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The content that I share takes me at least a day to prepare
and at present I am incredibly busy writing and creating the artwork for my next deck.
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Creating a Flower Mandala
YOU WILL/MAY NEED
(read through and decide on what you would like to use)
an area inside or out
cleansing mists or smudging materials
something as a centerpiece
additional items ~ feathers, crystals, leaves, rocks, seashells, anything!
a journal & pen
a camera ~ you may like to take photos as you go along or at the end
if you are outside on grass/earth ~ sticks or skewers
string & blue tac
if you are inside ~ perhaps a lovely cloth
CLEANSE & PREPARE
I will find an area and cleanse it by smudging with smoke or flower essence mists.
Then I will have all the things I have gathered to create the mandala handy.
I will sit and mediate, relax and perhaps play some music, do some drumming or even sketch and write as I settle into the work I am about to do.
Sometimes I will have a definite purpose. I may be looking for insight into an issue, I may wish to settle my mind, body or heart. I may just wish to create a mandala as an open exercise with no intention but to see what will come. I do find it handy to keep a journal close just in case I want to keep notes. I often don't as I just get lost in the process of creation.
SET THE CENTRE
Then I will set a centre.
The Centre of a Mandala sets the intention and the focus.
In my images here, I have a blue glass bowl of rainwater.
Some other things you could focus on as a center could be a special flower, a seashell, a crystal, an image, a birds next, a rock, a plant and whatever your heart can dream up!
LAY OUT YOUR PATTERN
you can either do this organically as you go OR you can work out a pattern
by using sticks, bluetac and string.
THE STRING METHOD
decide on a size... I've gone for a 44cm diameter in mine.
Measure a cross from the center of your centerpiece, 22cm each 'arm'
Use a protractor to ensure this angle is correct.
THEN, using the protractor, set the other angles of the sticks.
Make sure you push them into the earth well.
Set a blob of bluetac at the same height on each stick
Start winding your string around your sticks in patterns.
Lay your petals and mandala items along the lines on the ground, in the spaces that that the string creation makes and so on.
ORGANICALLY AS YOU GO METHOD~
all you need to do is start at the middle and lay your petals and your items in an ever expanding radiating pattern from your center. EASY! :)
This is the start of an incredibly simple flower mandala outdoors.
You can layer and work as deep and as large as you like...
The MINDFULLNESS of MANDALAS
Just ENJOY.... think of nothing else but the patterns, the colours, the forms. Immerse yourself in the smallest part of each tiny thing. What do the petals feel like, how many edges does each have, notice the difference, however tiny in each fragment of this whole. When you are complete take notice of the whole. The relationships between each part.
The new patterns and relationships that you didn't notice as you where creating.
Some of my greatest moments of revelation and connection have occurred during mandala creation. I also adore doing this with partners, friends and groups. It ca be a wonderful practice if you are working with a group as you each bring something into the all of the magic circle.
Your Mandala contains: ~Flowers Within Flowers~
as in life, the smallest part contributes to the whole.
Places to find Pre ~Made Patterns to play with and to Inspire!
*Google "Mandala Patterns"
To learn MUCH more about Mandalas,
the meanings of sacred patterns and history:
I ADORE this book and have worked through MANY of the exercises within it.
Very worthwhile if you can track it down. I HIGHLY recommend
THE MANDALA WORKBOOK
This next book is a simply beautiful study, with so many very deep ideas to explore in connection with Mandalas and nature in particular. Love it, beautiful book to hold and explore as well as learn from.
THE MANDALA BOOK
Buddhist Art & Mandalas
BBC Resource and Lectures
Buddhism ~ Sacred Mandala
ART & Craft to Inspire
Here are a few links to EXPLORE!
Kathy Klein ~
photography of flower and petal mandalas
Mind Flowers ~
Flower inspired hand drawn mandalas and meditation music
For the crafty!
Flower Mandala Friendship Bracelet
I have a new MONTHLY email newsletter that features free resources and postcards to collect, Circle members ONLY invitations to events, special offers and discounts and Flower NEWS! I've named it "The Flora Circle"
Join the Flora Circle with Cheralyn
*beautiful & insightful monthly Oracle Postcards to collect
*news & special offers
*joining gift includes your Birth Flower Profile
~the Flora Circle is free & always will be
FREE MINI FLOWER READINGS TONIGHT!
8:30pm Sydney time
IF you would like a Free Mini Flower Reading .... pop back to the facebook Event Page
Post a photo of a flower that you are drawn to, any information you want to share about the Flower and the insight you are looking for.
EVENT PAGE LINK:
*one of my Sketchbook Wildflower Signatures that I share regularly on my Facebook page
and make up my research for my Oracle Decks and Books.
IF you would like to LEARN Flower Reading yourself and even gain Certification
Cheralyn has over 30 years experience creating courses,
teaching and assessing and has a current Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
so your Certification is recognised and valid!
This VERY Indepth Online course , suitable for all levels, begins THIS WEEK!
Flower Reading Certification
with Cheralyn Darcey
author & artist of the "Australian Wildflower Oracle"
(September 2014 release Rockpool Publishing)
bookings now open
Have you ever wanted to learn Flower Reading and even gain certification?
My new ONLINE 8 week Workshop begins in April 3rd
Course Fee: $130
more details at this link..... http://www.creativewitchery.com/flower-reading.html