Flower Mandalas

Flower Mandalas

Iris Germanica I (and another invitation)

Above is the Iris Germanica I flower mandala (which I’d love to have your comments on, either here or in the Flower Mandalas Project group). Here is the invitation:
Although the Beliefnet.com home page calls me an “expert,” I’m really just another traveller on life’s journey, and I’d very much like to hear from you about yours.
I’ve noticed that quite a few people have joined the Art, Healing, and Transformation group, and that’s great! I hope, here, to create a community in which blog readers and group members are not just listening to me, but are sharing in each other’s stories, thoughts, feelings, experiences, ideas, and struggles, as well as sharing their creative work. So I hope I will see more and more of this, and encourage you to post “early and often.”
I’m also interested in experimenting with using the “Miracle Question” I wrote about here, and I’m asking for volunteers to engage with. I’d like to use it online as a way to let myself and other members of the Beliefnet community help people to discover/recover their creative selves.
One of the things I do in the physical world is lead small groups I call Artists on Artists. In these groups, I use the Miracle Question as a framework for people to imagine what their lives would be like if all the issues and concerns they have as creative people were, like that!, solved. They write or draw these visions of their “miracle” lives and then, step by step, week by week, through a combination of peer review of their product and peer review of their process, the group helps them get there. It really works! People who have been blocked get unblocked. People who have always wanted to do something artistic discover what it is they want to do. People who are timid about getting their work out there — get their work out there. And so on. Each person’s miracle is different, and they’re all exciting to help actualize.
I’d like to do that here on Beliefnet, too. I’d like to encourage you to experiment, with me as your “miracle coach,” on you developing your particular miracle. Miracle workers of the world, unite! And post your questions, concerns…, and your miracles.
See you in cyberspace,
More anon,
– David
David J. Bookbinder, LMHC
Art, Healing, and Transformation group
Flower Mandalas Project group

© 2008, David J. Bookbinder

  • Lynn

    My, that certainly is a beautiful image!

  • Lynn

    I see you have a background in photography. I have an interest in learning to do very basic black and white “portrait” photographs of people and images I see in my home town (Lubbock, Texas) – it’s a fascinating and beautiful place (no matter what the Aggies say:). Anywho . . . I’m probably not going to make it to a “class,” so what’s the next best thing?
    Btw – Your Mandala is my new desktop (Hope you don’t mind).

  • David J. Bookbinder

    I think the next best thing to a class is a friend who can spend an afternoon with you showing you the basics, looking at the images you create, and giving you feedback and/or asking you want you were trying to accomplish. Much easier to do if you are shooting digital, of course, though possible with film.
    The next best thing after that is to go to the Photography section of your local decent bookstore and find books and photography magazines that you like, and start to go through them. For magazines, I like LensWork for photography itself and Popular Photography for the latest on equipment, tips, and gadgets, but there are numerous others.
    If you supplement this with the forums on photo.net and dpreview.com, you’ll gradually get to know what you are looking for and how to make best use of it. The people on these forums are very helpful, most of the time, especially on photo.net or the beginner’s forums on dpreview.
    Good luck. Pass some of your images back this way, when you start shooting!
    – David

  • Lynn


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