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Flower Mandalas

Flower Mandalas

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I am a psychotherapist, photographer, digital artist, and writer living near Boston, Massachusetts. As a therapist, I work primarily with artists, children and families, and people with addictive behaviors. Like Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, I believe art can be a pathway to the essential Self and foster personal and global transformation.

Flower Mandala: ‘Bowl of Beauty’ Purple Peony

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Purple Peony I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder From Long Hill, Beverly MA. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David […]

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Flower Mandala: Pink Impatiens I

Pink Impatiens I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

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Flower Mandala: White and Green Begonia

White and Green Begonia I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More spring flowers, from a window box. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, […]

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Help Wanted: “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas”

Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder I’m looking for feedback and ideas for a forthcoming book I’m calling “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” The book will contain a set of 52 images, each paired with a quotation or original piece of writing that, […]

Flower Mandala: Narcissus Poeticus IV

Narcissus Poeticus IV, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder One more in the Narcissus Poeticus series. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas: Narcissus Poeticus I, II, III

Narcissus Poeticus I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Narcissus Poeticus II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Narcissus Poeticus III, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Found a Narcissus Poeticus among a field of daffodils a couple of weeks ago. These are […]

Flower Mandala: Iceland Poppy II

Iceland Poppy II, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Originial Iceland Poppy flower found at Long Hill Reservation in Beverly, MA last weekend. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: […]

Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Daffodil I

Pale Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Daffodils are also in bloom hereabouts. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas: “Il piacere non può aspettare”

Pink Peony I, Copyright David J. Bookbinder One of my images, “Pink Peony I,” now adorns the cover of the Italian version of Indian author Tishani Doshi’s new novel, Il piacere non può aspettare, which I believe translates as “Pleasure […]

Flower Mandala: Blue Clematis I

Blue Clematis I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Clematis are in bloom hereabouts. In this newest incarnation of mandala-making, I’m trying to stick mostly to flowers I am currentlly shooting. This one I shot last weekend. More anon, -David David […]

Flower Mandala: White and Yellow Daffodil I

White and Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder Created in honor of a client who died recently. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas […]

Flower Mandala: Purple Echinacea I

Purple Echinacea I More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Daffodil I

Yellow Daffodil I, Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder More anon, – David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

The Compassionate Intentions of Illness

White Daffodil II One of my images, White Daffodil II, has just been used on the cover of the book “The Compassionate Intentions of Illness,” By Dr. Tony Humphreys and Dr. Helen Ruddle. The book is published by Cork University […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow Marigold I

Yellow Marigold I More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Flower Mandalas on Facebook

Flower Mandalas on Facebook Just a note to let the Beliefnet community know that, in a shameless act of self-promotion and altruism, I’ve created a “fan” page for the flower mandalas on Facebook. The site includes photo albums for my […]

White and Orange Daffodil Mandala

White and Orange Daffodil I After a very long hiatus, I’m back to making flower mandalas, in hopes of eventually accumulating 52. I’d be interested in hearing what you think/feel when you look at this one. Best, -David David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (V)

This image was shot on the morning of January 4, 2010. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2010, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (IV)

This image was shot on the morning of December 30, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (III)

This image was shot on the morning of December 8, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditation at Independence Park (II)

This image was shot on the morning of November 22, 2009. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. […]

Morning Meditations at Independence Park (I)

Although it’s been months since I have published anything on this blog, I have not forgotten. I’m working on a presentation on ways to develop resilience that I will be publishing here soon. Meanwhile, I have also resumed my early […]

An apology, a request, and a promise…

To those of you who are still out there, listening, I owe an apology. I have been preoccupied with creating a new website, and with a plethora of health issues, and although numerous blog ideas have occurred to me, I […]

Help wanted!

I am currently looking for someone to assist me in marketing my Flower Mandala images. I’ve won a grant and have sporadically licensed some of these images or have sold prints, but I believe this work is a good candidates […]

Creativity in Counseling

Iris Germanica (sepia) Following is a description of some of the ways I use creativity in working with counseling clients. Perhaps some of you will find them useful. If you have experience of working with creativity in a counseling context, […]

Stone Wall III

Stone Wall III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Stone Wall II

Stone Wall II I’ve been reflecting on what draws me to these images of stone walls. Recently, I suffered a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), during which the gelatinous part of the eye separates from the retina. In most cases, this […]

Stone Mandala I

Stone Mandala I Before I happened on my first flower mandala, I experimented with “mandala-izing” images of stones and the sky. I still rotate these images as my desktop wallpaper, and today this one, which I had not looked at […]

