your friend! I love it, just love it! I love the translucency. There is love and beauty in it. I can't help but think that this is something magical.

Bobbie said...

So beautiful, Sue! It just radiates light and healing. You are my inspiration!

Bobbie said...

And I forgot to say the link is awesome! I will be studying it. Thank you!

Deb Kirkeeide said...

I love all of your work Sue, but I think this is my favorite. It does indeed remind me of a vessel. One with an intricate inlaid pattern of gold energy emanating from the center. Perhaps the essence of ourselves as the vessel. You have a wonderful expression of the spirit in words and in your vision. Thank you for that. Healing wishes for your friend.