Flower Mandalas

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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 take a moment to absorb the imageinto your mind and body and feel its qualities transform you.
Mandala in Sanskrit means essence, or containing; also translates as circle-circumference or concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
Flower Essence prescription of Giant Turkscap – Malvaviscus Arboreus, Pansy, Dianthus Mandala:
Meditate on the root chakra receiving healing. This essence releases pent up creative forces within the womb area and literally sets one free to dance again in life. Corrective of imbalance: connecting with their sexuality often due to abuse. Eliminates fear and greed and brings contentment. Pansy is an immune builder as it draws out from within the individual the purest quality of heart and mind. Pansy helps us to ‘face’ the world, thereby, strengthening our courage to share our beauty with the world. Pansy clears negative thoughts and opens the heart chakra. Dianthus at the center promotes new perspectives on seemingly endless situations.
In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used for focusing attention; as a spiritual teaching tool; for establishing a sacred space; and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. Its symbolic nature can help one to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as a representation of the unconscious self, and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.
Mandala represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective and a microcosm representing various divine powers at work in the universe.
Mandalas are a sacred places reminding the viewer of the sanctity in the Universe and its potential in his or her self. The purpose being to put an end to human suffering, be enlightened and to discover divinity within one’s own self.
When I created this design and shot this photo, I used what flowers I had available as well as what design I was drawn to making. I had hoped to heal others as well as myself when making it as is my intention. But it isn’t till I write this that I realize this specific flower combination heals me as well. I too suffer from great bouts of fear and feel unable to dance. My situation being unemployed and a single parent makes my suffering acute as my children are in this situation as well. I really need pansy to help face this situation and clear my negative thoughts. Dianthus additionally helps me have new perspective on the situation seemingly that is endless.
Thanks for giving me a forum.
Mary Kraemer
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© 2009, Mary Kraemer

Learning to Fly

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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 question” and its way of envisioning change.
I’m probably a 7 on the progress in my inner life (where 1 is as far as I ever was from my personal miracle, and 10 is I am there every day). Progress this past year is largely due to taking another Focusing training and finding a Focusing partner, with whom I’m starting to explore, and hopefully to release, a part of myself that has been hidden since early childhood. This is the “little boy” side, the side with much of my creativity and joy, who 20 years ago I imagined to be contained in a titanium capsule six inches thick, but who now is a very real, if still timid, presense in my life.
On the counseling business side, I’m probably also a 7. I have finished up working at the community mental health clinic I’d been working at for 3 1/2 years and am now fully in private practice in Danvers, MA. Until September, the financial side of this was going surprisingly well — I was getting perhaps a call a week from various sources, and most of them resulted in clients coming to work with me — but this has dropped off since the financial crash, and I need to figure out ways to generate more referrals. I’m working on it.
On the art-making and art-marketing side, I’m probably a 6. I’m still working on finding a market for the flower mandalas (and am happy to hear suggestions / make connections through this forum), but I haven’t created any new mandala work in a long time, nor have I made a lot of headway in finding someone to represent me. I’m continuing work on my Independence Park project (a study of the sea, the sky, and time) and am beginning to broaden the concept in ways I find myself thinking about when I’m doing other things — always a good sign. And I’m starting to appreciate my growing skills as a photographer. I feel that a move to a new level is afoot, though where that will take me I don’t know.
On the spiritual side, I have found a group of people and a teacher who, as I’ve written earlier here, is combining his study of the major world’s religions into a practice that draws on several traditions in an integrated way. It seems well-adapted to our times and the migration of practices from west to east and east to west. I’m not 100% sure this is the way I want to go, so I’m also planning to reconnect with the Thich Nhat Hanh sanga of which I was briefly a member several years ago. Here, too, moving to a new level is afoot.
On the personal plain, where I’ve been about a 3 most of the past year, I’m now about a 7.5 and moving up the scale rather quickly, having found a partner quite different from prior partners. I feel seen and connected in a new way, and I find I’m also able to process, both within myself and with her, old baggage, and I’m starting to let it go. In part, this process is due to who each of us is, but it is also helped by my work as a counselor. I seem consistently to be taking insights from my personal work into my practice and vice-versa, so that each enriches the other.
Overall, I’d say I’m a 7, and on the threshhold of a major move up, as the various threads of myself and my life that I’ve been working on integrating since my near-death experience seem, finally, to be coming together. As Tom Petty said in “Learning to Fly,” the future is wide open….
More anon,
– David
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Flower Mandala: Water Lily X

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Water Lily X
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Flower Mandalas: Simplicity in Complexity

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Dying Amaryllis I
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Dying Amaryllis III
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Dying Amaryllis VI
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