Bonsai IV: 1625 Miyajima White Pine

Miyajima White Pine This bonsai tree has been in “training” since 1625 and survived the Hiroshima blast. For more on its remarkable history, see Hiroshima Survivor at the National Bonsai Foundation’s website. More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation […]

Bonsai III, U.S. National Arboretum

Blue Atlas Cedar bonsai, U.S. National Arboretum Wondering how many of you, out there, find solace and meditation through engaging with nature? More anon, David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the […]

Bonsai II, U.S. National Arboretum

Japanese White Pine, U.S. National Arboretum Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

Bonsai I, U.S. National Arboretum

American Beech Bonsai, U.S. National Arboretum I seem to be moving away from writing and more toward imaging, and toward imaging beyond the flower mandala series. So I’m posting occasional images from my other nature series. This is the first […]

Skyscape: 30,000′ 08

30,000′ 08 Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2009, David J. Bookbinder davidbookbinder.com

30,000′ – Finding a Visual Voice

30,000′ 04 On a recent trip to Santa Fe, NM, I visited Georgia O’Keefe’s home near Abiquiú and was struck by the landscape she painted for much of her life. It was a place she knew was “home” as soon […]

Independence Park IV

Independence Park IV, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Independence Park III

Independence Park III, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Independence Park II

Independence Park II, Beverly MA Copyright 2009, David J. Bookbinder

Balance, the Spiral Galaxy Buddha Belly Gyroscope, and a New Photo Series

Independence Park I I have been interested in becoming a psychotherapist since I was 20 and did volunteer work in a state mental hospital, but it took me until I was 51 to take concrete steps in that direction. Though […]

Film: “healing image”

A little over a year ago, roughly coinciding with the 15th anniversary of my near-death experience, my good friend Larry “Doc” Pruyne completed a short film about me. It tells the story of my flower mandala images, my work as […]

Guest Blog Entry: The Dynamic Mandala

Sunset Swirl mandala, by David J. Bookbinder The Dynamic Mandala By Rolf Sattler A mandala can be a door to the infinite because its center usually represents the source of all existence. However, a mandala is also limited because around […]

Guest Blog Entry: Flower Essence Mandalas

Flower Essence Mandala: Turkscap-Pansy-Dianthus Flower Essence Mandalas By Mary Kraemer I use edible flowers to create by hand a mini-cosmos for healing with the medicinal and spiritual qualities of the flowers and as a mediation tool. I invite you to […]

Learning to Fly

Spoon Chrysanthemum I’ve become relatively inactive in Beliefnet this past few months, absorbed in the other aspects of my life, but I’d like to start the New Year with a report on my personal progress on working toward the “miracle […]

Flower Mandala: Water Lily X

Water Lily X Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandalas: Simplicity in Complexity

Dying Amaryllis I Dying Amaryllis III Dying Amaryllis VI Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Spiritual Questing, Near-Death Experiences, and the Global Village

Sun Wheel I mandala In some ways my experience of the heart of Beliefnet has been tangential. Focused mainly on art and healing, I have paid less than full attention to the remarkable phenomonen of Beliefnet itself and it’s intermixing […]

Flower Mandala: California Poppy

California Poppy I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Gazania III

Gazania III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Yellow Daylily II

Yellow Daylily II Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandalas: Yellow Rose (and garbage)

Yellow Rose I Defiled or immaculate. Dirty or pure. These are concepts we form in our mind. A beautiful rose we have just cut and placed in our vase is pure. It smells so good, so fresh. A garbage can […]

Flower Mandala: Protection

Pink Peony I On life’s journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him. – […]

Flower Mandala: Compassion

Daffodil II You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affections. – Buddha If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – The Dalai Lama […]

Call for Submissions to a Literary Zine

I’ve recently joined the staff, as photo editor, of a new zine called Zingology and would like to invite you to submit to it. Here’s the call for submissions to the next issue. Please pass this call on to anyone […]

Flower Mandala: Doronicum Orientale

Doronicum Orientale I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Living in the Right Side of the Brain

Dying Pansy INeuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few of us would wish for: a massive stroke. What she learned from it about the right and left brains seems relevant to all of us, and I’m passing it on […]

Flower Mandala: Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’

Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’ Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Dying Amaryllis VII

Dying Amaryllis VII Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Blue Pansy I

Blue Pansy I Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Beach Rose II

Beach Rose II Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Bachelor’s Button III

Bachelor’s Button III Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

‘Cultivating Creativity’ Group Revisited

‘Cultivating Creativity’ Group logo Below are reports from two members of the ‘Cultivating Creativity’ group documenting their experiences as “miracle partners” in the group, and beyond. Chrysalis’s story The cultivating creativity group came along for me a couple of months […]

