I create pressed flower mandalas and art and teach mandala coloring classes and workshops for healing, meditation and to increase personal growth and creativity in the Rogue Valley, Oregon area.
When I began my journey into this art form, I was experiencing a mid-life crisis that manifested in depression. As I started gathering and pressing flowers, leaves, even weeds, the life-affirming qualities of nature began to transform the depression into joy. Through my art and the classes I teach I want to share the miraculous beauty of nature and its ability to heal and connect us with a sense of hope and optimism.
I was trained as a counselor, receiving my Master's Degree from Antioch University in 1974. For twenty five years I worked in community colleges, teaching psychology and personal growth classes and counseling. At age 50, I enrolled in an Artist's Way class, and two things happened: I began creating pressed flower art and later began offering Artist's Way classes myself. Now I'm sharing the healing I've experienced with others, and watching them move from darkness into the light as their creative skills blossom is deeply rewarding.
In this session I worked with my student on "Chapter 2: Our Bodies As Conduits of Light" from Judith Cornell's Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing book. We started with a meditation entitled, "Bringing Prana Through the Hands" which was followed by two exercises: drawing an outline of the hands and then illuminating them with the white pencil using the scale of light shading technique. The purpose of these exercises is for a person to will learn to strenghten their will and mental powers so they can distribute inner healing energies throughout their bodies. The hand drawing is a simple biofeedback device--a visual mirror to the eyes and brain-- by making the invisible energies visible and more real to the conscious mind. As a person draws thier prana(life force), physical body and paper and pencils all will be linked in an alchemic healing process. I have displayed above the drawing of my student. Here is what she wrote about it: I have plenty of energy from Source to use on myself first.....then others. The energy directed to me feels really good and has much power in it. My focus right now is on me first- to fill and sustain myself as an energy being residing in physical form." Great Work!