Monday, December 08, 2008


rememberingRemembering - (Mandalas for Peace Project) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
source image: bearded lichen

When you see thirteen in your mandalas, perhaps the message conveyed is that you have moved into a new phase in your life. Thirteen might also be telling you that the weight of the past may hamper the new direction in your life, especially when you do not bring closure to what has gone before. Thirteen in your mandalas may be a clue that a powerful process is in force within you, and that you might do well to prepare for a freeing of your energy after what seems like a time of tribulation, hard work, and confusion. ~ from Creating Mandalas by Susanne E. Fincher

A friend of mine recently told me the story of her near death experience. By all accounts she should have died 10 years ago when she was trapped in a car rear ended by a semi. When she was rescued from the burning car, she told the EMTs who pulled her out that she was sitting on the laps of angels. I am not going to go into the details of her story, because it is her story. The effect of hearing her story, though, seemed to release me from a funk I had been experiencing for the last six weeks or so. I was uplifted. I felt at peace.

The message I heard her telling me through recounting her tale was Remember who you are. Express yourself. Do what you are called to do. Life is short. Death is an elevated state of consciousness. Shine on.

I created this mandala from the energy of my friend's inspiration, and I hope it will assist others to help them remember as well. I felt drawn to create a mandala with thirteen rays because thirteen is a number indivisible...a number unto itself. Unique.

Shine On.

~Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


Doe Grozs Art said...

and thank you for that reminder.. oddly I was "remembering" this not too long ago and I think wrote about it on my blog, but ... why do we forget??????
marvelous reminder.
thank you :-)
sending love and light,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this thoughtful post, Sue. Sometimes I feel like I'm so focused on changing that I do forget who I am, and tend to "throw the baby out with the bathwater" ... there are good things gained from even the most chaotic or disturbing relationships in life and I'm beginning to be able to appreciate them.

John M. Mora said...

I thought I had left a comment - maybe I am going nuts -= tel me it is not true...instant.karma - "yea, you."

This one is lovely.....I see the "moon, stars and the sun."

artofandrewdaniel said...

Wow! This one belongs in a cathedral!!

Kate Jobe said...

Indeed...Shine On!

Psych Client said...

What a beautiful mandala! Finally, the number 13 stands for something positive :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Your mandalas appear to pulse with light and movement that emanates from the center reaching outward. Thanks, Abundance Rocks

dianeclancy said...

Hi Sus ...

There is a little surprise for you over at my blog ...

here is the post

~ Diane Clancy

The Artful Eye said...

This mandala took my breathe away. I looked at it and stopped for a moment to relish in the intricacy and the detail. I also love how this mandala's edge glows against this vintage green background.

I'm also drawn to black and white which is strange since I'm really a colorful individual. I read your post, it brought a tear to my eye. Thirteen is one of my favorite numbers.

I'm in a phase not sure what kind.

Peace be with you.