Flower Mandala: Opening

Pink Dahlia I Opening: n. The act or an instance of becoming open or being made to open. An open space serving as a passage or gap. A breach or aperture. A clearing in the woods. The first part or […]

Trust

Pale Pink Tulip II Among my other activities, I run a writing group for people with addiction issues, past or present. I call it “Memoirs of Addiction and Recovery.” We usually begin with a freewriting exercise, and either I or […]

For Boston-area readers: Two-Person Show and Talk

Flower Mandalas at the Griffin Museum of Photography Boston-area readers interested in seeing my work in person are invited to go to the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. I will be part of a two-person show held in […]

T.K. Pippin: The Work of Art

The Work of Art by T.K. Pippin To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage. -Henri Matisse As a studio artist, poet and songwriter, I receive inspiration not only from the world around […]

How Movies Saved My Life

Red Daylily My first movie was The Wizard of Oz. I was three years old, we came late to the theater, and we sat in the front row, all the way to the left. I had never seen moving pictures. […]

Flower Mandala: Balance

Chinese Tree Peony Seed Pod There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word […]

Flower Mandala: Celebration

Sunflower ‘Moulin Rouge’ You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered: Where are you living? […]

Flower Mandala: Rosa ‘Belle Poitevine’

Rosa ‘Belle Poitevine’ Click here for color image A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know. – Diane Arbus Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity […]

Flower Mandala: Nasturtium

Nasturtium I If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. – Buddha Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group Cultivating Creativity group Request a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower […]

Flower Mandalas: Hope is the thing with feathers…

Morning Glory “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – […]

Art & the Art of Managing Pain: Billy Bob Beamer

Art & the Art of Managing Pain by Billy Bob Beamer Much of this article first appeared in FMOnline I graduated from college in the early 70s, having completed a degree in sociology, with a focus in the sociology of […]

Another Train

Another Train… Recently, the song “Another Train,” by British balladeer Pete Morton, has been going through my head repeatedly, particularly the chorus: “There’s another train, there always is. Maybe the next one is yours, step up and climb aboard… another […]

Painting Mandalas: Ofira Oriel

Mandalas by Ofira Oriel Ofira Oriel is an Israeli artist and teacher. She is a graduate of Hadassah College in Jerusalem and of the Ramat Hasharon Seminary for Teachers of Art. She also has a degree in Education for children […]

Cultivating Creativity — New Group Announcement!

Beach Rose III I’ve created a new group designed to foster creativity in your lives and I’m inviting you to join, and to ask you to invite anyone you know who may be interested in enhancing the creative parts of […]

Shades of Gray: Addendum

Rhododendron ‘Ponticum Roseum II’ Click here to pop up the original full-color image An Addendum to ‘Black and White Thinking’ in Shades of Gray By ‘shades of gray,’ in my previous post, I’m thinking like a black-and-white photographer, whose images […]

‘Black and White Thinking’ in Shades of Gray

Pink Hibiscus II (sepia) Click here to pop up the original Pink Hibiscus II I’ve been experimenting with applying old photographic techniques to new, digitally created images and am curious to know how they compare, from your points of view. […]

Artistic Processes Wanted: A Call to Artists

Crocus II Several members of the Art, Healing, and Transformation group have expressed interest in the artistic process, as described by the artists themselves. So, this is a call to all you artists of all persuasions out there (you know […]

The ‘Meaning’ of Fifteen Flower Mandalas

Fifteen Flower Mandalas I’d like to take this space to thank those of you who have downloaded my free Fifteen Flower Mandalas screensaver, and particularly those who have written back. The responses so far have been interesting. Until now, I […]

Fifteen Flower Mandalas: A Re-Birthday Screensaver

Fifteen Flower Mandalas Fifteen years ago this Thursday, I nearly bled to death in an Albany, NY, hospital. During that event, I had a near-death experience which set me on my current spiritual and artistic path. In commemoration of that […]

Flower Mandala: Orange Zinnia I valentine

Orange Zinnia I Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers, and thanks for helping build a community around art, healing, and transformation. More anon, – David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group © 2008, David J. […]

Flower Mandala: Beach Rose I

Beach Rose I flower mandala More anon, – David Discussion: Art, Healing, and Transformation group Flower Mandalas Project group © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

What’s Your Personal Flywheel?

