Sunday, January 18, 2009


four fold way mandalaFour Fold Way Mandala - (Mandalas for Peace Project) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image - coyote brush

Coyote Brush, a chapparal plant related to the sunflower, grows abundantly all along the coast of California and up into Oregon. It is resistant to predators because it has a soapy taste and resistant to fire and land clearings because of its deep root system. Coastal Miwok Indians used the leaves to reduce swelling and the stems for arrow shafts. (from Blue Planet Biomes).

I have Coyote Brush growing in my back yard and on a recent sunny day was able to capture photos of its flowers, which have now gone to seed. When the sun shines on the dandelion - like fluff, it glows like angel wings.

I have taken my time in publishing this mandala because I wanted to see what messages it had to share; today I hear it saying: Be resiliant, be creative, be open, be nurturing. These
words also embrace my intent for more balance in my life. I know
that the other component of intent is the action to carry out this

What does this mandala say to you?

(credit must also be given to Angeles Arrien and her book The Four-Fold Way:Wallking the Paths of Warrier, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary as another influence in the naming of this mandala)


Doe Grozs Art said...

Beautiful.. There is this softness around the edges and I see that I can appear this way out in the world, but the core is strong, clear. It also speaks of balance and paths. Sometimes I see myself as Warrior or Teacher or Healer and Visionary, but the core of who I am is still the same... all aspects of myself come together and there is where I AM the True Self... thanks for the moment of pondering :-)

Anonymous said...

I feel drawn to that, wide...ready for new appearences...The outline is so very gentle a soft baby blanket....
well done!

Cate Rose said...

Really beautiful, Sue!

The Artful Eye said...

I am thinking of the delicious center of an artichoke, when you scrap the furry part and pull away the prickly part and get to the tasty heart.

Finding the center of your heart.

As always a great pleasure to visit here.


John M. Mora said...

Beautiful, peaceful, comtemplatuve - clear vision.

Hope you are well - took a lot og day off to witness history.

Kate Jobe said...

This mandalas ranks up in my top 5 favorites that you have done.. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.