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“Hero’s Journey” presentation/workshop links

I’ve posted links to the presentation materials and video from my talk/workshop at the Creativity & Madness Conference in Santa Fe two weeks ago: Video of talk: http://www.davidbookbinder.com/media/2011/Bookbinder-Heros_Journey.mp4 PowerPoint presentation: http://www.davidbookbinder.com/media/2011/Bookbinder-Heros_Journey.ppt Workshop handouts: http://www.d…avidbookbinder.com/media/2011/Bookbinder-Heros_Journey_Handouts.zip Both the presentation and the workshop […]

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“Treating Addiction: Finding the Hero, Guiding the Journey”

Returned recently from a trip to Santa Fe to present “Treating Addiction: Finding the Hero, Guiding the Journey” at the Creativity & Madness conference. The workshop was the most moving I have experienced, either as leader or participant. Lots of […]

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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. […]

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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.) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Request: Agent or publisher for "Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas"
I've created a proposal and marketing plan for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas and am now looking for a literary agent or publisher who might be interested in seeing it. I'm told the best two words with which to begin a query letter are the ...

posted 8:11:12pm Mar. 14, 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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