Marigold V flower mandala The Wikipedia defines a flywheel as “a rotating disc used as a storage device for kinetic energy.” Flywheels are primarily used to maintain steady movement when the power that rotates them fluctuates, as in a potter’s […]

On Spirituality, Literature and Healing: Tom Neufer Emswiler

Stained Glass, Toronto, Ontario (Click here for a “mandalaized” view) Tom Neufer Emswiler is a retired United Methodist minister who has been teaching courses in literature and spirituality. He speaks, here, of his background as a minister and his lifelong […]

It’s Already There

Dark to Light Suns (view larger image) This post is not so much about art and healing/transformation, though art has played its part, but about the transformative power of the spiritual imagination. About a year ago, I was stricken with […]

Call for Healing/Transformative/Spiritual Art

Illustration from William Blake’s The Book of Job, “When the morning stars sang together…” This is a call, to you from me, for art (in the broadest sense of the term — visual, literary, popular, 3-D, multimedia, musical, performing, etc.) […]

Cultivating Your Creative Self #1: An Invitation to Boldness

Bud Howard Gardner describes the early years of our childhoods as the Golden Age of Creativity. He observes that a five to seven year old child “sings while drawing, dances while singing, tells stories while playing.” Some of us maintain […]

Pink Fall Rose I and Cynthia Lee

Pink Fall Rose I Rose Wearing Ragged Rose wearing ragged round the edges, your petals dingy, brown mottled and pocked, do not grieve your lost beauty and perfection for truly your sullied shell your outer ring of decay and death […]

White Lily III, the Diatonic Scale, and Artistic Collaboration

White Lily III A year ago, an online magazine called Science Creative Quarterly, physically located at the University of British Columbia, ran a contest using 12 of my flower mandala images, one for each month of the new year. Readers […]

Sacred Geometry and the Mandala: Marjorie Kaye

The following is another in a series of guest articles by artists on their work with art in a healing or transformative context. Lightship Marjorie Kaye is an artist residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts who graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 […]

Spirituality and Art / Spiritual Art

Blue Morning Glory II flower mandala Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about spirituality and art. So far, my thoughts are vague and unformed, but I’m aware that in my own life, my work as an artist and my spiritual […]

Soul Mandalas

This is another in a series of articles by guest authors or artists. D. Kristen Herrington is an artist, writer, and Reiki master/teacher from Round Rock, Texas. Here, she tells the story of her Soul Mandalas. Kristen Herrington’s Soul mandala […]

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 […]

A Few Words from a Documentary Photographer: Ernest Morin

This is the second in a series of posts by guest authors/artists. Ernest Morin started making photographs in 1978. He takes black-and-white pictures with a wide variety of film cameras and is among the best portrait and documentary photographers I […]

The Flower Mandalas Project

For the past six years, I’ve been taking pictures of flowers and manipulating the images to form mandalas. I’d like to assemble these images into a book, and I’d like your help. On a semi-regular basis, I’d like to simply […]

How “The Matrix” Changed My Life

Do not try to bend the spoon; that’s impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth: There is no spoon. Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. – The Matrix One hope […]

Mandalas and Sacred Geometry: A Conversation with Vandorn Hinnant

This is an announcement of the first of what I hope will be a series of online discussions/interviews with people involved in art and transformation. Vandorn Hinnant is a visual artist currently living in Greensboro, North Carolina. His artwork is […]

Flower Mandalas, Time Travel, and Self-Healing

You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affections. – Buddha I am large, I contain multitudes. – Walt Whitman My work with mandalas has been, in itself, helpful in activating an inner healer […]

Self-Transformation and the Hero’s Journey

What does not change is the will to change. – Charles Olson Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces describes the archetypal hero’s journey. In it, Campbell distills the wisdom of a collection of myths, folktales, and dreams […]

Flower Mandalas: Self-Communion

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. -Carl Jung I began the Flower Mandalas project in the midst of a long illness. Initially it was a way […]

Flower Mandalas: My story

I am a psychotherapist, photographer/digital artist, and writer. I was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1951. I started photographing in high school where, as yearbook editor, I took most of the candid and “art” pictures. After college, I moved […]

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Agent!
I'm happy to announce that Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is now represented by Stephany Evans, president of Fine Print Literary Management in New York City. More anon, David Buy Flower Mandala prints: Buy prints Discussion: Facebook Flower ...

posted 10:46:01pm May. 18, 2015 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (2)
In Paris, Doors to Other Cities Here's another example of the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8L4MJMXgQ[/youtube] More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress ...

posted 12:36:23pm Dec. 06, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (5)
"Everything Happens for a Reason" I often hear the phrase "Everything happens for a reason" when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past ...

posted 12:24:49am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)
Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student from the Republic of ...

posted 1:30:55pm Nov. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (1)
Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here's an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed ...

posted 10:00:20am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

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