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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. More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress store Book: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book preview (Kickstarter edition) Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

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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 […]

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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 neighborhoods by […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (3)

A poem about her triumph over adversity from a reader: I could write to you about a grown up run away child that really … Loved to love- Got beat up by a man that I loved That was 2009 […]

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (2)

A few days ago I was talking with another friend about misfortune. She did what she called a “quick scan” of the misfortunes in her life and concluded that if they were transformative, the transformation must be slow. That’s often […]

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (I)

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Part II: Art and ‘Madness’

Yayoi Kusama – Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Taken by Terence Ong in September 2006. Part II: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder I only know that summer sang in me a […]

Part I: Art and ‘Madness’

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer Part I: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder As both an artist and a therapist, I tend to attract, as clients, people who identify themselves as artists, either professionally or as an avocation. This […]

Mandalas, healing, and Carl Gustav Jung

Stone Wall X, Jamaica Plain MA Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Making mandalas, which I began to do in 2001 shortly after I acquired my first digital camera, was one of the main ways I was able to integrate the […]

Hidden mentors

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually […]

Art, for me: Part I

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Growing up, I was a kid scientist, apprehending my part of the cosmos through experiments first with magnets and electricity, soon thereafter with chemistry,  and by high school with electronics and […]

Flower Mandalas Reloaded: An Invitation

I began this blog several years ago as a medium for exploring the intersections between creativity and transformation. Over time, as I became increasingly involved in synthesizing writing, photography, and transformation in my own life, this blog became a venue […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Presence: Now, be, here”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Presence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Presence: Now, be, here Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I was 20 when I first […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Longing: Inclinations”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Longing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Longing: Inclinations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A writer I knew some years ago collected […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Illumination: Interweavings” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Illumination” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Illumination: Interweavings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder il·lu·mi·na·tion (noun) a. The act of illuminating. b. […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Healing: A compendium” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Healing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Healing: A compendium Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder They say timing is everything and that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Gratitude: Lists” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Gratitude” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Gratitude: Lists Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder While I was recovering from my Albany, NY, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Forgiveness: To forgive, divine” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Forgiveness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Forgiveness: To forgive, divine Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Our religions all have teachings on […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Faith: Paying it forward” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Faith” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Faith: Paying it forward Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A mentor once told me that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Fear: Moving on” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Fear” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Fear: Moving on Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder John F. Kennedy once said, “When written in Chinese, the word […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Courage: The Hero’s Journey” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Courage” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Courage: The Hero’s Journey Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder There are many forms of courage. There is physical courage, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Connection: Metamorphosis” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Connection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Connection: Metamorphosis Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I am a person with a big heart and a deep need […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Compassion: From both sides, now” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Compassion” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Compassion: From both sides, now Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder During my first year of therapist training, for three […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Change: Be the change” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Change” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Change: Be the change Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I came of age in the late 1960s, the time […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Action: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Action” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Action,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ACTION: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense The complexities of the mind and […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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: 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? […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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