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Stone Voices

Recently, a blog reader kindly recommended the magazine Stone Voices as a possible place for me to publish extracts from my upcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. I finally checked it out, and it seems to offer a unique take on […]


News Flash! Free Flower Mandalas meditation app

News Flash! Free (for now) Flower Mandalas meditation app Owl and Elephant Design, a mobile application development group, has created a new meditation application that uses 21 of my Flower Mandalas. They are making the app, which normally sells for […]


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 […]

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

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 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. – […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Previous Posts

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][/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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