© 2008, David J. Bookbinder
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 didn’t know that people from all parts of the world — from the tip of Alaska to Cape Town and beyond — were checking into this blog. That, alone, is gratifying. And I’m grateful to those of you who shared your positive responses to my work, and to those, as well, who have shared their similar struggles with life, death, near-death, and everything in between. It has been, and continues to be, a heart-warming bounty. Thank you.
Several of you have asked me to send you, along with the screensaver, the “meaning” of each mandala. There’s no simple answer to this question. I can list the flowers from which they were derived, and some feelings and thoughts that occur to me when I look at them, but I believe each viewer, if he or she meditates on a particular image, will come away from it with a different sense, one specific to that person in that moment.
Here are the flowers. They match up, from top-left to bottom-right, with the mandalas in the above image.
Row 1: Beach Rose, Blue Pansy, Dandelion Head, Daylily (rear view), Dying Amaryllis.
Row 2: Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’, Iris Germanica, Marigold, Pink Dahlia, Pink Peony.
Row 3: Queen Anne’s Lace, Violet Morning Glory, White Lily, White Rose, Yellow Lily.
Some feelings I get (now, today): From the Beach Rose, love. From the Blue Pansy, stillness. From the Dandelion Head, rebirth. From the Dying Amaryllis, vastness and motion. From the Galliardia, surprise. From the Iris Germanica, a meeting of masculine and feminine energy. From the Marigold, momentum and stability (the ‘flywheel’). From the Pink Dahlia, openness. From the Pink Peony, protection. From the Queen Anne’s Lace, playfulness. From the Violet Morning Glory, a holy spirit. From the White Lily, complexity. From the White Rose, transformation. From the Yellow Lily, strength.
What feelings do you get from these images? Let me know, either as a comment to this post or to in the Art, Healing, and Transformation group.
More anon, and thanks in advance for your responses.
See you in cyberspace,
David J. Bookbinder, LMHC
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