Turning a dream into a magical reality
Dream it and it will come!
Well, hard work plays a role too but if it’s meant to be, it will happen.
If it’s not meant to be, you can bang against the wall all you want. You can get a tractor and ram it into the wall going 60 miles per hour. You can steal, I mean commandeer a bulldozer, a garbage truck, a box of TNT… that wall will still be there.
Until the time comes and the wall magically becomes a door. An open, welcoming, beautifully carved door with a road that leads to the treasure you did not even know was there.
Back up to about two years ago. To the evening when I decided that I must teach a mandala painting class.
I had just finished teaching a meditation class and the topic was mindfulness and being in present time. We talked about different ways to take the energy out of the past and out of the future and bring it into the now. One of my students, an artist, said that when she is painting, she is fully engaged and is thinking about nothing but the task at hand.
This reminded me of the book I received for my birthday about a year prior, “The Art of Mandala Meditation: Mandala Designs to Heal Your Mind, Body and Spirit” by Michal Beaucaire and Paul Heussenstamm.
I have been looking at the art in this book from time to time and found it inspirational. “How amazing would it be to meditate through art,” I thought.
And so the decision was made, I would teach a meditation class but instead of taking the students on a journey using my voice, I will take them on a journey through the process of mandala painting.
There was only one problem. Well one and a half.
Half of a problem was that I did not have a space for an art class. Not a problem really, that detail could easily be handled.
The bigger problem was that I did not know how to draw, nor paint, nor color within lines.
Painting was always one of those things that scared me. To pick up a brush or a colored pencil for me was an equivalent to flying an airplane. I would not even know where to start.
As it often is the case with such things, the problem stems back to my childhood.
When I was eight years old, my mom had to do my art homework so that I would not fail art. I remember as if it happened yesterday.
She drew fish with blue, red, yellow, and green markers. Three fish to be exact. They looked like colorful Jesus-fish but they were much better than anything I could ever achieve. I handed in that homework as my own. No shame. I was proud of my, errr… my mom’s ability to color within lines.
It was not my fault that I feared drawing. I mean, who in their right mind makes an eight-year old child draw still art – vases, fake fruit and such. And then fails her when the only circle she knows how to draw requires a compass?
Soviet school system that is!
Nevertheless, my sad, soviet-education-induced childhood trauma did not keep my thirty something self from deciding that I must be the one to teach a mandala painting class. No siree-bob it did not!
I told the universe that this IS happening. I did not know when and how but that was of no concern. I knew that the energy will align to create this class.
Fast forward to early 2017. An Art Academy owner approached me with a request to teach what?!?! A meditation through mandala painting class. What’s more, she introduced me to an amazing artist who was to become my co-teacher. This artist, much like myself, did NOT fail second grade art class but for a totally different reason.
So here we are, ladies and gentlemen, grab your pants and shirts and join us!
“Meditation through the Mandala” class starts on May 2. In this class, we will NOT be drawing fish. We will however meditate, listen to inspiring music, learn how to use art for meditation, meet wonderful people, and create a beautiful and meaningful piece of art.
“What’s my part in this Meditation through the Mandala class,” you may ask? The first part, of course, the meditation. Teaching guided meditation, holding sacred space, helping you connect with your innermost truth, calling in the spirit of the Muse, that’s what I do best.
Elora Fina, my co-teacher is an amazing artist and instructor. A spiritual mentor of the arts, Elora incorporates themes which evoke, provoke and inspire the artist and the viewer in her photography, fine art, jewelry design and illustration. Unleashing, revealing and freeing ones self expression through art is what Elora does best. The mandala you see in the article is one of Elora’s creations.
Together, we make a powerful team to help you connect to the source of your inspiration and sacred art making while creating you own mandala.
P.S. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit the studio of Paul Heussenstamm, the man behind Mandalas.com and the co-author of “The Art of Mandala Meditation: Mandala Designs to Heal Your Mind, Body and Spirit,” the book that started my mandala journey.
When I told him that we are planning to teach a mandala paining class he was gracious to agree to come to our launch party on April 26 (incidentally my mom’s birthday) and share his work and wisdom with us. He also invited our class to his studio for an opportunity to paint with him.
So you see, sometimes, all you need to do is set your intention and wait for the door to open revealing the golden brick road that was laid by expert craftsmen especially for you.
Come! Journey, meditate, paint and create with us. You will be glad you did.